Lee & Ko > Seoul, South Korea > Firm Profile

Lee & Ko
SEOUL 04532
South Korea

South Korea > Antitrust and competition: local firms Tier 1

Lee & Ko has a proven track record of handling major cases concerning unfair trade practices, cartels, and merger control; antitrust compliance and antitrust litigation are further strengths, with the practice well placed to call upon the services of the firm’s in-house economists when preparing evidence to be heard before the KFTC and Korean courts. Hwan Jeong heads up the antitrust and competition group; he has longstanding experience of leading a wide array of competition law mandates extending to abuse of dominance matters. Jang Woo Park steers the antitrust criminal defense team, while In Seok Lee steers the administrative and civil antitrust litigation team. Yong Seok Ahn frequently assists multinational companies with cases related to Korean competition laws. Suruyn Kim has a notable focus on merger review cases; Jeong-Ho Sun is equipped to assist with M&A due diligence, while Jong Youn Han has specific know-how relating to the IT and semiconductor market. Byong Ki Chung is a first-choice expert for antitrust damages litigations cases. Jung Won Kwon is further recommended.

Practice head(s):

Hwan Jeong; Jang Woo Park; In Seok Lee

Other key lawyers:

Yong Seok Ahn; Suruyn Kim; Jung Won Kwon; Jeong-Ho Sun; Jong Youn Han; Byong Ki Chung; Ji Hoon Kim; Miji Lee; Jung Myong Park


‘Jeong-Ho Sun of Lee & Ko was impressive.’

‘Lee & Ko is very responsive with prompt and expert solutions, especially about antitrust and competition law, which is one area  in which they really excel.’ 

‘We have been requested many consultations to Lee & Ko team, especially with Jeong-Ho Sun. He has provided us with excellent analysis and opinions to us with prompt responsiveness and expert knowledge on antitrust and competition law issues.’

‘I had a pleasure of working closely with Miji Lee, an outstanding lawyer specialising in antitrust and competition law. Her practice stands out due to its remarkable combination of expertise, dedication, and strong communication skills.’

‘Lee & Ko’s antitrust team is the team that can provide the most comprehensive service in all matters of antitrust law. It provides prompt and timely advice in regards to the KFTC’s antitrust investigations, merger filings (including international merger filings) and compliance.’

‘The team advised on various issues including trades between affiliates, merger filing (including domestic and foreign), handling sensitive information; and the responses included up-to-date developments of the regulation and decisions.

‘Miji Lee has provided advice on a wide scope of matters, including affiliate trading, KFTC investigations, and handling competitive information, merger filing, etc. She is extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Jung Myong Park provides the most accurate and comprehensive advice on merger filing, both Korean and foreign issues. Due to his prompt response to the KFTC, he successfully had the KFTC give clearance to a challenging merger filing case.’

Key clients

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. and Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. (GTT case)

Alvogen Lux Holdings S.à.r.l, Lotus Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. and Alvogen Korea Co., Ltd.

Cargill Agri Purina

NAVER Corporation

DL ENC Co., Ltd

Daewoo Engineering & Construction

Hyundai Engineering & Construction

Hanhwa Construction

Sinotrans Container Lines Company

Korea Marine Transport

Namsung Shipping

Dongyoung Shipping

Dongjin Shipping

Pan Continental Shipping

Sinokor Merchant Marine

CK Line

Heung-A Line

Korean Shipowner’s Association

Wan Hai Lines

Saudi Aramco

Mitsui & Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics, Huawei and MediaTek (Qualcomm case)

Work highlights

  • Representing Samsung Electronics in defending the company against allegations on unfair support after the company was indicted.
  • Represented three major Korean shipbuilders against Gaztransport et Technigaz S.A. (“GTT”) during GTT’s appeal against the KFTC decision to sanction the company for abuse of dominance in the Seoul High Court and Supreme Court.
  • Represented Alvogen after the KFTC commenced an investigation on the collusion between Alvogen and AstraZeneca Korea alleging that Alvogen delayed the development of the generic versions of AstraZeneca’s original drugs.

South Korea > Banking and finance: local firms Tier 1

Lee & Ko‘s large and experienced team is lauded as the ‘best in the business,’ offering a full-service within the broad range of banking and finance mandates. The firm is recognised for its advisory and regulatory work within the shipping, energy, and technology and telecommunications industries. The team is led by the highly experienced Dong Eun Kim. Core team member Yeo Kyoon Yoon focuses on inbound and outbound acquisition finance. Myoung Chul Kwak works on a high-profile M&A transactions, with extensive experience in leveraged finance, while Yong-Jae Chang handles debt restructuring and private equity transactions, particularly within the manufacturing industry. Also key are Yun Jeong Seo, who has expertise in financial transactions within the shipping industry, and Hyunsu Kim, who specialises in infrastructure and energy financing.

Practice head(s):

Dong Eun Kim


‘They have advised on the most projects in the energy infrastructure industry in Korea. In addition, they are always able to provide timely support in most cases, and their coverage is very broad and professional.’

‘The partners are highly professional, and the best in the business.’ 

They have passion and expertise.’

Key clients

BNP Paribas

KEB Hana Bank

Kookmin Bank

Korean Air Co., Ltd.

Korea Development Bank

Korea Investment & Securities Co., Ltd.

Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd.

NH Investment & Securities Co., Ltd.

Samsung Securities Co., Ltd.

Shinhan Bank

Societe Generale

Standard Chartered Bank Korea Limited

Woori Bank

Kakao Bank

International Finance Corporation


Work highlights

  • Advised Woori Bank, Samsung Securities Co. Ltd. and Kiwoom Securities Co., Ltd on financing for the acquisition of Medit Corp. by MBK Partners.
  • Advised Kookmin Bank on financing in connection with Jeju Hanlim Offshore Wind Farm Project with an installed capacity of 100MW.
  • Advised Woori Bank on a PPP project to facilitate for construction of construction and operation of Bibong-Maesong Urban Expressway.

South Korea > Capital markets: local firms Tier 1

Lee & Ko specialises in debt and ESG debt securities, as well as advising on a full range of equity, structured finance and securitisation mandates. Team head Hyunjoo Oh has ‘profound knowledge’ in the field of structured products, derivatives, compliance issues and foreign exchange regulations, while Seung-A Hyun specialises in debt capital and exchange transactions. Dong Yon Kim advises on regulatory compliance and bond issuance matters, while Sang Hyun Ahn contentious mandates. Another key member of the group is Jun Woo Cho, who advises on investment agreements and was recently appointed head of the equity capital markets team.

Practice head(s):

Hyunjoo Oh

Other key lawyers:


‘Lee & Ko has deeply experienced experts in capital markets. They differentiate themselves from others in that they are commercially well-trained. When there is an issue of regulation, they give concrete advice to make a deal plausible.’

‘Hyunjoo Oh has profound knowledge in capital markets.’ 

‘The team provides efficient, excellent and cost-saving solutions.’

‘Hyunjoo Oh always delivers great quality of services in a timely manner.’

Key clients

National Pension Service

Export-Import Bank of Korea

Korea Development Bank

Korea Post

ING Bank

Standard Chartered Bank

BNP Paribas

Deutsche Bank

Citigroup Global Markets Inc.

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC

Korea Investment Corporation

Societe Generale

Korea Investment & Securities Co., Ltd.

Samsung Securities Co., Ltd.

Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd.

Meritz Securities Co., Ltd.

