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Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is excellent for international arbitration, and regularly appears before the ICC and KCAB. It is currently representing a large steel manufacturer in a multimillion-dollar arbitration in London over the alleged wrongful termination of an off-take agreement. The firm is also a ‘main player’ in litigation, fielding as it does some 100 litigators. Kap-You Kim is ‘exceptionally smart’, John Bang is a ‘bulldog against adversaries’, and Matthew Christensen is also recommended.
‘Heavyweight’ player Kim & Chang is noted for its cross-border expertise and its mix of Korean and foreign-qualified lawyers. Its team leaders are ‘recognised as leading arbitration lawyers on an international level’, with Byung-Chol Yoon being ‘extremely highly thought of’ and Eun Young Park showing ‘gravitas, intelligence, and huge personal skills’. The ‘highly sought-after’ John Rhie is ‘brilliant and lucid’, and Sun Seong Park and Chul Man Kim are banking litigation experts. Young Hoon Park is known for labour cases, and Chang Hoon Baek focuses on tax disputes. The team was recently bolstered by Kay-Jannes Wegner’s arrival from Herbert Smith; Wegner ‘finds creative solutions to difficult problems’.
Barun Law has a ‘strong domestic litigation practice’, spanning corporate, employment, administrative, corporate fraud, and white-collar criminal law. The firm recently advised Bombardier Transportation Korea on the ICC arbitration between Yongin Rapid Transit and Yongin City in respect of the Yongin Everline rail project. Other clients include Covidien, Hyundai Group and DuPont.
Lee & Ko has been building momentum with a number of hires, including that of former assistant attorney-general Yong Seok Park, and former High Court judges Seong Won Chang and Hun Myung Jung. Recent highlights include acting for the claimant in Samsung v Apple; for Kolon Industries in a $919m trade secrets case against E.I. du Pont; and for POSCO in its $1.2bn dispute with Nippon.
‘Top quality’ Shin & Kim’s international arbitration practice is led by Benjamin Hughes; Hughes is ‘a real expert in international dispute resolution, and has strong analytical and advocacy skills’. In one highlight the firm represented defendant company NDS in its $300m license agreement dispute with Skylife, in respect of which the firm is also handling a $21m counterclaim. Doo-Sik Kim is a ‘bright, broadly experienced lawyer’.
Yoon & Yang LLC’s team is currently representing Maeng Jee Lee in his ongoing battle with Samsung for recovery of shares and damages. Kyung-Song Chun, Jae Seung Byun, and Hong-Hoon Lee are experienced litigators. Sam-Sung Yang (domestic and international litigation), Hoil Yoon (competition and commercial law) and international arbitration experts Jay Lee and Hae Duk Jung are also recommended.
Yulchon is ‘client-focused, professional, and experienced’. The group is particularly renowned among banking clients, and also has engineering and construction-related experience; examples include advising Hanil Engineering & Construction in a dispute with Tong Yang Securities. Hee Joong Lee is ‘very knowledgeable about financial products’, Sang Min Lee is ‘superb’, and Ju Bong Park is ‘one of the best lawyers for construction’.
Hwang Mok Park P.C.’s recent mandates include an ICC arbitration over an international sports facility.
Jipyong Jisung’s key contacts are Yong-Hwan Cho and Sung-Taek Lim. In 2011, the team handled Qualcomm’s appeal against a large fine levied by the KFTC, and took on significant instructions from GS Caltex and GlaxoSmithKline. Former Constitutional Court judge Kong-Hyun Lee joined the practice in 2012.
Kim Chang & Lee’s practice encompasses IP and white-collar criminal law, and is able to handle mass torts and arbitration. Ihl-Pyo Hong is the key contact.
Kim, Choi & Lim’s team includes several former High Court and Supreme Court judges, and it is renowned for property and product liability disputes. It successfully defended the directors of a life insurance company against a claim for alleged negligent investments.
Sechang & Co. is currently representing a European financial institution in multimillion-dollar Chapter 11 proceedings in relation to a local company. Other clients include Ahrenkiel and GE. Hyun Kim and Hae Yeon Song are recommended.