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Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

133 TEHERAN-RO, GANGNAM-GU, SEOUL 06133, SOUTH KOREA
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Work +82 2 3404 0000
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Fax +82 2 3404 0001
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www.bkl.co.kr
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Asia Pacific: Regional international arbitration

Regional international arbitration
Regional international arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Seoul-headquartered Bae, Kim & Lee LLC enjoys a strong reputation for construction disputes, where it acts for most of the major Korean contractors including Samsung C&T, Hyundai Engineering & Construction, and POSCO Engineering & Construction. The practice is also developing its expertise in investment treaty work (on both state and investor sides); highlights included its ongoing representation of the Republic of Korea in the first investment treaty arbitration rought against the country, relating to Lone Star Funds’ disputed sale of its stake in Korea Exchange Bank and other Korean companies. Key figures include John Bang and Kap-You Kim, who jointly head the department, and construction specialists Matthew Christensen and Seung-Hyeon Kim.

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South Korea

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is, arguably, the ‘go-to firm for Korean conglomerates involved in international disputes’, and the team regularly acts for the likes of Samsung Group and Hyundai Heavy Industries. In one recent highlight, practice heads Kap-You Kim (the ‘godfather of arbitration in Korea’) and John Bang (‘his impressive practice takes him across Asia, Europe and the Caribbean’) are defending Kepco in a dispute arising from a construction contract for the procurement, construction and commissioning of a nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates. Another key figure for construction disputes is Matthew Christensen, who is praised for his ‘strong advocacy and effective cross-examination style’. In the commercial arbitration space, Kim and Bang are representing CVC Capital Partners Asia Pacific in a post-M&A dispute over whether certain conditions precedent required for payment of the purchase price under the agreement had been satisfied. The practice leads the way in investment treaty work, where it represents the Republic of Korea in the first-ever investment treaty-based arbitration brought against the country. Other names to note are former in-house counsel Seung-Hyeon Kim, who has ‘good industry experience’, the ‘technically skilled’ Woojae Kim and David MacArthur.

Leading individuals

John Bang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Kap-You Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

David MacArthur - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Woojae Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Antitrust and competition

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s practice is led by Yunsoo Kim, who was part of a large team representing Samsung Electronics, Apple and LG Electronics in support of the KFTC’s investigation into Qualcomm’s licensing practices. Kim, together with Keumseok Oh and senior foreign attorney Sanghoon Shin, also successfully acted for LG Uplus in challenging the merger of SK Telecom and CJ HelloVision. The practice has experience beyond objector mandates, and in one example Oh, Shin and Ryan Il Kang successfully represented Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicles in an appeal in the Seoul High Court against a fine imposed by the KFTC arising from the company’s alleged involvement in a price-fixing cartel. Other names to note are Seong Un Yun and recently promoted partner Junhyun Song.

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South Korea: Banking and finance

Local firms
Banking and finance Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s ‘very experienced and fully committed’ team is at the forefront of advising Korean lenders on the exportation of nuclear power to foreign jurisdictions; practice head Eui Jong Chung and foreign attorney Annie Eunah Lee advised K-Exim on financing the construction of four APR-1400 nuclear reactors in Abu Dhabi. In another major energy sector deal, Chung and Ho Jin Kim assisted Korea East-West Power with the project financing for the Old Harbour gas-fired power station project in Jamaica. In the domestic market, Young-Joon Cho, who ‘devotes himself not only to documentation but also to dealing with investors’, handled a number of asset finance mandates; in one example he acted as special Korean legal counsel to Bocomm Leasing on a secured sale-and-leaseback of four bulk carriers, which were bareboat chartered to a Korean shipping company.

