Korea: Construction & Real Estate 2019

Twelve practitioners are highlighted in our guide for their work in the field. Their expertise covers the fields of both construction and real estate issues, and ranges from project financing and transactions to multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Kim & Chang is a prominent firm in the Korean market with four excellent practitioners listed this year.
Kwan Sik Yu is praised for his “rigorous legal knowledge” and his “understanding of a wide range of different transactions”. Clients praise his “ability to analyse potential risks and provide reasonable, commercial solutions”.
Dong-Seok Oh is a “very good lawyer” who runs a top-notch practice that sees him engaged in sector-related litigation and arbitration as well as providing advice on PPPs.
Another top name from the firm is Eun Young Park who is “very well known in the construction arbitration sphere” according to respondents.
Byung-Woo Im commands great respect from interviewees who highlight him for his deep understanding of international disputes relating to construction contracts and infrastructure projects.

Bae Kim & Lee is home to some of the country’s top names, four of whom are included in our guide.
Kap-You (Kevin) Kim is described as a “really strong lawyer” by market sources who laud him for his adept handling of international investor-state and commercial arbitration proceedings.
Seung-Hyeon (Alex) Kim “can always find solutions to questions relating to construction contracts” according to clients who credit his “deep understanding of the procedures regarding side operation and management”.
John Bang is “one of the top international arbitration practitioners in Korea” according to sources who state that he is “very impressive in complex cross-border disputes” in the construction space.
Matthew Christensen is “greatly professional, responsive and thorough in his thinking” according to impressed clients who note that he “understands the construction industry well and is especially diligent and capable on difficult technical matters”.

At Lee International IP & Law Group, Timothy Trinka is a well-established figure in the jurisdiction who garners high praise from commentators for his impressive handling of real estate financing, acquisitions and leasing.

Mike McClure at Herbert Smith Freehills is “known to be an expert in the area of construction dispute resolution” say respondents who consider him “a brilliant lawyer who knows how to get the job done”.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer’s Jun Hee Kim has a “wide-ranging practice that includes substantial work in construction and infrastructure disputes”. He is highly respected by peers who say that “he is well deserving of inclusion in the guide”. 

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

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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