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Sookyung LEE Attorney

T.+82-2-3703-1407 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092
Sookyung LEE Attorney
Sookyung LEE Attorney

Sookyung LEEAttorney

T.+82-2-3703-1407 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092 E.sklee1@kimchang.com

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Sookyung Lee is an attorney of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust & Competition Practices. He practices primarily in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, foreign direct investment and antitrust and competition matters.

Mr. Lee has extensive experience in representing multinational corporations and private equity firms in a number of high profile cross-border and domestic M&A and joint venture transactions. Mr. Lee has also advised Korean conglomerates on outbound M&A transactions and joint ventures. Mr. Lee’s experience and expertise in structuring, documenting, negotiating, and executing complex M&A and joint venture transactions have well served the needs of the firm’s clients, including top-tier buy-out private equity firms, multinational strategic investors and top-tier Korean conglomerate groups.

Additionally, Mr. Lee has extensive experience in antitrust cases, where he has represented multinational companies and Korean conglomerates in the investigations, hearings and enforcement actions by the Korea Fair Trade Commission (the “KFTC”) concerning abuses of market dominant position, cartels and unfair trade practices, and in obtaining clearance from the KFTC in numerous merger control notifications.

With wide-ranging experience in providing transactional, regulatory and investigation related advice, Mr. Lee has also managed and coordinated complex corporate disputes involving several jurisdictions, touching on a variety of practice areas, including antitrust, criminal and civil litigation.

In terms of industrial expertise, Mr. Lee has advised both listed and private companies in various industries, including insurance, consumer and commercial finance, IT, retail, chemical and automotive.

Prior to joining Kim & Chang in 2007, Mr. Lee was a Judge Advocate in the Republic of Korea Army. From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Lee was a Visiting Lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell.

Mr. Lee co-authored “The Private Equity Review (4th Edition): Korea Investing chapter” (2015) and “The Status, Achievements and Path Forward for Regulations of Large-Scale Business Groups,” (The Business Finance Law, Center for Financial Law at Seoul National University, 2016.7.).

Mr. Lee was recognized as one of “Rising Stars of the Year” in M&A at the IFLR Asia Awards 2016.

Mr. Lee received his LL.B. from Seoul National University in 2000. In 2004, Mr. Lee graduated from the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea and completed a Master’s Course in Civil Law at Seoul National University. He received an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2013.

Mr. Lee is admitted to practice in Korea and New York.

Profile

Experience

Visiting Lawyer, Sullivan & Cromwell (2013-2014)

Kim & Chang (2007-Present) 

Judge Advocate, Republic of Korea Army (2004-2007)

Representative Mattersshow

Mergers & Acquisitions
 
  • Represented a Korean conglomerate in its investment in a foreign semiconductor company. 
  • Represented an Asia-based private equity firm in its sale of a Korean cement company. 
  • Represented a Korean IT company in its acquisition of a crypto-currency trading company. 
  • Represented a global franchise company in its sale of its Korean franchise company. 
  • Represented a global asset management company in its sale of a Korean asset management company. 
  • Represented a Korean private equity firm in its acquisition of a home furnishing retail business of a Korean conglomerate. 
  • Represented a global fintech company in its joint venture with a Korean IT company. 
  • Represented a Korean retail conglomerate in its acquisition of a fashion business unit of a Korean conglomerate. 
  • Represented a global insurance company in its sale of a Korean insurance company. 
  • Represented a global cement company in its sale of a Korean cement company. 
  • Represented a global automotive parts company in its sale of stake in a Korean joint venture company. 
  • Represented a global medical devices company in its divestiture of certain business divisions. 
  • Represented a major global insurance brokerage company in its acquisition of a Korean insurance brokerage firm. 
  • Represented an Asia-based private equity firm in its acquisition of a Korean toy company. 
  • Represented a Korean private equity firm in its acquisition of a global automotive parts company. 
  • Represented a Korean private equity firm in its sale of a Korean beverage packaging company. 
  • Represented an international private equity firm in its acquisition of a Korean water technologies business. 
  • Represented a global insurance company in its acquisition of a Korean insurance company. 
  • Represented a Korean automotive parts company in the establishment and dissolution of a cross-border joint venture company with a German automotive parts company. 
  • Represented a Korean consumer financing company in its acquisition and merger of a Korean subsidiary of a global commercial financing company. 
  • Represented a global industrial gas company in its acquisition of a Korean industrial gas company. 
  • Represented a Korean conglomerate in its divestiture of a restaurant franchise. 
  • Represented a global distribution company in its acquisition of a Korean distribution, logistics and global freight management business. 
  • Represented a Korean conglomerate in the dissolution of a Korean water pumps joint venture by way of acquisition of the remaining shares of that joint venture.
 
