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Philippe LI Foreign Attorney (Admitted in Paris)

T.+82-2-3703-1380 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092
Philippe LI Foreign Attorney
Philippe LI Foreign Attorney

Philippe LIForeign Attorney (Admitted in Paris)

T.+82-2-3703-1380 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092 E.philippeli@kimchang.com

Areas of Expertise

Bio

Philippe Li is a foreign attorney who advises international clients conducting business in Korea and Korean companies conducting their projects in Europe and worldwide.

In recent years, Mr. Li has practiced both in Seoul and in Paris and has been involved in various prominent cross-border transactions and dispute matters for multinational companies.

Mr. Li began his practice in Seoul in 1991 as the first European licensed attorney in Korea. His practice includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and dispute matters.

His recent representative works include cross-border transactions in Korea, US, Europe and Africa in the automotive, construction, aerospace, defense and IT industries.

Prior to joining Kim & Chang, Mr. Li led the firm-wide Korea practice at Jones Day. He also assisted US, European and Korean companies in a broad range of cross-border transactions and dispute matters.

Before Jones Day, Mr. Li worked at Kim & Chang where he represented most of the CAC 40 French multinationals established in Korea and other European companies setting up in Korea through M&As, joint ventures, technology transfers, licensing, distributorships and agency agreements.

Profile

Experience

Member, Investment Management Committee, National Pension Service (2020-Present) 

Kim & Chang (2002-2011, 2016-Present) 

Jones Day, Paris (2011-2016) 

Chairman, French Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Korea (2005-2011) 

DW Partners, Seoul (1995-2002) 

Kim, Shin & Yu (1991-1996) 

Deputy Director, French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Korea (1990-1991) 

DS Avocats, Paris (1989)

Representative Mattersshow

  • Advised a global aeronautics and space company in the formation a major joint venture European aerospace company. 
  • Represented a global European defense company in the sale of its equity to a major Korean defense electronics company. 
  • Advised a Korean engineering and construction company in their successful bid for a USD 1.37 billion EPC contract to build two mega combined-cycle power plants in Algeria. 
  • Advised a major Korean IT company in its investment in a high-end French tech company. 
  • Represented a tier one automotive supplier in obtaining an ICC award against a company for breach of a joint-venture agreement and misappropriation of know-how. 
  • Represented a global chemical company in the acquisition of the combined 50% equity of other shareholders in a Korean automotive catalyst joint-venture. 
  • Represented one of the leading Korean asset management companies in an indirect acquisition of Tour So Ouest Plaza in Levallois-Perret (France) for EUR 473.8 million. 
  • Assisted the Korean Government in the establishment of a public utility foundation (Fondation reconnue d’utilité publique) used for the Korea House (Maison de la Corée) located in the Cité Internationale Universitaire of Paris. Provided advice related to the legal and regulatory framework for the management of the Korea House and the real estate related deeds and agreements between the Korean Government and the Universities of Paris. 
  • Assisted a consortium of Korean investors in a bid for the acquisition of a group of photovoltaic solar power plants located in France. 
  • Advised a consortium of Korean investors in a bid for the acquisition of infrastructures (LNG terminals) located in France. 
  • Assisted a retail company established in France in a collective termination for economic reason. 
  • Advised a European company in the course of an investigation by the Korea Fair Trade Commission for abuse of market dominance. 
  • Assisted a food retail company in the acquisition of a US company operating 1200 stores over 30 countries. 
  • Advised a specialty chemicals company in the sale of a land implying the demolition of a factory and decontamination of the soil to allow an urban development project by the buyer.

Representative Activitiesshow

Awards

  • Honorary Citizen of the City of Seoul (2010)
  • Knight of the French National Merit Order (2006)

Publications/Activities
    Recent Publications
     
    • Crisis Changes: Covid 19 Challenges for Organizations (Co-author, MA Editions, 2020.6.) 
    • Guide des Affaires Corée du Sud - Legal, Tax, IP sections (Business France, 2017.10.) 
    • Delivery (Yong In Media, 2017.3.) 
    • Acting IN Delivery Mode (Eyrolles, 2015.4.) 
    • To Get Rid of the Euro Crisis, the Need to Restore the Rule of Law (Les Echos, 2012.2.) 
    • How to Understand the New World (Le Figaro, 2012.1.) 
    • Facing Declinism, Let’s Have a Real Strategy Towards Emerging Countries (Le Figaro, 2011.4.) 
    • Now, It’s Time for Europe (Kyobo Publishing, 2010.2.) 
     
