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Zunu Lee / Partner

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Biography

Zunu Lee is a partner at Yoon & Yang LLC, and his main practice areas are international trade (inbound & outbound investments), international JV, M&A, collective investment, securities & financial transaction/regulation, and international arbitration & mediation.

After graduating at Seoul National University College of Law(LL.B.) he passed 40th Korean Bar Examination and completed the 30th Class of the Judicial Research & Training Institute.

Since joining (former) Yoon & Partners, Lee has handled crossborder transactions, such as cross-border M&A, corporate restructuring, and JV. He has participated in the sale of assets or shares in the companies under bankruptcy reorganization, including Hanbo Iron & Steel, Inchon Oil Refinery, and other cross-border corporate transactions in the context of corporate restructuring and formation of international joint ventures. During the course of corporate transaction practice, he has expanded his practice to acquisition financing, collective investment, private equity, securities, financial regulations, and international arbitrations and mediations arising out of various corporate transactions.

Lee earned his LL.M degree at New York University School of Law in 2007, whereupon he passed the July 2007 New York Bar Exam. He is currently a member of both Korean and New York bars. He worked at New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP from October 2007 to February 2008 as an international lawyer.

From 2016 to May 2019, he successively headed the Southeast Asia Team at Yoon & Yang’s offices in Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh / Hanoi) and the Director of the Vietnam Office, and also worked as a foreign attorney in Vietnam during the same period.

Education

2007
New York University School of Law, LL.M.
1996
Seoul National University Graduate School of Public Administration
1993
Seoul National University College of Law, LL.B.

Experience

2010-present
Partner, Yoon & Yang LLC (formerly Yoon Yang Kim Shin & Yu, 2006-2009)
2017-present
Member, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB)
2016-present
Director of yoon & Yang's Vietnam Office (Ho Chi Minh/Hanoi)
2015-18
Commissioner, International Relations Committee, Korean Bar Association
2014-present
Advisory Member, Legal Counsels for Small and Medium Business Overseas Expansion, Ministry of Justice
2007-08
Foreign Attorney, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, New York
2003-10
Associate, Yoon & Yang LLC
2001-03
Associate, Yoon & Partners
2001
Completed the 30th Class of the Judicial Training and Research Institute
1998
Pased the 40th Korean Bar Examination

Publications

  1. Korea Chapter, “M&A Guide 2011” “M&A Guide 2012” Global Legal Insights
  2. Korea Chapter, “Mergers and Acquisition Handbook,” PLC, 2010, 2011, 2012
  3. Korea Chapter, “M&A Guide” IFLR 2012, 2013

Representative Matters

[Cross-border Transactions]
  • Shinhan Card’s acquisition of 100% stake in Prudential Vietnam Finance Company (2017-18, pending) - While the target is a Vietnamese subsidiary of Prudential Holdings, the transaction itself was a genuine cross-border transaction b/w a U.K. seller (rep. by Freshfields) and Korean purchaser (rep. by Yoon & Yang), negotiated in Hong Kong
  • Cammsys VINA’s procurement of investment capital by issuance of new shares to STIC investment fund (2018)
  • Samgong SG’s acquisition of Vietnamese fertilizer company (2017-18, pending)
  • Korean crypto currency trader’s global investment in Southeast Asia and South America (2018, pending)
  • SK Networks’ investment in Vietnam to conduct retail and rental business (2017-18, pending)
  • D Group’s acquisition of concrete pile company in Vietnam (2017-18, pending)
  • Olympus Capital Asia’s private debt fund registration in Korea (2017-18)
  • Oracle Korea’s acquisition of Mircos Fidelio Korea (2016-2017)
  • GHIF’s debt investment in Access Bio (a U.S. company listed in KOSDAQ market) by way of acquiring convertible bonds (2015-16) - Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GHIF is an investment fund focused on global healthcare-bio industry
  • SKC’s formation of international JV with Mitsui Chemicals (2014-15)
  • Fair Friend Group (Taiwan)’s acquisition of a Korean machinery company (2014)
  • GHIF’s equity and debt investment in EuBiologics (2014)
  • Orix Savings Bank’s acquisition of Smile Savings Bank (2013)
  • German autopart company’s acquisition of a Korean company (2013)
  • Stahl’s investment in a Korean hot melt sheet manufacturer (2013)
  • Qualcomm’s acquisition of shares in Pantech by way of debt-to-equity conversion and acquisition of additional shares (2009-2013)
  • International SOS’ acquisition of a Korean company and subsequent merger between subsidiaires (2012-13)
  • Attempted refinancing for Hanoi Lanmark 72 project (2012)
  • Woongjin Chemical’s sale of Indonesian subsidiary (2012)
  • Sale of controlling shares in SsangYong E&C (2011-2012)
  • SKC’s formation of JV with Evonik Degussa (2010-2011)
  • Schott AG’s transfer of licenses to LG Chem and construction of panel glass manufacturing facility (2009-2010)
  • SKC Haas Korea’s acquisition of shares in SKC Haas USA (2008)
  • Sale of assets of SKC Eurodisplay to SKC Haas Polska (2008)
  • SK Chemical’s attempt to acquire the Faceshop at USD 300 million from Affinity funds (2008)
  • Defense of hostile takeover attempt against Woori Home Shopping (2005)
  • Sale of Inchon Oil Refinery at USD 3 billion (2002-2005)
  • Sale of Assets of Hanbo Iron & Steel at USD 800 million (2001-2004)
  • Samick’s acquisition of Bechstein piano (2003)
  • Templeton fund’s acquisition of shares in Kodaco (2002)
  • Nutrasweet’s acquisition of aspartame division of Daesang (2002)
  • Youngan’s acquisition of Clark (heavy vehicle) (2002)
 
