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.

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
Key Experience
M&A transactions
  • Advised IMM Credit Solution on its investment in KT Cloud
  • Advised MBK Partners on its acquisition of Nexflex, a leading domestic manufacturer of flexible copper clad layer films (FCCL) for smartphones
  • Advised SD Biosensor and SJL Consortium on the acquisition of Meridian, a US-listed company
  • Advised Oneasia Partners on its acquisition of Graygo, an IP commerce platform
  • Advised CJ ENM on its minority investment in Must’it, an online luxury goods sales platform
  • Advised OCI on its acquisition of Bukwang Pharmaceutical
  • Advised CJ ENM on its acquisition of Endeavor Content, a US content creation agency (transaction value of approximately KRW 1 trillion as of 2021)
  • Advised IMM PE on the acquisition of PetFriends, a leading pet commerce company; acquisition of Kolmar Pharma and the transfer of the pharmaceutical business of Kolmar Korea; sale of Taihan Cable & Solution; and investment in Shinhan Financial Group
  • Advised KCC on the sale of its affiliates, KCC Silicone, KCC Basildon (KCC's silicone subsidiary in the U.K.) and KCG (KCC's subsidiary in Guangzhou, China), to Momentive for the corporate governance restructuring of KCC’s silicone business
  • Advised the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) on its acquisition of a stake in Starbucks Coffee Korea
  • Advised IMM Investment on its investment in Musinsa, a fashion platform
  • Advised Well to Sea No. 3 Investment Purpose Company on the sale of Aju Capital to Woori Financial Holdings
  • Advised Hansol Paper and Mirae Asset Daewoo Hunters Private Equity on the sale of Hansol Paper's subsidiaries in Denmark, the Netherlands, and Germany
  • Advised IMM Investment on its acquisition of convertible preferred shares (CPS) of Wemakeprice
  • Advised AJ Rent-A-Car on its acquisition of SK Networks' car rental division
  • Advised CJ CheilJedang on its acquisition of Schwan's Company, a U.S. frozen food company
  • Advised the consortium of SJL, KCC, and Wonik on the acquisition of Momentive, a US silicon company
  • Advised the consortium of Tencent, IMM, JKL, and Saehan Venture Capital on the investment in Bluehole
  • Advised on the sale of SK D&D’s stake to Hahn & Company
  • Advised on the sale of CJ Healthcare
  • Advised Novelis on its in-kind contribution to the Ulsan Plant Division and the establishment of a joint venture with Kobe Steel
  • Advised Group H on its acquisition of a U.S.-listed company
  • Advised Samsung Electronics on its investment in Dongjin Semichem
  • Advised IMM on the investment in Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries; acquisition of Taihan Cable & Solution; investment in Mars Entertainment in Turkey; sale of DST; the investment in Kyobo Life Insurance; investment in POSCO Special Steel; the investment in an affiliate of Doosan Group; acquisition of KT Rental; sale of Hollys; acquisition of Hyundai Cement; sale of Cap; and investment in K-bank
  • Advised SK Networks on the acquisition of Dongyang Magic; investment in MMX in Brazil; acquisition of Pinx; acquisition of Kumho Rent-a-Car China; and acquisition of Woongjin Coway
  • Advised OCI on the sale of OCI Materials and the sale of Ordeq
  • Advised SK E&S on the sale of power plant packages
  • Advised FILA on its acquisition of management control of Titleist
  • Advised on the joint venture of Kyungchang Industrial and Bosch in Germany
  • Advised Hansol Group on its acquisition of a Danish paper company and a Dutch paper company
  • Advised Mirae Asset PE, etc. on the acquisition of the headquarters of Coffee Bean in the U.S.
  • Advised Dongbu Group on its acquisition of Daewoo Electronics
  • Advised Lotte Group on its acquisition of Buy the Way and CS Distribution
  • Advised on other M&A matters in various fields
Disputes between shareholders, including management disputes
  • Represented investors in a pre-IPO investment in a lawsuit seeking liability for breach of a shareholders’ agreement by a major shareholder (litigation value of approximately KRW 700 billion)
  • Advised client in a hostile M&A attempt against Company H and advised on shareholder disputes
  • Advised Company K in a dispute between its largest and second largest shareholders
  • Advised on measures against an activist fund related to Company S
  • Advised a number of other listed companies and leading unlisted companies in management control disputes and shareholder disputes
  • 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)
Bar Admissions
  • 2000Korea
  • Korean Bar Association
  • Korean Securities Law Association
  • International WHO’s WHO Historical Society [2004]

Korean, English

Professional Activities
Professional Accolades


  • "Leading Lawyer" for Corporate/M&A, Asialaw Profiles, 2014-2024
  • "Leading Individual" for Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global/Chambers Asia, 2015-2021, 2022-2024 (Band 1)
  • "Recommended Lawyer" for Corporate and M&A, Legal500, 2017, 2019 / "Leading Individual" for Corporate and M&A, Legal500, 2020-2024
  • "Leading Lawyer" for M&A and Governance, Who's Who Legal, 2023-2024
  • "Leading Lawyer" for M&A, IFLR1000, 2019-2023
  • "Leading Lawyer" for Capital Markets, IFLR1000, 2022-2023
  • ALB Korean Super 30 Lawyers, Asia Legal Business, 2022-2023
  • "Leading Lawyer" for Corporate and M&A, Legal Times, 2017, 2019, 2021-2023
  • "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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