Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Seoul Office

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Managing Partner: Sung Jin KIM
Number of partners: 261
Number of lawyers: 527
Languages: Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Vietnamese, Burmese, Urdu

Firm Overview:
Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (‘BKL’) offers comprehensive services for businesses and investors in global market. A firm of more than 500 lawyers, BKL is able to deliver swift and focused advice in every area of commercial interest. Specialised practice groups regularly advise on a wide span of cross-border transactions for the firm’s clients, among them many multinational enterprises and investor groups.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking & Finance:
Advised NH-Amundi Asset Management on its financing for the biomass project in Teesport UK
■ Advised The Export-Import Bank of Korea on its financing for a nuclear power plant in Barakah, UAE
■ Advised Kakao Bank Consortium on obtaining approval for its internet-only banking
Contact: Eui Jong CHUNG
[email protected]

Capital Markets:
■ Advised on the IPOs of Samsung BioLogics, Doosan Bobcat, Celltrion Healthcare, etc.
■ Advised Republic of Korea on its first issuance of Foreign Exchange Equalization Bonds
■ Advised on the issuance of Global Depositary Receipts of Kakao Corp
Contact: Hee Gang SHIN
Email: [email protected]

Representing Apple in the lawsuit filed by Qualcomm to cancel KFTC’s corrective measures against Qualcomm’s abuse of its dominant position in patent licensing
■ Represented Nichicon in response to KFTC’s international cartel investigation
■ Merger Filing with KFTC in relation to JV establishment between BMW and Daimler
Contact: Keumseok OH
[email protected]

Corporate & M&A:
■ Advised Affinity Equity Partners in its investment in Korean retail giant, Shinsegae
■ Advised Unilever on its acquisition of Carver Korea
■ Advised Tesco PLC on its sale of Homeplus
Contact: Sky YANG 
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
■ Advised on licensing out transactions including Hanmi Pharm’s deal with Sanofi, Janssen, Eli Lilly, Boehringer Ingelheim
■ Represented Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and Apple in a lawsuit over Qualcomm’s abusive SEP licensing practice
■ Served as the official legal counsel for The PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
Contact: Jihyun KIM
Email: [email protected]

International Arbitration:
Defending the Republic of Korea government against claims brought by Lone Star Funds under the Korea-Belgium/ Luxembourg BIT
■ Represented Lotte E&C in a SIAC arbitration related to the Hyatt Regency Hotel project in Mongolia
■ Represented KEPCO in a large dispute on a nuclear power plant project in the UAE
Contact: John P Bang
Email: [email protected]

Real Estate:
■ Advised Korea Land and Housing Corporation on the South Saad Al Abdullah New Town Development Project in Kuwait
■ Advised Samsung SRA, CBRE, etc. on the investment to the real estate in prime locations around the globe (Australia, Germany, etc.)
■ Advised Hanwha Engineering and Construction on its Bismayah New City Development Project in Iraq
Contact: Gun Chul DO
Email: [email protected]

■ Defended KORAIL against tax authorities in a lawsuit concerning a refund for corporate income tax in connection with the biggest real estate development project in Korean history
■ Represented KT Corp. in a lawsuit seeking a refund of VAT on mobile phone subsidies
■ Provided general tax advisory services to multinational companies on their starting business in Korea such as UberEats, Tesla, Philip Morris, etc.
Contact: Il Young CHO
Email: [email protected]

Practice Areas
- Banking & Finance
- Capital Markets
- Competition/Antitrust
- Corporate/M&A
- Construction & Real Estate
- Corporate Rehabilitation & Bankruptcy
- Insurance & Shipping
- Intellectual Property
- International Arbitration
- International Trade & Anti-Dumping
- Labour & Employment
- Litigation
- Tax
- Technology, Media & Telecommunications