South Korea



asialaw Analysis

Aviation and shipping
Jipyong

Jipyong is a well-rounded firm that offers representation across all major practice areas and core industries. The firm’s competition and labour and employment practices are highly regarded by peers and clients. Managing partner and labour specialist Ji Hyung Kim is widely-respected in the market, noted as a pillar of industry by peers for his extensive experience in this field. Gee Hong Kim is a frequent lead partner in competition and antitrust cases, and many of the firm’s top M&A matters last year featured corporate partners Cheol Jeong and Min Shin. The equity capital markets practice has an impressive resumé as issuer’s counsel on numerous listings, including those for SK Biopharmaceuticals and Kakao GamesThe firm has invested heavily in the growth of its real estate practice, with its hiring of twelve senior attorneys from Nexus Law Group in May 2020. The firm is deepening its regional footprint with on-the-ground operations in a number of emerging markets such as Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.  

Client feedback 

Its lawyers provide decent comments and are quick to respond.”  – Dispute resolution  

Jinhee Kim 

I appreciate their responsiveness and deep analysis. 

 

Work highlights 

Representing an aircraft reinsurer after a helicopter crashed while performing a rescue operation for the fire department. As there is no clearly-established precedents for this type of case, the issues regarding who shall be held liable and to what extent is expected to be heavily disputed.  

Advising a domestic chemical company after its chemical cargo product leaked during transport in a container on a seafaring vessel.  

 
Kim & Chang

Athe largest and most dominant full service law firm in Korea, Kim & Chang needs no introduction. It remains unchallenged across the board, maintaining its ‘Outstanding’ ranking in all practice areas and sectors. It is a veritable first-choice firm for many international multinationals, brands and domestic conglomeratesIts sheer size allows the firm to house multiple top-notch specialists in every niche area of legal practice and push the boundaries of innovation with landmark and sizable matters. The competition team welcomed talent from the National Court Administration of Korea, KFTC, Shin & Kim, Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office and the Seoul Central District Court. Two former team members went in-house to SK Hynix and Naver.The firm’s disputes pillar gained 12 additional lawyers from various courts and peer firms, while the intellectual property group boosted its numbers by sevenTwo TMT specialists and one disputes lawyer departed for Coupang.

Client feedback 

The firm has a client-focused mindset, broad coverage of areas, is readliy accessible, and has a great reputation. – Banking and finance 

It has professionals related to not only international laws but Korean laws and practices. – Banking and finance 

Good understanding and ability in global business, especially good at communication in English. – Competition and antitrust 

They have the most profound insights on the issues they have worked for. – Competition and antitrust 

Kim & Chang had an army of professionals in all areas where we neededand any company would needadvice for. Its professionals not only understand the regulations well but also had a deep understanding of the authority's focus and direction. The team’s advice was more than pragmatic, which made it very easy for our internal decision makers to decide. – Competition and antitrust 

They consider various dimensions. They give us comprehensive advice so I don't need to worry about skipping something important. – Competition and antitrust 

Their expertise is far superior to other law firms. – Competition and antitrust 

It has specialist international arbitrationdispute resolutionconstruction and infrastructure work. – Construction 

The lawyers have a good command of the English language and understanding of international clients. They provide practical and prompt advice. – Corporate and M&A 

Kim & Chang  gave us very helpful and effective advice on our recent arbitration in aspects of legal principle as well as business strategy. – Dispute resolution 

Attorneys at Kim & Chang brought their in-depth understanding of the laws, practices, and procedures of an international arbitration litigation, achieving a positive result in the case. – Dispute resolution  

It retains various industry experts. – Dispute resolution 

As we do not have in-house lawyers, we have to heavily depend on legal services from Kim & Chang to handle this case. The firm provided professional legal advice with a step-by-step approach and prepared professional reasoning documentationFinally we could win the case and protect our company’s reputation. – Dispute resolution 

Very responsiveaccessible, and providing well-thought advice. – Dispute resolution 

They understand well what the client needs, and knows how to take a very pragmatic and commercial approach to assist in resolving disputes favourably. – Dispute resolution 

Kim & Chang has a great deal of experience in the field our company specialises in. It has been working with us for quite a long time and knows exactly what the client's needs are. – Dispute resolution 

It has the top talent in Korea and they give us practical solutions. – Dispute resolution 

The wealth of expertise around the table is unmatched by any other law firm in Korea. This provides exceptional quality of legal advice by the highly regarded experts in each field. – Dispute resolution 

They understand well the industrial background and our company's culture. – Energy 

Kim & Chang provides comprehensive legal advice including that on related issues and detailed regulations. – Insurance 

They are out-of-the-box strategists who understand that we, as a client, prefer to resolve infringement matters outside of court. They always come to a discussion with several options and alternative courses of action. They are on the cutting edge in the industry. For example, when we had questions about WeChat as an increasing infringement platform for our company they readily advised on the provisions of WeChat's takedown policies and our options. – Intellectual property 

The lawyers found key points and blocked an opponent's claim. – Labour and employment 

Helped us with the review of documentation to be filed to the governement and obtained favorable approvals for us. – Media and entertainment 

Lawyers are responsive, accurateprofessional, understanding of the client's needs and have good communication skills – Privacy and data protection 

The team had a deep understanding of the project and strong negotiation skills.” -  Real estate 

They are expert and service minded. – Regulatory 

The lawyers provided a detailed review with sufficient explanation. – Regulatory 

It is a leading law firm which provides excellent professional services not to mention their outstanding expertiseThe team are supportive and have high competency. – Regulatory 

It is a one-stop service for overall issues. – Regulatory 

It is proactive in identifying and catering to the client's needs, has unparalleled level of expertise in almost all fields of law, and has the ability to accommodate multiple work streams focusing on multiple issues. – Regulatory 

Kim & Chang is concentrated with industry-leading attorneys and a wide range of professional consultantsmany of who have been a part of government agencies. There is such a broad range of expertise to help companies navigate the complex regulatory environment of South Korea with much ease. – Regulatory  

The lawyers always demonstrate professionalism and expertise across various service areas. It is attentive to client's needs and the service quality mostly exceeds expectation. – Regulatory 

It has deep legal and local commercial expertise, takes practical approaches, and is responsive, collaborative, and flexible. – Restructuring and insolvency 

They always provide accurate and in-depth opinions on all kinds of shipping related issues and know well about the shipping business and practices due experience gained through various shipping cases. – Shipping 

It has professional knowledge related to tax law and plenty of human resources. It does an outstanding job when it comes to tackling international issues. – Tax 

They provide in-depth research, continuous updates, professional advice and strategy that identify and address core issues. – Tax 

They have a lot of experience in different issues, and have expertise in the areas they provide advice in. They provide creative ideas to complex legal issues which often brings the best results. – Technology and telecommunications 

Jae-Ho Baek 

He provides solutions and outstanding legal analysis. 

Keun-Ah Cho 

Abundant experience. 

Suhkyoung Cho 

He is extremely dedicated, efficient and provides timely legal support. He has excellent communication strategies and a great understanding of the overall industry beyond legal issuesHe  provides innovative solutions to complex issues. 

Yong Hoon Cho 

He is aways attentive to clients needs and delivers high quality solutions as a first line of contact for our company. He assembles strong team of experts to deliver high quality services, and is very accessible and responsive. 

Dong Shik Choi 

Excellent coordination and capable team support. 

Kyungsun Kyle Choi 

Good command of English and understanding of international clients. He gives prompt and practical advice. 

Myungsuk Choi 

Mr. Choi's knowledge on comparative law helps multinational clients easily understand local concepts and identify similarities and differences, enabling discussion and conversation with the client and not just relying on local counsel. 

Matthew Christensen 

Great industry knowledge and experience with positive can-do attitude. Good ability to get to the bottom of issues and produce a pragmatic solution. 

Byung-Suk Chung 

He has worked in the shipping arena over 40 years. Therefore, he always provides accurate and in-depth advice in time. He is easily approachable all the time. 

Ji Soo Jang 

Long-standing experience and has the right insights to resolve the issue. 

Has deep and comprehensive understanding of the industry and associated professional knowledge, engaged with suitable experts and demonstrated thoroughly with timely legal analysis. 

Jong-Won Jeon 

He is a leading lawyer who provides extensive effort which is evidenced by the high quality of the outcome. He provides excellent professional service, not to mention his outstanding expertise. He is a highly competent lawyer with great insight who can also be flexible and innovative with legal application and interpretation. He offers clear and succinct communications. 

Youngjin Jung 

He's excellent in every dimension. He has knowledge and skill, and organises the best team for regrading projects. 

Edward Kang 

Ability to deliver quality products. 

Han-Cheol Kang 

He rates highly for responsiveness, knowledge level, and communication skills. 

Hye Sung Kim 

I would say Ms. Kim's best attributes are her in-depth understanding of the laws and practices of the international arbitration and cross-border litigations under various jurisdictionsAlso her unparalleled commitment to her clients' needs and concerns on all levels of the dispute resolution process. 

Hye Sung is always very passionate on work and tries to fully understand relevant issues and core facts, which leads to a successful case. 

Ms. Hye Sung Kim has shown a great deal of devotion in the cases we have been working on.  Her in-depth knowledge on cases and legal expertise, have and continue to be an asset to us. 

Hyo Sang Kim 

Creative, well-versed in how to manage the relationship with government agencies and attentive to client's needs. 

Jay Kim 

Excellent communication skills, task management and advice. 

Jeong Kim 

Sincerity and diligence. 

Youngjoon Kim 

Good relationship and communication skills with clients. Professional attitude to competition and antitrust issues. 

Ann Kwon 

Excellent case strategy, communications, and quick matter resolution. 

Kyoung Yeon Kim 

Conducts detailed reviews by looking at various aspects. 

Hemi Lee 

Her advice is well-thought out, practical and clear. It really helps us to make decisions. Her communication is more than superb. I was a very picky and difficult client requesting tight deadlines, in-depth analysis and lean cost. She always exceeded my expectations. 

Hwan Beom Lee 

Comprehensive consulting. 

Hyo Je Lee 

Sincerity and diligence. 

Jae Bok Lee 

Provided detailed and practical solutions. 

Sang Woo Lee 

His professional knowledge helps set forth favourable strategies to clients. 

Seung Yi Paik 

Very responsive and accessible, and providing well-thought advice. 

Jong-Guk Pak 

He is extremely responsive and easy to talk to. He has a solid base in the healthcare industry and regulatory practice, and can suggest practical strategies and pointers quickly. He is very thoughtful in high-stakes cases. He is proficient in English so easy to engage for regional and global conferences. 

Great communications and knowledge. 

John Park 

He is readily accessible and gives prompt responses when needed. He provides practical solutions regarding difficult issues. He knows what the client needs and requires to solve matters that are extremely hard to tackle. 

Wan Bin Park 

Good communication skills and a positive, courteous and professional attitude. 

He is always friendly and supportive for any legal issues and topics, which leads to smooth and open communication so we can get the best solution for our company. In addition, when we request any demanding queries and requests, he truly works hard to meet our needs such as complimentary training sessions, this is really helpful for us and we are thankful for his support. We are maintaining very long-term working relationship, so we wish to continue this successful network. 

Chang-hee Shin 

Good relationship and management skills. 

Sangmyoung Shin 

He has great work background, especially in the field of banking and finance. His knowledge and experience in the banking sector are extremely valuable to advise lenders in financial markets. He was the first lawyer to work with genuine passion and commitment toward his job. 

Jung Keol Suh 

His capability as legal counsel is outstanding, even perfect. 

Kevin Todd 

Excellent communications, responsive, practical commercial approach, and able to explain complex legal concepts to the business team. 

Seung Jong Yang 

He is well-organised and has good skills interacting with coworkers. 

Yong Hoon Cho 

Good knowledge about the local market and related laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Successfully represented the hull insurers, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, in defending against a claim involving a tug vessel that sank during its towing voyage from China to Tanzania.   

Filed a judicial review action on behalf of Panasia against the Korean government and successfully obtained an order suspending the cancellation of administrative approval for the production of ballast water treatment system. 

Acted for 13 Korea registered container shipping companies and their Korea Shipowners’ Association in administrative proceedings against the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.   

Key clients 

Cosco Shipping Lines, DANAOS Shipping, KB Shipping, Orient Shipyard, Shell & Coenshexicon 

 
Yoon & Yang

Yoon & Yang is a premier choice for all corporate and financial law areas, notably in the competition, technology and telecommunications, dispute resolution, employment and regulatory areasThe firm works with large international and domestic clients from all industries and sectors. This year, it moves up in the insurance and construction tables. Duk Mo Chung, Hoil Yoon and Sang Hoon Park are managing partners and vaunted experts in litigation, competition and employment, respectively. The capital markets team grew significantly in the past year with the hiring of six senior lawyers including partners and a senior foreign attorney from Kim & Chang and Yulchon, and two from the Korea FSS and Korea Exchange. Banking and finance, and infrastructure specialist Joon Man Shim departed for Shin & Kim last year. The corporate team experienced a boost with the hiring of three senior attorneys from SK Group, Kim & Chang and Flexre Group, and partner Geunbae Park from Hanwha DefenseSimilar to the other large domestic firms, the dispute resolution group hired 13 to join its ranks as partners, most specialising in litigation and white collar crime. International arbitration specialist Henry Shyn was hired from GE Korea, where he was its GC.

Client feedback 

They have controlled all the legal fees which occur in US Law firm and are experts with e-discovery. – Construction 

M&A Attorneys at Yoon & Yang are relatively young, and as a result are more passionate to foresee unexpected issues. They are not reluctant to provide innovative solutions based on their in-depth knowledge and experience in the M&A fields. In addition, they have good communication skills so they have been resolving complicated issues more smoothly whenever the issue comes up. – Corporate and M&A 

Yoon & Yang is one of the top law firms in Korea and my impression of it has been all positive. Its specialty and professionalism in the fields of international transactions and arbitrations are very satisfactory to our company. The firm's client service and efficiency are excellent in every aspect. – Corporate and M&A 

They are dedicated and efficient, and the quality of service and work is better than other top firms that are likely to charge higher fees. Their strong track record and keen market understanding in the real estate and construction markets, and the related regulations were very helpful. – Corporate and M&A 

As an M&A expert in Korea, I believe it is important to work with experts who have various backgrounds when I handle M&A deals. Comprising accountants, tax attorneys and foreign attorneys as well as Korean attorneys, I believe that Yoon & Yang's one-stop advice is second to none in the Korean M&A market. In addition, Yoon & Yang's M&A attorneys have good negotiation skills and high level of industry knowledge so that I could close the M&A deals successfully. It is always impressive that they come up with fast and effective responses to the complicated legal issues. Therefore, I will continue to retain Yoon & Yang in the future. – Corporate and M&A 

First of all, with respect to advising on the company's key management issues, we think that Yoon & Yang's strengths are : (i) accurate understanding of our needs; and (ii) best solution offerings based on their deep understanding of our business operations. As to the SIAC arbitration case, we are impressed by Yoon & Yang's following expertise: (i) formulating strategies by accurately analysing the facts, and weighing the positives and negatives of relevant issues; and (ii) conducting hearings and cross-examinations. Based on such capabilities, our company was able to persuade the arbitration tribunal to dismiss our case. Regarding the areas of anti-trust anfair trade, we think they are extreme helpful enabling us to comply with relevant laws and regulations through : (i) swiftly identifying regulatory trends of authoritative bodies; and (ii) providing as-needed advice on necessary issues for legal compliance. – Dispute resolution 

They are responsive and provide helpful input. – Dispute resolution 

Partner Chan Keun Park, who is our main contact for labour matters at Y&Y,  always provides us with very accurate and up-to-date legal advice, even on a very short notice. In addition, based on the long and stable relationship with our company, Chan Keun Park is already very knowledgeable of our HR system & policy, which not only saves us a lot of time to explain the case each time, but also helps him come up with very relevant & actionable solutions. – Labour and employment 

 

Kyung In Jung 

As an outside counsel for our company, Mr. Jung provides insight on key legal issues. In particular, he is a problem solver by getting legal professionals from Yoon & Yang ready, considering who has the necessary background and qualifications to handle various legal problems that tend to occur by nature for large entities. 

