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Top Tier in 18 Areas and 66 Individual Recognitions – Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020


Ranking “Band 1” (top tier) in 18 practice areas in the recently published Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020, Kim & Chang was again recognized as the most top-tier ranked firm in Korea.  In particular, we were the only Korean firm to receive “Band 1” in Dispute Resolution – White-Collar Crime.   We also continued to be ranked in Arbitration (International) – Asia-Pacific Region (“Band 4”) and General Business Law – North Korea. 

Additionally, we again received the most number of individual recognitions among Korean firms.  66 of our attorneys, patent attorneys and tax attorneys were named “Leading Individuals” and nine were named “Recognised Practitioners*.”  


Below are the details of our rankings:

Firm Rankings

South Korea (“Band 1” in 18 out of 19 practice areas surveyed for Korea)

  • Banking & Finance: Band 1
  • Capital Markets: Band 1
  • Competition/Antitrust: Band 1
  • Corporate/M&A: Band 1
  • Dispute Resolution – Arbitration: Band 1
  • Dispute Resolution – Litigation: Band 1
  • Dispute Resolution – White-Collar Crime: Band 1
  • Employment: Band 1
  • Insurance: Band 1
  • Intellectual Property: Band 1
  • Intellectual Property – Patent Specialist: Band 1
  • International Trade: Band 1
  • Projects & Energy: Band 1
  • Real Estate: Band 1
  • Restructuring/Insolvency: Band 1
  • Shipping: Band 1
  • Shipping – Finance: Band 2
  • Tax: Band 1
  • Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT): Band 1

North Korea

  • General Business Law: Spotlight Table 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, Ie Hwan Yoo, Yong-Seung Sun*
  • Competition/Antitrust: Kyung Taek Jung, Sung Eyup Park, Youngjin Jung, Brian Tae-Hyun Chung, Min-Ho Lee
  • Corporate/M&A: Kyung Taek Jung, Jong Koo Park, Young Man Huh, Young Jay Ro, Jong Hyun Park, Bo Yong Ahn, Shin Kwon Lim, Yun Goo Kwon, Sang Goo Lee*, Sun Yul Lee*
  • Dispute Resolution – Arbitration: Byung-Chol (B.C.) Yoon, Eun Young Park, Kay-Jannes Wegner, Joel E. Richardson, Byung-Woo Im
  • Dispute Resolution – Litigation: Sang Ho Han, Jin Yeong Chung, Hye Kwang Lee, Jung Keol Suh, 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, Michael H. Yu* 
  • Employment: Chun Wook Hyun, Weon Jung Kim, Wan Joo, Jong Chul Jung, Ki Young Kim*, Deok Il Seo* 
  • Insurance: Jay Ahn
  • Intellectual Property: Jay (Young-June) Yang, Duck Soon Chang, Young Kim, Sang-Wook Han, Seong-Soo Park
  • International Trade: Juhong Kim
  • Projects & Energy: Young Kyun Cho, Chang-hee Shin, Sangmyoung Shin
  • Real Estate: Yon Kyun Oh, Keun Ah Cho, Heung Suk Oh, Sang Min Lee, Jin Ho Song*, David H. Pyun* 
  • Restructuring/Insolvency: Jin Yeong Chung, Chiyong Rim
  • Shipping: Byung-Suk Chung, Jin Hong Lee, Chul-Won Lee
  • Shipping – Finance: Hi Sun Yoon
  • Tax: Je Heum Baik, Sang-Woo Lee
  • Tax – Consultants: Woo Hyun Baik, Tae-Yeon Nam, Dong Jun Yeo, Dong So Kim, Im Jung Choi
  • Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT): Dong Shik Choi, Min Chul Park

North Korea

  • General Business Law: Eun Min Kwon (Expert based abroad)

About Chambers Asia-Pacific:  Chambers Asia-Pacific is an annual guide to the Asia-Pacific legal market, and is compiled by the leading global legal publisher, Chambers and Partners.  Covering 36 jurisdictions, and surveying 19 practice areas in Korea, the guide ranked law firms and legal practitioners based on in-depth interviews with key clients and lawyers in the market, assessments of recent works, independent research and data analysis.


*A “Recognised Practitioner” handles notable matters and / or has received some recommendation during the course of our 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 our research radar.