Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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 Voices

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.

Legal Update

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.

Legal Update

We asked our member firms around the globe to provide some insight on anti-corruption laws applicable to corporations. Jeena KIM authors this chapter from South Korea.

Firm Offices in Member Jurisdiction

South Korea

Seoul

Firm Offices in Other Jurisdictions

Africa & Middle East

Middle East 
United Arab Emirates, Dubai

Asia-Pacific

China,
Beijing Shanghai
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Myanmar, Yangon (Rangoon)
Vietnam,
Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City

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All Firm Contacts Committees
Marketing & Business Development Professionals Forum
Marketing & Business Development Professionals Forum
First Fifteen (Young Lawyers)
First Fifteen (Young Lawyers)
Responsible Business Forum
Responsible Business Forum
Practice Groups
Restructuring & Insolvency Resolution
Restructuring & Insolvency Resolution
Compliance & Investigations
Compliance & Investigations
Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence
Banking & Finance
Banking & Finance
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)
Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG)
Real Estate & Construction
Real Estate & Construction