Kim & Chang > Seoul, South Korea > Firm Profile

Kim & Chang
39 SAJIK-RO 8-GIL
JONGNO-GU
SEOUL 03170
South Korea

South Korea > Antitrust and competition: local firms Tier 1

The sizeable team at Kim & Chang houses numerous practitioners working in conjunction with former KFTC officials, in-house economists and forensic accountants to handle both domestic and cross-border matters. The firm remains the top choice firm for foreign clients in international cartel cases and mergers. Youngjin Jung and Gene-Oh (Gene) Kim jointly head the practice; Jung has significant experience in all areas of antitrust enforcement with specific knowledge of cartel matters whilst Kim represents major companies in government investigations and litigations. Other key practitioners include Jung-Won Hyun who handles major merger control cases. The ‘exceptional’ Brian Tae-Hyun Chung and Min-Ho Lee are also recommended; the latter for his expertise in consumer protection law. The team continues to expand and bolster its offering through the hire of prosecutor Namsu Kim from Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office and Dong-Gook Kim from Seoul Central District Court.

Testimonials

‘Kim & Chang is definitely the top competition law practice in Korea.’

‘Jung-Won Hyun is a fantastic competition lawyer, knowledgeable, very responsive, pleasant to work with and with excellent English.’

‘Youngjin Jung is very well versed in the competition field, knowledgeable about the KFTC’s approach on competition matters. He serves as an officer of the IBA antitrust committee and is well connected in the antitrust community around the world.’

‘Brian Tae-Hyun Chung is an exceptional lawyer. He has excellent legal skills and is pragmatic at the same time. I return to him for advice and litigation work time and again.’

Key clients

Apple

Booking.com

Danaher Corporation

Oracle

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd

LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton SE

BMW

Visa

IBM

Peugeot S.A.

Work highlights

  • Represented a global bank in its successful appeal of the KFTC’s sanctions against alleged bid-rigging regarding cross-currency swap contracts.
  • Represented two online travel agencies in the KFTC’s investigation into alleged violation of the Standardized Contract Regulations Act.
  • Advised Delivery Hero SE, a global food delivery service provider, in the Korean merger filing for its acquisition of Woowa Brothers, Korea’s leading food delivery service provider, and the establishment of a joint venture in Singapore with the management of Woowa Brothers.

South Korea > Banking and finance: local firms Tier 1

Representing a wide range of clients in the financial services sector, Kim & Chang continues to be the top choice law firm for both domestic and international companies. Practice head Kye-Sung Chung has extensive transactional experience, advising on cross-border M&A, securities law and financial regulatory matters. Young Min Kim acts for publicly and privately held multinational and Korean financial institutions whilst Hi Sun Yoon represents banks and financial advisors as well as shipping and shipbuilding companies. For securities-related litigations and the establishment of securities companies, Ie Hwan Yoo is the key contact.

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Testimonials

‘Their team is leading the market in Korea. As they have overseas networks including foreign law firms, they could provide various options regarding banking/financing/insolvency issues to the clients. Easy to contact.’

‘Hi Sun Yoon’ is a stand-out partner. He has extensive experience in banking and finance and has a broad network. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in the market and provides comprehensive opinions with practical solutions to clients.’

Key clients

Hahn & Company

MBK Partners

Samsung C&T Corporation

GS Energy Co., Ltd.

Woori Bank

Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (“K-sure”)

The Export-Import Bank of Korea (“KEXIM”)

H-Line Shipping Co., Ltd.

The Korea Development Bank (“KDB”)

Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Assisted KEXIM on the development and financing of a 16GWh Lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility located in Skellefteå, Sweden.
  • Advised the Korea Development Bank on the project financing of three solar PV projects in Japan.
  • Advised the Korea Development Bank in financing for five (5) ore carriers (“Vessels”) in relation to the purchase of COA business by H-line Shipping Co., Ltd. (“H-line”) from Polaris Shipping Co., Ltd. (“Polaris”).

South Korea > Capital markets: local firms Tier 1

At the forefront of major capital market transactions, the team at Kim & Chang has raised capital for companies in almost every industry sector, representing issuers, underwriters and investors in various transactions involving traditional equity or bond offerings as well as hybrid instruments and derivatives. The team also advises Korean and foreign companies on IPOs, block trades and offerings of equity-linked securities in both Korean and overseas markets, with Myoung Jae Chung being the key practitioner for all cross-border mandates. Kye-Sung Chung has a wide-ranging practice that includes M&A and financial regulatory matters; he is head of the overarching finance group.

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Testimonials

‘Highly knowledgeable on the market. Understand client needs and provide legal opinions that fully address client concerns.’

‘The team has such depth of experience in Korean securitisation structures that their opinion is definitive on any novel structures. Their other key distinguishing feature is their ability to provide a range of lawyers of all levels of qualification and experience to each transaction, making them highly efficient and accurate.’

Key clients

J.P. Morgan Securities (Far East) Limited.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

BNP Paribas

Credit Suisse

Citigroup Global Markets Korea Securities Limited

Standard Chartered Securities

Nomura Securities

Morgan Stanley

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Goldman Sachs

Work highlights

  • Advised Coupang, Inc. and Coupang Corp. in connection with IPO of Coupang, Inc. on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Advised Big Hit Entertainment Co., Ltd. on its listing on the KOSPI Market of the Korea Exchange.
  • Advised Woori Bank’s  $3bn Australian Domestic Debt Issuance Programme update and $250m Floating Rate Debt Instruments and $150m Fixed Rate Debt Instruments Issuance.

