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Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

133 TEHERAN-RO, GANGNAM-GU, SEOUL 06133, SOUTH KOREA
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Work +82 2 3404 0000
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Fax +82 2 3404 0001
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www.bkl.co.kr
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Asia Pacific: Regional international arbitration

Regional international arbitration
Regional international arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Seoul-headquartered firm Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is a prominent fixture in investment treaty and commercial arbitration. Practice co-heads John Bang and Kap-You Kim are acting alongside Sue Hyun Lim and Junu Kim to defend the Republic of Korea against a $4.4bn claim for damages brought by Lone Star Funds pertaining to a protracted share sale involving Lone Star’s interests in Korea Exchange Bank and other Korean companies.

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South Korea

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s team is a strong choice for first-of-their-kind cases, particularly pertaining to investor-state arbitrations. The group is defending the Republic of Korea in proceedings initiated by Lone Star following claims related to a bilateral investment treaty between Korea and Belgium. It is also serving as lead counsel to Ansung Housing in the first ICSID arbitration brought by a Korean company against a foreign state, the People’s Republic of China. Kap-You Kim and John Bang (‘ensures that cases are managed smoothly’) jointly head the team, which includes foreign counsels David MacArthur (‘brings great energy and dedication to his work’) and Matthew Christensen, who is notably strong in construction disputes.

Leading individuals

Kap-You Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

David MacArthur - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Antitrust and competition

Local firms
Antitrust and competition: Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC has ‘excellent industry knowledge’ and ‘provides appropriate advice in a timely manner’. Keum Seok Oh, Seong Un Yun and Sang Hoon Shin represented the claimant Sharp in a private cartel damages case against several cathode ray tube manufacturers. Yun jointly heads the team with Yun Soo Kim.

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South Korea: Banking and finance

Local firms
Banking and finance: Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC routinely handles project financing matters, with practice head Eui Jong Chung particularly active in this space. The group advised the sponsors on the project financing of the Gulpur hydropower project. It also has a notable private equity practice and assisted VIG Partners with the acquisition financing of its purchase of Winche.

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South Korea: Capital markets

Local firms
Capital markets: Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is praised for its lawyers’ ‘knowledge of the local and international capital markets’. The firm is a popular choice for ECM deals among underwriters, including NH Investment & Securities, which it advised on its role as lead underwriter on the IPOs of defence company LIG Nex1 and Innocean Worldwide. Standout work on the debt side included assisting the Republic of Korea with its RMB3bn panda bond issuance. Eui Jong Chung and Hee-Gang Shin are ‘knowledgeable and responsive’.

Leading individuals

Eui Jong Chung - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Corporate and M&A

Local firms
Corporate and M&A: Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

In an illustration of Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s track record of sell-side mandates, the firm advised Tesco on its sale of Homeplus, effectively marking the global retail chain’s exit from the Korean market. Financial services M&A remains a mainstay of the practice, which assisted Hana Financial Group with the merger of Hana Bank and Korea Exchange Bank. Dong Woo Seo and Ri Bong Han jointly head the team. Sky Yang and Joonki Yi are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Dong Woo Seo - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Dispute resolution

Local firms
Dispute resolution: Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s origins as a litigation boutique makes it a strong choice for dispute resolution, particularly financial services sector disputes. Highlights included successfully representing several leading underwriters in option price manipulation litigation against Deutsche Bank. Post-M&A disputes are another area of expertise for the team, which represented Hyundai Oilbank in a claim for damages against Hanwha Energy pertaining to seller misrepresentation. Tony Dongwook Kang is a key name in the team, which was bolstered by the arrival of Hang Sung Cha from the Supreme Court.

Leading individuals

Tony Dongwook Kang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Employment

Local firms
Employment: Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s team is ‘exceptionally responsive and client focused’. Jeong Han Lee, who is ‘knowledgeable on the issues faced by Korean subsidiaries of international clients’, leads the practice with Wook Rae Lee, who represented Valeo in a trade union recognition dispute. Other mandates relate to health and safety, merger-related employment law and employee classification.

