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The German team at BKL is the leading one-stop legal service provider covering the full spectrum of legal needs for German companies in Korea, including incorporation, tax, M&A, labor, personal information protection, compliance, antitrust, competition, IP, dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration) and trade. We have formed a task force in particular for our German and German-speaking clients as well as for our Korean clients with business operations in Germany.

The team is composed of dedicated attorneys, who have experiences in Germany and are proficient in the German language. Hee-Gang Shin, who leads the German team and is an expert for banking and finance, has significant professional experience in providing expert advice with respect to German-related matters. Mino Han, attorney in the international dispute resolution team of BKL, regularly advises German companies in court and arbitration proceedings in Korea.

The recent addition to the German team is Michael Suh, German attorney at law. Michael Suh passed the bar exam in Cologne, Germany in 2006 and obtained the doctoral degree at the University of Vienna, Austria, in the field of comparative law. Having practiced in Korea for more than five years, Michael Suh boosts the capabilities of the German team enabling us to provide the highest quality of legal advice, which is tailored for our German clients. Michael Suh is very familiar with local customs and culture in both Germany and Korea and, thus, is able to provide German clients in Korea and Korean clients in Germany with in-depth and comprehensive advice.

Hee-Gang Shin, Mino Han and Michael Suh constitute the core of the German team, which is augmented by Joonki Yi, who leads the outbound M&A team at BKL, Dae-Hyun Baek, who focuses his main area of practice in corporate matters, Matthew J. Christensen, who is a US attorney in the international arbitration team of BKL, Chan-Ho Lee, who is part of our defense industry and legislation consulting team and served as a resident officer of the Ministry of Unification in Bonn, Germany, Sang-Hoon Shin, who is an expert for antitrust issues with extensive working experience in the Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) and Il Kang, partner in our antitrust team, who gained professional experience as a visiting attorney in a major German law firm.

Furthermore, our team maintains a close cooperative relationship with all top-tier law firms in Germany.
Major Cases

    • Advice for Hyundai Logistics on the establishment of its branches in eight foreign countries (including Germany) and its business assignment projects

    • Advice for LS Cable & System on its litigation in Germany against nkt cables GmbH

    • Advice on the establishment of a joint venture with Porsche in Korea

    • Advice for DSME Co., Ltd. on its project for restructuring of DeWind Europe GmbH, its wind power generation affiliate in Germany

    • Advice for Hankook Tire Worldwide on a claim with respect to its advertisement showing comparison with its German competitors

    • Advice on the acquisition of Q-Cells, a German photovoltaic cell manufacturer, by Hanwha Solar Energy

    • Advice relating to the acquisition by DSME Co., Ltd. of Offshore Wind

    • Advice for Nexon Corporation on its dealing with the operation of illegal game servers in Germany

    • Advice on a joint venture agreement between Design House Inc. and Burda GmbH

    • Research for Gyeonggi-do Provincial Government on German cases with respect to mass defection from North Korea and suggestions

    • Advice on the merger filing in respect of the acquisition by Volkswagen of Scania

    • Advice on the establishment of SK Continental E-motion by SK Innovation and Continental

    • Advice on the establishment of a joint venture by KEPCO and Thyssen Krupp Uhde

    • Advice on share transfer and joint venture between Sartorius Korea Biotech Co., Ltd. and Sartorius Stedim Biotech GmbH

    • Advice for Kaonmedia Co., Ltd. on its litigation in Germany (vs Karcher Industrial Products)

    • Advice for ThyssenKrupp on capital expansion for its Korean subsidiary

    • Advice on the establishment of a life insurance joint venture and share transfer by and between Hana Bank and Allianz

    • Advice relating to the participation by EADS’s Eurofighter in the bid for the next-generation fighter project

    • Advice for ThyssenKrupp on its acquisition of Dong Yang Elevator and its joint ventures