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Yong Seok Ahn

Yong Seok Ahn

Lee & KoHanjin Building63 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-guSeoulKorea04532
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Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Recommended

National Leader

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Yong Seok Ahn of Lee & Ko gains recognition for his outstanding practice in the field. He is well acquainted with advising clients on white-collar crime and competition-related investigations.

Biography

Yong Seok Ahn is a managing partner at Lee & Ko since 2018. He is also in charge of competition law, M&A and general corporate practices at Lee & Ko.

Since joining Lee & Ko in 1989, Mr Ahn has represented many cases involving multinational companies, advising on matters relating to Korean competition laws including price fixing, merger filing, abuse of dominance and unfair trade practices before the Korean Fair Trade Commission. He has represented Korean Air, LG Chemical, LG Display, SK, Deutsche Bank, Samsung Electronics, Eukor Car Carriers, Cargill and many other large companies in global-scale competition law cases. In many of those cases, he acted for clients internationally, working with law firms in the US, Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia and other jurisdictions. Recently, he played a major role in the KFTC’s Qualcomm decision, in which SEP licensing practices by Qualcomm were found to be an abuse of dominance.

He remains very active in the field of M&A and foreign investment in Korea, and has represented many multinational corporations in their acquisition of Korean companies. For reference purposes, he has represented, among others, LG Electronics, Korean Air, Lotte, Electrolux, Disney, Ford, Wallenius Lines, Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Michelin, AXA, ITW, GE Healthcare, Pfizer, General Mills, Google, Hercules Chemical, Diageo, Microsoft, Elpida Memory and Oman Oil.

He has been recognised as a leading lawyer in antitrust and competition by Chambers Asia-Pacific since 2009; by IFLR since 2014; and by Asialaw since 2009. He served as an officer of the antitrust committee at the International Bar Association from 2012 to 2016. He has been a vice president of the Korean Competition Law Association since 2012.

He is a frequent speaker in international antitrust law conferences including IBA and ABA antitrust conferences.

He was admitted to the Korean Bar in 1985 and the New York Bar in 1995. He received an LLB from the College of Law, Seoul National University, in 1984; and an LLM from the University of Michigan Law School in 1995. He began working at Lee & Ko in 1989, immediately after serving as a legal officer in the Korean Navy (1986–1989). He is a member of the Korean Bar Association, the Seoul Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

Korea - Competition

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Yong Seok Ahn is a standout name in the field who frequently represents various clients before the KFTC on merger filings and cartel matters.

Biography

Yong Seok Ahn has been a managing partner at Lee & Ko since 2018. He is also in charge of the competition law, M&A and general corporate practices at Lee & Ko.

Since joining Lee & Ko in 1989, Mr Ahn has advised on many cases involving multinational companies in matters relating to Korean competition law, including price fixing, merger filing, abuse of dominance and unfair trade practices before the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC). He has represented Korean Air, LG Chemical, LG Display, SK, Deutsche Bank, Samsung Electronics, Eukor Car Carriers, Cargill and many other large companies in global-scale competition law cases. In many of those cases, he worked for clients internationally, working with law firms in the US, Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia and other jurisdictions. Recently, he played a major role in the Qualcomm case, leading to a decision by the KFTC that SEP licensing practices by Qualcomm were found to be an abuse of dominance.

He continues to be very active in the field of M&A and foreign investment in Korea and has represented many multinational corporations in their acquisition of Korean companies. For reference purposes, he has represented, among others, LG Electronics, Korean Air, Lotte, Electrolux, Disney, Ford, Wallenius Lines, Wilh. Wilhelmsen, Michelin, AXA, ITW, GE Healthcare, Pfizer, General Mills, Google, Hercules Chemical, Diageo, Microsoft, Elpida Memory, and Oman Oil.

He has been recognised as a leading lawyer in antitrust and competition by Chambers Asia-Pacific since 2009; by IFLR since 2014; and by Asialaw since 2009. He served as an officer of the antitrust committee at the International Bar Association from 2012 to 2016. He has been a vice president of the Korean Competition Law Association since 2012.

He is a frequent speaker in international antitrust law conferences including IBA and ABA antitrust conferences.

He was admitted to the Korean Bar in 1985 and the New York Bar in 1995. He received an LLB from the College of Law at Seoul National University in 1984, and an LLM from the University of Michigan Law School in 1995. He has been working at Lee & Ko since 1989, immediately after serving as a legal officer in the Korean Navy from 1986 to 1989. He is a member of the Korean Bar Association, the Seoul Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

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