Mr Cheol JEONG > Jipyong > Seoul, South Korea > Lawyer Profile

Seoul 03740
South Korea
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Work Department

M&A; General Affairs; Foreign Investment; EnergyㆍResourcesㆍInfrastructure; Myanmar; China; Cambodia


Head of the M&A/Corporate Practice Group, JIPYONG LLC; Partner, JIPYONG LLC


Mr. Cheol Jeong heads the M&A/Corporate Practice Group of Jipyong. He specializes on mergers and acquisitions, project finance, and corporate governance. Mr. Jeong represents a wide array of domestic and foreign corporations in the energy and finance sectors, real estate, and food and beverage industries. 
Mr. Jeong also the head of the Myanmar Practice, and manages the firm’s foreign operations and global network. He is also a member of the China Practice Group and regularly advises clients on matters related to Thailand, Russia, Central Asia, and the Latin Americas.  
Mr. Jeong has extensive experience in cross-border mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and complex infrastructure projects.  His notable accomplishments include representing SK Holdings Co. Ltd. in the acquisition of LG Siltron shares, and representing Korea Development Bank in the block sale of shares in 79 invested companies.
Mr. Jeong has been named by IFLR 1000 as a Leading Lawyer in the Energy and Infrastructure sector for three consecutive years since 2014 and in the Financial and Corporate sector for two consecutive years since 2016. In 2018, he was recognized by IFLR 1000 as Highly Regarded for his various undertakings in mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Jeong received the Minister of Justice Award in 2017 and is touted by his peers as the most global minded entrepreneurial legal professionals of his generation.


Korean and English


Admitted to bar, Korea, 2002; New York, 2013


University of Southern California, Gould School of Law (LL.M., 2010); Seoul National University (LL.B., 1998)

Lawyer Rankings

South Korea > Corporate and M&A: local firms

Jipyong‘s practice is led by Cheol Jeong, who undertakes domestic and cross-border transactions for clients in sectors such as manufacturing, hospitality and energy and infrastructure. In a recent highlight, Jeong assisted Young In Scientific and four other shareholders in the KRW40.7m sale of shares in Young In Frontier (a KOSDAQ listed company) to R2Summit and three other entities. Another key practitioner is Min Shin, who recently led the advice to Dongbu Steel and its creditors on the KRW360m sale of new shares to KG Steel and Cactus PE. Hee Suk Chai‘s recent work has seen him act for the Shinhan Venture Capital Fund (a new technology venture capital fund managed by Shinhan Investment Corporation) and Premier Partners, among others. Hye Jung Ryu specialises in corporate matters with a nexus to sectors such as energy and construction. Tae Hyun Lee is also recommended.

South Korea > Projects and energy: local firms

Jipyong has seen an increase in the number of cross-border energy and project instructions, especially those involving outbound investments by private Korean companies. The firm focuses on representing investment managers on their financing of renewable energy projects, often solar or wind generation ventures or those focusing on energy saving solutions (ESS). It also occasionally handles mandates related to social infrastructural in developing countries. Besides project financing, team head Cheol Jeong also specialises in M&A and corporate governance. Hye Jung Ryu is the name to note for energy transactions and disputes involving Russia, Central Asia, Iran and the Middle East.