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Seung Ho Lee

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Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense, Corporate Governance, Banking, Privacy & Data Security, Anti-Corruption & Corporate Compliance


Seung Ho Lee is an attorney in the firm’s Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense, Corporate Governance, and Banking Practices.

Mr. Lee received his LL.B. from the College of Law of Seoul National University in 1986. He also earned an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2004.

After passing the bar exam and graduating the Judicial Training and Research Institute, he began serving as a prosecutor from 1991. During his years as a prosecutor, Mr. Lee worked in the Central Investigation Department of the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, which plays an overall supervisory role of white collar crime investigations in Korea. He has also taken part in many complex and high-profile white collar criminal investigations in person, and conducted research on the German legal system in 1997 in Germany.

Mr. Lee joined Kim & Chang in 1999. Mr. Lee’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, particularly specializing in banking and securities transaction related cases. He also has extensive experience advising clients on the potential criminal risks of various transactions.

Mr. Lee worked for the Presidential Office from 2002 to 2003, where he provided extensive legal advice to the Presidential Office as a legal staff for the President of Korea. After the administration changed, Mr. Lee rejoined Kim & Chang and has been working for high profile white collar crime cases as a senior counsel. Mr. Lee has been selected by Global Investigation Review 2015 Survey as a key lawyer in anti-corruption and compliance, and corporate investigations and white collar defense.


Korean, English and German


Admitted to bar, Korea, 1991; Passed bar exam, New York, 2004


Harvard Law School (LL.M., 2004)
Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1991)
College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1986)

South Korea: Regulatory: compliance and investigations

Regulatory: compliance and investigations – Local firms

Within: Regulatory: compliance and investigations – Local firms

With its strong forensic capabilities, Kim & Chang’s multi-disciplinary practice is a favourite with international businesses seeking assistance with compliance issues. Head of the corporate investigations and white-collar defence Kook Hyun Yoo is working alongside Seung Ho Lee, Ho-Keun Ryu, and Michael Yu in defending Audi Volkswagen Korea against investigations by multiple Korean agencies in connection with the "Diesel Gate" scandal for vehicles imported into the Korean market. Other key contacts are Myungsuk Sean Choi for white-collar criminal defence, anti-corruption and regulatory compliance; Dong Min Cha leads in corporate crime and insider trading; Hankyu Kim is highly experienced in internal investigations and leading criminal cases. Sung Gwan Chun acts in cases involving Korean conglomerates, while Byung Suk Lee’s expertise lies in securities fraud and insider trading. In non-contentious matters, Yu advised Lotte Chilsung Beverage in negotiating compliance provisions in a distribution and joint venture agreement with a multinational beverage corporation.

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