Hana Bank

Shinhan Bank

NH Investment & Securities

Work highlights

  • Advised The Korea Development Bank in its issuance of approximately USD 2 billion global bonds.
  • Advised Meritz Securities for entering into KRW 1.5 trillion investment agreement with Lotte E&C.
  • Advised Kookmin Bank for 3 consecutive block deals of Samsung Electronics, Samsung Life Insurance and Samsung SDS worth USD 1.1 billion.

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

With decades of experience in corporate and M&A work, Lee & Ko‘s market leading team provide a full-service for high-profile Korean clients. Co-headed by Hyun Tae Kim, Sang Gon Kim, and Hyeong Gun Lee, the team is known for its expertise of handling of cross-border joint venture projects for major international corporations and private equity houses. Ho Joon Moon is an expert in public and private company mergers and stock purchases, while Daehoon Koo is highly recommended for establishing holding companies and asset deals. Other key team members include David Choi, Kyungchun Kim, and Sung Min Kim maintain their reputation as top-tier corporate lawyers, specialising in the manufacturing, energy and pharmaceutical industries.

Practice head(s):

Hyun Tae Kim; Sang Gon Kim; Hyeong Gun Lee

Other key lawyers:


‘Daehoon Koo offers a wealth of experience to clients on M&A deals and exhibits a strong grasp of trends and issues underlying the full range of corporate transactions in the Korean market.’

‘Armed with the knowledge of latest M&A deal structures world-wide, Lee & Ko provides customized deal structures and advice to the client on domestic and cross-border deals. The team has excellent knowledge of the corporate client as well as great working relationship with leaders of the client corporations. They provide solution-oriented advice and real time feedback to the client.’

‘Yong Joon Yoon zealously advises his clients with both legal and business savviness. A great leader who commands respect of his team as well as the leaders of the client corporation.’

‘David Choi is a great negotiator, armed with extensive legal knowledge. He is able to bridge cultural gaps between the client and the other side in cross-border deals.’

‘Lee & Ko sports very impressive lawyers with extensive knowledge.’

‘The Corporate M&A team at Lee & Ko is very proficient on the technical aspect of a deal, while having an excellent touch with the opposite side. They deliver practical solutions to complicated issues and have a strong client focus.’

‘David Choi is an up-and-coming partner in the Korean M&A market and displays great negotiation skills backed by technical excellence.’

Key clients

MBK Partners

LG Energy Solution

LS Group

SK Materials

Glenwood Private Equity

Solus Biotech


LG Chem

Megazone Cloud

Lotte Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the consortium established by MBK Partners and UCK Partners in its KRW2.2tn acquisition of Osstem Implant and its affiliates.
  • Advised the establishment of battery production joint venture worth KRW6tn between LG Energy Solution and Hyundai Motors.
  • Advised the establishment of battery production joint venture worth KRW5tn between LG Energy Solution and Honda Motors.

South Korea > Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 1

Lee & Ko’s practice handles contentious public and commercial litigation cases, housing a team of highly experienced litigators and leading industry specialists. Pyoung Keun Song spearheads the practice, specialising in antitrust and competition cases, in addition to TMT-litigation. Among the team’s leading partners, Seong Won Chang advises on product liability issues in construction disputes, while Seon Tae Kim leads the administrative litigation practice, working on cancellations and suspension orders. Jae Heon Park is recommended for financial and regulatory disputes, as well as M&A-related litigation, while Yeon Woo Lee represents multinational companies in high-profile litigations and cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Pyoung Keun Song


 ‘The team understands the needs of the clients well.’

‘Jae Heon Park has extensive legal knowledge, and litigation and advisory experience. In addition to this, he is famous as a lawyer who solves legal issues for his clients with his active and friendly attitude. 

‘The lawyers have developed niche expertise in relation to multi-jurisdictional matters and are extremely responsive in handling client cases.’

Key clients

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.

Korea Shipbuilding & Offshore Engineering Co., Ltd.

SK Securities Co., Ltd.

Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd.

Korea Development Bank

Microsoft Corporation

Korea Land & Housing Corporation

SK telecom Co., Ltd.

Daewoong Pharma Co., Ltd.

Hyundai-Rotem Company

KB Kookmin Bank

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Elevator Co., Ltd.

Dunamu Inc.


Big Hit Entertainment Co., Ltd.

Kyobo Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Wesang Co.,Ltd.

Jejuair Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised a precedent to secure soundness of the virtual currency market for Dunamu Inc., Coinone Inc., and Korbit Inc.
  • Advised authorization to open Korea’s first for-profit hospital for Jeju Special Self-Governing Province.
  • Advised Jeju Air Co., Ltd on a litigation case seeking a USD 21million refund due to the M&A collapse between airlines.

South Korea > Fintech and financial services regulatory: local firms Tier 1

Lee & Ko’s financial regulatory team operates inside of the firm’s sizeable finance group and is peopled by an ‘excellent pool of talent’ with extensive experience of dealing with the Financial Supervisory Service, the Financial Services Commission and other regulatory bodies. The fintech side of the practice assists financial institutions, IT companies and e-commerce companies with the provision of fintech services and a wide array of  regulatory issues. Jongsoo (Jay) Yoon and Kwang Bae Park  co-lead the fintech group, while Seung Hoon Choi and Hyun Goo Kang are in charge of the financial services regulatory group. Financial regulatory expert Hyeong Min Yoo is well positioned to assist clients during investigation and sanctions proceedings. Jung-Myung (Chloe) Lee is geared to advise on NFT mandates, while Seong Hwan Ju centres his practice on regulatory compliance.

Practice head(s):

Jongsoo Yoon; Kwang Bae Park; Seung Hoon Choi; Hyun Goo Kang


‘Lee &Ko has an excellent pool of talent from diverse backgrounds and relevant connections in key government offices.’

‘Jay Yoon and his team have demonstrated they are capable of brainstorming, exchanging ideas, and thinking out of the box when it comes to navigating regulatory risks with little or no precedent.’

Key clients

Mirae Asset Securities Co., Ltd.

Korbit Inc.

KakaoBank Corp.

Coinone, Inc.

Woori Financial Capital Co.,Ltd Co.

Standard Chartered Bank Korea Limited

KB Investment & Securities Co., Ltd.

Korea Securities Depositary

ING Bank N.V., Seoul Arab

INMARK REITs Management Inc.

Kasa Korea Co., Ltd.

Coupang Corp.

Hanwha Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Samsung Securities Co., Ltd.

Credit Agricole (CACIB) Seoul

Nice Rating

Meritz Securities Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Asset Management

Midas Asset

Payhere Inc.

Baker McKenzie

Korea Exchange (KRX)


JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Seoul Branch

Yuanta Securities Korea Co., Ltd


Goldman Sachs, Seoul Branch

Star Beta Korea


WWD Korea


Wavebridge Corp.

SRV Labs


Nomura financial investment

Wannabe Chain Soft Co.(currently Aintchainsoft Co.)


Korea Development Bank

Self Esteem Brands, LLC

Antler Innovation Pte. Ltd.





SK M&Service


Woori Investment Bank

KB Capital



NICE Information Service Co., Ltd.




Gbiz Group


Work highlights

  • Highlighted the importance of accurate disclosures of circulation volume in the price formation of virtual assets On behalf of three exchanges (Upbit, Coinone and Korbit
  • Advised Payhere on a Series B investment of KRW 20bn and issued convertible preferred stock to Series B investors.
  • Conducted a comprehensive review of issues that Dunamu should consider in issuing and selling NFTs, including the applicability of financial investment products under the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act.

