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Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021
Time: 4.30pm (GMT+9)
VIRTUAL AWARDS

Asian Legal Business (ALB) is proud to present the ALB Korea Law Awards 2021, now in its 9th year. These prestigious awards will pay tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams in Korea and around the region. Put forth your own law firm, in-house team, or other teams you have worked with in the past year to recognize their accomplishments and efforts.

Put forth your law firm, in-house team or other legal professionals you have worked with in the past year to recognise their accomplishments and efforts! 

WINNERS ARE ANNOUNCED! Congratulations to all the law firms, in-house teams and deals that have made it to the list. Check the winners tab to view the list of winners for our awards.

Contact Lokesh on lokesh.bogati@thomsonreuters.com regarding event information.

For sponsorship opportunities and audience profiles in the past awards, please contact Amantha at amantha.chia@tr.com or +65 6973 8258. 

 

AWARD CATEGORIES

Please note that the submission to the awards are closed.

DEAL CATEGORIES

1. Debt Market Deal of the Year
2. Equity Market Deal of the Year 
3. M&A Deal of the Year
4. Project Finance Deal of the Year
5. Real Estate Deal of the Year
6. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year  

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

1. Dealmaker of the Year
2. Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
3. Foreign Lawyer of the Year
4. In-House Lawyer of the Year
5. Managing Partner of the Year
6. Woman Lawyer of the Year (LF/IH)
7. Young Lawyer of the Year (LF/IH)

IN-HOUSE TEAM CATEGORIES

1. Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
2. Healthcare and Pharmaceutical In-House Team of the Year (NEW!)
3. Innovative In-House Team of the Year
4. Manufacturing and Trade In-House Team of the Year
5. Korea In-House Team of the Year

LAW FIRM CATEGORIES 

1. Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
2. Boutique Law Firm of the Year
3. Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
4. Insurance Law Firm of the Year
5. International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
6. International Deal Firm of the Year
7. International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
8. Korea Deal Firm of the Year
9. Korea Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
10. Korea Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Year
11. Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
12. Litigation Law Firm of the Year
13. Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
14. Maritime Law Firm of the Year
15. Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year
16. Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year
17. Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year
18. Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
19. Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
20. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year 
21. Korea Law Firm of the Year

 

           SUBMISSION MATERIALS          

Submission to the awards are closed

           IMPORTANT DATES          

Announcement of finalists | 
Winners announcement | December 2, Thursday

           SUBMISSION INQUIRIES          

Lokesh Bogati
Events Researcher
Email: lokesh.bogati@thomsonreuters.com

 

JUDGING PANEL

Each year, ALB invites an independent judging panel of senior and expert legal industry leaders from various sectors corresponding to the diverse list of award categories. ALB is pleased to introduce some of the distinguished judges. The rest of the panel will be revealed on the evening of the awards.

CHUNGJIN

Chung Jin Chung
Senior Legal Counsel, Korea Gas Corporation

Mr. Chung Jin Chung is a senior legal counsel at Korea Gas Corporation in Korea.
He has 11 years’ experience, advising companies on their energy projects around the world and has experience across the energy value chain (particularly oil & gas) in developed markets and emerging markets. 

He is chair of Energy & Resources Committee at LAWASIA, chairman at Intra-Pacific Energy Coalition, an international arbitrator at Korea Commercial Arbitration Board International, chair of Energy & Nature Resources at International Association of Korean Lawyers, a specialist mediator at Singapore International Mediation Centre, an advisor at Korea Plant Industries Association, a member of Marketing & Communication Committee of International Gas Union, and a member of Energy & Industry Committee at Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Korea. 

Choong

Choong-Kee Lee
Professor of Law, Hongik University

Choong-Kee Lee is the Professor, Former Dean of College of Law at Hongik University. He is also acting as Vice President of Korea Trust Association, Korean Association of Fair Economy and Korea Law Professors Association. In 1986 he received LLB at Seoul National University, and LLM of Cambridge University in 1991. In 1994, he received PHD at Sheffield University. Mr. Lee's publishing include Standard Text Books :Trust Law; Fiduciary Law; Law of Non-Profit Organisations. 

Mr. Lee advised Government ministries, including Ministry of Justice on Enactment/Amendment of Trust Act, Financial Supervisory Commission on Enactment of Asset Management Act, Ministry of Labor on Enactment of Retirement Pension Protection Act and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transportation on Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility Data.

