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Lee & Ko

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Seoul, Seoul

Dong Eun Kim

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Lee & Ko

Work Department

Banking; Construction; Project Finance.




Lee & Ko: 1994 – Present Auditor, Dongkuk Industries Co., Ltd. : 2009– Present Lecturer, Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea:2008 –Present Lecturer, Banking and Securities Institute, Seoul District Bar Association:2004 –Present Member of SOC Project Evaluation Committee, Environmental Management Corporation of Korea:2004 -2007 Member of SOC Project Evaluation Committee, Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs of Korea : 2003 -2005 Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, New York, U.S.A., Foreign Associate: 2000.


Korean and English.


Korean Bar Association; Seoul Bar Association; New York State Bar Association; Inter-Pacific Bar Association.


Cornell Law School, U.S.A. – LL.M.: 1999 Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea : 1994 Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University – Master’s Degree: 1989 College of Law, Seoul National University – LL.B.: 1986.

South Korea: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Local firms

Within: Banking and finance – Local firms

Lee & Ko’s ‘vast pool of experienced professionals’ continue to dominate the banking and finance sector space and is praised for ‘its dedication to maintaining long-standing relationships and delivering the full range of its capabilities, knowledge and resources in a timely manner’. This substantial team has strong capabilities across all banking and finance-related matters, particularly within project finance and acquisitions. Dong Eun Kim and Hun Ko advised both the borrower, Second Beltway, and several banks such as Kookmin Bank as lenders on the $616m financing structuring arrangement for the Icheon-Osan Express Way Private Participation Project. Yun Jeong Seo leads on several ship finance transactions. Other noted figures include Yeo Kyoon Yoon, Helen Sohn and Tom Shin.

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South Korea: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Local firms

Within: Projects and energy – Local firms

Lee & Ko's expertise spans the full spectrum of projects and energy work, with notable expertise in project financing, outbound transactions and litigation. The full-service practice is co-headed by Dong Eun Kim, who is highly experienced in transactions in the construction and energy space, and Tom Shim. Supported by a cross-disciplinary team, Shim and In Soo Kim advised Samsung Life Insurance on its investment in the Gaziantep Integrated Health Campus. In another prominent mandate, Hun Ko assisted Seoul Beltway and its sponsors in executing the amended concession agreement and negotiating with new lenders for a facility agreement totalling $2.4bn. In inbound transactional work, Kwang Yul Kim and Dae Hong Kim are assisting GS Retail Consortium in all matters connected to the development of a multi-purpose complex. Hyunsu Kim is also recommended for infrastructure, PPP and project finance matters. Charles Peterson, former head of international energy at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, joined the group in March 2018.

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South Korea: Real estate

Real estate – Local firms

Within: Real estate – Local firms

Lee & Ko draws on its multi-disciplinary expertise to act in inbound and outbound real estate transactions; the practice is active in commercial development, overseas projects, REIT, and trust and real estate litigation. The sizeable team is jointly led by Chan Ik Jang, Jin Wook Yang and Jung Hwan Lee. Joong Hoon Kwak and Eun Young Shin represented Kookmin Bank, the sellers, in the $241m sale of the KB Myeongdong Office Building. In outbound transactions, Lee acted for Hyundai Investment in the acquisition of a commercial building in Belgium. Dong Eun Kim and Dong Seok Woo are also highly recommended. Associate Jee In Kim frequently assists in real estate acquisitions and financing as well as domestic and overseas investment.

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Legal Developments by:
Lee & Ko

  • Korean Supreme Court Confirms Licensee’s Standing to Challenge Patent Validity

    On February 21, 2019, the Supreme Court of Korea issued an en banc decision overruling its prior precedents on the issue of whether a licensee who is continuing to make royalty payments under an existing license agreement nevertheless has standing to challenge the validity of the licensed patent. In short, the Korean Supreme Court held that absent special circumstance, a patent licensee is an “interested party” eligible for challenging the validity of a licensed patent, despite the lack of any threat or potential threat posed by the patent holder against the licensee’s right to use the patented invention. (Supreme Court En Banc Decision No. 2017Hu2819).
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