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Korean Attorney

Gee Hong KIM

Mr. Gee Hong Kim heads the Antitrust & Competition Group at Jipyong. He is touted as one of the nation’s top experts in competition law and is critically acclaimed as one of the most accomplished professionals of his generation. In April 2020, he was nominated by the Korea Fair Trade Commission to receive a Presidential Commendation for his contributions to Korea’s market economy and fair trade practices. Mr. Kim was the first-ever attorney at a major law firm to be awarded the highest commendation.

Mr. Kim is frequently sought after by major corporations to take on the most complex and challenging cases. His most notable successes include representing the KFTC in the dismissal of Qualcomm’s objection to one of the KFTC’s largest fines in history and clearing Intel’s USD 16.7 billion acquisition of Altera before the KFTC. 

Mr. Kim is currently a member of Korea Fair Trade Mediation Agency’s Legal and Economic Analysis Group (LEG), one of the premier think tanks in Korea on competition and fair trade law. He also serves as a non-governmental advisor to the International Competition Network and Director of Korean Competition Law Association. Mr. Kim has published numerous academic works relating to competition law and ICT, some of which have been selected as teaching materials at SNU School of Law. Mr. Kim regularly teaches at Seoul National University Law School and is also on the panel of international arbitrators of the Korea Commercial Arbitration Board.

Mr. Kim began his legal education as the top of the class at Korea’s highest ranking university and completed his legal training at the Judicial Research & Training Institute with a President’s Award. Mr. Kim has an LL.M. from Columbia Law School and is fluent in English.

Education Close

  • 2007Seoul National University, Research Program for Legal Specialists, Corporate Governance Structure
  • 2006Columbia Law School (LL.M.)
  • 1996Seoul National University (LL.B., Ranked first in the nation in National College Entrance Exam)

Experience Close

  • 2001-PresentLeader of Antitrust & Competition Group, JIPYONG LLC
  • 2001-PresentPartner, JIPYONG LLC
  • 2018-PresentMember, the Steering Committee of SNU Center for Competition Law
  • 2015-PresentArbitrator, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board
  • 2015-PresentNGA to the ICN(International Competition Network)
  • 2013-PresentDirector, Korean Competition Law Association
  • 2007-PresentMember, The Korean Association of Arbitration Studies
  • 2007Member, Korean Securities Law Association
  • 2006-2007International Lawyer, Sidley Austin LLP, New York
  • 1998-2001Judge Advocate Officer, Korean Air Force
  • 1996-1998Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea (Judicial Research and Training Institute President Award for Academic)

Notable Achievements Close

  • Represented Korea Development Bank and Korea Asset Management Corporation in a lawsuit claiming refund of performance security deposit in the amount of KRW 315 billion with regard to M&A of Daewoo Shipping & Marine Engineering
  • Represented R&SA, an English reinsurance company, in a claim for insurance benefit in the amount of KRW 140 billion in connection with an automobile mortgage loan
  • Represented Korea Development Bank Asset Management in a dispute involving overseas fund of funds which invested in life insurance policies
  • Represented Meritz Fire & Marine Insurance in a dispute involving refund guarantee for a ship building agreement
  • Representation in a lawsuit for revocation of mistaken trading of stock index option and foreign currency forward spread
  • Represented LS Cable in an ICC arbitration proceedings regarding a bid for nuclear power equipment
  • Representation in an arbitration in Singapore between a local government in South Kore and a foreign investor in connection with a cultural content development project
  • Represented a Korean investor in a lawsuit in Indonesia related to development of a manganese mine in Indonesia
  • Consultation and representation in various cross-border disputes in Japan, Russia, Thailand and Indonesia
  • Represented Samsung in a constitutional lawsuit for abuse of market dominance filed by Apple
  • Represented the KFTC in a lawsuit for revocation of penalty surcharge of KRW 260 billion for Qualcomm’s abuse of market dominance
  • Represented Malaysia Airlines in a collusion case where Korean Air and other major airlines were accused of collusion on fuel surcharges
  • Represented Samsung Life Insurance in related insurance collusion cases involving group personal accident insurance and retirement insurance, etc.
  • Represented KFTC in various antitrust cases including collusion on LPG price, collusion among petrochemical companies and collusion among banks
  • Representation in retrials and damages retrials involving fabricated spy rings cases, including the Song family case, and Jindo spy ring case
  • Representation in a constitutional action related to the Political Funds Act which prohibits political funding by labor unions
  • Representation in a constitutional action related to designation of competing items among SMEs under the Act on Facilitation of Purchase of Small and Medium Enterprise-Manufactured Products and Support for Development of their Markets
  • Represented KAMCO on confiscation of Kim Woo-choong’s property

Honors and Recognitions Close

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Bar Admissions & Qualifications Close

  • 1998Korea
  • 2006New York

Languages Close

Korean / English / Japanese