Kayoung Kim 

Our experience with Ms. Kayoung Kim is very satisfactory. She has strong communication skills and always provides accurate solutions. She is very detailed and diligent. 

Kayoung Kim is a diligent lawyer who puts her top priority on satisfying our company's legal needs. Her responses are very efficient and quick. 

Myung-Ahn Kim 

Very responsive and client-oriented. 

She is an excellent senior lawyer specialising in international arbitration and various international dispute resolution matters. She has impressive legal knowledge and excellent advocacy skills. In one of our arbitration cases, Ms. Kim acted as the lead counsel responsible for oral advocacy and written submissions, both of which were thoroughly the first-rate! I sincerely believe she is well-suited for leadership in the industry and I recommend her highly for a first tier ranking by Asialaw. 

Sung Jin Kim 

Mr. Sung-Jin Kim is very satisfactory. Especially, he has ample experiences in M&A transactions in almost all the industries. Based on his experiences, Mr. Kim always suggests innovative solutions that satisfies our expectations. 

Sung-Jin Kim, the leader of Yoon & Yang's M&A team, has abundant, hands-on experience in M&A transactions. Based on his extensive knowledge in M&A transactions, he provides creative and practical solutions. 

Chan-Keun Park 

Partner Chan Keun Park, who is our main contact for labour matters, always provides us with very accurate and up-to-date legal advice, even on very short notice. In addition, based on the long and stable relationship with our company, Mr. Park is already very knowledgeable of our HR system & policy, which not only saves us a lot of time to explain the case but also helps him come up with very relevant and actionable solutions. 

Dae Sagong 

Dae is one of the most dedicated, quick and reliable lawyers I've worked with in Korea in the past five-plus years. He provides clear answers to our questions with a good analytical approachwhich often is lacking in Korea-trained lawyers, and grasps the commercial intentions well and quickly. We have given him extremely demanding deadlines but he made them happen, and if it was practically impossible, he would keep us apprised of the status so we could  plan for contingencies. He has a strong ownership of the deals he works on and keeps track of status and deal progress himself, which tremendously helps internal lawyers like myself with dozens of projects to handle at once. When I am on a project with Dae, I can entirely rely on him to update and chase me about that project as needed even when I am swamped with other work. 

 

Work highlights 

Advising SK Shipping in dispute against Korea Gas Corporation arising from faults of a Korean LNG containment system. 

Representing Posco Plantec in a $1.7 million dispute with Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance arising from the insurance company’s denial of insurance claims related to the damage its crane suffered when a sea carrier hit it during inclement weather. 

Acting for Intops and Panama Arro Shipping in relation to the charterer’s failure to pay. 

Advising Korean Air on its entire business rehabilitation plan.   

Key clients 

Hanjin KAL, Intergis Corporation, Korea Investment & Securities

 
Yulchon

Yulchon secures its berth in the ‘Outstanding’ bands for competition, litigation, private equity and tax this year. It climbs up the rankings in the aviation and shipping, and insurance practices. Its famed dispute resolution practice has over 250 professionals and keeps apace with an evolving market, creating new disputes practice areas that are novel and innovative. The banking and finance team grew with the hiring of four new partners and a senior advisor from Lee & Ko, the FSS, Kim & Chang and Coupang. The competition team was also boosted with the hire of three new partners and two senior advisors from the KFTC, Bae Kim & Lee, the National Assembly, the Ministry of the Environment and Class. The disputes group lost partners Tae Kyun Kim, Eun Jae Park and Hyung Keun Lee, who left for WeAdvise Law, Lotte Corporation and Kim & Chang, respectively, but also welcomed five new partners. They joined from the Seoul Eastern District Court, the Supreme Court of Korea, Lee & Ko, O’Melveny & Myers, and the Seoul Eastern District Prosecutor’s Office. The corporate team expanded by eight partners and one senior advisor, including partner Sung You Choi from Lee & Ko and partner Jong Kwon Ryoo from Bae Kim & Lee. Five senior lawyers joined the tax group, while two left for Deloitte and the Supreme Court of Korea.  

Client feedback 

The firm’s in-depth legal advice, business focus, and smooth communications with clients regarding urgent deal contracts produce the best results in our contracts with the other party. – Banking and finance 

Responsive and efficient. – Competition and antitrust 

Has expert members who provide quick feedback, including solutions. – Competition and antitrust 

Excellent legal expertise and technical knowledge combined with commercial awareness and political savviness. – Competition and antitrust 

Lawyers have a high knowledge and are experts in the field. – Competition and antitrust 

Yulchon gave appropriate advice and solutions. – Competition and antitrust 

They are a top-tier Korean law firm and have an excellent M&A team that is well respected by the players in the market. They are experienced and efficient. – Corporate and M&A 

They gave lots of advice based on previous similar cases and it worked well. – Intellectual property 

Fast, accurate and active. – Intellectual property 

They are moving fast in the changing legal environment and understanding the needs of their customers. – Labour and employment 

Fast response and very professional reports. – Labour and employment 

They are experts in tax, and their writing skills are superb so that the court can accept our case. – Tax 

Lawyers have ample expertise and extensive experience. – Tax 

 

Cecil Saehoon Chung 

He has excellent legal and commercial advice. 

“He is an expert in antitrust, is easy to contact and has a strong international network.” 

Ki Young Kim 

Rapid feedback and best results based on experience in existing industries even in urgent requests for advice. 

Soojung Lee 

She understood very well about our situation, and shared her experience and knowledge for our solution. 

Yung Sang Lee 

He can catch the point of the matter precisely and gives perfect solutions. 

Hyeong Joo Lim 

I am sure that he is one of the best IP lawyers because of his speciality, good communication skills, and general personality. 

Young Suk Oh 

He has strong expertise and extensive experience. 

Jae Woo Park 

Keen enthusiasm to finish the project and provides feedback well. 

He tries to find solutions to problems from the customer's point of view. 

Se Hoon Park 

His writing skill and expertise are excellent. 

Daniel Ye 

He is an excellent M&A lawyer who can get the deal done. He is experienced and knowledgable, and can at the same time be flexible to meet the client's needs. He is involved in the transaction from the beginning to the end, and is pleasant to work with. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Multi Asset Global Investments on its provision of financing to H-Line Shipping.  

Assisted Dong-A Tanker Corporation, Korea Development Bank, Korea Export-Import Bank, Korea Shipping Finance and other financial institutions on the amendments of ship financing documents of Dong-A Tanker Corporation.  

Acted for SK Shipping on its purchase and acquisition of vessels from Sinokor Petrochemical by way of a business transfer. 

Key clients 

CCB Financial Leasing, K-Sure, KEXIM, VI Asset Management Korea 

 
Banking and finance
Jipyong

Jipyong is a well-rounded firm that offers representation across all major practice areas and core industries. The firm’s competition and labour and employment practices are highly regarded by peers and clients. Managing partner and labour specialist Ji Hyung Kim is widely-respected in the market, noted as a pillar of industry by peers for his extensive experience in this field. Gee Hong Kim is a frequent lead partner in competition and antitrust cases, and many of the firm’s top M&A matters last year featured corporate partners Cheol Jeong and Min Shin. The equity capital markets practice has an impressive resumé as issuer’s counsel on numerous listings, including those for SK Biopharmaceuticals and Kakao GamesThe firm has invested heavily in the growth of its real estate practice, with its hiring of twelve senior attorneys from Nexus Law Group in May 2020. The firm is deepening its regional footprint with on-the-ground operations in a number of emerging markets such as Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.  

Client feedback 

Its lawyers provide decent comments and are quick to respond.”  – Dispute resolution  

Jinhee Kim 

I appreciate their responsiveness and deep analysis. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Korea Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank of Korea on all aspects of its $2.6 billion) loan to a domestic construction company.   

Acted for Hangang Asset Management on the project financing for the development of multiple photovoltaic solar energy facilities in Samchecok and Jeju, Korea.  

Representing Korean Investment & Securities on the $105 million project financing for the development of Pohang Whanho Park.  

Advised Jeonbuk Bank on a financing secured by credit card receivables which involved the securitisation of future receivables and the review of a financing plan. 

Key clients 

Hana Financial Investment, Heritage Capital Management, Kiwoom Asset Management, Urban JD Oil  

 
Kim & Chang

Athe largest and most dominant full service law firm in Korea, Kim & Chang needs no introduction. It remains unchallenged across the board, maintaining its ‘Outstanding’ ranking in all practice areas and sectors. It is a veritable first-choice firm for many international multinationals, brands and domestic conglomeratesIts sheer size allows the firm to house multiple top-notch specialists in every niche area of legal practice and push the boundaries of innovation with landmark and sizable matters. The competition team welcomed talent from the National Court Administration of Korea, KFTC, Shin & Kim, Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office and the Seoul Central District Court. Two former team members went in-house to SK Hynix and Naver.The firm’s disputes pillar gained 12 additional lawyers from various courts and peer firms, while the intellectual property group boosted its numbers by sevenTwo TMT specialists and one disputes lawyer departed for Coupang.

Client feedback 

The firm has a client-focused mindset, broad coverage of areas, is readliy accessible, and has a great reputation. – Banking and finance 

It has professionals related to not only international laws but Korean laws and practices. – Banking and finance 

Good understanding and ability in global business, especially good at communication in English. – Competition and antitrust 

They have the most profound insights on the issues they have worked for. – Competition and antitrust 

Kim & Chang had an army of professionals in all areas where we neededand any company would needadvice for. Its professionals not only understand the regulations well but also had a deep understanding of the authority's focus and direction. The team’s advice was more than pragmatic, which made it very easy for our internal decision makers to decide. – Competition and antitrust 

They consider various dimensions. They give us comprehensive advice so I don't need to worry about skipping something important. – Competition and antitrust 

Their expertise is far superior to other law firms. – Competition and antitrust 

It has specialist international arbitrationdispute resolutionconstruction and infrastructure work. – Construction 

The lawyers have a good command of the English language and understanding of international clients. They provide practical and prompt advice. – Corporate and M&A 

Kim & Chang  gave us very helpful and effective advice on our recent arbitration in aspects of legal principle as well as business strategy. – Dispute resolution 

Attorneys at Kim & Chang brought their in-depth understanding of the laws, practices, and procedures of an international arbitration litigation, achieving a positive result in the case. – Dispute resolution  

It retains various industry experts. – Dispute resolution 

As we do not have in-house lawyers, we have to heavily depend on legal services from Kim & Chang to handle this case. The firm provided professional legal advice with a step-by-step approach and prepared professional reasoning documentationFinally we could win the case and protect our company’s reputation. – Dispute resolution 

Very responsiveaccessible, and providing well-thought advice. – Dispute resolution 

They understand well what the client needs, and knows how to take a very pragmatic and commercial approach to assist in resolving disputes favourably. – Dispute resolution 

Kim & Chang has a great deal of experience in the field our company specialises in. It has been working with us for quite a long time and knows exactly what the client's needs are. – Dispute resolution 

It has the top talent in Korea and they give us practical solutions. – Dispute resolution 

The wealth of expertise around the table is unmatched by any other law firm in Korea. This provides exceptional quality of legal advice by the highly regarded experts in each field. – Dispute resolution 

They understand well the industrial background and our company's culture. – Energy 

Kim & Chang provides comprehensive legal advice including that on related issues and detailed regulations. – Insurance 

They are out-of-the-box strategists who understand that we, as a client, prefer to resolve infringement matters outside of court. They always come to a discussion with several options and alternative courses of action. They are on the cutting edge in the industry. For example, when we had questions about WeChat as an increasing infringement platform for our company they readily advised on the provisions of WeChat's takedown policies and our options. – Intellectual property 

The lawyers found key points and blocked an opponent's claim. – Labour and employment 

Helped us with the review of documentation to be filed to the governement and obtained favorable approvals for us. – Media and entertainment 

Lawyers are responsive, accurateprofessional, understanding of the client's needs and have good communication skills – Privacy and data protection 

The team had a deep understanding of the project and strong negotiation skills.” -  Real estate 

They are expert and service minded. – Regulatory 

The lawyers provided a detailed review with sufficient explanation. – Regulatory 

It is a leading law firm which provides excellent professional services not to mention their outstanding expertiseThe team are supportive and have high competency. – Regulatory 

It is a one-stop service for overall issues. – Regulatory 

It is proactive in identifying and catering to the client's needs, has unparalleled level of expertise in almost all fields of law, and has the ability to accommodate multiple work streams focusing on multiple issues. – Regulatory 

Kim & Chang is concentrated with industry-leading attorneys and a wide range of professional consultantsmany of who have been a part of government agencies. There is such a broad range of expertise to help companies navigate the complex regulatory environment of South Korea with much ease. – Regulatory  

The lawyers always demonstrate professionalism and expertise across various service areas. It is attentive to client's needs and the service quality mostly exceeds expectation. – Regulatory 

It has deep legal and local commercial expertise, takes practical approaches, and is responsive, collaborative, and flexible. – Restructuring and insolvency 

They always provide accurate and in-depth opinions on all kinds of shipping related issues and know well about the shipping business and practices due experience gained through various shipping cases. – Shipping 

It has professional knowledge related to tax law and plenty of human resources. It does an outstanding job when it comes to tackling international issues. – Tax 

They provide in-depth research, continuous updates, professional advice and strategy that identify and address core issues. – Tax 

They have a lot of experience in different issues, and have expertise in the areas they provide advice in. They provide creative ideas to complex legal issues which often brings the best results. – Technology and telecommunications 

Jae-Ho Baek 

He provides solutions and outstanding legal analysis. 

Keun-Ah Cho 

Abundant experience. 

