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Attorney Sung Hui Yoon, selected as ‘Benchmark Asia-Pacific’s Top 40 Under 40 2024’
Sung Hui Yoon, an attorney of Lee & Ko, was selected as ‘Top 40 Under 40 2024’ for the Asia-Pacific region as published by Benchmark Litigation.

As one of the key attorneys in Lee & Ko’s Construction & Real Estate Group and Environmental Safety Group, Mr. Yoon advises and represents clients in various litigations and arbitrations in construction, real estate, occupational safety and serious accidents, public-private partnership project, administrative litigation and government contracts. 

Benchmark Litigation, published by Delinian (formerly Euromoney), is a world-renowned publication which highlights the fields of dispute resolution and litigation and publishes 40 outstanding lawyers under the age of 40 in the Asia-Pacific region, which has been highly evaluated based on in-depth research.
2024.05.22
Attorney Keum Nang Park, selected as ‘Top 100 Women in Litigation 2024’ by Benchmark Litigation
Lee & Ko attorney Keum Nang Park was selected as 2024 ‘Top 100 Women in Litigation’ for the Asia-Pacific region as published by Benchmark Litigation.

As the Co-head of Lee & Ko’s Healthcare Group, Keum Nang Park has gained experience in the practice areas of intellectual property and healthcare. Ms Park has been demonstrating excellent competency and expertise in advising clients in the areas of intellectual property matters such as pharmaceutical and biotechnology patent disputes, regulatory matters related to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, and Ministry of Environment, as well as other biotechnology and pharmaceutics, medical devices, cosmetics, food product, health supplements, household chemicals etc.. 

Benchmark Litigation, published by Delinian(formerly Euromoney), is a world-renowned publication which highlights the fields of dispute resolution and litigation and publishes rankings of ‘Asia-Pacific’s Top 100 Women in Litigation’ by selecting 100 female lawyers in the Asia-Pacific region who have received excellent ratings based on months of in-depth analysis.
2024.05.22
Lee & Ko awarded in four categories at 'Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2024'
Lee & Ko achieved awards in four categories by ‘Benchmark Asia-Pacific Awards 2024’.

Lee & Ko was honored with the ‘Commercial and Transactions Firm of the Year’ and ‘Labour and Employment Firm of the Year’ awards in the Practice Area Firms Awards category, which selects one representative law firm in the Asia-Pacific region for 11 practice areas. In addition, Lee & Ko also won two “Impact Cases of the Year” in relation to the largest dispute in South Korean history of patent litigation against a global healthcare company’s global blockbuster heart failure treatment agent and an insurance claim for an accident occurred during the construction of a double-track railway public-private partnership project in Busan. 

Benchmark Litigation is a world-renowned publication which highlights the fields of dispute resolution and litigation and publishes rankings based on in-depth analysis of submissions by law firms and interviews with lawyers, clients and litigation experts every year.
2024.05.21
‘Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2024’ ranks Lee & Ko in the top tier in every 10 practice areas for the second year in a row
Lee & Ko was selected as Tier 1 law firm in Korea for the every 10 categories by ‘Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2024’ for two successive years. All categories are listed below. 


Commercial and Transactions
Competition/Antitrust
Construction
Insolvency
Intellectual Property
International Arbitration
Labor and Employment
Product Liability and Recall
Tax
White Collar Crime

Also, 58 attorneys were chosen as ‘Litigation Star’ and ‘Future Star’. As Lee & Ko attorneys were selected more than any other domestic law firms, they were recognized for their achievements in their respective fields.


- Litigation Star
Competition/antitrust: Jangwoo Park, Jeong-Ho Sun, Pyoung Keun Song, Mi Ji Lee, Hwan Jeong
Commercial and transactions: Won Seok Ko, Jae Heon Park, Dajoo Jung, Jin Soo Han
Construction: Myung Jong Kim, Seon Tae Kim, Chanik Jang
Intellectual Property: Un Ho Kim, Jae Hoon Kim, Julie Shin, Choong Jin Oh, Keum Nang Park, Hayoun Chun
International arbitration: Robert Wachter, Sunyoung Kim, Sean (Sungwoo) Lim, Sang Hoon Han
Insolvency: Wan Shik Lee, Jung Hyun Lee, Jiwoong Lim
Labor and employment: Hyunseok Song, Sang Hoon Lee, Chang Soo Jin
Product liability and recall: Bomsok Ko, Dajoo Jung
Tax: Jay Shim, Sung Hwan Kim, Ok Hyun Ma, Byeong Jun Son, Kyung Tae Kim
White collar crime: Yong Seok Park, Jae Deog Bae, Jin So, Tae Yop Lee, Young Sub Jang

