Keum Sub Park is a highly regarded figure in the Korean market who has experience of practising in both Japan and Korea. His practice focuses on foreign investment matters, as well as litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Keum Sub Park is a partner and head of the Japanese and environmental practice groups at Lee & Ko.
Since joining the firm in 1998, he has accumulated extensive experience in complex corporate, trade and customs, and environmental matters. He has represented numerous Japanese and multinational companies involved in business with Korean companies on a wide array of issues including trade, transfer pricing, customs and other regulatory issues.
He recently represented Hanjin on a matter involving an application for the cancellation of the designation of a bonded area, and advised SK ENS and POSCO on value-added tax and surtax issues in connection with the importation of LNG gas. Other notable matters include, among others, Hanwha Group’s acquisition of Korea Life and Shindonga Fire and Marine Insurance; Ford Motor Company’s attempted acquisition of Daewoo Motors; Asahi Beer’s attempted acquisition of Jinro Soju; Columbian Chemicals Corporation’s acquisition of the carbon black business of Keumho Petrochemical; the establishment of a strategic joint venture by LG Nortel; a Japanese company in the claims relating to asbestos-related injuries; and a British affiliate of Gazprom Group on CER purchases.
His notable Japanese clients include Asahi Beer, Softbank, UCC, Brooks Brothers, Japan Alternative Investment, Nomura Securities, Mitsubishi Corporation, Nippon Express, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Seiko Epson, Orix, Sumitomo Chemicals, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Sumitomo Chemical Analysis, ASICS, Yamato Steel, Mizuho Securities, Panasonic, Mitsui Chemicals and AVEX Group.
Mr Park received his LLM degree in 2004 from the University of Minnesota Law School and his LLB degree from the Seoul National University in 1990. He worked for Nishimura & Partners in Japan as a foreign associate from 2004 to 2005.
Mr Park has been a member of the Korean Bar Association since 1998 and a member of the New York State Bar since 2005.