Mr. Lee conducted National R&Ds include Introduction and Regulation of Autonomous Vehicles and designing national platform for mobility data.

David Soonyoub Kwon Compliance Officer, North East Asia, Ericsson

David Soonyoub Kwon
Compliance Officer, North East Asia, Ericsson

David Soonyoub Kwon is a Compliance Officer at Ericsson responsible for North East Asia including Mainland China, Hong Kong & Macau, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. For this role, his responsibility is to implement Ericsson’s Ethics & Compliance Program into the area. Especially, he is leading Compliance Consultation Desk and Third Party Management Program in the area. He also has the group responsibility for three compliance areas: Anti-Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Trust.  

Before taking this role, he was a Legal Director responsible for several Ericsson subsidiaries in Korea including Ericsson-LG, a joint venture company between Ericsson and LG Electronics. He was also a reliable communicator by and among shareholders, Board of Directors and the company management of Ericsson-LG JV in his capacity as a Corporate Secretary between 2006 and 2016.  Before joining Ericsson Group, he worked for several multinational companies as well as a renowned local company. 
He is an attorney at law and admitted to the DC Bar in USA. He is also a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional – International (CCEP-I).

Haksoo


Professor Haksoo Ko
Professor, School of Law, Seoul National University

Haksoo Ko is a Professor of Law at Seoul National University School of Law in Seoul, Korea. He primarily teaches areas in Law and Economics as well as in Data Privacy and Artificial Intelligence Law. He regularly sits on various advisory committees for the Korean government and other public and private institutions. Prior to joining academia, he practiced law with law firms in New York and in Seoul. He currently serves as President of Asian Law and Economics Association; President of Korean Association for AI and Law; Co-director of SNU AI Policy Initiative; and Associate Director of SNU AI Institute. He had visitor appointments at UC Berkeley, University of Hamburg, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, University of Freiburg, and National University of Singapore. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University and received both J.D. and Ph.D. (Economics) degrees from Columbia University in New York, USA.

dow


Dow Kim
Group General Counsel, Kering Korea

Dow Kim is the Group General Counsel at Kering Korea. He is responsible for legal and compliance affair arising out of the businesses throughout all Kering Group Brands in Korea, including Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, Dodo, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux, as well as Kering Eyewear.

Prior to Kering, Dow spent 12 years at Oracle Korea and had colorful experiences as Senior Legal Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer for 11 years. In summary, he is experienced in (i) engaging in IP rights related matters including without limitation IP litigation, (ii) engaging in licensing and services transactions and mergers and acquisitions, (iii) leading the operations of the legal department at Oracle Korea with over 1300 employees, (iv) serving as a liaison between Oracle Korea and Oracle HQ and harmonizing the cultural and differences between them. 

Ingu Bae

Ingu Bae
Attorney, Logos Law 

Ms. In-Gu Bae worked as a judge since March 1996 until she retired in February 2017. When she worked at the Seoul Family Court, she handled many family and juvenile cases and had some significant achievements regarding family and juvenile cases. She is now a partner at LOGOS Law LLC, and she works as the head of the Family & Inheritance Law Center at LOGOS seeking ways to resolve family disputes in a more efficient and amicable manner. She is also the chief of the Special Committee on Children and Youth of the Korean Women Lawyers Association and is seeking ways to enhance recognition of young children and youth’s human rights.

Cathie

Jihyun Cathie Tak
Counsel and Compliance Officer for Asia Pacific and Japan, Kyndryl 

Jihyun "Cathie" Tak is Counsel and Compliance Officer for Asia Pacific and Japan at Kyndryl (a newly spun-off company from IBM) with private and public practice and in-house experiences in Korea and Washington DC.  As Compliance Officer, Cathie has been focusing on anti-bribery and compliance advising internal clients on relevant laws and leading compliance operations throughout Asia.  Prior to Kyndryl, Cathie was with IBM and provided legal advice and recommendations to improve the company’s compliance programs while overseeing internal investigations and leading compliance efforts in various countries in Asia.  Before joining IBM, Cathie was Litigation Counsel at LG Display with extensive experience in anti-trust litigation and regulatory proceedings in various jurisdictions.  She also has experience and knowledge in international trade by working on World Trade Organization disputes as Legal Counsel at the Korean Ministry of Foreign as well as by working as an attorney at a Washington DC-based law firm representing clients in anti-dumping investigations and litigations.

