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Firm Profile

Lee & Ko

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • Hanjin Building
  • 63 Namdaemun-ro
  • Jung-gu
  • Seoul
  • Seoul
  • South Korea
  • 100-770

Firm profile submitted by Lee & Ko

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.

Managing Partner: Jae Hoon Kim
Number of partners: 237
Number of lawyers: 483
Languages: Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, French, German

21 partners, 56 fee-earners
■Representation of Samsung Electronics in the Samsung-Apple abuse of dominance case
■Representation of FedEx in a merger between FedEx and TNT
Key Clients: JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, EUKOR Car Carriers, FedEx, BG Group and Mitsubishi
Contact: Yong Seok Ahn
Tel: +82 2 772 4341
Email: [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
38 partners, 78 fee-earners
■Representation of NH Investment & Securities Co., Ltd.,KEB Hana Bank, etc. for the financing for Hahn & Company in respect of its acquisition of Ssangyong Cement (KRW780,000,000,000) Partners: Yeo Kyoon Yoon, Myoung Chul Kwak
■Representation of DBS Bank for the financing of credit facilities by STATS ChipPAC Ltd. (Approx. USD890,000,000) Partner: Yong-Jae Chang
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:
17 partners, 38 fee-earners
■Representation of Agricultural Bank of China Limited For its Seoul Branch’s establishment of USD2,000,000,000 CD Programme Partner: Hyunjoo Oh
■Represented Shinhan Card for its USD 400,000,000 Asset Backed Transactions Partner: Jin Hong Kwon
Key Clients: Korea Development Bank, Export-Import Bank of Korea
Contact: Hyunjoo Oh, Jin Hong Kwon
Tel: +82 2 772 4690, +82 2 772 4373
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

65 partners, 143 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 Partners: Sang Gon Kim, Ho Joon Moon
■Representation of KDB in its sale of Daewoo Securities (KRW 2.4 trillion) Partners: Yong Joon Yoon, Daehoon Koo
Key Clients: Ebay, Carlyle Group, Samsung Electronics, KDB, JP Morgan, AIG, Volkswagen
Contact: Kyu Wha Lee
Tel: +82 2 772 4321
Email: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
76 partners, 106 fee earners
Partner: Sungwoo (Sean) Lim, Robert Wachter
Key Clients: Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Motor Company and SK Telecom
Contact: Sungwoo (Sean) Lim, Robert Wachter
Tel: +82 2 2191 3008, +82 2 6386 6241
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Employment & Labour:
11 partners, 22 fee-earners
■Advice for Barclays Bank and Securities on operation closure and defense in subsequent litigations on employment and labor issues
■Representation of Korean air in ordinary wage claim brought by its 800 pilots. Partners: Sang Hoon Lee, Chang Soo Jin
Key Clients: Microsoft, Citibank, eBay, AIG, McDonalds, Barclays Bank and Securities, Accenture, Grand Hyatt Seoul
Contact: Sang Hoon Lee
Tel: +82 2 772 4345
Email: [email protected]

Tax & Customs:
28 partners, 63 fee-earners
■Representation of Lotte Shopping regarding cancellation of VAT assessment on payments received in the form of mileage points and gift cards. Prevailed at Supreme Court by reversing the lower court. Partners: Byeong Jun Son, In Hyung Lee, Kyung Tae Kim
■Representation of Intellectual Ventures regarding cancellation of withholding tax assessment against royalties paid to a IP holding company. Partners: Jay Shim, Sung Hyun Ryoo
Key Clients: Tyco International, MasterCard, Intellectual Ventures, Angelo Gordon, Korea Post, Continental Automotive, JP Morgan
Contact: Jay Shim, Byeong Jun Son
Tel: +82 2 2191 3235, +82 2 772 4420
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
32 partners, 33 total fee-earners
■Representation of Sandoz International GmbH in its trade dress and unfair competition case against GlaxoSmithKline. Partners: Young Mo Kwon, Un Ho Kim
Key Clients:, Sandoz International, eBay, Versace, and POSCO
Contact: Jae Hoon Kim, Young Mo Kwon
Tel: +82 2 772 4440, +82 2 772 4446
Email: [email protected], [email protected] com


  • First Law Lee & Ko (IP Prosecution),
  • Seoul,
  • South Korea
  • Tel +82 2 589 0001
  • Fax +82 2 589 0002
  • Email : [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,
  • Ho Chi Minh City,
  • Vietnam
  • Tel +84 8 3827 3886
  • Fax +84 8 3827 0994
  • Email : [email protected]