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Yoon & Yang LLC

18,19, 22, 23, 34 FLOORS, ASEM TOWER, 517 YEONGDONG-DAERO, GANGNAM-GU, SEOUL 06164, SOUTH KOREA
Tel:
Work +82 2 6003 7000
Fax:
Fax +82 2 6003 7800
Email:
Web:
www.yoonyang.com
Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Seoul, Tashkent

South Korea

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Yoon & Yang LLC

Yoon & Yang LLC has a ‘great team of bilingual attorneys’ who have ‘expert knowledge and experience’ in arbitration across various sectors while also maintaining ‘very competitive fees’. ‘Well respected for his legal mind and communicative skills’, Jun Sang Lee leads the sizeable team and regularly acts as lead counsel for well-known Korean clients; alongside Seung-Bok Nah he acted for a client in a dispute concerning unpaid royalties for a licensed game. Also of note, Sam Kim is ‘highly sought after by clients for his skill and interpersonal skills’. The team has recently been joined by foreign attorneys Myung-Ahn Kim, Yonsoo Kim and senior adviser Kyung Bae Kim.

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South Korea: Antitrust and competition

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

Yoon & Yang LLC

Yoon & Yang LLC remains actively involved in contentious antitrust matters, for example, managing partner Hoil Yoon, Jae-Young Kim and Sangoh (Jason) Jeon are representing a well-known electronics conglomerate in KFTC investigations of price-fixing, and in another example, the partners are assisting an international bank in an investigation of collusion. Team head Seong-Sig Kim’s focus area covers litigation involving cartels, mergers and unfair trade practices. Chul Ho Kim, Chang Ho Kum, Song Ryu and Kenneth Kim are also names to note.

Next generation lawyers

Song Ryu - Yoon & Yang LLC

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South Korea: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Local firms
Banking and finance – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Yoon & Yang LLC

Yoon & Yang LLC’s team has extensive expertise across financial transactions, particularly within the real estate and project development space. Young Woo Park assisted KB Securities in a project finance loan for the development and construction of multiple commercial outlets in Sungdong-Gu, Seoul and has also been active on several real estate transactions. Soonghee Lee has a strong reputation in advising domestic banks in relation to financial disputes, while Young Ho Kang specialises in financial regulations.

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South Korea: Capital markets

Capital markets – Local firms
Capital markets – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Yoon & Yang LLC

Yoon & Yang LLC has expertise across a diverse range of areas such as IPOs and securities work and has a particularly strong offering in the financial regulatory and disputes spaces. Team head Soonghee Lee’s primary focus is on the financial regulations area of banking, securities and asset management. Young Ho Kang is also a name to note for securities and financial regulation, while Sung Woon Kang  is experienced in domestic and overseas IPOs, structured securities and regulations. Work highlights include Young Sun Cho advising Celltrion in relation to delisting from KOSDAQ and relisting on the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI). Hyun Suk Jung and Dong Seon Kim assisted Meritz Securities as the underwriters for KOSDAQ-listed PATI Games in a capital increase totalling KRW80bn, with new shares to be issued to a third party as an exchange of shares between a listed company and an unlisted company.

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South Korea: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Local firms
Corporate and M&A – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Yoon & Yang LLC

Yoon & Yang LLC's practice ‘always come up with the fast and effective solutions to the complicated legal issues’ and impress with its ‘good negotiation skills and high level of industry knowledge’. Soongki Yi co-heads the group alongside Sung-Jin Kim, whose strengths ‘lie on his creative approach to corporate matters’; he is able to provide sound advice based on ‘technical knowledge and insight on the markets’. Kim recently assisted CHA Healthcare with an investment of $98m from Mirae Asset. Hwang Lim Jang is also recommended for corporate and capital finance related matters.

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South Korea: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Local firms
Dispute resolution – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Yoon & Yang LLC

Yoon & Yang LLC's disputes practice handles corporate governance, damages and white-collar crime. The team has been joined by a number of former judges and prosecutors experienced in a broad range of sectors. Byeong Cheol Yun focuses on civil and corporate affairs; he recently obtained a successful outcome for Hanhwa Chemical in a dispute over the cancellation of a memorandum of understanding and confiscation of a performance bond. Seung Nam Yoo's broad practice area covers commercial, tax, crime and injections. Yoo and Sang-Pil Lee are representing the CEO and directors of an insurance company in a complex corporate governance dispute against the company's shareholders. Seung Ryong Yoo is involved in white-collar investigations and is counselling NH NongHyup Bank in a dispute arising out of a decision by SK planet, the affiliated services provider for the “Syrup card”, to terminate its affiliate agreement. Tae-Gu Zeon is a name to note for civil, financial and corporate litigation.