JHC

J.H. Choi
Founding Partner, Choi & Kim

J. H. Choi is a founding partner of Choi & Kim, the largest maritime law firm in Korea. He has been actively involved in all aspects of maritime, marine insurance, and international litigation and arbitration practice over 30 years. He has represented most of the major P&I Clubs, foreign and domestic shipping companies and insurance companies, and International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund.

Admitted to bar: 1981, Korea; 1991, New York; Seoul National University (LL.B., 1978; Ph.D., 2001); University of Michigan, Law School (LL.M., 1990); Arbitrator, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, 1996-.
 
Articles: "A Study on the Civil Liability and Compensation for Pollution Damage Caused by Ships" (Doctoral Dissertation); "Arrest of Vessels in Korea"; "Limitation of Liability of Shipowners", "Validity of Unknown Clause", "Abandonment in Marine Insurance", "General Principles of Marine Insurance", and others.  

Roger

Roger Chae
Global General Counsel, Hanon Systems

Roger Chae is global General Counsel for Hanon Systems’ operations in 22 countries.  Roger is a US licensed attorney with over 25 years of legal and corporate experience in the US and across Asia Pacific.  He appreciates the dynamics of business and welcomes complex issues – not only from a legal perspective but, also, through a holistic assessment (including cultures and personalities) -- to find viable strategies and attain the desired goals.  
His diverse experience includes the judiciary, prosecution, private law firms (in the US and Korea), and senior roles for multinational public companies.  Roger resided mostly in the United States and Korea and, also, in China as a corporate executive for a US corporation.  Roger completed his studies in the United States, including JD and MBA.  He is an active member of AMCHAM Korea and an adjunct professor in the MBA program at Sungkyunkwan University, Graduate School of Business.
 

sky


Sky YANG
Partner, Bae, Kim & Lee

Sky YANG is a partner in the Corporate and M&A Practice Group at Bae, Kim & Lee. Since joining the firm in 1993, he has been actively advising in the corporate, M&A and financial regulatory sectors; and has worked extensively with major domestic and international private equity funds, multinational corporations, financial services firms, and institutional investors with a broad range of general corporate and transactional matters, including inbound and outbound cross-border mergers and acquisitions, foreign-direct investments, private equity transactions, corporate governance, leveraged buy-outs, and corporate restructurings, among other areas of practice.
Career : Member, Legal Practice Division (LPD) Council, International Bar Association (2021-Present); Co-Chair, Asia Pacific Regional Forum, International Bar Association (2019-2020); Commissioner, International Affairs Advisory Committee, Ministry of Justice (2015-2016); Vice President, International Affairs, Korean Bar Association (2015); Commissioner, International Affairs Committee, Korean Bar Association (2013-2019); Commissioner, Korea Securities Dealers Automated Quotation (KOSDAQ) Committee, Korea Exchange (2013-2016).

Sung

Sung Cheol Han
Partner, DR & AJU LLC

Mr. Sung Cheol Han is the co-head of the International Practice Group at DR & AJU LLC. His practice is primarily focused on criminal defense litigation, international transactions, and antitrust & competition. Drawing upon his experience and expertise in international trade and dispute settlement, he has successfully resolved critical matters before the WTO. His representative cases include US-Korea disputes regarding anti-dumping measures, safeguard measures, and subsidies, among others.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Han held numerous leadership positions in the Prosecutors’ Office, including Departmental Chief Prosecutor of Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office and Inspector General of Supreme Prosecutors’ Office. While working at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office, he actively engaged in investigating and prosecuting numerous cases on IP infringement and antitrust. He has also served as Researcher of Institute of Justice, Legal Counsellor of Korean Permanent Mission in Geneva, and Director of International Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Justice.
 

Yusun Woo

Yusun Woo
Senior Intellectual Property Manager, Louis Vuitton Korea

Yusun Woo is Senior Intellectual Property Manager at Louis Vuitton Korea. She is responsible for protecting intellectual property rights of Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) brands in Korea.  In such capacity, Yusun focuses on trademark law, design law, unfair competition prevention law while engaging in criminal and civil litigations for damages among other things.  Prior to joining Louis Vuitton in 2011, Yusun worked for three years at the Arbitration and Mediation Center of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland as a case manager in charge of administering domain name dispute cases under various international policies including the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP).  She is a member of the State Bar of California.  

and many more...