Leading individuals

Jeong Han Lee - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Insurance

Local firms
Insurance: Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s Jong Ku Kang is advising insurers, including Samsung Life Insurance, on issues arising from suicide exclusion clauses. Jai Young Kim assisted Fubon Life Insurance with the regulatory aspects of its purchase of a 48% stake in Hyundai Life Insurance, and represented SK Hynix in a claim against its insurer pertaining to a fire at a semiconductor factory in China. Jong Min An made partner in 2016.

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South Korea: Intellectual property

Local firms
Intellectual property: Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s practice is ‘very professional and responsive to clients’ needs’. Highlights on the transactional side include senior foreign attorney Susan Park (‘responsive and intelligent’) and Mun Ki Nam’s advice to Hanmi Pharmaceutical on a $4.2bn licensing deal with Sanofi pertaining to diabetes drugs. Practice head Taeck Soo Kwon is adept at handling patent and trade mark litigation for high-profile clients. The firm acts for the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games.

Leading individuals

Hoo Dong Lee - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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Patents and trade mark attorneys
Intellectual property: Patents and trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC handles a range of trade mark and patent litigation and registration matters. Jung Hi Park and Taeck Soo Kwon successfully represented Dongkook Pharmaceutical in invalidation litigation against a Novartis patent for a drug delivery system. In the trade mark space, Park and In Gi Min acted for SM Entertainment in successfully invaliding a third party’s registration of ‘Girls’ Generation’, the name of a popular girl band the client represents. Hoo Dong Lee, a patent attorney, leads the practice.

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South Korea: Projects and energy

Local firms
Projects and energy: Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC has noted an increase in instructions from Korean clients seeking to dispose of overseas assets. Chinpyo Park and Seung Kyo Lee advised Kowepo America on the sale of its interest in a photovoltaic project in Nevada, while Joonki Yi and Seung Yo Lee advised Korea Gas Corporation on the disposal of an oil production plant in Iraq. Jung Hwan Bae and Youn Nam Lee joined from Hyundai Oilbank and Yulchon, respectively.

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South Korea: Real estate

Local firms
Real estate: Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLChas a good depth in its bench, without overstaffing matters’. The firm handles major construction projects and logistics acquisitions, as well as the real estate aspects of M&A deals. Tongeun Kim, who has ‘astute business acumen’ and an appreciation of commercial strategy, advised Mirae Asset Global Investments on the construction of Seoul’s Four Seasons Hotel. ‘True real estate specialist’ Eun Jin Jeon frequently handles large acquisitions. Practice head Gun Chul Do advises on a range of construction matters, including in the Middle East.

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South Korea: Shipping

Local firms
Shipping: Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

At Bae, Kim & Lee LLC, Jong Ku Kang (who has a ‘high local standing’) and Tae Jeong Kim are rated as ‘knowledgeable and practical’. They acted for KB Insurance in limited liability proceedings pertaining to the collision of a VLCC with an oil terminal insured by the client.

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South Korea: TMT

Local firms
TMT: Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s workload spans the telecoms, broadcast and data protection sectors. Practice heads Yang Ho Oh and Sang Jik Lee, as well as Ji Yeon Park (‘determined and trustworthy, with good communication skills’), were part of a team that advised LG Uplus on successfully persuading the authorities to run an auction for the allocation of a mobile frequency band. Other clients include the Korea Cable Television Association.

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South Korea: Tax

Local firms
Tax: Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s Il Young Cho and Wu Cheol Song successfully represented KT Corporation in Supreme Court litigation regarding the applicability of VAT to mobile phone subsidies.Cho jointly heads the practice with Cheol Hyung Yu and Dong Hyun Kim. Other clients include UBS Securities, which the firm is advising on the tax effect of losses created by equity-linked warrant trading.

