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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

Leading firms
Leading firms - ranked: tier 3

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is highly active, representing clients sharing the firm’s South Korean origins in disputes worldwide. Kap-You (Kevin) Kim, John P. Bang and Seung-Hyeon Kim are representing Kepco in an LCIA arbitration against a consortium of Korean construction companies concerning the Barakah nuclear power project in Abu Dhabi. David MacArthur and Matthew Christensen are also key US-qualified lawyers.

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South Korea

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s ‘premier international arbitration practice’ handles commercial and investment treaty disputes involving construction projects, joint ventures and technology and trade mark licensing. Co-heads Kap-You Kim and John Bang have ‘vast experience in international arbitration’ and, alongside Seung-Hyeon Kim, are representing Korea Electric Power Corporation in an LCIA-arbitration against a consortium of Korea’s largest construction and engineering companies, concerning the construction of the first nuclear power station in the UAE. Bang, SH Kim and Junu Kim, who stands out for his ‘deep understanding of Korean law’, are also instructed by private equity funds and financial institutions to act on post-M&A disputes. Senior foreign attorneys David MacArthur and Matthew Christensen are also names to note.

Leading individuals

John Bang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Kap-You Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

David MacArthur - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Junu Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Antitrust and competition

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC has a strong offering in contentious antitrust matters and regularly represents clients in investigative KFTC proceedings concerning allegations of domestic and international cartel activities, abuse of market dominance and unfair business practices. Seong Un Yun, Sang Hoon Shin and Junhyun Song helped Samsung Electronics secure clearance from the KFTC on the sale of its printing business to HP. In contentious matters, Keumseok Oh and Ryan Il Kang successfully defended multiplex cinema operators in litigation concerning unfair business practices and claims for damages brought by film producers. The team is also continuing to represent Enplas Display Device in a dispute concerning unfair trade practice. Yunsoo Kim  heads the team.

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South Korea: Banking and finance

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC has a strong track record advising well-known Korean and foreign financial institutions, private equity and asset management companies. The practice stands out among its competitors with its expertise in advising Korean lenders on the financing of nuclear and hydro power projects. The ‘responsive and quality team’ has been active in a number of significant transactions; Eui Jong Chung, Ho Jin Kim, Dongwook Kang and Seung Il Hong collectively advised Shinhan Alternative Investment Management in relation to a  mezzanine loan of $190m to finance the operations of One Worldwide Plaza in New York City. Annie Eunah Lee and Chung acted as Korean counsel for Deutsche Bank in drafting a security package for a term loan facility to be used in the acquisition of an 80% interest in Lumileds, a leading supplier of LED components.

Next generation lawyers

Ho Jin Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Capital markets

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s distinguished equity practice continues to be regularly instructed by domestic issuers and underwriters and counts The Export-Import Bank of Korea, Korea Development Bank and Citigroup Global Markets as recent clients. Standout work examples in this area include Hee-Gang Shin and Mi Eun Roh advising Daegu Bank on its issuance of $300m 3.75% fixed rate notes due 2023; he and Young-Joon Cho also acted for NongHyup Bank in the issuance of $500m 2.87% notes due 2022 under its US $8bn GMTM Programme. Shin, Roh, Seung Il Hong and practice head Eui Jong Chung represented the underwriters, Citigroup Global Markets and Goldman Sachs, on the issuance of GDRs of Kakao and the listing of the GDRs on the Singapore Exchange. Roh and Ho Jin Kim are also active on the debt side. The team has been joined by five foreign attorneys and advisers.

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

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Dong Woo Seo, Byoung-Ki Lee and Sky Yang jointly lead the corporate and M&A practice at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC. Recent standout transactions include Sungjo Yun, Mok H Kim and Myoung Seok Oh advising on Unilever's acquisition of 95.39% of shares in Carver Korea, from Bain Capital, Goldman Sachs and Carver's founder for $2.7bn. Recently promoted partner Ho Kyung Chang assists international and Korean clients with cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, foreign and private equity investments. Joonki Yi is an expert in cross-border deals within the areas of energy, natural resources and defence. Other noted work includes advising KB Securities on the acquisition of 99.4% shares in Maritime Securities; Lee and Sun Hee Park acted for SM Entertainment and its affiliates in forming a strategic partnership with the country’s largest mobile carrier, SK Telecom.

