Korea: Competition 2019

In this chapter we highlight 39 exceptional competition lawyers for their work on an array of matters including cartel investigations, merger control, state aid and abuse of dominance.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Youngjin Jung Kim & Chang, Seoul
2. Jung-Won Hyun Kim & Chang, Seoul
3. Young Seok Ahn Lee & Ko, Seoul 
4. Sung Joo Yoon  Kim & Chang, Seoul

Kim & Chang performs extremely well in this chapter with 19 competition lawyers listed.
Youngjin Jung comes top of our research as one of the most prominent competition lawyers in Korea. He is highly adulated by respondents as “extremely knowledgeable of merger control rules” and “a strategic thinker with an acute talent on how to help clients”.
Jung-Won Hyun is lauded as an “excellent and responsive” lawyer who always “provides through advice on complex questions” and is “a pleasure to work with”.
Sung Joo Yoon possesses “excellent knowledge and experience” in the competition space, most notably when it comes to cartel matters, abuse of dominance and unfair trade practices.
Kee-Hong Chun is recognised as a leading name in the field of competition. He is “a great negotiator” who “works with enthusiasm to achieve his clients’ goals”.
Tae Hyuk Ko gains recognition for his outstanding competition practice. He provides a “detailed analysis of the facts” and is “meticulous in picking apart issues”.
Gene Oh Kim is “very prudent and has extremely good knowledge and experience” of competition-related merger control and transactional matters.
Maria Hajiyerou is praised by commentators for her “strong understanding of the principles behind the KTFC’s enforcement and regulatory approach”.
Seung Hwan (Miles) Chung is a “highly pragmatic and proactive” competition lawyer who is well versed in advising on abuse of dominance and cartel violations cases.
Sung Eyup Park “handles numerous antitrust cases and has excellent experience of the field” applaud peers who note his particular expertise in fair trade law matters.
Jay Ahn “has very good knowledge and experience in all antitrust issues”, particularly when it comes to abuse of dominance, cartel and merger filings issues.
Kyung Taek Jung “is a very prominent antitrust lawyer in Korea” who has in-depth knowledge of competition matters relating to complex cross-border transactions.

Yulchon sees eight outstanding practitioners recognised in this chapter.
Sung Moo Jung “has handled some extremely important antitrust cases in Korea” say sources who commend his experience in unfair trade and abuse of dominance matters.
Sung Bom Park is much respected for his work in the field of competition law. He has astute knowledge of issues involving merger control, cartels and abuse of dominance.
Sai Ree Yun is a well-recognised figure in the Korean competition market who represents a range of clients from large corporations to government agencies.
Soon Sik Ju impresses market sources who consider him a go-to name for competition matters, particularly those relating to fair trade practises.
Kyu Hyun Kim is a first-rate competition expert who “stands out among others” for his sweeping knowledge of cartel case matters and abuse of dominance.

Lee & Ko performs well with five excellent lawyers listed.
Hwan Jeong ranks prominently in the competition market thanks to his expansive knowledge of unfair trade practices, merger review and abuse of dominance matters.  
Yong Seok Ahn is a standout name in the field who frequently represents various clients before the KFTC on merger filings and cartel matters.
Jung Won Park is a highly sought-after competition lawyer who is regularly engaged in cases involving unfair trade acts and cartel investigations.

Bae Kim & Lee sees three lawyers recognised for their work in the field.
Seong Un Yun stands out for his top-tier competition practice. He provides excellent contentious and non-contentious advice to clients on cartels, business combination review and abuse of dominance.
Sang Hoon Shin is singled out by sources as a “very creative” lawyer who possesses “impressive knowledge and experience of M&A issues”.
Keum Seok Oh is recognised for his first-rate expertise in competition law, which spans a range of matters from merger control proceedings to cartel investigations. 

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