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Asia Pacific: Regional international arbitration

Regional international arbitration
Regional international arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Seoul-headquartered firm Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is a prominent fixture in investment treaty and commercial arbitration. Practice co-heads John Bang and Kap-You Kim are acting alongside Sue Hyun Lim and Junu Kim to defend the Republic of Korea against a $4.4bn claim for damages brought by Lone Star Funds pertaining to a protracted share sale involving Lone Star’s interests in Korea Exchange Bank and other Korean companies.

[back to top]

South Korea

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s team is a strong choice for first-of-their-kind cases, particularly pertaining to investor-state arbitrations. The group is defending the Republic of Korea in proceedings initiated by Lone Star following claims related to a bilateral investment treaty between Korea and Belgium. It is also serving as lead counsel to Ansung Housing in the first ICSID arbitration brought by a Korean company against a foreign state, the People’s Republic of China. Kap-You Kim and John Bang (‘ensures that cases are managed smoothly’) jointly head the team, which includes foreign counsels David MacArthur (‘brings great energy and dedication to his work’) and Matthew Christensen, who is notably strong in construction disputes.

Leading individuals

Kap-You Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

David MacArthur - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Antitrust and competition

Local firms
Antitrust and competition: Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC has ‘excellent industry knowledge’ and ‘provides appropriate advice in a timely manner’. Keum Seok Oh, Seong Un Yun and Sang Hoon Shin represented the claimant Sharp in a private cartel damages case against several cathode ray tube manufacturers. Yun jointly heads the team with Yun Soo Kim.

[back to top]

South Korea: Banking and finance

Local firms
Banking and finance: Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC routinely handles project financing matters, with practice head Eui Jong Chung particularly active in this space. The group advised the sponsors on the project financing of the Gulpur hydropower project. It also has a notable private equity practice and assisted VIG Partners with the acquisition financing of its purchase of Winche.

[back to top]

South Korea: Capital markets

Local firms
Capital markets: Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is praised for its lawyers’ ‘knowledge of the local and international capital markets’. The firm is a popular choice for ECM deals among underwriters, including NH Investment & Securities, which it advised on its role as lead underwriter on the IPOs of defence company LIG Nex1 and Innocean Worldwide. Standout work on the debt side included assisting the Republic of Korea with its RMB3bn panda bond issuance. Eui Jong Chung and Hee-Gang Shin are ‘knowledgeable and responsive’.

Leading individuals

Eui Jong Chung - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Corporate and M&A

Local firms
Corporate and M&A: Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

In an illustration of Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s track record of sell-side mandates, the firm advised Tesco on its sale of Homeplus, effectively marking the global retail chain’s exit from the Korean market. Financial services M&A remains a mainstay of the practice, which assisted Hana Financial Group with the merger of Hana Bank and Korea Exchange Bank. Dong Woo Seo and Ri Bong Han jointly head the team. Sky Yang and Joonki Yi are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Dong Woo Seo - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Dispute resolution

Local firms
Dispute resolution: Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s origins as a litigation boutique makes it a strong choice for dispute resolution, particularly financial services sector disputes. Highlights included successfully representing several leading underwriters in option price manipulation litigation against Deutsche Bank. Post-M&A disputes are another area of expertise for the team, which represented Hyundai Oilbank in a claim for damages against Hanwha Energy pertaining to seller misrepresentation. Tony Dongwook Kang is a key name in the team, which was bolstered by the arrival of Hang Sung Cha from the Supreme Court.

Leading individuals

Tony Dongwook Kang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Employment

Local firms
Employment: Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s team is ‘exceptionally responsive and client focused’. Jeong Han Lee, who is ‘knowledgeable on the issues faced by Korean subsidiaries of international clients’, leads the practice with Wook Rae Lee, who represented Valeo in a trade union recognition dispute. Other mandates relate to health and safety, merger-related employment law and employee classification.

