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Tony Dongwook KANG

Tony Dongwook KANG



Tony DongWook Kang is the partner in charge of the cross border litigations of Bae, Kim & Lee LLC.

Tony’s practice is focused on litigation in the fields of civil, commercial (including post M&A disputes and hostile takeovers), control disputes, white collar crimes, product liabilities, real estate and finance. He served as a judge for 12 years in the Korean judiciary before joining Bae, Kim & Lee LLC in 2006 in various posts starting from the Seoul Criminal District Court and the Seoul Civil District Court to the Seoul High Court of Appeals. He earned respect from his peers while serving as a judge through his diligence, devotion, and legal mind which is why, for instance, he was awarded in 2004 as the most valuable judge in the DaeGu district. This experience as a judge and praise from his peers inevitably seasons Tony’s ability in vigorously achieving satisfaction of and success for his clients in a wide spectrum of various cases.

Tony represented not only Koreans, but also parties from USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Ukraine, Great Britain, Lebanon, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium and more, in various Korean lawsuits conducted in Korean courts, of which all was successful in its nature of the dispute.

As a leading Chambers & Partners lawyer of the Asia-Pacific, Tony also actively participates in professional and academic seminars and is a favored speaker in his field. He is a visiting professor in various law schools in Seoul, while is also an active member of the Society of Civil Precedents and the International Association of Defense Counsel. Tony also authored various theses and articles dealing with topics such as commercial disputes, civil liens, commercial leases, accounting books and records, and divorce.

Tony received his bachelor degree from the School of Law, Seoul National University(1991;magna cum laude) and his master degree(LL.M.) from Harvard Law School(2002). He is fluent in English and frequently serves as arbitrators for domestic and international arbitrations.

Tony enjoys playing tennis and won various championships in the Supreme Court, Seoul Bar, Hyatt Olympus tournaments.
  • Experience List
    2008-2011Of counsel to the Korean Medical Association
    2006-PresentBae, Kim & Lee LLC
    2004-2006Judge, Seoul High Court of Appeals
    2004-2005Chairman, Yeongjoo City Election Commission
    2004-2005Judge, Yeongjoo City Court and Bonghwa County Court
    2002-2005Chairman, Public Servants’ Ethics Committee, Andong City
    2002-2005Judge, Andong Branch, Daegoo District Court
    2001Judge, Mooahn County Court
    2001-2002Judge, Mokpo Branch, Kwangjoo District Court
    2000-2001Judge, Northern Branch, Seoul District Court
    1999-2000Judge, Seoul Civil District Court
    1997-1999Judge, Seoul Criminal District Court
    1995-1997Judge Advocate / Legal Counsel for International Military Supplies Contracts, International Law Division, Legal Affairs Management Bureau, Ministry of National Defense
    1994-1995Judge Advocate, Legal Staff Office, the 3rd Army Headquarters, Korean Army
  • Education List
    2002Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
    1994Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of the Republic of Korea (magna cum laude)
    1991Seoul National University Law School (LL.B., magna cum laude)
  • [Author]
    "ICLG - International Arbitration 2020: Promotional Guidelines" (International Comparative Legal Guide, 2020)
    "ICLG - Product Liability 2019-2020 – Korea" (International Comparative Legal Guide, 2019-2020)
    "The Law Reviews - The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review (7th Ed.- 8th Ed.) - Korea chapter" (Law Business Research, 2018-2019)
    "The Law Reviews - The Securities Litigation Review (3rd Ed.– 5th Ed.) - Korea Chapter" (Law Business Research, 2017-2019)
    "Getting the Deal Through - Product Recall 2017" (Law Business Research, 2017)
    "International Litigation Procedure Reference Guide" (IADC, co-authored, 2014)
    "Practical Issues on Preliminary Injunctions Filed for Suspension of Transactions Subject to Resolution at a General Meeting of Shareholders" (Human Rights and Justice, Korean Bar Association, 2016)
    "Non-contentious cases and its future" (Human Rights and Justice, Korean Bar Association, 2013)
    "A Study on Improvements on Commercial Litigation" (Seoul National University Center for Financial Law, co-authored, 2012)
    "The Range and Scope of Accounting Books and Records, Korean Business Law" (Edgar Korean Law Series, 2012)
    "A study on Accounting Books and Records, focused on Control Disputes" (Human Rights and Justice, Korean Bar Association, 2010)
    "Liens on Collective Movables" (Study on Civil Precedents XXVI, 2004)
    "Study on Deliberation Periods for Divorce" (Korea Legal Aid Center for Family Relations, 2004)
    "Legal Issues on Unknown Conflagrations" (Study on Civil Precedents XXIII, 2001)
    "Are Computer Fonts Copyrightable?" (International Society for Criminology, 1998)

    Visiting Professor for various law schools (2010-Present)
  • Selected as a leading lawyer for Dispute Resolution by Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (2019)
    Listed as a leading lawyer for Dispute Resolution in Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2019)
    Listed as a leading lawyer for Dispute Resolution Litigation in Chambers Asia pacific (2016-2019)
    Listed as a Leading Practitioner for Product Liability Defence in Who’s Who Legal (2016-2018)
    Listed as a Leading Practicing Litigator for Dispute Resolution in Korea in the Legal 500 (2016-2018)
    Listed as a Star Individual in Korea for Dispute Resolution in Chambers Global (2016-2018)