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South Korea: Capital markets

Local firms
Capital markets: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s leading equity practice is a favourite with foreign and domestic issuers and the team is also recognised for its expertise in global depositary receipt offerings. Practice head Eui Jong Chung, the ‘top notchHee-Gang Shin, and Mi Eun Roh advised the underwriters on the initial public offering (IPO) of Samsung BioLogics, and Shin assisted Englewood Lab with its successful listing on the Kosdaq Market Division of the Korea Exchange. The team was also busy on the debt side, where it assists the Korean government, as well as other public institutions and major banks with significant issuances. Chung and Young-Joon Cho acted for Busan Bank on its issuance of foreign-currency denominated Tier II CoCo Bonds, and Shin, Jong Baek Park and Ho Jin Kim advised Korea Development Bank, Mirae Asset Daewoo and Mirae Asset Securities on the successful issuance of KRW120bn 2.1% guaranteed notes due 2019, and KRW55bn 2.9% notes due 2019 by China Eastern Airlines (which was the first KRW bond offering by a Chinese issuer in Korea).

Leading individuals

Eui Jong Chung - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Hee-Gang Shin - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Corporate and M&A

Local firms
Corporate and M&A: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is ‘strong in M&A and overall corporate legal consulting’, and the firm’s various international offices facilitate the practice’s exposure to a range of cross-border mandates; for example practice co-head Dongwoo Seo, Mok Kim and Cheolhyo Ahn acted for IMM Investment on its KRW400bn acquisition of Eco Management Korea Holdings from JP Morgan Asset Management, and practice co-head Joonki Yi and Eric Eunyong Yang assisted Kolon Industries with its incorporation of a company in Vietnam for the purposes of the establishment of a tire cord plant. The practice also has a strong roster of domestic clients, and in one highlight Ri Bong Han and Mok Kim acted for Samsung Electronics on the sale of its global printer solutions business to HP. Other key individuals are Han Kang, who is praised for his ‘analysis and flexibility’, and associate Ho Kyung Chang.

Leading individuals

Dong Woo Seo - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

Ho Kyung Chang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Dispute resolution

Local firms
Dispute resolution: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s practice has expertise in a diverse range of areas such as corporate governance and hostile M&A, family litigation and real estate and project finance litigation. The team is highly active in cross-border contentious mandates arising from M&A and IPOs; for example Kitae Hong and cross-border disputes specialist Tony Dongwook Kang are representing Mirae Asset Daewoo in its claim against a Chinese company and EY Korea following a fraudulent IPO. Hong also handles environmental work and is defending Naver in the Supreme Court in a class action arising from the company’s construction of a glass building allegedly obstructing views and causing damage through sunlight reflection. In the corruption space, Jung Il Moon and Sangkyun Jang successfully defended MunHwa Broadcasting and its executive directors in a defamation case imputing abuse of power by the Mayor of Seoul. The department is led by Byoung Ha Jeon, Kap-You Kim and construction specialist Hyungsuk Lee.

Leading individuals

Tony Dongwook Kang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Insurance

Local firms
Insurance: local firms - ranked: tier 3

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s strong contentious caseload took in a number of shipping disputes, including practice co-head Jong Ku Kang and Tae-Jeong Kim representing KB Insurance as the liability and property insurer of an oil terminal impacted by a collision with a very large crude carrier. In another high-profile contentious mandate, Kang is defending Hanwha Life Insurance against sanctions proceedings brought by the Financial Supervisory Service for refusal of payment of insurance proceeds. Jaiyoung Kim and Kang are the practice co-heads.

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South Korea: Intellectual property

Local firms
Intellectual property: local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s contentious offering in this space includes a number of former judges, including practice head Taeck Soo Kwon, Myung Kyu Lee and Jung Hi Park, who are particularly strong in representing clients in the pharmaceutical and high-tech industries, and Jihyun Kim and Tae Uk Kang, who focus on trade secrets. Recent work takes in copyright and trade secret mandates, and in one example Kwon and Tae Uk Kang are defending Netmarble Games in a copyright infringement dispute pertaining to the mobile version of the Blue Marble game. On the non-contentious side, In Gi Min, ‘business-minded’ foreign attorney Susan Park, Hoodong Lee and Jihyun Kim are advising The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games on IP licensing for the Games. Lee also handles contentious work and is praised for his ‘deep analysis of patent claims and excellent communication skills in English and Japanese’.

Leading individuals

Hoodong Lee - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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Patents and trade mark attorneys
Intellectual property: patents and trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s IP prosecution team represents multinationals from a wide range of technical fields, including engineering, electronics, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical. As well as handling the full range of registration work, including validity and scope proceedings before the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the team also assists with patent, trade mark and copyright litigation. Patent attorney Catherine Eunkyeong Lee is managing partner of the IP group and leads the chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical team. Other names to note include Hoo Dong Lee and Jihyun Kim. Won Hee Cho left the firm.

