WWL are proud to highlight four outstanding firms for their impressive roster of market leading practitioners.
Kim & Chang
Full-service powerhouse Kim & Chang continues to display a strong presence in the Korean market, achieving an impressive 109 listings across 23 practice areas.
The firm proves itself to be a dominant player in competition law and sees 22 lawyers listed in our corresponding chapter. The team stand out for their excellence in antitrust-related compliance, cartel investigations, merger control, follow-on damages claims and vertical agreements.
Another area of strength for the firm is the corporate tax field, earning nine listings in our related chapter. These individuals are highlighted for their extensive experience advising clients on tax regimes, administrative proceedings and complex disputes. The labour & employment chapter also sees nine practitioners listed, distinguished for their expertise advising clients on a plethora of contentious and non-contentious workplace matters including compensation, benefits, collective bargaining agreements and terminations.
The firm further illustrates its full offering with eight inclusions per chapter in our arbitration, capital markets and M&A and governance offering.
Key figures at the firm include Matthew Christensen, who stands out for his impressive construction practice. Jung-Won Hyun, Gene Oh Kim and Youngjin Jung are widely recognised as stellar competition lawyers, while BC Yoon is renowned for his immense arbitration expertise. Chun Wook Hyun and Deok Il Seo earn acclaim for their profound understanding of labour and employment law.
Lee & Ko continues maintain an impressive position in the Korean legal market, excelling in this year’s research and entering 54 listings across 21 practice areas. With a presence in Seoul, Beijing, Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, the firm positions itself as a key player to service clients seeking advice in Asia.
Lee & Ko showcases its leading expertise in our Intellectual Property chapter with six outstanding lawyers included. They are recognised for their top-tier practice which spans a broad spectrum of issues, including strategy consultation, unfair competition, prosecution and trade secrets.
The firm is also acknowledged as a market leader in competition matters with five practitioners listed. Its practice sees the team guide clients through KFTC matters concerning price fixing, abuse of dominant positions and merger control work.
Lee & Ko is home to first-rate practitioners including Jung Won Park, a market leading specialist in the antitrust field with substantial experience in major transactions. Sun Chang is highly acclaimed for his top-notch IP practice which sees him focus on IP compliance and strategy consulting. Changsoo Jin excels in complex labour practice issues, while Robert Wachter and Dong Ha Kim distinguish themselves in arbitration and litigation respectively.
Bae, Kim & Lee
A pre-eminent player in the market, Bae Kim & Lee is a full-service law firm which enjoys a strong reputation, achieving an impressive 25 listings across 13 practice areas. With headquarters in Seoul and key overseas locations such as Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Dubai, the firm is well-suited to service clients across Asia.
The firm demonstrates a strong offering in Intellectual Property, where it sees four practitioners listed. Its clients include those operating in the technology and pharmaceutical industries. The firm’s practitioners are also experienced at in a wide range of IP-related litigation and have a strong trade secrets practice.
Bae, Kim & Lee also shines for its Data practice, which wins four listings. Its practitioners are well-versed in data privacy and security matters, including regulatory and compliance projects. The team advises start-ups, major corporations and financial institutions.
Standout figures at Bae, Kim & Lee include Jung-hi Park, who is a go-to figure in the market as a litigator for complex IP disputes. Another impressive individual is Sangjik Lee, who is held in high esteem and recognised for his work with clients in the media and telecom sectors.
Top-tier Korean law firm Yulchon enjoys a prominent position in the domestic market, securing 19 listings across 10 different practice areas.
The firm performs well in the competition space, with four of its lawyers earning a listing for their stellar work representing clients in abuse of dominance, merger review and other complex matters.
The firm also excels in capital markets, labour and employment and private funds, achieving three nominations in each corresponding chapter.
Standout names at the firm include Sung Moo Jung and Cecil Saehoon Chung, who are commended for their profound knowledge of competition law. Geen Kim and Jin Kook Lee are highlighted for their expertise in capital markets transactions while Sang Wook Cho is a renowned figure in the labour and employment sector. Jin Kook Lee and Hee Woong Yoon are also noted for their top-notch work in the private funds space, where they excel in regulatory and fund management matters.