Suhkyoung Cho 

He is extremely dedicated, efficient and provides timely legal support. He has excellent communication strategies and a great understanding of the overall industry beyond legal issuesHe  provides innovative solutions to complex issues. 

Yong Hoon Cho 

He is aways attentive to clients needs and delivers high quality solutions as a first line of contact for our company. He assembles strong team of experts to deliver high quality services, and is very accessible and responsive. 

Dong Shik Choi 

Excellent coordination and capable team support. 

Kyungsun Kyle Choi 

Good command of English and understanding of international clients. He gives prompt and practical advice. 

Myungsuk Choi 

Mr. Choi's knowledge on comparative law helps multinational clients easily understand local concepts and identify similarities and differences, enabling discussion and conversation with the client and not just relying on local counsel. 

Matthew Christensen 

Great industry knowledge and experience with positive can-do attitude. Good ability to get to the bottom of issues and produce a pragmatic solution. 

Byung-Suk Chung 

He has worked in the shipping arena over 40 years. Therefore, he always provides accurate and in-depth advice in time. He is easily approachable all the time. 

Ji Soo Jang 

Long-standing experience and has the right insights to resolve the issue. 

Has deep and comprehensive understanding of the industry and associated professional knowledge, engaged with suitable experts and demonstrated thoroughly with timely legal analysis. 

Jong-Won Jeon 

He is a leading lawyer who provides extensive effort which is evidenced by the high quality of the outcome. He provides excellent professional service, not to mention his outstanding expertise. He is a highly competent lawyer with great insight who can also be flexible and innovative with legal application and interpretation. He offers clear and succinct communications. 

Youngjin Jung 

He's excellent in every dimension. He has knowledge and skill, and organises the best team for regrading projects. 

Edward Kang 

Ability to deliver quality products. 

Han-Cheol Kang 

He rates highly for responsiveness, knowledge level, and communication skills. 

Hye Sung Kim 

I would say Ms. Kim's best attributes are her in-depth understanding of the laws and practices of the international arbitration and cross-border litigations under various jurisdictionsAlso her unparalleled commitment to her clients' needs and concerns on all levels of the dispute resolution process. 

Hye Sung is always very passionate on work and tries to fully understand relevant issues and core facts, which leads to a successful case. 

Ms. Hye Sung Kim has shown a great deal of devotion in the cases we have been working on.  Her in-depth knowledge on cases and legal expertise, have and continue to be an asset to us. 

Hyo Sang Kim 

Creative, well-versed in how to manage the relationship with government agencies and attentive to client's needs. 

Jay Kim 

Excellent communication skills, task management and advice. 

Jeong Kim 

Sincerity and diligence. 

Youngjoon Kim 

Good relationship and communication skills with clients. Professional attitude to competition and antitrust issues. 

Ann Kwon 

Excellent case strategy, communications, and quick matter resolution. 

Kyoung Yeon Kim 

Conducts detailed reviews by looking at various aspects. 

Hemi Lee 

Her advice is well-thought out, practical and clear. It really helps us to make decisions. Her communication is more than superb. I was a very picky and difficult client requesting tight deadlines, in-depth analysis and lean cost. She always exceeded my expectations. 

Hwan Beom Lee 

Comprehensive consulting. 

Hyo Je Lee 

Sincerity and diligence. 

Jae Bok Lee 

Provided detailed and practical solutions. 

Sang Woo Lee 

His professional knowledge helps set forth favourable strategies to clients. 

Seung Yi Paik 

Very responsive and accessible, and providing well-thought advice. 

Jong-Guk Pak 

He is extremely responsive and easy to talk to. He has a solid base in the healthcare industry and regulatory practice, and can suggest practical strategies and pointers quickly. He is very thoughtful in high-stakes cases. He is proficient in English so easy to engage for regional and global conferences. 

Great communications and knowledge. 

John Park 

He is readily accessible and gives prompt responses when needed. He provides practical solutions regarding difficult issues. He knows what the client needs and requires to solve matters that are extremely hard to tackle. 

Wan Bin Park 

Good communication skills and a positive, courteous and professional attitude. 

He is always friendly and supportive for any legal issues and topics, which leads to smooth and open communication so we can get the best solution for our company. In addition, when we request any demanding queries and requests, he truly works hard to meet our needs such as complimentary training sessions, this is really helpful for us and we are thankful for his support. We are maintaining very long-term working relationship, so we wish to continue this successful network. 

Chang-hee Shin 

Good relationship and management skills. 

Sangmyoung Shin 

He has great work background, especially in the field of banking and finance. His knowledge and experience in the banking sector are extremely valuable to advise lenders in financial markets. He was the first lawyer to work with genuine passion and commitment toward his job. 

Jung Keol Suh 

His capability as legal counsel is outstanding, even perfect. 

Kevin Todd 

Excellent communications, responsive, practical commercial approach, and able to explain complex legal concepts to the business team. 

Seung Jong Yang 

He is well-organised and has good skills interacting with coworkers. 

Yong Hoon Cho 

Good knowledge about the local market and related laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Acted for the Export-Import Bank of Korea on the development and financing of lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility located in Sweden.  

Advised the Korea Development Bank on the project financing of three solar projects in Japan.  

Represented KDB and H-Line Shipping on the financing for five ore carriers in relation to purchase of the COA business by H-line Shipping from Polaris Shipping 

Key clients 

Chuncheon Energy, Hanwha Energy, Korea Ocean Business Corporation, Shinhan Bank 

 
LAB Partners

Young corporate and financial law boutique firm, LAB Partners hit the ground running when it opened three years ago, offering sophisticated advice on all core law areas. Its panoply of founding partners were already recognised by the market as leaders in their areas, having honed their expertise at other leading Korean firms. The firm has been savvily characterised by local media as the Avengers of corporate legal practice. Managing partner and structured finance and securitisation doyenne Young-Hee Jo helms a leadership team that includes Jinho Ahn, Jinho Kim, Youngju Kim and Kwangbok Kim. The firm clearly demonstrates strengths in the finance space, particularly in banking, securities and asset management. Jo is a go-to name for securitisation matters.  


Work highlights 

Represented New Songdo International City Development on its refinancing related to the Package 6-1 Development Project 

 
Lee & Ko

An undisputed premier firmLee & Ko holds steady in the rankings as a foolproof choice for its impressive roster of offshore and onshore clientsIts renowned finance practice wins plaudits from peers and clients that acknowledge its frequent role representing lendersThe firm was elevated this year into the Oustanding tiers for labour and employment and real estateDespite a slowdown in the capital markets, Lee & Ko’s traditional dominance in the DCM space helped it maintain a steady flow of debt deals.  Managing partner Yong Seok Ahn is recognised for his corporate and competition expertise. The firm experienced the usual inflow and outflow of talent. Notable recent team movemements include capital markets partner Ryu Seung Won lateralling over from Kim & Chang in early 2021 and corporate partner Seung Hyo Baek being hired from DR & Aju. Competition counsel Moo Song Park joined from the KFTC, and antitrust partner Hyun Young Ju joins from the Supreme Court of Korea where he was a research judge. Competition partner In Seok Lee also moves into private practice from Daejeon High Court where he sat as a presiding judge. The dispute resolution group welcomed four new partners, all coming from range of courts and prosecutor’s offices. IP partner Terry Kim left to establish his own precious metals mobile platform, while IP specialist Heon Lee joins from the IP division of the supreme court where he was a judge. The tax team grew with 10 new hires.

Client feedback 

Lee & Ko is active in cases by appointing a number of skilled attorneys. This includes a separate economic analysis team in paricular, ensuring detailed analysis and swift response. – Competition and antitrust 

They have superior legal knowledge and various experiences on both domestic and overseas M&A cases, and their client-oriented and problem-solving attitude and earnest communication always gives us great satisfaction. – Corporate and M&A 

They are really responsive and diligent. Based on their abundant experience, they always provide high quality services at reasonable pricesThey are very trustworthy. – Corporate and M&A 

Provides quick and appropriate feedback. – Corporate and M&A 

Swift responses and adoptable solutions. – Corporate and M&A 

They sincerely treated our requests with care and always tried their best. – Intellectual property 

Excellent professionalism. – Labour and employment 

On time and client-oriented. – Labour and employment 

Lee & Ko presented various evidence to the court in a recent severance pay lawsuit and helped us win the first lawsuit by unfolding appropriate legal logic. – Labour and employment 

It has at least two of the top-of-the-nation lawyers in data protection and privacy, and their legal advice and opinions have great authority, even in the government. The way they present their advice and opinions is very professional, and of the topmost quality in the country. So, whenever I need a truly trustworthy piece of legal advice or opinion, Lee & Ko is the first choice, no matter what. – Privacy and data protection 

Top talent lawyers with a committed attitude. – Private equity 

Dedicated legal service. – Shipping 

The team’s attitude is professional and sincere, and its legal advice is very practical. – Tax 

Woojin Choi 

Provides dedicated legal advice. 

Byong Ki Chung 

Due to his help, the result of the case looks positive and we expect a fair amount of reduction of the compensation damage cost, which is in favour of our firm financially. 

Chang Soo Jin 

“Client-oriented. 

Kyungchun Kim 

Excellent service, swift responses, and an understanding of the client's business. 

Hwang Kyoung Ko 

He is the single most knowleageable and good-mannered lawyer in the data protection and privacy field. His expertise encompasses finance, privacy, intellectual property, criminal justice related to privacy, and others. 

Myoung Chul Kwak 

Offers reasonable solutions based on his wide experience. 

Jung Won Kwon 

I have worked with her for a couple of merger filings in recent years. She is very good at drafting and filing the report even when the information given is not quite organised and sufficient. Due to her understanding of the business and great communication skills with case-handlers, we got swift clearance from the KFTC every time she assisted us. 

Ho Joon Moon 

Ho Joon is the most trusted legal counsel among all the lawyers I have known so far. He has great depth of experience in M&A and corporate legal matters and has been recognised by many global private equity clients, including ourselves. He also has great sense of collaboration with any other legal firms due to his sincere and all-rounded personality. He is focused and really puts his hands on real issues. 

Keum Nang Park 

She corresponded perfectly to our needs in all aspects of work. 

Jay Shim 

Professional in legal knowledge combined with tax. His legal advice and solutions are very practical and helpful. The attitude from the lawyer is very sincere and trustworthy. 

Hyunseok Song 

Excellent management. 

He has been doing a lot of research in the field of labour law. He understands the characteristics of the company well, provides data tailored to companies like our company, and has excellent communication skills. He also performs well in lawsuits. 

Yongjoon Yoon 

He has deep knowledge in both the law and business sectors, and, with his various experiences, always suggests satisfactory problem-solving solutions. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised HDC Holdings on the restructuring and $970 million financing for the Seoul-Chuncheon Expressway. 

Represented Kookmin Bank on the $5.2 billion financing for gas pipeline project in Canada. 

Acted for Young City REIT and D&D Investment on the $500 million financing for the acquisition of Young City Office Complex by an SK affiliate 

Advised the Korea Development Bank, Export-Import Bank of Korea and Nonghyup Bank on financing $667 million to LG Chem Wroclaw Energy.  

Key clients 

Darbyhana Asset ManagementKEB Hana Bank, Kookmin Bank, Mirae Asset Daewoo, Samsung Securities, Shinhan Bank, Standard Chartered Bank Hong Kong 

 
Shin & Kim

Shin & Kim maintains its esteemed reputation in the market across all areasPeers refer to the firm with respect and say that in recent years, the firm is furthering its visibility on matters and building on its historic strengths in capital markets and real estate. The firm boasts a 12-partner strong team dedicated purely to capital markets, one of the largest among all Korean law firms, and runs its IPO and structured finance teams separately under the capital markets wing. The banking team welcomed three senior lawyers, partner Hyun Woo Kim from Standard Chartered Securities Korea where he was its head of legal and compliance, senior foreign attorney John JungKyum Kim from Lee & Ko and senior advisor Juhyung Lee from Hana Bank. The dispute resolution group was bolstered significantly with the hiring of 11 new partners and senior advisors. This was in addition to the 10 partner promotions from March, 2021. The IP team also experienced growth with the joining of three new team members, including one partner, and the promotion of three to partnership. Corporate specialist and partner Chang-Weon Rhee was welcomed back to the firm from his role as GC of Citibank. Finally, the tax team welcomed a spate of six new joiners, ranging from an international tax partner to transfer pricing specialists.


Work highlights 

Advised Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction in the $2.7 million project financing and construction of a power generator in Indonesia. 

Represented Banco Santander in relation to a $3 billion K-SURE covered facility agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Corporation 

Acted for the mandated lead arrangers and financial institutions arranged by the mandated lead arranger in the refinancing of existing financing for IMM PE in relation to its acquisition of Korea Industrial Holding 1 and Airfirst 

Key clients 

Hanwha Asset Management, KB Securities, Kookmin Bank, Korea Export-Import Bank, Korea Investment Securities, Nonghyup Bank, Shinhan Bank, Tiger Alternative Investors, RG Asset Management  

 
Yoon & Yang

Yoon & Yang is a premier choice for all corporate and financial law areas, notably in the competition, technology and telecommunications, dispute resolution, employment and regulatory areasThe firm works with large international and domestic clients from all industries and sectors. This year, it moves up in the insurance and construction tables. Duk Mo Chung, Hoil Yoon and Sang Hoon Park are managing partners and vaunted experts in litigation, competition and employment, respectively. The capital markets team grew significantly in the past year with the hiring of six senior lawyers including partners and a senior foreign attorney from Kim & Chang and Yulchon, and two from the Korea FSS and Korea Exchange. Banking and finance, and infrastructure specialist Joon Man Shim departed for Shin & Kim last year. The corporate team experienced a boost with the hiring of three senior attorneys from SK Group, Kim & Chang and Flexre Group, and partner Geunbae Park from Hanwha DefenseSimilar to the other large domestic firms, the dispute resolution group hired 13 to join its ranks as partners, most specialising in litigation and white collar crime. International arbitration specialist Henry Shyn was hired from GE Korea, where he was its GC.

