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Seon-Jee LEE Attorney

T.+82-2-3703-1201 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092
Seon-Jee LEE Attorney
Seon-Jee LEE Attorney

Seon-Jee LEEAttorney

T.+82-2-3703-1201 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092 E.sjlee1@kimchang.com

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Seon-Jee Lee is an attorney in the Structured Finance Practice and the Real Estate Practice.

Ms. Lee specializes in structured financing transactions, including asset-backed securitization, CP conduit transactions with various types of underlying assets, securities and issuance of covered bonds, as well as banking regulations, legal compliance matters and various license requirements for financial institutions. Her clients range from domestic financial institutions (including non-banking financial institutions) to major international financial institutions.

Also a member of the Firm's Real Estate Practice, Ms. Lee advises major global financial institutions in relation to real estate financing projects.

Ms. Lee's legal practice in recent years primarily covers advising on the structuring and documentation of structured finance transactions, advising real estate investors in the purchase of numerous real estate properties through ABS or REF vehicles, and advising securities companies on obtaining securities business licenses in Korea.

Before joining Kim & Chang in 1999, Ms. Lee served as an associate at the Office of Bank Supervision of The Bank of Korea. Since joining the firm, she has served as a member of the Savings Bank Appraisal Committee and the Administrative Appeals Committee at the Financial Supervisory Commission. She is currently a legal advisory member to the Financial Supervisory Commission and has been a lecturer on asset-backed securitization procedure at the Korea Banking Institute since 2007.

She is the writer of a number of articles that were published in the Seoul National University Finance Law Center and International Financial Law Review. She was selected as a recommended individual and leading lawyer in Korea in 2014 by Asia Law & Practice Journal.

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Experience

Member, Dispute Mediation Committee, Korea Exchange (2019.3.-Present) 

Member, Excellent Legislation Evaluation Committee, National Assembly (2017.1.-Present) 

Member, Mutual Aid and Alternative Investment Committee for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Korea Federation of SMEs (2017.1.-2018.12.) 

Legal Advisor, Financial Services Commission (2016.10.-Present) 

Member, Korean Review Commission for Elevator Accidents (2016.1.-2019.3.) 

Member, Compensation and Assistance Committee for Victims Abducted to North Korea (2015.1.-2017.10.) 

Member, Construction Dispute Conciliation Committee (2011.4.-2017.4.) 

Member, Administrative Appeals Commissions (2007.8.-2009.9.) 

Lecturer, Asset-Backed Securitization Act and Related Contracts Course, Korea Banking Institute (2004-2019.5.) 

Member, Saving Bank Management Evaluation Committee, Financial Supervisory Service (2002-2005) 

Kim & Chang (1999.1.-Present) 

Office of Bank Supervision, The Bank of Korea (1990-1993)

Representative Mattersshow

Structured Financing
 
  • Advised on asset-backed securitization (“ABS”) transactions with credit card receivables as underlying assets. 
  • Advised on P-CBO issuance transactions for funding by medium/small-sized companies guaranteed by Korea Credit Guarantee Fund. 
  • Advised on ABS transactions with lease receivables as underlying assets. 
  • Advised on ABS transactions with installment payment receivables (for purchase price for mobile phone devices) as underlying assets. 
  • Advised on Korea Housing Finance Corporating covered-bonds issuance transaction. 
  • Advised on real estate project financing transactions. 
  • Advised on ABS transactions with airline receivables (passenger tickets and freight) as underlying assets. 
  • Advised on bridge-financing transaction by a domestic bank secured by asset-backed commercial paper (“ABCP”) issued for Build-Transfer-Lease project. 
  • Advised on ABCP conduit set-up program and series transactions. 
  • Advised on litigation and dispute involving securitization transactions. 
  • Advised on the establishment and operation of bank recapitalization fund. 
 
Financial Investment Company Licenses and Securities Regulations
 
  • Advised on a Spanish bank’s establishment of a Korean branch and obtaining of license for investment dealing of OTC derivatives products. 
  • Advised on a French investment bank’s obtaining of license for investment dealing of Korean treasury bonds ("KTB"). 
  • Advised on a French bank’s licenses for dealing of KTB and non-equity based OTC derivatives products. 
  • Advised on an American bank’s license for dealing of KTB. 
  • Advised on an Australian bank’s establishment of Korean branch and obtaining of license for investment dealing of OTC derivatives products. 

Representative Activitiesshow

Awards

  • Leading Lawyer for Finance and Capital Markets, Leading Lawyers 2017 (Legal Times, 2017) 
  • Recommended Individuals in Asia, Asialaw Profiles (Euromoney, 2014) 
  • Leading Lawyer in Korea, Asialaw Leading Lawyers (Euromoney, 2014)

Publications/Activities
    • Chambers Global Practice Guide – Securitisation: Korea chapter - Law & Practice (Co-author, Chambers and Partners, 2019) 
    • Chambers Global Practice Guides - Securitisation: South Korea chapter (Co-author, Chambers and Partners, 2018) 
    • The Lending and Secured Finance Review (edition 2): Korea chapter (Co-author, The Law Review, 2016) 
    • Guide to lending and taking security in Asia (Second edition, October 2010): “Korea” section (Co-author, Herbert Smith, 2010) 
    • Market Practice and Legal Issues in Unregistered Securitization Transactions (Co-author, BFL, 2008) 
    • Korea Introduces Best Practice for Securitization (Co-author, International Financial Law Review, 2005) 
    • Asset-Backed Securitization Transaction and the Legal Problem Thereto (Co-author, BFL, 2004)

Education

    Columbia Law School (Visiting Scholar, 2006)

    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1999)

    College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1990)

Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 1999

Languages

Korean and English

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Seon-Jee LEE
Attorney


T. +82-2-3703-1201      
F. +82-2-737-9091/9092
     


  




Seon-Jee Lee is an attorney in the Structured Finance Practice and the Real Estate Practice.