 - Future Star
Competition/antitrust: Ji Hoon Kim, Byong Ki Chung
Construction: Janghee Yoon, Joo Hye Hong
Intellectual Property: Hyeon Gil Ryoo
International arbitration: Saemee Kim
Labor and employment: William Kim
Product liability and recall: Yangsuk Han
Tax: Soo Hyuk Yim
Future Star(Practice Not Stated): Se young Kang, Jaewoo Kwak, Ki Jung Sung, Soo Yeon Oh, Jung Ho Ryu, Kyeong-Seop Yoon, Grace Yoon, Kiri Yi, Gang Cheol Chu

Benchmark Litigation is a world-renowned publication which highlights the fields of dispute resolution and litigation and publishes rankings based on in-depth analysis of submissions by law firm and interviews with lawyers, clients, and litigation experts every year.
2024.05.07
Lee & Ko wins Specialist Award – Pro Bono at the 2024 IFLR Asia Pacific Awards
Lee & Ko has been selected as the winner of the Specialist award – Pro Bono at the 2024 IFLR Asia Pacific Awards. 

Lee & Ko won the lawsuit against the Incheon International Airport Immigration Bureau for cancellation of the determination not to refer to the refugee status screening on behalf of the refugees Mali and Angola. This case has become a landmark precedent for the South Korean government to conduct the refugee screening in accordance with due process. As a result of the collaboration and exercise of expertise by various attorneys in Lee & Ko, the firm was awarded the Specialist award – Pro bono in recognition of these activities. Lee & Ko plans to continue its vigorous efforts to provide legal support to the underprivileged. 

The IFLR (International Financial Law Review) is a global legal magazine specializing in finance. Annually at the IFLR Asia Pacific Awards, it selects and presents winners from various practice areas such as outstanding law firms, attorneys, deals, in-house counsels and specialist awards in Asia based on extensive research results, including submission by law firms and interviews with attorneys, in-house lawyers and corporate finance professionals.
2024.03.27
Tong Keun Seol and Jin Young Jung Awarded “ESG Lawyer of the Year” and “Transport Lawyer of the Year” at The Asia Legal Awards 2024
Lee & Ko attorneys Tong Keun Seol and Jin Young Jung won the “ESG Lawyer of the Year” and “Transport Lawyer of the Year” respectively at the awards ceremony of The Asia Legal Awards 2024. 

As an expert in environment and labor issues, attorney Tong Keun Seol particularly focuses his practice on climate change matters and disputes arising from environmental pollution such as establishment of corporate compliance system, emissions trading and CBAM etc., and labor law such as occupational safety and serious accidents. Recently, Mr. Seol has engaged in various cases in ESG sector such as research on CBAM policies, advice on supply chain due diligence, representation of greenwashing case related to green labels, human rights impact assessment and consultation on response to the Serious Accidents Punishment Act. 

Attorney Jin Young Jung has been engaging in various tasks in the practices areas of maritime and insurance as an expert in maritime, aviation, insurance and international trade. Recently, he succeeded in winning the large-scale fleet by professionally drafting and reviewing the contract and bid documents for a consortium consisting of three Korean shipping companies and negotiating with the owner in a large-scale international bid conducted by Qatar Energy, a state-owned company in Qatar to select a shipping company using new LNG vessels. In addition, Mr. Jung won the monumental arbitral award and court judgment on the legal substance of the exclusive shipping contract for the transport of LNG and the application of short-term exclusion period to the exclusive shipping contract through the arbitration process with the largest gas wholesale company in Korea. 

The Asia Legal Awards is an annual awards ceremony hosted by The Asian Lawyer, a sister magazine of the renowned American legal media “The American Lawyer (ALM),” which recognizes the best Asian lawyers and law firms, deals and in-house counsel teams across the entire field of business.
2024.03.18