Client feedback 

They have controlled all the legal fees which occur in US Law firm and are experts with e-discovery. – Construction 

M&A Attorneys at Yoon & Yang are relatively young, and as a result are more passionate to foresee unexpected issues. They are not reluctant to provide innovative solutions based on their in-depth knowledge and experience in the M&A fields. In addition, they have good communication skills so they have been resolving complicated issues more smoothly whenever the issue comes up. – Corporate and M&A 

Yoon & Yang is one of the top law firms in Korea and my impression of it has been all positive. Its specialty and professionalism in the fields of international transactions and arbitrations are very satisfactory to our company. The firm's client service and efficiency are excellent in every aspect. – Corporate and M&A 

They are dedicated and efficient, and the quality of service and work is better than other top firms that are likely to charge higher fees. Their strong track record and keen market understanding in the real estate and construction markets, and the related regulations were very helpful. – Corporate and M&A 

As an M&A expert in Korea, I believe it is important to work with experts who have various backgrounds when I handle M&A deals. Comprising accountants, tax attorneys and foreign attorneys as well as Korean attorneys, I believe that Yoon & Yang's one-stop advice is second to none in the Korean M&A market. In addition, Yoon & Yang's M&A attorneys have good negotiation skills and high level of industry knowledge so that I could close the M&A deals successfully. It is always impressive that they come up with fast and effective responses to the complicated legal issues. Therefore, I will continue to retain Yoon & Yang in the future. – Corporate and M&A 

First of all, with respect to advising on the company's key management issues, we think that Yoon & Yang's strengths are : (i) accurate understanding of our needs; and (ii) best solution offerings based on their deep understanding of our business operations. As to the SIAC arbitration case, we are impressed by Yoon & Yang's following expertise: (i) formulating strategies by accurately analysing the facts, and weighing the positives and negatives of relevant issues; and (ii) conducting hearings and cross-examinations. Based on such capabilities, our company was able to persuade the arbitration tribunal to dismiss our case. Regarding the areas of anti-trust anfair trade, we think they are extreme helpful enabling us to comply with relevant laws and regulations through : (i) swiftly identifying regulatory trends of authoritative bodies; and (ii) providing as-needed advice on necessary issues for legal compliance. – Dispute resolution 

They are responsive and provide helpful input. – Dispute resolution 

Partner Chan Keun Park, who is our main contact for labour matters at Y&Y,  always provides us with very accurate and up-to-date legal advice, even on a very short notice. In addition, based on the long and stable relationship with our company, Chan Keun Park is already very knowledgeable of our HR system & policy, which not only saves us a lot of time to explain the case each time, but also helps him come up with very relevant & actionable solutions. – Labour and employment 

 

Kyung In Jung 

As an outside counsel for our company, Mr. Jung provides insight on key legal issues. In particular, he is a problem solver by getting legal professionals from Yoon & Yang ready, considering who has the necessary background and qualifications to handle various legal problems that tend to occur by nature for large entities. 

Kayoung Kim 

Our experience with Ms. Kayoung Kim is very satisfactory. She has strong communication skills and always provides accurate solutions. She is very detailed and diligent. 

Kayoung Kim is a diligent lawyer who puts her top priority on satisfying our company's legal needs. Her responses are very efficient and quick. 

Myung-Ahn Kim 

Very responsive and client-oriented. 

She is an excellent senior lawyer specialising in international arbitration and various international dispute resolution matters. She has impressive legal knowledge and excellent advocacy skills. In one of our arbitration cases, Ms. Kim acted as the lead counsel responsible for oral advocacy and written submissions, both of which were thoroughly the first-rate! I sincerely believe she is well-suited for leadership in the industry and I recommend her highly for a first tier ranking by Asialaw. 

Sung Jin Kim 

Mr. Sung-Jin Kim is very satisfactory. Especially, he has ample experiences in M&A transactions in almost all the industries. Based on his experiences, Mr. Kim always suggests innovative solutions that satisfies our expectations. 

Sung-Jin Kim, the leader of Yoon & Yang's M&A team, has abundant, hands-on experience in M&A transactions. Based on his extensive knowledge in M&A transactions, he provides creative and practical solutions. 

Chan-Keun Park 

Partner Chan Keun Park, who is our main contact for labour matters, always provides us with very accurate and up-to-date legal advice, even on very short notice. In addition, based on the long and stable relationship with our company, Mr. Park is already very knowledgeable of our HR system & policy, which not only saves us a lot of time to explain the case but also helps him come up with very relevant and actionable solutions. 

Dae Sagong 

Dae is one of the most dedicated, quick and reliable lawyers I've worked with in Korea in the past five-plus years. He provides clear answers to our questions with a good analytical approachwhich often is lacking in Korea-trained lawyers, and grasps the commercial intentions well and quickly. We have given him extremely demanding deadlines but he made them happen, and if it was practically impossible, he would keep us apprised of the status so we could  plan for contingencies. He has a strong ownership of the deals he works on and keeps track of status and deal progress himself, which tremendously helps internal lawyers like myself with dozens of projects to handle at once. When I am on a project with Dae, I can entirely rely on him to update and chase me about that project as needed even when I am swamped with other work. 

 

Work highlights 

Acted for KCLAVIS Asset Management on its $60 million loan to a US real estate developer for the construction of a condominium building in Manhattan, New York.  

Represented Big Island in Geoje on the project financing for the Gohyeon Port Redevelopment Project.    

Key clients 

IBM Global Financial Korea, Igis Asset Management, KORAMCO REITs, LAMBDA Investment Management, Woori Bank

 
Yulchon

Yulchon secures its berth in the ‘Outstanding’ bands for competition, litigation, private equity and tax this year. It climbs up the rankings in the aviation and shipping, and insurance practices. Its famed dispute resolution practice has over 250 professionals and keeps apace with an evolving market, creating new disputes practice areas that are novel and innovative. The banking and finance team grew with the hiring of four new partners and a senior advisor from Lee & Ko, the FSS, Kim & Chang and Coupang. The competition team was also boosted with the hire of three new partners and two senior advisors from the KFTC, Bae Kim & Lee, the National Assembly, the Ministry of the Environment and Class. The disputes group lost partners Tae Kyun Kim, Eun Jae Park and Hyung Keun Lee, who left for WeAdvise Law, Lotte Corporation and Kim & Chang, respectively, but also welcomed five new partners. They joined from the Seoul Eastern District Court, the Supreme Court of Korea, Lee & Ko, O’Melveny & Myers, and the Seoul Eastern District Prosecutor’s Office. The corporate team expanded by eight partners and one senior advisor, including partner Sung You Choi from Lee & Ko and partner Jong Kwon Ryoo from Bae Kim & Lee. Five senior lawyers joined the tax group, while two left for Deloitte and the Supreme Court of Korea.  

Client feedback 

The firm’s in-depth legal advice, business focus, and smooth communications with clients regarding urgent deal contracts produce the best results in our contracts with the other party. – Banking and finance 

Responsive and efficient. – Competition and antitrust 

Has expert members who provide quick feedback, including solutions. – Competition and antitrust 

Excellent legal expertise and technical knowledge combined with commercial awareness and political savviness. – Competition and antitrust 

Lawyers have a high knowledge and are experts in the field. – Competition and antitrust 

Yulchon gave appropriate advice and solutions. – Competition and antitrust 

They are a top-tier Korean law firm and have an excellent M&A team that is well respected by the players in the market. They are experienced and efficient. – Corporate and M&A 

They gave lots of advice based on previous similar cases and it worked well. – Intellectual property 

Fast, accurate and active. – Intellectual property 

They are moving fast in the changing legal environment and understanding the needs of their customers. – Labour and employment 

Fast response and very professional reports. – Labour and employment 

They are experts in tax, and their writing skills are superb so that the court can accept our case. – Tax 

Lawyers have ample expertise and extensive experience. – Tax 

 

Cecil Saehoon Chung 

He has excellent legal and commercial advice. 

“He is an expert in antitrust, is easy to contact and has a strong international network.” 

Ki Young Kim 

Rapid feedback and best results based on experience in existing industries even in urgent requests for advice. 

Soojung Lee 

She understood very well about our situation, and shared her experience and knowledge for our solution. 

Yung Sang Lee 

He can catch the point of the matter precisely and gives perfect solutions. 

Hyeong Joo Lim 

I am sure that he is one of the best IP lawyers because of his speciality, good communication skills, and general personality. 

Young Suk Oh 

He has strong expertise and extensive experience. 

Jae Woo Park 

Keen enthusiasm to finish the project and provides feedback well. 

He tries to find solutions to problems from the customer's point of view. 

Se Hoon Park 

His writing skill and expertise are excellent. 

Daniel Ye 

He is an excellent M&A lawyer who can get the deal done. He is experienced and knowledgable, and can at the same time be flexible to meet the client's needs. He is involved in the transaction from the beginning to the end, and is pleasant to work with. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised the National Pension Service on its $129 milion financing to the Ardonagh Group, an independent insurance broker based in the UK.  

Acted for Multi Asset Global Investments on refinancing an existing junior loan extended to Marshall Islands SPCs and extending the new loans to Liberian SPCsBoth SPCs were established for the purpose of ship financing through certain collective investment trusts established by Multi Asset. 

Represented Shinhan Investment and Korea Investment & Securities on its secured mortgage loan for the construction of Jeju Dream Tower.  

Key clients 

Citi Bank, Eurus Energy Holdings, Glenwood Private Equity, Korea Development Bank, Shinhan Investment Corporation 

 
Capital markets
Jipyong

Jipyong is a well-rounded firm that offers representation across all major practice areas and core industries. The firm’s competition and labour and employment practices are highly regarded by peers and clients. Managing partner and labour specialist Ji Hyung Kim is widely-respected in the market, noted as a pillar of industry by peers for his extensive experience in this field. Gee Hong Kim is a frequent lead partner in competition and antitrust cases, and many of the firm’s top M&A matters last year featured corporate partners Cheol Jeong and Min Shin. The equity capital markets practice has an impressive resumé as issuer’s counsel on numerous listings, including those for SK Biopharmaceuticals and Kakao GamesThe firm has invested heavily in the growth of its real estate practice, with its hiring of twelve senior attorneys from Nexus Law Group in May 2020. The firm is deepening its regional footprint with on-the-ground operations in a number of emerging markets such as Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.  

Client feedback 

Its lawyers provide decent comments and are quick to respond.”  – Dispute resolution  

Jinhee Kim 

I appreciate their responsiveness and deep analysis. 

 

Work highlights 

Represented SK Biopharmaceuticals in its record-breaking Kospi IPO that brought in $800 million. Completed in July 2020, this was the country’s largest listing since 2017 

Advised Samsung Securities and Prestige Bipharma on their IPO on the KOSPI market of the Korea Exchange.  

Acted for Kakao Games on its KRW58 trillion IPO on the KOSDAQ market of the Korea Exchange. The original IPO was promoted in 2018 but withdrawn due to a delayed audit. It was re-promoted in 2020 and successfully listed in September, 2020.  

Key clients 

Aptamer Sciences, Brand X, Korea Investment & Securities, Mirae Asset Daewoo, NGeneBio

 
Kim & Chang

Athe largest and most dominant full service law firm in Korea, Kim & Chang needs no introduction. It remains unchallenged across the board, maintaining its ‘Outstanding’ ranking in all practice areas and sectors. It is a veritable first-choice firm for many international multinationals, brands and domestic conglomeratesIts sheer size allows the firm to house multiple top-notch specialists in every niche area of legal practice and push the boundaries of innovation with landmark and sizable matters. The competition team welcomed talent from the National Court Administration of Korea, KFTC, Shin & Kim, Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office and the Seoul Central District Court. Two former team members went in-house to SK Hynix and Naver.The firm’s disputes pillar gained 12 additional lawyers from various courts and peer firms, while the intellectual property group boosted its numbers by sevenTwo TMT specialists and one disputes lawyer departed for Coupang.

Client feedback 

The firm has a client-focused mindset, broad coverage of areas, is readliy accessible, and has a great reputation. – Banking and finance 

It has professionals related to not only international laws but Korean laws and practices. – Banking and finance 

Good understanding and ability in global business, especially good at communication in English. – Competition and antitrust 

They have the most profound insights on the issues they have worked for. – Competition and antitrust 

Kim & Chang had an army of professionals in all areas where we neededand any company would needadvice for. Its professionals not only understand the regulations well but also had a deep understanding of the authority's focus and direction. The team’s advice was more than pragmatic, which made it very easy for our internal decision makers to decide. – Competition and antitrust 

They consider various dimensions. They give us comprehensive advice so I don't need to worry about skipping something important. – Competition and antitrust 

Their expertise is far superior to other law firms. – Competition and antitrust 

It has specialist international arbitrationdispute resolutionconstruction and infrastructure work. – Construction 

The lawyers have a good command of the English language and understanding of international clients. They provide practical and prompt advice. – Corporate and M&A 

Kim & Chang  gave us very helpful and effective advice on our recent arbitration in aspects of legal principle as well as business strategy. – Dispute resolution 

Attorneys at Kim & Chang brought their in-depth understanding of the laws, practices, and procedures of an international arbitration litigation, achieving a positive result in the case. – Dispute resolution  

It retains various industry experts. – Dispute resolution 

As we do not have in-house lawyers, we have to heavily depend on legal services from Kim & Chang to handle this case. The firm provided professional legal advice with a step-by-step approach and prepared professional reasoning documentationFinally we could win the case and protect our company’s reputation. – Dispute resolution 

Very responsiveaccessible, and providing well-thought advice. – Dispute resolution 

They understand well what the client needs, and knows how to take a very pragmatic and commercial approach to assist in resolving disputes favourably. – Dispute resolution 

Kim & Chang has a great deal of experience in the field our company specialises in. It has been working with us for quite a long time and knows exactly what the client's needs are. – Dispute resolution 

It has the top talent in Korea and they give us practical solutions. – Dispute resolution 

The wealth of expertise around the table is unmatched by any other law firm in Korea. This provides exceptional quality of legal advice by the highly regarded experts in each field. – Dispute resolution 

They understand well the industrial background and our company's culture. – Energy 

Kim & Chang provides comprehensive legal advice including that on related issues and detailed regulations. – Insurance 

They are out-of-the-box strategists who understand that we, as a client, prefer to resolve infringement matters outside of court. They always come to a discussion with several options and alternative courses of action. They are on the cutting edge in the industry. For example, when we had questions about WeChat as an increasing infringement platform for our company they readily advised on the provisions of WeChat's takedown policies and our options. – Intellectual property 

The lawyers found key points and blocked an opponent's claim. – Labour and employment 

Helped us with the review of documentation to be filed to the governement and obtained favorable approvals for us. – Media and entertainment 

Lawyers are responsive, accurateprofessional, understanding of the client's needs and have good communication skills – Privacy and data protection 

The team had a deep understanding of the project and strong negotiation skills.” -  Real estate 

They are expert and service minded. – Regulatory 

The lawyers provided a detailed review with sufficient explanation. – Regulatory 

It is a leading law firm which provides excellent professional services not to mention their outstanding expertiseThe team are supportive and have high competency. – Regulatory 

It is a one-stop service for overall issues. – Regulatory 

It is proactive in identifying and catering to the client's needs, has unparalleled level of expertise in almost all fields of law, and has the ability to accommodate multiple work streams focusing on multiple issues. – Regulatory 

Kim & Chang is concentrated with industry-leading attorneys and a wide range of professional consultantsmany of who have been a part of government agencies. There is such a broad range of expertise to help companies navigate the complex regulatory environment of South Korea with much ease. – Regulatory  

The lawyers always demonstrate professionalism and expertise across various service areas. It is attentive to client's needs and the service quality mostly exceeds expectation. – Regulatory 

It has deep legal and local commercial expertise, takes practical approaches, and is responsive, collaborative, and flexible. – Restructuring and insolvency 

They always provide accurate and in-depth opinions on all kinds of shipping related issues and know well about the shipping business and practices due experience gained through various shipping cases. – Shipping 

It has professional knowledge related to tax law and plenty of human resources. It does an outstanding job when it comes to tackling international issues. – Tax 

They provide in-depth research, continuous updates, professional advice and strategy that identify and address core issues. – Tax 

They have a lot of experience in different issues, and have expertise in the areas they provide advice in. They provide creative ideas to complex legal issues which often brings the best results. – Technology and telecommunications 

Jae-Ho Baek 

He provides solutions and outstanding legal analysis. 