    Recent Speaking Engagements
     
    • Speaker, “Navigating the Expansion of Korea’s Class Action Law” (Federation of Korean Industries, 2021.3.) 
    • Speaker, “Data Privacy in the Era of COVID” Webinar (French Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2020.4.)
    • Moderator, France-Korea Business Leaders Summit in Paris (Co-hosted by Medef and KITA, participated by Moon Jae-In, President of the Republic of Korea, 2018.10.) 
    • Speaker, “Managing Opposites” in Lisbon (European HR Directors Circle, 2017.5.) 
    • Moderator, “Aerospace Forum” in Seoul (Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the Embassy of France in Korea, 2016.12.) 
    • Moderator, “France Korea 2015 Forum: the New Vectors of the Creative Economy” in Paris (Korean Chamber in France and the French Senate, 2016.10.) 
    • Moderator and Master of Ceremony, “Korea France Business Forum” in Paris (hosted by Medef and FKI, participated by Ms. Park Geun-Hye, President of Korea, 2016.6.) 
    • Speaker, “Capitalizing from Digital Disruption, a Digital Momentum for Korea” in Lisbon (European HR Directors Circle, 2016.5.) 
    • Moderator, “South Korea Seminar” in Paris (Business France and Creative France, 2016.3.) 
    • Moderator and Master of Ceremony, “Economic Forum, Strategic Partnership Between France and Korea” in Seoul (Hosted by Embassy of France in Korea, FKI, KCCI, KITA, K-Biz and Ahpek, participated by the Presidents of Korea and France, Ms. Park Geun-Hye and Francois Hollande, 2015.11.) 
    • Moderator, “France Korea Economic Forum” in Seoul (Participated by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Prime Minister of France, 2013.7.) 
    • Moderator, “France Korea Economic Forum” in Seoul (Participated by Francois Fillon, Prime Minister of France, 2011.10.) 
    • Prospects of the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement, 10th Meeting of the FKI-Medef Korea-France Businessmen’s Club (2011.5.) 
    • Master of Ceremony, “First A 380 Delivery by Airbus to Korean Air Ceremony” (2011.5.) 
     
    Featured in Le Figaro, le Monde, Les Echos, Challenges, l’Usine, Liberation, Le Monde du Droit, Korea Economic Daily, Chosun Ilbo, Donga Ilbo, Moonhwa Ilbo, Chosun Weekly, Donga Weekly, Joongang Daily News, France 2, France 24, KBS, MBC, Arirang TV, EBS, France Culture, Europe 1, RFI, Radio Classique, among many other media channels and publications.

Education

    Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne University (DEA in Civil Law 1988)

    Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne University (Master in Civil Law, 1987)

Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Paris, 1988

Languages

Korean, French and English

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Philippe LI
Foreign Attorney (Admitted in Paris)


T. +82-2-3703-1380      
F. +82-2-737-9091/9092
     


  




Philippe Li is a foreign attorney who advises international clients conducting business in Korea and Korean companies conducting their projects in Europe and worldwide.

In recent years, Mr. Li has practiced both in Seoul and in Paris and has been involved in various prominent cross-border transactions and dispute matters for multinational companies.

Mr. Li began his practice in Seoul in 1991 as the first European licensed attorney in Korea. His practice includes mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings and dispute matters.

His recent representative works include cross-border transactions in Korea, US, Europe and Africa in the automotive, construction, aerospace, defense and IT industries.

Prior to joining Kim & Chang, Mr. Li led the firm-wide Korea practice at Jones Day. He also assisted US, European and Korean companies in a broad range of cross-border transactions and dispute matters.

Before Jones Day, Mr. Li worked at Kim & Chang where he represented most of the CAC 40 French multinationals established in Korea and other European companies setting up in Korea through M&As, joint ventures, technology transfers, licensing, distributorships and agency agreements.






    Member, Investment Management Committee, National Pension Service (2020-Present) 

    Kim & Chang (2002-2011, 2016-Present) 

    Jones Day, Paris (2011-2016) 

    Chairman, French Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Korea (2005-2011) 

    DW Partners, Seoul (1995-2002) 

    Kim, Shin & Yu (1991-1996) 

    Deputy Director, French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Korea (1990-1991) 

    DS Avocats, Paris (1989)