South Korea > Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 1

Kim & Chang’s interdisciplinary approach enables the team to work closely with other practices in order to address client needs in all aspects of an M&A transaction, from pre-deal to post-transaction. Practice head Kyung Taek Jung has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border M&A, including joint venture and private equity transactions. Jung is supported by a particularly strong bench of practitioners, including Jong-Koo Park and Young Man Huh who have acted in high-profile M&A transactions that were the first of their kind in Korea. Jong Hyun Park remains highly active, advising publicly and privately held multinational and Korean companies in a range of transactions, including corporate governance and securities.

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Testimonials

‘K&C is the premier Korean law firm. And their expertise in Corporate M&A is well known. In addition, they have expertise in all the ancillary fields, whether it be antitrust, regulatory, finance, investigation or otherwise, to fully support their broader Corporate and M&A practices.’

‘I have recently worked closely with Bo Yong Ahn and Sun Yul Lee. Not only do they have a superb level of expertise, but they are also very hands-on and responsive. They also manage their resources excellently to make sure client needs are met, without simply throwing a mass of lawyers at the problems.’

‘The team has its people power compared to other firms. Almost all of the team members have specific knowledge related to the practice, and it makes clients easy to have an efficient discussion with the team on the practice.’

‘K&C team is very responsive to the needs of a client and willing to go the extra mile for its client. They provide strategic advice through in-depth analysis as well as legal advice’

Key clients

SK hynix

Hyundai Motor Group

Macquarie

MBK Partners

KB Financial Group

KOREAN AIR LINES

Woonjin Thinkbig, Woongjin Coway

SK Networks

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Affirma Capital Partners

Anchor Equity Partners

IMM Private Equity

Glenwood Private Equity

E&F Private Equity

Magnachip Semiconductor

Hahn & Company

Celltrion

Work highlights

  • Advised SK hynix Inc. on its acquisition of Intel’s NAND SSD business, NAND component and wafer business and the Dalian NAND memory manufacturing facility in China.
  • Advised on KB Financial Group’s acquisition of Prudential Life Insurance.

South Korea > Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 1

Kim & Chang’s preeminent dispute resolution practice is strong in securities litigation, white-collar and regulatory investigations as well as commercial litigation in specialist fields including intellectual property and insurance. The sizeable team consists of former judges who regularly collaborate with an in-house team of economists and industry experts to successfully handle all aspects of complex litigation. Sang Ho Han and Jin Yeong Chung jointly head the practice; Han has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation whilst Chung leads on cross-border disputes.

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Testimonials

The Kim&Chang Dispute resolution team offers legal advice and litigation skills at the professional best in a global context. Advice is performed in a timely manner with a specialised team of professionals, perfect organisation and English language abilities for global projects and cross-border litigation cases.’

‘The availability and responsiveness of lead litigation partner Jin Yeong Chung is outstanding combined with a team and project organisation at a high level as well as perfect English language capabilities.’

Key clients

Philip Morris Korea

Volkswagen AG

Goldman Sachs

Deutsche Bank AG

The Boeing Company

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Hyundai Motor Company

Siemens Healthcare

Hyundai Heavy Industries

Credit Suisse

Work highlights

  • Represented Hanjin KAL, Korea’s leading air carrier, against an application for a declaratory judgment and injunction brought by dissenting shareholders to prohibit the issuance of new shares, the proceeds of which would be used in the acquisition of Korea’s second-leading airline; the case set an important precedent in the field of M&A in Korea.
  • Defended Philip Morris Korea, an international tobacco company, in a health care cost recovery action filed by Korea’s National Health Insurance Service; after a 6 year-long court battle, the court of instance ruled in favour of Philip Morris Korea.
  • Represented Doosan Infracore Co., Ltd., a leading Korean heavy industry manufacturer, in a landmark case before the Korean Supreme Court involving the interpretation of drag-along rights in a shareholders’ agreement.

South Korea > Insurance: local firms Tier 1

Kim & Chang is regularly involved in M&A, transaction and litigation work in the insurance sector. It is best known for its expertise in regulatory and licensing matters and is well-equipped to represent clients in commercial matters relating to joint ventures, acquisitions and restructurings. Consisting of major insurers and reinsurers, such as Prudential Life Korea and Korean Re, the firm’s impressive roster of clients is a reflection of the team’s bench strength, including practice head Jay Ahn who works extensively with Korean and multinational insurance companies. Jae Ho Baek has significant experience in the establishment of insurance branches, brokerages and agencies while Joon Young Kim’s practice focuses on e-business and FinTech clients, responding to inquiries or investigations from government and regulatory authorities. Hyun Wook Shin is also recommended.

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Key clients

ABL Life (formerly Allianz Life)

AIA Life

AIG Korea

Hyundai Marine & Fire

Korean Re

LINA Korea, a Cigna Company

Orange Life (formerly ING Life)

Prudential Life Korea

Samsung Fire & Marine

Samsung Life

Work highlights

  • Advising Kakao Pay on its license and establishment of a digital insurance company.
  • Representing KB Financial Group Inc. in its acquisition of The Prudential Life Insurance Company of Korea, Ltd. from Prudential International Insurance Holdings, Ltd.
  • Representing Korean Re, a local reinsurance company, in its appeal to the Seoul High Court seeking reversal of administrative sanctions imposed on Korean Re for alleged abuse of market dominance by unfairly excluding competitors from the general aviation reinsurance market.

South Korea > Intellectual property: local firms Tier 1

Kim & Chang’s sizeable team of intellectual property litigators, patent attorneys and patent engineers handle the full scope of IP matters for both domestic and international clients. Its expertise includes patent prosecution and enforcement, IP counselling and strategy, and trade secret litigation. The practice is led by Jay (Young-June) Yang who has over 30 years of experience in all areas of intellectual property and has handled several landmark copyright infringement and unfair competition cases. Patent law specialist Young Kim is an expert in infringement cases involving pharmaceuticals, biotech and various electronic materials and structures. Kim works closely with Man Gi Paik who has developed a practice specialising in patent monetisation as well as strategic IP management consulting for both the public and private sector. Duck Soon Chang and In Hwan Kim are also recommended, with Kim focusing on product liability matters.

