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Senior Foreign Attorney

Seung Hyo (Sam) BAEK

Corporate Governance

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Seung Hyo (Sam) Baek is a senior foreign attorney in the Corporate Group of Lee & Ko. His practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures (JV), corporate governance, outbound investments, foreign investments and general corporate matters.
Representative Cases
[Mergers & Acquisitions]
Atlas Copco’s acquisition of shares in Presys Co., Ltd.
Pulmuone Global Investment Partnership Private Equity Fund’s sale of its shares in Nasoya Foods U.S.A. LLC
Acne Studios Korea’s transfer of assets in Shinsegae International
Global New Material International Holdings Limited’s acquisition of shares in CQV
Atlas Copco’s transfer of business in Zeus
EH Yangju’s sale of its shares in Gana Energy
Metanet Tplatform’s acquisition of shares in GTPlus
Delfingen’s acquisition of shares in AHN Chem
Pulmuone USA’s acquisition of shares in Yo-Kai Express
Korean Reinsurance Company’s sale of its shares in Liberty Insurance Berhad
CBC Group, Mubadala, GS and IMM consortium’s acquisition of shares in Hugel
Tilting Point Media’s acquisition of shares in AN Games
Porsche Financial Services’ acquisition of shares in Star Financial Services Limited
Avaco's acquisition of shares in FemtoMetrix
SK material's acquisition of shares in JNC's subsidiary
JNC's acquisition of shares in SK materials JNC
JTBC Studios' capital increase by investment of Praxis Capital Partners and Tencent Holdings
Salesforce's acquisition of shares in Megazone Cloud
Pureun Partners' acquisition of shares in Yanadoo
eBest Investment &Securities' acquisition of shares in China Healthcare Venture Group
Epiroc's acquisition of shares in D&A Heavy Industries
Hong Kong-based investment company China First Capital Group's acquisition of shares in Korean online education platform SJW International (Siwon School)
Malaysian company CCM Duopharma's acquisition of newly issued shares in SCM Lifescience
U.S. company MediaMath's acquisition of shares in Wishmedia
U.K. company Nexeon's transfer of assets in Orange Power
Swiss company Swisslog Holding's transfer of business in Telecar
POSCO E&C's sale of its shares in POSCO Center Beijing to POSCO-China
Nonghyup Feed's acquisition of a tapioca factory in Indonesia
[Joint Ventures / Local Entities]
Establishment of a joint venture between SK materials and JNC to manufacture, distribute and sell OLED materials
Establishment of a joint venture between Avacta Life Science and Daewoong Pharmaceutical to research, develop, manufacture and commercialize cell therapy products using stem cells
Establishment of a joint venture between Cadmus and Korean company to provide consulting services for preventing emergency situations for the Korean government and citizens
Establishment of a lime calcination joint venture by POSCO Chemtech in relation to the construction of POSCO's 3000000 ton integrated steel mill in Indonesia
Establishment of a joint venture among POSCO Chemtech, Dong-Suh Chemical and PT. KIEC to process the by-products of COG refinery plants in relation to the construction of POSCO’s 3000000 ton integrated steel mill in Indonesia
Establishment of a facilities joint venture by Daedong Heavy Industry in relation to the construction of POSCO's 3000000 ton integrated steel mill in Indonesia
Establishment of an Indonesian CB (Credit Bureau) by KCB
Establishment of a local entity by Netherlands company Orga International B.V.
Establishment of a local entity by Italian company Vici & C S.p.A.
Establishment of a local entity by Canadian company Tekna Plasma Systems Inc.
Establishment of a branch by U.K. company Dotmatics
Establishment of a branch by Hong Kong company Interface
[W&I Insurance]
Atlas Copco’s acquisition of shares in Presys Co., Ltd.
Hoban Engineering's acquisition of shares of Taihan Electric Wire
SSG.COM's acquisition of shares of W Concept Korea
[Advisory on Other Contract Drafting]
Advised Pulmuone on the drafting of exclusive distribution agreements with Yo-Kai Express for its domestic expansion
Advised Nature Republic on the drafting of exclusive distribution agreements for its overseas expansion
Advised Hurom on the drafting of exclusive distribution agreements for its overseas expansion
Advised Eastar Jet on the drafting of aircraft lease agreements
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Education
2014 UC Berkeley Law School - International Business Transactions and International Arbitration Program
2010 New York Law School - J.D.
2006 Johns Hopkins University - B.A. in International Studies and East Asian Studies, Phi Beta Kappa
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Work Experience
2020-Present Lee & Ko
2016-2020 Daeryook & Aju LLC
2011-2016 APEX LLC
2010-2011 Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund
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Admissions
2011 Admitted to bar, New York
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Languages
Korean and English
Awards and Recognitions
2019 Asian Legal Business (South Korea) - Foreign Lawyer of the Year Finalist
2018 The Legal 500 Corporate and M&A - Local firms (South Korea)
2018 [Legal Times Special] Shipping League Table
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Publications / Presentations / ETC
Moderator and Speaker, IBA, IAKL, ABA Conference (2022-2023)
Arbitrator, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th FDI Moot Asia-Pacific Regional Rounds (2014-2019)
Arbitrator, 5th and 6th International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition (2015-2016)
Advisory Member, Ministry of Justice, Legal Counsels for Small and Medium Business Overseas Expansion (2014)
Lecturer, Seoul School of Integrated Sciences & Technologies, IB-MBA course International Business Contract II (2013)
Lecturer, Korea Listed Companies Association, How to Draft English Contracts (2012)
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