Partner/Head of Banking & Finance Practice Group

18th Fl, ASEM Tower, 517
Yeongdong-daero, Gangnam-gu
Seoul 06164


Distinguished Practitioner


South Korea

Practice area:

Banking and finance
Capital markets

Principal practice areas/industry focus: Corporate and finance, banking, capital markets, derivatives, financial regulatory, anti-money laundering, finance and securities litigation/dispute resolution

Career highlights:

As a head of the banking and finance practice group, Soonghee Lee mainly focuses on corporate governance, finance and securities related work. Mr. Lee is highly experienced in advising on financial regulations, anti-money laundering, capital market litigation and dispute resolution, and various transactions involving financial institutions, financial investment companies and listed companies in Korea. His expertise includes advising on financial investment instruments, including structured securities, such as foreign exchange derivatives, ELS and other financial derivatives, ISDA contracts, and the investigation and inspection of financial supervisory institutions. He has acted as lead partner for acquisitions of savings banks and Indonesian banks, and major financial derivatives-related disputes over KIKO, ELS and ELW on behalf of Shinhan Bank, Woori Bank, the Industrial Bank of Korea, Mirae Asset Securities and KDB Daewoo Securities.

He was recognised by Asialaw in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as a leading lawyer in capital markets and financial services regulatory and was also selected by Asialaw in 2020 as a distinguished practitioner in banking & finance and capital markets. He has been consistently named as a leading lawyer in capital markets by IFLR1000 from 2014 to 2020 as well as a highly regarded lawyer in Banking/Finance by IFLR1000 from 2017 to 2020.

He received his LL.B. from Seoul National University and his LL.M. from Cornell Law School, and is admitted in Korea and New York.

Asialaw Distinguished Practitioner 2021 in Banking and Finance, Capital Markets