Leading individuals

Seung Ryong Yoo - Yoon & Yang LLC

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South Korea: Intellectual property

Intellectual property – Local firms
Intellectual property – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Yoon & Yang LLC

Yoon & Yang LLC’s impressive client roster includes SK Innovation, Amazon, BMW and L’Oréal. Practice head Wonil Kim is experienced across patents, trade marks and trade secrets, while Dong Oh Hong and Keun Woo Lee focus on IP-related disputes. A cross-departmental team successfully defended Kumho Petrochemical in a trade mark registration appeal. Sungkwan Cho and Young Joo Song have also obtained favourable results for Easy Works and MCM Holding in persuading the Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board and KIPO to dismiss the registration of a new patent and trade mark filings respectively.

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South Korea: Labour and employment

Labour and employment – Local firms
Labour and employment – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Yoon & Yang LLC

Led by managing partner Sang Hoon Park, Yoon & Yang LLC’s labour and employment practice advises Korean and international clients on non-contentions matters such as employment agreements, employee policies and benefits, as well as disputes. Highlights include Tae-Hwan Oh and Chan-Keun Park representing Hyundai Motor Company in a case brought by its employees claiming they are entitled to additional overtime pay for work performed during holidays. CK Park is also assisting GE Healthcare Korea regarding compliance with recent statutory labour amendments.

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South Korea: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Local firms
Projects and energy – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Yoon & Yang LLC

Yoon & Yang LLC's Sung-Jin Kim is an M&A and capital markets expert for clients in the projects and energy space; he recently advised POSCO Energy on the preparation of a contract for the issuance of redeemable convertible preferred shares designed to improve its financial structure. Team head Soong-Ki Yi is assisting Korea Water Resources Corporation and its subsidiary, JSC Nenskra Hydro, on several matters relating to a hydropower development project in Georgia.

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South Korea: Real estate

Real estate – Local firms
Real estate – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Yoon & Yang LLC

Yoon & Yang LLC advises asset managers on the establishment of REITs, sales and acquisitions in Korean real estate, domestic and international development projects, as well as handling construction and real estate-related disputes. Department head Don Eok Choi and Young Woo Park are advising KORAMCO REIT's management and trust on a broad range of complex legal issues. Meanwhile, Hyong Kun Kim assisted Hyundai Engineering in a strategic transaction structure for the sale of its shares in Phnom Penh Tower, Cambodia.

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South Korea: Regulatory: compliance and investigations

Regulatory: compliance and investigations – Local firms
Regulatory: compliance and investigations – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Yoon & Yang LLC

The white-collar crime practice at Yoon & Yang LLC consists of experienced former government officials and expert criminal attorneys who represent high-ranking executives and well-known corporations against allegations of misconduct and criminal charges. Former chief judge Seung Ryong Yoo leads the team; he recently represented Bong Rae Cho, former president of POSCO ChemTech, and obtained an acquittal on bribery charges. In other highlights, Young Kon Cho and Seung Nam Yoo successfully defended Andong City mayor Young Seh Kwon against bribery charges, while Byeong Cheol Yun and Jeok Hwa Hwang likewise defended Hee Yong Roh, the director of Southeastern District of Gwangju Province, on appeal against similar charges. Other names to note are Youbum Kim, Dong Gyu Lee and Heesung Lim.

Leading individuals

Seung Ryong Yoo - Yoon & Yang LLC

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South Korea: Shipping

Shipping – Local firms
Shipping – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Yoon & Yang LLC

Yoon & Yang LLC’s shipping practice handles a full range of advisory and dispute work for domestic and international ship charterers, P&I Clubs, insurance companies and aviation sector clients. Hae Duk Jung and Sang-Pil Lee recently advised Pan Ocean in a dispute concerning dead freight and demurrage that occurred in the transportation and importation of coal. Lee successfully represented Yongma Logis in a suit regarding the additional costs incurred during multi-modal transportation.

Leading individuals

Hae Duk Jung - Yoon & Yang LLC

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South Korea: TMT

TMT – Local firms
TMT – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Yoon & Yang LLC

Yoon & Yang LLC's multi-disciplinary group handles regulatory matters, M&A, licensing and dispute settlement for clients including BTC Korea.com and CNH Industrial. Kwang-Wook Lee leads the team; he and senior foreign attorney Kenneth Kim advised CNH Industrial on personal data protection compliance matters.

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South Korea: Tax

Tax – Local firms
Tax – Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Yoon & Yang LLC

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.

Leading individuals

Oh-Young Jeon - Yoon & Yang LLC

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