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Grace P. Fremlin

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Grace Parke Fremlin is a partner based in the Washington, D.C. office, and is a member of the corporate, finance and IP groups with extensive experience with regulatory and policy issues.

Ms. Fremlin concentrates her practice in cross-border Greenfields Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) and M&A transactions which was in vogue with the Japanese companies in the 1980s, and more recently with the Korean and Chinese companies and is even more in vogue with the Trump Administration. Following the global investment flows, Ms. Fremlin’s legal experience encompasses multiple legal specialties and industries.

Ms. Fremlin focused on commercial loans, corporate formations, and US inbound FDI from Japan in banking, manufacturing, construction and real estate industries. Then, on US outbound FDI into China in industrial, automotive and land development, then again on US inbound FDI from Korea in the automotive, technology and consumer goods industries. Ms. Fremlin has practiced in California, Washington DC, Hong Kong and New York before returning to her practice in Washington DC.

In addition to handling commercial, corporate and real estate deals, Ms. Fremlin also leads or coordinates finance, regulatory, international trade policy and IP issues and litigation. For the automotive industry, she advises global distribution, procurement, and supply contracts. For the automotive, real estate, construction, energy, tech sectors, she advises on international distribution, Asia sourcing and procurement, cross-border supply contracts, corporate and tax structuring, market entry and exit issues, corporate governance, financing arrangements, and regulatory compliance. For sovereign governments and businesses, she has coordinated investment and trade policy and US government relations.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Fremlin was a partner in a Washington, D.C.-headquartered international AmLaw 100 law firm, where she was the founder and co-chair of the Korea Practice. Before that, she was a partner in another AmLaw 100 law firm where she was the chair of the firm’s Asia Practice.

Professional Background

Ms. Fremlin possesses exceptional breadth in her cross-border experience - starting with Greenfields FDI, cross-border M&A, real estate deals, international investment and trade policy, regulatory compliance, and IP litigation. One in-house counsel of a global auto company in a Greenfields US investment transaction called her “the best of the best.” In a software launch and equity fund raising project, the US joint counsel on the project praised her as an “exceptionally gifted lawyer” with “laser beam focus on critical issues.” In yet another negotiation where Ms. Fremlin was representing the buyer, the general counsel of the US Company on the sell side remarked, “When I need a lawyer, I’m going to hire you.”

In her work with NE Asian and US global companies, nonprofits, and sovereigns, Ms. Fremlin has worked on policies and regulations affecting financial services, banking, automotive, technology, cloud computing, construction, e-commerce, electronics, energy, internet, IP, IP litigation, and high speed rail and has provided legal and strategic advice on trade and investment policy, treaties and global economic competitiveness.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Women’s Bar Association Foundation, Board of Directors, 2016 - present
  • KABA - DC, Co-Chair, Women's Leadership Committee, 2013-present
  • KABA - DC, Advisory Board, 2012-present
  • IAKL, Regional Governor, 2014-present
  • US Korea Business Council, member, 2006-present
  • AMCHAM, Seoul, Korea, 2006-present
  • Korea Economic Society, 2006-present
  • NAPABA, International Committee Co-Chair, 2009-present
  • Global Strategy Advisory Center, Seoul, Korea, Advisory Board, 2014-15
  • KABA - DC, Board of Directors, 2009-2012
  • Asia Society of Washington, DC, Advisory Board, 2003-2011
  • AMCHAM, Hong Kong, 1997-1999
  • Hong Kong Bar, Registered Foreign Lawyer, 1997-1999
  • Women's Bar Association Foundation of DC, Board of Directors, 1993-1996
  • Women’s Bar Association of DC, International Committee Co-Chair, 1990-1993

