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Jipyong

10F, KT&G SEODAEMUN TOWER, 60 CHUNGJEONG-RO, SEODAEMUN-GU, SEOUL 03740, SOUTH KOREA
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Work +82 2 6200 1600
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Fax +82 2 6200 0800
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www.jipyong.com
Ho Chi Minh City, Phnom Penh, Seoul, Shanghai, Yangon

South Korea

International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Jipyong

Jipyong’s integrated practice of experienced Korean and foreign attorneys acts before numerous tribunals. Arbitration head and foreign attorney Jinhee Kim is frequently assisted by foreign attorneys Jeesun Park and Jane Young Sohn as lead and co-counsel for Korean conglomerates in the manufacturing, technology and consumer goods industries in KCAB, ICC and HKIAC arbitration.

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South Korea: Antitrust and competition

Antitrust and competition – Local firms
Antitrust and competition – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Jipyong

Jipyong's antitrust practice is well versed in KFTC regulatory provisions and investigations. Gee-Hong Kim and Sang-Jun Kim co-head the group; GH Kim is representing Intel Corporation in appeal litigation against Qualcomm for abuse of market dominance – acting in support of the penalty imposed by the KFTC. In other work SJ Kim was able to successfully convince the KFTC to substantially reduce the penalties imposed on SeAH Steel for alleged collusion. Byung Joo Lee advises on fair trade and corporate law aspects; he handled SK Holdings merger filings across multiple jurisdictions in relation to its acquisition of an interest in LG Siltron. Poom Jang focuses on fair trade disputes.

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South Korea: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Local firms
Banking and finance – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Jipyong

Structured and project finance specialist Yully Kang at Jipyong has been active on a number of high-value transactions; in recent examples, she acted as counsel to Pinestreet Asset Management in relation to acquisition and related financing of 49 LPG stations across Korea from SK Networks, and also acted for Korea Development Bank in its refinancing of the Daegu and Busan Sinho solar power projects. Other key contacts are Seong-Jin Bae, Hee-Jung Shim, who is experienced in the establishment and merger of financial holding companies, and Hee-Suk Chai who focuses on private equity funds.

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South Korea: Capital markets

Capital markets – Local firms
Capital markets – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Jipyong

At Jipyong, practice head Haeng-Gyu Lee is active in representing underwriters in IPO transactions, for example, he advised Samsung Securities in connection with the IPO of Shinheung, and IBK Investment & Securities in relation to Dong Yang Piston's IPO. He is also involved in contentious matters, successfully representing MP Group in securing its position on the Korean Exchange after it was suspended following review of eligibility due to shareholder embezzlement and breach of fiduciary duty allegations. Hee-Suk Chai is a name to note in the private equity funds space. Ki-Il Ban is experienced in the capital markets of Cambodia and Laos.

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South Korea: Corporate and M&A

Corporate and M&A – Local firms
Corporate and M&A – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Jipyong

Jipyong’s ‘dynamic and efficient’ practice ‘always deliver beyond expectation’, and is regularly involved in significant corporate mandates and cross-border transactions. Practice head Cheol Jeong is praised for his ‘deep understanding’ and ‘ability to properly point out things overlooked by the client’; he advised Naver in its subscription of 5% of new redeemable convertible preferred shares in Woowa Brothers, a leading food delivery company in Korea. Also of note is Hee-Suk Chai, an all-round expert in private equity funds. Min Shin, Hye Jung Ryu and Tae Hyun Lee are also recommended for M&As and corporate mandates.

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South Korea: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution – Local firms
Dispute resolution – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Jipyong

Jipyong has recently bolstered its capabilities with the recruitment of five experienced dispute resolution practitioners. The practice has a particularly strong focus on real estate developments disputes, with successful outcomes obtained for the Urban Development Project Association for Singok District 6 in Gimpo, Farms Industrial and Seoul Metropolitan City. In white-collar crime, Hong-Jae Lee and Sehoon Choi have been defending the vice president of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering over allegations of collusion and fraudulent accounting, and representing an executive officer in the Ministry of National Defense on charges of corruption involving allegations of bribery.

