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Chan Ik Jang

Chan Ik Jang

Lee & KoHanjin Building63 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-guSeoulKorea04532

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WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Chan Ik Jang is a prominent individual in the construction sector is endorsed by peers for his wealth of expertise on housing development projects and project financings.


Chan Ik Jang has been a senior partner at Lee & Ko LLC, focusing on construction and real estate developments in South Korea. He chairs the firm’s top-ranked construction and real estate group, and is widely acknowledged as the most outstanding lawyer in the field, renowned for his unrivalled knowledge and experience regarding the industry.

Mr Jang has provided first-class legal services to clients in the construction and real estate sector for more than 20 years. He has represented and advised various construction market players, including major engineering and construction companies, investment and securities institutions, real estate developers and social overhead capital providers of Korea. His practice focuses on providing optimal and strategic solutions for complex legal problems stemming from reconstruction and redevelopment projects, private enterprise participation in social infrastructure projects, and other disputes regarding construction and engineering contracts such as defects, payments and permits or regulations required thereof.

His solid in-depth advice is sought by most major Korean engineering and construction companies whenever challenging situations arise. His expertise and reputation in this field particularly stands out when disputing parties, such as owners and contractors, privately agree to refer their case to Mr Jang for his final judgement – a situation that only rarely occurs for other attorneys in Korea.

Based on his extensive experiences in real estate and construction disputes, Mr Jang has given lectures at the Supreme Court of Korea (the Judicial Research and Training Institute), the Korean Bar Association, several universities and other influential institutions in the Korean construction market.

Mr Jang is consistently featured as an outstanding lawyer in many publications. He was ranked as a leading lawyer in the construction field by Asialaw 2013. Chambers Asia Pacific has named him as a leading individual since 2014. Client feedback provided to Asialaw Profiles in the 2019 research cycle praised his “extensive experience and knowledge about every corner of the construction field”, adding, “His advice is strong, persuasive and professional.” Mr Jang was ranked as a leading lawyer in the construction and real estate field by Legal Times 2017 (a local publication).

Mr Jang holds degrees from the Korea University College of Law (LLB) and Washington University in St Louis School of Law (LLM). He has authored a number of publications on construction and real estate practices that are widely accepted as leading textbooks amongconstruction litigators. These include Theory and Practice of Housing Redevelopment and Reconstruction Projects (2003, co-authored), The Building Act (2004, co-authored), Case Law on Housing Redevelopment and Reconstruction Projects (2004), and Practice of Housing Redevelopment and Reconstruction Projects (2009). He also served as a member of the editorial committee of LawnB (a Korean subsidiary of Thomson Reuters).

Mr Jang is licensed to practise in Korea, and speaks Korean (native) and English (fluent).

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