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Testimonials

‘Very perceptive and strategic, allowing for successful IP protection strategies.’

‘They care about their clients.’

‘K&C does our most important patent prosecution work for our commercial products. K&C has also advised on related regulatory, competition and patent prosecution work.’

‘K&C also has done licensing-related work and patent-related submissions concerning regulatory matters. Kim and his team are proactive, raising issues for our consideration and review beyond the immediate issue that we have presented. It is always a pleasure to work with In and his team. In and his team’s advice is insightful, proposing courses of action that address and seek to obtain the end we seek.’

‘Sang-Wook Han and Duck Soon are the best. SW is a suave internationalist, guiding clients through the Asian litigation landscape with panache. Duck Soon is a general who guides his troops to success.’

Key clients

Apple Inc.

DuPont

Intel Corporation

Canon Inc.

Robert Bosch GmbH

L’Oréal

Pfizer

Sony Corporation

Medytox Inc.

Hermès

Work highlights

  • Represented an innovator pharmaceutical company against a patent challenge brought by generics.
  • Represented Hermès in a landmark litigation against an individual offering workshops on how to make lookalikes of their famous handbags by asserting that the act of instruction amounted to a violation of the consumer confusion provision of the UCPA.
  • Represented an originator pharmaceutical company against a patent challenge brought by generic companies.

South Korea > International arbitration Tier 1

Kim & Chang’s international arbitration team ‘is the strongest arbitration team in Korea’ with an ‘extraordinarily strong and deep bench of talent’ according to clients. The team collaborates with other practice groups, drawing specialised expertise in order to provide an integrated service for clients. It also leverages its global network of offices to efficiently handle cross-border disputes. Practice co-heads Byung-Chul Yoon and Eun Young Park serve as members of leading international arbitral institutions, including LCIA and SIAC. The team includes key practitioners with a diverse skillset; Byung-Woo Im leads the firm’s construction arbitration practice and are supported by the ‘excellent’ Matthew Christensen. Sae Youn Kim has extensive arbitration experience and was appointed Vice-Chair of IBA Arbitration Committee. Sungjean Seo, Joel Richardson, Una Cho and Shul Park are also recommended; Park is key in advancing the team’s practice in newly emerging areas, handling emergency proceedings and investor-state disputes. Kay-Jannes Wegner has left the practice to join Mayer Brown in Singapore.

Testimonials

‘Kim & Chang International arbitration Team is the strongest arbitration team in Korea, as the team has strong manpower and does great collaboration work with excellent foreign law firms and experts overseas’ 

‘Kim & Chang has an extraordinarily strong and deep bench of talent in the Korean legal market, at all levels of seniority. It is the go-to firm for Korean and foreign clients involved in international dispute resolution with a Korean nexus, and is involved in nearly all significant international matters in Korea. ’

‘BC Yoon – a visionary leader of the practice, with impeccable credentials, huge amounts of experience and a keen understanding of the law and commercial considerations driving the dispute.

‘Shul Park – A rising star in the Korean arbitration market, Shul is extremely hard-working, intelligent, and fully bilingual in English and Korean. She is a natural leader and an indispensable member of any team of which she is a part. She is a future leader of the field, and is highly respected in Korea and abroad. ’

‘Matt Christensen – excellent construction arbitration practitioner. ’

‘This is the strongest international arbitration practice in Korea by a long way. It stands in the same league as the magic circle UK firms and the large international US firms.’

‘Joel Richardson, another backbone of the practice who does most of the heavy lifting in some of their largest and most important cases, and an excellent advocate.’

‘Kay-Jannes Wegner, hands down the best advocate in Korea. ’

Key clients

Schindler Holding AG

Affinity Equity Partners

Baring Private Equity Asia

GIC Special Investments Private Limited

Standard Chartered Private Equity

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd

Mitsubishi Power, Ltd.

Hyundai Heavy Industries

Hyundai Motor Company

Samsung Heavy Industries

GS Engineering & Construction

Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd.

Doosan Heavy Industries

Work highlights

  • Representing four global financial investors in a high-stakes ICC arbitration case against a high-net-worth individual, who is the controlling shareholder and the chairman and chief executive officer of a major life insurance company in Korea.
  • Representing Schindler Holding AG, a foreign investor, in an investment treaty arbitration filed against the Republic of Korea with a claim amount of approximately $300m.
  • Represented Incheon Bridge Co. Ltd., a concessionaire founded for the purpose of constructing and operating a bridge that was built as a Public-Private Partnership (“PPP”) project under Korean law in an ICC arbitration against the South Korean Government, with a total matter value of approximately $230m including value of counterclaim.

South Korea > Labour and employment: local firms Tier 1

Consisting of attorneys, certified labour consultants and employee relations experts, the team at Kim & Chang is a ‘top tier expert group’ in the labour and employment field. Chun Wook Hyun has a diverse practice spanning the entire spectrum of labour and employment law, including collective bargaining, HR policy design, crisis management as well as unfair labour practices and wrongful termination. Hyun jointly leads the team with litigator Weon Jung Kim, who has extensive experience representing clients before the Labour Relations Commission, labour office and Human Rights Commission while Do Hyung Lee handles Supreme Court cases. Hyun Jae Parkand Wan Joo are also recommended; Joo has over 30 years of experience in labour and employment law, with expertise in labour unions and pro-labour groups.

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Testimonials

‘K&C is extremely reactive and professional.’

‘This team is the top-tier expert group in the field of labor and employment law. They have demonstrated their expertise both theoretically and practically through their practices.’

