Firm / Organisation

Lee & Ko

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Managing Partners: Jae Hoon Kim
Number of partners: 290
Number of lawyers: 612
Languages:Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian

Firm Overview:
Korea’s premier full-service law firm. Lee & Ko’s practice groups are consistently ranked among the top in each field of practice by leading Korean and international professional publications.

Main Areas of Practice:
Anti-Corruption & Regulatory Compliance
Antitrust & Competition
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring
Capital Markets & Securities
Corporate & M&A
Corporate Governance
Foreign Direct Investment
Health Care & Life Science
Intellectual Property
International Trade
Labour & Employment
Litigation & International Arbitration
Maritime & Shipping
Overseas Investment
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Product Liability
Real Estate & Construction
Tax & Customs
Technology, Media & IT
White-Collar Crime

■ Representing a global auto parts company in the KFTC’s 4-year investigation of alleged price-fixing and bid-rigging of private tender processes for auto parts
■ Representing Korean internet giant in the KFTC’s probe of abuse of dominance and unfair trade practice allegations involving its various online platforms
Contact: Hwan Jeong
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
■ Representation of Kookmin Bank and Korea Development Bank for the financing of Gang-neung Ahn-in Coal Thermal Power Plant Project
■ Representation of KB Securities Co., Ltd., Shinhan Bank, etc. for financing the Acquisition of ADT Caps by the consortium of SK Telecom and Macquarie
Contact: Woo Young Jung
Email: [email protected]

Capital Markets:
■ Representation of Kael Investment group and EMP Belstar for equity investment of KRW 25 billion in Grab Holdings Inc., the largest car sharing service provider in Southeast Asia.
■ Representation of LG Chemical for its issuance of USD 1.6 billion Global Green Bond
Contact: Won Sik Choo
Email: [email protected]

■ Representation of IMM Private Equity in its acquisition of Linde Korea from Linde Group (KRW 1.4 trillion)
■ Representation of MBK Partners in its acquisition of Lotte Card from Lotte Corporation (KRW 1.38 trillion)
Contact: Hyun Tae Kim
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
■Representing the Republic of Korea in a high-profile ISDS case brought by a global investment company
■ Representing the chairman of a Korean conglomerate in two separate ICC arbitrations brought by foreign shareholders
Contacts: Sungwoo (Sean) Lim, Robert W. Wachter
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Employment & Labour:
■ Successful representation of a major airline company in a dispute involving pilots’ obligation to return the cost of training upon early resignation
■ Successful representation of the largest casino in Korea in a landmark case concerning ordinary-wage dispute involving over 3,000 union members
Contact: Sang Hoon Lee
Email: [email protected]

Tax & Customs:
■ Successful representation of a global card company at the High Court following the win at the district court cancelling the tax authorities’ (the “NTS”) tax assessment of withholding tax
■ Successful representation of the largest securities company at the Tax Tribunal level regarding the tax treatment of royalties received by a foreign company from a former Korean subsidiary after it was sold by the foreign company.
Contacts: Jay Shim
Emails: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
■ Representation of a global solar cell company in a global patent enforcement initiative involving foundational technologies in solar cells and solar modules in the United States, Germany, and Australia
■ Representation of in a landmark copyright infringement lawsuit which found that copying distinct elements and expressions of mobile games constitute copyright infringement.
Contacts: Hwan Sung Park, Tae Hyung Kim
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

International Work:
The firm represents Korean and foreign clients in numerous cross-border transactions and matters across all practice areas.


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Tax Controversy 2020 Law and Practice in South Korea

Jay Shim, Tae-Gyung (Ted) Kim, Sung-Hyun Ryu

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Corporate Governance 2020 Law and Practice in South Korea

Sang Gon Kim, Jang Hyuk Yeo, Seung Hwan Lee, Won Joon Jang

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Corporate M&A 2020 Law and Practice in South Korea

Sang Gon Kim, Jang Hyuk Yeo, Daehoon Koo

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