  •   Advised a global aeronautics and space company in the formation a major joint venture European aerospace company. 
  •   Represented a global European defense company in the sale of its equity to a major Korean defense electronics company. 
  •   Advised a Korean engineering and construction company in their successful bid for a USD 1.37 billion EPC contract to build two mega combined-cycle power plants in Algeria. 
  •   Advised a major Korean IT company in its investment in a high-end French tech company. 
  •   Represented a tier one automotive supplier in obtaining an ICC award against a company for breach of a joint-venture agreement and misappropriation of know-how. 
  •   Represented a global chemical company in the acquisition of the combined 50% equity of other shareholders in a Korean automotive catalyst joint-venture. 
  •   Represented one of the leading Korean asset management companies in an indirect acquisition of Tour So Ouest Plaza in Levallois-Perret (France) for EUR 473.8 million. 
  •   Assisted the Korean Government in the establishment of a public utility foundation (Fondation reconnue d’utilité publique) used for the Korea House (Maison de la Corée) located in the Cité Internationale Universitaire of Paris. Provided advice related to the legal and regulatory framework for the management of the Korea House and the real estate related deeds and agreements between the Korean Government and the Universities of Paris. 
  •   Assisted a consortium of Korean investors in a bid for the acquisition of a group of photovoltaic solar power plants located in France. 
  •   Advised a consortium of Korean investors in a bid for the acquisition of infrastructures (LNG terminals) located in France. 
  •   Assisted a retail company established in France in a collective termination for economic reason. 
  •   Advised a European company in the course of an investigation by the Korea Fair Trade Commission for abuse of market dominance. 
  •   Assisted a food retail company in the acquisition of a US company operating 1200 stores over 30 countries. 
  •   Advised a specialty chemicals company in the sale of a land implying the demolition of a factory and decontamination of the soil to allow an urban development project by the buyer.





Awards

  •   Honorary Citizen of the City of Seoul (2010)
  •   Knight of the French National Merit Order (2006)

Publications/Activities

Recent Publications
 
  •   Crisis Changes: Covid 19 Challenges for Organizations (Co-author, MA Editions, 2020.6.) 
  •   Guide des Affaires Corée du Sud - Legal, Tax, IP sections (Business France, 2017.10.) 
  •   Delivery (Yong In Media, 2017.3.) 
  •   Acting IN Delivery Mode (Eyrolles, 2015.4.) 
  •   To Get Rid of the Euro Crisis, the Need to Restore the Rule of Law (Les Echos, 2012.2.) 
  •   How to Understand the New World (Le Figaro, 2012.1.) 
  •   Facing Declinism, Let’s Have a Real Strategy Towards Emerging Countries (Le Figaro, 2011.4.) 
  •   Now, It’s Time for Europe (Kyobo Publishing, 2010.2.) 
 
Recent Speaking Engagements
 
  •   Speaker, “Navigating the Expansion of Korea’s Class Action Law” (Federation of Korean Industries, 2021.3.) 
  •   Speaker, “Data Privacy in the Era of COVID” Webinar (French Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 2020.4.)
  •   Moderator, France-Korea Business Leaders Summit in Paris (Co-hosted by Medef and KITA, participated by Moon Jae-In, President of the Republic of Korea, 2018.10.) 
  •   Speaker, “Managing Opposites” in Lisbon (European HR Directors Circle, 2017.5.) 
  •   Moderator, “Aerospace Forum” in Seoul (Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and the Embassy of France in Korea, 2016.12.) 
  •   Moderator, “France Korea 2015 Forum: the New Vectors of the Creative Economy” in Paris (Korean Chamber in France and the French Senate, 2016.10.) 
  •   Moderator and Master of Ceremony, “Korea France Business Forum” in Paris (hosted by Medef and FKI, participated by Ms. Park Geun-Hye, President of Korea, 2016.6.) 
  •   Speaker, “Capitalizing from Digital Disruption, a Digital Momentum for Korea” in Lisbon (European HR Directors Circle, 2016.5.) 
  •   Moderator, “South Korea Seminar” in Paris (Business France and Creative France, 2016.3.) 
  •   Moderator and Master of Ceremony, “Economic Forum, Strategic Partnership Between France and Korea” in Seoul (Hosted by Embassy of France in Korea, FKI, KCCI, KITA, K-Biz and Ahpek, participated by the Presidents of Korea and France, Ms. Park Geun-Hye and Francois Hollande, 2015.11.) 
  •   Moderator, “France Korea Economic Forum” in Seoul (Participated by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Prime Minister of France, 2013.7.) 
  •   Moderator, “France Korea Economic Forum” in Seoul (Participated by Francois Fillon, Prime Minister of France, 2011.10.) 
  •   Prospects of the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement, 10th Meeting of the FKI-Medef Korea-France Businessmen’s Club (2011.5.) 
  •   Master of Ceremony, “First A 380 Delivery by Airbus to Korean Air Ceremony” (2011.5.) 
 
Featured in Le Figaro, le Monde, Les Echos, Challenges, l’Usine, Liberation, Le Monde du Droit, Korea Economic Daily, Chosun Ilbo, Donga Ilbo, Moonhwa Ilbo, Chosun Weekly, Donga Weekly, Joongang Daily News, France 2, France 24, KBS, MBC, Arirang TV, EBS, France Culture, Europe 1, RFI, Radio Classique, among many other media channels and publications.





Education

    Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne University (DEA in Civil Law 1988)

    Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne University (Master in Civil Law, 1987)


Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Paris, 1988


Languages
  •    Korean, French and English





Europe ,  Mergers & Acquisitions ,  Foreign Direct Investment ,  International Practice ,  International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation ,  France and French Speaking Countries