Speaking Engagements

  • The Impact of China Outbound Foreign Direct Investments on US National Security and Global IP Rights, 2016 Asia Pacific Law and Government Relations Conference, 13 April 2016
  • Litigating Trade Secrets at the US ITC, In House Counsel Forum, 12 Apr 2014
  • Creative Economy: IP Legal Strategies, US-Korea Business Council Conf, 4 Feb 2014
  • Lessons from the DuPont v. Kolon Trade Secret Litigation, NAPABA Conf, 8 Nov 2013
  • Cloud Computing – What Laws and Regulations Are Applicable and How They Are Relevant to You, NAPABA Conf, 7 Nov 2013
  • Class Actions: Trends, Tools, and Best Practices, In House Counsel Forum, 29 Jan 2013
  • What Lawyers Need to Know about Export Controls and US Economic Sanctions, NAPABA Conf, 17 Nov 2012
  • Developments in ITC Litigation, LG Group IP Retreat, Seoul, 25 October 2012
  • US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, Intl Assoc. of Korean Lawyers Conf, 15 Sept 2012
  • Managing Client Relations: Explaining the Cultural Aspects of the Internal Decision Making Process, NAPABA Intl Law Symposium, 19 Nov 2011
  • ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers) Launch of Generic Top Level Domains, Intl Assoc. of Korean Lawyers Conf, 1 October 2011
  • IP Contracts in China, USPTO China Road Show Conf, 7 April 2011
  • China IP Protection and Enforcement, CLE for State Bar of AZ, Feb 2007
 FDI Greenfields Investments, M&A, and Supply Chain Transactions
  • Negotiating supply agreements with Fiat Chrysler Automotive for foreign auto component supplier
  • Negotiating a USD5.5 billion long term supply agreement with Chrysler for a global Tier 1 auto component supplier
  • Building and leading a legal team for a Greenfields auto assembly plant and handling the economic incentives, land lease, plant construction, equipment financing, environmental regulatory due diligence, UAW labor negotiations, and operational issues
  • Obtaining full payment and reopening of a supplier’s supply facility as an “essential supplier” for the largest unsecured trade creditor in the Chrysler bankruptcy
  • Drafting international and domestic PO templates for a major US auto parts distribution company
  • Conducting due diligence for a public offering of securities on the NYSE for a US company with contract manufacturing facilities in Shenzhen, China
  • Leading the purchase of a Sino-Australian agribusiness JV in Shanghai
  • Handling the acquisition of a US restaurant chain by a Japanese company
  • Restructuring equity JVs in China from direct US company ownership to indirect offshore holding company ownership
  • Establishing international procurement offices for a US medical supply company in China using China sourcing subsidiaries and representative offices
  • Forming manufacturing wholly foreign owned enterprises (WFOEs) and JVs in China
  • Negotiating numerous real estate acquisitions, developments and lease
International Investment and Trade Policy, Trade Remedies and Government Investigations
  • Coordinating a WTO case for the Korean Government and antidumping investigations for a Korean global company involving the US imports of washers
  • Advising the Korean Government on Korea-US Free Trade Agreement and Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement negotiations and subsequent Korean FTAs
  • Representing the U.S. Postal Service on its proposed overseas operations in Korea requiring analyses of the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and other treaty issues
  • Advising the Korean Government on trade remedies and multi-lateral, puri-lateral and bilateral trade agreements and their implications for the Korean economy
  • Coordinating antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of refrigerator imports from Korea for a Korean global company
  • Coordinating government investigations of a Korean global company for antitrust violations by competition enforcement authorities in Brussels and Washington DC
IP Litigation Management and IP, Energy and Tech Transactions
  •  Overseeing patent litigation at the ITC and district courts for global Korean companies
  • Advising a Korean global company on IP protection, NDAs, joint development agreements, and supply agreements
  • Supervising the drafting television co-production agreements for production and distribution of TV shows in China
  • Negotiating a JV agreement and a trademark licensing agreement for market expansion into China for a major US brand
  • Structuring IP protection and enforcement safeguards for US companies in China
  • Drafting a private placement memorandum for investments into an IP holding company for a renewable energy technology and power plant in Hawaii based on solar energy project
  • Obtaining a security interest in Korea for a Japanese company for US$300 million advance on a purchase of wind turbine towers for a wind renewable energy project
  • Negotiating a Korean JV for a US portable fuel cell company
  • Lead counsel on a private placement memorandum for the launch of a new software product developed by JP Morgan and fundraising negotiations with potential financiers for the software launch