Leading individuals

Sky Yang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Dispute resolution

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s strength in handling complex litigation is demonstrated through successful wins for Korail in a dispute on private investor liability in the suspension of a PPP development project. In cross-border disputes, Dong-Su Lee and Gun Chul Do are advising Malaysian company Berjaya, on a $350m damages claim filed against Jeju Free International Development for breach of a land sale and purchase agreement in connection to the failed joint venture to develop a tourist resort on Jeju Island. Elsewhere, Wu Cheol Song and Tae Joon Park are representing Samsung Medical Center against patients seeking damages for being infected by Middle East respiratory syndrome. Also of note, Byoung Ha Jeon focuses on real estate, construction and financial litigation, while cross-border expert Tony Dongwook Kang is active in corporate governance.

Leading individuals

Wu Cheol Song - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Insurance

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s strong capability in contentious insurance disputes was again in evidence with the team acting in several recent high-profile cases. Jong Ku Kang succeeded in obtaining relief for Tongyang Life Insurance against a claim brought to the Financial Supervisory Service over the application of interest rates, as well as acting for The-K Non-Life Insurance on the insurance coverage arising from a fire accident. Meanwhile, Jaiyoung Kim and Jong Min An are representing Samsung C&T in a claim arising out a fire which occurred in the warehouse operated by Samsung.

Leading individuals

Jong Ku Kang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Intellectual property

Intellectual property – Local firms
Intellectual property – Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s intellectual property practice is able to draw on the firm’s broad expertise to handle transactions, data protection and privacy, compliance in addition to its core offering in IP prosecution and patent litigation. The practice has notable strengths in contentious matters; Taeck Soo Kwon, Jung Hi Park successfully represented Dongkook Pharmaceutical in a Patent Court appeal seeking to invalidate a patent owned by Novartis. In copyright disputes, Kwon and Tae Uk Kang successfully advised Avocado Entertainment against copyright infringement charges and unfair competition claims filed by a competitor; one of the first major cases to consider whether certain ideas, such as game rules and storylines, can be protected under the Copyright Act and the Unfair Competition Prevention Act. Susan Park and Jihyun Kim are advising Netflix on all aspects of Korean music licensing in preparation for its launch in Korea. Other significant members of the team are Jihyun Kim, Kijoong Kang, Catherine Eunkyeong Lee, and Jihyun Kim.

Leading individuals

Jihyun Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Taeck Soo Kwon - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

Tae Uk Kang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Labour and employment

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

The ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC provide the full spectrum of labour and employment services to Korean conglomerates and international corporations. Jeong Han Lee is ‘an expert in his field’, acting in disputes concerning wrongful dismissal, wage claims and related employment issues. The team’s expertise in responding to industrial safety accidents is demonstrated by Lee, Hyung Ro Kim and Jinwoo Lee, who together successfully dismissed an arrest warrant issued against two employees following an explosion at a shipyard. In another notable case, Sangkyun Jang acted for KEPCO KPS against claims brought by 4,000 workers in a highly publicised wage dispute. Former judge Wook Rae Lee is highly experienced in representing Korean clients across the gamut of labour disputes.

Leading individuals

Jeong Han Lee - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

Hyung Ro Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Local firms
Projects and energy – Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC draws on its combined expertise within M&A, project financing and construction to advice sponsors and investors on significant domestic and international infrastructure projects. In contentious matters, practice head Joonki Yi successfully overturned an earlier government decision opposing the construction of a coal-fired power plant and obtained approval for POS Power to continue with the power generation project as planned. In outbound transactions, the team acted as lead counsel for Hanaro in relation it’s a mezzanine loan to finance a biomass project in the UK. Seungkyo Lee is particularly active in overseas investment; he is also a key counsel advising Korea Electric Power Corporation against two of Korea’s largest construction companies in an LCIA arbitration.

Leading individuals

Seungkyo Lee - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Real estate

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC's ‘dedicated team’ has a strong reputation for inbound and outbound real estate investments; the group has a close working relationship with the leading Korean real estate developers and is instructed on commercial, residential and multi-use building city development projects. Practice head Gun Chul Do, Chiyoung Song and Michael Lee are lead counsel to Korea Land & Housing in its participation in the South Saad Al-Abdullah New Town Development Project in Kuwait. The practice is also advising Legoland Korea and its parent company on the development of a new theme park in Gangwon-do. Other key contacts are Hyeon Kang, David Sung Jin Ahn and Eun Jin Jeon.

