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Singapore’s already competitive legal market has seen multiple new entrants this year, including India’s Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Khaitan & Co, China’s Allbright, Korea’s Bae Kim & Lee, and the U.S. firms Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and McDermott Will & Emery. While the city-state’s pandemic resilience has certainly been a draw, the firm’s see it as a hub for the fast-emerging Southeast Asian region.
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Bae, Kim & Lee (BKL), Korea’s third-largest law firm, is all set to establish an office in Singapore. The office will be led by Eric Yang, partner and head of the firm’s Southeast Asia practice.
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Tony Dongwook Kang, partner in charge of cross-border arbitration and litigation at Korea’s Bae, Kim & Lee, was recently named by ALB as one of Asia’s Top 15 Litigators. In this interview, he talks about his standout work, adapting to the impact of COVID-19, and how he goes the extra mile for clients.
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Tokyo-headquartered firm Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (AMT) has hired David MacArthur as a senior foreign counsel in the international arbitration practice and will be operating out of the firm’s Tokyo and Singapore offices from Bae Kim & Lee (BKL) where he was a partner in Seoul.
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Kim & Chang and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom have represented South Korea’s SK Hynix on its $9 billion acquisition of U.S. tech firm Intel’s NAND memory and storage business, with Bae, Kim & Lee advising the seller. 

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Like in other countries in Asia, Korean law firms found themselves affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, but they moved swiftly to mitigate the impact, and ensure business continued as smoothly as possible. In this roundtable, leaders of three of the largest Korean firms talk about the year so far, and the lessons they will take from the experience.
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Bae, Kim & Lee, Korea’s third-largest law firm, has hired capital markets specialist Jeong-Hoon Lee as a partner in Seoul from rival Shin & Kim.
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Singapore law firm Oon & Bazul has launched a Korea practice after hiring arbitration specialist Julia Yu as a partner from Bae, Kim & Lee, where she was a special counsel. Yu will lead the new practice.
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and Korean firm Kim & Chang have advised Kakao, operator of Korea's leading messaging app KakaoTalk, on its $1 billion global depository receipts offering.
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Korean firm Bae, Kim & Lee, which had previously advised the 1988 Seoul Olympics and the 2002 FIFA World Cup organising committees, was chosen to advise the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) as well. John Kang speaks to the firm’s intellectual property team about its “rare opportunity.”