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Managing Partner

Sung Taek LIM

Mr. Sung Taek Lim has successfully represented clients in an array of landmark cases in various areas including construction and real estate, finance, and technology. Mr. LIM has been consistently praised by clients for his tremendous experience and excellent litigation skills. In particular, Mr. LIM successfully represented many major financial institutions and construction companies in some of the most significant and high-profile litigation cases, which led him to be recognized as one of the leading lawyers in Korea who “finds solid and practical solutions for complex problems.”

Mr. Lim also has extensive experience in crisis management, public policy and legislation, and compliance. Leveraging his significant experience in corporate and pro bono services, he combined the foregoing two areas to successfully handle CSR, social value, and impact investing. He is also one of the top ESG experts in Korea.

One of Mr. LIM’s areas of focus is the law of North Korea as well as legislation regarding the inter-Korean relations. He regularly advises the Ministry of Unification on such matters and has extensive experience in investing in North Korea, foreign companies in North Korea, legislation on special zones in North Korea, and legislation on exchange and cooperation between South and North Korea.

In addition, Mr. Lim is deeply committed to pro bono work. His pro bono efforts focus on securing human rights for minority groups such as people with disabilities etc., and activities related to public-interest law, and business and human rights. He is a commissioner at the National Human Rights Commission of Korea.

Education Close

  • 2006-2007Visiting Scholar, University of California Los Angeles
  • 1991Myongji University (LL.M.)
  • 1989Seoul National University (LL.B.)

Experience Close

  • 2000-PresentManaging Partner, JIPYONG LLC
  • 2021-PresentMember, Special Committee for Research of South-North Korean Laws of the Ministry of Justice
  • 2019-PresentDirector, Korea Energy Foundation
  • 2017-PresentDirector, ROOT IMPACT
  • 2017-PresentMember, Impact Financing Promotion Committee
  • 2017-PresentChairman, Association for Research on Individuals with Disabilities Act
  • 2015-PresentDirector, South-North Korea Economic Cooperation Experts Support Center of the South-North Korea Economic Cooperation Forum
  • 2015-PresentAuditor, Korea Post Foundation
  • 2015-PresentAuditor, Korea Construction Law Society
  • 2015-PresentDirector, Nanum International
  • 2014-PresentAffiliated Professor, Law School of Yonsei University
  • 2014-PresentDirector, Duroo
  • 2008-PresentAdvisor, Legal Advisory Council for Kaesong Industrial Complex, Ministry of Unification
  • 2019-2020Member, Subcommittee on Judicial Policy, Judicial Administration Advisory Council
  • 2018-2021Member (Non-standing), National Human Rights Commission of Korea
  • 2018-2020Member, the Statutory Interpretation Deliberation Committee under the Ministry of Government Legislation
  • 2018-2020Member, Lottery Commission
  • 2017-2019Member, Civil Judiciary Committee of Seoul High Court
  • 2017-2018Member, Policy Committee under the Ministry of Justice
  • 2016-2018Member, Policy Advisory Committee and Policy Innovation Committee of the Ministry of Unification
  • 2014-2018Member, Sanction Penalty Review Committee under the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy
  • 2012-2013Member, The First Trial Improvement Committee of Seoul Central District Court
  • 2012-2013Member, SBS Tele-viewers Committee
  • 2011-2019Member, Special Committee for Research of South-North Korean Laws of the Ministry of Justice
  • 2005-2006Auditor, Yun Isang Peace Foundation
  • 2002Committee Member, KOBACO
  • 1999-2003Director, Association of Korean Civil Judgment Enforcement Law
  • 1999Assistant Prosecutor, Independent Special Prosecutor
  • 1998-2000Associate, Shin & Kim
  • 1998Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea

Honors and Recognitions Close

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Speaking Engagements and Publications Close

  • 2020Legal Challenges In Resuming Kaesung Industrial Complex, North Korean Law Studies, Issue 24, Unification and North Korean Law Studies
  • 2019Project Finance 2019 - North Korea Chapter (Chambers & Partners)
  • 2018'A global partner in the making?', IFLR South Korea Special Focus North Korea (International Finance Law Review)
  • 2018Legislation and Institutional Task according to the Panmunjom Declaration , North Korean Law Studies, Issue 20, Unification and North Korean Law Studies
  • 2016Analysis of North Korean National Land Legislation and Direction for Integration of South-North Korean National Land Legislation, Unification and Law, No. 27, Ministry of Justice
  • 2016Real Estate Development Law (Co-author), Parkyoungsa
  • 2014Human Rights of the Disabled and Advocacy System, Daegu Rehabilitation Research Vol. 36 (Daegu Society for Rehabilitation of the Disabled)
  • 2013Current Status of Inter-Korean Agreements on Special Economic Zones in North Korea and Related Tasks, Unification and Law, Vol. 16 (Ministry of Justice)
  • 2013Plan for Modification of Legislation for Humanitarian Aid to North Korea (Co-author), Constitution and Unification Law, No. 3, Center for Constitution & Unification Law of Seoul National University
  • 2012Human Rights Violations at the Welfare Facilities for the Disabled - Current Status and Countermeasure, JUSTICE Vol. 128 (Korean Legal Center)
  • 2011Review on Administrative Relief Procedure (Appeal/Petition) of North Korea, North Korean Law Research Vol. 13 (North Korean Law Research Society)
  • 2011Judicial System for Dispute Resolution in Gaeseong Industrial District, Unification and Law, Vol. 6 (Ministry of Justice)
  • 2010Human Rights Litigation for Public Interest in Korea (Co-author) (Kyungin Publisher)
  • 2005Growth Measures for Legal/Institutional Infrastructure for the North-South Unification (Co-author) Cooperative Research Business (Unification Research Institute)
  • 1998Practice of Criminal Law through Case Law (Co-author) (Pakyungsa)

Admissions/Qualifications Close

  • 1998Admitted in Korea

Languages Close

Korean / English / Japanese