The prison sentence for a Samsung heir could mean trouble for the company.
Business management and succession is no simple task.
But it could be made more difficult.
According to a recent USA Today article titled “Samsung heir sentenced to 5 years prison by South Korea court,” Lee Jae-yong made things far more complicated for his family business.
He got sentenced to five years in prison by the Seoul Central District Court.
It is quite the list.
- Concealing profits
- Hiding assets overseas
He was found guilty of offering $28 million to friend Choi Soon-sil and former president Park Geun-hye.
He wanted government support of a merger to increase his control and power within Samsung after his father suffered a heart attack in 2014.
Lee continues to claim innocence and instead places the blame on other corporate executives.
The company claims the merger was to help provide better benefits for employees.
The court rejected this claim.
What about those who took the bribes?
Choi and Park are also under investigation.
The country of South Korea has a vested interest in the business, to include the succession planning and management of Samsung.
Samsung accounts for one-fifth of exports from South Korea.
Although you may not have corrupt children, thorough succession planning is essential if you own a family business.
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Reference: USA Today (August 25, 2017) “Samsung heir sentenced to 5 years prison by South Korea court”