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Firm profile for Global 2021

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Managing Partner: Yong Seok Ahn
Number of partners: 300
Number of lawyers: 642
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
Aviation
Banking & Finance
Bankruptcy
Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring
Capital Markets & Securities (Derivatives, Fund)
Corporate & M&A
Corporate Governance
Data Privacy
Energy
Entertainment
Environment
Fintech
Foreign Direct Investment
Healthcare
Insurance
Intellectual Property
International Trade
Labour & Employment
Litigation & International Arbitration
Maritime & Shipping
Overseas Investment
Private Equity & Venture Capital
Privatisation
Product Liability
Real Estate & Construction
Tax & Customs
Technology, Media & Telecommunications
White-Collar Crime

Competition/Antitrust:

■ Representing a global auto parts company in the cartel investigation of price-fixing and bid-rigging, the subsequent administrative appeal and criminal investigations
■ Representing a Korean no.1 portal company in the (i) KFTC’s probe of abuse of dominance and unfair trade practice allegations involving its various online platforms and (ii) KFTC’s investigation on intentionally omitting to report affiliates and the subsequent criminal prosecution
Contact: Hwan Jeong
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
■ Representation of the Korea Development Bank on its urgent financing of KRW 1.2 trillion Key Industry Stabilization Fund for Korean Air
■ Representation of a syndication consisting of Samsung Securities, KB Securities Co., Ltd., etc. on its KRW1,580,000,000,000 financing for the acquisition of Daesung Industrial Gases by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets
Contact: Woo Young Jung, Yeo Kyoon Yoon
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Capital Markets:
■ Representation of the Republic of Korea on its offering of €700,000,000 zero coupon notes due 2025 and US$625,000,000 1.000% notes due 2030
■ Provision full legal service for Gen2 (Hong Kong); The first listing of Hong Kong company on Korean market, which operates its actual business in Hong Kong and not a holding company for PRC subsidiary. For this purpose KDR was used as IPO method
Contact: Hyunjoo Oh
Email: [email protected]

Corporate/M&A:
■ Representation of Hahn & Company in its acquisition of in-flight catering and duty-free business of Korean Air (KRW 1 trillion)
■ Representation of SK Engineering & Construction in its acquisition of EMC Holdings (KRW 1 trillion)
Contact: Hyun Tae Kim
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
■ Representing the Republic of Korea in two high-profile ISDS cases brought by global investment companies
■ Representing the chairman and CEO 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 the largest insurance claim adjuster company in Korea against cases filed by its on-site insurance inspector/agents, claiming for employee status and resulting statutory severance payments
■ Ongoing legal advisory support for a US-based, multinational computer technology corporation in employment, compliance, labor union, and government relations matters
Contact: Sang Hoon Lee, Chang Soo Jin
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Tax & Customs:
■ Successful representation of a global IT company at the Seoul Administrative Court persuading the court to overturn the tax authorities’ (the “NTS’”) denial of the company’s tax refund request
■ Successful representation of a global OLED company at the Seoul Administrative Court persuading the court to rule that an Irish company should be considered as the beneficial owner of the domestic source income and to cancel the NTS’ additional tax assessment of withholding tax
Contacts: Jay Shim, Ok Hyun Ma
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
■ Representation of Viiv Healthcare (Joint Venture created by Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline) and Shionogi against Gilead Sciences in a global patent infringement lawsuit involving a AIDS treatment (HIV integrase inhibitor) in the United States, Canada, EU, Australia, and Japan
■ Representation of ERICSSON-LG, a global mobile communication equipment company, in a patent infringement lawsuit involving LTE technologies in MU-MIMO (multi-user multiple-input and multipleoutput) antenna
Contacts: Hwan Sung Park, Tae Hyung Kim
Emails: [email protected], [email protected] com

White Collar Crime:
■ Successful defense of an industry-leading chemical/ pharmaceutical manufacturer, SK Chemical, which allegedly manufactured toxic substances of humidifier sterilizers
■ Successful defense of Hanjin Group, which owns Korean Air (one of world’s largest commercial airline carrier), from multiple charges including embezzlement. Contact: Changhee Suh
Email: [email protected]

Global

This firm is also ranked in:

Asia-Pacific 2021 High Net Worth 2020 FinTech 2021

Contributions

Total 9 contributions

Law and Practice

Tax Controversy 2021 in South Korea

Authors: Jay Shim, Sung-Hyun Ryu, Jung-Ho Ryu

Trends and Developments

Transfer Pricing 2021 in South Korea

Authors: Steve Kim, Jay Shim, Sunghan Park

Law and Practice

Transfer Pricing 2021 in South Korea

Authors: Steve Kim, Jay Shim, Sunghan Park

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South Korea

Banking & Finance: Domestic Firms
Band 1
Capital Markets: Domestic Firms
Band 1
Corporate/M&A
Band 1
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration
Band 2
Dispute Resolution: Litigation
Band 1
Intellectual Property
Band 1

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Banking & Finance: Domestic Firms


Woo Young Jung
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Yeo Kyoon Yoon
Band 3
Yong-Jae Chang
Band 2

Capital Markets: Domestic Firms


Hyun Joo Oh
Band 1
Won Sik Choo
Band 3

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Senior Statespeople
Kyu Wha LeeCorporate/M&A
Eminent Practitioners
Woo Young JungBanking & Finance: Domestic Firms
Won Seok KoDispute Resolution: Litigation
Jae-Hoon KimIntellectual Property
Band 1
Hyun Joo OhCapital Markets: Domestic Firms
Sang Gon KimCorporate/M&A
Robert WachterDispute Resolution: Arbitration
Young-Mo KwonIntellectual Property
Band 2
Yong-Jae ChangBanking & Finance: Domestic Firms
Jin-Hong KwonCapital Markets: Securitisation
Hyeong Gun LeeCorporate/M&A
Sean (Sung Woo) LimDispute Resolution: Arbitration
Pyoung Keun SongDispute Resolution: Litigation
Un Ho KimIntellectual Property
Kichang ChungInternational Trade
Young Gee ParkInternational Trade
Young Jae ChoInternational Trade
Band 3
Tom ShinBanking & Finance: Domestic Firms

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Hanjin Building

63 Namdaemun-ro

Jung-gu

Seoul

Seoul

South Korea

04532

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