Latham & Watkins has opened an office in Seoul, South Korea, expanding its presence in Asia with its sixth branch in the region.

The U.S.-headquartered firm has been advising Korean clients for over two decades. With their latest office, Latham hopes to deepen its practices in the banking, energy, entertainment, sports and media, infrastructure, life sciences, semiconductor and automotive sectors.

Joseph Bevash has been appointed as office managing partner in Seoul. A leading specialist in international project finance, he also serves as office managing partner in Tokyo.

The firm's Asian presence includes offices in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo, as well as practices covering Australia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.