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Asia-Pacific 2022 High Net Worth 2021 FinTech 2022

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Managing Partners: Sang Gon Kim

Number of partners: 305

Number of lawyers: 650

Languages: Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese

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.

Practice Areas:

Anti-Corruption & Regulatory

Compliance Antitrust & Competition

Aviation

Banking & Finance

Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring

Capital Markets & Securities

Corporate & M&A

Corporate Governance

Customs

Energy

Environment

Foreign Direct Investment

Health Care & Life Science

Insurance

Intellectual Property

International Arbitration

International Trade

Labour & Employment

Litigation

Maritime & Shipping

Overseas Investment

Private Equity & Venture Capital

Privatisation

Product Liability

Real Estate & Construction

Regulatory & Compliance

Tax

Technology, Media & IT

White-Collar Crime

Main Areas of Practice:  

Competition/Antitrust:

■ Representation of a leading 3PL (third party logistics) company in the cartel investigation of bid-rigging and the subsequent administrative appeals (representing additional 3PL companies).

■ Successful representation of a leading financial conglomerate in the KFTC’s investigation of unfair support of affiliates resulting in exemption of criminal charges; ongoing representation in subsequent administrative appeals.

Contact: Hwan Jeong

Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:

■ Loan up to KRW166,106,000,000 by an investment fund managed by KYOBO Investment Trust Management Co., Ltd. for 86MW solar power plants in Shinan Gun and Youngkwang Gun

■ KRW 150.000,000,000 debt facility arranged by NH Investment & Securities Co., Ltd. for BHC’s acquisition of 100 % shares of Outback Stakehouse

Contacts: Woo Young Jung, Yeo Kyoon Yoon

Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Capital Markets:

■ SK Battery America, Inc. USD1,000,000,000 Dual-tranches Green Notes Guaranteed by SK Innovation Co., Ltd.

■ Hana Bank EUR500,000,000 Covered Bonds due 2026 issued under U.S.$5,000,000,000 Global Covered Bond Programme

Contact: Hyunjoo Oh

Email: [email protected]

Corporate/M&A:

■ Representation in sale of Hyperconnect (owner of Tinder and Hinge) to Match Group (Deal Value: USD 1.73 billion)

■ Representation in Bighit Entertainment America’s acquisition of Ithaca Holdings (Deal Value USD 1 billion) 

Contact: Hyun Tae Kim

Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:

■ Representing the Republic of Korea in two high-profile ISDS cases totaling approximately 1 billion USD brought by global investment companies

■ Representing the chairman and CEO of a Korean conglomerate in a 500 million USD ICC arbitration brought by a foreign investor

Contacts: Sungwoo (Sean) Lim, Robert W Wachter

Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Employment & Labour:

■ Effective representation of one of the world’s largest electronics companies against allegations of unfair labor practice by top executives who are accused of taking active efforts to suppress unionization

■ Effective representation of one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers in an unlawful dispatch case where thousands of non-regular dispatch workers have claimed direct-employee status and damages for any pay and benefits differentials against the client.

Contacts: Sang Hoon Lee, Chang Soo Jin

Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Tax & Customs:

■ Successful representation of a global software company, persuading the Seoul Administrative Court to determine that consideration paid to the U.S. parent company for the purchase of software is business profits rather than royalties for the transfer or use of know-how and technology under the applicable tax treaty and to cancel the assessment of USD 22.5 million in withholding tax by the Korean tax authorities (the “NTS”)

■ Successful representation of a global OLED company at the level of the High Court, leading the Court to rule that an Irish company should be considered as the beneficial owner of the domestic source income at issue and that the NTS’ additional tax assessment of withholding tax should be cancelled

Contact: Jay Shim, Ok Hyun Ma

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Intellectual Property:

■ Representation of Novartis AG, the patentee of Entresto®, one of the most successful blockbuster heart failure drugs in decades, in more than one hundred litigations against 30+ Korean generic pharmaceutical companies in a cross-border patent dispute also ongoing in the US, Europe, China, India, and other countries.

■ Representation of global semiconductor equipment manufacturing company against Lam Research Corporation in a patent infringement and invalidation lawsuit involving edge clean system.

Contacts: Hwan Sung Park, Tae Hyung Kim

Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

White Collar Crime:

■ Successful defense of a global IT company in a case involving allegations of violating the Trade Union and Labor Relations Adjustment Act.

■ Successful defense of an industry-leading chemical/pharmaceutical manufacturer, SK Chemical, which allegedly manufactured toxic substances of humidifier sterilizers.

Contact: Changhee Suh

Email: [email protected]

Global

This firm is also ranked in:

Asia-Pacific 2022 High Net Worth 2021 FinTech 2022

Contributions

Total 9 contributions

Law and Practice

Blockchain 2022 in South Korea

Authors: Jongsoo (Jay) Yoon, Hyunkoo Kang, Chloe (Jung-Myung) Lee, Il Shin Lee

Law and Practice

Transfer Pricing 2022 in South Korea

Authors: Steve M. Kim, Jay Shim, Ronald Parks

Law and Practice

Life Sciences 2022 in South Korea

Authors: Keum Nang Park, Eileen Jaiyoung Shin, Min Soo Kim, Soo Yeon Park

Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 19 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

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North Korea

General Business Law
Spotlight Table
South Korea

Banking & Finance: Domestic Firms
Band 1
Capital Markets: Domestic Firms
Band 1
Corporate/M&A
Band 1
Corporate/M&A ( North Korea )
Spotlight Table
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration
Band 2

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Banking & Finance: Domestic Firms


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

Capital Markets: Domestic Firms


Hyun Joo Oh
Band 1
Seung-A Hyun
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Top Ranked Lawyers

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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