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Seon-Jee Lee

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Kim & Chang

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Structured Finance, Banking, Non-bank Financial Companies, Real Estate & Construction


Seon-Jee Lee is an attorney in the Structured Finance Practice and the Real Estate Practice.

Ms. Lee specializes in structured financing transactions, including asset-backed securitization, CP conduit transactions with various types of underlying assets, securities and issuance of covered bonds, as well as banking regulations, legal compliance matters and various license requirements for financial institutions. Her clients range from domestic financial institutions (including non-banking financial institutions) to major international financial institutions.

Also a member of the Firm's Real Estate Practice, Ms. Lee advises major global financial institutions in relation to real estate financing projects.

Ms. Lee's legal practice in recent years primarily covers advising on the structuring and documentation of structured finance transactions, advising real estate investors in the purchase of numerous real estate properties through ABS or REF vehicles, and advising securities companies on obtaining securities business licenses in Korea.

Before joining Kim & Chang in 1999, Ms. Lee served as an associate at the Office of Bank Supervision of The Bank of Korea. Since joining the firm, she has served as a member of the Savings Bank Appraisal Committee and the Administrative Appeals Committee at the Financial Supervisory Commission. She is currently a legal advisory member to the Financial Supervisory Commission and has been a lecturer on asset-backed securitization procedure at the Korea Banking Institute since 2007.

She is the writer of a number of articles that were published in the Seoul National University Finance Law Center and International Financial Law Review. She was selected as a recommended individual and leading lawyer in Korea in 2014 by Asia Law & Practice Journal.


Korean and English


Admitted to bar, Korea, 1999


Columbia Law School (Visiting Scholar, 2006)
Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1999)
College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1990)

South Korea: Capital markets

Capital markets – Local firms

Within: Capital markets – Local firms

Kim & Chang continues to be a prominent practice within the capital markets arena; the 31-partner strong team handles IPOs in Korea and other jurisdictions, securities, credit and equity-linked derivatives, and bonds. Yong Ho Kim heads the structured finance department and has a speciality in asset securitisation, ABCP conduit programmes and credit derivatives. He and Ie-Hwan Yoo advised Hanwha Investment & Securities on its refinancing transaction involving outstanding RCPS'. The practice remains a popular choice for underwriters; Kim and Yong Seung Sun represented NH Investment & Securities as the arranger in securing a hybrid loan guaranteed by CJ Cheil Jedang. M&A specialist Young Man Huh is also proficient in securities and IPOs; Chang Hyeon Ko is recommended for capital market and venture capital transactions. Seon-Jee Lee advises on structured financing transactions including asset-backed securitisation, and Myoung-Jae Chung is a well-respected practitioner in the area of securities and asset management; he is advising Korea East-West Power on its $500m issue of 2.62% notes and, along with Seung Jae Yoo, advised Korean Air Lines on its issue of $300m senior capital securities which were issued pursuant to a fiscal agency agreement entered into between the issuer and Deutsche Bank (Hong Kong Branch), acting as agent. Associate Kwon Eui Park is recommended for securities transactions and securities regulations.

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