Asia Business Law Journal reveals Korea’s best private practice lawyers. Wilda Fong reports

To be one of Korea’s top lawyers, you have to have “in-depth legal knowledge, a willingness to engage in legal environments outside general practice, and an ability to effectively and efficiently communicate legal information to our company,” according to Gary Rudgers, senior regulatory manager of JR Simplot, USA, when describing John Kim, a partner at Lee & Ko. “Mr Kim has not only gained Simplot’s loyalty, but has developed valuable, trusting relationships with agencies and individuals … through his warm personality, which I believe allows him to quickly gain trust and loyalty of those around him,” he adds.

Hyun Suk Kim, partner at Clifford Chance, “has helped [with] finance, arbitration, and M&A, [and] has been performing well, is smart and self-managing,” according to Min Sung Kim, general counsel of Hyundai Oilbank in Korea.


Dongeun Kim, president of Studio Pilate Franchising, USA, says you need to be “proactive, kind and focused on our industry and really get to know our business, to be in nominated as one of Korea’s top 100 lawyers and when describing Sean Hayes, attorney, IPG Legal.

Comments such as these, submitted to Asia Business Law Journal by the clients of Korean lawyers/lawyers practising in Korea, suggest that they not only look for lawyers with an extensive knowledge of the law, but also those who are client-orientated, have a great understanding of business needs and are culturally sensitive, sincere and are highly trustworthy.

In addition, most international clients seek out Korean lawyers who have a deep understanding of commercial affairs and be able to resolve complex legal issues.


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