South Korea > Insurance: local firms Tier 1

Lee & Ko‘s insurance and reinsurance practice is led by Jin Hong Kwon, who is also a member of the firm’s financial services and compliance division. The team is experienced in assisting insurers with formation and licensing matters, both on a domestic and international basis. Jin Young Jung is particularly noted for his expertise in advising on insurance matters within the shipping, energy and natural resources sectors. Sae Um Kim is a key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Jin Hong Kwon

Other key lawyers:

Yeongseog Jeong; Jin Young Jung; Sae Um Kim; Yang Ho Yoon


‘The team has a lot of experience and self-motivated lawyers.’

‘All individuals are self-motivated, and all individual team members communicate closely with customers to investigate, research, and present opinions extensively to meet their needs.’

‘Lee&Ko is very prompt on every response, and their legal advice does not put on airs, but instead is straight-forward for their client in a practical way. ’

‘Jin Hong Kwon’s reputation as an insurance expert is well-deserved and he consistently stays up-to-date with the latest insurance trends and developments. His commitment to clients is remarkable, as he acts promptly and responsibly whenever required. His trustworthiness is further reinforced by his agility and sense of duty.’

‘Lee & Ko have in-depth knowledge and provide high quality advice. They are always readily available and have proven that they can work under tight turnaround. Lee & Ko boasts an excellent group of lawyers with an all-around attention to detail who offer pragmatic, creative solutions to our problems at competitive rates/fees. Lee & Ko is unquestionably a top tier law firm in the field of insurance, with an exceptional value for money and a wide range of highly qualified experts to cover all the fields our business requires.’

‘Jin Hong Kwon is very well-versed in insurance matters and always provides comprehensive and thoughtful advice. He is extremely easy to work with, knows the nuances of business and his knowledge in this field is wide and deep. Jin Hong is hardworking, prompt and efficient, always putting his knowledge to application for the practical benefit of his clients.’

Key clients

ABL Life Insurance Co., Ltd., formerly known as Allianz Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Ace American Fire Marine Insurance Co., Ltd (Korea Branch)

AIA Group Limited (AIA Korea)

AIG (American International Group) Insurance Co., Ltd.

Allianz SE, Singapore Branch

Allied World Assurance Company Ltd.

Aon Korea Inc.


Aon Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Apple Europe Limited

Arch MI Asia Limited

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (Hong Kong)

AXA Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Berkley Re

BNP Paribas Cardif General Insurance Co., Ltd.

BNP Paribas Cardif Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Chubb Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

CNA Hardy

Compagnie Française d’Assurance pour le Commerce Extérieur

Corstone Asia

DB Insurance Co., Ltd.

DB Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Euler Hermes Hong Kong Services Limited

Euler Hermes Korea Non-Life Broker, Co., Ltd.

FM Global

Fubon Hyundai Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Fusion Specialty Insurance Pty Ltd

General Insurance Association of Korea

General Reinsurance Corporation

Hanjin Busan Newport Co., Ltd.

Hannover Re Malaysia

Hanwha General Insurance Co., Ltd.

Hanwha Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Heungkuk Fire Marine Insurance Co., Ltd.

Heungkuk Life Insurance

Hyundai Marine and Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.

Jardine Lloyd Thompson (JLT) Asia Limited (now known as Marsh)

KB Insurance Co., Ltd.

Korea General Insurance Association

Korea Life Insurance Association

Korea Shipping Association

Korea Trade Insurance Corporation

Korean Reinsurance Company

Kyobo Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

LG Energy Solution

LINA Life Insurance Company of Korea

Meritz Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd.

MetLife Insurance Co., Ltd.

Mirae Asset Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Munich Reinsurance Company, Korea Branch

Pacific Life Re

POSCO Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.

RGA Reinsurance Company

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd.

Samsung Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Seoul Guarantee Insurance Corporation

Shinhan Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

SK Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.

Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.

Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.

Zurich Insurance Group

Zurich Life Insurance(Hong Kong)

Work highlights

  • Represented Kyobo Life Insurance in appeal proceedings concerning an insurance claim dispute involving immediate annuities lodged by a group of policyholders.
  • Advised on the legislation process for regulating actuaries for the Institute of Actuaries of Korea.
  • Assisted with an M&A transaction involving the sale of stocks issued by a large insurance agency to a subsidiary of Hanwha Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

South Korea > Intellectual property: local firms

Headed by Un Ho Kim, the ‘highly efficient and knowledgeable’ team at Lee & Ko consists of experienced patent attorneys and IP litigators that have represented the interests of high-profile trademark owners across the world. The firm regularly advises on IP matters across a variety of industries, including computer software, mechanical, electrical, and artificial intelligence. Choong Jin Oh is recommended for trademark, patent, and design litigations, while Keum Nang Park is particularly skilled in IP matters related to the pharmaceutical industry. Kyungjin Kim is a patent attorney, who is also qualified at the Korean bar, and who focuses on patent litigation and IPTAB trials. Other key members of the team include Julie Shin, Jaewoo Kwak, Hwan Sung Park as well as Soo Yeon Park and Ahhyun Nam. Hui Jin Yang  and Young Mo Kwon have left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Un Ho Kim


‘Highly efficient and knowledgeable litigation team.’

‘They are well-refined and logical. The standard of LK in drafting is far beyond any other firms in Korea.’

‘LEE&KO is one of the most prestigious law firms in Korea and the quality of their works and services is second to none considering reasonable fees.’

‘The capabilities of the partners are exceptional, and the legal service is extremely satisfying.’

‘Keum Nang Park is a leader within the IP community so her strategy and views have gravitas. She has excellent knowledge of the law and has a technical background. Through her experience, she provides pragmatic strategic advice.’

‘Keum Nang Park is extremely efficient and available; she is experienced and gives knowledgeable advice.’

‘Julie Shin is a US qualified partner with technical background, having spent some time practising in the US, making her familiar with foreign clients. Her previous in-house experience means she provides commercially focused advice to the clients.’

‘Jaewoo Kwak does not take no for an answer. He is very experienced and always dedicates himself to achieve the best results and does not hesitate in taking creative approaches.’

Key clients




Bristol Myers Squibb

Marriott International




Samsung Biologics

LG Electronics





Toss Bank

YG Entertainment

LG Household & Health Care


Nitto Denko


Samsung SDI

Korean Air (Hanjin KAL)



Work highlights

  • Representing Samsung Bioepis in a patent invalidation action involving biosimilars against the patent owner.
  • Representing Coway before the Supreme Court in a patent infringement lawsuit involving water purifier patents against the market competitor, after prevailing on all claims in the appellate court where it overturned the court of first instance decision that ruled in favour of the counterparty.
  • Representing Boryung Pharmaceutical in an invalidation action initiated by generic companies.

South Korea > International arbitration Tier 1

Lee & Ko ‘s market leading international arbitration practice is ‘extremely adaptable and knowledgeable,’ when handling advising major domestic and international firms on complex high-profile cases. The firm’s roster of highly experienced junior and senior attorneys is co-led by esteemed arbitrators Robert W. Wachter  and Sean Sungwoo Lim, with the latter specialising in commercial, construction, and investment arbitration heard across major venues worldwide. Saemee Kim, lauded as the ‘backbone of the team’ handles matters within the engineers and energy industries; Sunyoung Kim handles, among other work, M&A disputes; and Elizabeth Shin is active in construction cases.

