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Kim & Chang Breaks Own Market-leading Record with Top Firm and Individual Lawyer Rankings - Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018


In the 2018 edition of the prestigious legal guide, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Kim & Chang was the only law firm in Korea to receive top rankings (“Band 1”) across all 19 practice areas surveyed.

Our firm was also the only Korean firm to receive “Band 1” rankings in three firm categories—Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime; Intellectual Property: Patent Specialist; and Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT).

Additionally, our firm again continues to be regionally ranked for International Arbitration – Asia-Pacific Region (in “Band 4”). We were also recognized for our North Korea-related work by being ranked in “General Business Law – North Korea.”

On an individual lawyer/professional level, we broke our own record by five, having a total of 60 attorneys, patent attorneys and accountants be recognized as "Leading Individuals” across all surveyed practice areas.  17 additional professionals were also chosen as "Other Noted Practitioners."



Below are the details of our rankings:

Firm Rankings

South Korea ("Band 1" in All 19 Practice Areas)

  • Banking & Finance 
  • Capital Markets 
  • Competition/Antitrust 
  • Corporate/M&A 
  • Dispute Resolution: Arbitration 
  • Dispute Resolution: Litigation 
  • Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime 
  • Employment 
  • Insurance 
  • Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property: Patent Specialist 
  • International Trade 
  • Projects & Energy 
  • Real Estate 
  • Restructuring/Insolvency 
  • Shipping 
  • Shipping: Finance 
  • Tax 
  • Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) 

North Korea

  • General Business Law: Desk based Abroad in South Korea

Asia-Pacific Region

  • Arbitration (International): Band 4

Leading Individuals

South Korea

  • Banking & Finance: Young Kyun Cho, Hi Sun Yoon, Young Min Kim 
  • Capital Markets – Capital Markets: Young Man Huh, Chang Hyeon Ko, Myoung Jae Chung
  • Capital Markets – Securitisation: Hoin Lee 
  • Competition/Antitrust: Kyung Taek Jung, Sung Eyup Park, Youngjin Jung, Jay Ahn, Gene-Oh (Gene) Kim, Brian Tae-Hyun Chung**
  • Corporate/M&A: Kyung Taek Jung, Jong Koo Park, Young Jay Ro, Young Man Huh, Bo Yong Ahn, Jong Hyun Park**, Shin Kwon Lim**, Sun Yul Lee**
  • Dispute Resolution – Arbitration: Byung-Chol (B.C.) Yoon*, Eun Young Park, Liz Kyo-Hwa Chung, Kay-Jannes Wegner,  Richard Menard, Joel E. Richardson, Byung-Woo Im**
  • Dispute Resolution – Litigation: Sang Ho Han, Jin Yeong Chung, Jung Keol Suh, Hye Kwang Lee, Sun Seong Park**
  • Dispute Resolution – White-Collar Crime: Kook Hyun Yoo, Sung Gwan Chun, Dong Min Cha, Myungsuk Sean Choi, Seung Ho Lee, Byung Suk Lee, Hankyu Kim, Jae Don Sim**, Michael H. Yu**
  • Employment: Chun Wook Hyun (E), Weon Jung Kim, Wan Joo, Deok Il Seo, Jung Taek Park, Ki Young Kim**, Jong Chul Jung**
  • Insurance: Jay Ahn, Woong Park, Jae Ho Baek**
  • Intellectual Property: Jay (Young-June) Yang, Duck Soon Chang, Young Kim, Sang-Wook Han, Ann Nam-Yeon Kwon**, In Hwan Kim**, Seong-Soo Park**
  • International Trade: Juhong Kim
  • Projects & Energy: Young Kyun Cho
  • Real Estate: Yon Kyun Oh, Kwan Sik Yu, Keun Ah Cho, Jin Ho Song**, Heung Suk Oh**, David Pyun**
  • Restructuring/Insolvency: Jin Yeong Chung, Chiyong Rim
  • Shipping: Byung-Suk Chung, Jin Hong Lee, Chul-Won Lee 
  • Shipping – Finance: Hi Sun Yoon 
  • Tax – Tax: Je Heum Baik, Stefan L. Moller
  • Tax – Consultants: Woo Hyun Baik, Dong Jun Yeo, Dong So Kim, Im Jung Choi, Tae-Yeon Nam 
  • Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT): Dong Shik Choi, Min Chul Park 

North Korea

  • General Business Law: Eun Min Kwon 

About Chambers Asia-Pacific and Its Methodology: Chambers Asia-Pacific is an annually published guide to 41 legal markets in the Asia Pacific region by Chambers and Partners, a publisher of one of the most globally renowned legal directories. Chambers Asia-Pacific relies on in-depth interviews with key clients and lawyers in the market, assessments of recent works, and independent research to determine the leading law firms and legal practitioners in each major practice area in each jurisdiction of the Asia Pacific region.   


* A “Star” ranking is given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field.
** A “Other Noted Practitioner” (“Recognized Practitioner”) handles notable matters and/or has received some recommendation during the course of Chambers & Partners’ research.  However, they have not received a sufficiently high level of sustained recommendation to be included in the printed version of the Chambers guide. Instead, the “Other Noted Practitioner” category shows that these individuals are on the research radar.