Antitrust & Competition
 
  • Represented a Korean conglomerate in an alleged violation of antitrust regulations imposed on large-scale business groups. 
  • Represented a global pharmaceutical/bioscience company in its merger notification to the KFTC concerning the acquisition of a global bioscience company. 
  • Represented a global travel service firm in its merger notification to the KFTC concerning the acquisition of equity interest in an Asian travel services firm. 
  • Represented a global pharmaceutical company in its merger notification to the KFTC concerning the acquisition, sale and joint venture with another global pharmaceutical company. 
  • Represented a global maritime transportation company in its merger notification to the KFTC concerning its business concentration with another global maritime transportation company. 
  • Represented a global glass manufacturer in its merger notification to the KFTC concerning its joint venture with another global glass manufacturer. 
  • Represented a global chemical company in an alleged abuse of market dominant position investigated by the KFTC. 
  • Represented a Korean petrochemical company in an alleged cartel investigated by the KFTC and the company’s appeal of the KFTC decision on an alleged cartel case at the Seoul High Court and the Supreme Court. 
  • Represented a Korean subsidiary of a global chemical company in an alleged cartel investigated by the KFTC. 
  • Represented a global electronics company in an alleged cartel investigated by the KFTC.

Representative Activitiesshow

Publications/Activities
    • “The Status, Achievements and Path Forward for Regulations of Large-Scale Business Groups,” The Business Finance Law (Co-author, Center for Financial Law at Seoul National University, 2016.7.) 
    • The Private Equity Review (4th Edition): "Korea Investing" Chapter (Co-author, Law Business Research, 2015)

Education

    Harvard Law School (LL.M., 2013)

    Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University (Completion of Master's Course, Civil Law, 2004)

    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (2004)

    College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 2000)

Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 2004; New York, 2014

Languages

Korean and English

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Sookyung LEE
Attorney


T. +82-2-3703-1407      
F. +82-2-737-9091/9092
     


  




Sookyung Lee is an attorney of the firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust & Competition Practices. He practices primarily in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, foreign direct investment and antitrust and competition matters.

Mr. Lee has extensive experience in representing multinational corporations and private equity firms in a number of high profile cross-border and domestic M&A and joint venture transactions. Mr. Lee has also advised Korean conglomerates on outbound M&A transactions and joint ventures. Mr. Lee’s experience and expertise in structuring, documenting, negotiating, and executing complex M&A and joint venture transactions have well served the needs of the firm’s clients, including top-tier buy-out private equity firms, multinational strategic investors and top-tier Korean conglomerate groups.

Additionally, Mr. Lee has extensive experience in antitrust cases, where he has represented multinational companies and Korean conglomerates in the investigations, hearings and enforcement actions by the Korea Fair Trade Commission (the “KFTC”) concerning abuses of market dominant position, cartels and unfair trade practices, and in obtaining clearance from the KFTC in numerous merger control notifications.

With wide-ranging experience in providing transactional, regulatory and investigation related advice, Mr. Lee has also managed and coordinated complex corporate disputes involving several jurisdictions, touching on a variety of practice areas, including antitrust, criminal and civil litigation.

In terms of industrial expertise, Mr. Lee has advised both listed and private companies in various industries, including insurance, consumer and commercial finance, IT, retail, chemical and automotive.

Prior to joining Kim & Chang in 2007, Mr. Lee was a Judge Advocate in the Republic of Korea Army. From 2013 to 2014, Mr. Lee was a Visiting Lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell.

Mr. Lee co-authored “The Private Equity Review (4th Edition): Korea Investing chapter” (2015) and “The Status, Achievements and Path Forward for Regulations of Large-Scale Business Groups,” (The Business Finance Law, Center for Financial Law at Seoul National University, 2016.7.).

Mr. Lee was recognized as one of “Rising Stars of the Year” in M&A at the IFLR Asia Awards 2016.

Mr. Lee received his LL.B. from Seoul National University in 2000. In 2004, Mr. Lee graduated from the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea and completed a Master’s Course in Civil Law at Seoul National University. He received an LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2013.

