Jinwook SONG

  • Attorney
  • Partner
  • T. +82-2-3404-0462
  • F. +82-2-3404-0806
  • E. jinwook.song@bkl.co.kr

Overview

Jinwook Song specializes in white collar defenses. Mr. Song has defended clients over 10 years in the investigations and trials of major criminal cases that drew public attention. For instance, he defended clients in investigations and trials of the following criminal cases related to: violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Economic Crimes (capital flight to overseas); violation of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act; tax evasion (violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Crimes, and violation of the Punishment of Tax Evaders Act); violation of the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act (including market price manipulation, insider trading, unfair trade practices, and accounting fraud); creation of slush funds by conglomerates or fraud, embezzlement, and breach of trust; the bribery and violation of the Public Official Election Act by high-level officials; violation of the Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act; violation of the Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act. He also defended in a constitutional suit for confirmation as to whether import health requirements for U.S. beef and beef products violated the constitution.

As a key member of Bae, Kim & Lee LLC's Compliance and Anti-Corruption Team and ENI (E-Discovery and Investigation) Team, Mr. Song has recently provided advice on compliance risk evaluation and system diagnosis/establishment (advice on the diagnosis of a risk of violation of laws, including compliance control standards under the Commercial Act and ISO international standards), advice on whether domestic/foreign anti-corruption laws (the Criminal Act, the Improper Solicitation and Graft Act, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) are violated and whether those laws are applicable, advice on establishment/improvement of corporate internal regulations and compliance education, and advice on corporate internal investigation, through digital forensic technology, to uncover corruption and irregularities and trade secret leaks.

Mr. Song earned a LL.B. from Korea University, completed the 33rd Judicial Research and Training Institute course, and earned an LL.M. from Korea University with a master's thesis entitled 'Study on the Concepts and Scope of Property Rights.' In addition, he earned an LL.M. from University of Southern California Gould School of Law and completed a doctoral course at Korea University Graduate School of Law.

Representative Experience

2007-Present Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
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2022-Present Member, Gender Equality Committee, National Police Agency
2018-2021 Member, Public Official Accident Compensation Council, Ministry of Personnel Management
2016-2018 Member, Criminal Conciliation Committee, Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office
2015-2017 Member, Offense Investigation Committee, Seoul Main Customs
2014-Present Member, Loss Compensation Commission, Korean National Police Agency

Representative Matters

Handled criminal cases related to foreign exchange transactions or customs duty, including violation of the Customs Act, violation of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act, and violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Economic Crimes (capital flight to overseas)
Handled tax criminal cases, including violation of the Punishment of Tax Evaders Act, and violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Crimes (tax evasion)
Handled criminal cases related to trade secret infringement and technology leaks, including violation of Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act
Represented clients in the criminal cases involving serious industrial accidents and industrial safety accidents including, among other things, Company A's explosion, Shipbuilding Company AB's crane accident, and Shipbuilding Company AC's vessel explosion
Advised company B, company BA and other domestic major large companies on their compliance
Criminal Case (Prosecution, Police, Relevant Institutions) / Criminal Court
Handled criminal cases related to foreign exchange transactions or customs duty, including violation of the Customs Act, violation of the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act, and violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Economic Crimes (capital flight to overseas)
Handled tax criminal cases, including violation of the Punishment of Tax Evaders Act, and violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Crimes (tax evasion)
Handled criminal cases related to trade secret infringement and technology leaks, including violation of Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act
Handled cases related to unfair collusion or unfair transactions, including violation of the Monopoly Regulation and Fair Trade Act
Represented clients in criminal cases regarding securities finance such as violation of the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act and violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, Etc. of Specific Economics Crimes (Bribe)
Handled corporate criminal cases, including violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Economic Crimes (fraud, embezzlement, breach of trust)
Handled bribery cases involving senior public officials, including violation of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment, etc. of Specific Crimes (bribery)
Represented clients in the criminal cases involving serious industrial accidents and industrial safety accidents including, among other things, Company A's explosion, Shipbuilding Company AB's crane accident, and Shipbuilding Company AC's vessel explosion
Handled bribery case involving senior public official, including violation of the Public Official Election Act
Handled cases related to online defamation, including violation of the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection, Etc.
Handled cases related to illegal receipt of subsidy, including violation of the Subsidy Management Act
Handled criminal cases related to personnel/labor issues, including violation of the Act on the Protection, Etc. of Temporary Agency Workers
Compliance, Anti-Corruption, Legal Compliance
Advised multinational companies on compliance risks and the diagnosis and establishment of compliance system
Advised company B, company BA and other domestic major large companies on their compliance
Advised major large companies within and outside Korea on compliance issues arising in connection with the Serious Accidents Punishment Act
Advised clients on internal investigations on act of corruption by officers of major companies in and out of Korea
Advised major domestic/foreign companies, public agencies, and associations on the Improper Solicitation and Graft Act
Constitutional Litigation
Represented the government of South Korea in a suit seeking confirmation as to whether the import health requirements for U.S. beef and beef products violated the constitution

Education

2012 University of Southern California Gould School of Law (LL.M.)
2005 Korea University (LL.M.)
2004 Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea
1999 Korea University (LL.B.)

Selected Activities

Publications
Chambers Global Practice Guides: White Collar Crime 2019 - Korea Chapter (Chambers and Partners, 2019)
Awards
Citation for Outstanding Performance and Contribution to National Litigation and Constitutional Litigation (Minister of Justice, 2006)

Qualifications

2004 Korea