Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (BKL), with more than 450 experts, is among the largest law firms in Korea. BKL's practice groups, specialized in every significant legal area for business in Korea, are able to supply the timely, high-focus support required by our multinational clients, who represent a broad cross-section of industry, investment and finance.
BKL has long been at the leading edge of cross-border work in Seoul. Founded in 1980, the firm has for over three decades advised investors from North America, Europe and around Asia. BKL has been among the busiest firms in the areas of M&A, finance and securities, which have burgeoned since the 1990s and particularly since the 1997-1998 Asian Financial Crisis. To our transactional work, BKL professionals bring the expertise and skill gained by years of intensive experience in advising on challenging and complex deals.
In addition to transactional work, BKL’s core areas of practice cover every significant legal aspect of business in Korea. BKL’s tax group is one of the leaders in the field. Our corporate restructuring practice has been for years among the most sought-out in Korea. BKL offers full teams of recognized specialists in areas such antitrust, fair trade, international trade, employment, construction and real estate. The BKL intellectual property group is expert in all IP-related matters. BKL has a comprehensive litigation group – since the 1980s one of the largest in Korea – and one of the top international arbitration teams in Asia.
Headquartered in Seoul, the firm also has very active 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 UAE, among Asian firms, BKL has pioneered a region-wide approach to legal services.