Tong-Gun Lee

Tong-Gun Lee




Mr. Tong-Gun Lee is a partner at Shin & Kim. Mr. Lee’s practice focuses on inbound and outbound M&As, joint ventures and private equity transactions. Mr. Lee has been a major player in the most notable M&A transactions over the years. He has also advised on high-profile hostile takeover litigation and disputes. His vast experience in friendly and hostile M&A transactions and disputes has earned him a reputation as a top-notch, “go-to” M&A attorney for sophisticated documentation and brilliant negotiation.

He has been distinguished as a leading corporate/M&A lawyer by Chambers, Asialaw Profiles, Legal 500 and Legal Times.

He has acted for reputable private equity houses, including IMM, H&Q, Mirae Asset PE and Skylake, as well as strategic investors such as SK Group, Lotte Group, Hanwha Group, OCI, FILA and Novelis.

He has authored numerous articles concerning M&A for international publications and lectured at the Judicial Research & Training Institute and Seoul National University.

  • 2007Advanced Law Program of Seoul National University, College of Law
  • 2005-2006Stanford Law School, Stanford, CA, U.S.A. (LL.M., 2006)
  • 2004M&A Specialist Academy of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Graduate School of Global Business (Certificate of Completion)
  • 1996-2001Seoul National University, Graduate School of Public Administration (Certificate of Completion, 2001)
  • 1990-1995Seoul National University, College of Law (LL.B., 1995)
Professional Career
  • 2009Member of the Coordinating Committee for the Creditor Financial Institutions
  • 2008-PresentLecturer, Judicial Research & Training Institute, the Supreme Court of Korea
  • 2006-2007Internationa Lawyer, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, New York
  • 2003Prosecutor, Seoul Central District Public Prosecutors' Office
  • 2000-PresentShin & Kim LLC
  • 1998-2000Judicial Research & Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea
Bar Admissions
  • 2000Korea
  • Korean Bar Association
  • Korean Securities Law Association
  • International WHO’s WHO Historical Society [2004]

Korean, English

Professional Activities

Professional Accolades
  • "Leading Individual" for Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global/Chambers Asia, 2015-2023
  • “Leading Lawyer” for M&A, IFLR1000, 2019-2023
  • “Leading Lawyer” for Capital Markets, IFLR1000, 2022-2023
  • "Leading Lawyer" for Corporate/M&A, Asialaw Profiles, 2014-2023
  • "Recommended Lawyer” for Corporate and M&A, Legal500, 2017, 2019 / "Leading Individual” for Corporate and M&A, Legal500, 2020-2022
  • "Leading Lawyer" for Corporate and M&A, Legal Times, 2017, 2019, 2021-2022
  • “Korea’s Top 100 Lawyers”, Asia Business Law Journal, 2019
  • "Dealmaker of the Year”, ALB Korea Law Awards, 2019
  • M&A Deal of the Year - Acquisition of Momentive by SJL, KCC and Wonik, ALB Korea Law Awards, 2019
  • Ranked no. 1 for “M&A Power Lawyers”, Korea Economic Daily, 2018


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