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South Korea: Labour and employment

Local firms
Labour and employment: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC has particular strength in defending Korean conglomerates in major labour disputes with employees and has recently handled a number of major sub-contractor/dispatch worker cases. In one example Hyungsuk Lee and Jeong Han Lee successfully defended Samsung Electronics Service in the Seoul Central District Court in a case that determined that outsourced service technicians should not be regarded as regular employees of the company. Other work included practice head Wook Rae Lee obtaining a favourable result for Kia Motors in the Seoul High Court, in a claim where the claimant sought to enforce a collective bargaining agreement which granted a right to succession of employment to the family of a worker who died due to an accident on duty. The team is also proficient in handling severe industrial and safety accidents that have resulted in casualties. Anthony Chang and Sangkyun Jang are additional contacts.

Leading individuals

Jeong Han Lee - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Projects and energy

Local firms
Projects and energy: local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC handled a number of outbound energy project financings for key client K-Exim, including Eui Jong Chung and foreign attorney Annie Eunah Lee assisting with the construction financing of four APR-1400 nuclear reactors in Abu Dhabi, and Chung and Ho Jin Kim advising on the financing of an 89.1 MW-class wind power plant in Jordan. The team also acts for sponsors; it advised Korea East-West Power on the project financing of the Old Harbour gas-fired power station project in Jamaica. M&A specialist Joonki Yi heads the practice.

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South Korea: Real estate

Local firms
Real estate: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s expertise in major city development projects was in evidence with the team active on international and domestic mandates. Practice head Gun Chul Do led a team that advised Korea Land & Housing Corporation on the development of a new smart city in Kuwait, and Hyeon Kang acted for Phoenix JoongAng on a project to develop an integrated-marine tourism district on Jeju Island. The practice is also noted for its REIT expertise, with Kang advising various clients, including KB Real Estate Trust, on the establishment of a REIT for the purpose of developing residential rental apartments on two sites in Seoul owned by Lotte. In the investment space, Do, Jong Baek Park, foreign attorney David Sung Jin Ahn and Dongwook Kang acted for Samsung SRA Asset Management on its A$205m acquisition of the Green Square South Tower in Brisbane.

Leading individuals

Gun Chul Do - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Regulatory compliance and investigations

Local firms
Regulatory compliance and investigations: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s practice includes a compliance team, a personal information protection team and a criminal practice group, with Yong Rak Sung, Kwang Jun Kim and Seungsup Lee the respective heads. The group was instructed on a number of high-profile contentious criminal mandates in 2016, including Wu Cheol Song, Kangbae Moon, and Jeong Ho Lee defending Samsung Electronics’ vice chairman and other senior executives of the company against charges that they offered bribes to former president Geun-hye Park. In the compliance space, Keumseok Oh, Sang Hoon Shin, Jung Hun Kim and Junhyun Song performed a compliance audit for SK hynix, including competition risk analysis and creation of best practice guidelines.

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South Korea: Shipping

Local firms
Shipping: local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s ‘first-class’ team is, according to one client, ‘more than a match for London’s leading maritime law firms’ particularly for arbitrations arising from ship building contracts. Practice co-head Jong Ku Kang, who is ‘an excellent team leader and strategist’ has ‘very sound knowledge of Korean and English law’, is regularly instructed by P&I Clubs and shipping companies; Kang is advising Polaris Shipping on the sinking of very large ore carrier Stellar Daisy and the missing of 22 crew members. Other key lawyers include co-head Jaiyoung Kim, who, together with Tae-Jeong Kim, is defending Korea Western Power against a multimillion-dollar claim brought by an Indonesian company involving misdelivery of cargo; and junior foreign attorney Yoon Jeong Park, who has ‘an excellent legal mind and is at ease dealing with complex technical issues concerning ships’. The practice also handles non-contentious mandates including sale-and-leaseback of bulk carriers and ship financing.

