Jay Ahn

Jay Ahn is an attorney at Kim & Chang. He practices primarily in the areas of antitrust and competition, insurance, mergers & acquisitions, Japanese, corporate governance and foreign direct investment. He serves as the chair of the firm’s Insurance Practice Group.

Mr. Ahn’s antitrust and competition practice focuses on cartel, abuse of dominance, merger filings and other anti-competitive issues. He also serves as defense counsel in complex competition law litigation cases. For the past two decades, Mr. Ahn has represented clients in a wide range of industries, such as the software, information technology, telecommunications, insurance, banking, paper, power cable, pharmaceutical, motion picture, airline and construction industries.

As chair of the firm’s Insurance Practice Group, Mr. Ahn has experience with a variety of insurance transactions and regulatory matters. These include mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, license applications, regulatory compliance and regulatory examinations. He works extensively with Korean and multinational insurance companies, reinsurance companies, brokers and other participants in the insurance industry.

Mr. Ahn has also advised sellers and buyers in strategic and financial merger and acquisition transactions.

In addition to his legal practice in Korea, Mr. Ahn was a visiting attorney at Proskauer Rose Goetz and Mendelsohn’s New York office in 2004 and 2005. Since 2003, Mr. Ahn has also acted as an advisor to the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC), serving as a member of the Competition Policy Advisory Committee to the KFTC. In this capacity, Mr. Ahn has helped the Korean competition authorities establish policies on leniency programs.

Mr. Ahn received an LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1994 and an LL.B. from College of Law, Seoul National University in 1984. He also received training from the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea in 1985. He is admitted to the Korea bar and New York bar.

Insurance Law Practice:

Kim & Chang’s market leading Insurance Practice Group offers superior service to clients, utilizing the expertise and resources of the Group, as well as the firm’s other practice groups, to provide for a wide range of client needs, including establishment and licensing of new business entities, general legal advice and assistance on regulatory compliance.

Our Insurance Practice Group is also well-known for its expertise in mergers & acquisitions in the insurance industry and insurance dispute resolution.

Our Insurance Practice Group consists of attorneys, CPAs, certified tax accountants, actuaries and other experts, many of whom have focused their practice on insurance matters and accumulated experience in leading legal and accountancy practices. Drawing upon such wealth of expertise, our Group is able to provide effective and efficient advice to our clients based on the understanding of the legal issues and the regulatory requirements, as well as an up-to-date knowledge of the industry trends and developments.

Yang HO Oh

Attorney Oh Yang-ho is a partner in Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (BKL). His practice focuses on advising corporate clients in areas of broadcasting, telecommunication, energy, and legislation. He has been with BKL for more than 20 years since 1989. His major successful cases include: international arbitration over CDMA royalty between Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) and Qualcomm, sale of Daewoo Motors, restructuring and division of Daewoo Heavy Industries, reorganization of the structure of electrorefining industry, restructuring of foreign bonds of Korea Electric Power Corporation, privatization of KT, SKT’s merger with Shinsegi Telecom, and KT’s merger with KTF.

He studied law at Seoul National University and earned an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. He also studied at the University of Missouri Journalism School. He is a legal advisor to major companies including Korea Electric Power Corporation, KT, SKT, and SBS and government agencies including Korea Communications Commission, Ministry of Information and Communication, and ETRI. He was an outside director for Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, Korea Power Exchange, Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power, and Korea Western Power. He is a director of Korea Database Agency, an auditor of Chosun Ilbo Media Research Center, a member of the committee under the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning deliberating communication charges, a member of evaluation committee of the Information & Communication Promotion Fund, and a member of evaluation committee of Korea Telecommunications Operators Association.

TMT Law Practice:

Bae, Kim & Lee was among the first law firms in Korea to develop a specialized practice in the information technology and telecommunications sector. Since its formation in the 1990s, our telecommunications & broadcasting practice group has consistently stood at the forefront of legal development in the sector in Korea and is currently one of the largest IT and telecommunications practice groups in Korea.

Over the years, BKL has represented and advised numerous foreign and domestic companies in this sector, including, for example, major telecom carriers, IT solution providers and broadcasting companies, and we have also worked with key public institutions such as the Korea Communications Commission (formerly the Ministry of Information and Communication of Korea). For this diverse clientele, we have assisted in structuring and negotiating a variety of IT and telecom-related commercial transactions, in addition to assisting them in navigating the regulatory process in Korea.

The lawyers of BKL’s telecommunications and broadcasting group combine thorough knowledge of the law with an understanding of the business objectives of our clients to provide realistic solutions. We have senior lawyers with national and international reputations in their practice areas, as well as a number of former senior officials from governmental agencies involved in telecommunications and broadcasting matters, including two former Ministers of Information and Communication. Working closely with the firm’s other practice groups, we are able to offer a comprehensive “one stop” shop for legal services to all of our clients.

Bae, Kim & Lee:

Founded in 1980, Seoul-based bkl is one of the oldest law firms in Korea. Grounded in many years of experience, we are a leading firm that provides legal services in a broad range of practice areas such as corporate law and governance, mergers & acquisitions, complex litigation, international arbitration, antitrust, joint ventures & strategic alliances, tax, intellectual property, regulatory and employment law matters, among others.

With over 400 attorneys and other professionals located throughout our offices in Seoul, Beijing and Shanghai, bkl has a diverse mix of Korean attorneys, international attorneys, tax advisors, industry analysts, former government officials and other specialists in various practice areas that work together in multidisciplinary teams to provide full-service capabilities necessary to meet the needs of our clients.

bkl advises a broad range of clients such as Korean conglomerates and government organizations, as well as major international financial institutions and multinational companies based in the US, Europe and throughout Asia.

We are recognized as a leading law firm in Korea, and are only one of a handful of law firms in Seoul that work with international clients on a daily basis. Our professionals include many individuals that speak more than one language and that have worked at law firms in other countries, giving them experience and familiarity with cross-border transactions to assist international client objectives in Korea as well as Korean client objectives overseas. bkl is also a member of the World Law Group and its global network of over 50 law firms, and has strong relationships with financial, tax and accounting advisors in various jurisdictions throughout the world, which allows bkl to serve its clients with a global reach.

Client service is the foundation of our legal practice, and our professionals view themselves as strategic partners to assist clients achieve their business and legal objectives. Each bkl professional is deeply committed to our clients, and understands the importance of being responsive to and available for clients needs.