Mr. Lee is admitted to practice in Korea and New York.






    Visiting Lawyer, Sullivan & Cromwell (2013-2014)

    Kim & Chang (2007-Present) 

    Judge Advocate, Republic of Korea Army (2004-2007)






Mergers & Acquisitions
 
  •   Represented a Korean conglomerate in its investment in a foreign semiconductor company. 
  •   Represented an Asia-based private equity firm in its sale of a Korean cement company. 
  •   Represented a Korean IT company in its acquisition of a crypto-currency trading company. 
  •   Represented a global franchise company in its sale of its Korean franchise company. 
  •   Represented a global asset management company in its sale of a Korean asset management company. 
  •   Represented a Korean private equity firm in its acquisition of a home furnishing retail business of a Korean conglomerate. 
  •   Represented a global fintech company in its joint venture with a Korean IT company. 
  •   Represented a Korean retail conglomerate in its acquisition of a fashion business unit of a Korean conglomerate. 
  •   Represented a global insurance company in its sale of a Korean insurance company. 
  •   Represented a global cement company in its sale of a Korean cement company. 
  •   Represented a global automotive parts company in its sale of stake in a Korean joint venture company. 
  •   Represented a global medical devices company in its divestiture of certain business divisions. 
  •   Represented a major global insurance brokerage company in its acquisition of a Korean insurance brokerage firm. 
  •   Represented an Asia-based private equity firm in its acquisition of a Korean toy company. 
  •   Represented a Korean private equity firm in its acquisition of a global automotive parts company. 
  •   Represented a Korean private equity firm in its sale of a Korean beverage packaging company. 
  •   Represented an international private equity firm in its acquisition of a Korean water technologies business. 
  •   Represented a global insurance company in its acquisition of a Korean insurance company. 
  •   Represented a Korean automotive parts company in the establishment and dissolution of a cross-border joint venture company with a German automotive parts company. 
  •   Represented a Korean consumer financing company in its acquisition and merger of a Korean subsidiary of a global commercial financing company. 
  •   Represented a global industrial gas company in its acquisition of a Korean industrial gas company. 
  •   Represented a Korean conglomerate in its divestiture of a restaurant franchise. 
  •   Represented a global distribution company in its acquisition of a Korean distribution, logistics and global freight management business. 
  •   Represented a Korean conglomerate in the dissolution of a Korean water pumps joint venture by way of acquisition of the remaining shares of that joint venture.
 
Antitrust & Competition
 
  •   Represented a Korean conglomerate in an alleged violation of antitrust regulations imposed on large-scale business groups. 
  •   Represented a global pharmaceutical/bioscience company in its merger notification to the KFTC concerning the acquisition of a global bioscience company. 
  •   Represented a global travel service firm in its merger notification to the KFTC concerning the acquisition of equity interest in an Asian travel services firm. 
  •   Represented a global pharmaceutical company in its merger notification to the KFTC concerning the acquisition, sale and joint venture with another global pharmaceutical company. 
  •   Represented a global maritime transportation company in its merger notification to the KFTC concerning its business concentration with another global maritime transportation company. 
  •   Represented a global glass manufacturer in its merger notification to the KFTC concerning its joint venture with another global glass manufacturer. 
  •   Represented a global chemical company in an alleged abuse of market dominant position investigated by the KFTC. 
  •   Represented a Korean petrochemical company in an alleged cartel investigated by the KFTC and the company’s appeal of the KFTC decision on an alleged cartel case at the Seoul High Court and the Supreme Court. 
  •   Represented a Korean subsidiary of a global chemical company in an alleged cartel investigated by the KFTC. 
  •   Represented a global electronics company in an alleged cartel investigated by the KFTC.





Publications/Activities

  •   
    “The Status, Achievements and Path Forward for Regulations of Large-Scale Business Groups,” The Business Finance Law (Co-author, Center for Financial Law at Seoul National University, 2016.7.) 
  •   
    The Private Equity Review (4th Edition): "Korea Investing" Chapter (Co-author, Law Business Research, 2015)





Education

    Harvard Law School (LL.M., 2013)

    Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University (Completion of Master's Course, Civil Law, 2004)

    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (2004)

    College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 2000)


Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 2004; New York, 2014


Languages
  •    Korean and English





Mergers & Acquisitions ,  Antitrust & Competition ,  Corporate Governance & Shareholder Disputes ,  Foreign Direct Investment ,  Private Equity