‘The team’s leaders are very good at communicating with top managers of clients. Their knowledge, experiences, commitment, and convictions have been helpful in that process.’

‘Lawyer Wang Joo comes to my mind first. As far as I know, he is the best lawyer in this field. He has a high understanding of labor unions and pro-labor groups. He is one of the few lawyer who has served as an advisor to the Korean two largest labor unions as well as to the big companies.’

‘Kim and Chang maintains various experts such as psychologist, tax expert, ESG specialists. They are working together efficiently. From time to time, labor issue is not only an issue of labor but also matters of environment, safety.’

‘We see many excellent lawyers and exports. Among them, Lawyer Deok-Il Seo and Hyo-Sang Kim are very professional and devoted to their work and service for their client.’

Key clients

Hyundai Motor Company

POSCO

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.

KEB Hana Bank

Woori Bank

Oracle Corporation

Pfizer Inc.

SK Hynix

Asiana Airlines

Work highlights

  • Advised SK Hynix on the acquisition of NAND/SSD business of Intel.
  • Advised Hyundai Motor Company on establishment of US joint venture company with Aptiv.
  • Represented Asiana Airline Co. Ltd. in an ordinary wage lawsuit.

South Korea > Projects and energy: local firms Tier 1

Kim & Chang’s energy department is ‘first-class’, advising clients across the entire spectrum of transactional and developmental energy projects. The team has extensive experience in dealing with stakeholders involved in both inbound and outbound work and as a result, is successful in handling complex deals across overseas utility, renewable, oil, gas, nuclear and mining projects. Led by Yon Kyun Oh and Ick Ryol Huh, the team also has a strong regulatory and project finance practice; Claire (Mi-Jin) Kim and Young-Kyun Cho have a vast amount of experience in domestic and international project financing. The ‘excellent’ John Sangho Park is also recommended for his expertise in developing and executing oil & gas projects across in Asia, the Middle East and North America as well as advising on LNG off-take.

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Testimonials

‘Once retained, they are very available.’

‘The best in their area in South Korea, from an experience and knowledge perspective’

‘John Park is excellent’

‘The practice is well staffed with a mix of experienced and junior attorneys plus consultants from within industry and government. It’s a unique blend in the market with the insights from the industry consultants complimenting the Korean law expertise. It’s a first class set up and International clients doing deals in Korea have been very impressed when referred to this team. ’

‘The stand out guys are Sangmyoung Shin for Korean law and Ryan Russell for Korean law/regs but distilled from an international attorney’s perspective. Sangmyoung gives sensible and well thought out advice. He’s been a Korean lawyer for years and his experience in KEXIM means he understands the clients so well. His NY law qualification is also helpful as he talks the same talk concepts wise between common law and Korean civil law.’

Key clients

POSCO Energy / POSCO

Hyundai Oilbank

KEXIM (Korea Export-Import Bank)

S-Oil Corporation

KOGAS (Korea Gas Corporation)

Hanwha Energy

KDB (Korea Development Bank)

KHNP (Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Corporation)

KEPCO (Korea Electric Power Corporation)

ST International

Work highlights

  • Advising Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners for the development of offshore wind projects (fixed + floating) with a total capacity of 1.2GW.
  • Advised Hanwha Energy for the development of 200mw ESS Project in Ireland, including, but not limited to negotiating and concluding EPC, O&M, Procurement and Project Finance Agreements.
  • Advising Hyundai Oil Bank for long-term offtake of LNG and terminal use agreement for self-power generation.

South Korea > Real estate: local firms Tier 1

Kim & Chang is well known for its expertise in REITs and REFs and act as highly trusted advisors to clients who often waive conflicts in order for the team to represent both buyer and seller in the same transaction. The group advises a range of clients, from financial institutions and asset management groups to property investors; Keun Ah Cho and associate Sang Min Lee are the key practitioners handling outbound investments for these clients. Practice head Yon Kyun Oh’s areas of expertise include licensing, permit and zoning issues, developments and acquisitions of power and energy assets as well as assisting Japanese investors. For contentious matters, Jin Ho Song and Seung Hoon Yeom are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Sang Min Lee and the team are quite active in providing or recommending potential solutions for issues involved. In addition to that, the level of commitment is quite high.’

Key clients

DWS Group / DWS Asset Management (Korea) Co. Ltd.

Mirae Asset Financial Group

M&G Real Estate

The Blackstone Group

Brookfield Asset Management

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR)

Goldman Sachs

Samsung SRA Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Vestas Investment Management Co., Ltd.

Mastern Investment Management Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Y22 Project Financing Investment Ltd on the sale of Tower 2 of Parc1 Complex.
  • Advised GIC on the forward purchase of a mixed-use commercial strata building consisting of business facilities, sales facilities, and cultural convention facilities.
  • Advised Samsung SRA Asset Management Co., Ltd. on share sale of interests involving real estate properties in Germany.

South Korea > Regulatory: compliance and investigations: local firms Tier 1

Kim & Chang takes an issues and industry approach to providing tailored advice to clients who face issues related to corporate investigations and white-collar offences. It has expertise in cross-border criminal investigations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, whistle-blower protection and dawn raid management. The team has extensive experience in working with multinational companies and their Korean affiliates which uniquely places them in a position to understand international client concerns when facing investigations in Korea and potential cross-border spill-over effects. Practice head Kook Hyun Yoo is a well-respected criminal defence expert, handling several of the firm’s major cases. Ho Keun Ryu is another key practitioner with experience in cases involving embezzlement and breach of trust, bribery and corruption and the creation of slush funds. The 2021 arrivals of Joo Hyun Kim and Wook Jun Kim, who served as Deputy Prosecutor Generals at the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office and Seoul Central District Prosecutors Office, has further strengthened the team’s offering. Sung Won Hong is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The regulatory practice at K&C is superior to other local firms, offering a full set of legal supports which a client can receive without seeking extra efforts. It consists of not only superior lawyers, but also utilizes flexible, yet very efficient, communication channel (including video-conferencing), which I find very useful during COVID-19.’

