Junyeun CHO

  • Attorney
  • Partner
  • T. +82-2-3404-7559
  • F. +82-2-3404-7688
  • E. junyeun.cho@bkl.co.kr

Overview

Junyeun Cho is a partner at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC. Mr. Cho's practice focuses on domestic and international antitrust issues and matters, including merger control, cartel, leniency, abuse of market dominance, unfair support and franchise.

Mr. Cho has been representing clients in administrative adjudicatory proceedings before the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) as well as in court proceedings (administrative and civil). He also has extensive experience in general lawsuits related to financial institutions and companies, corporate law, protection of personal information, Technology · Media & Telecom, and management rights disputes.

Mr. Cho is a recipient of the award of excellence from the Judicial Research and Training Institute in 2011. He earned an LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center and was admitted to the California Bar in 2018. He also has experience working as an international visiting attorney at the Washington D.C. office of Hogan Lovells US LLP.

Representative Experience

2018 Foreign Attorney, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Washington D.C. (Secondment)
2011-Present Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Representative Matters

Represented KDB in merger filing with 6 competition authorities (Korea, EU, China, Japan, Singapore and Kazakhstan) involving its sale of DSME to Hyundai Heavy Industries
Represented LG Electronics in a case involving KFTC's investigation into U.S. semiconductor manufacturer alleging abuse of market dominance
Represented foreign bank in a KFTC investigation on the international cartel, including exchange rate collusion in the world's foreign exchange market
Represented steel maker in a KFTC investigation on the unfair support involving profit-taking through resale of the by-products of steelmaking successfully defended and achieved (close of examination procedures)
Represented a Korean company during the dispute and negotiation with an International Hotel Brand Operator concerning the Hotel Management Agreement
Merger Control
Represented KDB in merger filing with 6 competition authorities (Korea, EU, China, Japan, Singapore and Kazakhstan) involving its sale of DSME to Hyundai Heavy Industries
Represented interested parties regarding the KFTC's rejection of approval of the business combination involving the merger between the world ranking 1 and 3 semiconductor equipment manufacturers
Abuse of Dominance
Represented LG Electronics in a case involving KFTC's investigation into U.S. semiconductor manufacturer alleging abuse of market dominance
Cartel
Represented foreign bank in a KFTC investigation on the international cartel, including exchange rate collusion in the world's foreign exchange market
Represented foreign bank in a KFTC investigation on the cartel, including collusion in the foreign exchange swap market
Represented hotel business operators in a KFTC investigation on the cartel
Represented four driving schools in a KFTC investigation on the cartel
Unfair Support
Represented steel maker in a KFTC investigation on the unfair support involving profit-taking through resale of the by-products of steelmaking successfully defended and achieved (close of examination procedures)
Management Rights Disputes/Franchise
Represented a Korean company during the dispute and negotiation with an International Hotel Brand Operator concerning the Hotel Management Agreement
Civil Litigation (Compensation for Damage)
Represented plaintiffs in the cases seeking the damages from the participants in air cargo fuel surcharge collusion and LCD panel collusion
Represented a major commercial bank in a damage suit filed by VAN agencies concerning VAN commissions
Represented a client in a damage suit concerning collusion on ATMs
Advertising/Labeling
Represented Japanese automaker in a KFTC investigation into its violation of the Act on Fair Labeling and Advertising
Subcontract
Represented construction companies in a case alleging violation of Subcontract law

Education

2018 Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.)
2011 Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea
2009 Korea University (LL.B.)

Selected Activities

Publications
Study on The Procedure for Examination of Major Competition Authorities, Law and Economics Analysis Group Report (Co-author, Korea Fair Trade Mediation Agency, 2014)
Legal Definitions in The Fair Transactions in Franchise Business Act and Relevant Issues, Journal of Competition Law and Policy Vol.3 (Co-author, Seoul National University Center for Competition Law, 2014)
The Legal 500 Country Comparative Guides, South Korea: Merger Control (Co-author, Legal 500, 2020)
Awards
GCR Awards - Merger Control Matter of the Year - Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa (2022)
Citation (President of Judicial Research and Training Institute, the Supreme Court of Korea, 2011)

Qualifications

2011 Korea

Awards and Recognition