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KL Partners


KL Partners was founded in 2015 by a group of leading specialists in the fields of international dispute resolution and corporate/M&A. Led by partners who have consistently been recognized by foremost legal publications as leaders in their respective fields, KL Partners consistently finds itself at the forefront of Korea’s most significant disputes and high-profile M&A transactions.

KL Partners does not seek to be the largest firm in Korea. Rather, its goal is to be the firm of choice for clients facing difficult legal issues and challenging disputes. KL Partners’ core values are providing dedicated client service based on a keen understanding of clients’ needs and goals, ensuring the highest quality of service led by hands-on partners from start to finish, and offering value-added service by lean teams comprising specialists in the relevant fields.

KL Partners is the first firm of its kind in Korea to specialise specifically in cross-border litigation and international arbitration. Based on its partners’ experience and background as leading corporate/M&A attorneys in Korea, KL Partners is recognised as a market leader with unparalleled hands-on experience in post-M&A and corporate-related disputes. 

The firm’s partners are widely known and recognised as pioneers and front-runners in the emerging area of investor-state disputes in Korea, having represented the investor in the first-ever ICSID proceeding brought against Korea. The firm’s international dispute resolution practice group is led by leading attorneys in the field who have acted as counsel in some of the most high-profile cases.

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