Leading individuals

Jong Ku Kang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

Yoon Jeong Park - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: TMT

Local firms
TMT: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Industry knowledge and appropriateness of advice’ are strong at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC and the team is regularly instructed on the most significant disputes in the TMT sector. Kitae Hong and Kwang Jun Kim are part of a large team acting for KT in the Supreme Court in a case to determine liability for hacked personal information, and Taeck Soo Kwon and Ji Yeon Park (who ‘offers business-friendly strategies’) are representing a number of cable companies in an appeal against a decision that they illegally retransmitted SBS programmes. The practice is led by Yang Ho Oh and telecoms specialist Sangjik Lee; Lee, together with Kwang Hyun Ryoo, Kwang Jun Kim, Ji Yeon Park and Joon Yong Park, advised Interpark on an investigation by the police and the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) over the suspected leak of personal information. The team’s non-contentious work included advising Panasonic Avionics on obtaining regulatory approvals for Asiana Airlines’ in-flight Wi-fi service.

Leading individuals

Sangjik Lee - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Tax

Local firms
Tax: local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is lauded for its ‘high-level business knowledge and acumen’ and the practice is well known for defending corporates in major tax assessments. Practice co-head Il Young Cho, Cheol Hyung Yu, and Pil Yong Kim acted as co-counsel to Korea Railroad in a case against the tax authorities concerning a corporate income tax refund arising from a development project that was cancelled. The team is also a popular choice for appeals before the Tax Tribunal, and practice co-head Dong Hyun Kim, alongside Seung-Wan Chae and Hakrae Cho, is representing KG Group in various tax appeals. On the non-contentious side, the practice draws on a team of accountants to advise clients such as Qualcomm on transfer pricing issues. Other key figures include public accountant Tae Kyoon Kim, who wins praise for his ‘very logical and systematic approach’, and practice co-head Wu Cheol Song.

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Asia Pacific: Regional international arbitration

Regional international arbitration
Regional international arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Seoul-headquartered Bae, Kim & Lee LLC enjoys a strong reputation for construction disputes, where it acts for most of the major Korean contractors including Samsung C&T, Hyundai Engineering & Construction, and POSCO Engineering & Construction. The practice is also developing its expertise in investment treaty work (on both state and investor sides); highlights included its ongoing representation of the Republic of Korea in the first investment treaty arbitration rought against the country, relating to Lone Star Funds’ disputed sale of its stake in Korea Exchange Bank and other Korean companies. Key figures include John Bang and Kap-You Kim, who jointly head the department, and construction specialists Matthew Christensen and Seung-Hyeon Kim.

[back to top]

South Korea

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is, arguably, the ‘go-to firm for Korean conglomerates involved in international disputes’, and the team regularly acts for the likes of Samsung Group and Hyundai Heavy Industries. In one recent highlight, practice heads Kap-You Kim (the ‘godfather of arbitration in Korea’) and John Bang (‘his impressive practice takes him across Asia, Europe and the Caribbean’) are defending Kepco in a dispute arising from a construction contract for the procurement, construction and commissioning of a nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates. Another key figure for construction disputes is Matthew Christensen, who is praised for his ‘strong advocacy and effective cross-examination style’. In the commercial arbitration space, Kim and Bang are representing CVC Capital Partners Asia Pacific in a post-M&A dispute over whether certain conditions precedent required for payment of the purchase price under the agreement had been satisfied. The practice leads the way in investment treaty work, where it represents the Republic of Korea in the first-ever investment treaty-based arbitration brought against the country. Other names to note are former in-house counsel Seung-Hyeon Kim, who has ‘good industry experience’, the ‘technically skilled’ Woojae Kim and David MacArthur.

Leading individuals

John Bang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Kap-You Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

David MacArthur - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Woojae Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Antitrust and competition

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s practice is led by Yunsoo Kim, who was part of a large team representing Samsung Electronics, Apple and LG Electronics in support of the KFTC’s investigation into Qualcomm’s licensing practices. Kim, together with Keumseok Oh and senior foreign attorney Sanghoon Shin, also successfully acted for LG Uplus in challenging the merger of SK Telecom and CJ HelloVision. The practice has experience beyond objector mandates, and in one example Oh, Shin and Ryan Il Kang successfully represented Tata Daewoo Commercial Vehicles in an appeal in the Seoul High Court against a fine imposed by the KFTC arising from the company’s alleged involvement in a price-fixing cartel. Other names to note are Seong Un Yun and recently promoted partner Junhyun Song.

