Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (“BKL”) is among the oldest and largest law firms in Korea with over 750 professionals. With practice groups specialized in every significant area of law for business in Korea, BKL supplies timely, accurate and practical legal support to its clients, wherever they are based, across a broad cross-section of industry, investment and finance.
BKL has long been at the leading edge of cross-border legal work in Korea. Among its many practice areas, it has been one of the busiest firms in Korea in the areas of M&A, finance and securities. Likewise, BKL has built a reputation in the disputes arena not only as a litigation powerhouse but also as one of the top international arbitration and cross-border disputes teams in Asia.
Headquartered in Seoul, BKL maintains overseas offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Dubai, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Yangon and Jakarta. The first Korean firm to set up offices in China and the UAE, BKL has pioneered a region-wide approach to legal services.
BKL is the first Korean law firm to have formed an internal Pro Bono Committee in 2002, which is devoted to offering legal aid services as well as training pro bono lawyers. In 2009, BKL established a public interest foundation named “Dongcheon” the first time for Korean law firm to engage in pro bono work in a proactive and efficient manner.
Recent Firm News & Legal Updates
Member firm for South Korea, Bae, Kim & Lee LLC, outlines what sets them apart, and what to expect when conducting business in South Korea in 2023— "Korea is the tenth largest economy with the fifth largest manufacturing sector in the world, notably with leading semiconductor, automobile, and shipbuilding industries, with accompanying developed domestic supply chains. Korea is also noted for a highly educated and trained workforce, with 69% of graduates completing a college degree Korea also boasts its leading digital infrastructure, with 99.96% of households having broadband internet access. Moreover, Korea has stable financial, legal, and monetary systems." Learn more about South Korea's customs and business practices.
Seongsoo Kim, a Partner at Bae, Kim & Lee and a WLG | summit Atlanta '22 delegate, discusses recent challenges for cross-border litigation lawyers in South Korea, his recent conference experience, and his passion for refugees' rights.
On July 21, 2022, the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MOEF) released its proposed amendments to the Korean tax laws for 2022. Bae, Kim & Lee has provided a summary of the proposed significant reforms which may have an impact on foreign businesses with a presence in Korea.
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