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Firm Profile

Lee & Ko

Firm Profile


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  • Hanjin Building
  • 63 Namdaemun-ro
  • Jung-gu
  • Seoul
  • Seoul
  • South Korea
  • 04532

Firm profile submitted by Lee & Ko

Managing Partner: Jae Hoon Kim
Number of partners: 250
Number of lawyers: 528
Languages: Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, French, German

With more than thirty years of experience as Korea’s leading full-service law firm, Lee & Ko has a widely recognised and long-established record of excellence in providing expert legal advice to and representation of its diverse clientele in domestic and international matters involving all areas of legal practice. Lee & Ko’s practice groups and specialised teams have consistently been ranked among the best in the field for relevant markets and practice areas by leading Korean and international professional associations and publications.


23 partners, 57 fee-earners
■ Representation of interested third parties in the Qualcomm abuse of dominance case
■ Representation of Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered Bank in FX and CD rate manipulation cases
Key Clients: Samsung Electronics, Cargill, Lam Research, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Contact: Yong Seok Ahn
Tel: +82 2 772 4341
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
38 partners, 80 fee-earners
■ Representation of Kookmin Bank and 15 other banks and financial institutions for the financing for Brookfield Asset Management in respect of its acquisition of International Finance Centre Seoul complex (Approximately USD2,200,000,000)
■ Representation of Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd., NH Investment & Securities Co., Ltd., Samsung Securities Co., Ltd., Korea Investment & Securities Co., Ltd. and other financial institutions for the financing for Netmarble Games Corporation in respect of its acquisition of Kabam Inc. (KRW1,000,000,000,000)
Key Clients: Korea Development Bank, BNP Paribas, Societe Generale, KEB Hana Bank
Contact: Woo Young Jung
Tel: +82 2 772 4383
Email: [email protected]

Capital Markets:
20 partners, 37 fee-earners
■ Representation of Samsung BioLogics Co., Ltd.for its IPO raising approximately US$1,940,998,336
■ Representation of Export-Import Bank of Korea for its issuance of its first issuance of KRW500 Billion contingent convertible bonds (coco bonds)
Key Clients: Korea Development Bank, Export-Import Bank of Korea
Contact: Won Sik Choo
Tel: +82 2 772 4393
Email: [email protected]

67 partners, 147 fee-earners
■ Representation of Samsung Group in its sale of chemical business in Samsung SDI and Samsung Fine Chemical (KRW 2.8 trillion) to Lotte Chemical
■ Representation of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd in its sale of Hyundai Securities (KRW 1.25 trillion)
Key Clients: Ebay, Goldman Sachs, Carlyle Group, JP Morgan
Contact: Kyu Wha Lee
Tel: +82 2 772 4321
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:

86 partners, 115 fee earners
■ Successfully represented Tae Hwan Park, the world champion Korean swimmer, in both the CAS arbitration and the Korean court litigation seeking injunctive relief against the Korean Olympic Committee and Korea Swimming Federation
■ Successfully defended Jeju Province and Jeju Free International City Development Center in a court litigation seeking cancellation of an expropriation order involving USD 2.23 billion of foreign investments
Key Clients: amsung Electronics, KEPCO, SK Telecom
Contact: Sungwoo (Sean) Lim, Robert Wachter
Tel: +82 2 2191 3008, +82 2 6386 6241
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Employment & Labour:
12 partners, 24 fee-earners
■ Audit and review of Homeplus and its engagement structures/practices regarding non-regular employees
■ Advice to Oriental Brewery (a subsidiary of the global Anheuser-Busch InBev) on labor-management relation matters and labor related disputes
Key Clients: Ebay, AIG, McDonalds, Accenture, Microsoft, Bayer, Oriental Brewery, Parker Hannifin
Sang Hoon Lee
Tel: +82 2 772 4345
Email: [email protected]

Tax & Customs:
28 partners, 70 fee-earners
■ Represented SK Telecom at the Seoul Administrative Court regarding its cancellation of VAT assessment on mobile subsidy granted to mobile phone consumers which resulted in a blanket cancellation of a previous VAT assessment of approx. KRW 187 billion
■ Represented the Seoul City Mayor regarding the city’s claim against car lease companies payment of registration taxes and reversed the lower court’s decision at the appellate level in favor of the city. The victory led the city to recoup approx. KRW 75 billion in taxes against the relevant car lease companies
Key Clients: Tyco International, MasterCard, Intellectual Ventures, Dow Chemical
Contact: Jay Shim, Byeong Jun Son
Tel: +82 2 2191 3235, +82 2 772 4420
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
35 partners, 50 total fee-earners
■ Representation of Novartis International AG in defending against an invalidity challenge to the patents related to one of its blockbuster drugs.
■ Representation of Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. and Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. in invalidating a patent held by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. that claimed a critical LNG technology.
Key Clients:, Sandoz International, eBay, Versace, and POSCO
Contact: Hwan Sung Park, Tae Hyung Kim
Tel: +82 2 772 4380, +82 2 6386 6656
Email: [email protected], [email protected]


  • 307 tower B, Focus Square Bldg,
  • 6 Futong Road East, ,
  • Beijing,
  • China
  • 100102
  • Tel +86 10 8478 5377
  • Fax +86 10 8478 5379
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Unit 102, Kumho Asiana Plaza,
  • Saigon 39 Le Duan, Dist 1,
  • HCMC,
  • Ho Chi Minh City,
  • Vietnam
  • Tel +84 8 3827 3886
  • Fax +84 8 3827 0994
  • Email : [email protected]
  • Unit 1006, West Tower, Lotte Center Hanoi,
  • 54 Lieu Giai Street,
  • Cong Vi Ward,
  • Ba Dinh District,
  • Hanoi,
  • Ha Noi
  • Vietnam
  • Tel +84 24 3226 2801/2
  • Fax +84 24 3226 2803
  • Email : [email protected]