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Asia-Pacific 2022
South Korea Competition/Antitrust
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5 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Shin & Kim

The Antitrust and Competition Practice Group offers advocacy and counseling concerning all areas of Korean antitrust law as well as other laws enforced by the Korea Fair Trade Commission. The Group has the largest team of dedicated antitrust specialists in Korea with over 50 lawyers who are committed entirely to the firm’s antitrust practice. The Group is complemented by the largest number of KFTC alumni lawyers of any law firm, all of whom have extensive expertise in antitrust law and deep familiarity with KFTC enforcement practice. Advising clients on various operational issues, such as merger filings, management structure reform, and compliance system audits is one of the Group’s core strengths. The Group has also gained a strong reputation for defending clients in KFTC investigations, including onsite investigations and hearings and representing clients in administrative appeals.

Chambers Review

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Competition/Antitrust - South Korea
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What the team is known for

Shin & Kim is a major player in high-profile bid-rigging and cartel investigations and abuse of market dominance cases. Demonstrably strong in reducing KFTC surcharges and also advises on unfair support and unfair advertising disputes. The firm houses a number of former KFTC officers within the team. Also assists clients with merger filings on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Its impressive client base includes Lotte Group, SK Group, Hyundai Steel, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Volvo.

Strengths

Clients are praiseworthy and highlight Shin & Kim's ability to "break through complex law quite easily and make it understandable."

Another client is impressed by the team's business acumen, noting: "They definitely know the law but also know how to apply it in a commercial setting. They realise that litigation can be part of a wider commercial strategy."

Work highlights

Shin & Kim represented Hyundai Steel in a cartel investigation case initiated by the KFTC.

Notable practitioners

Young Chul Yim leads Shin & Kim's antitrust practice and draws on valuable experience gained during his time as a Seoul High Court judge and as the General Counsel of the KFTC to assist domestic and foreign clients with investigations into abuse of dominance, collusion, unfair trade practices and cartels.

John Choi advises on a number of transactional and contentious matters including, merger filings, antitrust and abuse of dominance investigations. A source describes him as "the best of the best in terms of experience, expertise and responsiveness," while a client adds: "I seek John's advice due to his excellent analytical and legal skills and his impeccable integrity."

Jooyoung Park leverages his experience as a former KFTC official to advise on a number of matters concerning competition and antitrust, including bid rigging and collusion. He continues to act on behalf of major domestic and international corporations. A market source describes him as "one of their standout lawyers" and praises his "tough and effective technique in extracting information out of witnesses."

Changhun Lee is known by sources for his key role in representing clients from the automotive and telecommunications sectors in high-profile investigations brought by both the KFTC and foreign authorities. He handles a wide range of mandates spanning cartels, collusion and market misconduct cases.

Sangdon Lee enters this year's rankings after receiving endorsement for his work in the competition and antitrust area. He possesses notable skills in merger filings and is regularly mandated by large foreign corporations. A client appreciates that "he is always responsive and on top of the matter."

Ranked Lawyers at
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South Korea

Competition/Antitrust

Young Chul Yim
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Young Chul Yim
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Senior Statespeople
John H Choi
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John H Choi
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Band 1
Jooyoung Park
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Jooyoung Park
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Band 3
Changhun Lee
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Changhun Lee
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Up and Coming
Sangdon Lee
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Sangdon Lee
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Up and Coming

Members

Provided by Shin & Kim

Chang-Young Cho

Daeyong Baek

Dong Ryul Lee

Geun Bae Seok

Otae Kwon

Sang Don Lee

Clients

Provided by Shin & Kim

CJ OliveNetworks

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

GS Energy Corporation

Hyundai Heavy Industries

KEB Hana Bank

Lotte Chemical Corporation

Lotte GRS

Mercedes-Benz Korea Ltd.

Merck KGaA

NH NongHyup Bank

Qualcomm Inc.

SK Broadband

SK Engineering & Construction

SK Telecom

SKC

Industries

Provided by Shin & Kim

Automobiles & Parts

Banks

Chemicals

Financial Services

Industrial Engineering

Mining & Metals

Retail

Software & Computer Services

Technology, Hardware & Electronics

Transportation