Leading individuals

Gun Chul Do - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Regulatory: compliance and investigations

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s full-service compliance and white-collar crime practice is comprised of highly skilled former prosecutors and government officials able to utilise their expertise and judicial experience to advise individuals and corporate clients on internal investigations and criminal trials. The team has strong digital forensic capabilities, used to find critical evidence of corruption and infringement of clients’ assets, and is regularly instructed by high-ranking corporate executives and organisations to defend against allegations of bribery and money laundering. Key highlights include Injae Lee and Soon Ik Kwon defending the vice-chairman and other senior officials of Samsung Electronics against charges of offering bribes to former president Geun-hye Park. Other figures in the sizeable team include Sangchul Lee as head of criminal litigation, Yong Rak Sung, Kwang Jun Kim and Hwan Gyun Roh.

Leading individuals

Hwan Gyun Roh - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Shipping

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

The team at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is ‘well experienced and give accurate advice with reasonable fees’. The practice is particularly noted for its ‘intimate knowledge of Korean proceedings with a keen understanding of other major legal systems’; group head Jong Ku Kang is praised for his ‘commercial acumen and keen attention to detail’. Kang frequently acts alongside Tae-Jeong Kim in contentious matters; they successfully acted for KB Insurance regarding the payment of damages, and are currently representing Doosan Engine in complex arbitration proceedings. Young-Joon Cho and Hyun Wook Park are recommended on ship finance-related matters. Foreign attorney Yoon Jeong Park is a name to note for maritime disputes.

Leading individuals

Jong Ku Kang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Tae Jeong Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

Yoon Jeong Park - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: TMT

TMT – Local firms
TMT – Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Led by Sangjik Lee, Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s TMT team has an ‘outstanding network, knowledge and expertise in the area’. In recent highlights, Lee, alongside ‘focused and efficient’ regulatory experts Ji Yeon Park and Kwang Hyun Ryoo, successfully represented KT Corporation in the first Korean ruling on whether, and to what amount, web companies can arbitrarily utilise their users’ PCs and rental networks. Jong Baek Park advised Bithumb and chaired the Cryptocurrency Committee aimed at resolving issues of fostering cryptocurrency exchanges, and also assisted Hancom in setting up its compliance programme. Joon Yong Park focuses on the management of large-scale M&As for broadcasting and telecoms companies.

Leading individuals

Kwang Hyun Ryoo - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

Joon Yong Park - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Tax

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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

Leading individuals

Il Young Cho - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

Maria Chang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration

Leading firms
Leading firms - ranked: tier 3

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is highly active, representing clients sharing the firm’s South Korean origins in disputes worldwide. Kap-You (Kevin) Kim, John P. Bang and Seung-Hyeon Kim are representing Kepco in an LCIA arbitration against a consortium of Korean construction companies concerning the Barakah nuclear power project in Abu Dhabi. David MacArthur and Matthew Christensen are also key US-qualified lawyers.

[back to top]

South Korea

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s ‘premier international arbitration practice’ handles commercial and investment treaty disputes involving construction projects, joint ventures and technology and trade mark licensing. Co-heads Kap-You Kim and John Bang have ‘vast experience in international arbitration’ and, alongside Seung-Hyeon Kim, are representing Korea Electric Power Corporation in an LCIA-arbitration against a consortium of Korea’s largest construction and engineering companies, concerning the construction of the first nuclear power station in the UAE. Bang, SH Kim and Junu Kim, who stands out for his ‘deep understanding of Korean law’, are also instructed by private equity funds and financial institutions to act on post-M&A disputes. Senior foreign attorneys David MacArthur and Matthew Christensen are also names to note.

Leading individuals

John Bang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Kap-You Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

David MacArthur - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Junu Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Antitrust and competition

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC has a strong offering in contentious antitrust matters and regularly represents clients in investigative KFTC proceedings concerning allegations of domestic and international cartel activities, abuse of market dominance and unfair business practices. Seong Un Yun, Sang Hoon Shin and Junhyun Song helped Samsung Electronics secure clearance from the KFTC on the sale of its printing business to HP. In contentious matters, Keumseok Oh and Ryan Il Kang successfully defended multiplex cinema operators in litigation concerning unfair business practices and claims for damages brought by film producers. The team is also continuing to represent Enplas Display Device in a dispute concerning unfair trade practice. Yunsoo Kim  heads the team.

[back to top]

South Korea: Banking and finance

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC has a strong track record advising well-known Korean and foreign financial institutions, private equity and asset management companies. The practice stands out among its competitors with its expertise in advising Korean lenders on the financing of nuclear and hydro power projects. The ‘responsive and quality team’ has been active in a number of significant transactions; Eui Jong Chung, Ho Jin Kim, Dongwook Kang and Seung Il Hong collectively advised Shinhan Alternative Investment Management in relation to a  mezzanine loan of $190m to finance the operations of One Worldwide Plaza in New York City. Annie Eunah Lee and Chung acted as Korean counsel for Deutsche Bank in drafting a security package for a term loan facility to be used in the acquisition of an 80% interest in Lumileds, a leading supplier of LED components.