Keun-Ah Cho 

Abundant experience. 

Suhkyoung Cho 

He is extremely dedicated, efficient and provides timely legal support. He has excellent communication strategies and a great understanding of the overall industry beyond legal issuesHe  provides innovative solutions to complex issues. 

Yong Hoon Cho 

He is aways attentive to clients needs and delivers high quality solutions as a first line of contact for our company. He assembles strong team of experts to deliver high quality services, and is very accessible and responsive. 

Dong Shik Choi 

Excellent coordination and capable team support. 

Kyungsun Kyle Choi 

Good command of English and understanding of international clients. He gives prompt and practical advice. 

Myungsuk Choi 

Mr. Choi's knowledge on comparative law helps multinational clients easily understand local concepts and identify similarities and differences, enabling discussion and conversation with the client and not just relying on local counsel. 

Matthew Christensen 

Great industry knowledge and experience with positive can-do attitude. Good ability to get to the bottom of issues and produce a pragmatic solution. 

Byung-Suk Chung 

He has worked in the shipping arena over 40 years. Therefore, he always provides accurate and in-depth advice in time. He is easily approachable all the time. 

Ji Soo Jang 

Long-standing experience and has the right insights to resolve the issue. 

Has deep and comprehensive understanding of the industry and associated professional knowledge, engaged with suitable experts and demonstrated thoroughly with timely legal analysis. 

Jong-Won Jeon 

He is a leading lawyer who provides extensive effort which is evidenced by the high quality of the outcome. He provides excellent professional service, not to mention his outstanding expertise. He is a highly competent lawyer with great insight who can also be flexible and innovative with legal application and interpretation. He offers clear and succinct communications. 

Youngjin Jung 

He's excellent in every dimension. He has knowledge and skill, and organises the best team for regrading projects. 

Edward Kang 

Ability to deliver quality products. 

Han-Cheol Kang 

He rates highly for responsiveness, knowledge level, and communication skills. 

Hye Sung Kim 

I would say Ms. Kim's best attributes are her in-depth understanding of the laws and practices of the international arbitration and cross-border litigations under various jurisdictionsAlso her unparalleled commitment to her clients' needs and concerns on all levels of the dispute resolution process. 

Hye Sung is always very passionate on work and tries to fully understand relevant issues and core facts, which leads to a successful case. 

Ms. Hye Sung Kim has shown a great deal of devotion in the cases we have been working on.  Her in-depth knowledge on cases and legal expertise, have and continue to be an asset to us. 

Hyo Sang Kim 

Creative, well-versed in how to manage the relationship with government agencies and attentive to client's needs. 

Jay Kim 

Excellent communication skills, task management and advice. 

Jeong Kim 

Sincerity and diligence. 

Youngjoon Kim 

Good relationship and communication skills with clients. Professional attitude to competition and antitrust issues. 

Ann Kwon 

Excellent case strategy, communications, and quick matter resolution. 

Kyoung Yeon Kim 

Conducts detailed reviews by looking at various aspects. 

Hemi Lee 

Her advice is well-thought out, practical and clear. It really helps us to make decisions. Her communication is more than superb. I was a very picky and difficult client requesting tight deadlines, in-depth analysis and lean cost. She always exceeded my expectations. 

Hwan Beom Lee 

Comprehensive consulting. 

Hyo Je Lee 

Sincerity and diligence. 

Jae Bok Lee 

Provided detailed and practical solutions. 

Sang Woo Lee 

His professional knowledge helps set forth favourable strategies to clients. 

Seung Yi Paik 

Very responsive and accessible, and providing well-thought advice. 

Jong-Guk Pak 

He is extremely responsive and easy to talk to. He has a solid base in the healthcare industry and regulatory practice, and can suggest practical strategies and pointers quickly. He is very thoughtful in high-stakes cases. He is proficient in English so easy to engage for regional and global conferences. 

Great communications and knowledge. 

John Park 

He is readily accessible and gives prompt responses when needed. He provides practical solutions regarding difficult issues. He knows what the client needs and requires to solve matters that are extremely hard to tackle. 

Wan Bin Park 

Good communication skills and a positive, courteous and professional attitude. 

He is always friendly and supportive for any legal issues and topics, which leads to smooth and open communication so we can get the best solution for our company. In addition, when we request any demanding queries and requests, he truly works hard to meet our needs such as complimentary training sessions, this is really helpful for us and we are thankful for his support. We are maintaining very long-term working relationship, so we wish to continue this successful network. 

Chang-hee Shin 

Good relationship and management skills. 

Sangmyoung Shin 

He has great work background, especially in the field of banking and finance. His knowledge and experience in the banking sector are extremely valuable to advise lenders in financial markets. He was the first lawyer to work with genuine passion and commitment toward his job. 

Jung Keol Suh 

His capability as legal counsel is outstanding, even perfect. 

Kevin Todd 

Excellent communications, responsive, practical commercial approach, and able to explain complex legal concepts to the business team. 

Seung Jong Yang 

He is well-organised and has good skills interacting with coworkers. 

Yong Hoon Cho 

Good knowledge about the local market and related laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Acted for the Korea Development Bank in connection with an update of its $5 billion Euro-commercial paper programme.  

Advised Bit Hit Entertainment in relation to its $840 million listing on the KOSPI market of the Korea Exchange. 

Represented KB Securities and Societe Generale in relation to the $320 million issuance of asset-backed securities of Shinhan Card’s credit card receivables.  

Advised Kakao on the issuarnce of $300 million zero coupon convertible bonds.  

Key clients 

Citigroup Global Markets, Hyundai Capital ServicesKEB Hana Bank, KT Corporation, The Carlyle Group

 
LAB Partners

Young corporate and financial law boutique firm, LAB Partners hit the ground running when it opened three years ago, offering sophisticated advice on all core law areas. Its panoply of founding partners were already recognised by the market as leaders in their areas, having honed their expertise at other leading Korean firms. The firm has been savvily characterised by local media as the Avengers of corporate legal practice. Managing partner and structured finance and securitisation doyenne Young-Hee Jo helms a leadership team that includes Jinho Ahn, Jinho Kim, Youngju Kim and Kwangbok Kim. The firm clearly demonstrates strengths in the finance space, particularly in banking, securities and asset management. Jo is a go-to name for securitisation matters.  


Work highlights 

Represented Shinhan Card in relation to its cross-border issuance of $400 million asset-backed securities (ABSs) based on its credit card receivables. 

Acted for Hyundai Capital on its cross-border issuance of ABSs totalling $660 million on its auto loan receivables.  

Key clients 

KB Kookmin Card, KB Securities, Lotte Card, Woori Card

 
Lee & Ko

An undisputed premier firmLee & Ko holds steady in the rankings as a foolproof choice for its impressive roster of offshore and onshore clientsIts renowned finance practice wins plaudits from peers and clients that acknowledge its frequent role representing lendersThe firm was elevated this year into the Oustanding tiers for labour and employment and real estateDespite a slowdown in the capital markets, Lee & Ko’s traditional dominance in the DCM space helped it maintain a steady flow of debt deals.  Managing partner Yong Seok Ahn is recognised for his corporate and competition expertise. The firm experienced the usual inflow and outflow of talent. Notable recent team movemements include capital markets partner Ryu Seung Won lateralling over from Kim & Chang in early 2021 and corporate partner Seung Hyo Baek being hired from DR & Aju. Competition counsel Moo Song Park joined from the KFTC, and antitrust partner Hyun Young Ju joins from the Supreme Court of Korea where he was a research judge. Competition partner In Seok Lee also moves into private practice from Daejeon High Court where he sat as a presiding judge. The dispute resolution group welcomed four new partners, all coming from range of courts and prosecutor’s offices. IP partner Terry Kim left to establish his own precious metals mobile platform, while IP specialist Heon Lee joins from the IP division of the supreme court where he was a judge. The tax team grew with 10 new hires.

Client feedback 

Lee & Ko is active in cases by appointing a number of skilled attorneys. This includes a separate economic analysis team in paricular, ensuring detailed analysis and swift response. – Competition and antitrust 

They have superior legal knowledge and various experiences on both domestic and overseas M&A cases, and their client-oriented and problem-solving attitude and earnest communication always gives us great satisfaction. – Corporate and M&A 

They are really responsive and diligent. Based on their abundant experience, they always provide high quality services at reasonable pricesThey are very trustworthy. – Corporate and M&A 

Provides quick and appropriate feedback. – Corporate and M&A 

Swift responses and adoptable solutions. – Corporate and M&A 

They sincerely treated our requests with care and always tried their best. – Intellectual property 

Excellent professionalism. – Labour and employment 

On time and client-oriented. – Labour and employment 

Lee & Ko presented various evidence to the court in a recent severance pay lawsuit and helped us win the first lawsuit by unfolding appropriate legal logic. – Labour and employment 

It has at least two of the top-of-the-nation lawyers in data protection and privacy, and their legal advice and opinions have great authority, even in the government. The way they present their advice and opinions is very professional, and of the topmost quality in the country. So, whenever I need a truly trustworthy piece of legal advice or opinion, Lee & Ko is the first choice, no matter what. – Privacy and data protection 

Top talent lawyers with a committed attitude. – Private equity 

Dedicated legal service. – Shipping 

The team’s attitude is professional and sincere, and its legal advice is very practical. – Tax 

Woojin Choi 

Provides dedicated legal advice. 

Byong Ki Chung 

Due to his help, the result of the case looks positive and we expect a fair amount of reduction of the compensation damage cost, which is in favour of our firm financially. 

Chang Soo Jin 

“Client-oriented. 

Kyungchun Kim 

Excellent service, swift responses, and an understanding of the client's business. 

Hwang Kyoung Ko 

He is the single most knowleageable and good-mannered lawyer in the data protection and privacy field. His expertise encompasses finance, privacy, intellectual property, criminal justice related to privacy, and others. 

Myoung Chul Kwak 

Offers reasonable solutions based on his wide experience. 

Jung Won Kwon 

I have worked with her for a couple of merger filings in recent years. She is very good at drafting and filing the report even when the information given is not quite organised and sufficient. Due to her understanding of the business and great communication skills with case-handlers, we got swift clearance from the KFTC every time she assisted us. 

Ho Joon Moon 

Ho Joon is the most trusted legal counsel among all the lawyers I have known so far. He has great depth of experience in M&A and corporate legal matters and has been recognised by many global private equity clients, including ourselves. He also has great sense of collaboration with any other legal firms due to his sincere and all-rounded personality. He is focused and really puts his hands on real issues. 

Keum Nang Park 

She corresponded perfectly to our needs in all aspects of work. 

Jay Shim 

Professional in legal knowledge combined with tax. His legal advice and solutions are very practical and helpful. The attitude from the lawyer is very sincere and trustworthy. 

Hyunseok Song 

Excellent management. 

He has been doing a lot of research in the field of labour law. He understands the characteristics of the company well, provides data tailored to companies like our company, and has excellent communication skills. He also performs well in lawsuits. 

Yongjoon Yoon 

He has deep knowledge in both the law and business sectors, and, with his various experiences, always suggests satisfactory problem-solving solutions. 

 

Work highlights 

Acted for the Republic of Korea on its 700 million zero coupon notes and $625 million 1.000% notes issuance. 

Advised Hana Bank on 500 million covered bonds due 2026 issued under $5 billion Global Covered Bond Programme.  

Represented SK Battery America on its issuance of $300 million 1.625% Guaranteed Green Notes due 2024 and $700 million 2.125% Guaranteed Green Notes due 2026 guaranteed by SK Innovation.  

Key clients 

Cheil Electric, KB Securities, Korea Development Bank, Korean Southern Power, POSCO, The Export-Import Bank of Korea

 
Shin & Kim

Shin & Kim maintains its esteemed reputation in the market across all areasPeers refer to the firm with respect and say that in recent years, the firm is furthering its visibility on matters and building on its historic strengths in capital markets and real estate. The firm boasts a 12-partner strong team dedicated purely to capital markets, one of the largest among all Korean law firms, and runs its IPO and structured finance teams separately under the capital markets wing. The banking team welcomed three senior lawyers, partner Hyun Woo Kim from Standard Chartered Securities Korea where he was its head of legal and compliance, senior foreign attorney John JungKyum Kim from Lee & Ko and senior advisor Juhyung Lee from Hana Bank. The dispute resolution group was bolstered significantly with the hiring of 11 new partners and senior advisors. This was in addition to the 10 partner promotions from March, 2021. The IP team also experienced growth with the joining of three new team members, including one partner, and the promotion of three to partnership. Corporate specialist and partner Chang-Weon Rhee was welcomed back to the firm from his role as GC of Citibank. Finally, the tax team welcomed a spate of six new joiners, ranging from an international tax partner to transfer pricing specialists.


Work highlights 

Acted for ESR Kendall Squire REIT on its IPO on the KOSPI Market of the Korea Exchange.  

Advised VAIV Company on its successful IPO and listing on the Korea Stock Exchange.  

Represented SK Bioscience on its IPO and listing on the Korea Stock Exchange. The issuer is the world’s largest production base of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.  

Key clients 

KB Securities, Macquarie Korea Asset Management, Shinhan Financial Group, SK HynicTongyang Life Insurance

 
Yoon & Yang

Yoon & Yang is a premier choice for all corporate and financial law areas, notably in the competition, technology and telecommunications, dispute resolution, employment and regulatory areasThe firm works with large international and domestic clients from all industries and sectors. This year, it moves up in the insurance and construction tables. Duk Mo Chung, Hoil Yoon and Sang Hoon Park are managing partners and vaunted experts in litigation, competition and employment, respectively. The capital markets team grew significantly in the past year with the hiring of six senior lawyers including partners and a senior foreign attorney from Kim & Chang and Yulchon, and two from the Korea FSS and Korea Exchange. Banking and finance, and infrastructure specialist Joon Man Shim departed for Shin & Kim last year. The corporate team experienced a boost with the hiring of three senior attorneys from SK Group, Kim & Chang and Flexre Group, and partner Geunbae Park from Hanwha DefenseSimilar to the other large domestic firms, the dispute resolution group hired 13 to join its ranks as partners, most specialising in litigation and white collar crime. International arbitration specialist Henry Shyn was hired from GE Korea, where he was its GC.