Practice head(s):

Sean Sungwoo Lim; Robert W. Wachter

Other key lawyers:


‘Extremely adaptable and knowledgeable in international arbitration matters. They get the job done quickly and effectively. ’

‘Sunyoung Kim is a skillful advocate who is also extremely responsive, hardworking, and dedicated. ’

‘A talented and diverse team led by Robert Wachter, who frequently appear on large arbitration cases. They are one of the best firms in Korea.’ 

‘Robert Wachter is a very thorough advocate and excellent cross examiner. Saemee Kim is also a rising star, and the backbone of the team.’

Key clients

Republic of Korea

Korea Electric Power Corporation, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co., Ltd

Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Rotem Company

GS Engineering & Construction Corporation

The Republic of Korea represented by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration

Eco Management Holdings (Malta) 2 Ltd.

Hyundai Steel Company

Jeju Air Co., Ltd.

Kriesha Ziskind Tiu

DWS Star Bridge Co., Ltd.

South Korea > Labour and employment: local firms Tier 1

Lee & Ko is best known for advising on contentious HR issues, as well as a wider spectrum of labour and employment litigation. The team, which is co-led by Chang Soo Jin and litigation expert Sang-Hoon Lee, handles severance and pension disputes, wrongful termination claims, and regularly advises on complex labour law matters. Senior associate Shawn (Seong Ho) Han handles employment-related regulatory compliance matters, internal HR issues, and occupational safety matters. Foreign attorney William Kim continues to assist with the employment aspects of M&A and corporate restructuring matters. Jae Hoon-Choi is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Sanghoon Lee; Changsoo Jin

Other key lawyers:


‘The team is very strategic and pays close attention to the client’s specific needs.’

‘William Kim is an excellent communicator and provides practical solutions. ’

‘The firm’s attention to detail and personalized counseling is outstanding. William Kim and his team go above and beyond what I have experienced with other firms – domestic and international. The difference in their advice, attentiveness, expertise is notable.’

‘William blends sound expertise across all facets of the law and real empathy to the issues that is very unique. His counsel on matters has been spot on and I have gone into negotiations fully armed and at ease.’

Key clients

Samsung Electronics


Hyundai Motor Company & Kia Motors

Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Motor Company

Korea Mineral Resource Corporation

Ralph Lauren

Nexteel Co., Ltd.


SK Geo Centric Co., Ltd.

South Korea > Projects and energy: local firms Tier 1

Lee & Ko is renowned for its market leading experience in the project and energy arena, handling the full range of domestic and international project management mandates. With over 20 years' experience, Dong Eun Kim co-heads the team alongside Tom Shin and Hun Ko, and frequently represents key project stakeholders, government institutions and major Korean and international investors in both inbound and outbound investments. Jae Hoon Lee advises on high-profile infrastructure matters and a range of landmark power projects including PPI. Kwang Yul Kim assists with construction contracts and long-term service agreements, while Insoo Kim handles renewable energy cross-border investments. Hyunsu Kim is another key contact in the group.

Practice head(s):

Dong Eun Kim; Tom Shin; Hun Ko

Key clients

Bloom Energy

Dealim Energy

Samsung Life Insurance



IGIS Asset Management Co., Ltd

Meritz Securities Co., Ltd

NH-Amundi Asset Management

NH Investment Securities

Mirae Asset Global Investments Co., Ltd

Mirae Asset Daewoo

KB Securities Co., Ltd.

Industrial Bank of Korea

Korea Development Bank

KDB Infrastructure Asset Management Co., Ltd

Shinhan Bank

Shinhan Asset Management (previously “Shinhan BNP Paribas”)

Hanwha Asset Management Co., Ltd

Macquarie Capital Korea Limited

Kookmin Bank

Samsung Securities

Hyundai Energy Private Equity Co., Ltd

Stonebridge Capital

FG Partners

Hangang Asset Management Co., Ltd.

EQ Partners

Hana Financial Investment

Samsung Asset Management Co., Ltd

KB Asset Management Company


Equis Pte.

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Eugene Private Equity

PineStreet Asset Management Co., Ltd

Diode Ventures LLC

LightSource BP

Keppel Renewable Energy

Sprott Korea


Glennmont Partners

Black & Veatch

Work highlights

  • Advised the mandated arranger, Kookmin Bank and syndicated lenders in connection with Ulsan GPS LNG/LPG 1,227MW Combined Power Plant and Terminal Project as well as SK Gas LTD and Ulsan GPS Co. Ltd. on the ethical wall basis
  • Advised Korea Development Bank, Bank of America, Credit Agricole, Industrial Bank of Korea, Mizuho, Societe General, MUFG, Standard Chartered, and Sumitomo in connection with the transaction involving development and financing of the first phase of the 99MW Jeonnam 1 Offshore Wind Farm in South Korea.
  • Advised Sprott Korea Investment Corp, Prime Capital, Shinhan Bank Europer GmbH; Shinhan Asset Management, Woori Bank Europe GmbH , Kookmin Bank, and London Branch in connection with the transaction involving development and financing of an approx. 74.4 MW onshore wind farm in Sweden.

South Korea > Real estate: local firms Tier 1

Lee & Ko‘s market leading practice handles the full range of mandates, from development and reconstruction-related transactions, to overseas investments, as well as property litigation. Junghwan Lee jointly leads the team alongside Dong Seok Woo and Jin Wook Yang, who focus on conventional commercial sale and purchase transactions, fund-of-funds real estate investments, and REITs in project financing development projects. Other key contacts in the group incude Ju-Young Susie Im and Jee In Kim, who focus on inbound and outbound acquisition and purchases.

Practice head(s):

Junghwan Lee; Dong Seok Woo; Jin Wook Yang

Other key lawyers:


‘Dong Seok Woo is a highly respected real estate lawyer.’

‘Junghwan Lee professional and is good at collaborating with other lawyers involved in the matter. He gives timely advice.’

Key clients

IGIS Asset Management Co., Ltd.

LB Asset Management Inc.

Tiger Alternative Investors Co., Ltd.

Samsung SRA Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Vestas Investment Management Co., Ltd.

AIP Asset Co., Ltd.

Mirae Asset Global Investments Co., Ltd.

GAW Capital Partners

D&D Investment Corp.

ALPHA Asset Management M.F.M.C

Shinhan REITs Management Co., Ltd.

DWS Asset Management (Korea) Co. Ltd.

Shinhan Alternative Investment Management, Inc.

Hana Alternative Management Co., Ltd.

Mastern Investment Management Co., Ltd.

BNK Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Korea Investment Management Co., Ltd.

Kyungbang Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Investments Co., Ltd.

Hotel Lotte Co., Ltd.

Lotte Shopping Co., Ltd.

Pacific Investment Management Co., Ltd.

Inmark Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Koramco Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Midas Asset Management Co., Ltd.

KB Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Lotte Insurance Co., Ltd.

Pine and Partners Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Belstar Superfreeze Holdings

Daishin Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Goodwill Company Co., Ltd.

Keppel Asset Management

HHR Asset Management, Inc.

Daol Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Supex Village Co., Ltd.

Solus Advanced Materials Co., Ltd.

Yido Management Co., Ltd.

Nexon Korea

MUFG Bank Ltd., Seoul Branch

Work highlights

  • Advised Daol Asset Management Co., Ltd. on sale of its stake in a corporation, which owns Congress Square based in Boston, USA.
  • Advised Samsung SRA Asset Management on purchase of Alpha Dome Tower located in Pangyo, Korea.
  • Advised Yido Management Co., Ltd. on acquisition and financing of a data center site in Wonchang-dong, Incheon.