 

Key clients

Audi Volkswagen Korea

Work highlights

  • Defending Audi Volkswagen Korea in the Prosecutor’s Office’s investigation of alleged Clean Air Conservation Act violations.

South Korea > Shipping: local firms Tier 1

Kim & Chang’s maritime practice provides a full service offering to clients, representing both domestic and foreign shipowners and their respective P&I clubs and insurers. Clients can benefit from industry knowledge provided by the team’s group of professionals that include marine police and high-level government ex-officials from the Ministry of Oceans & Fisheries. The team also has extensive experience in high-profile shipbuilding and construction disputes, led by practice head Byung-Suk Chung and Jin Hong Lee who handles numerous cross-border litigations and arbitrations involving international trade. Chul-Won Lee is noted for his expertise in international arbitration proceedings as well as work relating to vessels. The arrival of Na-Rea Kim from Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. in December 2020 has further strengthened the team’s capabilities. For shipping finance, Jae Bok Lee is the key contact.

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Testimonials

‘Kim & Chang’s Shipping/Marine team offer us a full service legal solution which gives us always satisfactory good results. As for as I know, in my experience last 5 years, I can say that they are the best lawyer team in Marine/Shipping sector in Korea and In Asia/World Perhaps!’

‘I can recommend  Byung-suk Chung, Chul-won Lee and Narae Kim. I could believe them because they have the largest and successful shipping/marine practices. ’

‘The firm can advise in a vast range of legal respect of a certain dispute. ’

‘Jae Bok Lee can provide legal advice on various shipping matters (dry and wet) with long shipping experiences. ’

‘The Kim & Chang team is exceptional in being hard working, talented and knowledgeable about the law in relation to shipping, while focussed on meeting clients’ commercial objectives. ’

‘Chul-Won Lee is an exceptionally skilful partner, combining a consistent sense of strategy with a tactical skill in determining how to achieve clients’ outcomes, whether in court, arbitration or both.

‘Narae Kim has an unsurpassable understanding of the technical details relevant to any claim. She could probably visit and identify each space in a vessel and its contents while walking blindfold. ’

Key clients

North of England P&I

K Line

Samsung Heavy Industries Co.,Ltd

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering

Korean Reinsurance Company

KB Insurance Co., Ltd

Maersk

Korea P&I Club

Korea Shipping Association

Korea Shipowners’ Association

Pan Ocean Co., Ltd.

Korea Line Corporation

West of England P&I Club

HYUNDAI LNG SHIPPING CO., LTD.

Work highlights

  • Represented Hyundai LNG Shipping Co., Ltd .in a complex, tri-partite dispute in multiple court and arbitration proceedings concerning adjustment of outstanding freight fees under CVC deals in the context of M&A of shipping companies.
  • Represented Hull Underwriters in supreme court proceedings regarding an insured’s claim based on the intentional sinking of vessel and unseaworthiness, and coordinated a joint investigation with various technical experts and foreign legal counsel.
  • Represented PANASIA, the world’s leading supplier of the ballast water treatment system (BWTS) in criminal and judicial review court proceedings in connection with the Korean government’s cancellation of administrative approval for the production of BWTS.

South Korea > Tax: local firms Tier 1

Kim & Chang has deep and broad tax expertise across all industries and is routinely involved in defending taxpayer positions and resolving complex transactions; it has handled several Supreme Court cases, including the application of the extended statute of limitations for tax collection; practice co-head Woo Hyun Baik led on this matter, representing a client in the banking and financial service. The team also has a strong transfer pricing and customs practice and has a good track record in handling APA applications in Korea, an area in which Tae-Yeon Nam has extensive experience. Byung Moon Jung jointly heads the practice and focuses primarily on tax audit and dispute resolution whilst also advising on tax-related issues, setting up and restructuring Korean operations of multinational companies. Hae Ma Joong Kim and Sang Woo Lee are also recommended for their tax litigation expertise.

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Key clients

Goldman Sachs

LG Electronics Inc.

Citibank

CJ

Morgan Stanley

Hyundai Motor Company

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Oracle Korea

SK Hynix

National Oilwell Varco

Work highlights

  • Advised Affirma Capital on sale of EMC Holdings Co., Ltd. to SK Engineering and Constructions Co., Ltd. for $942m.
  • Advised SK Networks Co. Ltd on the sale of a gas station business and real estate assets of SK Networks.

South Korea > TMT: local firms Tier 1

Kim & Chang’s TMT group advises both domestic and multinational companies in Korea on the full gamut of legal issues, including telecoms regulation, privacy, fair trade and competition. The team consists of several practitioners who were former regulators from key agencies such as the Korea Communications Commission and the KFTC. Dong Shik Choi leads the team that includes the ‘excellent’ Min Chul Park who has ‘unparalleled expertise, experience and connection in the TMT space’. The team also has a strong pool of associates, in particular Han-Kyul Nam who has extensive knowledge in innovation and technology-related policies and services. For disputes and investigations, Brian Oh is the key contact. Hyo Sang Kim and Seong-Hyeon Bang are also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘The team understands regulators, as well as markets. It consists of various professionals. They collaborate with each other.’

‘Min-Chul Park is an excellent lawyer. He is very strategic and his advice is never ambiguous.’

‘K&C’s TMT team has the expertise and experience in the TMT regulatory space that clients ask for. The professionals understand well the clients’ business and industry and are well connected with the relevant regulators to advocate clients’ positions and obtain timely intelligence. The team also offers a variety of fee structures to suit the clients’ needs.’