Client feedback 

They have controlled all the legal fees which occur in US Law firm and are experts with e-discovery. – Construction 

M&A Attorneys at Yoon & Yang are relatively young, and as a result are more passionate to foresee unexpected issues. They are not reluctant to provide innovative solutions based on their in-depth knowledge and experience in the M&A fields. In addition, they have good communication skills so they have been resolving complicated issues more smoothly whenever the issue comes up. – Corporate and M&A 

Yoon & Yang is one of the top law firms in Korea and my impression of it has been all positive. Its specialty and professionalism in the fields of international transactions and arbitrations are very satisfactory to our company. The firm's client service and efficiency are excellent in every aspect. – Corporate and M&A 

They are dedicated and efficient, and the quality of service and work is better than other top firms that are likely to charge higher fees. Their strong track record and keen market understanding in the real estate and construction markets, and the related regulations were very helpful. – Corporate and M&A 

As an M&A expert in Korea, I believe it is important to work with experts who have various backgrounds when I handle M&A deals. Comprising accountants, tax attorneys and foreign attorneys as well as Korean attorneys, I believe that Yoon & Yang's one-stop advice is second to none in the Korean M&A market. In addition, Yoon & Yang's M&A attorneys have good negotiation skills and high level of industry knowledge so that I could close the M&A deals successfully. It is always impressive that they come up with fast and effective responses to the complicated legal issues. Therefore, I will continue to retain Yoon & Yang in the future. – Corporate and M&A 

First of all, with respect to advising on the company's key management issues, we think that Yoon & Yang's strengths are : (i) accurate understanding of our needs; and (ii) best solution offerings based on their deep understanding of our business operations. As to the SIAC arbitration case, we are impressed by Yoon & Yang's following expertise: (i) formulating strategies by accurately analysing the facts, and weighing the positives and negatives of relevant issues; and (ii) conducting hearings and cross-examinations. Based on such capabilities, our company was able to persuade the arbitration tribunal to dismiss our case. Regarding the areas of anti-trust anfair trade, we think they are extreme helpful enabling us to comply with relevant laws and regulations through : (i) swiftly identifying regulatory trends of authoritative bodies; and (ii) providing as-needed advice on necessary issues for legal compliance. – Dispute resolution 

They are responsive and provide helpful input. – Dispute resolution 

Partner Chan Keun Park, who is our main contact for labour matters at Y&Y,  always provides us with very accurate and up-to-date legal advice, even on a very short notice. In addition, based on the long and stable relationship with our company, Chan Keun Park is already very knowledgeable of our HR system & policy, which not only saves us a lot of time to explain the case each time, but also helps him come up with very relevant & actionable solutions. – Labour and employment 

 

Kyung In Jung 

As an outside counsel for our company, Mr. Jung provides insight on key legal issues. In particular, he is a problem solver by getting legal professionals from Yoon & Yang ready, considering who has the necessary background and qualifications to handle various legal problems that tend to occur by nature for large entities. 

Kayoung Kim 

Our experience with Ms. Kayoung Kim is very satisfactory. She has strong communication skills and always provides accurate solutions. She is very detailed and diligent. 

Kayoung Kim is a diligent lawyer who puts her top priority on satisfying our company's legal needs. Her responses are very efficient and quick. 

Myung-Ahn Kim 

Very responsive and client-oriented. 

She is an excellent senior lawyer specialising in international arbitration and various international dispute resolution matters. She has impressive legal knowledge and excellent advocacy skills. In one of our arbitration cases, Ms. Kim acted as the lead counsel responsible for oral advocacy and written submissions, both of which were thoroughly the first-rate! I sincerely believe she is well-suited for leadership in the industry and I recommend her highly for a first tier ranking by Asialaw. 

Sung Jin Kim 

Mr. Sung-Jin Kim is very satisfactory. Especially, he has ample experiences in M&A transactions in almost all the industries. Based on his experiences, Mr. Kim always suggests innovative solutions that satisfies our expectations. 

Sung-Jin Kim, the leader of Yoon & Yang's M&A team, has abundant, hands-on experience in M&A transactions. Based on his extensive knowledge in M&A transactions, he provides creative and practical solutions. 

Chan-Keun Park 

Partner Chan Keun Park, who is our main contact for labour matters, always provides us with very accurate and up-to-date legal advice, even on very short notice. In addition, based on the long and stable relationship with our company, Mr. Park is already very knowledgeable of our HR system & policy, which not only saves us a lot of time to explain the case but also helps him come up with very relevant and actionable solutions. 

Dae Sagong 

Dae is one of the most dedicated, quick and reliable lawyers I've worked with in Korea in the past five-plus years. He provides clear answers to our questions with a good analytical approachwhich often is lacking in Korea-trained lawyers, and grasps the commercial intentions well and quickly. We have given him extremely demanding deadlines but he made them happen, and if it was practically impossible, he would keep us apprised of the status so we could  plan for contingencies. He has a strong ownership of the deals he works on and keeps track of status and deal progress himself, which tremendously helps internal lawyers like myself with dozens of projects to handle at once. When I am on a project with Dae, I can entirely rely on him to update and chase me about that project as needed even when I am swamped with other work. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised the Export-Import Bank of Korea on its issuance of $900 milion and 500 million bonds.  

Advising issuer Avellino Lab USA on its IPO in Korea. 

Represented smart financial platform Finger on its listing on the KOSDAQ market.  

Acted for IBM Global Financial Korea on its securitisation of receivables provided by IBM affiliates.  

Key clients 

Busan Bank, CCS Chungbuk Cable TV Systems, Korea Investment & Securities, Kyobo Life Insurance 

 
Yulchon

Yulchon secures its berth in the ‘Outstanding’ bands for competition, litigation, private equity and tax this year. It climbs up the rankings in the aviation and shipping, and insurance practices. Its famed dispute resolution practice has over 250 professionals and keeps apace with an evolving market, creating new disputes practice areas that are novel and innovative. The banking and finance team grew with the hiring of four new partners and a senior advisor from Lee & Ko, the FSS, Kim & Chang and Coupang. The competition team was also boosted with the hire of three new partners and two senior advisors from the KFTC, Bae Kim & Lee, the National Assembly, the Ministry of the Environment and Class. The disputes group lost partners Tae Kyun Kim, Eun Jae Park and Hyung Keun Lee, who left for WeAdvise Law, Lotte Corporation and Kim & Chang, respectively, but also welcomed five new partners. They joined from the Seoul Eastern District Court, the Supreme Court of Korea, Lee & Ko, O’Melveny & Myers, and the Seoul Eastern District Prosecutor’s Office. The corporate team expanded by eight partners and one senior advisor, including partner Sung You Choi from Lee & Ko and partner Jong Kwon Ryoo from Bae Kim & Lee. Five senior lawyers joined the tax group, while two left for Deloitte and the Supreme Court of Korea.  

Client feedback 

The firm’s in-depth legal advice, business focus, and smooth communications with clients regarding urgent deal contracts produce the best results in our contracts with the other party. – Banking and finance 

Responsive and efficient. – Competition and antitrust 

Has expert members who provide quick feedback, including solutions. – Competition and antitrust 

Excellent legal expertise and technical knowledge combined with commercial awareness and political savviness. – Competition and antitrust 

Lawyers have a high knowledge and are experts in the field. – Competition and antitrust 

Yulchon gave appropriate advice and solutions. – Competition and antitrust 

They are a top-tier Korean law firm and have an excellent M&A team that is well respected by the players in the market. They are experienced and efficient. – Corporate and M&A 

They gave lots of advice based on previous similar cases and it worked well. – Intellectual property 

Fast, accurate and active. – Intellectual property 

They are moving fast in the changing legal environment and understanding the needs of their customers. – Labour and employment 

Fast response and very professional reports. – Labour and employment 

They are experts in tax, and their writing skills are superb so that the court can accept our case. – Tax 

Lawyers have ample expertise and extensive experience. – Tax 

 

Cecil Saehoon Chung 

He has excellent legal and commercial advice. 

“He is an expert in antitrust, is easy to contact and has a strong international network.” 

Ki Young Kim 

Rapid feedback and best results based on experience in existing industries even in urgent requests for advice. 

Soojung Lee 

She understood very well about our situation, and shared her experience and knowledge for our solution. 

Yung Sang Lee 

He can catch the point of the matter precisely and gives perfect solutions. 

Hyeong Joo Lim 

I am sure that he is one of the best IP lawyers because of his speciality, good communication skills, and general personality. 

Young Suk Oh 

He has strong expertise and extensive experience. 

Jae Woo Park 

Keen enthusiasm to finish the project and provides feedback well. 

He tries to find solutions to problems from the customer's point of view. 

Se Hoon Park 

His writing skill and expertise are excellent. 

Daniel Ye 

He is an excellent M&A lawyer who can get the deal done. He is experienced and knowledgable, and can at the same time be flexible to meet the client's needs. He is involved in the transaction from the beginning to the end, and is pleasant to work with. 

 

Work highlights 

Represented lead managers Mirae Asset Daewoo, JP Morgan, Korea Investment & Securities and Credit Suisse on the IPO and listing of SK IET on the Korea Exchange.  

Advising global TPA manufacturer Hanwha General Chemical on its IPO in the latter half of 2021.  

Acted for KB Financial Group on its strategic partnership with The Carlyle Group and its issuance of exchangeable bonds 

Key clients 

Bond Capital Management, IMM Investment, Shinhan Financial Group, Tempus PartnersYisang No. 1 Private Equity Fund 

 
Competition/antitrust
Jipyong

Jipyong is a well-rounded firm that offers representation across all major practice areas and core industries. The firm’s competition and labour and employment practices are highly regarded by peers and clients. Managing partner and labour specialist Ji Hyung Kim is widely-respected in the market, noted as a pillar of industry by peers for his extensive experience in this field. Gee Hong Kim is a frequent lead partner in competition and antitrust cases, and many of the firm’s top M&A matters last year featured corporate partners Cheol Jeong and Min Shin. The equity capital markets practice has an impressive resumé as issuer’s counsel on numerous listings, including those for SK Biopharmaceuticals and Kakao GamesThe firm has invested heavily in the growth of its real estate practice, with its hiring of twelve senior attorneys from Nexus Law Group in May 2020. The firm is deepening its regional footprint with on-the-ground operations in a number of emerging markets such as Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.  

Client feedback 

Its lawyers provide decent comments and are quick to respond.”  – Dispute resolution  

Jinhee Kim 

I appreciate their responsiveness and deep analysis. 

 

Work highlights 

Represented a Korean steel company in KFTC investigation and review process regarding a steel scrap collusion matter.  

Acted for the SPC Group and its management in their response to the criminal investigation and administrative proceedings in connection with unfair supporting practice of South Korea’s largest bakery company. 

Engaged by Naver Corporation for the KFTC’s investigation into its alleged abuse of market dominance. If found guilty, the penalty is expected to be in the tens of billions of Korean won and Naver may neeed to change its corporate structure pursuant to the regulator’s disposition.  

Key clients 

Daewoo, Grifols, Hyundai, KFTC, Samsung Display, SK Holdings

 
Kim & Chang

Athe largest and most dominant full service law firm in Korea, Kim & Chang needs no introduction. It remains unchallenged across the board, maintaining its ‘Outstanding’ ranking in all practice areas and sectors. It is a veritable first-choice firm for many international multinationals, brands and domestic conglomeratesIts sheer size allows the firm to house multiple top-notch specialists in every niche area of legal practice and push the boundaries of innovation with landmark and sizable matters. The competition team welcomed talent from the National Court Administration of Korea, KFTC, Shin & Kim, Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office and the Seoul Central District Court. Two former team members went in-house to SK Hynix and Naver.The firm’s disputes pillar gained 12 additional lawyers from various courts and peer firms, while the intellectual property group boosted its numbers by sevenTwo TMT specialists and one disputes lawyer departed for Coupang.

Client feedback 

The firm has a client-focused mindset, broad coverage of areas, is readliy accessible, and has a great reputation. – Banking and finance 

It has professionals related to not only international laws but Korean laws and practices. – Banking and finance 

Good understanding and ability in global business, especially good at communication in English. – Competition and antitrust 

They have the most profound insights on the issues they have worked for. – Competition and antitrust 

Kim & Chang had an army of professionals in all areas where we neededand any company would needadvice for. Its professionals not only understand the regulations well but also had a deep understanding of the authority's focus and direction. The team’s advice was more than pragmatic, which made it very easy for our internal decision makers to decide. – Competition and antitrust 

They consider various dimensions. They give us comprehensive advice so I don't need to worry about skipping something important. – Competition and antitrust 

Their expertise is far superior to other law firms. – Competition and antitrust 

It has specialist international arbitrationdispute resolutionconstruction and infrastructure work. – Construction 

The lawyers have a good command of the English language and understanding of international clients. They provide practical and prompt advice. – Corporate and M&A 

Kim & Chang  gave us very helpful and effective advice on our recent arbitration in aspects of legal principle as well as business strategy. – Dispute resolution 

Attorneys at Kim & Chang brought their in-depth understanding of the laws, practices, and procedures of an international arbitration litigation, achieving a positive result in the case. – Dispute resolution  

It retains various industry experts. – Dispute resolution 

As we do not have in-house lawyers, we have to heavily depend on legal services from Kim & Chang to handle this case. The firm provided professional legal advice with a step-by-step approach and prepared professional reasoning documentationFinally we could win the case and protect our company’s reputation. – Dispute resolution 

Very responsiveaccessible, and providing well-thought advice. – Dispute resolution 

They understand well what the client needs, and knows how to take a very pragmatic and commercial approach to assist in resolving disputes favourably. – Dispute resolution 

Kim & Chang has a great deal of experience in the field our company specialises in. It has been working with us for quite a long time and knows exactly what the client's needs are. – Dispute resolution 

It has the top talent in Korea and they give us practical solutions. – Dispute resolution 

The wealth of expertise around the table is unmatched by any other law firm in Korea. This provides exceptional quality of legal advice by the highly regarded experts in each field. – Dispute resolution 

They understand well the industrial background and our company's culture. – Energy 

Kim & Chang provides comprehensive legal advice including that on related issues and detailed regulations. – Insurance 

They are out-of-the-box strategists who understand that we, as a client, prefer to resolve infringement matters outside of court. They always come to a discussion with several options and alternative courses of action. They are on the cutting edge in the industry. For example, when we had questions about WeChat as an increasing infringement platform for our company they readily advised on the provisions of WeChat's takedown policies and our options. – Intellectual property 

The lawyers found key points and blocked an opponent's claim. – Labour and employment 

Helped us with the review of documentation to be filed to the governement and obtained favorable approvals for us. – Media and entertainment 

Lawyers are responsive, accurateprofessional, understanding of the client's needs and have good communication skills – Privacy and data protection 

The team had a deep understanding of the project and strong negotiation skills.” -  Real estate 

They are expert and service minded. – Regulatory 

The lawyers provided a detailed review with sufficient explanation. – Regulatory 

It is a leading law firm which provides excellent professional services not to mention their outstanding expertiseThe team are supportive and have high competency. – Regulatory 

It is a one-stop service for overall issues. – Regulatory 

It is proactive in identifying and catering to the client's needs, has unparalleled level of expertise in almost all fields of law, and has the ability to accommodate multiple work streams focusing on multiple issues. – Regulatory 

Kim & Chang is concentrated with industry-leading attorneys and a wide range of professional consultantsmany of who have been a part of government agencies. There is such a broad range of expertise to help companies navigate the complex regulatory environment of South Korea with much ease. – Regulatory  

The lawyers always demonstrate professionalism and expertise across various service areas. It is attentive to client's needs and the service quality mostly exceeds expectation. – Regulatory 

It has deep legal and local commercial expertise, takes practical approaches, and is responsive, collaborative, and flexible. – Restructuring and insolvency 

They always provide accurate and in-depth opinions on all kinds of shipping related issues and know well about the shipping business and practices due experience gained through various shipping cases. – Shipping 

It has professional knowledge related to tax law and plenty of human resources. It does an outstanding job when it comes to tackling international issues. – Tax 

They provide in-depth research, continuous updates, professional advice and strategy that identify and address core issues. – Tax 

They have a lot of experience in different issues, and have expertise in the areas they provide advice in. They provide creative ideas to complex legal issues which often brings the best results. – Technology and telecommunications 

Jae-Ho Baek 

He provides solutions and outstanding legal analysis. 