Leading individuals

Jeong Han Lee - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

[back to top]

South Korea: Insurance

Local firms
Insurance: Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s Jong Ku Kang is advising insurers, including Samsung Life Insurance, on issues arising from suicide exclusion clauses. Jai Young Kim assisted Fubon Life Insurance with the regulatory aspects of its purchase of a 48% stake in Hyundai Life Insurance, and represented SK Hynix in a claim against its insurer pertaining to a fire at a semiconductor factory in China. Jong Min An made partner in 2016.

[back to top]

South Korea: Intellectual property

Local firms
Intellectual property: Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s practice is ‘very professional and responsive to clients’ needs’. Highlights on the transactional side include senior foreign attorney Susan Park (‘responsive and intelligent’) and Mun Ki Nam’s advice to Hanmi Pharmaceutical on a $4.2bn licensing deal with Sanofi pertaining to diabetes drugs. Practice head Taeck Soo Kwon is adept at handling patent and trade mark litigation for high-profile clients. The firm acts for the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games.

Leading individuals

Hoo Dong Lee - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

[back to top]

Patents and trade mark attorneys
Intellectual property: Patents and trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC handles a range of trade mark and patent litigation and registration matters. Jung Hi Park and Taeck Soo Kwon successfully represented Dongkook Pharmaceutical in invalidation litigation against a Novartis patent for a drug delivery system. In the trade mark space, Park and In Gi Min acted for SM Entertainment in successfully invaliding a third party’s registration of ‘Girls’ Generation’, the name of a popular girl band the client represents. Hoo Dong Lee, a patent attorney, leads the practice.

[back to top]

South Korea: Projects and energy

Local firms
Projects and energy: Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC has noted an increase in instructions from Korean clients seeking to dispose of overseas assets. Chinpyo Park and Seung Kyo Lee advised Kowepo America on the sale of its interest in a photovoltaic project in Nevada, while Joonki Yi and Seung Yo Lee advised Korea Gas Corporation on the disposal of an oil production plant in Iraq. Jung Hwan Bae and Youn Nam Lee joined from Hyundai Oilbank and Yulchon, respectively.

[back to top]

South Korea: Real estate

Local firms
Real estate: Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLChas a good depth in its bench, without overstaffing matters’. The firm handles major construction projects and logistics acquisitions, as well as the real estate aspects of M&A deals. Tongeun Kim, who has ‘astute business acumen’ and an appreciation of commercial strategy, advised Mirae Asset Global Investments on the construction of Seoul’s Four Seasons Hotel. ‘True real estate specialist’ Eun Jin Jeon frequently handles large acquisitions. Practice head Gun Chul Do advises on a range of construction matters, including in the Middle East.

[back to top]

South Korea: Shipping

Local firms
Shipping: Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

At Bae, Kim & Lee LLC, Jong Ku Kang (who has a ‘high local standing’) and Tae Jeong Kim are rated as ‘knowledgeable and practical’. They acted for KB Insurance in limited liability proceedings pertaining to the collision of a VLCC with an oil terminal insured by the client.

[back to top]

South Korea: TMT

Local firms
TMT: Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s workload spans the telecoms, broadcast and data protection sectors. Practice heads Yang Ho Oh and Sang Jik Lee, as well as Ji Yeon Park (‘determined and trustworthy, with good communication skills’), were part of a team that advised LG Uplus on successfully persuading the authorities to run an auction for the allocation of a mobile frequency band. Other clients include the Korea Cable Television Association.

[back to top]

South Korea: Tax

Local firms
Tax: Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s Il Young Cho and Wu Cheol Song successfully represented KT Corporation in Supreme Court litigation regarding the applicability of VAT to mobile phone subsidies.Cho jointly heads the practice with Cheol Hyung Yu and Dong Hyun Kim. Other clients include UBS Securities, which the firm is advising on the tax effect of losses created by equity-linked warrant trading.

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