‘Min-Chul Park has unparalleled expertise, experience and connection in the TMT space. His legal and strategic advice is very reliable.’

‘Han-Kyul Nam and Eugene Kim are excellent and skillful lawyers, very dedicated and striving to meet the clients’ needs for practical advice.’

‘Kim & Chang’s legal services are uniquely excellent on the knowledge understanding of local media regulations and the smooth handling of government officials. K&C provides smart legal & regulatory solutions based on strongly experienced team approach rather than individual knowledge approach.’

Key clients

Coupang

Delivery Hero

SKT

Facebook

Praxis

Homeplus

Volvo

YG

Big Hit Entertainment

Riot Games

Work highlights

  • Advised Coupang, Inc. and Coupang Corp. in connection with IPO of Coupang, Inc. on the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Advised the largest e-commerce company in Korea on all required matters related to the launch of an OTT service.
  • Represented Delivery Hero SE (“DH”), a global food delivery service provider, in the Korean merger filing for its acquisition of Woowa Brothers (“Woowa”), Korea’s leading food delivery service provider, and establishment of a joint venture in Singapore with the management of Woowa.

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms Tier 3

Kim & Chang fields one of the strongest arbitration teams in South Korea with an impressive caseload across a broad range of jurisdictions and industry sectors. The team is highly experienced in both investment treaty arbitration and commercial arbitration and continues to expand within its regional network of offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam.  Practice heads Byung-Chul Yoon and Eun Young Park are well-regarded for a range of disputes while, for construction arbitration, Byung-Woo Im is the key contact.

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Established in 1973, Kim & Chang is Korea’s premier law firm with a market leading position in all practice areas including antitrust and competition; banking; capital markets; corporate investigations and white collar defense; environment; financial regulation and compliance; financing; fintech; health; insolvency and restructuring; insurance; intellectual property; international arbitration and cross-border litigation; international trade and customs; labor and employment; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; privacy and data security; private equity; real estate; securities; shipping; tax; and technology, media and telecommunications.

Our strong foundation is built on the breadth and depth of our talent. Our professionals include lawyers, tax lawyers, patent and trademark attorneys, accountants, and other subject matter and industry experts totaling more than 1,700  professionals today. Our teams work seamlessly in close coordination with each other with the highest commitment to creating innovative solutions to the legal and business challenges that our clients face.

Based in Seoul, with offices in Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City, we are particularly known for our cross-border expertise. We have advised on some of the largest, most complex and demanding transactions and legal challenges in Korea and around the world. We have built a track record of “first-of-its-kind”, groundbreaking solutions that have had a profound impact on the law and business. Our attorneys are licensed in multiple jurisdictions, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, England and Wales, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the US and Vietnam in addition to Korea . With our growing regional networks and collaborative relationships with reputable law firms across Asia and around the globe, our clients with multi-jurisdictional interests have come to rely on us as a “one-stop shop” of the highest quality.

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Recent Developments in Derivative Actions and Director’s Obligations and Liabilities

The public’s interest in minority shareholders’ rights has recently increased and the possibility of the National Pension Service’s (the “NPS”) taking derivative actions has garnered attention. Given this context, it is noteworthy that, in a recent derivative action case, the Supreme Court rendered a decision that broadly interprets directors’ obligations and responsibilities.

Top Ranking in 18 Areas and 74 Individual Recognitions – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022

Kim & Chang ranked “Band 1” in 18 practice areas in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022, once again receiving the most number of “Band 1” rankings among Korean law firms.  With the guide also naming 74 of our attorneys, patent attorneys and certified public accountants, the highest number of any Korea law firm, as “Leading Individuals,” we demonstrated our market-leading capabilities across a wide range of fields. 

“Tier 1” in All 15 Practice Areas – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022

In the 2022 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Kim & Chang was the only Korean law firm to be selected as “Tier 1” in all 15 areas surveyed for Korea this year. In addition, we maintained our “Tier 3” ranking in the Regional International Arbitration category, which was evaluated across the Asia-Pacific region.

Winner of “Country and State Awards: Korea” for the Sixteenth Consecutive Year – Who’s Who Legal Awards 2021

Kim & Chang won the “Country and State Awards: Korea” for the sixteenth consecutive year at the 2021 Who’s Who Legal Awards.

[KIM & CHANG] Top-ranked in All 16 Practice Areas Surveyed – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

In the recently published The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018, one of the legal industry’s most prominent guides to the legal market in Asia, Kim & Chang was the only Korean law firm to be top-ranked ("Tier 1") in all 16 practice areas surveyed.  Particularly noteworthy is the fact that our IP group was the only Tier 1-ranked practice to be recognized in the “Intellectual property – Patents and Trademarks” category.


[KIM & CHANG] Making and Donating Kimchi to the Community

On November 18, 2017, more than 40 Kim & Chang attorneys and K&C Friends (staff volunteers) of Kim & Chang Committee for Social Contribution volunteered in gimjang, a Korean tradition of preparing large quantities of kimchi for the winter.  Volunteers gathered early in the morning to learn how to do gimjang, and helped to make kimchi.  The kimchi prepared through this event was  donated to 100 foster care families supported by the Central Foster Care Family Center .


[KIM & CHANG] Highest Rankings in All 18 Practice Areas – Asialaw Profiles 2018

Kim & Chang was the only Korean law firm to receive “Outstanding,” the highest possible ranking, across all 18 practice areas in the 22nd edition of Asialaw Profiles 2018, a definitive guide to Asia-Pacific’s leading regional and domestic law firms.  Additionally, we were the only Korean firm to be awarded “Outstanding” in the Financial Services Regulatory and Intellectual Property practice areas. 