Keun-Ah Cho 

Abundant experience. 

Suhkyoung Cho 

He is extremely dedicated, efficient and provides timely legal support. He has excellent communication strategies and a great understanding of the overall industry beyond legal issuesHe  provides innovative solutions to complex issues. 

Yong Hoon Cho 

He is aways attentive to clients needs and delivers high quality solutions as a first line of contact for our company. He assembles strong team of experts to deliver high quality services, and is very accessible and responsive. 

Dong Shik Choi 

Excellent coordination and capable team support. 

Kyungsun Kyle Choi 

Good command of English and understanding of international clients. He gives prompt and practical advice. 

Myungsuk Choi 

Mr. Choi's knowledge on comparative law helps multinational clients easily understand local concepts and identify similarities and differences, enabling discussion and conversation with the client and not just relying on local counsel. 

Matthew Christensen 

Great industry knowledge and experience with positive can-do attitude. Good ability to get to the bottom of issues and produce a pragmatic solution. 

Byung-Suk Chung 

He has worked in the shipping arena over 40 years. Therefore, he always provides accurate and in-depth advice in time. He is easily approachable all the time. 

Ji Soo Jang 

Long-standing experience and has the right insights to resolve the issue. 

Has deep and comprehensive understanding of the industry and associated professional knowledge, engaged with suitable experts and demonstrated thoroughly with timely legal analysis. 

Jong-Won Jeon 

He is a leading lawyer who provides extensive effort which is evidenced by the high quality of the outcome. He provides excellent professional service, not to mention his outstanding expertise. He is a highly competent lawyer with great insight who can also be flexible and innovative with legal application and interpretation. He offers clear and succinct communications. 

Youngjin Jung 

He's excellent in every dimension. He has knowledge and skill, and organises the best team for regrading projects. 

Edward Kang 

Ability to deliver quality products. 

Han-Cheol Kang 

He rates highly for responsiveness, knowledge level, and communication skills. 

Hye Sung Kim 

I would say Ms. Kim's best attributes are her in-depth understanding of the laws and practices of the international arbitration and cross-border litigations under various jurisdictionsAlso her unparalleled commitment to her clients' needs and concerns on all levels of the dispute resolution process. 

Hye Sung is always very passionate on work and tries to fully understand relevant issues and core facts, which leads to a successful case. 

Ms. Hye Sung Kim has shown a great deal of devotion in the cases we have been working on.  Her in-depth knowledge on cases and legal expertise, have and continue to be an asset to us. 

Hyo Sang Kim 

Creative, well-versed in how to manage the relationship with government agencies and attentive to client's needs. 

Jay Kim 

Excellent communication skills, task management and advice. 

Jeong Kim 

Sincerity and diligence. 

Youngjoon Kim 

Good relationship and communication skills with clients. Professional attitude to competition and antitrust issues. 

Ann Kwon 

Excellent case strategy, communications, and quick matter resolution. 

Kyoung Yeon Kim 

Conducts detailed reviews by looking at various aspects. 

Hemi Lee 

Her advice is well-thought out, practical and clear. It really helps us to make decisions. Her communication is more than superb. I was a very picky and difficult client requesting tight deadlines, in-depth analysis and lean cost. She always exceeded my expectations. 

Hwan Beom Lee 

Comprehensive consulting. 

Hyo Je Lee 

Sincerity and diligence. 

Jae Bok Lee 

Provided detailed and practical solutions. 

Sang Woo Lee 

His professional knowledge helps set forth favourable strategies to clients. 

Seung Yi Paik 

Very responsive and accessible, and providing well-thought advice. 

Jong-Guk Pak 

He is extremely responsive and easy to talk to. He has a solid base in the healthcare industry and regulatory practice, and can suggest practical strategies and pointers quickly. He is very thoughtful in high-stakes cases. He is proficient in English so easy to engage for regional and global conferences. 

Great communications and knowledge. 

John Park 

He is readily accessible and gives prompt responses when needed. He provides practical solutions regarding difficult issues. He knows what the client needs and requires to solve matters that are extremely hard to tackle. 

Wan Bin Park 

Good communication skills and a positive, courteous and professional attitude. 

He is always friendly and supportive for any legal issues and topics, which leads to smooth and open communication so we can get the best solution for our company. In addition, when we request any demanding queries and requests, he truly works hard to meet our needs such as complimentary training sessions, this is really helpful for us and we are thankful for his support. We are maintaining very long-term working relationship, so we wish to continue this successful network. 

Chang-hee Shin 

Good relationship and management skills. 

Sangmyoung Shin 

He has great work background, especially in the field of banking and finance. His knowledge and experience in the banking sector are extremely valuable to advise lenders in financial markets. He was the first lawyer to work with genuine passion and commitment toward his job. 

Jung Keol Suh 

His capability as legal counsel is outstanding, even perfect. 

Kevin Todd 

Excellent communications, responsive, practical commercial approach, and able to explain complex legal concepts to the business team. 

Seung Jong Yang 

He is well-organised and has good skills interacting with coworkers. 

Yong Hoon Cho 

Good knowledge about the local market and related laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised global food delivery service provider, Delivery Heroin the Korean merger filing for its $4 billion acquisition of Woowa Brothers. 

Represented Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton in obtaining unconditional clearance from the Korea Fair Trade Commission for its acquisition of Tiffany & Co.  

Advised Booking.com International in the KFTC investigation into alleged use of unfair terms and conditions, and on its appeal of the KFTC's corrective order requiring the company to amend its terms of service. The team helped the client obtain a Seoul’s high court decision reversing the antitrust regulator’s corrective order. The KFTC has appealed the Seoul High Court’s decision to the Supreme Court. 

Assisted Danaher Corporation in the Korean merger filing for its acquisition of General Electric Company’s Healthcare Life Sciences Biopharma Business. 

Key clients 

Air Products and Chemicals, Hitachi, INEOS Group, Neptune Merger Sub II, Peugeot, Xperi Corporation 

 
Lee & Ko

An undisputed premier firmLee & Ko holds steady in the rankings as a foolproof choice for its impressive roster of offshore and onshore clientsIts renowned finance practice wins plaudits from peers and clients that acknowledge its frequent role representing lendersThe firm was elevated this year into the Oustanding tiers for labour and employment and real estateDespite a slowdown in the capital markets, Lee & Ko’s traditional dominance in the DCM space helped it maintain a steady flow of debt deals.  Managing partner Yong Seok Ahn is recognised for his corporate and competition expertise. The firm experienced the usual inflow and outflow of talent. Notable recent team movemements include capital markets partner Ryu Seung Won lateralling over from Kim & Chang in early 2021 and corporate partner Seung Hyo Baek being hired from DR & Aju. Competition counsel Moo Song Park joined from the KFTC, and antitrust partner Hyun Young Ju joins from the Supreme Court of Korea where he was a research judge. Competition partner In Seok Lee also moves into private practice from Daejeon High Court where he sat as a presiding judge. The dispute resolution group welcomed four new partners, all coming from range of courts and prosecutor’s offices. IP partner Terry Kim left to establish his own precious metals mobile platform, while IP specialist Heon Lee joins from the IP division of the supreme court where he was a judge. The tax team grew with 10 new hires.

Client feedback 

Lee & Ko is active in cases by appointing a number of skilled attorneys. This includes a separate economic analysis team in paricular, ensuring detailed analysis and swift response. – Competition and antitrust 

They have superior legal knowledge and various experiences on both domestic and overseas M&A cases, and their client-oriented and problem-solving attitude and earnest communication always gives us great satisfaction. – Corporate and M&A 

They are really responsive and diligent. Based on their abundant experience, they always provide high quality services at reasonable pricesThey are very trustworthy. – Corporate and M&A 

Provides quick and appropriate feedback. – Corporate and M&A 

Swift responses and adoptable solutions. – Corporate and M&A 

They sincerely treated our requests with care and always tried their best. – Intellectual property 

Excellent professionalism. – Labour and employment 

On time and client-oriented. – Labour and employment 

Lee & Ko presented various evidence to the court in a recent severance pay lawsuit and helped us win the first lawsuit by unfolding appropriate legal logic. – Labour and employment 

It has at least two of the top-of-the-nation lawyers in data protection and privacy, and their legal advice and opinions have great authority, even in the government. The way they present their advice and opinions is very professional, and of the topmost quality in the country. So, whenever I need a truly trustworthy piece of legal advice or opinion, Lee & Ko is the first choice, no matter what. – Privacy and data protection 

Top talent lawyers with a committed attitude. – Private equity 

Dedicated legal service. – Shipping 

The team’s attitude is professional and sincere, and its legal advice is very practical. – Tax 

Woojin Choi 

Provides dedicated legal advice. 

Byong Ki Chung 

Due to his help, the result of the case looks positive and we expect a fair amount of reduction of the compensation damage cost, which is in favour of our firm financially. 

Chang Soo Jin 

“Client-oriented. 

Kyungchun Kim 

Excellent service, swift responses, and an understanding of the client's business. 

Hwang Kyoung Ko 

He is the single most knowleageable and good-mannered lawyer in the data protection and privacy field. His expertise encompasses finance, privacy, intellectual property, criminal justice related to privacy, and others. 

Myoung Chul Kwak 

Offers reasonable solutions based on his wide experience. 

Jung Won Kwon 

I have worked with her for a couple of merger filings in recent years. She is very good at drafting and filing the report even when the information given is not quite organised and sufficient. Due to her understanding of the business and great communication skills with case-handlers, we got swift clearance from the KFTC every time she assisted us. 

Ho Joon Moon 

Ho Joon is the most trusted legal counsel among all the lawyers I have known so far. He has great depth of experience in M&A and corporate legal matters and has been recognised by many global private equity clients, including ourselves. He also has great sense of collaboration with any other legal firms due to his sincere and all-rounded personality. He is focused and really puts his hands on real issues. 

Keum Nang Park 

She corresponded perfectly to our needs in all aspects of work. 

Jay Shim 

Professional in legal knowledge combined with tax. His legal advice and solutions are very practical and helpful. The attitude from the lawyer is very sincere and trustworthy. 

Hyunseok Song 

Excellent management. 

He has been doing a lot of research in the field of labour law. He understands the characteristics of the company well, provides data tailored to companies like our company, and has excellent communication skills. He also performs well in lawsuits. 

Yongjoon Yoon 

He has deep knowledge in both the law and business sectors, and, with his various experiences, always suggests satisfactory problem-solving solutions. 

 

Work highlights 

Acting for Mirae Asset Group companies in an unfair intra-group transaction case. This case is significant in that it is the first case in which the KFTC applied the provision about intra-group transactions to a financial company.  

Assisted Korea Development Bank as a major creditor in the Korean Air and Asiana Airlines merger. 

Engaged by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Hyundai Cosntruction Equipment for a KFTC investigation into unfair trade practice issues and unfair trade charges.   

Key clients 

Celltrion, DL E&C, SK Telecom

 
Shin & Kim

Shin & Kim maintains its esteemed reputation in the market across all areasPeers refer to the firm with respect and say that in recent years, the firm is furthering its visibility on matters and building on its historic strengths in capital markets and real estate. The firm boasts a 12-partner strong team dedicated purely to capital markets, one of the largest among all Korean law firms, and runs its IPO and structured finance teams separately under the capital markets wing. The banking team welcomed three senior lawyers, partner Hyun Woo Kim from Standard Chartered Securities Korea where he was its head of legal and compliance, senior foreign attorney John JungKyum Kim from Lee & Ko and senior advisor Juhyung Lee from Hana Bank. The dispute resolution group was bolstered significantly with the hiring of 11 new partners and senior advisors. This was in addition to the 10 partner promotions from March, 2021. The IP team also experienced growth with the joining of three new team members, including one partner, and the promotion of three to partnership. Corporate specialist and partner Chang-Weon Rhee was welcomed back to the firm from his role as GC of Citibank. Finally, the tax team welcomed a spate of six new joiners, ranging from an international tax partner to transfer pricing specialists.


Work highlights 

Handled the KFTC merger filing on behalf of SK Broadband in relation to its merger with TBroad 

Acted for KEB Hana Bank in the KFTC's investigation into unfair trade practices during the process of purchasing ATMs. 

Represented CJ OliveNetworks in connection to its investigation by the KFTC. This was the regulator’s first investigation into a category killer for the alleged violation of the Act on Fair Transactions in the Large Retail Business Act.  

Key clients 

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Lotte GRS, SK Global Chemical, Qualcomm

 
Yoon & Yang

Yoon & Yang is a premier choice for all corporate and financial law areas, notably in the competition, technology and telecommunications, dispute resolution, employment and regulatory areasThe firm works with large international and domestic clients from all industries and sectors. This year, it moves up in the insurance and construction tables. Duk Mo Chung, Hoil Yoon and Sang Hoon Park are managing partners and vaunted experts in litigation, competition and employment, respectively. The capital markets team grew significantly in the past year with the hiring of six senior lawyers including partners and a senior foreign attorney from Kim & Chang and Yulchon, and two from the Korea FSS and Korea Exchange. Banking and finance, and infrastructure specialist Joon Man Shim departed for Shin & Kim last year. The corporate team experienced a boost with the hiring of three senior attorneys from SK Group, Kim & Chang and Flexre Group, and partner Geunbae Park from Hanwha DefenseSimilar to the other large domestic firms, the dispute resolution group hired 13 to join its ranks as partners, most specialising in litigation and white collar crime. International arbitration specialist Henry Shyn was hired from GE Korea, where he was its GC.