[Corporate Advisory Works for Multinational Clients]
  • British American Tobacco’s launch of Korea business including establishment of factory and regulatory matters
  • International SOS’ Korean business including acquisition of a Korean company, subsequent merger and corporate legal matters involving its Korean business
  • IPG Photonics’ Korean corporate legal works and FTA related investigation matter
  • Sanofi’s general corporate works involving its 4 Korean subsidiaries
  • Hanwha Total (formerly Samsung Total) on its Korean business related corporate works and regulatory matters
  • Intel Korea’s contract matters in its Korean business
  • Tredegar Film Product’s all aspects of legal matters involving its Korean business
  • Sodexo’s Korean business including general corporate works and attempted acquisition of a Korean company
  • Bosch Korea on its general corporate matters and regulatory issues
  • Atrenta’s establishment of Korean entity and subsequent corporate advisory works
  • Engel machinery on its Korean investment to set up a manufacuring facility
  • Hyundai Thanh Cong’s legal/contract matters involving its Vietnamese vehicle manufacturing business
  • UOB Ho Chi Minh Branch’s Vietnamese banking law matters
  • Enercon’s corporate/labor/environment matters in Vietnam
  • Advised on various aspects of financial/securities regulations for Orix Group, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Franklin Templeton, Genesis Asset Management, Brandes (management investment company), U.S. Bank National Association, Qualcomm, International SOS, Fair Friend Group, Heidrick and Struggles, IPG Photonics, Tredegar Film Products, Ingredien, Accenture, BNP Paribas, etc.
  • Advised on securities custodial issues for Standard Chartered Bank, HSBC, Citibank N.A., State Street Bank, Deutsch Bank and Trust Company and Northern Trust Company, etc.
 
[International Arbitrations and Disputes]
  • Air Liquide v. Dongbu Steel (ICC, Seoul): represented Dongbu Steel
  • SK Hynix v. Toshiba, Sandisk (litigations in Japan and the U.S.): advised SK Hynix
  • Oto Melara v. Hyundai WIA (ICC, Paris): represented Oto Melara (Italian artillery manufacturer)
  • LyondellBassell v. Polymirae (Mediation, Singapore): represented Polymirae, JV of LB and Daelim
  • AK Capital v. Hanbo Steel (ICC, Hong Kong): represented Hanbo Steel
  • AK Capital v. KAMCO (Korea Asset Management Corp.)(NY litigation): advised KAMCO
  • SKC v. Evonik (Dispute negotiation): represented SKC
  • Olympus Capital v. KEB Card (ICC, Hong Kong): represented KEB Card
  • C&M v. Olympus Capital (ICC, Hong Kong): represented C&M
  • Hyundai Corp. v Thailand company (litigation in Thailand): advised Hyundai Corp.
  • Haelim Sinsung v. Guo Hong Xin Da (HKIAC, Hong Kong): represented Haelim Sinsung
  • Hyosung’s dispute with Vietnamese steel vendor: represented Hyosung on its negotiation
  • Hyundai E&C’s potential dispute involving overseas construction projects: advising Hyundai E&C
  • Daelim Industries’ potential dispute involving overseas construction projects: advising Daelim Industries

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