Soonghee Lee Managing Partner
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Soonghee Lee is a managing partner at Yoon & Yang LLC. His main practice areas include corporate and finance, corporate governance, anti-money laundering and internal controls, and disputes and regulations related to finance, securities, and insurance.
Soonghee Lee was selected as a “leading Lawyer” in the financial regulation section of IFLR1000, Legal 500 Asia-Pacific, and Asialaw Leading Lawyers. Mr. Lee was a lecturer in finance and international transactions at the Seoul Bar Association and the Judicial Training and Research Institute and served as a director at the Korea Securities Law Association and the Korean Financial Law Association. Mr. Lee was also a commissioner at the Financial Supervisory Service and a researcher at the Korea Corporate Governance Service.


  • 2003-present Yoon & Yang LLC
  • 2016-present Director, Korea Financial Law Association
  • 2013-present Director, Researcher, Director International Affairs, Statutory Auditor, Vice-Chairman, Korea Securities Law Association
  • 2016-17 Researcher, Korea Corporate Governance Service
  • 2015-17 Commissioner, Consumer Protectoin Deliberation Committee, Financial Supervisory Service
  • 2015 Lecturer (International Transaction Practice/Securities and Finance Training Institute), Seoul Bar Association
  • 2007-12 Adjunct Professor, Youngsan University College of Law
  • 2007 Lecturer (International Transaction Practice/Securities and Finance Training Institute), Seoul Bar Association
  • 2006-09 Member, Foreign Investment Attraction Committee, Kyunggi Province
  • 2003-06 Lecturer (International Transactions), Judicial Training and Research Institute
  • 1996-03 Partner, Yoon & Partners
  • 1993-96 Associate, Kim Shin & Yu
  • 1990-93 Judge Advocate, Republic of Korea Army


  • 2011 Seoul National University School of Law, LL.D. (coursework completed)
  • 2000 Cornell University Law School, LL.M.
  • 1990 Judicial Research and Training Institute
  • 1987 Seoul National University, College of Law, LL.B.

Representative Matters

  • Advised on governance and internal control of financial holding companies and banks
  • Successfully represented client in litigation concerning KIKO and ELS


  • Distinguished Practitioner, Banking and finance; Capital markets, asialaw (2020-2023/24)
  • Stand-out Lawyer, Thomson Reuters (2024)
  • Leading Lawyer, Banking; M&A, IFLR1000 (2016-2023)
  • Leading Lawyer, Capital markets: Equity, IFLR1000 (2014-2016, 2018-2023)
  • Leading Lawyer, Capital markets: Derivatives, IFLR1000 (2021-2023)
  • Leading Lawyer, Financial services regulatory, IFLR1000 (2016, 2019-2023)
  • National Leader, Banking, Who’s Who Legal Korea (2022-2023)
  • Leading Lawyer, Capital markets; Financial services regulatory, asialaw (2014-2018)
  • Leading Individual, Banking & Finance; Capital Markets, Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2016)


  • Getting the Deal Through – Anti-Money Laundering, 2023 Korea, Law Business Research (June 2023)
  • Stepping forward – Fintech Special Report, International Financial Law Review (June 2018, co-author)
  • Getting the Deal Through – Banking Regulation, 2017 Korea, Law Business Research (March 2017)
  • “Supreme Court Decisions on KIKO Cases,” The Asian Business Lawyer, Winter 2014
  • "Practical Law: Structured Finance and Securitization in South Korea," Thomson Reuters, December 2014 and 2015
  • “New Issues and Improvement Measures with respect to Business Transfer,” Joint Convention of Commercial Code Academies, July 2014
  • "Supreme Court decides on KIKO cases," International Briefings, International Finance Law Review, February 2014
  • “A Study on the Treatment of the Unclaimed Shares and the Prohibition of the Issuance of Bonds with Detachable Warrants,” 61 Business Finance & Law, Seoul National U. Finance Law Center (co-author), September 2013
  • “Securities Finance 2013 Korea," Getting the Deal Through – Securities Finance 2013, Law Business Research (co-author), May 2013
  • “Securities Finance 2012 Korea,” Getting the Deal Through – Securities Finance 2012, Law Business Research (co-author), May 2012
  • “Amended Commercial Code – Issues of Reinforcement to Prevent Conflicts of Interests between Directors and Corporations,” Corporate Governance Review, November/December 2011
  • “A Study on Balance between Enhancement of Corporate Value and Realization of Public Function of KRX,” Korea Corporate Governance Service (co-author), July 2011
  • “Current Status and Legal Issues of the Disputes Over Equity-Linked Securities (ELS),” Yonsei Global Business Law Review, December 2010
  • “ELS Disputes Pending Appeal,” IFLR, November 2010
  • “The Notorious Kiko Disputes,” IFLR, September 2010
  • “The Corporate Restructuring Promotion Act of Korea,” IFLR, June 2010
  • “Poison Pill Introduced to Korea,” IFLR, May 2010
  • “Special Purpose Acquisition Company,” IFLR, March 2010
  • “Public Offerings,” IFLR, February 2010
  • “Pre-examination of OTC Derivatives,” IFLR, December/January 2010
  • “Strengthening Investor Protection in Korea under the New Capital Market Consolidation Act,” FinanceAsia, October, 2008
  • “New Act Permits Securities-related Class Actions,” AsiaLaw, March 2004
  • “International Jurisdiction and Litigation Procedure Regarding Defamation by Foreign Internet Media,” Press Arbitration Commission, 2003
  • “Legal Issues of Protection for Intellectual Property on The Internet,” Cornell Law School LL.M. Paper, 1999
  • “Recent Development in Korea on Foreign Investment and M&A,” Korea Legal Report, Baker & McKenzie (co-author), 1998