Client feedback 

They have controlled all the legal fees which occur in US Law firm and are experts with e-discovery. – Construction 

M&A Attorneys at Yoon & Yang are relatively young, and as a result are more passionate to foresee unexpected issues. They are not reluctant to provide innovative solutions based on their in-depth knowledge and experience in the M&A fields. In addition, they have good communication skills so they have been resolving complicated issues more smoothly whenever the issue comes up. – Corporate and M&A 

Yoon & Yang is one of the top law firms in Korea and my impression of it has been all positive. Its specialty and professionalism in the fields of international transactions and arbitrations are very satisfactory to our company. The firm's client service and efficiency are excellent in every aspect. – Corporate and M&A 

They are dedicated and efficient, and the quality of service and work is better than other top firms that are likely to charge higher fees. Their strong track record and keen market understanding in the real estate and construction markets, and the related regulations were very helpful. – Corporate and M&A 

As an M&A expert in Korea, I believe it is important to work with experts who have various backgrounds when I handle M&A deals. Comprising accountants, tax attorneys and foreign attorneys as well as Korean attorneys, I believe that Yoon & Yang's one-stop advice is second to none in the Korean M&A market. In addition, Yoon & Yang's M&A attorneys have good negotiation skills and high level of industry knowledge so that I could close the M&A deals successfully. It is always impressive that they come up with fast and effective responses to the complicated legal issues. Therefore, I will continue to retain Yoon & Yang in the future. – Corporate and M&A 

First of all, with respect to advising on the company's key management issues, we think that Yoon & Yang's strengths are : (i) accurate understanding of our needs; and (ii) best solution offerings based on their deep understanding of our business operations. As to the SIAC arbitration case, we are impressed by Yoon & Yang's following expertise: (i) formulating strategies by accurately analysing the facts, and weighing the positives and negatives of relevant issues; and (ii) conducting hearings and cross-examinations. Based on such capabilities, our company was able to persuade the arbitration tribunal to dismiss our case. Regarding the areas of anti-trust anfair trade, we think they are extreme helpful enabling us to comply with relevant laws and regulations through : (i) swiftly identifying regulatory trends of authoritative bodies; and (ii) providing as-needed advice on necessary issues for legal compliance. – Dispute resolution 

They are responsive and provide helpful input. – Dispute resolution 

Partner Chan Keun Park, who is our main contact for labour matters at Y&Y,  always provides us with very accurate and up-to-date legal advice, even on a very short notice. In addition, based on the long and stable relationship with our company, Chan Keun Park is already very knowledgeable of our HR system & policy, which not only saves us a lot of time to explain the case each time, but also helps him come up with very relevant & actionable solutions. – Labour and employment 

 

Kyung In Jung 

As an outside counsel for our company, Mr. Jung provides insight on key legal issues. In particular, he is a problem solver by getting legal professionals from Yoon & Yang ready, considering who has the necessary background and qualifications to handle various legal problems that tend to occur by nature for large entities. 

Kayoung Kim 

Our experience with Ms. Kayoung Kim is very satisfactory. She has strong communication skills and always provides accurate solutions. She is very detailed and diligent. 

Kayoung Kim is a diligent lawyer who puts her top priority on satisfying our company's legal needs. Her responses are very efficient and quick. 

Myung-Ahn Kim 

Very responsive and client-oriented. 

She is an excellent senior lawyer specialising in international arbitration and various international dispute resolution matters. She has impressive legal knowledge and excellent advocacy skills. In one of our arbitration cases, Ms. Kim acted as the lead counsel responsible for oral advocacy and written submissions, both of which were thoroughly the first-rate! I sincerely believe she is well-suited for leadership in the industry and I recommend her highly for a first tier ranking by Asialaw. 

Sung Jin Kim 

Mr. Sung-Jin Kim is very satisfactory. Especially, he has ample experiences in M&A transactions in almost all the industries. Based on his experiences, Mr. Kim always suggests innovative solutions that satisfies our expectations. 

Sung-Jin Kim, the leader of Yoon & Yang's M&A team, has abundant, hands-on experience in M&A transactions. Based on his extensive knowledge in M&A transactions, he provides creative and practical solutions. 

Chan-Keun Park 

Partner Chan Keun Park, who is our main contact for labour matters, always provides us with very accurate and up-to-date legal advice, even on very short notice. In addition, based on the long and stable relationship with our company, Mr. Park is already very knowledgeable of our HR system & policy, which not only saves us a lot of time to explain the case but also helps him come up with very relevant and actionable solutions. 

Dae Sagong 

Dae is one of the most dedicated, quick and reliable lawyers I've worked with in Korea in the past five-plus years. He provides clear answers to our questions with a good analytical approachwhich often is lacking in Korea-trained lawyers, and grasps the commercial intentions well and quickly. We have given him extremely demanding deadlines but he made them happen, and if it was practically impossible, he would keep us apprised of the status so we could  plan for contingencies. He has a strong ownership of the deals he works on and keeps track of status and deal progress himself, which tremendously helps internal lawyers like myself with dozens of projects to handle at once. When I am on a project with Dae, I can entirely rely on him to update and chase me about that project as needed even when I am swamped with other work. 

 

Work highlights 

Successfully defended Hyundai Steel in the KFTC’s cartel investigations of seven steelmakers.  

Advised United Technologies Corporation on its merger clearance prior to acquiring Raytheon Company.  

Representing Taekwang Industrial and 19 group affiliates in filing an administrative lawsuit seeking the annulment of administrative surcharges of KRW2.2 billion imposed by the KFTC.  

Key clients 

Dongbu Corporation, Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction, Hite Jinro, Sebang and Suhkang 

 
Yulchon

Yulchon secures its berth in the ‘Outstanding’ bands for competition, litigation, private equity and tax this year. It climbs up the rankings in the aviation and shipping, and insurance practices. Its famed dispute resolution practice has over 250 professionals and keeps apace with an evolving market, creating new disputes practice areas that are novel and innovative. The banking and finance team grew with the hiring of four new partners and a senior advisor from Lee & Ko, the FSS, Kim & Chang and Coupang. The competition team was also boosted with the hire of three new partners and two senior advisors from the KFTC, Bae Kim & Lee, the National Assembly, the Ministry of the Environment and Class. The disputes group lost partners Tae Kyun Kim, Eun Jae Park and Hyung Keun Lee, who left for WeAdvise Law, Lotte Corporation and Kim & Chang, respectively, but also welcomed five new partners. They joined from the Seoul Eastern District Court, the Supreme Court of Korea, Lee & Ko, O’Melveny & Myers, and the Seoul Eastern District Prosecutor’s Office. The corporate team expanded by eight partners and one senior advisor, including partner Sung You Choi from Lee & Ko and partner Jong Kwon Ryoo from Bae Kim & Lee. Five senior lawyers joined the tax group, while two left for Deloitte and the Supreme Court of Korea.  

Client feedback 

The firm’s in-depth legal advice, business focus, and smooth communications with clients regarding urgent deal contracts produce the best results in our contracts with the other party. – Banking and finance 

Responsive and efficient. – Competition and antitrust 

Has expert members who provide quick feedback, including solutions. – Competition and antitrust 

Excellent legal expertise and technical knowledge combined with commercial awareness and political savviness. – Competition and antitrust 

Lawyers have a high knowledge and are experts in the field. – Competition and antitrust 

Yulchon gave appropriate advice and solutions. – Competition and antitrust 

They are a top-tier Korean law firm and have an excellent M&A team that is well respected by the players in the market. They are experienced and efficient. – Corporate and M&A 

They gave lots of advice based on previous similar cases and it worked well. – Intellectual property 

Fast, accurate and active. – Intellectual property 

They are moving fast in the changing legal environment and understanding the needs of their customers. – Labour and employment 

Fast response and very professional reports. – Labour and employment 

They are experts in tax, and their writing skills are superb so that the court can accept our case. – Tax 

Lawyers have ample expertise and extensive experience. – Tax 

 

Cecil Saehoon Chung 

He has excellent legal and commercial advice. 

“He is an expert in antitrust, is easy to contact and has a strong international network.” 

Ki Young Kim 

Rapid feedback and best results based on experience in existing industries even in urgent requests for advice. 

Soojung Lee 

She understood very well about our situation, and shared her experience and knowledge for our solution. 

Yung Sang Lee 

He can catch the point of the matter precisely and gives perfect solutions. 

Hyeong Joo Lim 

I am sure that he is one of the best IP lawyers because of his speciality, good communication skills, and general personality. 

Young Suk Oh 

He has strong expertise and extensive experience. 

Jae Woo Park 

Keen enthusiasm to finish the project and provides feedback well. 

He tries to find solutions to problems from the customer's point of view. 

Se Hoon Park 

His writing skill and expertise are excellent. 

Daniel Ye 

He is an excellent M&A lawyer who can get the deal done. He is experienced and knowledgable, and can at the same time be flexible to meet the client's needs. He is involved in the transaction from the beginning to the end, and is pleasant to work with. 

 

Work highlights 

Defending Qualcomm as co-defenccounsel against the Korea Fair Trade Commission’s (KFTC) allegations of abuse of dominance in mobile communication technologies, first before the KFTC in its record-setting $920 million fine decision, then at Seoul’s high court and now before the Korean Supreme Court.   

Represented Woowa Brothers as its counsel for merger control clearance in its acquisition by Delivery Hero for $4 billion 

Acted for complainant eBay Korea in the KFTC’s Investigation of Naver’s abuse of dominance.  

Key clients 

Credit Agricole, Delta Airlines, Hanjin Transportation, Hanwha Machinery, Medtronic Korea

 
Construction
Jipyong

Jipyong is a well-rounded firm that offers representation across all major practice areas and core industries. The firm’s competition and labour and employment practices are highly regarded by peers and clients. Managing partner and labour specialist Ji Hyung Kim is widely-respected in the market, noted as a pillar of industry by peers for his extensive experience in this field. Gee Hong Kim is a frequent lead partner in competition and antitrust cases, and many of the firm’s top M&A matters last year featured corporate partners Cheol Jeong and Min Shin. The equity capital markets practice has an impressive resumé as issuer’s counsel on numerous listings, including those for SK Biopharmaceuticals and Kakao GamesThe firm has invested heavily in the growth of its real estate practice, with its hiring of twelve senior attorneys from Nexus Law Group in May 2020. The firm is deepening its regional footprint with on-the-ground operations in a number of emerging markets such as Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.  

Client feedback 

Its lawyers provide decent comments and are quick to respond.”  – Dispute resolution  

Jinhee Kim 

I appreciate their responsiveness and deep analysis. 

 

Work highlights 

Successfully represented the members of a housing redevelopment and development association in a preliminary injunction for confirmation of invalidity of the resolution to appoint a constructor for the redevelopment of a Busan project. 

Acted for KEPCO in a Supreme Court appeal against Gimhae City Government where the payment of settlement fees for an overhead power lines relocation to underground was sought. 

Represented the Seoul Metropolitan Government in a Supreme Court Appeal by Samsung C&T for the payment of overhead costs due to the extension of the construction period for the construction of Dongdaemun DDP Plaza.

 
Kim & Chang

Athe largest and most dominant full service law firm in Korea, Kim & Chang needs no introduction. It remains unchallenged across the board, maintaining its ‘Outstanding’ ranking in all practice areas and sectors. It is a veritable first-choice firm for many international multinationals, brands and domestic conglomeratesIts sheer size allows the firm to house multiple top-notch specialists in every niche area of legal practice and push the boundaries of innovation with landmark and sizable matters. The competition team welcomed talent from the National Court Administration of Korea, KFTC, Shin & Kim, Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office and the Seoul Central District Court. Two former team members went in-house to SK Hynix and Naver.The firm’s disputes pillar gained 12 additional lawyers from various courts and peer firms, while the intellectual property group boosted its numbers by sevenTwo TMT specialists and one disputes lawyer departed for Coupang.

Client feedback 

The firm has a client-focused mindset, broad coverage of areas, is readliy accessible, and has a great reputation. – Banking and finance 

It has professionals related to not only international laws but Korean laws and practices. – Banking and finance 

Good understanding and ability in global business, especially good at communication in English. – Competition and antitrust 

They have the most profound insights on the issues they have worked for. – Competition and antitrust 

Kim & Chang had an army of professionals in all areas where we neededand any company would needadvice for. Its professionals not only understand the regulations well but also had a deep understanding of the authority's focus and direction. The team’s advice was more than pragmatic, which made it very easy for our internal decision makers to decide. – Competition and antitrust 

They consider various dimensions. They give us comprehensive advice so I don't need to worry about skipping something important. – Competition and antitrust 

Their expertise is far superior to other law firms. – Competition and antitrust 

It has specialist international arbitrationdispute resolutionconstruction and infrastructure work. – Construction 

The lawyers have a good command of the English language and understanding of international clients. They provide practical and prompt advice. – Corporate and M&A 

Kim & Chang  gave us very helpful and effective advice on our recent arbitration in aspects of legal principle as well as business strategy. – Dispute resolution 

Attorneys at Kim & Chang brought their in-depth understanding of the laws, practices, and procedures of an international arbitration litigation, achieving a positive result in the case. – Dispute resolution  

It retains various industry experts. – Dispute resolution 

As we do not have in-house lawyers, we have to heavily depend on legal services from Kim & Chang to handle this case. The firm provided professional legal advice with a step-by-step approach and prepared professional reasoning documentationFinally we could win the case and protect our company’s reputation. – Dispute resolution 

Very responsiveaccessible, and providing well-thought advice. – Dispute resolution 

They understand well what the client needs, and knows how to take a very pragmatic and commercial approach to assist in resolving disputes favourably. – Dispute resolution 

Kim & Chang has a great deal of experience in the field our company specialises in. It has been working with us for quite a long time and knows exactly what the client's needs are. – Dispute resolution 

It has the top talent in Korea and they give us practical solutions. – Dispute resolution 

The wealth of expertise around the table is unmatched by any other law firm in Korea. This provides exceptional quality of legal advice by the highly regarded experts in each field. – Dispute resolution 

They understand well the industrial background and our company's culture. – Energy 

Kim & Chang provides comprehensive legal advice including that on related issues and detailed regulations. – Insurance 

They are out-of-the-box strategists who understand that we, as a client, prefer to resolve infringement matters outside of court. They always come to a discussion with several options and alternative courses of action. They are on the cutting edge in the industry. For example, when we had questions about WeChat as an increasing infringement platform for our company they readily advised on the provisions of WeChat's takedown policies and our options. – Intellectual property 

The lawyers found key points and blocked an opponent's claim. – Labour and employment 

Helped us with the review of documentation to be filed to the governement and obtained favorable approvals for us. – Media and entertainment 

Lawyers are responsive, accurateprofessional, understanding of the client's needs and have good communication skills – Privacy and data protection 

The team had a deep understanding of the project and strong negotiation skills.” -