Ms. Lee specializes in structured financing transactions, including asset-backed securitization, CP conduit transactions with various types of underlying assets, securities and issuance of covered bonds, as well as banking regulations, legal compliance matters and various license requirements for financial institutions. Her clients range from domestic financial institutions (including non-banking financial institutions) to major international financial institutions.

Also a member of the Firm's Real Estate Practice, Ms. Lee advises major global financial institutions in relation to real estate financing projects.

Ms. Lee's legal practice in recent years primarily covers advising on the structuring and documentation of structured finance transactions, advising real estate investors in the purchase of numerous real estate properties through ABS or REF vehicles, and advising securities companies on obtaining securities business licenses in Korea.

Before joining Kim & Chang in 1999, Ms. Lee served as an associate at the Office of Bank Supervision of The Bank of Korea. Since joining the firm, she has served as a member of the Savings Bank Appraisal Committee and the Administrative Appeals Committee at the Financial Supervisory Commission. She is currently a legal advisory member to the Financial Supervisory Commission and has been a lecturer on asset-backed securitization procedure at the Korea Banking Institute since 2007.

She is the writer of a number of articles that were published in the Seoul National University Finance Law Center and International Financial Law Review. She was selected as a recommended individual and leading lawyer in Korea in 2014 by Asia Law & Practice Journal.






    Member, Dispute Mediation Committee, Korea Exchange (2019.3.-Present) 

    Member, Excellent Legislation Evaluation Committee, National Assembly (2017.1.-Present) 

    Member, Mutual Aid and Alternative Investment Committee for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs), Korea Federation of SMEs (2017.1.-2018.12.) 

    Legal Advisor, Financial Services Commission (2016.10.-Present) 

    Member, Korean Review Commission for Elevator Accidents (2016.1.-2019.3.) 

    Member, Compensation and Assistance Committee for Victims Abducted to North Korea (2015.1.-2017.10.) 

    Member, Construction Dispute Conciliation Committee (2011.4.-2017.4.) 

    Member, Administrative Appeals Commissions (2007.8.-2009.9.) 

    Lecturer, Asset-Backed Securitization Act and Related Contracts Course, Korea Banking Institute (2004-2019.5.) 

    Member, Saving Bank Management Evaluation Committee, Financial Supervisory Service (2002-2005) 

    Kim & Chang (1999.1.-Present) 

    Office of Bank Supervision, The Bank of Korea (1990-1993)






Structured Financing
 
  •   Advised on asset-backed securitization (“ABS”) transactions with credit card receivables as underlying assets. 
  •   Advised on P-CBO issuance transactions for funding by medium/small-sized companies guaranteed by Korea Credit Guarantee Fund. 
  •   Advised on ABS transactions with lease receivables as underlying assets. 
  •   Advised on ABS transactions with installment payment receivables (for purchase price for mobile phone devices) as underlying assets. 
  •   Advised on Korea Housing Finance Corporating covered-bonds issuance transaction. 
  •   Advised on real estate project financing transactions. 
  •   Advised on ABS transactions with airline receivables (passenger tickets and freight) as underlying assets. 
  •   Advised on bridge-financing transaction by a domestic bank secured by asset-backed commercial paper (“ABCP”) issued for Build-Transfer-Lease project. 
  •   Advised on ABCP conduit set-up program and series transactions. 
  •   Advised on litigation and dispute involving securitization transactions. 
  •   Advised on the establishment and operation of bank recapitalization fund. 
 
Financial Investment Company Licenses and Securities Regulations
 
  •   Advised on a Spanish bank’s establishment of a Korean branch and obtaining of license for investment dealing of OTC derivatives products. 
  •   Advised on a French investment bank’s obtaining of license for investment dealing of Korean treasury bonds ("KTB"). 
  •   Advised on a French bank’s licenses for dealing of KTB and non-equity based OTC derivatives products. 
  •   Advised on an American bank’s license for dealing of KTB. 
  •   Advised on an Australian bank’s establishment of Korean branch and obtaining of license for investment dealing of OTC derivatives products. 





Awards

  •   Leading Lawyer for Finance and Capital Markets, Leading Lawyers 2017 (Legal Times, 2017) 
  •   Recommended Individuals in Asia, Asialaw Profiles (Euromoney, 2014) 
  •   Leading Lawyer in Korea, Asialaw Leading Lawyers (Euromoney, 2014)

Publications/Activities

  •   Chambers Global Practice Guide – Securitisation: Korea chapter - Law & Practice (Co-author, Chambers and Partners, 2019) 
  •   Chambers Global Practice Guides - Securitisation: South Korea chapter (Co-author, Chambers and Partners, 2018) 
  •   The Lending and Secured Finance Review (edition 2): Korea chapter (Co-author, The Law Review, 2016) 
  •   Guide to lending and taking security in Asia (Second edition, October 2010): “Korea” section (Co-author, Herbert Smith, 2010) 
  •   Market Practice and Legal Issues in Unregistered Securitization Transactions (Co-author, BFL, 2008) 
  •   Korea Introduces Best Practice for Securitization (Co-author, International Financial Law Review, 2005) 
  •   Asset-Backed Securitization Transaction and the Legal Problem Thereto (Co-author, BFL, 2004)





Education

    Columbia Law School (Visiting Scholar, 2006)

    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1999)

    College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1990)


Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 1999


Languages
  •    Korean and English





Financing ,  Structured Finance ,  Banking ,  Non-Bank Financial Companies ,  Real Estate ,  Vietnam