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Eunjai Lee

Eunjai Lee

Lee & KoHanjin Building63 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-guSeoulKorea04532

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Eunjai Lee is a “leading practitioner in the field of restructuring and insolvency”, adulate peers who note he is “especially well-known for his experience in cross-border matters”.


Eunjai Lee is a senior partner at Lee & Ko. He graduated from Seoul National University College of Law in 1983, and Seoul National University Graduate School of Law in 1989. He received his LLM degrees from the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and his JD from the University of Iowa College of Law. He is admitted to the Korean and the New York State Bars.

Mr Lee primarily practises in the areas of insolvency and restructuring; trusts; and international dispute resolution. Prior to joining Lee & Ko in 1995, he was a foreign associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He has represented major companies and financial institutions in restructuring and rehabilitation transactions. He is ranked in Chambers Asia.

As an expert in Korean insolvency law, Mr Lee has testified in various foreign courts and arbitrations involving cross-border insolvency cases, such as Hanjin Shipping. He was on the committee for amendment of the Insolvency Law, part of the Ministry of Justice. Since 2015, he has served as a member of the rehabilitation and bankruptcy committee of the National Court Administration (Supreme Court), which advises on judicial administration of insolvency law. He frequently lectures on the insolvency law and trust law for the Seoul Bar Association’s continuing education programmes, and at other institutions. He is an active member of the Insolvency Law Institute of Korea, the Korean Insolvency Law Association and INSOL International.

Mr Lee’s publications and presentations include: “Major Issues in the 2016 Corporate Restructuring Promotion Act” (BFL, 2017); “Commentary on the Trust Act” (2016); “Trust and Bankruptcy” (Business Law Review, 2016); “Comparison of Executory Contracts in the Rehabilitation Proceedings of Korea and the US” (Juris, 2016); “The Extraterritorial Application of the Debtor Rehabilitation and Bankruptcy Act of Korea” (Korean Journal of Insolvency Law, 2014); “A Discussion on Insolvency of Financial Institutions with a Focus on Banks” (presentation at the Korean Insolvency Law Association, 2013); “The Status of Creditors with Security Interest in Future Receivables under Korean Rehabilitation Proceedings” (Korean Journal of Insolvency Law, 2011); “Damages in International Investment Arbitration” (International Investment Dispute Study, 2009); “The Energy Charter Treaty and Bilateral Investment Treaty with a Focus on Umbrella Clauses” (presentation at a conference on law and policy for sustainable energy development, 2008); “M&A in Korean Bankruptcy Proceedings” (Asialaw M&A Review, 2005); and “Settlement Finality Protection Provisions under the Proposed Insolvency Act” (presentation at a conference for the proposed Insolvency Act, 2004).

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