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Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (“BKL”) is among the oldest and largest law firms in Korea with over 660 professionals. With practice groups specialized in every significant area of law for business in Korea, BKL supplies timely, accurate and practical legal support to its clients, wherever they are based, across a broad cross-section of industry, investment and finance.


BKL has long been at the leading edge of cross-border legal work in Korea. Among its many practice areas, it has been one of the busiest firms in Korea in the areas of M&A, finance and securities, advising various clients for over three decades. Likewise, BKL has built a reputation in the disputes arena not only as a litigation powerhouse but also as one of the top international arbitration and cross-border disputes teams in Asia.


Headquartered in Seoul, BKL maintains overseas offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Dubai, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon. The first Korean firm to set up offices in China and the UAE, BKL has pioneered a region-wide approach to legal services.


BKL is the first Korean law firm to have formed an internal Pro Bono Committee in 2002, which is devoted to offering legal aid services as well as training pro bono lawyers. In 2009, BKL established a public interest foundation named “Dongcheon” the first time for Korean law firm to engage in pro bono work in a proactive and efficient manner.

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Bae, Kim & Lee, Korea’s third-largest law firm, has hired capital markets specialist Jeong-Hoon Lee as a partner in Seoul from rival Shin & Kim.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Korean firm Kim & Chang have advised Kakao, operator of Korea's leading messaging app KakaoTalk, on its $1 billion global depository receipts offering.
Korean firm Bae, Kim & Lee, which had previously advised the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 FIFA World Cup organising committees, was chosen to advise the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) as well. John Kang speaks to the firm’s intellectual property team…
Clifford Chance has represented Unilever on its $2.71 billion purchase of Carver Korea, a maker of facial masks and skincare products, from its founder, Goldman Sachs, and Bain Capital, which turned to Ropes & Gray for advice.
Samsung Electronics Vice Chairman Jay Y. Lee has replaced his lawyer ahead of an appeal against the five-year jail term he was given for bribery and other charges, a spokesman for his law firm said.
Frequently in the news of late, North Korea has a well-earned reputation for being isolated, eccentric, and completely unpredictable. South Korean lawyers who do regular work in or related to the hermit kingdom say that their experience backs up this perception.
Korean law firm Bae, Kim & Lee (BKL) has welcomed Ki Joong Kang, a former vice president at Samsung Electronics IP Center, as a partner in its intellectual property practice.
In March this year, the Korean market will see the end of the first phase of its market liberalisation, and UK and U.S. firms have already opened up offices there. In the face of a slowing economy and increasing competition, how are domestic Korean law firms adapting their strategies to keep growing their business?…
Korean law firm Bae, Kim & Lee (BKL) has opened an office in Yangon, Myanmar, its seventh globally, and its third outside of its home country.
Bae, Kim & Lee has hired Kwang Jo Song and Jeon Hwan Lee as senior advisors in the firm’s Seoul office.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Bae Kim & Lee are advising Tesco, the third-largest retailer in the world on the sale of Homeplus, its South Korean arm, to a group led by PE firm MBK Partners for $6.1 billion.
Sky (Sih Kyoung) Yang, senior partner, and Matthew Christensen, senior foreign attorney at Korean firm Bae, Kim & Lee, speak to Kanishk Verghese about the firm’s recent expansion in Asia and the Middle East
Korean law firm Bae, Kim & Lee (BKL) has established an office in Hong Kong as part of its ambitious growth strategy for the year which saw the firm launch a Dubai office in April, and announce plans to open in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in the second half of 2015.
Bae, Kim & Lee (BKL) has opened an office in Dubai, becoming the first Korean firm to establish a presence in the Middle East.
The year 2016 is when foreign law firms in South Korea, initially those from Europe, will be allowed to set up joint ventures with local firms, with the JVs entitled to practise local law. As competition for both work and talent is set to intensify, Ranajit Dam speaks to three local outfits about how they are…
Korean law firm Bae, Kim & Lee (BKL) has appointed Sung Jin Kim as its new managing partner. Kim succeeds Yong-Hyeon Kang, with his three-year term scheduled to commence from Jan. 1, 2015.
Korean firm Bae, Kim & Lee has recruited employment partners Wook Rae Lee and Young Hoon Park at its Seoul office.
Bae, Kim & Lee has strengthened its Seoul office with the addition of three partners, Taeck Soo Kwon, Joo Hyae Jun and Il Yeon Kim, all of whom are former judges.
Korean law firm Bae, Kim & Lee has hired Jong Baek Park, former managing partner of Apex LLC, as a partner in Seoul.
oubled Korean automaker Ssangyong appears closer to finalising what has been an arduous restructuring process after Indian conglomerate Mahindra & Mahindra signed a deal to purchase a 70 % stake in the company for US$464m.