Next generation lawyers

Ho Jin Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Capital markets

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s distinguished equity practice continues to be regularly instructed by domestic issuers and underwriters and counts The Export-Import Bank of Korea, Korea Development Bank and Citigroup Global Markets as recent clients. Standout work examples in this area include Hee-Gang Shin and Mi Eun Roh advising Daegu Bank on its issuance of $300m 3.75% fixed rate notes due 2023; he and Young-Joon Cho also acted for NongHyup Bank in the issuance of $500m 2.87% notes due 2022 under its US $8bn GMTM Programme. Shin, Roh, Seung Il Hong and practice head Eui Jong Chung represented the underwriters, Citigroup Global Markets and Goldman Sachs, on the issuance of GDRs of Kakao and the listing of the GDRs on the Singapore Exchange. Roh and Ho Jin Kim are also active on the debt side. The team has been joined by five foreign attorneys and advisers.

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

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Dong Woo Seo, Byoung-Ki Lee and Sky Yang jointly lead the corporate and M&A practice at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC. Recent standout transactions include Sungjo Yun, Mok H Kim and Myoung Seok Oh advising on Unilever's acquisition of 95.39% of shares in Carver Korea, from Bain Capital, Goldman Sachs and Carver's founder for $2.7bn. Recently promoted partner Ho Kyung Chang assists international and Korean clients with cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, foreign and private equity investments. Joonki Yi is an expert in cross-border deals within the areas of energy, natural resources and defence. Other noted work includes advising KB Securities on the acquisition of 99.4% shares in Maritime Securities; Lee and Sun Hee Park acted for SM Entertainment and its affiliates in forming a strategic partnership with the country’s largest mobile carrier, SK Telecom.

Leading individuals

Sky Yang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Dispute resolution

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s strength in handling complex litigation is demonstrated through successful wins for Korail in a dispute on private investor liability in the suspension of a PPP development project. In cross-border disputes, Dong-Su Lee and Gun Chul Do are advising Malaysian company Berjaya, on a $350m damages claim filed against Jeju Free International Development for breach of a land sale and purchase agreement in connection to the failed joint venture to develop a tourist resort on Jeju Island. Elsewhere, Wu Cheol Song and Tae Joon Park are representing Samsung Medical Center against patients seeking damages for being infected by Middle East respiratory syndrome. Also of note, Byoung Ha Jeon focuses on real estate, construction and financial litigation, while cross-border expert Tony Dongwook Kang is active in corporate governance.

Leading individuals

Wu Cheol Song - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Insurance

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s strong capability in contentious insurance disputes was again in evidence with the team acting in several recent high-profile cases. Jong Ku Kang succeeded in obtaining relief for Tongyang Life Insurance against a claim brought to the Financial Supervisory Service over the application of interest rates, as well as acting for The-K Non-Life Insurance on the insurance coverage arising from a fire accident. Meanwhile, Jaiyoung Kim and Jong Min An are representing Samsung C&T in a claim arising out a fire which occurred in the warehouse operated by Samsung.

Leading individuals

Jong Ku Kang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

[back to top]

South Korea: Intellectual property

Intellectual property – Local firms
Intellectual property – Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s intellectual property practice is able to draw on the firm’s broad expertise to handle transactions, data protection and privacy, compliance in addition to its core offering in IP prosecution and patent litigation. The practice has notable strengths in contentious matters; Taeck Soo Kwon, Jung Hi Park successfully represented Dongkook Pharmaceutical in a Patent Court appeal seeking to invalidate a patent owned by Novartis. In copyright disputes, Kwon and Tae Uk Kang successfully advised Avocado Entertainment against copyright infringement charges and unfair competition claims filed by a competitor; one of the first major cases to consider whether certain ideas, such as game rules and storylines, can be protected under the Copyright Act and the Unfair Competition Prevention Act. Susan Park and Jihyun Kim are advising Netflix on all aspects of Korean music licensing in preparation for its launch in Korea. Other significant members of the team are Jihyun Kim, Kijoong Kang, Catherine Eunkyeong Lee, and Jihyun Kim.