FINALISTS

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INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

Dealmaker of the Year
H. Young Shin, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Ho Joon Moon, Lee & Ko
Jaewoo Lee, Ropes & Gray
Jin Kook Lee, Yulchon
Jinduk Han, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Sung-Jin Kim, Yoon & Yang
Sungjo Yun, Bae, Kim & Lee
Teo Kim, Kim & Chang
Tong-Gun Lee, Shin & Kim

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
Dong Ryul Choi, Yulchon
Ghyo-Sun Park, Shin & Kim
Keon Joo Cho, Yoon & Yang
Mike McClure, Herbert Smith Freehills
Pyoung Keun Song, Lee & Ko
Sungwook Kim, Kim & Chang
Tony Dongwook Kang, Bae, Kim & Lee

Foreign Lawyer of the Year
Chung-In Anthony Choi, Yulchon
Frank Shyn, Lee & Ko
H. Young Shin, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
John Choi, Shin & Kim
Ken Nam, Herbert Smith Freehills
Kyungseok Kim, Bae, Kim & Lee
Mihyun Melissa Park, DR & AJU
Sung Uk Park, Yoon & Yang

In-House Lawyer of the Year
Kang Hyuk Lee, Mirae Asset Securities
Mani Han, Gilead
Moses Sye, Hyundai

Managing Partner of the Year
Jinsu Jeong, Yoon & Yang
Kap-you Kevin Kim, Peter & Kim
Kye Sung Chung, Kim & Chang
Kyu Chul Lee, DR & AJU
Seok Hoon Kang, Yulchon
William Yongkyun Kim, Ropes & Gray

Woman Lawyer of the Year
Anna Chung, Shearman & Sterling
Dana Kim, Herbert Smith Freehills
Hyeon Hwa Shin, Yulchon
Hyunjoo Oh, Lee & Ko
Hyunju Helen Pak, Shin & Kim
Jeong Ran Lee, DR & AJU
Jihyun Kim, Bae, Kim & Lee
Sejung Lee, Yoon & Yang
Won Young Jung, Janssen Korea
Yunjoh Lee, Kim & Chang
Yunsoo Shin, Peter & Kim

Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
Matthew Kwon - Mirae Asset Securities
Min Kyung Lee - GSK Korea
Okkyung Lee - McDonald's Korea

Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)
Brandon Bang - Bae, Kim & Lee
Eun Hee Kim - Kim & Chang
Heechul An - D’LIGHT Law Group
Hyungsoo Kim - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Ji Ho Park - Yoon & Yang
Kyung Gyoon Park - Lee & Ko
Min Young Sung – Yulchon
Mino Han - Peter & Kim
Woo Rin Sung - DR & AJU
 

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IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES

Healthcare and Pharmaceutical In-House Team of the Year
Hanmi Pharmaceutical
Janssen Korea
Pfizer Korea

Korea In-House Team of the Year
Hanmi Pharmaceutical
McDonald's Korea
Mirae Asset Securities
Samsung SDS
 

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FIRM CATEGORIES

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
Kim & Chang
LAB Partners
Lee & Ko
Shin & Kim
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon

Boutique Law Firm of the Year
D’LIGHT Law Group
KANG & Partners
LAB Partners
Peter & Kim
VEAT Law Firm
Yoon & Lee International Patent & Law Firm

Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
Herbert Smith Freehills
KANG & Partners
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Shin & Kim
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
Baker McKenzie
DR & AJU
Herbert Smith Freehills
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Shin & Kim
Yoon & Yang

Insurance Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Shin & Kim
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
DR & AJU
Herbert Smith Freehills
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Peter & Kim
Shin & Kim
White & Case
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon

International Deal Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Latham & Watkins
Paul Hastings
Ropes & Gray
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
Ropes & Gray
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton

Korea Deal Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
Kim & Chang
LAB Partners
Lee & Ko
Shin & Kim
VEAT Law Firm
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon

Korea Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Shin & Kim
Yoon & Lee International Patent & Law Firm
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon

Korea Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Year
Al Tamimi & Company
Beijing Cyan Law Firm
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Sullivan & Cromwell

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
Kim & Chang
LAB Partners
Lee & Ko
Shin & Kim
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon

Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
DR & AJU
Herbert Smith Freehills
Kim & Chang
LAB Partners
Lee & Ko
Peter & Kim
Shin & Kim
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon

Maritime Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
DR & AJU
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Yoon & Yang

Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
DR & AJU
Lee & Ko
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon

Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
D’LIGHT Law Group
Kim & Chang
LAB Partners
Lee & Ko
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon

Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
DR & AJU
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Shin & Kim
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
DR & AJU
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Shin & Kim
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
D’LIGHT Law Group
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Shin & Kim
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon

Korea Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
Baker McKenzie
Kim & Chang
LAB Partners
Lee & Ko
Shin & Kim
VEAT Law Firm
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon
 

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DEAL CATEGORIES

Debt Market Deal of the Year

Hana Bank's Global Covered Bond Programme
Law firms: Greenberg Traurig; Kim & Chang; Lee & Ko; Linklaters
Banks: BNP Paribas; Citigroup Global Markets; Crédit Agricole; J.P. Morgan; Société Générale

KEPCO's Green Bonds Offering
Law firms: Shin & Kim; Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett
Banks: Citigroup Global Markets; HSBC; J.P. Morgan

KOBC's Backed Financing of HMM's Containerships
Law firms: Bae, Kim & Lee; Kim & Chang; Lee & Ko; Watson Farley & Williams

Kookmin Bank's Issuance of Covered Bonds
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Kim & Chang; Linklaters

Naver Corporation's Issuance of Sustainability Notes
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Kim & Chang; Linklaters

NongHyup Bank's Issuance of Social Bonds
Law firms: Bae, Kim & Lee; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Shinhan Financial Group's Social Bonds Offering
Law firms: Shin & Kim; Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett

SK Battery America's Issuance of Green Notes
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Lee & Ko; Linklaters
Banks: BNP Paribas; BofA Securities; Citigroup Global Markets; Crédit Agricole; HSBC

SK Hynix's Issuance of Green Bonds
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Linklaters; Shin & Kim

The Republic of Korea's Issuance of Foreign Exchange Equalization Bonds
Law firms: Bae, Kim & Lee; Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton; Clifford Chance; Lee & Ko

Woori Bank's AUD Debt Instrument Programme and Bond Issuance
Law firms: Kim & Chang; King & Wood Mallesons

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year

Big Hit Entertainment's (currently known as HYBE) IPO
Law firms: Bae, Kim & Lee; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Greenberg Traurig; Kim & Chang

CJ Olive Young Corporation's Issuance of New Shares and Sale of Shares
Law firms: Lee & Ko; Yulchon

Coupang's IPO in NYSE
Law firms: Cooley; Kim & Chang; Latham & Watkins

ESR Kendall Square REIT's IPO
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Kim & Chang; Latham & Watkins; Shin & Kim

Financing for Joint Venture of NPS and Hines
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Yulchon

Financing for Korean Air's Acquisition of Asiana Airlines
Law firms: Lee & Ko; Shin & Kim; Yoon & Yang

Financing for Lotte REITs
Law firm: Yulchon

Shinhan Financial Group's Major Capital Increase
Law firms: Bae, Kim & Lee; Shin & Kim; Yulcon

SK ie technology's IPO
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Lee & Ko; Paul Hastings; Yulchon
Banks: NH Investment & Securities; Samsung Securities; SK Securities

Tigermed's Secondary Listing on HKEX
Law firms: Bae, Kim & Lee; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

 

M&A Deal of the Year

Centroid Investment Partners' Acquisition of TaylorMade Golf
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind and Wharton & Garrison

HYBE's Acquisition of Ithaca Holdings
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Latham & Watkins; Lee & Ko; Paul Hastings; Reed Smith
Bank: J.P. Morgan

Hyundai Heavy Industries' Acquisition of Doosan Infracore
Law firms: Al Tamimi & Company; Bae, Kim & Lee; CMS Russia; ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law; Kim & Chang; LNT & Partners; Tian Yuan Law Firm
Bank: Credit Suisse

Hyundai Motor Group's Acquisition of Boston Dynamics
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Latham & Watkins; Morrison & Foerster; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

KCC Corporation's Sale of Silicones Business
Law firms: Greenberg Traurig; Shin & Kim

Korean Air's Acquisition of Asiana Airlines
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Shin & Kim; Yoon & Yang

Match Group's Acquisition of Hyperconnect
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Latham & Watkins; Lee & Ko; Sullivan & Cromwell

