Republic of Korea

Kim Chang Lee


Primary Contact Michael Park email phone +82 2 397 9800
Secondary Contact Kyung-Joon Choi email phone +82 2 397 9810
Emerging Leader Joo-Hyuk Yoon email phone +82 2 397 9842

Firm Overview

Kim Chang Lee is a premier corporate, finance and litigation law firm in Seoul, Korea. The firm was founded in 1958 by Dr. Taiyoung Lee, the first female lawyer in Korea who was instrumental in improving women’s rights in Korea, and Houng Han Kim, the first international corporate lawyer in Korea who was a pioneer in developing the international corporate law practice in Korea. As Korea’s oldest law firm and the first firm in Korea to engage in international corporate law practice, Kim Chang Lee provides a wide array of legal services to clients in the corporate, industrial, financial and governmental sectors. Since our inception, we have been serving some of the most iconic multinational companies in their investment and operational matters in Korea, including many Fortune 500 companies such as The Coca-Cola Company, Westinghouse, IBM, Delta Airlines and Chase Manhattan Bank. Our current clientele ranges from innovative start-up companies to numerous large global corporations that need sophisticated legal advice for their complex transactions and large operations in Korea and abroad. 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 M&A and other corporate transactions that have been consummated in Korea to date.

Kim Chang Lee has a storied history as a pioneering corporate law firm in Korea. However, we are not, and have never strived to become, one of the largest law firms in Korea as measured by revenue or number of lawyer metrics. Instead, our goal has always been to be the law firm of choice with respect to the most pressing and significant matters for our clients as well as their more routine matters, which we handle with equal and single-minded devotion to quality and professionalism.