Leading individuals

Jihyun Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Taeck Soo Kwon - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

Tae Uk Kang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Labour and employment

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

The ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ team at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC provide the full spectrum of labour and employment services to Korean conglomerates and international corporations. Jeong Han Lee is ‘an expert in his field’, acting in disputes concerning wrongful dismissal, wage claims and related employment issues. The team’s expertise in responding to industrial safety accidents is demonstrated by Lee, Hyung Ro Kim and Jinwoo Lee, who together successfully dismissed an arrest warrant issued against two employees following an explosion at a shipyard. In another notable case, Sangkyun Jang acted for KEPCO KPS against claims brought by 4,000 workers in a highly publicised wage dispute. Former judge Wook Rae Lee is highly experienced in representing Korean clients across the gamut of labour disputes.

Leading individuals

Jeong Han Lee - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

Hyung Ro Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

[back to top]

South Korea: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Local firms
Projects and energy – Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC draws on its combined expertise within M&A, project financing and construction to advice sponsors and investors on significant domestic and international infrastructure projects. In contentious matters, practice head Joonki Yi successfully overturned an earlier government decision opposing the construction of a coal-fired power plant and obtained approval for POS Power to continue with the power generation project as planned. In outbound transactions, the team acted as lead counsel for Hanaro in relation it’s a mezzanine loan to finance a biomass project in the UK. Seungkyo Lee is particularly active in overseas investment; he is also a key counsel advising Korea Electric Power Corporation against two of Korea’s largest construction companies in an LCIA arbitration.

Leading individuals

Seungkyo Lee - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

[back to top]

South Korea: Real estate

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC's ‘dedicated team’ has a strong reputation for inbound and outbound real estate investments; the group has a close working relationship with the leading Korean real estate developers and is instructed on commercial, residential and multi-use building city development projects. Practice head Gun Chul Do, Chiyoung Song and Michael Lee are lead counsel to Korea Land & Housing in its participation in the South Saad Al-Abdullah New Town Development Project in Kuwait. The practice is also advising Legoland Korea and its parent company on the development of a new theme park in Gangwon-do. Other key contacts are Hyeon Kang, David Sung Jin Ahn and Eun Jin Jeon.

Leading individuals

Gun Chul Do - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Regulatory: compliance and investigations

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s full-service compliance and white-collar crime practice is comprised of highly skilled former prosecutors and government officials able to utilise their expertise and judicial experience to advise individuals and corporate clients on internal investigations and criminal trials. The team has strong digital forensic capabilities, used to find critical evidence of corruption and infringement of clients’ assets, and is regularly instructed by high-ranking corporate executives and organisations to defend against allegations of bribery and money laundering. Key highlights include Injae Lee and Soon Ik Kwon defending the vice-chairman and other senior officials of Samsung Electronics against charges of offering bribes to former president Geun-hye Park. Other figures in the sizeable team include Sangchul Lee as head of criminal litigation, Yong Rak Sung, Kwang Jun Kim and Hwan Gyun Roh.

Leading individuals

Hwan Gyun Roh - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Shipping

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

The team at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is ‘well experienced and give accurate advice with reasonable fees’. The practice is particularly noted for its ‘intimate knowledge of Korean proceedings with a keen understanding of other major legal systems’; group head Jong Ku Kang is praised for his ‘commercial acumen and keen attention to detail’. Kang frequently acts alongside Tae-Jeong Kim in contentious matters; they successfully acted for KB Insurance regarding the payment of damages, and are currently representing Doosan Engine in complex arbitration proceedings. Young-Joon Cho and Hyun Wook Park are recommended on ship finance-related matters. Foreign attorney Yoon Jeong Park is a name to note for maritime disputes.

Leading individuals

Jong Ku Kang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Tae Jeong Kim - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

Yoon Jeong Park - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

[back to top]

South Korea: TMT

TMT – Local firms
TMT – Local firms - ranked: tier 1

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Led by Sangjik Lee, Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s TMT team has an ‘outstanding network, knowledge and expertise in the area’. In recent highlights, Lee, alongside ‘focused and efficient’ regulatory experts Ji Yeon Park and Kwang Hyun Ryoo, successfully represented KT Corporation in the first Korean ruling on whether, and to what amount, web companies can arbitrarily utilise their users’ PCs and rental networks. Jong Baek Park advised Bithumb and chaired the Cryptocurrency Committee aimed at resolving issues of fostering cryptocurrency exchanges, and also assisted Hancom in setting up its compliance programme. Joon Yong Park focuses on the management of large-scale M&As for broadcasting and telecoms companies.

Leading individuals

Kwang Hyun Ryoo - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

Joon Yong Park - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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South Korea: Tax

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

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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

Leading individuals

Il Young Cho - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Next generation lawyers

Maria Chang - Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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