MBK Partners' Public Takeover of CAR Inc.
Law firm: Sullivan & Cromwell

Shinhan Financial Group's Major Capital Increase
Law firms: Bae, Kim & Lee; Shin & Kim; Yulchon

SK hynix's Acquisition of NAND Memory and Storage Business of Intel Corporation
Law firms: Bae, Kim & Lee; Fangda Partners; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Kim & Chang; Linklaters; Munger Tolles & Olson; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; WilmerHale

SK Networks' Sale of Gas Station Business and Real Estate Assets
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Lee & Ko; Sehan law firm

Spin-off of T-Map Mobility
Law firm: Shin & Kim

Strategic Partnership of Plug Power and SK E&S
Law firms: Baker McKenzie; Goodwin Proctor; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Bank: Morgan Stanley

 

Project Finance Deal of the Year

Almaty Ring Road PPP Project
Law firms: Aequitas Law Firm; Allen & Overy; Gedik & Eraksoy Avukatlık Ortaklığı; Kim & Chang; Lee & Ko; White & Case
Banks: EBRD; Eurasian Development Bank; Islamic Development Bank

Jeju Dream Tower's Secured Mortgage Loan
Law firms: Shin & Kim; Yulchon

NPS' financing of UK Insurance Broker
Law firms: Kirkland & Ellis; Yulchon

Project Financing for Oil and LNG Tank Construction Project in Ulsan
Law firm: Yulchon

Refinancing for LNG Terminal in Boryeong
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Lee & Ko

Refinancing of B2RR Project
Law firms: HMP Law; Lee & Ko; Shin & Kim

Refinancing of Gangnam Beltway Project
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Lee & Ko

Restructuring of Daegu-Busan Expressway
Law firm: Lee & Ko

Restructuring of Seoul-Chuncheon Expressway PPP Project
Law firms: Lee & Ko; Shin & Kim
Banks: Kookmin Bank; NH Bank

Yanbu 4 Independent Water Plant
Law firms: Covington & Burling; Herbert Smith Freehills; Shin & Kim
 

Real Estate Deal of the Year

Acquisition of Acro Seoul Forest
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Lee & Ko; Shin & Kim

Busan Eco-Delta Smart City's Construction
Law firms: Bae, Kim & Lee; Lee & Ko

JR Asset Management's REIT
Law firms: Bae, Kim & Lee; Shin & Kim

Koramco Asset Trust's REIT
Law firm: Bae, Kim & Lee

Lotte Tower's Sale and Purchase
Law firm: Yulchon

Mirae Asset Global Investments' Establishment of a Blind Fund for US Logistics Facilities Investment
Law firms: DLA Piper; Yulchon

Purchase of CJ Cheiljedang Center
Law firms: Shin & Kim; Yulchon

Sale of Homeplus Stores
Law firms: Shin & Kim; Yulchon

Sale of Pinnacle Gangnam
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Shin & Kim

Sale of Sheraton Seoul Palace Gangnam Hotel and Termination of the Franchise Agreement
Law firms: Bae & Kim & Lee; WongPartnership

Sale of Tower 2 in Parc 1 Complex
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Shin & Kim

 

Technology, Media & Telecommunications Deal of the Year

Business Integration of beNX and Naver
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Lee & Ko

HYBE’s Acquisition of Ithaca Holdings
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Latham & Watkins; Paul Hastings
Bank: J.P. Morgan

Hyundai Motor Group's Acquisition of Boston Dynamics
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Latham & Watkins; Morrison & Foerster; O'Melveny & Myers; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

KT Skylife's Acquisition of Hyundai HCN and Hyundai Media
Law firms: Shin & Kim; Yulchon

Match Group's Acquisition of Hyperconnect
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Sullivan & Cromwell

MBK Partners' Public Takeover of CAR Inc.
Law firm: Sullivan & Cromwell

Merger of Kakao M into Kakao Page Corp.
Law firm: Shin & Kim

Praxis Capital Partners' Acquisition of JTBC Studio's Equity Interest
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Lee & Ko

SK hynix's Acquisition of NAND Memory and Storage Business of Intel Corporation
Law firms: Bae, Kim & Lee; Fangda Partners; Kim & Chang; Linklaters; Munger Tolles & Olson; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; WilmerHale

Spin-off of T-Map Mobility
Law firm: Shin & Kim

 

 

**COMPLETENESS AND ACCURACY OF INFORMATION

Please note that the inclusion of banks and legal advisors in the transactions essentially reflects the information provided by nominating organizations. Therefore, any omission of a party involved in any of these transactions should not be taken as a commentary on the role assumed by that party. For queries about the shortlist, please email Lokesh at lokesh.bogati@thomsonreuters.com.

