Sang Don Lee is highlighted by market commentators as a "bright competition lawyer who gives pragmatic advice". They also note his "strong commercial mindset".
Sang Don Lee is a partner in Shin & Kim’s antitrust group. He has significant experience in various antitrust fields, including merger control and cartel.
Sang Don has been involved in approximately 50 to 60 merger filing cases each year while the average merger filing cases handled by the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KTFC) per year is approximately 600 to 700. Sang Don has represented clients in the most complex cases the KFTC has recently handled or is handling, including the Google/Motorola Mobility case, Applied Materials/Tokyo Electron case, SK Telecom/CJ Hellovision case, Linde/Praxair case, and SK Broadband/T-Broad case. Notably, he acted for Google as lead counsel when Google successfully obtained unconditional clearance to acquire Motorola Mobility and Linde as lead counsel when Linde successfully obtained conditional clearance to merge with Praxair from the KFTC. Given the foregoing, he is one of the top-ranked antitrust lawyers with the highest track record in advising clients on merger filings in Korea.
Sang Don has recently published numerous articles on antitrust issues in academic journals widely known and highly regarded among the Korean legal academics and professional practitioners. In particular, “Merger Regulation and Evaluation Standards of Anticompetitive Minority Acquisitions” and “Evaluation Standards of Anticompetitiveness of Non-compete Provision Ancillary to M&A Transaction” are the first and only written works in Korea on minority shareholding and non-competitive covenant respectively, and are regarded as having high academic and practical value.
Sang Don obtained an LLB degree from Seoul National University and an LLM degree from the University of Pennsylvania.