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Korean Attorney

Byoung Moon CHOI

Byoung Moon CHOI is the head of JIPYONG’s Insurance Team. He primarily focuses his practice on representing clients in disputes and matters related to insurance. He also regularly advises companies with respect to financial regulation and supervision, human resource management and labor, operation of public institutions.

Mr. CHOI was the head of Finance and Litigation Team at HMP law from 1998 to 2021. His representative matters include:
Representing a securities company in a dispute arising from the resale frenzy of beneficiary certificates including Daewoo’s bonds; successfully representing Samsung Life Insurance in a class action with respect to the whole life annuity (the case related to payment of guaranteed dividends) which attracted attention from society and gaining the Supreme Court’s final ruling in favor of the insurer for the first time in the history of the insurance industry; representing commercial banks in a claim for the return of unfair profits or claim for damages made against them by the group of yen borrowers; representing banks and securities companies in litigation related to LIG Construction’s CP investment; representing the Financial Supervisory Service in an administrative litigation related to the Service’s disciplinary action against a bank’s president for his insufficient internal control; and representing a wide range of clients in insurance disputes and litigation.

Mr. CHOI’s expertise is demonstrated through his career. He completed the insurance law course under the Finance Law and Practice Program of the Seoul National University, and is a member/research director of the Korean Insurance Law Association and a member/director of Korea Financial Law Association. Mr. CHOI also devotes a significant portion of his practice to engaging in academic and practice seminars and holding seminars with respect to the insurance and other related industries.

Mr. CHOI was an insurance benefit commissioner of the Standing Special Committee for Amendment of the Commercial Act at the Ministry of Justice from 2011 to 2013. He also served as the commissioner of the Advertisement Deliberation Committee of the Korea Life Insurance Association from 2015 to 2021.
From 2014 to 2021, he also served as a member of various committees including the Sanction Review Committee and the HR and Organizational Culture Innovation TF, as well as advisor (specialized in insurance) of the Financial Supervision Advisory Committee at Financial Supervisory Service (FSS), commissioner (specialized in insurance) of the Dispute Mediation Committee, Commissioner of the Management Evaluation Committee of MG Non-Life Insurance Co., Ltd., and Commissioner of the Committee on Management of Operating Guarantee Deposits of Insurance Brokers. Currently he is the commissioner of the Discretionary Review of Regulations Committee. He has actively participated in advising the Financial Supervisory Service on various sanctions and regulations as an expert in the fields of insurance and financial regulation. He also provides services to not only financial institutions but also their executives and employees as well as financial consumers, contributing to efforts to protect their rights.

Mr. CHOI has advised and represented the Korea Airports Corporation, a state-owned company, in connection with various matters and disputes for over 20 years. He also represents various public institutions including Kangwon Land, various power companies, Financial Supervisory Service, and the Financial Services Commission, etc. and has broad and extensive experience in advising public institutions on various matters including management.

With his work ethics, Mr. CHOI consistently demonstrates the best effort to protect the profit of clients in various industries.

Education Close

  • 1993Yonsei University (LL.B.)

Experience Close

  • 2021-Present Partner, JIPYONG LLC
  • 2022-Present Member of Legal Review Committee, Kangwon Land
  • 2021-Present Legal Counsel, Korea Airports Corporation
  • 2021-Present Member, Regulator’s Verification Committee, Kangwon Land Inc.
  • 2021-Present Member, Deduction Advisory Council, National Credit Union Federation of Korea
  • 2019-Present Director, Korea Financial Law Association
  • 2015-Present Research Director, Korean Insurance Law Association
  • 2020 Member, Sales Deposit Management Committee, Financial Supervisory Service
  • 2018 Member, MG Non-life Insurance Management Evaluation Committee, Financial Supervisory Service
  • 2018-2021 Commissioner, Contract Review Committee, Agency for Defense Development
  • 2017-2021 Commissioner, Committee on Discretionary Review of Regulations, Financial Supervisory Service
  • 2017-2021 Arbitrator, Financial Products Dispute Mediation Committee, Financial Supervisory Service
  • 2017-2020 Commissioner, Financial Supervision Advisory Committee, Financial Supervisory Service
  • 2016-2018 Life Insurance Subcommittee of the Insurance Policy Committee
  • 2016-2019 Legal Counsel, Financial Services Commission
  • 2015-2021 Member, Life Insurance Advertisement Deliberation Committee
  • 2014-2016 Member, Sanction Review Committee, Financial Supervisory Service
  • 2012 Completed the Aviation Policy Advanced Management Program of the Korea Transport Institute
  • 2011 Registered as an expert attorney in insurance law and labor law on the Korea Bar Association
  • 2010 Completed the Special Training Program for Specialized Area (Labor Law) of the Korea Bar Association
  • 2009 Counsel, Korea Airports Corporation, Ad hoc Committees on airport renovation and fund management
  • 2008 Completed the First Insurance Law Research Program under the Financial Law Course, Seoul National University School of Law
  • 2005 Umegae Central Law Office
  • 2003-2004 Acting Director (Appointed by Seoul Central District Court), SBW Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • 2001 Completed the Special Training Program for Specialized Area (Medical Law) of the Korea Bar Association
  • 2000 Completed the Special Training Program for Specialized Area (Environment Law) of the Korea Bar Association
  • 1998-2021 Partner, HWP LAW
  • 1998 Judicial Research and Training Institute

