Tony DongWook KANG

  • Attorney
  • Partner
  • T. +82-2-3404-0158
  • F. +82-2-3404-0802
  • E. tony.dw.kang@bkl.co.kr

Overview

Tony DongWook Kang is the partner in charge of international arbitration and litigations of Bae, Kim & Lee LLC and also shows expertise in pre/post M&A litigations, commercial and financial litigations, criminal litigations and corporate control disputes.

Mr. Kang's practice is focused on litigation in the fields of civil, commercial (including post M&A disputes and hostile takeovers), control disputes, white collar crimes, product liabilities, real estate and finance. He served as a judge for 12 years in the Korean judiciary before joining BKL in 2006 in various posts starting from the Seoul Criminal District Court and the Seoul Civil District Court to the Seoul High Court of Appeals. He earned respect from his peers while serving as a judge through his diligence, devotion, and legal mind which is why, for instance, he was awarded in 2004 as the most valuable judge in the Daegu district. This experience as a judge and praise from his peers inevitably seasons Tony's ability in vigorously achieving satisfaction of and success for his clients in a wide spectrum of various cases.

Mr. Kang represented not only Koreans, but also parties from USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Ukraine, Great Britain, Lebanon, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium Australia, UAE, Israel, Norway, Thailand and more, in various Korean lawsuits conducted in Korean courts, of which all was successful in its nature of the dispute.

As a leading Chambers & Partners lawyer of the Asia-Pacific/Global and the only Korean litigator of the ALB Top 15 Litigators of Asia, Mr. Kang also actively participates in professional and academic seminars and is a favored speaker in his field. He is a visiting professor in various law schools in Seoul, while is also an active member of the Society of Civil Precedents and the International Association of Defense Counsel. Tony also authored various theses and articles dealing with topics such as commercial disputes, civil liens, commercial leases, accounting books and records, and divorce.

Mr. Kang received his LL.B. from Seoul National University (1991, magna cum laude) and his LL.M. from Harvard Law School (2002). He is fluent in English and frequently serves as arbitrators for domestic and international arbitrations.

Mr. Kang enjoys playing tennis and won various championships in the Supreme Court, Seoul Bar, Hyatt Olympus tournaments.

Representative Experience

2021-Present Arbitrator, The Korean Commercial Arbitration Board
2021-Present International Arbitrator, KCAB International
2006-Present Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
2005 Judge, Seoul High Court
2004 Judge, Yeongju City Court and Bonghwa County Court
2002-2004 Judge, Andong Branch of Daegu District Court
2001 Judge, Mokpo Branch of Gwangju District Court
2000 Judge, Seoul Northern District Court
1999 Judge, Seoul Civil District Court
1997-1999 Judge, Seoul Criminal District Court
1995-1997 Judge Advocate, International Military Supplies Contracts and International Law Division, Legal Affairs Management Bureau, Ministry of National Defense
1994 Judge Advocate, Legal Staff Office, the 3rd Army Headquarters, Republic of Korea Army
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2008-2011 Counselor, Korean Medical Association
2004 Chairman, Yeongju City Election Commission
2002-2005 Chairman, Andong City Public Official Ethics Commission

