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“Tier 1” Ranking in All 15 Practice Areas – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021


With The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 awarding “Tier 1” ranking to Kim & Chang across all 15 practice areas surveyed for Korea, our firm once again became the only Korean law firm to win the highest recognition in all categories.  We also maintained our “Tier 3” ranking in the Asia-Pacific Regional International Arbitration category. 

The directory additionally recognized the expertise of our attorneys, patent attorneys and tax attorneys/CPAs in their respective practice areas.  Two members of our firm received the ranking “Hall of Fame” while 25 were named “Leading Individuals,” 12 as “Next Generation Partners” and two as “Rising Stars.” 

Below are details of our win this year.

Firm Rankings

South Korea (“Tier 1” in all 15 practice areas)

  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Banking and Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Arbitration
  • Labour and Employment
  • Projects and Energy
  • Real Estate
  • Regulatory Compliance and Investigations
  • Shipping
  • Tax
  • TMT

Asia Pacific

  • Regional International Arbitration: Tier 3

Lawyer Rankings

Hall of Fame

  • Corporate and M&A: Young Jay Ro
  • Shipping: Byung-Suk Chung

Leading Individuals

  • Antitrust and Competition: Youngjin Jung, Min-Ho Lee
  • Banking and Finance: Hi Sun Yoon, Young Min Kim
  • Capital Markets: Myoung Jae Chung
  • Corporate and M&A: Young Jay Ro, Jong Koo Park, Young Man Huh
  • Dispute Resolution: Jin Yeong Chung
  • Insurance: Jay Ahn
  • Intellectual Property: Young Kim
  • International Arbitration: Byung-Chol (B.C.) Yoon, Eun Young Park, Kay-Jannes Wegner, Matthew Christensen, Sae Youn Kim
  • Labour and Employment: Weon Jung Kim
  • Projects and Energy: Young Kyun Cho
  • Real Estate: Keun Ah Cho
  • Regulatory Compliance and Investigations: Kook Hyun Yoo, Ho-Keun Ryu
  • Shipping: Byung-Suk Chung, Chul-Won Lee
  • TMT: Dong Shik Choi
  • Tax: Byung-Moon Jung, Woo Hyun Baik, Tae-Yeon Nam

Next Generation Partners

  • Antitrust and Competition: Tae-Kyu Kang
  • Banking and Finance: Ie Hwan Yoo
  • Corporate and M&A: Jong Hyun Park
  • Insurance: Jae Ho Baek, Joon Young Kim
  • Labour and Employment: Hyun Jae Park
  • Projects and Energy: Claire (Mi-Jin) Kim
  • Real Estate: Sang Min Lee, Jin Ho Song
  • TMT: Seong-Hyeon Bang
  • Tax: Hae Ma Joong Kim, Sang Woo Lee

Rising Stars

  • Antitrust and Competition: Jung Won Hyun
  • Labour and Employment: Do Hyung Lee

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021:  A market-leading law firm directory for the region, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific is annually published by Legalease, a world-renowned UK legal media.  The directory conducts in-depth research and interview to publish law firm rankings in 25 Asia-Pacific jurisdictions across major practice areas. 


*Hall of Fame: Individuals who have received constant praise from their clients for continued excellence.