Korea: Capital Markets 2019

In this chapter, 17 practitioners are recognised for their excellence in the capital markets arena. The expertise on offer spans debt and equity, transactions and structured finance matters.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Seong-Koo Cheong Kim & Chang, Seoul 
2. Hee Woong Yoon Yulchon, Seoul 
3. Seon-Jee Lee Kim & Chang, Seoul

Kim & Chang performs well this year with nine lawyers listed for their work in the field.
Seong-Koo Cheong is a leading lawyer in the Korean capital markets space. According to one commentator, “All the Korean in-house lawyers in the structured product and derivative practice would agree that Mr Cheong is the go-to lawyer for structured products.”
Seon-Jee Lee is an outstanding capital markets lawyer. Her practice covers a broad range of complex issues, and she has particular expertise in transactions, issuance of covered bonds and securitisation matters.
Bo-Yong Ahn is highly adulated by respondents who comment that he is “extremely detail-oriented” and “understands business risks better than investors”.
Ie Hwan Yoo is recognised for his stellar capital markets practice. One source remarks, “He always comes out with creative and seamless solutions when we encounter any legal issues.”
Myoung Jae Chung is well recognised in the Korean market for his extensive experience of handling capital markets issues spanning transactions, derivatives and securities.
Young Man Huh is a renowned capital markets lawyer who stands out for his strong expertise in the field. He is highly skilled in matters relating to IPOs, securities and other equity offerings.

Yulchon sees two practitioners recognised for their excellence in the field.
Hee Woong Yoon stands out as a leading name in the field of capital markets and is renowned for his profound knowledge of equity capital market issues.
Jin Kook Lee is widely recognised as an excellent capital markets lawyer who has strong expertise in IPO and equity capital transactions.

Shin & Kim also performs well and sees two practitioners listed here.
Kyung Hwa Moon is a highly skilled capital markets lawyer who provides expert advice on structured finance transactions to domestic and foreign financial institutions.
Sang Man Kim stands out among peers thanks to his expansive knowledge of cross-border domestic transactions and restructuring matters.

Two outstanding lawyers from Bae Kim & Lee are recognised in this chapter.
Hee Gang Shin is a well-recognised lawyer who is extremely knowledgeable on capital market-related transactions and restructuring matters.
Eui Jong Chung is a stellar capital markets lawyer with impressive experience in cross-border cases covering issues relating to acquisition finance and issuance of securities.

Yong Guk Lee of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton is very well regarded for his excellent work on complex cross-border securities offerings involving Korean institutions.

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