Kwang Hyun RYOO

  • Attorney
  • Partner
  • T. +82-2-3404-0150
  • F. +82-2-3404-7308
  • E. kh.ryoo@bkl.co.kr

Overview

Kwang Hyun Ryoo is a partner with superb capabilities and wide experience in the areas of telecommunications, data privacy, and e-commerce who has advised frontier companies home and abroad on their state-of-the-art business fields.

Mr. Ryoo served as a counselor at the Korea Communications Commission and the Ministry of Economy and Finance. Based on his knowledge and experience in computing system he has long acquired, he has also represented major companies in their cases concerning data privacy and system integration projects.

Before joining Bae, Kim & Lee LLC in 1995, Mr. Ryoo graduated from Seoul National University Department of Law, and served at the Busan Metropolitan Police Agency. He also graduated from Duke Law School and was admitted to the bar of New York.

Representative Experience

1995-Present Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
1994-1995 Public Prosecutor, Busan District Prosecutors' Office
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2017-Present Arbitrator, Korea Commercial Arbitration Board
2016-2020 Member, Personal Information Dispute Mediation Committee
2011-2016 Counselor, Korea Communications Commission
2010-2014 Counselor, Ministry of Strategy and Finance (General and IT affairs)
2007-2009 Director of International Relations, Seoul Bar Association
2004-2014 Member, Information Disclosure Examination Committee, Korea Communications Commission
2003-2004 Member, Open Source Software Promotion Council, Ministry of Information and Communication

Representative Matters

Advised Netflix on personal data protection and security compliance
Represented the client in obtaining the first government approval for acquisition of 100% foreign equity under the FTA
Advised company A on the charging standards for electric vehicle certification
Represented LEVEL 3 Communication in its application for a license of the facilities-based telecommunications business
Advised company B on the approval on telecommunications business in Korea
Advised Netflix on personal data protection and security compliance
Represented the client in obtaining the first government approval for acquisition of 100% foreign equity under the FTA
Advised company A on the charging standards for electric vehicle certification
Represented LEVEL 3 Communication in its application for a license of the facilities-based telecommunications business
Advised company B on the approval on telecommunications business in Korea
Advised multiple comprehensive cable broadcasting companies on re-licensing and their response to the Korea Communications Commission's approval concerning M&As
Represented KT and KTF on an application for the Korea Communications Commission's approval on their merger; advised LG Telecom on its response to approval on the three telecommunications companies' merger
Advised SKT and KT on their frequency allocation of 800MHz and 1.8 GHz, respectively
Advised KT WiBro on its application for approval on its business advance
Advised three leading telecom companies on their response to the Korea Communications Commission's sanctions concerning illegal subsidies for mobile phones
Represented KT in its response to the Korea Communications Commission's sanctions concerning the termination of 2G service and relevant litigation
Advised clients on their response concerning re-licensing of terrestrial broadcasting business
Advised KT on its sale of shares and a strategic cooperation with foreign companies
Advised EBS and KT on their response to the Korea Communications Commission's investigation concerning personal information leakage and infringement accidents
Advised global company C on its smart TV service and mobile app service
Advised mobile carrier D on its review of electronic payment service business method
Advised company E on its issuance of pre-paid electronic payment method for social commerce and mobile app location-based service, etc.
Represented KT in its appeal case of damages for personal information leakage of 8.7 billion people (pending)
Advised the Korea Communications Commission on a dispute over pre-installation of an internet search bar in Android phones
Advised game company F on its response to the Korea Communications Commission's administrative disposition concerning collection of the Resident Registration Numbers
Advised company G on its response to the restriction on the location-based service business
Advised telecom carrier H on its response to a personal information infringement accident
Advised an imported car company on the terms and conditions of its webpage and its working procedures being in compliance with Korean laws
Advised Powercomm on its advance into the high-speed internet business
Advised Microsoft on telecommunications licensing scheme under local law
Advised Visa International on the new programs in connection with legal compliance for data privacy and security
Advised Facebook on its response to the Korea Communications Commission's investigation
Advised Kakao on data security and privacy issues in relation to investigation by the Public Prosecutors' Office
Advised a broadcasting company (SBS Holdings) on holding company-related compliance issues
Advised foreign program providers (Discovery, ESPN) their compliance with Korean laws
Advised Korea Telecom on legal issues and compliance matters including mergers and acquisitions, IT regulations issues and litigations with other telecommunications
Advised LG Uplus on the negotiations and drafting of the joint satellite launch agreement for the satellite ORION 3
Advised Google Korea on its establishing a Korean subsidiary and review of various adhesion contracts and agreements under local law
Represented the Korean Governmental Telecommunications Institution in its arbitration against a leading CDMA technology company
Advised Kakao on obtaining approval to lead a consortium in connection with internet primary bank

Education

1999 Duke University School of Law (LL.M.)
1994 Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea
1989 Seoul National University (LL.B.)

Selected Activities

Awards
Chambers Asia-Pacific - Leading Lawyer (2016-2022)
The Legal 500 - Leading Individual (2019-2022)
Asialaw - Leading Lawyer (2013)
Who's Who Legal - Leading Practitioner (2019-2022)
Asian Legal Business - Super 50 TMT Lawyers (2021)

Qualifications

2003 New York
1994 Korea

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