[KIM & CHANG] Delivering Coal Briquettes to Low-income Families and the Elderly Living Alone in…

On December 9, 2017, Kim & Chang attorneys and K&C Friends (staff volunteers) of Kim & Chang Committee for Social Contribution together with youth members of Deulggot Youth World, an organization dedicated to caring for and educating children in need, delivered coal briquettes to a jjokbang town in Seoul’s Yeongdeungpo District.  Jjokbang towns are low-income neighborhoods comprised of tenement housings with small rooms that barely accommodate one person.  

The volunteers delivered the briquettes to low-income families, the elderly living alone, and others in the jjokbang town with hopes to give them a warmer winter.


[KIM & CHANG] Highest Number of Wins Among Korean Firms – Asian-MENA Counsel Firms of the Year 2017

In the recently published Representing Corporate Asia and Middle East Survey, an annual ranking survey published by Asian-MENA Counsel, Kim & Chang won "In-House Community Firm of the Year" in 14 categories.


[KIM & CHANG] Second Law Academy of 2017 at Gyeongsan Multicultural Family Support Center

On October 31, 2017, Kim & Chang Committee for Social Contribution hosted its second Multicultural Family Law Academy for 2017, a “mobile” legal service for multicultural families in Korea, in the City of Gyeongsan in Gyeongsangbuk-do Province.  The first session was held in the City of Gimje in Jeollabuk-do Province earlier in 2017.


[KIM & CHANG] “Asia-Pacific Firm of the Year” – Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards 2017

On November 28, 2017, Kim & Chang was recognized as the "Asia-Pacific Firm of the Year" in the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards. 


[KIM & CHANG] Korea’s Top Law Firm in the Asia-Pacific – The American Lawyer’s Asia 50 (2017)

According to the latest "Asia 50," an annual special feature published by The American Lawyer, Kim & Chang ranked 11th among the top 50 Asia-Pacific law firms.


[KIM & CHANG] Still Among Largest Asian Law Firms and Biggest in Korea – ALB Asia’s Top 50 (2017)

According to “Asia’s Top 50,” a feature story in the November issue of Asian Legal Business (ALB), Kim & Chang is the 12th largest Asian law firm, with the top 11 being China-based firms.  Our firm continues to lead this chart among Korean firms, and once again, this is the highest ranking for a Korean firm.  


[KIM & CHANG] “Korea Law Firm of the Year” for the 5th Consecutive Year – ALB Korea Law Awards 2017

Kim & Chang was once again named "Korea Law Firm of the Year" at the ALB Korean Law Awards 2017, a recognition we have won five consecutive times since these awards began in 2012.  Our firm was also once again honored with the highest number of recognitions at this year's ceremony held on November 16 at the Grand Hyatt in Seoul. 


[KIM & CHANG] Top Rankings Across All 19 Practice Areas Surveyed – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018

In the 2018 edition of the prestigious legal guide, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Kim & Chang was the only law firm in Korea to receive top rankings (“Band 1”) across all 19 practice areas surveyed.


[KIM & CHANG] “National Law Firm of the Year” – Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2017

On September 28, at the prestigious third annual Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2017, Kim & Chang was named "National Law Firm of the Year - South Korea," along with top recognition in one other major category. 


[KIM & CHANG] Top Tier in All Six Areas Surveyed – IFLR 1000

Kim & Chang has consolidated its position as the leading law firm in Korea ranking “Tier 1” across all six practice areas in the 2018 edition of IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate.  We are the only Korean firm to receive top tier rankings in all categories for 14 consecutive years. 

In addition, IFLR named nine Kim & Chang attorneys as "Highly Regarded," two as "Market Leader," and one attorney as a "Rising Star."  According to IFLR, our firm "dominates the market and is routinely involved in the best mandates available across all practice areas."  


[KIM & CHANG] Only Korean Firm Among the World’s Top 100 Law Firms- The American Lawyer’s Global 1

For the fourth year in a row, Kim & Chang is the only ranked law firm in Korea among the world’s largest law firms in the American Lawyer's “The Global 100" report.  


[KIM & CHANG] “South Korea Firm of the Year” for the Seventh Year – China Law & Pr

At the China Law & Practice Awards 2017, Kim & Chang won "South Korea Firm of the Year.”  This is the seventh consecutive year that our firm’s China Practice has received such recognition.  Further, we are the only Korean firm to be so named.   


[KIM & CHANG] Who’s Who Legal Names Kim & Chang as “Korea Law Firm of the Year”

On May 15, 2017, Who’s Who Legal awarded Kim & Chang “Country and State Awards 2017: Korea.”  This is the twelfth consecutive year that the firm has received this recognition.


[KIM & CHANG] Who’s Who Legal Names Kim & Chang as the “Pro Bono Firm of the Year” in Global S

Kim & Chang is pleased to announce that it was named as “Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year” by Who’s Who Legal for our firm’s steadfast commitment to pro bono work and for providing phenomenal services in 2016.  Also, Kim & Chang is the only Asian law firm to be recognized as one of the top 10 leading law firms in the world for its pro bono services for four consecutive years. 


[KIM & CHANG] Ranked 4th in the Acritas Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index 2017

In the recently announced Acritas “Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index 2017,” Kim & Chang was again recognized as a top 5 law firm brand in the AP region.  Our fourth ranking is the highest distinction earned by a local firm.  The top 3 firms are global firms with regional offices worldwide.


[KIM & CHANG] “Best Asian Law Firm 2017: Gold Award” at International Legal Alliance Summit & Aw

On June 15, 2017, at The International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards 2017, Kim & Chang received the Gold Award – the highest recognition – in the “Best Asian Law Firm 2017” category.   