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

Boasting a deep bench of former regulatory agency experts and attorneys, Lee & Ko‘s regulatory and compliance group provides a full service for international and domestic clients. Kyunghoon Lee and former prosecutor Tae Yop Lee lead the internal investigations and white-collar crime team, which handles various regulatory compliance mandates. Sedong Min heads the business compliance team focusing on cross-border and overseas investment, anti-corruption, and global corporate compliance work. Senior associate Jung Han Nam focuses on corporate embezzlement and professional misconduct. Senior associate Jae Woo Jung is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Kyunghoon Lee; Tae Yop Lee; Sedong Min

Other key lawyers:


‘The team at Lee & Ko is very talented, and has excellent insight in the regulatory sector. The team is composed of lawyers who have much experience in the area.’ 

Key clients

Dunamu Inc.

Coinone Inc.

Korbit Inc.

Discovery Asset Management Co., Ltd.

SK Telecom Co., Ltd.

Naver Corporation

Gmarket Corporation

Ilsan Grand Bridge Corp

Alvogen Lux Holdings

Lotus Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Alvogen Korea Co., Ltd.

LG Electronics Inc.

JW Pharmaceutical

Financial Intelligence Unit

Work highlights

  • Represented the domestic crypto currency exchanges, including Dunamu Inc., Coinone Inc.,and Korbit Inc, in a lawsuit, the first case involving the criteria of de-listing for virtual currency, seeking a provisional injunction for the suspension of effect of de-listing crypto currency.
  • Represented Discovery Asset Management Co., Ltd (“DAM”) in a USD 227 million fund fraud case.

South Korea > Shipping: local firms Tier 1

Providing ‘an excellent all-round service’, Lee & Ko is known for advising leading financial institutions, shipping companies, and export credit agencies on a range of high-value ship finance and transaction matters. The firm is also well respected in the marine insurance, regulatory and disputes spaces, with further capacities in sanctions and international bidding. With experience spanning from disputes and insurance, to energy commodity trading, Jin-Young Jung heads the shipping and logistics team, while Yun-Jeong Seo leads the firm’s ship finance side. Yang Ho Yoon is noted for handling mandates relating to ship arrests, chemical cargo contamination and collisions.

Practice head(s):

Jin-Young Jung; Yun-Jeong Seo

Other key lawyers:

Yang Ho Yoon; Gidon Nam


‘The greatest strength of the firm is its ability. Of course, the additional part of having excellent communication skills, understanding the client well, and being in touch at any time is one of the elements I want to recommend to anyone. But as a client, what we need of our lawyers is their skills, and these lawyers are good at what they do.’

‘What stands out at this time is their ability to collaborate.’

‘Yang-Ho Yoon’s balanced and poised stance gives us confidence as we enter the meeting. Also, facts and issues that can be prepared in advance are presented in great detail.’

‘Experts in the field, timely answers, good communications.’

‘They provide an excellent all-round service in all areas of shipping law and practice. They also provide commercial advice in a very user-friendly way when that is required.’

‘I have worked most closely with Jin-Young Jung for several years. He is very good on the law and local practice and also provides excellent strategic advice when necessary.’

‘A strong shipping and shipbuilding team.’

Key clients

HMM Corporation Limited (formerly known as Hyundai Merchant Marine Co, Ltd.)

Japan P&I Club

H-Line Shipping Co., Ltd

Pan Ocean Co., Ltd. (formerly known as STX Pan Ocean)

SK Shipping Co., Ltd.

Busan Port Terminal Co., Ltd

Heung-A Line Co., Ltd.

Heung-A Shipping Co., Ltd

DSEC Co. ,Ltd.

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. Ltd.

E1 Corporation

Korea Middle Power Corporation

SK Networks Co., Ltd.

Korea Resources Corporation (currently renamed to “KOMIR”)

Meritz Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd.

Lotte Global Logistics Co., Ltd. (formerly known as Hyundai Logistics)

Samsung SDS Co., Ltd.

Pantos Logistics Co., Ltd.

CJ Korex Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Glovis Co., Ltd.

Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd.

China Eastern Airline

Turkish Airlines


Work highlights

  • Advised Pan Ocean, Pantos Logistics and Lotte Global on their potential exposure under the new Serious Accident Punishment Act.
  • Avising Korea Development Bank on the acquisition of HMM.
  • Representing Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) in a series of disputes initiated by Korea Gas Corporation which arose out of and in relation to a business transfer of LNG carriage contracts.

South Korea > Tax: local firms Tier 1

With demonstrable expertise in contentious tax appeals and litigation, Lee & Ko’s market leading team represents major Korean retailers and companies, providing the full range of advisory and consulting service, and handling inbound and outbound investments and transactions. Ok Hyun Ma leads the team alongside Tom Kwon, with the latter advising on international tax planning, domestic and cross-border acquisition structuring, and a wide range of cross-border transactions. Litigation and disputes specialist Byeong Jun Son handles corporate income tax and value-added tax matters, while esteemed litigator Sung Hyun Ryu regularly presents cases to national tax appeal tribunals. Kyung Tae Kim is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Ok Hyun Ma; Tom Kwon


‘Lee & Ko have superior market leading abilities.’ 

‘Kyung Tae Kim has deep tax expertise and provides excellent customer service skill.’

‘The team is very professional in their field.’

Key clients

LG Household & Health Care

Korea Land & Housing Corporation

Korea Racing Authority

Intergraph Korea

Lotte Shopping Co. Ltd., Lotte Hi-Mart, Lotte Datviet Home Shopping Co., Ltd., AK Plaza Department Store

Saint Gobain Korea

Korea Ocean Business Corporation

OK Savings Bank and six other savings banks

Daishin Securities Company and other 11 Securities Companies

IGIS Asset Management

RPX Corporation

Hotel Lotte Co., Ltd. and 7 other companies engaged in duty free business

Hanwha Resort

Work highlights

  • Representing Korea Land & Housing Corporation on appeal for refund of corporate income tax and VAT in the amount of USD 500 million.
  • Representing RPX Corporation, a defensive patent aggregation service provider, for refund of USD 40 million in withholding taxes in relation to membership agreements and patent contribution agreements with Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and SK Hynix.
  • Represented Intergraph Korea in appeal regarding the appropriate tax characterisation of consideration for use of industrial software.

South Korea > TMT: local firms Tier 2

Lee & Ko’s broad TMT practice handles regulatory, licensing, transactions, and disputes. The team is jointly led by Soon-Yub Samuel Kwon, Kwang Bae Park, and Jongsoo (Jay) Yoon. Kwon has extensive experience in advising domestic and international clients in the technology and telecoms fields. Park ‘consistently delivers outstanding services to his clients’ and focuses on data protection, privacy, cyber security, IT, and Fintech matters, as does Yoon who also advises on IP matters. Other key names to note include Ju Bong Jang, Hwan Kyoung Ko, and Tae Joo Kim.  

Practice head(s):

Soon Yub (Samuel) Kwon; Kwang Bae Park; Jongsoo (Jay) Yoon

Other key lawyers:

Ju Bong Jang; Hwan Kyoung Ko; Hyun Jun Kim; Sunghee Chae; Tae Joo Kim; Il Shin Lee


‘The team possesses accurate knowledge of the field and provides comprehensive legal analysis, considering the overall aspects. For longstanding clients, they respond with dedication and sincerity, backed by loyalty.’

‘Tae-Joo Kim is young, yet a confident and capable attorney. He strives to offer the best advice consistently in terms of comprehensive risk assessment. Beyond mere legal analysis, he is an excellent business partner who provides advice from the perspective of comprehensive risk management for companies.’