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South Korea: Banking and finance

Local firms
Banking and finance Local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s ‘very experienced and fully committed’ team is at the forefront of advising Korean lenders on the exportation of nuclear power to foreign jurisdictions; practice head Eui Jong Chung and foreign attorney Annie Eunah Lee advised K-Exim on financing the construction of four APR-1400 nuclear reactors in Abu Dhabi. In another major energy sector deal, Chung and Ho Jin Kim assisted Korea East-West Power with the project financing for the Old Harbour gas-fired power station project in Jamaica. In the domestic market, Young-Joon Cho, who ‘devotes himself not only to documentation but also to dealing with investors’, handled a number of asset finance mandates; in one example he acted as special Korean legal counsel to Bocomm Leasing on a secured sale-and-leaseback of four bulk carriers, which were bareboat chartered to a Korean shipping company.

[back to top]

South Korea: Capital markets

Local firms
Capital markets: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s leading equity practice is a favourite with foreign and domestic issuers and the team is also recognised for its expertise in global depositary receipt offerings. Practice head Eui Jong Chung, the ‘top notchHee-Gang Shin, and Mi Eun Roh advised the underwriters on the initial public offering (IPO) of Samsung BioLogics, and Shin assisted Englewood Lab with its successful listing on the Kosdaq Market Division of the Korea Exchange. The team was also busy on the debt side, where it assists the Korean government, as well as other public institutions and major banks with significant issuances. Chung and Young-Joon Cho acted for Busan Bank on its issuance of foreign-currency denominated Tier II CoCo Bonds, and Shin, Jong Baek Park and Ho Jin Kim advised Korea Development Bank, Mirae Asset Daewoo and Mirae Asset Securities on the successful issuance of KRW120bn 2.1% guaranteed notes due 2019, and KRW55bn 2.9% notes due 2019 by China Eastern Airlines (which was the first KRW bond offering by a Chinese issuer in Korea).

Leading individuals

Eui Jong Chung - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Hee-Gang Shin - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Corporate and M&A

Local firms
Corporate and M&A: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is ‘strong in M&A and overall corporate legal consulting’, and the firm’s various international offices facilitate the practice’s exposure to a range of cross-border mandates; for example practice co-head Dongwoo Seo, Mok Kim and Cheolhyo Ahn acted for IMM Investment on its KRW400bn acquisition of Eco Management Korea Holdings from JP Morgan Asset Management, and practice co-head Joonki Yi and Eric Eunyong Yang assisted Kolon Industries with its incorporation of a company in Vietnam for the purposes of the establishment of a tire cord plant. The practice also has a strong roster of domestic clients, and in one highlight Ri Bong Han and Mok Kim acted for Samsung Electronics on the sale of its global printer solutions business to HP. Other key individuals are Han Kang, who is praised for his ‘analysis and flexibility’, and associate Ho Kyung Chang.

Leading individuals

Dong Woo Seo - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

Ho Kyung Chang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

[back to top]

South Korea: Dispute resolution

Local firms
Dispute resolution: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s practice has expertise in a diverse range of areas such as corporate governance and hostile M&A, family litigation and real estate and project finance litigation. The team is highly active in cross-border contentious mandates arising from M&A and IPOs; for example Kitae Hong and cross-border disputes specialist Tony Dongwook Kang are representing Mirae Asset Daewoo in its claim against a Chinese company and EY Korea following a fraudulent IPO. Hong also handles environmental work and is defending Naver in the Supreme Court in a class action arising from the company’s construction of a glass building allegedly obstructing views and causing damage through sunlight reflection. In the corruption space, Jung Il Moon and Sangkyun Jang successfully defended MunHwa Broadcasting and its executive directors in a defamation case imputing abuse of power by the Mayor of Seoul. The department is led by Byoung Ha Jeon, Kap-You Kim and construction specialist Hyungsuk Lee.