Notable Achievements Close

  • Represented an insurer in a petition for preliminary injunction to prohibit business interruption with regard to illegal protest and assembly by insurance subscribers and retirees of the insurer.
  • Successfully represented Samsung Life Insurance in connection with a claim for the payment of guaranteed dividends (covered by media in June 2007)
  • Successfully represented Kyobo Life Insurance in litigation related to the claim for severance pay by a personal fitness trainer (a case on whether a personal fitness trainer has employment status) (covered by media in June 2010)
  • Represented Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance in an insurance sales trainer’s claim for severance pay (a case on whether a personal fitness trainer has employment status).
  • Represented a client in connection with a claim for severance pay by TM insurance planner and team manager, etc.
  • Represented a client in litigation in connection with the legal status (status of worker) of insurance planners and various allowances
  • Represented a client in litigation in connection with restitution of allowances granted to insurance agencies
  • Represented a client in connection with the interpretation of laws applicable to insurance policies and insurance solicitation and various disputes
  • Represented a company in a claim for damages related to the violation of the protection obligation against its clients upon their subscription of a specified monetary trust
  • Represented Daewoo Securities in a dispute between the credit unions and Daewoo Securities involving the claim for damages related to the CP intermediary and discount
  • Represented a bank in a claim for the return of unfair profit raised by Yen loan debtors
  • Represented a bank and investment securities company which acted as trustee in a claim for damages and a claim for the payment of early cancellation fee raised against the trustees by the truster of a specific monetary trust which invested in LIG Construction’s CP in March 2011
  • Represented the Financial Supervisory Service in a claim for the cancellation of sanctions imposed on executives and employees of a financial institution on the ground of a lack of the internal control system
  • Represented asset management companies and their employees and executives in matters and disputes related to sanctions imposed by the Financial Supervisory Service and the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC)
  • Represented public institutions such as Korea Airports Corp., Financial Supervisory Service, and Kangwon Land, etc. in a dispute related to ordinary wage
  • Represented a state-owned company in litigation involving layoffs caused by the government’s plan for advancement of public institutions
  • Represented Korea Airports Corp. in a claim for damages and a petition for environmental dispute mediation filed by residents of surrounding areas of Gimpo airport, Daegu airport, and Gwangju airport on the ground of their damages caused by aircraft noise
  • Represented Korea Airports Corp. in a claim for the cancellation of KAC’s imposition of compensation money against each director of regional aviation administrations
  • Advised a client on the private capital inducement projects for the Sky Park in Gimpo International Airport and Daejoong golf course
  • Advised Daejeon International Marketing Enterprise (DIME) on the private capital inducement project for a science complex

Honors and Recognitions Close

  • 2017, 2019, 2021Leading Lawyer in Insurance Practice, Legal Times

Speaking Engagements and Publications Close

  • 2020 “A Study on the Exercise of the Cancellation Rights in fraudulent insurance contract”, Korea Insurance Law Journal Vol. 14 No. 1, Korea Insurance Law Association
  • 2014 “Termination of Life Insurance Policy where the Other Person is the Beneficiary”, Advanced Commercial Law Review No. 66, Ministry of Justice

Admissions/Qualifications Close

  • 1998Admitted in Korea

Languages Close

Korean / Japanese