Youngsoo AHN

  • Attorney
  • Partner
  • T. +82-2-3404-0160
  • F. +82-2-3404-0802
  • E. youngsoo.ahn@bkl.co.kr

Overview

Youngsoo Ahn focuses his practice on advising clients regarding hostile mergers and acquisitions, shareholders' meeting and meetings of the board of directors, and on handling disputes concerning management rights, stock ownership and equity investment. Mr. Ahn has continued to handle such cases since 1998 at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC. Key cases he successfully dealt with include: SK Group's defense against Sovereign Global, Hyundai Merchant Marine's defense against KCC, hostile takeover of Shinho Paper, Hyundai Heavy Industries' acquisition of management right of Hyundai Oilbank, and dispute among Himart shareholders.

Mr. Ahn represented numerous listed or unlisted companies with fervor and creativity, thus setting many new precedents, as he handled many disputes concerning company law (e.g. commercial preliminary injunction case and non-contentious litigation case). He is recognized as one of the most experienced lawyers in this area.

Representative Experience

1998-Present Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Representative Matters

Advised and represented investors in the dispute over sale of Kumho Buslines and related disputes
Advised and represented Hyundai Heavy Industries on acquisition of Hyundai Oilbank and related disputes
Represented the largest shareholder of Himart in the dispute over management right among shareholders
Advised A securities company on exercise of its shareholder right over AB food company
Advised SK (vs. Sovereign Global) and Hyundai Merchant Marine (vs. KCC) in defense in the management right disputes
Commercial Affairs and Management Dispute
Advised and represented investors in the dispute over sale of Kumho Buslines and related disputes
Advised and represented Hyundai Heavy Industries on acquisition of Hyundai Oilbank and related disputes
Represented the largest shareholder of Himart in the dispute over management right among shareholders
Advised A securities company on exercise of its shareholder right over AB food company
Advised SK (vs. Sovereign Global) and Hyundai Merchant Marine (vs. KCC) in defense in the management right disputes
Advised B paper company on the hostile merger case
Represented Shinsegae in the dispute related to management contract with regard to JW Marriott Hotel Banpo
Advised Export-Import Bank of Korea on securing a management right over C shipbuilding company
Advised shareholders of Company D on exercise of shareholder right over DA department store
Advised large shareholders with on dismissal of Olympus Korea's representative director and internal audit
Advised an acquirer in the hostile merger of Chohung Capital (currently CNH Capital)
Represented Company E, an unlisted company, in the family dispute over management right
Represented Tovis, Kukdong Oil & Chemicals, Topfield, SG Choongbang, Sports Toto, and many other listed companies in minority shareholder disputes
Advised Fine Digital in defense in the management right dispute
Administrative Litigation
Represented fine art professor Min Su Kim at Seoul National University in the litigation seeking cancellation of disposition of refusing re-appointment

Education

2003 American University Washington College of Law (LL.M.)
1998 Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea
1989 Seoul National University (LL.B.)

Selected Activities

Publications
Analysis of Practical Issues Regarding the Exercise of Shareholder Proposal Rights, BFL Vol. 84, pp. 23-43 (Co-author, Seoul National University Center for Financial Law, 2017)
The range and scope of accounting books and records, Human Rights and Justice No. 412, pp. 156-169 (Co-author, Korean Bar Association, 2010)
Basic Research for the Legal Review and Institutionalization of Restructuring Plans for Private Universities (Co-author, Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development, 2004)

Qualifications

2005 New York
1998 Korea