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South Korea

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 2

KL Partners

KL Partners has expertise in M&A-related disputes and investor-state arbitration. Practice co-heads John M. Kim and Eun Nyung (Ian) Lee frequently acts alongside Beomsu Kim, who is particularly noted for his ‘efforts to champion the client’s cause’ and is ‘very apt in understanding complicated issues’, as counsel in leading high-stake disputes. Recent highlights for the team include acting as lead counsel for Lone Star Funds in the highly publicised post-M&A dispute against Hana Financial Group. The group is representing the same client in the first treaty-based ICSID investor-state dispute brought against the Republic of Korea claiming damages worth $4.7bn.

Leading individuals

Eun Nyung (Ian) Lee - KL Partners

John M. Kim - KL Partners

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South Korea: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Local firms
Corporate and M&A – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

KL Partners

KL Partners is quickly developing a reputation as an ‘outstanding practice’ in the corporate and M&A space. Group head Seong Hoon (Sean) Yi is an all-round expert in M&A and private equity transactions; he advised KTB Private Equity in its sale of shares in Dongbu Express to Dongwon Group for $380m and assisted Kumho Holdings in the re-acquisition of Kumho Buslines for $400m. John M. Kim regularly advises foreign corporations on M&A, joint ventures and corporate transactions; he recently acted for NBC Sports in its broadcast of the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Leading individuals

Seong Hoon (Sean) Yi - KL Partners

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South Korea: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Local firms
Dispute resolution – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

KL Partners

Boutique practice KL Partners is an ‘excellent choice’ for ‘experienced local and foreign-educated lawyers’ who are ‘engaged, reactive and very much understanding of the client’s needs' and ‘offers much better service compared to large firms and more value for money’, according to clients. Beomsu Kim and Ki Seong Park are the ‘go-to figures’ for politically sensitive criminal investigations; they secured a reduced sentence for Chae-Yoon Park (representative director of Y. Jacobs Medical) and her husband, Young Jae Kim, as part of an investigation into the corruption scandal of impeached former President Park Geun-Hye. In the Supreme Court, ‘extremely professional’ international arbitration partner John M. Kim and Park, aided by a cross-border team, are representing GEA Farm Technologies in a dispute over the wrongful termination of exclusive distribution rights granted to a Korean local distributor. Senior associate Heedong Hwang joined from Jipyong and ‘is very professional, knowledgeable and always available for clients’; he acted for Posco Daewoo in a claim for damages relating to a commodity transaction.

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