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Terry Kim

Terry Kim

Lee & KoHanjin Building63 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-guSeoulKorea04532

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

National Leader

Korea - Franchise

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Terry Kim is described by peers as “the go-to lawyer in Korea” for franchise matters. He is well versed in advising on inbound franchise work as well as regulatory issues arising out of registrations.


Terry Kim is a partner (foreign legal counsel) in the Seoul office of Lee & Ko. He devotes his practice to franchising and distribution matters, in particular international franchising, licensing and distribution transactions. 

Terry is counsel to a number of high-profile US and foreign companies that operate brands across diverse industries, including food and beverages, retail and hospitality. In this capacity, Terry routinely provides on-the-ground insights into the Korean franchise industry, and practical legal and regulatory solutions to franchising in Korea, framed by the preferences and practices of a US-trained and licensed lawyer. 

In addition to his practice of law, Terry enjoys the intellectual rigour of speaking and writing. He frequently speaks and writes for the American Bar Association’s forum on franchising and the International Bar Association’s international franchise committee. He has been recognised as a leading expert in Korean franchise law and is the recipient of the prestigious John RF Baer Scholarship for International Civility and Professionalism, awarded by the American Bar Association’s forum on franchising.

Terry currently serves as an officer on the International Bar Association’s international franchising committee, and the international division of the American Bar Association’s forum on franchising. 

Terry is admitted to the Maryland State Bar, and speaks English and Korean fluently.

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