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Securities & Financial

A recognized leader in commercial litigation, Bae, Kim & Lee LLC handles many of the most important, complex and cutting-edge disputes in the securities and financial sector in Korea.

BKL has a track record of over 25 years in litigating a broad range of claims involving securities, banking and credit arrangements, financial products and financial services. In litigation by or against major financial institutions in Korea, including banks, securities houses, insurers, and investment trust and asset management companies, BKL has consistently been turned to for those matters that demand the highest level of trial and appellate skills.

With one of the largest litigation practices in Korea and in Asia, BKL is able to field a team of specialists for any securities or finance-related dispute. Among our more than 100 attorneys of BKL engaged in commercial litigation, many have years of intensive experience in advancing, or defending against, claims among securities issuers, financial intermediaries and sophisticated investors. Our team enjoys a well-earned reputation for resourceful and incisive advocacy in this field.

In addition to our veteran litigators, we offer a large corps of advisors with judicial, government and industry backgrounds, bringing added insight into regulation and policy, as well as a nuanced understanding of the services and products at issue.
Major Cases

    • Handling extensive litigation arising from currency hedge-related derivative contracts, such as “KIKO” (Knock-in Knock-out) contracts and forward and options contracts including contracts with offshore funds.

    • Represented Seoul Guarantee Insurance and other financial institutions in claims totaling over US$4 billion against the Samsung Group arising from financing arrangements for Samsung Motors.

    • Represented banks, insurers and other clients in lawsuit seeking to compel repurchase by securities houses of several US$100 millions worth of beneficiary certificates. The case proceeded to the Korean Supreme Court, where BKL obtained a favorable result in a landmark decision.


    We would be pleased to furnish upon request a fuller description of our recent work in securities and financial litigation.