‘The Lee & Ko TMT team sets itself apart from other law firms with its profound theoretical and practical understanding of personal and credit information. Within the firm, specialized teams collaborate seamlessly, ensuring the highest quality of work. For major litigation in Korea concerning personal information, it’s essential to have a balanced team of attorneys excelling in litigation and those proficient in personal information practice. To this end, Lee & Ko has recruited several former judges renowned for their exceptional professional knowledge and skills. Together with TMT team lawyers, they form a distinctive team that handles the company’s litigation.

‘Mr. Kwang Bae Park is among the top IT and privacy lawyers in Korea. He consistently delivers outstanding services to his clients, drawing from his sharp intuition, profound understanding of the practice, and extensive experience in the field. On the other hand, Mr. Il Shin Lee’s in-depth knowledge of personal and credit information, combined with his meticulousness and dedication to delving deep into individual issues, is something any client would highly value. Such qualities are hard to find in lawyers at other firms.’

‘Lee & Kim is the team with the highest expertise in the field of TMT, especially in the field of personal information protection and information security among domestic law firms. I think professional leadership and research capabilities to fully support it are superior to other law firms.’

‘Lee & Ko’s TMT team is one of the most sophisticated and top-notch legal professional team in Korea. The team is composed of talented lawyers and experts who are well-versed in the market trends and up-to-date regulations. Whenever our company needs a solution for complicated legal and regulatory issues, Lee & Ko’s TMT team is the best business partner with its comprehensive solutions touching the core.’

‘The lawyers and experts in Lee & Ko’s TMT team are highly competent and dedicated to providing the best legal services to the client. They also show a deep understanding of not only the legal but also policy issues surrounding the contemporary telecommunications markets in Korea. We can always rely on their expertise and knowledge with our complicated legal and regulatory issues.’

Key clients

SK Telecom Co., Ltd.

Google LLC, Google Korea LLC

Marriott International, Inc.

Volkswagen Group Korea

Globalstar, Inc.

Zynga Inc., Peak Oyun Yazilim ve Pazarlama AS

SK Broadband Co., Ltd.

Naver Corporation

LG Electronics Inc.

Samsung Securities Co., Ltd.

Dunamu Inc.

LG Uplus Corp.

CJ ENM Co., Ltd.

Coupang Corp.

Gmarket Inc.

Coinone Inc.

Korbit Inc.

Korea Credit Bureau

Kakao Page Corp.

T Map Mobility Co., Ltd.

LG Chem, Ltd.

Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd.

Woori Bank

Kyobo Life Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised Naver Corporation (“Naver”), Gmarket Corporation (formerly, Gmarket Global LLC, “Gmarket”) in a lawsuit to appeal the Personal Information Protection Commission’s decision to sanction online shopping platform operators.
  • Advised T Map Mobility Co., Ltd. on its acquisition of Logisoft.
  • Represented Dunamu Inc., Korbit Inc., Coinone Inc. in a lawsuit related to the decision of the major Korean cryptocurrency exchanges to delist the WEMIX cryptocurrency from their exchanges.
  • Premier full-service law firm in Korea
  • Founded in 1977, and comprising more than 860 professionals, organized into 8 practice groups with 40 specialty teams
  • One-stop service for all legal needs, based on efficient collaboration among highly specialized team
  • Emphasis on responsiveness and practical solutions
  • 8 major practice groups: (i) corporate and M&A, (ii) banking, finance and securities, (iii) litigation (both civil and criminal) and international arbitration (iv) tax and customs, (v) antitrust and competition, (vi) labour and employment, (vii) intellectual property and (viii) white-collar crime
  • 40 specialised teams: Within the firm’s 8 major practice groups there are approximately 40 highly specialised teams of legal professionals including the following: anti-corruption and FCPA; antitrust and competition; aviation; banking; bankruptcy, insolvency and corporate restructuring; capital markets and securities; class actions and consumer claims; construction; consumer goods and services; corporate and M&A; corporate governance; derivatives; dispute resolution; energy; entertainment; environment; finance (acquisition finance, asset finance, project finance, structured finance); foreign direct investment; healthcare; industry and manufacturing; infrastructure; insurance; intellectual property; internal investigations; international practice (Chinese, European, Japanese practice); international trade; investment funds; labour and employment; maritime and shipping; overseas investment; private equity and venture capital; privatisation; product liability; real estate; regulatory compliance; tax and customs (tax consulting, audits, dispute resolution, transfer pricing); technology, media and telecommunications; and white-collar crime.

