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Kim & Chang's ‘always responsive, constructive and client-friendly’ team is highly sought after by leading Korean and foreign commercial banks, private equity funds and asset management companies owing to its expertise in transactions, fund formations, restructuring and compliance in addition to contentious matters. Prominent figures in the sizeable team are Geon Ho Kim and Hi Sun Yoon who are experienced in project finance and have recently acted for Kookmin Bank and Bank of Communications on significant transactions. Sang Hwan Lee is a name to note for financial regulation matters, restructuring and M&A and Young Kyun Cho and Ick Ryol Huh are recommended for aircraft finance. Young Min Kim and foreign attorney Robert Gilbert represented Export Development Canada as senior lenders in all aspects of the transaction for the delivery of a Bombardier jet to Korean Air. Ie Hwan Yoo is also recommended securities-related transactions.

Lee & Ko’s ‘vast pool of experienced professionals’ continue to dominate the banking and finance sector space and is praised for ‘its dedication to maintaining long-standing relationships and delivering the full range of its capabilities, knowledge and resources in a timely manner’. This substantial team has strong capabilities across all banking and finance-related matters, particularly within project finance and acquisitions. Dong Eun Kim and Hun Ko advised both the borrower, Second Beltway, and several banks such as Kookmin Bank as lenders on the $616m financing structuring arrangement for the Icheon-Osan Express Way Private Participation Project. Yun Jeong Seo leads on several ship finance transactions. Other noted figures include Yeo Kyoon Yoon, Helen Sohn and Tom Shin.

Shin & Kim continues to have a strong reputation in acquisition and project finance. The team has been active on several significant transactions, in one notable example Yun Seok Jang and Yong Hee Kim advised a syndicate of financial institutions led by long-standing client Woori Bank as lenders on the refinancing of acquisition financing for Doosan Machine Tools valued at over $900m. Senior foreign attorney Hyun Ju Helen Pak frequently advises private equity and asset management firms and sponsors on acquisition finance with a cross-border element. She and Jang advised Korea Trade Insurance on a loan facility extension to Korea Shipping and Maritime Transportation. For project finance transactions, Sang-Hyun Lee is well regarded and has been active on the practices’ largest transactions.

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC has a strong track record advising well-known Korean and foreign financial institutions, private equity and asset management companies. The practice stands out among its competitors with its expertise in advising Korean lenders on the financing of nuclear and hydro power projects. The ‘responsive and quality team’ has been active in a number of significant transactions; Eui Jong Chung, Ho Jin Kim, Dongwook Kang and Seung Il Hong collectively advised Shinhan Alternative Investment Management in relation to a  mezzanine loan of $190m to finance the operations of One Worldwide Plaza in New York City. Annie Eunah Lee and Chung acted as Korean counsel for Deutsche Bank in drafting a security package for a term loan facility to be used in the acquisition of an 80% interest in Lumileds, a leading supplier of LED components.

Clients are continually attracted to Yulchon not least for its ‘sound legal advice’ but also in offering a ‘strategic business perspective’. The cross-disciplinary practice’s strong capabilities in acting on high-value project finance transactions are demonstrated with Kyu Sik Kim continuing to assist CGN Daesan Power in connection with the financing of a biomass power plant project. Foreign attorney Seung Jae Chang advised Woori Bank and other senior and junior lenders in the acquisition financing of Baring Private Equity’s acquisition of Halla Cement. Foreign attorney Christopher Joon Tae Cho is ‘very organised and attentive to details’; he represented K-Sure in its ECA covered loans provided to Seadrill and its affiliates, and also acted for KTB Investment & Securities regarding the sale and leaseback of a Boeing 787-9 aircraft on lease to Etihad to the value of $60.7m. Sung Keun Park is ‘highly responsive, diligent and a great communicator’.

Structured and project finance specialist Yully Kang at Jipyong has been active on a number of high-value transactions; in recent examples, she acted as counsel to Pinestreet Asset Management in relation to acquisition and related financing of 49 LPG stations across Korea from SK Networks, and also acted for Korea Development Bank in its refinancing of the Daegu and Busan Sinho solar power projects. Other key contacts are Seong-Jin Bae, Hee-Jung Shim, who is experienced in the establishment and merger of financial holding companies, and Hee-Suk Chai who focuses on private equity funds.

Yoon & Yang LLC’s team has extensive expertise across financial transactions, particularly within the real estate and project development space. Young Woo Park assisted KB Securities in a project finance loan for the development and construction of multiple commercial outlets in Sungdong-Gu, Seoul and has also been active on several real estate transactions. Soonghee Lee has a strong reputation in advising domestic banks in relation to financial disputes, while Young Ho Kang specialises in financial regulations.

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