Introduction

KIM CHANG & LEE
is a premier corporate, finance and litigation law firm in Seoul, Korea. Founded in 1958, Kim Chang & Lee is Korea's oldest law firm and the first firm in Korea to engage in international corporate law practice. In 2008, Kim Chang & Lee, renowned for its top corporate/M&A practice, and Kim & Company, renowned for its sophisticated banking and finance practice, merged to form one combined firm under the name of Kim Chang & Lee.

Kim Chang & Lee provides a wide array of legal services to clients in the corporate, industrial, financial and governmental sectors. Our clients range from small, start-up companies to a substantial number of large multinational corporations. In particular, Kim Chang & Lee is in the forefront of Korea¡¯s most dynamic and innovative corporate and financial transactions, having handled some of the largest and most complex transactions that have been consummated in Korea to date. In 2009, Kim Chang & Lee was ranked as a top-tier firm in Korea in all of the four major practice areas surveyed by the International Financial Law Review published by Euromoney--IFLR 2009 Edition: Mergers and Acquisitions, Restructuring and Insolvency, Capital Markets, and Banking and Project Finance.

Many of Kim Chang & Lee¡¯s lawyers are bilingual in Korean and English and have practiced with major law firms or studied at major law schools abroad, or have served as judges with the Korean judiciary, adding their wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise in specialized practice areas to the firm¡¯s resources. The firm advises clients in all areas requiring legal representation, including, among others, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other foreign investments, corporate restructuring, capital markets, corporate finance, banking and securities, energy and project finance, antitrust, tax, intellectual property, corporate immigration and litigation and arbitration, with some of the best-known partners in these fields in Korea leading the firm¡¯s various practice groups. Aside from handling high-profile corporate and financial transactions and litigations, Kim Chang & Lee also counsels numerous multinational and domestic corporations on the legal aspects of their day-to-day business activities in Korea, helping them navigate an increasingly complex maze of laws and regulations and successfully achieve their goals in Korea.

Kim Chang & Lee¡¯s strengths are further augmented by its association with the Pacific Rim Advisory Council, one of the most renowned international law firm associations which provides the firm with valuable law firm contacts and ready access to high quality legal representation for its clients in most of the major commercial and financial centers of the world.