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Lee & Ko

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Managing Partner: Jae Hoon Kim
Number of partners: 270
Number of lawyers: 565
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 Governance
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


■ Representation of Korean Airlines in its joint venture with Delta Airlines
■ Representation of Mando Corporation in the US DOJ’s automobile shock absorbers cartel investigation
Contact: Hwan Jeong
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
Representation of Industrial Bank, Woori Bank and JB Asset Management Co., Ltd. for the financing for the CPV Fairview Power Plant Project (The clients participated in the senior secured principal amount of USD150,000,000 for the USD700,000,000 senior secured financing project)
■ Representation of Kookmin Bank and other financial institutions for the acquisition financing for the business transfer of LS Automotive (KRW718,000,000,000)
Contact: Woo Young Jung
Email: [email protected]

Capital Markets:
■ Representation of Korea Expressway Corporation for its issuance of USD400 Million FRN issued under USD3.5 Billion GMTN Program
■ Representation of U-Bio Logics and SD Bio-Technologics, bio-technology companies, in their IPOs
Contact: Won Sik Choo
Email: [email protected]

■ Representation of Siren Investment, L.P. (invested by Carlyle Funds) in its sale of ADT Caps and its subsidiaries (ADT Security Co., Ltd. and Capstec Co.) to SK Telecom and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (KRW 2.97 trillion)
■ Representation of LG Electronics, Inc. and LG Corporation in its acquisition of ZKW Group (KRW 1.4 trillion)
Contact: Hyun Tae Kim
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
■ Representing the Republic of Korea in two high-profile ISDS cases related to the Samsung C&T/Cheil merger, with claims exceeding USD 1 billion
■ Currently representing a South American automobile company against an Asian automobile manufacturer in a USD 1 billion ICC arbitration
Contact: Sungwoo (Sean) Lim
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Robert Wachter
Email: [email protected]

Employment & Labour:
■ Represented and advised Incheon International Airport Corporation (IIAC) on the legal, administrative and logistical aspects of the converting over 9000 subcontracted workers to direct IIAC employees as part of the Moon Administration’s initiative to reduce non-regular workers in the public sector
■ Representing and advising major global brands in litigations involving former subcontractors and independent contractors, alleging employee-statuses and demanding statutory severance as part of the current social and legal trends toward greater recognition of non-regular workers as direct employees
Contact: Sang Hoon Lee
Email: [email protected]

Tax & Customs:
■ Successful representation of SK Telecom at the District Court regarding its cancellation of VAT assessment on mobile subsidy granted to mobile phone consumers which resulted in a blanket cancellation of a previous VAT assessment of approx. KRW 187 billion
■ Successful representation of DB HiTek Co., Ltd. in an appeal at the Supreme Court on the cancellation of corporate income tax assessment of approx. KRW 77.2 billion in its entirety on goodwill recognised in business reorganisation
Contact: Jay Shim
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Myung Sub Kim
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
■ Representation of Bristol Myers Squibb Company in an offensive patent infringement action and defensive patent invalidation involving two patents on Eliquis®, one of its most commercially important and blockbuster drugs
■ Representation of Epic Games, a world leading video game developer, in initiating a copyright infringement action against PUBG Corp. concerning Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, one of the most successful games worldwide since its release in 2017, for copyright infringement of Epic Games’ own run-away success game, Fortnite
Contact: Hwan Sung Park
Email: [email protected]
Contact: Tae Hyung Kim
Email: [email protected]


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