Recognition and Awards

  • ALB Korea Law Awards 2023
    – Litigation Law Firm of the Year
    – Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year
    – Equity Market Deal of the Year
    – M&A Deal of the Year
    – Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year
  • Asialaw Awards 2023
    – Asia Firm of the Year
    – South Korea Firm of the Year
    – Banking and Finance Firm of the Year
    – Aviation and Shipping Firm of the Year
    – Energy Firm of the Year, Impact Deal of the Year
    – Impact Deal of the Year
  • MIP Asia-Pacific Awards 2023
    – South Korea Copyright & Design Firm of the Year
  • Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2023
    – South Korea Firm of the Year
    – Construction Firm of the Year
    – Impact Case Winners
  • Chambers Asia Pacific and Greater China Region Awards 2023
    – South Korea National Law Firm of the Year
  • Asia Legal Awards 2023
    – Cross-border M&A Deal of the Year ($2 billion+)
    – Transport Firm of the Year
  • ALB Korea Law Awards 2022
    – Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year
    – Project Finance Deal of the Year
    – Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year
  • Asialaw Awards 2022
    – South Korea Firm of the Year
    – Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year
    – Regulatory Firm of the Year
    – Impact Deal/ Case of the Year
  • Asia Legal Awards 2022 – Best Crisis Management Initiative of the Year
  • Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2022
    – South Korea Firm of the Year: Runner up
    – Construction Firm of the Year: Second runner up
    – Tax Firm of the Year: Runner up
  • MIP Asia-Pacific Awards 2022
    – Korea Trademark Firm of the Year
    – Korea IP Transactions firm of the Year
Department Name Email Telephone
Antitrust and Competition Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
Antitrust and Competition Hwan Jeong hwan.jeong@leeko.com
Banking and Finance Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
Banking and Finance Woo Young Jung wooyoung.jung@leeko.com
Capital Markets Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
Capital Markets Wonkyu Han wonkyu.han@leeko.com
Corporate and M&A Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
Corporate and M&A Hyun Tae Kim hyuntae.kim@leeko.com
Corporate and M&A Sang Gon Kim sanggon.kim@leeko.com
Corporate and M&A Hyeong Gun Lee hyeonggun.lee@leeko.com
Dispute Resolution Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
Dispute Resolution Won Seok Ko wonseok.ko@leeko.com
Insurance Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
Insurance Jin Hong Kwon jinhong.kwon@leeko.com
Intellectual Property Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
Intellectual Property Un Ho Kim unho.kim@leeko.com
International Arbitration Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
International Arbitration Sean (Sungwoo) Lim sean.lim@leeko.com
International Arbitration Robert Wachter robert.wachter@leeko.com
Labour and Employment Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
Labour and Employment Sang-Hoon Lee sanghoon.lee@leeko.com
Labour and Employment Chang-Soo Jin changsoo.jin@leeko.com
Projects and Energy Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
Projects and Energy Dong Eun Kim dongeun.kim@leeko.com
Projects and Energy Tom Shin tom.shin@leeko.com
Projects and Energy Hun Ko hun.ko@leeko.com
Real Estate Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
Real Estate Junghwan Lee junghwan.lee@leeko.com
Real Estate Jin Wook Yang jinwook.yang@leeko.com
Real Estate Dong Seok Woo dongseok.woo@leeko.com
Regulatory: Compliance and Investigations Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
Regulatory: Compliance and Investigations Kyunghoon Lee kyunghoon.lee@leeko.com
Regulatory: Compliance and Investigations Chang Hee Suh changhee.suh@leeko.com
Shipping Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
Shipping Jin-Young Jung jinyoung.jung@leeko.com
Shipping Yun Jeong Seo yunjeong.seo@leeko.com
Tax Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
Tax Jay Shim jay.shim@leeko.com
TMT Jae Hoon Kim jaehoon.kim@leeko.com
TMT Soon Yub (Samuel) Kwon samuel.kwon@leeko.com
TMT Kwang Bae Park kwangbae.park@leeko.com
TMT Jongsoo (Jay) Yoon jay.yoon@leeko.com
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Jangwoo Park photo Mr Jangwoo Park Partner
Jung Myong Park photo Mr Jung Myong Park Partner
Jung Won Park photo Mr Jung Won Park Partner.
Ji Hyeong Park photo Ms Ji Hyeong Park Partner
Yong Seok Park photo Mr Yong Seok Park Partner
Jaehyun Park photo Mr Jaehyun Park Partner
Gwangbae Park photo Mr Gwangbae Park Partner
Young Gee Park photo Ms Young Gee Park Partner.
Jae Heon Park photo Mr Jae Heon Park Partner
Young Uk Park photo Mr Young Uk Park Partner.
Kwang Bae Park  photo Kwang Bae Park Partner
Keum Nang Park  photo Keum Nang Park Partner
Jongkwan (Josh) Peck photo Mr Jongkwan (Josh) Peck Senior Foreign Attorney
John S Pool photo Mr John S Pool Senior Foreign Attorney
Jae In ROH photo Mr Jae In ROH Partner
Dongho RYU photo Mr Dongho RYU Partner
Yuri Roh photo Ms Yuri Roh Partner
Hyeon Gil Ryoo photo Mr Hyeon Gil Ryoo Partner
Sung Hyun Ryoo photo Mr Sung Hyun Ryoo Partner.
Sung Hyun Ryu photo Sung Hyun Ryu Partner
Sung Hyun Ryu photo Sung Hyun Ryu Partner
Myung Hyun Ryu photo Mr Myung Hyun Ryu Partner
Chang Ho SEONG photo Chang Ho SEONG Partner
Ju Eun SHIM photo Ju Eun SHIM Partner
Elizabeth J. SHIN photo Elizabeth J. SHIN Senior Foreign Attorney
Jongwon SHIN photo Jongwon SHIN Partner
Chang Youb SONG photo Chang Youb SONG Partner
Yun jeong Seo photo Yun jeong Seo Partner
Yunjeong Seo  photo Yunjeong Seo Partner
Tong Keun Seol photo Mr Tong Keun Seol Partner.
Jay Shim photo Jay Shim Senior Foreign Attorney
Young Chul Shin photo Mr Young Chul Shin Partner
Eileen Jaiyoung Shin photo Ms Eileen Jaiyoung Shin Senior Foreign Attorney
Tom Shin photo Mr Tom Shin Senior Foreign Attorney
Julie Jungyon Shin photo Ms Julie Jungyon Shin Seniro Foreign Attorney
Frank S. Shyn photo Mr Frank S. Shyn Senior Foreign Attorney
Jin So photo Mr Jin So Partner
Ke Jun Sohn photo Mr Ke Jun Sohn partner
Kyung Min Son photo Mr Kyung Min Son Partner
Dong In Son photo Mr Dong In Son Partner
Young Eun Son photo Ms Young Eun Son Partner
Hyun Ah Song photo Ms Hyun Ah Song Partner
Hyun Seok Song photo Hyun Seok Song Partner
Won Il Song photo Mr Won Il Song Partner
Pyoung Keun Song photo Mr Pyoung Keun Song Partner Member of Management Committee
Eun Hee Song photo Ms Eun Hee Song Partner
Chan Youp Song photo Mr Chan Youp Song Partner
Minha Song photo Mr Minha Song Partner
Chang Hee Suh photo Mr Chang Hee Suh Partner
Jeong-Ho Sun photo Mr Jeong-Ho Sun Partner
Ki Jung Sung photo Mr Ki Jung Sung Partner
Ji Young Tae photo Ms Ji Young Tae – Partner – Labor & Employment, White Collar Crime, Administrative Litigation, Mergers…
Hyesoo WON photo Hyesoo WON Partner
Robert Wachter  photo Robert Wachter Senior Foreign Attorney
Minji Woo photo Ms Minji Woo Partner
Ram Chan Woo photo Mr Ram Chan Woo Partner
Yoon-Keun Woo photo Mr Yoon-Keun Woo Senior Advisor
Dong Seok Woo  photo Dong Seok Woo Partner
Bami  YOO photo Bami YOO Partner
Joon Sup YOON photo Mr Joon Sup YOON Partner
Grace YOON photo Ms Grace YOON Senior Foreign Attorney
Jin Wook Yang photo Mr Jin Wook Yang Partner
Kaehyung Yang photo Mr Kaehyung Yang Senior Foreign Attorney
Chul Ki Yeo photo Mr Chul Ki Yeo Partner
Sang Chol Yi photo Mr Sang Chol Yi Partner
Soo Hyuk Yim photo Mr Soo Hyuk Yim Partner
Je Hun Yon photo Mr Je Hun Yon Partner
Dongkyu Yoo photo Mr Dongkyu Yoo Partner
Jae Sung Yoo photo Mr Jae Sung Yoo Partner
Jongsoo (Jay) Yoon photo Mr Jongsoo (Jay) Yoon Partner
Kyeong-seop Yoon photo Mr Kyeong-seop Yoon Partner
Yang Ho Yoon photo Yang Ho Yoon Partner
Yongjoon Yoon photo Mr Yongjoon Yoon Partner.
Meeyoung Yoon photo Ms Meeyoung Yoon Partner
Yang Ho Yoon photo Mr Yang Ho Yoon Partner
Dong Hyun Yoon photo Mr Dong Hyun Yoon Partner
Sung Hui Yoon photo Mr Sung Hui Yoon Partner
Jang Hee Yoon photo Mr Jang Hee Yoon Partner
Paul Hyun Joon Yoon photo Mr Paul Hyun Joon Yoon Senior Foreign Attorney
Yeo Kyoon Yoon photo Mr Yeo Kyoon Yoon Partner
Jae Man Yu photo Mr Jae Man Yu Partner
Taek Su Yun photo Mr Taek Su Yun Partner
Number of fee-earners : 860+


Lee & Ko is a premier full-service law firm with more than 800 professionals dedicated to providing expertise across all legal sectors. Since its inception in 1977, Lee & Ko has represented a wide range of clients, from leading Korean conglomerates and multinational corporations to financial institutions and private equity firms, in the most complex and high-profile domestic and cross-border matters involving Korea.


Lee & Ko wins Specialist Award – Pro Bono at the 2024 IFLR Asia Pacific Awards

Lee & Ko has been selected as the winner of the Specialist award – Pro Bono at the 2024 IFLR Asia Pacific Awards.

