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Chul-Won Lee

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Litigation, International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation, Shipping, Insolvency & Restructuring, Europe, International Litigation, Insurance Litigation, Shipping Litigation

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Chul-Won Lee is an attorney in the firm's International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation Practice Group, Shipping Group, Litigation Practice Group and Insolvency and Restructuring Group.

Mr. Lee represents diverse clients from various jurisdictions in international arbitration proceedings under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce and the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board on matters involving post-M&A disputes, shipbuilding, international trade and general contractual disputes. Mr. Lee has extensive experience in a wide range of shipping law, including maritime and environmental casualties, charterparty and bills of lading disputes and shipbuilding disputes.

Prior to joining Kim & Chang, Mr. Lee served as a judge in the Seoul Central District Court and the Seoul Southern District Court (2002-2006).

Languages

Korean, English and Japanese

Member

Admitted to bar, Korea, 1999
Solicitor, Admitted to practice in England & Wales, 2012

Education

University College London (LL.M., 2011)
Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University (LL.M., 2006)
Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1999)
College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1997)


Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration

Leading firms

Within: Leading firms

Korean heavyweight Kim & Chang’s Seoul office handles work not just in engineering, but also concerning M&A disputes, global projects and investment disputes. Chul-Won Lee is representing a Korean shipyard in a $500m dispute with an offshore drilling contractor, with other key lawyers in the team including Byung-Chol Yoon and Eun Young Park. Foreign attorneys of note include Joel Richardson and Kay-Jannes Wegner – the former is admitted in the District of Columbia, the latter in England and Germany; Richardson and Byung-Woo Im represent a Korean industrial company in a dispute concerning oil pipelines in the GCC region.

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South Korea

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Kim & Chang ‘consistently delivers an extremely high level of service' in the most complex international disputes, particularly within M&A, construction and shipping sectors. The practice jointly led by Byung-Chol Yoon  and Eun Young Park; Yoon ‘manages the client interface and client meetings very well’ and is highly experienced in cross-border disputes; he and Sungjean Seo successfully defended a Korean shipbuilder in a London-based ad hoc arbitration. Meanwhile, Park, Byung-Woo Im and Joel Richardson represented the claimant, a Korean subsidiary of a French industrial gases supplier, in ICC arbitration over the termination of a supply agreement. Kay-Jannes Wegner is ‘one of the best advocates in Korea’; he regularly acts in cases involving European interests. Richard Menard and Chul-Won Lee are also recommended. Liz Kyo-Hwa Chung has joined Microsoft Korea as head of corporate, external and legal affairs.

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South Korea: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Local firms

Within: Dispute resolution – Local firms

When it comes to disputes, Kim & Chang is ‘best in class in terms of industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice, and strength of team’. The team has expertise in a diverse range of areas, including corporate and M&A litigation, professional liability, family and estates, media and health, among others.  Cross-border expert Jin Yeong Chung is able to ‘cut through the complicated facts and legal analysis to provide practical guidance throughout the litigation process’; he is advising a conglomerate in a complex class action suit, and a foreign financial institution in a high-value criminal investigation and civil action suit. Accomplished litigator Sang Ho Han is representing Philip Morris Korea, alongside Hye Kwang Lee, Sungwook Kim and Chul-Won Lee, in an on-going suit brought by the National Health Insurance Service claiming damages equivalent to insurance paid out to policyholders diagnosed with cancer as a result of tobacco defects and company misconduct. Other key figures include Sun Seong Park, Jung Keol Suh and Chang Beom Ryu who have a niche focus on securities and derivatives litigation.

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South Korea: Shipping

Shipping – Local firms

Within: Leading individuals

Chul-Won Lee - Kim & Chang

Within: Shipping – Local firms

The team at Kim & Chang is ‘able to handle various shipping matters with quality advice’Chul-Won Lee has a ‘wealth of experience’ in shipbuilding disputes; he and Dong-Seok Oh recently acted in a case relating to termination of the shipbuilding contract and the tender of delivery. Jae-Bok Lee ‘gives particularly good practical advice’ in marine insurance-related matters and ship financing projects. Department head Byung-Suk Chung specialises in maritime law, insurance disputes and domestic and cross-border international trade litigation. He and JB Lee are representing several creditors in bankruptcy proceedings against Hanjin Shipping, one of the largest insolvency cases in the maritime industry. Joon Hwan Park is a key name in the area of cargo claims and marine casualties.

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