Leading individuals

Tony Dongwook Kang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Insurance

Local firms
Insurance: local firms - ranked: tier 3

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s strong contentious caseload took in a number of shipping disputes, including practice co-head Jong Ku Kang and Tae-Jeong Kim representing KB Insurance as the liability and property insurer of an oil terminal impacted by a collision with a very large crude carrier. In another high-profile contentious mandate, Kang is defending Hanwha Life Insurance against sanctions proceedings brought by the Financial Supervisory Service for refusal of payment of insurance proceeds. Jaiyoung Kim and Kang are the practice co-heads.

[back to top]

South Korea: Intellectual property

Local firms
Intellectual property: local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s contentious offering in this space includes a number of former judges, including practice head Taeck Soo Kwon, Myung Kyu Lee and Jung Hi Park, who are particularly strong in representing clients in the pharmaceutical and high-tech industries, and Jihyun Kim and Tae Uk Kang, who focus on trade secrets. Recent work takes in copyright and trade secret mandates, and in one example Kwon and Tae Uk Kang are defending Netmarble Games in a copyright infringement dispute pertaining to the mobile version of the Blue Marble game. On the non-contentious side, In Gi Min, ‘business-minded’ foreign attorney Susan Park, Hoodong Lee and Jihyun Kim are advising The PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games on IP licensing for the Games. Lee also handles contentious work and is praised for his ‘deep analysis of patent claims and excellent communication skills in English and Japanese’.

Leading individuals

Hoodong Lee - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

[back to top]

Patents and trade mark attorneys
Intellectual property: patents and trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s IP prosecution team represents multinationals from a wide range of technical fields, including engineering, electronics, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical. As well as handling the full range of registration work, including validity and scope proceedings before the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the team also assists with patent, trade mark and copyright litigation. Patent attorney Catherine Eunkyeong Lee is managing partner of the IP group and leads the chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical team. Other names to note include Hoo Dong Lee and Jihyun Kim. Won Hee Cho left the firm.

[back to top]

South Korea: Labour and employment

Local firms
Labour and employment: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC has particular strength in defending Korean conglomerates in major labour disputes with employees and has recently handled a number of major sub-contractor/dispatch worker cases. In one example Hyungsuk Lee and Jeong Han Lee successfully defended Samsung Electronics Service in the Seoul Central District Court in a case that determined that outsourced service technicians should not be regarded as regular employees of the company. Other work included practice head Wook Rae Lee obtaining a favourable result for Kia Motors in the Seoul High Court, in a claim where the claimant sought to enforce a collective bargaining agreement which granted a right to succession of employment to the family of a worker who died due to an accident on duty. The team is also proficient in handling severe industrial and safety accidents that have resulted in casualties. Anthony Chang and Sangkyun Jang are additional contacts.

Leading individuals

Jeong Han Lee - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

[back to top]

South Korea: Projects and energy

Local firms
Projects and energy: local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC handled a number of outbound energy project financings for key client K-Exim, including Eui Jong Chung and foreign attorney Annie Eunah Lee assisting with the construction financing of four APR-1400 nuclear reactors in Abu Dhabi, and Chung and Ho Jin Kim advising on the financing of an 89.1 MW-class wind power plant in Jordan. The team also acts for sponsors; it advised Korea East-West Power on the project financing of the Old Harbour gas-fired power station project in Jamaica. M&A specialist Joonki Yi heads the practice.

[back to top]

South Korea: Real estate

Local firms
Real estate: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s expertise in major city development projects was in evidence with the team active on international and domestic mandates. Practice head Gun Chul Do led a team that advised Korea Land & Housing Corporation on the development of a new smart city in Kuwait, and Hyeon Kang acted for Phoenix JoongAng on a project to develop an integrated-marine tourism district on Jeju Island. The practice is also noted for its REIT expertise, with Kang advising various clients, including KB Real Estate Trust, on the establishment of a REIT for the purpose of developing residential rental apartments on two sites in Seoul owned by Lotte. In the investment space, Do, Jong Baek Park, foreign attorney David Sung Jin Ahn and Dongwook Kang acted for Samsung SRA Asset Management on its A$205m acquisition of the Green Square South Tower in Brisbane.