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South Korea: Insurance

Insurance – Local firms
Insurance – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Jipyong

Jipyong’s expertise covers interpretation of insurance agreements, disputes, antitrust issues, assisting Korean corporates on expansion into new jurisdictions, and advising foreign insurers on entry into the Korean insurance market. In the Supreme Court, Seong-Jin Bae successfully acted as counsel for Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance by overturning current precedent on liabilities placed on a lessee for damages to parts of premises not leased to the lessee. Young-Soo Kim also represented Samsung in the Supreme Court decision concerning an excessive claim for MRI scan fees.

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South Korea: Intellectual property

Intellectual property – Local firms
Intellectual property – Local firms - ranked: tier 4

Jipyong

Jipyong handles the full-spectrum of IP-related matters, including application and registration of rights, copyrights and trade marks, licensing, trade secrets and representation in infringement disputes. Chang Ik Sung represented an employer in a claim for work-for-hire compensation involving image sensor packaging, as well as in patent invalidation and infringement proceedings.   Seung Soo Choi focuses on advising IT companies and start-ups on copyright, trade secrets and patents.

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South Korea: Labour and employment

Labour and employment – Local firms
Labour and employment – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Jipyong

Jipyong’s practice is experienced in handling non-contentious labour matters such as employment regulations, terminations and personnel management, as well as acting in litigation and providing HR management services. Significant work includes Kwang-Sun Lee representing Hyundai Mobis in the appellate court in a dispute over ordinary wages. Lee and managing partner Ji-Hyung Kim are also representing Nexteel in a pending Supreme Court case pertaining to unfair dismissal of employees who have been made redundant. Other key contacts are Sung-Soo Kim and Chang Young Kwon.

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South Korea: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Local firms
Projects and energy – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Jipyong

Jipyong’s practice advises on strategic regulatory matters, M&A and real estate, outbound investment in mining operations, renewable energy and traditional power generation projects. Hee Suk Chai's expertise in private equity funds and PPP arrangements saw him advise the Korea Development Bank and other investors on a $130m investment through a Korean private equity fund on the Hainan Haikou International Airport Expansion Project in China. In another foreign direct investment, Han Seok Myung acted for a corporate partnership comprising of Woori, KEPCO and Sprott Global Private Equity Fund in the acquisition of three solar power generation facilities in California.

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South Korea: Real estate

Real estate – Local firms
Real estate – Local firms - ranked: tier 4

Jipyong

The cross-disciplinary real estate practice at Jipyong is able to draw on its group of corporate, finance and construction law specialists to assist Korean and foreign clients on a broad range of regulatory, transactional and litigation matters. Won Jeong leads on several key real estate disputes; notable wins include representing Seoul Metropolitan City on the validity of a district unit plan notification relating to the incorporation of Hyundai Motor Group’s new office. Bong Kwan Sa, Sung-Taek Lim, Seungmin Jasmine Jung and Han Sa Song are recommended for international transactional mandates.

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South Korea: Shipping

Shipping – Local firms
Shipping – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Jipyong

Jipyong is experienced in handling disputes concerning accidents and damages as well as regulatory issues, insolvency and ship finance. The team regularly takes instructions from ship and cargo owners, charterers and maritime insurers. Choon-Won Lee is currently advising cargo owners Hanwha Total Petrochemical on a cross-border claim against a Hong Kong-registered freighter over a collision resulting in loss of cargo. He is also acting for Hyundai Merchant Marine and its P&I Club insurers in a complex claim regarding a fire accident on board the vessel, Maersk Honam. Other key contacts are Da-Yeon Ahn, Ja-Young Shin, Bang Jo Lim and Dae Hee Kim.

Leading individuals

Choon-Won Lee - Jipyong

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South Korea: TMT

TMT – Local firms
TMT – Local firms - ranked: tier 3

Jipyong

Jipyong’s TMT practice advised SM Entertainment on the acquisition of a 28% interest in Mystic Entertainment. The group also regularly works with Showbox on several film investment agreements, development and production. Key contacts are Chang Ik Sung, So Young Lee, Mun Hui Kim and Jeong Kyu Choe.

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