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Kim & Chang's ‘excellent in every factor’ practice handles all tax-related matters including M&A, transfer pricing, tax audit litigation and appeals. Co-heads Woo Hyun Baik and Byung Moon Jung are highly regarded, while Seung Jong Yang and Je Heum Baik are singled out for their ‘outstanding reputation’ in tax audit and disputes. Im Jung Choi, Seung Hwan Jin and Jong Koo Park acted for MBK Partners on a transaction valued at $ 1.1bn. Jin and Keun Ah Cho represented JP Morgan Asset Management on the first REF trust sale. Tae-Yeon Nam has extensive expertise in transfer pricing and audit matters. Also of note for tax disputes, M&A and audits are Hae Ma Joong Kim and foreign attorney Jeremy Everett.

Lee & Ko’s ‘top of the market’ practice covers the full spectrum of tax-related matters including inbound and outbound tax planning, audit, customs and dispute resolution. The team, co-headed by Jay Shim and Myung Sub Kim, has significantly strengthened its capabilities with the recruitment of 14 lawyers. Highlights include Shim, Ok Hyun Ma, Kyung Tae Kim and Hoan Ku Lee represented MasterCard in a case relating to assessment fees in cross-border transactions. Elsewhere, Kim and Byeong Jun Son acted for SK Telecom in VAT litigation. Young Gee Park specialises in customs and internal investigations, while Young Uk Park focuses on corporate tax matters. Other names to note are Tae-Gyung Kim, Jangwoon John Kwak and Sung Hyun Ryu.

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s tax group is particularly strong in disputes, appeals and customs matters. Key figures include practice head Wu Cheol Song, Cheol Hyung Yu and Il Young Cho, who recently acted for SK E&C, securing the dismissal of approximately $12.7m worth of VAT levied on the company. Seung-Wan Chae has advised Philip Morris Korea on a range of tax matters relating to the launch of new IQOS products. Other key cases include a successful Supreme Court appeal dismissing the tax authority's demand for $5.7bn worth of VAT imposed on KORAIL. Elsewhere, Tae Kyoon Kim, Hakrae Cho and senior foreign attorney Maria Chang advised Unilever on its acquisition of Carver Korea.

Shin & Kim’s tax practice is comprised of experienced tax lawyers, CPA’s and tax accountants who advise national and international clients including the KT Corporation and Samsung SDS on matters ranging from tax appeals, investigations and customs. The practice is led by Choon Cho and Hyeon-Jin Kim, whose expertise covers corporate, VAT, inheritance, gift, local and custom taxes disputes. Cho obtained a favourable result for Korea Gas in its claim back of $62m paid in taxation. Meanwhile, Hee-Chan Byun acted for Korea South-East Power in a corporate tax claim totalling $3m; the case is significant for being the first where a court has recognised proper tax treatment of a trial product as a result of the government-funded technical innovation project.

Yoon & Yang LLC's team has a strong focus on tax disputes and was recently joined by Jeongsu Park, a former judge of the Seoul Southern District Court. Managing partner Seung Soon Lim and practice head Oh-Young Jeon successfully acted for Booyoung in a case concerning expenses in the real estate and construction industry. ‘Highly experienced’ litigator Jeon successfully challenged the Busan Customs Office over $3m imposed on Longchamp Korea. Wankyu Jeon is recommended for corporate and international taxation and Jae-Woong Jeong for customs tax.

Dong Soo Kim and Seok Hoon Kang jointly lead Yulchon ’s ‘highly knowledgeable’ full-service tax group. Key figures include Yun Heui Cho for disputes, Kyung Suk Jung for audits, and Un Sang Jung and Jeong Cheol Cho for customs-related matters. M&A and restructuring work are particular strengths of the group; recent cases include Kim and Sang Woo Song advising Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering on a $1.35bn restructuring, while Kim, Kyu Dong Kim and Joon Yung Jo acted for Mirae Asset Global Investments on a $430m M&A. Soo-Jeong Ahn is recommended for international tax matters.

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