Leading individuals

Gun Chul Do - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Regulatory compliance and investigations

Local firms
Regulatory compliance and investigations: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s practice includes a compliance team, a personal information protection team and a criminal practice group, with Yong Rak Sung, Kwang Jun Kim and Seungsup Lee the respective heads. The group was instructed on a number of high-profile contentious criminal mandates in 2016, including Wu Cheol Song, Kangbae Moon, and Jeong Ho Lee defending Samsung Electronics’ vice chairman and other senior executives of the company against charges that they offered bribes to former president Geun-hye Park. In the compliance space, Keumseok Oh, Sang Hoon Shin, Jung Hun Kim and Junhyun Song performed a compliance audit for SK hynix, including competition risk analysis and creation of best practice guidelines.

[back to top]

South Korea: Shipping

Local firms
Shipping: local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s ‘first-class’ team is, according to one client, ‘more than a match for London’s leading maritime law firms’ particularly for arbitrations arising from ship building contracts. Practice co-head Jong Ku Kang, who is ‘an excellent team leader and strategist’ has ‘very sound knowledge of Korean and English law’, is regularly instructed by P&I Clubs and shipping companies; Kang is advising Polaris Shipping on the sinking of very large ore carrier Stellar Daisy and the missing of 22 crew members. Other key lawyers include co-head Jaiyoung Kim, who, together with Tae-Jeong Kim, is defending Korea Western Power against a multimillion-dollar claim brought by an Indonesian company involving misdelivery of cargo; and junior foreign attorney Yoon Jeong Park, who has ‘an excellent legal mind and is at ease dealing with complex technical issues concerning ships’. The practice also handles non-contentious mandates including sale-and-leaseback of bulk carriers and ship financing.

Leading individuals

Jong Ku Kang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

Yoon Jeong Park - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

[back to top]

South Korea: TMT

Local firms
TMT: local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Industry knowledge and appropriateness of advice’ are strong at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC and the team is regularly instructed on the most significant disputes in the TMT sector. Kitae Hong and Kwang Jun Kim are part of a large team acting for KT in the Supreme Court in a case to determine liability for hacked personal information, and Taeck Soo Kwon and Ji Yeon Park (who ‘offers business-friendly strategies’) are representing a number of cable companies in an appeal against a decision that they illegally retransmitted SBS programmes. The practice is led by Yang Ho Oh and telecoms specialist Sangjik Lee; Lee, together with Kwang Hyun Ryoo, Kwang Jun Kim, Ji Yeon Park and Joon Yong Park, advised Interpark on an investigation by the police and the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) over the suspected leak of personal information. The team’s non-contentious work included advising Panasonic Avionics on obtaining regulatory approvals for Asiana Airlines’ in-flight Wi-fi service.

Leading individuals

Sangjik Lee - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Tax

Local firms
Tax: local firms - ranked: tier 2

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is lauded for its ‘high-level business knowledge and acumen’ and the practice is well known for defending corporates in major tax assessments. Practice co-head Il Young Cho, Cheol Hyung Yu, and Pil Yong Kim acted as co-counsel to Korea Railroad in a case against the tax authorities concerning a corporate income tax refund arising from a development project that was cancelled. The team is also a popular choice for appeals before the Tax Tribunal, and practice co-head Dong Hyun Kim, alongside Seung-Wan Chae and Hakrae Cho, is representing KG Group in various tax appeals. On the non-contentious side, the practice draws on a team of accountants to advise clients such as Qualcomm on transfer pricing issues. Other key figures include public accountant Tae Kyoon Kim, who wins praise for his ‘very logical and systematic approach’, and practice co-head Wu Cheol Song.

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  • BKL Named “Competition & Antitrust Firm of the Year” by Asialaw

    Bae, Kim & Lee LLC ("BKL") was named as the "Competition & Antitrust Firm of the Year" at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards 2017 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Hong Kong on November 28, 2017. The "Competition & Antitrust Firm of the Year" is a highly coveted award bestowed by Asialaw, which is the Asia Pacific's leading legal publisher owned by Euromoney, a global business and finance magazine.
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