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Lee & Ko

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

Firm Overview:
With more than 40 years of experience as Korea’s leading full-service law firm, Lee & Ko has a widely recognised and long-established record of excellence in providing expert legal advice to and representation of its diverse clientele in domestic and international matters involving all areas of legal practice. Lee & Ko’s practice groups and specialised teams have consistently been ranked among the best in the field for relevant markets and practice areas by leading Korean and international professional associations and publications.

Main Areas of Practice:
Anti-Corruption & Regulatory Compliance
Antitrust & Competition
Banking & Finance
Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring
Capital Markets & Securities (Derivatives, Fund)
Corporate & M&A
Corporate Governance
Data Privacy
Foreign Direct Investment
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 & Telecommunications
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 practices 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 Bonds
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]


Total 7 contributions

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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