Seung Il HONG

  • Attorney
  • Partner
  • T. +82-2-3404-6567
  • F. +82-2-3404-7305
  • E. seungil.hong@bkl.co.kr

Overview

Seungil Hong's principal areas of practice include capital markets transactions such as initial public offering and securities offering, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, fund investments, cross-border transactions, and investment dispute matters. He is a Leading Lawyer in Chambers Global and IFLR1000.

Since Mr. Hong joined Bae, Kim & Lee LLC in 2009, he represented and advised clients on many high-profile domestic and international initial public offerings, global depositary receipts offering, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity and fund investments of various structures.

Mr. Hong also advises on venture capital investments, crypto-related transactions and regulations, aircraft financing and ship financing, financial litigation and international arbitration and dispute matters. His clients include banks, securities houses, asset managers, investors, and other financial and non-financial companies.

Representative Experience

2009-Present Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Representative Matters

LG Energy Solution's IPO and KRX listing
Lotte REIT's public offering and KRX listing
Korean Government's foreign exchange stabilization bonds offering
Shinhan Financial Group's acquisition of Orange Life (formerly known as ING Life)
Equity and loan investment in U.K. biomass power plant
LG Energy Solution's IPO and KRX listing
Lotte REIT's public offering and KRX listing
Korean Government's foreign exchange stabilization bonds offering
Shinhan Financial Group's acquisition of Orange Life (formerly known as ING Life)
Equity and loan investment in U.K. biomass power plant
Initial Public Offerings and KRX Listing
LG Energy Solution, Kakao Bank, Kakao Games, Celltrion Healthcare, LIG Nex1, Innocean, BGF Retail, Cheil Industry, Hyundai Rotem, CJ Hellovision
REIT Public Offering and KRX Listing
Lotte REIT, KB Star REIT, Mirae Asset Global REIT, SK REIT, Mastern Premier REIT, Mirae Asset Maps REIT, Koramco Energy Plus REIT, JR Global REIT, NH Prime REIT, Shinhan Alpha REIT
Securities Offerings
Korean Government's foreign exchange stabilization bonds, Kakao's global depositary receipts, Korea Development Bank's Dimsum Bonds, LG Display's offshore convertible bonds, Hanwha Chemical's global depositary receipts, Busan Bank's Tier II CoCo bonds and Samurai Bonds, LG Chemical's offshore exchangeable bonds, Hanwha Chemical's Samurai Bonds, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China's Kimchi Bonds
Block trades of Korean or offshore listed company shares
Merger & Acquisition and Equity Investment
Shinhan Financial Group's acquisition of Orange Life (formerly known as ING Life)
Chai Corporation's acquisition of Siot, Cosmecca Korea's acquisition of Englewood Lab, RFHIC's acquisition of Metal Life
Convertible bonds and series A investments in a U.S. company, Series A and B investments in a Singapore company, Pre-IPO investment in a Korean co-working space provider
Acquisition Financing and Securitization
U.K. modular solution provider, Spanish waste treatment service provider, German renewable gearbox manufacturer, German elevator manufacturer, European construction materials manufacturer, Dutch pharmaceutical company, Australian medical service provider, Indonesian data center provider, U.S. aerospace company
Offshore Investments
Equity and loan investment in U.K. Biomass power plant, Senior loan investment in U.S. combined cycle power plant, Senior loan investment in Australian solar power plant, Senior loan and junior loan investment in Australian coal terminal
Equity and loan investment in Abu Dhabi universities, Equity and loan investment in European car parking service provider, Senior loan investment in Australian media service provider, Investment in Australian North East Link PPP project
Acquisition of Majunga Tower in Paris, Acquisition of Le Lumiere Building in Paris, Acquisition of Santuary Building in London, Acquisition of Brookfield Place Building in Sydney
Investment Dispute Matters
Dispute matters relating to investments involving private funds, derivative-linked securities, specified money trust, total return swaps, and others
Innovative Financing Areas
Formation of venture capital funds and their investments
Crypto-related transactions and businesses, crypto funds and regulatory matters
Cross-border e-commerce

Education

2016 New York University School of Law (LL.M.)
2009 Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of of Korea
2006 Yonsei University (B.A.)

Selected Activities

Publications
Arbitration Law & Practice (Co-author, Pakyoungsa, 2012)
Arbitration Law of Korea: Practice and Procedure (Co-author, Juris Publishing, 2012)
Review of Restrictions on Solicitation Activities in Public Offerings of Securities: Application in Practice and Comparison with U.S. Securities Law, BFL No. 80 (Seoul National University Center for Financial Law, 2016)
Practical Issues of Shareholders Agreement in Pre-IPO investments, BFL No. 88 (Co-author, Seoul National University Center for Financial Law, 2018)
Chambers Global Practice Guides – Real Estate: Korea chapter (Co-author, Chambers and Partners, 2020-2022)
Awards
Chambers Asia-Pacific - Leading Lawyer (2022)
Chambers Global - Leading Lawyer (2022)
IFLR 1000 - Leading Lawyer (2020-2022)
Asialaw - Leading Lawyer (2020)

Qualifications

2016 California
2009 Korea

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