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  • Premier full-service law firm in Korea


  • Founded in 1977, and comprising more than 700 professionals, organized into 7 practice groups with 40 specialty teams


  • One-stop service for all legal needs, based on efficient collaboration among highly specialized team


  • Emphasis on responsiveness & practical solutions


  • 7 major practice groups: (i) corporate and M&A, (ii) banking, finance and securities, (iii) litigation (both civil and criminal) & alternative dispute resolution (iv) tax & customs, (v) antitrust & competition, (vi) labour & employment and (vii) intellectual property


  • 40 specialised teams : Within the firm’s seven major practice groups there are approximately 40 highly specialised teams of legal professionals including the following: anti-corruption & FCPA; antitrust & competition; aviation; banking; bankruptcy, insolvency & corporate restructuring; capital markets & securities; class actions & consumer claims; construction; consumer goods & 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 & manufacturing; infrastructure; insurance; intellectual property; internal investigations; international practice (Chinese, European, Japanese practice); international trade; investment funds; labour & employment; maritime & shipping; overseas investment; private equity & venture capital; privatisation; product liability; real estate; regulatory compliance; tax & customs (tax consulting, audits, dispute resolution, transfer pricing); technology, media & telecommunications; and white-collar crime.


  • Recognition & Awards


  • “Best Firm in South Korea” - Euromoney (2018)
  • “Korea Deal Firm of the Year” - Thomson Reuters (2018)
  • “Korea Finance Firm of the Year” - The Asian Lawyer (2018)
  • “Korea TMT Firm of the Year” - The Asian Lawyer (2019)
  • “Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year” - Thomson Reuters (2018)
  • “Competition Lawyer of the Year” - The Asian Lawyer, Asia Legal Awards (2017)
  • “Behavioural Matter of the Year (Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa)” - Global Competition Review (2017)
  • "Transfer Pricing firm of the Year" - Euromoney ITR Asia Tax Awards (2016)
  • “Korea Patent Firm of the Year” - Asia IP Awards (2018)
  • “Korea Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year Award 2019” - MIP (2019)
  • Tier 1 in all or a majority of practice areas by Asia Pacific Legal 500, IFLR 1000, Asialaw Profiles and Chambers Asia
  • Number of fee-earners: 700+
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Vietnamese
  • Chinese

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Legal Developments by:
Lee & Ko

  • Lee & Ko successfully represents Big Hit Entertainment against unauthorized use of BTS’ photos

    Lee & Ko, on behalf of Big Hit Entertainment (“Big Hit”), obtained the first-ever decision in Korea to recognize the entertainment companies’ right to independently request for injunction against those who free-ride on the customer attractiveness that is based off of popularity and fame of the artists managed by the companies. This landmark decision is expected to serve as an important pedestal in protecting the legitimate interest of entertainment companies (domestic as well as international) that manage famous artists and entertainers and remain vulnerable to unfair competition of free-riders.
    - Lee & Ko

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