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Lawyer (Korea)
Foreign Legal Consultant (California)

Introducing Jin Hee Lee, a licensed attorney in South Korea with active registration with the State Bar of California as a Korean Foreign Legal Consultant (FLC)*

With a decade of experience as a Corporate and M&A attorney at Lee & Ko,  Mr. Lee was honored as the Top M&A Lawyer of the Year (based on M&A deals count) by the Korea Economic Daily in 2017. His tenure at a prominent law firm in South Korea has equipped Mr. Lee with a wealth of expertise in managing a diverse array of cases encompassing Korean business, property, and family matters for his discerning clientele.

Inspired by his own immigrant journey and the hurdles he has overcome, Mr. Lee established 'K-Law Consulting' to serve the needs of international clients navigating various legal complexities, including Korean inheritance, real estate, visas, civil and criminal litigation, as well as cross-border (Korea-US) investments and business ventures. His commitment to exceptional service ensures clients access top-tier Korean Legal excellence in the United States, tailored to their needs.

Additionally, Mr. Lee served two years as a KATUSA soldier dispatched to the U.S. Army. He is an active member of the Korean Bar Association, International Affairs Committee of Seoul Bar Association and the Korean American Bar Association of Southern California. 

* To officially advise on Korean law in California, foreign (Korean) attorneys must register as Foreign Legal Consultants with the State Bar of California, meeting specific experience and recommendation criteria outlined by the bar association.


  • 2020 -  Present  K-Law Consulting, Founder/Principal

  • 2012 - 2020  Lee & Ko, Partner  

  • 2019 - 2020  Blank Rome, Visiting Foreign Counsel (Secondment)

  • 2014 - 2015   Macquarie Korea Asset Management, In-House Attorney (Secondment)


  • 2019  USC Gould School of Law, LL.M. 

  • 2012   Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea

  • 2009  Seoul National University, B.A.  

  • 2008  Passed Korean National Judicial Bar Exam

Admissions & Affiliations

  • The State Bar of California (Foreign Legal Consultant) (2020-)

  • Korean Bar Association, Seoul Bar Association (Lawyer) (2012-)

  • Director, Overseas Korean Traders Association L.A. Chapter (OKTA LA) (2022)

  • Economic Advisory Committee Member (Specialty: Korea-U.S. Business Legal Consulting), Korean Consulate General in Los Angeles (2021-) 

  • Member, International Affairs Committee of Seoul Bar Association (2021-)

  • Member, Korean American Bar Association of Southern California (2021-) 

Representative M&A Cases

​   Cross-Border Cases

  • LG Electronics (Public company) and LG Group (Public company)’s acquisition of ZKW Group (Austrian company/Automotive lights and electronics industry)

  • Carlyle Group’s acquisition of ADT Caps (Home security industry)

  • Carlyle Group’s acquisition (attempt) of Homeplus (Retail industry)

  • CJ Cheiljedang (Public company)’s acquisition (attempt) of Chinese Public company (Agricultural and chemical industry)

  • CJ KOREX (Public company)'s acquisition of DARCL (Indian company/Logistics industry)

  • Goldman Sachs Consortium’s sale of Daesung Industrial Gases (Industrial gas industry)

  • GS Retail (Public company)’s acquisition of Watsons Korea (Retail industry)

  • Key Safety System (U.S. company)’s acquisition of Image Next (Automotive electronics industry)

  • Merger of GS Retail (Public company) and Watsons Korea

  • Establishment of Chemical related Joint Venture company between Lotte Chemical (Public company) and Versalis S.p.A. (Italian company)

  • Establishment of Chemical related Joint Venture company between SK Global Chemical and JX Energy (Japanese company), etc.

   Korean Domestic Cases

  • CJ ENM (Public company)’s acquisitions of entertainment companies (K-POP industry)

  • Korean Air Lines (Public company)’ acquisition (attempt) of Korea Aerospace Industries (Public company/Aerospace industry)
  • LG (Public company)’s sale of LG Siltron (Semiconductor industry)

  • LG Chemical (Public company)’s acquisition of Dongbu Farm Hannong (Public company/Agricultural and chemical industry)
  • LG Chemical (Public company)’s acquisition (attempt) of Woongjin Chemical (Public company/Chemical industry)

  • LG Household & Health Care (Public company)’s acquisition of Zenice (Beauty industry)

  • Macquarie’s acquisition of energy industry company

  • Ssangyong Cement Industry (Public company)’s sale of Ssangyong Materials (Public company/Material manufacturing industry)

  • SK Corp (Public company)’s acquisition of OCI Materials (Public company/Material manufacturing industry)

  • SK Telecom (Public company)’s acquisition of Iriver (Public company/Consumer electronics industry)

  • Merger of Cheil Industries (Public company) and Samsung SDI (Public company)

  • Merger of Hanbul and Itsskin (Public company)

  • Merger of LG Household & Health Care (Public company) and Future
  • Merger of Naver (Public company) and Naver Business Platform’s Platform business

  • Division of CJ Cheil Jedang (Public company)

  • Division of Hyosung Corp. (Public company)

  • Division of Lotte-Nestle Korea

  • Division of Naver Business Platform

  • Division of Orion Corp. (Public company)

  • Division of POSCO P&S

  • Division and tender offer of Tbroad (Public company)

  • Division of Tongyang Inc. (Public company)

  • Business Transfer by Cheil Industries (Public company)

  • Business Transfer by LG Electronics (Public company)

  • Business Transfer by LS Industrial Systems (Public company)

  • Business Transfer by Tongyang Inc. (Public company)

  • Establishment of a Fintech related Joint Venture company between SK Telecom (Public company) and Hana Financial Group (Public company), etc.

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