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Procedure of Foreign Investment

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※ In case of registering as individual business, the procedure of 'registry of corporation establishment' is not needed.

Foreign Investment Declaration

  • Declarant: Declare by the foreign investor personally or by representative
  • Institution to be declared: Head office or branch of domestic bank, domestic branch of foreign bank, Invest KOREA (KOTRA) or domestic office of KOTRA, overseas investment KOTRA office.
  • Processing Period: Immediate (Issue declaration certificate) Preliminary or post declaration
  • 사전신고 및 사후신고
    사전신고 및 사후신고
    Description Item to be declared Remark
    Preliminary Declaration Declare the foreign investment by the acquisition of new stock or investment methods or declare the change of the investment contents  
    Declare the foreign investment by the acquisition of existing stock or investment methods or declare the change of the investment contents Exception: In case of acquiring the stocks of the listed company, within 30 days after acquisition
    Declare the foreign investment in the form of long-term load or declare the change of the investment contents  
    Declare the acquisition of stock, etc. by the merger, etc. Declare the acquisition of stock, etc. by the merger, etc.
    • Acquire by the capital increase without consideration of foreign investment company such as reserve fund, revaluation reserve, etc.
    • Acquire by merger, split off, inclusive share exchange or transfer, etc
    • Invest the fruit (dividend) generated from acquired stocks
    • Acquire by purchase, inheritance, bequest, gift, etc
    • Acquire CB, EB, or transfer, exchange, receive or acquired DR
    Within 30 days from the date of acquisition
    Transfer declaration of the stock, etc Within 30 days from the date of contract
    Declare the reduction of stock, etc. within 30days from expiry date of the period of peremptory notice
    Register, register the changes, apply the cancelation of the register Within 30 days from the date occurred the cause

Post Management of Foreign Investment

  • Register the Changes in Foreign Investment Company
    • Foreign Investor (Representive) or the foreign investment company shall register the changes to the relevant institution within 30 days from the date occurred the relevant cause when falls any of following events
      • When acquiring the stocks by the merger, etc. (When acquiring the stocks by the merger, capital increase without consideration, etc)
      • When changing the proportion of investment or the equity possessed by the foreign investor's transfer of the stock or decrease of capital
      • When changing the foereign investor's equity possessed or the proportion of the investment by the capital increase of domestic investor
      • When the trade name, company name of the foreign investment company or the nationality of the foreign investor may be changed
      • When the registered contents may be changed such as foreign investment amount, proportion of investment, the address of the foreign investment company, etc
  • Declare the transfer of the stock, etc or the decrease of capital
    • The foreign investor (or the representative) who transfers or reduces the stock, etc. or the the capital shall declare the transfer of the stock within 30 days from the date of contract In case of transfer, or the decrease within 30 days of expiry date of the period of peremptory notice to the creditors in case of the capital decrease to the competent institution
  • Declare the disposal of capital goods
    • When the foreign investor or the foreign investment company may transfer, rent, or use the capital goods imported exonerating the duty, etc. other than the purpose declared within 5 years from the date received the declaration, it shall declare in advance to the competent institution
  • Cancelation of foreign investment company registration
    • When the entire stock possessed by the foreign investor is disappeared by transferring entire stocks possessed to the Korean or by the capital decrease of relevant company, the registration of the relevant foreign investment company shall be cancelled

Restriction of Foreign Investment

  • The businesses excluded from Foerign Investment (Annex 1. Regulation of Ministry of Knowledge Economy on the foreign investment and technology introduction)
    • Mail business, central bank, personal fraternal insurance business, business fraternal insurance business, pension business, other financial market management business, other financial support service business, etc.
    • Legislative organ, justice institution, administrative agency, foreign official institution, other international and foreign organization
    • Economic research and development, other liberal arts and social science research and development
    • Educational institution (infant, elementary to university, special school, etc)
    • Artists, religious organization, industrial experts, environmental campaign, political and labor campaign organizations, etc.
  • The businesses restricted for foreign investment (Annex 2. Regulation of Ministry of Knowledge Economy on the foreign investment and technology introduction)
    • Grain and other food crop cultivation business, livestock business, litoral sea fishery
    • Nuclear power generation business, meat wholesale business, magazine and periodical publication business, domestic bank, etc. are needed to preliminary and post declaration
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