Tong Keun Seol and Jin Young Jung Awarded “ESG Lawyer of the Year” and “Transport Lawyer of the Year” at The Asia Legal Awards 2024

Lee & Ko attorneys Tong Keun Seol and Jin Young Jung won the “ESG Lawyer of the Year” and “Transport Lawyer of the Year” respectively at the awards ceremony of The Asia Legal Awards 2024.

Lee & Ko Wins the Most Awards by Category and “Law Firm of the Year” at ABLJ Korea Law Awards 2023

Lee & Ko was selected as the only “Law Firm of the Year” in Korea at the Korea Law Awards 2023 hosted by the Asia Business Law Journal (ABLJ).

Band 1 in 7 Practice Areas by “Chambers Global 2024”

Lee & Ko has been recognized once again for its exceptional capabilities in legal service in 2024 by Chambers Global.

‘Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024’ ranks Lee & Ko in the top tier in 15 practice areas

Lee & Ko was selected as Tier 1 law firm in Korea across 15 fields according to ‘The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2024’.

Sanggon Kim, Ho Joon Moon, Sung Min Kim, Jaewoo Kwak selected as ‘ALB Korea Super 30 Lawyers’

Lee & Ko lawyers Sanggon Kim, Ho Joon Moon, Sung Min Kim, Jaewoo Kwak have been selected as ‘Korea Super 30 Lawyers 2023’ presented by ALB(Asian Legal Business) Magazine.

Most Lawyers Selected in ‘2023 Korea’s Top 100 Lawyers’ by Asia Business Law Journal

In the '2023 Korea’s Top 100 Lawyers' researched by Asia Business Law Journal, 23 lawyers from Lee & Ko have been selected, marking the largest number among domestic law firms.

‘Chambers Asia-Pacific 2024’ Band 1 in 13 practice areas

Lee & Ko was ranked Band 1 by 'Chambers Asia-Pacific Guide 2024’ in 13 practice areas. For the individual rankings, 65 attorneys were recognized as ‘Leading Individuals’ throughout all practice areas.

Band 1 in Chambers FinTech Guide 2024

Lee & Ko was ranked Band 1 in the Legal sector of the Chambers FinTech Guide 2024.

2023 Asia IP Awards Selected Lee & Ko as the South Korea Copyright Firm of the Year

At the 2023 Asia IP Awards, Lee & Ko has been selected as the Best Law Firm in Korea in the copyright practice.

Lee & Ko awarded in 7 categories by ALB Korea Law Awards 2023

Lee & Ko won in seven categories in the ALB Korea Law Awards 2023, listed below, and stood out as Korea’s leading law firm. 

Lee & Ko earned honors in six categories, including “Asia Firm of the Year” and “South Korea Firm of the Year,” at Asialaw Awards 2023

Lee & Ko has achieved significant recognition at “Asialaw Awards 2023,” receiving honors in a total of six categories, including “Asia Firm of the Year” and “South Korea Firm of the Year”.

Steve Minhoo Kim Named ‘Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year’ at ITR APAC Tax Awards

Mr. Steve Minhoo Kim, a senior foreign attorney (admitted to the District of Columbia) at Lee & Ko, has been honored with the ‘Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year’ at the ITR APAC Tax Awards 2023, standing out as the sole recipient in this individual category among the members of Korean law firms. 

Attorney Ji Hyeong Park, selected as ‘ALB Asia Top 15 Female Lawyers’

Ji Hyeong Park, an attorney at Lee & Ko Attorney was selected as ‘2023 Asia Top 15 Female Lawyer’ by Asian Legal Business (ALB) Magazine. Since joining Lee & Ko in 2012, Ji Hyeong Park has been a partner in the General Corporate Practice Group at Lee & Ko. Her practice has focused on the areas of mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance and hostile takeover & defense. ALB Magazine is a legal magazine in the Asia-Pacific region published by Thomson Reuters, a prestigious legal business media. In this August issue, ALB Magazine has recognized top 15 female lawyers who have displayed outstanding achievements throughout their careers from 11 different Asian countries, including India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea and Japan.

Attorney Ji Hyeong Park, selected as ‘ALB Asia Top 15 Female Lawyers’

Ji Hyeong Park, an attorney at Lee & Ko Attorney was selected as ‘2023 Asia Top 15 Female Lawyer’ by Asian Legal Business (ALB) Magazine. 

The best law firm by MIP’s IP Stars 2023

Lee & Ko received the highest level of recognition as the best law firm in the area of trademark, patent and copyright in the 2023 IP Stars Law Firm Ranking announced by Managing IP.

Tier1 in All Practice Areas of IFLR1000

Lee & Ko has been selected as a Tier 1 firm in all 8 categories under the IFLR(International Financial Law Review) 1000 2023 edition.

“Chambers High Net Worth 2023” ranks Lee & Ko in the top band

Lee & Ko was consecutively selected as a top law firm in the private wealth law category according to “Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) 2023” as published by Chambers & Partners, a world renown legal media.

“Law Firm of the Year” at the 2023 MIP Asia Pacific Awards

In recognition of its remarkable achievements in the areas of Copyright and Design, Lee & Ko was awarded “Law Firm of the Year” at the Managing IP Asia Pacific Awards 2023 hosted by the Managing IP (MIP).

Top Tier Law Firm by IAM Patent 1000 2023

Continuing from last year, Lee & Ko has secured the highest ranking, a Gold Band, for Litigation and has been recognized as the “Highly recommended” law firm for Transactions by IAM Patent 1000.

#1 Top Tier Law Firm in ALB M&A Rankings 2022

ALB selected Lee & Ko as a top tier(Tier 1) law firm in ‘ALB M&A Rankings 2022’.

Lee & Ko Selected as “Asia IP Firm of the Year”

On 05.06.2021 Legal Times reports, “The Asian Lawyer, a sister online media outlet of the American Lawyer, has selected Lee & Ko as Intellectual Property Firm of the Year in all of Asia, based on 2021 Asia Legal Awards, an online survey conducted on May 5.

Lee & Ko awarded the Litigation and Arbitration Award and the Advisory Award at the ‘4th Korea Legal Awards’

Lee & Ko received the Litigation and Arbitration Award (Nullification of Korea Exchange’s Delisting) and the Advisory Award (Advising Korean Air’s acquisition of Asiana Air) at the ‘4th Korea Legal Awards 2021’.

‘Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022’ ranks Lee & Ko in the top band in 11 practice areas

Lee & Ko received Band 1 rankings by 'Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022’ in 12 practice areas.

Lee & Ko Ranks First in Legal Advisory Service, M&A Legal Advisory Ranking for the First Half of 2021

On July 1, 2021, Lee & Ko was ranked No. 1 in the M&A legal advisory ranking for the first half of 2021 as hosted by Invest Chosun.

Lee & Ko Ranked in 15 Practice areas in The Legal 500’s 2022 Asia Pacific guide.

On 12th January 2022, leading Korean law firm Lee & Ko was recognised in 15 practice areas by The Legal 500, ranking tier one in 12 areas.

South Korea

KFTC Enhances the Predictability and Clarity of Decisions but Potentially Increase the Overall Administrative Fine Levels Facing continued criticisms that the existing rules allowed overly broad discretion to the Korea Fair Trade Commission (the “KFTC”) in setting the amount of administrative fine, the KFTC amended the Notification on Detailed Standards for Imposition of Administrative Fine (the “Notification”). The amendments (the “Amendments”) were passed by the KFTC’s full Committee of Commissioners on December 21, 2016, and came into effect on December 30, 2016.