Representative Matters

Represented a client in disputes over management rights related to acquisition of Hyundai Oil Bank (arbitration/litigation/preliminary injunction)
Represented a client in disputes over management rights related to acquisition of Korea Life Insurance (arbitration)
Represented a client in litigation/preliminary injunction related to acquisition of Hyundai E&C
Represented a client in litigation over diverse funds related to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers
Represented a client in case involving violation of the Act on Elections for Public Offices by Jeju Island's governor (excluding illegally obtained evidence)
Shareholder Disputes
Represented a client in litigation/preliminary injunction related to disputes over management right of Company A, Company AB, Company AC
Advised Company B on disputes over the management right
Represented a client in case involving shareholder disputes over Bank C
Represented a client in disputes over management rights related to acquisition of Hyundai Oil Bank (arbitration/litigation/preliminary injunction)
Represented a client in disputes over management rights related to acquisition of Korea Life Insurance (arbitration)
Represented a client in litigation/preliminary injunction related to disputes over management right of listed Company D, listed Company DA, listed Company DB
Represented a client in litigation regarding disputes over management rights of Golf Course E, Golf Course EA
Advised Company F in respect of disputes among shareholders thereof
M&A
Represented a client in litigation/preliminary injunction related to acquisition of Hyundai E&C
Represented a client in litigation over acquisition of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd
Finance Litigation
Represented a client in litigation over diverse funds related to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers
Represented a client in KIKO lawsuit
Represented a client in litigation regarding LIG E&C's CP
Represented a client in litigation regarding nullification of the issuance of new shares related to sale of KEB
White Collar Defense
Represented a client in case involving violation of the Act on Elections for Public Offices by Jeju Island's governor (excluding illegally obtained evidence)
International Arbitration & Cross-border Litigation
Represented a client in litigation regarding University G's defamation
Represented a client in litigation over companies in the USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Ukraine, Great Britain, Lebanon, Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, Australia, UAE, Israel, Norway, Thailand
General Civil Disputes
Represented a client in civil/criminal litigation related to company H's options
Represented a client in the class action lawsuit related to leaks of a lot of information of Company I

Education

2002 Harvard Law School (LL.M.)
1994 Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea (magna cum laude)
1991 Seoul National University (LL.B., magna cum laude)

Selected Activities

Publications
International Arbitration Laws and Regulations 2020-2021: Korea Chapter (ICLG, 2020-2021)
Product Liability Laws and Regulations 2019-2022: Korea Chapter (ICLG, 2019-2022)
The Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Review, 7th-10th Edition: Korea Chapter (Co-author, Law Business Research, 2018-2021)
The Securities Litigation Review (3rd Ed.– 8th Ed.): Korea Chapter (Co-author, Law Business Research, 2017-2022)
Product Recall 2017 (Co-author, Getting the Deal Through, 2017)
Practical Issues on Preliminary Injunctions Filed for Suspension of Transactions Subject to Resolution at a General Meeting of Shareholders, Human Rights and Justice (Co-author, Korean Bar Association, 2016)
International Litigation Procedure Reference Guide (Co-author, IADC, 2014)
Non-contentious cases and its future, Human Rights and Justice (Co-author, Korean Bar Association, 2013)
The Range and Scope of Accounting Books and Records, Korean Business Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012)
A Study on Improvements on Commercial Litigation, BFL (Co-author, Seoul National University Center for Financial Law, 2012)
A study on Accounting Books and Records, focused on Control Disputes, Human Rights and Justice (Co-author, Korean Bar Association, 2010)
Liens on Collective Movables - Study on Civil Precedents, Vol. 26 (Pakyoungsa, 2004)
Legal Issues on Unknown Conflagrations - Study on Civil Precedents, Vol. 23 (Pakyoungsa, 2001)
Activity
Speaker, Study on Deliberation Periods for Divorce (Korea Legal Aid Center for Family Relations, 2004)
Speaker, Are Computer Fonts Copyrightable? (International Society for Criminology, 1998)
Awards
Chambers Asia-Pacific - Leading Lawyer (2016-2022)
Chambers Global - Leading Lawyer (2017-2022)
The Legal 500 - Leading Individual (2016-2018, 2020-2022)
Asialaw - Leading Lawyer (2018-2022)
Who's Who Legal - Leading Practitioner (2016-2022)
Corporate INTL - Product Recall Law Firm of the Year in Korea (2022)
Asia Business Law Journal – Korea's Top 100 Lawyers (2021-2022)
Asian Legal Business - ALB Asia's Top 15 Litigators (2021-2022)
Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific - Leading Individual (2019-2022)

Qualifications

1994 Korea

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