* The above list will be regularly updated until final.

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WINNERS

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

Dealmaker of the Year
Teo Kim, Kim & Chang

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
Sungwook Kim, Kim & Chang

Foreign Lawyer of the Year
Frank Shyn, Lee & Ko

In-House Lawyer of the Year
Kang Hyuk Lee, Mirae Asset Securities

Managing Partner of the Year
Kye Sung Chung, Kim & Chang

Woman Lawyer of the Year 
Yunjoh Lee, Kim & Chang

Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
Min Kyung Lee - GSK Korea

Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)
Mino Han - Peter & Kim

IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES

Healthcare and Pharmaceutical In-House Team of the Year 
Janssen Korea

Korea In-House Team of the Year
Mirae Asset Securities

LAW FIRM CATEGORIES

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee

Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Peter & Kim

Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
Kim & Chang

Insurance Law Firm of the Year
Shin & Kim

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Herbert Smith Freehills

International Deal Firm of the Year
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner

Korea Deal Firm of the Year
Kim & Chang

Korea Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Kim & Chang

Korea Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Year
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
Lee & Ko

Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Kim & Chang

Maritime Law Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee

Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year
Lee & Ko

Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year
Kim & Chang

Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year 
Shin & Kim

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
Kim & Chang

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year 
Kim & Chang

Korea Law Firm of the Year
Kim & Chang

DEAL CATEGORIES

Debt Market Deal of the Year

SK Battery America's Issuance of Green Notes
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Lee & Ko; Linklaters
Banks: BNP Paribas; BofA Securities; Citigroup Global Markets; Crédit Agricole; HSBC

Equity Market Deal of the Year 

Coupang's IPO in NYSE
Law firms: Cooley; Kim & Chang; Latham & Watkins

M&A Deal of the Year

Korean Air's Acquisition of Asiana Airlines
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Shin & Kim; Yoon & Yang

Project Finance Deal of the Year

Almaty Ring Road PPP Project
Law firms: Aequitas Law Firm; Allen & Overy; Gedik & Eraksoy Avukatlık Ortaklığı; Kim & Chang; Lee & Ko; White & Case
Banks: EBRD; Eurasian Development Bank; Islamic Development Bank

Real Estate Deal of the Year

Busan Eco-Delta Smart City's Construction
Law firms: Bae, Kim & Lee; Lee & Ko

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year  

HYBE’s Acquisition of Ithaca Holdings
Law firms: Kim & Chang; Latham & Watkins; Paul Hastings
Bank: J.P. Morgan
 

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ELIGIBILITY 

How do I know if I am eligible to make a submission? 

We highly encourage all firms, individuals and in-house teams to submit, as we have numerous award categories to choose from. We welcome both past participants and newcomers to join the submission for the awards. 

Is self-nomination permitted?

Yes, we accept self-nominated submissions. We also accept third-party submissions, should you wish to nominate an external party or vice versa.

Is there a fee required to make a submission in the law awards?

No, there is no fee payment required for you or your firm/team to make a submission. 

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

When will the finalists and winners be announced?

The shortlist of finalists will be released around 4-8 weeks prior to the awards ceremony. The winners will be exclusively announced at the virtual awards ceremony in December 2021.

NOMINATION PROCESS AND ASSESSMENT 

How are the finalists chosen?

Asian Legal Business will compile all of the submission entries, and the ALB editorial and research teams will extensively review each submission to ensure the criteria are met in order to advance to the shortlist of finalists. We stress that this process is fair, impartial and not subject to external influences. 

How are the winners chosen? 

Once the shortlist of finalists have been announced, an independent judging panel will review and select their top three choices for the award categories they are assigned to. The scores for each award category will be tabulated, and the individual/firm/team with the highest score will be announced as the winner. 

What are the award categories that I can take part in?

Any law firms, in-house teams or individuals may take part in multiple award categories if appropriate. The researchers reserve the right to move entries from one category to another if they feel it appropriate. The researchers’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

Who will be on the judging panel for ALB Korea Law Awards? 

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