Joon Ki YI

  • Attorney
  • Partner
  • T. +82-2-3404-0152
  • F. +82-2-3404-0803
  • E. joonki.yi@bkl.co.kr

Overview

Joon Ki Yi has performed extensive matters in the fields such as inbound/outbound M&As, joint ventures, energy/overseas resource development, and disputes over management rights, etc. over the past 25 years. As a renowned attorney-at-law in the M&A, Mr. Yi has advised his clients on landmark transactions, etc. such as the big deal between Samsung and Hanwha, China's Doublestar's acquisition of Kumho Tire, GS E&C's acquisition of Spain's Inima, and Korea Electric Power Corporation's spinoff of its power generation subsidiary.

Mr. Yi graduated from Seoul National University School of Law in 1990 and completed the 22nd class of Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea in 1993. After successfully completing his obligation for military service as judge advocate, he joined Bae, Kim & Lee LLC in 1996. Mr. Yi also obtained an LL.M. from the Columbia Law School in 2001. After admission to the bar of New York in 2002, he practiced law in the Skadden Arps New York office (2001-2002).

Representative Experience

2001-2002 Visiting Attorney, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, New York
1996-Present Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
1994-1996 International Contract Officer, Defense Procurement Agency, Ministry of National Defense
1993-1996 Judge Advocate, Republic of Korea Army
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2022-Present Member, Task Force for the Enhancement of Corporate ESG Management, Korean Bar Association
2013-2016 Arbitrator, Korea Commercial Arbitration Board
2012-2014 Chairman, Environment and Energy Research Committee, Korean Bar Association
2003-2004 Legal Advisor, Ministry of Commerce Industry and Energy

Representative Matters

Advised Doublestar on its acquisition of Kumho Tire
Advised Visteon on its sale of Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp
Advised the client on the big deal between Samsung and Hanwha (Advised Samsung Group on its sale of defense/petrochemical affiliates)
Advised GS E&C on its acquisition of Inima, a Spanish water treatment company
Advised Korea Electric Power Corporation on its spin-off of power generation subsidiary
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Advised Doublestar on its acquisition of Kumho Tire
Advised Visteon on its sale of Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp
Advised the client on the big deal between Samsung and Hanwha (Advised Samsung Group on its sale of defense/petrochemical affiliates)
Advised GS E&C on its acquisition of Inima, a Spanish water treatment company
Advised Korea Electric Power Corporation on its spin-off of power generation subsidiary
Advised the client on the joint venture contract between CJ O Shopping and Star TV of India
Advised Insight on its investment in Ticket Monster
Advised LG CNS of its establishment of a joint venture with SBI Group of Japan (* the first expansion overseas by a Korean SI company)
Advised LG Electronics on its acquisition of LS Mtron's air conditioning unit division
Advised LG Electronics on its acquisition of Daewoo Entec, a company specialized in water treatment
Advised LG Electronics on its establishment of a joint corporation for water treatment with Hitachi of Japan
Advised SK, Posco, and Hyundai Merchant Marine, etc. on their defense of management rights
Advised SKC on its overseas transfer of special film business division (first to use the earn-out method in Korea)
Advised SK Gas on its acquisition of Dongbu Power Dangjin Corporation
Advised the client on the sale of Korea Life Insurance
Advised the client on the merger of Samsung SDI and Cheil Industries
Advised Samsung E&C on its sale of shares in Busan New Port
Advised Samsung Everland and Samsung C&T on their acquisition of Lakeside CC
Advised Samsung Everland on its acquisition of the fashion business division of Cheil Industries
Advised Samsung Electronics on its joint venture with Sony for the 7th and 8th generation LCD lines
Advised the fund operated by Samchully Asset Management on its acquisition of shares and assets in Neptune Gas Processing Plant of USA
Advised LG International on its acquisition of Dangjin Tank Terminal
Advised Korea Gas Investment (KGIC) on its establishment and acquisition of shares in SK Enron
Advised Troika Overseas Resources development Private Equity Fund on its production of oil in the USA and acquisition of an oil fields operator
Advised the client on the sale of Ticket Monster
Advised Hanwha Group on its sale of shares in Korea Independent Energy Corp. (KIECO)
Advised Hankuk Carbon on the disputes over management rights
Advised Hankook Tire on its project to construct plant No. 1 in the USA
Advised Hanwha Group on its acquisition of Q Cells, a German photovoltaic company
Advised Boryeong LNG Terminal Co., Ltd., a joint corporation between GS and SK, on the LNG terminal use contract

Education

2001 Columbia Law School (LL.M.)
1993 Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea
1990 Seoul National University (LL.B.)

Selected Activities

Publications
IFLR Asia-Pacific FinTech Special Focus - The Digital Way (Co-author, IFLR, 2017)
Risks of Renewable Energy Law and Resolution thereof (Yonhap Infomax Legal Insight, 2015)
Study on the Method for the Improvement of Overseas Resources Development Business Act (Co-author, Collected Papers of the Association for Research on the Legislation on Resources and Energy, 2010)
Awards
Chambers Asia-Pacific - Leading Lawyer (2018)
IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer (2014-2022)
Asialaw - Leading Lawyer (2016-2021)

Qualifications

2002 New York
1993 Korea

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