[KIM & CHANG] “South Korea Tax Firm of the Year” at the 2017 Asia Tax Awards

On May 4, 2017, Kim & Chang was named “South Korea Tax Firm of the Year” and “Asia Tax Transactions Firm of the Year” at the 2017 Asia Tax Awards. 


[KIM & CHANG] Winner of Asian-MENA Counsel Deals of the Year 2016

"Hyundai Merchant Marine Restructuring," one of Kim & Chang's 2016 representations, was among the 38 “Winning Deals” chosen by Asian-MENA Counsel for its annual “Deals of the Year” awards.  


[KIM & CHANG] Top Rankings for All 7 Practice Categories in Chambers Global 2017

In the 2017 edition of Chambers Global – a global-wide leading law firm directory, published by Chambers & Partners – Kim & Chang received top rankings (“Band 1”) in all 7 practice areas surveyed.


[KIM & CHANG] No. 1 M&A Advisor in Korea – Bloomberg Asia Pacific Legal Advisory M&A Rankings 2016

Kim & Chang was ranked as the No. 1 M&A advisor in Korea - both by volume and deal count - with 110 deals worth USD 27.565 billion in the Bloomberg Asia-Pacific Legal Advisory M&A Rankings 2016.


[KIM & CHANG] Highest Ranking Among South Korean Law Firms in the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2017

Kim & Chang was top ranked (“Band 1”) in all 18 practice areas surveyed in the 2017 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific, a leading law firm directory of Asia-Pacific region, published by Chambers & Partners.  


[KIM & CHANG] “National Law Firm of the Year: Korea” at the IFLR Asia Awards 2017

For the 15th consecutive year, Kim & Chang was recognized as the “National Law Firm of the Year: Korea” at the IFLR Asia Awards 2017.


[KIM & CHANG] “Compliance/Investigations Firm of the Year” at the Asia Legal Awards 2017

For the second consecutive year, Kim & Chang was recognized as the "Compliance/Investigations Firm of the Year" at the Asia Legal Awards 2017.  On February 22nd, “The Asian Lawyer” – an affiliate of ALM, a world-renowned legal media group – hosted the awards ceremony at Hong Kong’s Four Seasons Hotel, to honor Asia’s top lawyers, law firms, and in-house teams.

 


[KIM & CHANG] “Korea Firm of the Year 2016” in 19 Practice Areas Surveyed – Asian-MENA Counsel

Kim & Chang was named as “Korea Firm of the Year” in 19 practice areas in the 10th annual “Representing Corporate Asia & Middle East Survey,” which was conducted and announced by Asian-MENA Counsel magazine.  


[KIM & CHANG] No. 1 M&A Advisor in Korea – Mergermarket M&A League Tables of Legal Advisors 2016

According to the “Mergermarket M&A League Tables of Legal Advisors 2016,” Kim & Chang ranks as the No. 1 M&A advisor in South Korea by deal value and count (USD 22.994 billion and 80 counts).


[KIM & CHANG] Leading Tax Advisory Firm – World Tax 2017

Kim & Chang was selected as one of the leading (Tier 1) tax advisory firms in Korea by World Tax 2017.


[KIM & CHANG] Ranked 10th among the largest 50 law firms based in the Asia-Pacific region

Ranked 10th among the largest 50 law firms based in the Asia-Pacific region - The American Lawyer’s Asia 50 (2016)


[KIM & CHANG] Tier 1 in all 15 practice areas – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017

Kim & Chang was named as “Tier 1” in all 15 practice areas surveyed, according to the Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017 edition), a leading global law firm directory published by Legalease, a UK legal publisher.


[KIM & CHANG] Tier 1 in all practice areas – IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate 2017

Kim & Chang was named as “Tier 1” in all five practice areas surveyed by IFLR1000 Financial & Corporate for the 13th consecutive year.


[KIM & CHANG] Outstanding in 17 practice areas – Asialaw Profiles 2017

Kim & Chang was selected as “Outstanding” in 17 practice areas out of 18 areas surveyed and also selected as “Highly recommended” in one practice area, according to Asialaw Profiles 2017, a publication of Asialaw, affiliated with Euromoney.


[KIM & CHANG] National Law Firm of the Year – Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016

Kim & Chang was selected as “National Law Firm of the Year - South Korea” at Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016, hosted by Asialaw, a legal media group, affiliated with Euromoney.


[KIM & CHANG] Best National Firm for Work-Life Balance – Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards

Kim & Chang was selected as the “Best National Firm for Work-Life Balance” at the Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2016, hosted by Euromoney.


[KIM & CHANG] Ranked 68th among the 100 largest law firms – The American Lawyer’s Global 100 (2016

Kim & Chang has been named in the "Global 100," a special feature of The American Lawyer, a renowned US-based legal magazine, for three years in a row.  Our firm was ranked among the Top 100 firms in each of the following charts: 68th on the "Most Lawyers (rank by number of lawyers)", 59th on the “Most Revenue (rank by gross revenue)”, 46th on the “Most Profits Per Partners (rank by profits per partners).  Kim & Chang is the only Korean firm to be listed on these charts.


[KIM & CHANG] Korea Law Firm of the Year – China Law & Practice Awards 2016

Kim & Chang was selected as “Korea Law Firm of the Year” at China Law & Practice Awards 2016, an event hosted by China Law & Practice, an affiliate of ALM, a world-renowned legal media group.  Kim & Chang has been recognized as “Korea Law Firm of the Year” for sixth consecutive years.


[KIM & CHANG] Tier 1 in M&A in South Korea – ALB M&A Rankings 2016

Kim & Chang was recognized as one of the leading M&A firms in South Korea, named as a Tier 1 firm in the ALB (Asian Legal Business) M&A Rankings 2016, a feature article in the September 2016 issue of ALB.