South Korea : Antitrust and competition
Within Antitrust and competition, Lee & Ko is a first tier firm,
Lee & Ko’s widely respected team recently advised Seagate on its successful acquisition of Samsung’s hard disk drive business, which involved merger filings in several jurisdictions. In another matter, Hwan Jeong and Jin Hwan Chung are advising Dong-A Pharmaceutical in an appeal before the Seoul High Court, seeking to annul a corrective order by the KFTC. Yong Seok Ahn and Min-Ho Lee are also recommended.
South Korea : Banking and finance
Within Banking and finance, Lee & Ko is a first tier firm,
Lee & Ko’s team is ‘excellent’ for loan syndication, export finance, project finance, and ship financing. It recently acted for Korea Development Bank and other Korean lenders on financing of Fila Korea’s $700m acquisition of Acushnet. It also advised Hyundai on a significant ETA financing, and handled a number of ECA-backed and strategic leveraged financing matters. Practice head Woo Young Jung and Dong Seok Woo are recommended.
South Korea : Capital markets
Within Capital markets, Lee & Ko is a first tier firm,
Lee & Ko has experience in cross-border IPOs, and in 2012 advised Wanli International Holdings on its listing on the Korea Exchange. The team also advised KDB on a $750m bond issuance that included some Japanese elements.
South Korea : Corporate and M&A
Within Corporate and M&A, Lee & Ko is a first tier firm,
Lee & Ko’s ‘excellent’ team has ‘good practical knowledge of the regulatory environment’. In 2012, it acted for discount store Shinsegae on its horizontal spin-off into E-Mart. New clients include 3M and Rolls-Royce. Kyu Wha Lee and Hyeong Gun Lee are ‘technically strong’ and ‘understand the needs of Western clients’, and the ‘very professional’ Young-Joon Yoon is also recommended. Young Jae Cho joined from the Korea Trade Commission, and the arrival of IP and entertainment expert Chung Hwan Choi boosted the team.
South Korea : Dispute resolution
Within Dispute resolution, Lee & Ko is a second tier firm,
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.
South Korea : Employment
Within Employment, Lee & Ko is a first tier firm,
Lee & Ko ‘consistently performs above expectations’. Its government-related expertise came to the fore in 2012 when it successfully defended Korean Air against a claim by the Ministry of Employment and Labour for repayment of subsidies for vocational development training. Wan Joo and Se Ry Lee are recommended, as is Sang Hoon Lee, who ‘gives advice based on industry knowledge’.
South Korea : Insurance
Within Insurance, Lee & Ko is a first tier firm,
Lee & Ko was bolstered in 2012 by the arrival of senior adviser Thae Woong Jung, who is valued by clients for his knowledge of the regulatory environment, which augmented the firm’s existing expertise in this area. The team was instructed by Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance to review an amendment to the Insurance Business Act. The firm is also active on the M&A side; for example, it advised Korea Life Insurance on its KRW1 trillion acquisition of Tong Yang Life Insurance.
South Korea : Intellectual property
Within Intellectual property, Lee & Ko is a first tier firm,
Lee & Ko’s 90-lawyer team is headed by Jae Hoon Kim. Its impressive client roster includes a number of household names such as Samsung, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, and Lacoste. On the patent side, it represented LG Life Sciences in a case against Kimberly-Clark, while trade mark and unfair competition matters included acting for the plaintiff in Jack Daniel’s v Heo et al. The firm is representing LG in ongoing patent infringement litigation against Osram.
South Korea : Intellectual property: patents and trademarks
Within Intellectual property: patents and trademarks, Lee & Ko is a first tier firm,
Lee & Ko has a close referral relationship with sister patent firm First Law Offices Of Korea. Clients include Nokia, Intel, IBM, and Panasonic. Changse Leon Kim is recommended.
South Korea : Projects and energy
Within Projects and energy, Lee & Ko is a first tier firm,
Lee & Ko’s practice includes power plant projects, for which Tom Shin is recommended, and fossil fuel and renewables work – such as petrochemicals plants – and it also advises on railroads and other transport infrastructure projects. The team has seen an increase in multi-jurisdictional instructions, including projects in Vietnam, Chile and Peru. The firm recruited Young Jae Cho from Shin & Kim, who brought in Korean Resource Corporation as a client, and oil and gas expert Jin Kim, formerly general counsel of the Korea National Oil Corporation.
South Korea : Real estate
Within Real estate, Lee & Ko is a first tier firm,
Lee & Ko’s ‘top-quality’ team of four lawyers advises on the sale and purchase of office buildings, reconstruction, development, and real estate litigation. Junghwan Lee and Joong Hoon Kwak advised the owner of Kyungbang Times Square on disputes with contractors and tenants of the Mall at the beginning of its commercial operations; the client has since retained the firm on an ongoing basis.
South Korea : Shipping
Within Shipping, Lee & Ko is a first tier firm,
Lee & Ko has a growing shipping law caseload, and recently represented Korea Line Corporation in several consolidated charterparty disputes involving 200 confirmatory proceedings with a combined value of $1.3bn. The firm also represented Orient Shipyard in a $21m arbitration. Jae Hwan Kim recently returned to the team after a period in the UK.
South Korea : TMT
Within TMT, Lee & Ko is a first tier firm,
Lee & Ko is ‘streets ahead’, owing to a ‘strong, responsive team of TMT practitioners who are committed to high-end work.’ In 2011, the group advised on SK Telecom’s spin-off of its non-mobile network operations into SK Planet. Team leader Kwang Bae Park has ‘extensive knowledge and experience’ and is a ‘pleasure to work with’, while Chung Hwan Choi is ‘well respected in the entertainment industry’. Hwan Kyoung Ko is also recommended.
South Korea : Tax
Within Tax, Lee & Ko is a first tier firm,
Lee & Ko’s department combines strength in tax consulting, tax disputes, and tax audits. It is assisting Hite, a large Korean beer company, in a $30m tax assessment dispute. Recent recruits include former director general of the tax department Kyo-Shik Kim, and former Supreme Court judge Byung-Joon Sohn, as well as a new nine-strong tax and customs investigations team.
Further information on Lee & Ko
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- Antitrust and competition : Antitrust and competition
- Banking and finance : Banking and finance
- Capital markets : Capital markets
- Corporate and M&A : Corporate and M&A
- Dispute resolution : Dispute resolution
- Employment : Employment
- Insurance : Insurance
- Intellectual property : Intellectual property
- Intellectual property: patents and trademarks : Intellectual property: patents and trademarks
- Projects and energy : Projects and energy
- Real estate : Real estate
- Shipping : Shipping
- TMT : TMT
- Tax : Tax