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Bae, Kim & Lee LLC


8 ranked lawyersBand 1, Spotlight TableSouth KoreaGlobal 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Distinguished firm, noted for representing major financial institutions and multinational companies in landmark M&A transactions, and frequently involved in large joint venture projects. Offers particular sector expertise in the technology and telecommunications industries. Proficient in handling private equity matters, regularly advising both domestic and foreign funds on various investments and divestments as well as regulatory issues. Regularly advises on deals involving China and acts on both inbound and outbound acquisitions in South and South-East Asia.

Foreign desks

Significant advisory presence on North Korea-related matters, working with leading companies, government ministries and export credit agencies on a range of issues arising from relations between North and South Korea. Has rich experience in direct investment and joint venture matters, with considerable expertise in issues arising from the closing of the Kaesong Industrial Complex. Has a South and North Korea economic cooperation task force comprising North Korean legal specialists and industry experts with previous experience in government ministries. The team advised the Ministry of Unification on the inter-Korean summit between President Moon and Chairman Kim regarding inter-Korean economic exchanges and cooperation-related matters. Wook Yoo and Chan Ho Lee are key contacts for the desk.

Notable practitioners

Byoung Ki Lee is described as being "experienced, smooth and good at negotiations." He has significant experience on domestic and cross-border transactions and joint ventures.

Chan Ho Lee is described by a source as having "great expertise in North and South Korea and Korean reunification issues." He advises companies, government ministries and non-profit organisations on inter-Korean economic exchanges and international trade negotiations.

Dong Woo Seo retains a longstanding position in the market and is highly esteemed by sources. His experience covers private equity transactions and acquisitions including hostile takeovers.

Mok Hong Kim is active on a number of acquisitions and joint ventures for large Korean corporations. He is experienced acting on multibillion-dollar transactions.

Ri Bong Han has been active in the Korean M&A market for over two decades and has expertise advising private equity clients and major corporations. He is well known among peers for his expertise and experience.

Sky Yang (Sih kyoung Yang) often acts for financial institutions on regulatory issues. He is also active on inbound and outbound PE transactions.

Sungjo Yun is well known for his work on private equity matters. He regularly works for Korean and international clients.

An impressed source says Wook Yoo "has active been on North Korean issues for a long time" and has "a strong grasp of the legal regime." He handles a range of instructions relating to South-North economic cooperation on behalf of government entities, banks and corporations.

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BKL has one of the largest corporate practices in Korea, with over 100 attorneys devoted to corporate transactions, and many additional professionals ready to advise on adjacent regulatory, tax and other issues. With extensive experience in all areas of investments, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and corporate governance, BKL offers an unsurpassed level of expertise hewing to international standards, combined with an agile, pragmatic approach to the many tasks and issues that accompany commercial transactions in Korea.

We advise a wide variety of clients in our corporate practice. They include many firms based in the U.S., Europe and across Asia, and range from Fortune 100 multinationals to high-growth companies and venture capital enterprises, and manufacturers and technology companies as well as financial institutions and private equity groups. Every client can expect a sensible, yet seamless and comprehensive, approach to covering the full legal agenda for each matter.

Our core M&A group of 30 partners and senior associates, many of whom have over a decade of intensive deal experience, is consistently ranked among the top Korean practices in the M&A field, by Chambers Global and other peer- and client-assessed law firm rankings. The practice group offers sophisticated advice covering all stages of a stock or asset acquisition, including deal structuring, due diligence review, negotiation, documentation and closing.


Seo, Dong Woo (Head of Department)

Yi, Joonki (Head of Department)

Cho, Sungmin

Han, Ri Bong

Jo, Jung Min

Kang, Han

Kim, Mok H.

Kim, Mok Hong

Lee, Byoung Ki

Lee, Byoung-Ki

Lee, Chan Ho

Lee, Keunbyung (KB)

Lee, Oh Ryung

Lee, Seung Yo

Yoo, Wook

Yun, Sungjo


Affinity Equity Partners

Carlyle Group

Hana Financial Group

IMM Private Equity

LG (LG Electronics, LG Display, LG Innotek, LG Ehcmical etc)

Macquarie Capital

Nissan Korea

Qingdao Doublestar Co., Ltd.

Samsung (Samsung Electronics, Samsung SDS, Samsung C&T etc)



Automobiles & Parts


Charities / Not for Profit

Commercial & Professional Services

Construction & Materials

Consumer Product Manufacturing


Financial Services

Food & Drink Producers

Industrial Engineering



Mining & Metals

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Real Estate


Software & Computer Services



Travel & Leisure


Bae, Kim & Lee LLC


Tower B, Centropolis, Ujeongguk-ro




South Korea


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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

South Korea


Byoung Ki Lee
Band 4
Chan Ho Lee
Foreign expert for North Korea
Dong Woo Seo
Eminent Practitioners
Mok Hong Kim
Band 3
Ri Bong Han
Eminent Practitioners
Sky (Sih kyoung) Yang
Band 4

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