Kook-Hee Lee C.P.A. PH.D.

Kook-Hee Lee is our exclusively recommended International Tax Services expert in South Korea on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Kook-Hee directly using the contact details listed above.

Kook-Hee has been practicing CPA for over 30 years and specialised in (1) outsourcing accounting, tax, payroll, and payment control (2) consulting on domestic and international taxation, and (3) company formation, of foreign companies in Korea.

Kook-Hee worked as international tax partner for Korean member firms of Ernst & Whinney (during 1980s) and Moore Stephens (for 20 years until 2000) and provided  the afore-mentioned services for Coca Cola, Reebok International , R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Portman Holding Engineering, and 23 other US companies and 17companies in the Region of Europe, Asia and Middle East without any tax disputes or tax examination based on clear and definite accounting and competent tax planning, resulting in   meeting  their satisfaction.

In addition, Kook-Hee had remarkable working experience for Korea Electric Power Corporation and a joint-venture refinery company with CALTEX before practicing CPA.

Kook-Hee Lee studied economics at Seoul National University and Ph.D. Degree was awarded for the thesis of “A Study of Permanent Establishment Concept as Applied to International Taxation” from Hongik University.

Advisory Excellence Welcomes Kook Hee Lee and Samhwa Accounting Corporation (streetinsider.com)

Firm Overview:

Samhwa Accounting Corporation features a number of experts with extensive experience in a variety of fields, including audits, taxation, financial advisory, and business consulting. Through a rigorous review by the Financial Supervisory Service in 2019, Samhwa Accounting Corporation is a fully registered on the Auditor Registration System equipped with the necessary physical facilities and an integrated management system as well as the right quality management system to serve stock exchange-listed companies.

Samhwa Accounting Corporation aspires to be more than just a service vendor. It hopes to become a productive partner in business and help clients attain real growth. To this end, Samhwa Accounting prioritises the specialisation of its human resources, and it continues to provide education and training to help its pool of experts build additional capacities and competencies.

Based on the knowledge and experience We have accumulated through its professional work and research to date, combined with its experience in performing accounting audits and advisory services for various companies and financial institutions, Samhwa Accounting Corporation promises to provide its clients with the best professional service in the business.

Furthermore, Samhwa Accounting Corporation is an exclusive member of Russell Bedford International (UK), which has 350 member companies in more than 100 countries, in Korea to actively and efficiently cope with forces pushing Korean companies onto the global market. Accordingly, we will do our best to contribute to the growth of prospective global corporations while remaining financially prudent and transparent.

Charles Yang

Charles Yang is managing partner and founder of ShinWha Accounting Corporation. He attended Seoul National University (BA, MBA) and has over 30 years experience as a CPA (Member of Korean Institute of Certified Public Accountants). His work experience was based with EY and PwC this was especially for foreign investment and clients.

Charles has a speciality in M&A, Strategic Tax Planning and Auditing.

Charles is also a Professional Coach (CEO Coaching, Individual Life Coaching, and Group Coaching), a columnist for local magazines and newspapers as well as a Senior Champion of Dance Sports in Korea

Firm Overview:

ShinWha Accounting Corporation was established in April, 2003, and has grown consistently, especially focusing on M&A, auditing, tax, business consulting, corporate finance, various foreign client service and professional coaching business areas.

Interrelated companies:

  • Seoul Coaching Academy (SAC)
  • ICC Group (consulting firm for business)
  • Joined with Asia Coach Center (Established in 2000, One of the major coaching firm in Korea)

H. Young Shin

H. Young Shin, head of Skadden’s Korea practice, is based in the Seoul office and has worked on a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, energy-related investments, joint ventures, project finance, real estate development and investments, and corporate finance transactions.

Mr. Shin worked in the firm’s New York office for 15 years before relocating to Seoul.

He is recognized by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific as one of the leading lawyers in the region.

Mr. Shin’s experience includes the representation of, among others:

– Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of LoopPay, Inc., a mobile payments company and its multihundred million dollar acquisition of a majority stake in Novaled AG;
– Samsung SDS Co., Ltd. and Samsung Networks Co., Ltd. in the internal restructuring of their U.S. subsidiaries by way of merger;
– Goldman Sachs (Japan) Ltd. as financial advisor to EZER Inc. (Japan) and Techno Groove, Inc. (Japan) in their US$400 million acquisition of a 52 percent stake in GRAVITY Co., Ltd. (an online game developer in South Korea);
– Korean Investment Corporation, a sovereign wealth fund, in structuring and reviewing investments in various private equity and hedge fund investments;
– Visteon Corporation in the US$3.6 billion sale of its 70 percent stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. to an affiliate of Hahn & Company, a private equity firm, and Hankook Tire Co., Ltd.;
– Hanwha Group in connection with its acquisition of automobile parts manufacturers in the U.S. from GE and PPG, its proposed acquisition of an aircraft parts manufacturer in the U.S. and its proposed acquisition of a chemical distribution business in Canada from Dow Chemical;
– Honam Petrochemical Corp., an affiliate of Lotte Group, in its US$1.5 billion proposed acquisition of Dow Chemical’s Styron plastic business unit;
– Pulmuone Holdings in its acquisition of a NASDAQ-listed manufacturer of fresh gourmet pasta and other refrigerated food products;
– GS Energy and GS Global with their US$250 million acquisition of undivided working interest in Longfellow Energy’s Mississippian Lime assets in Oklahoma through a joint venture;
– SK Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. as the lead sponsor of its US$1 billion proposed development and construction of road tunnel under the Istanbul Strait in Turkey;
– Samchully Asset Management Co. Ltd, the investment arm of the largest Korean city gas distributor; Samchully Group; and the National Pension Service of Korea, in their acquisition of a 34 percent interest in the Neptune Gas Processing Plant in the United States, from Marathon Oil Company for US$170 million. The transaction represents the first direct investment in a U.S. midstream asset by a Korean financial entity; and
– Simone Asset Managers in its real estate investment in vacant land in California and a hotel in Manhattan, New York.


– J.D., Columbia University, 1999
– M.B.A., Yale University, 1996
– M.A., Yale University, 1994
– B.A., Harvard University, 1993

Firm History:

Founded by Marshall Skadden, Les Arps and John Slate on April Fools’ Day in 1948, Skadden began as a scrappy upstart among a sea of established “white shoe” law firms in New York. Joe Flom was hired as the firm’s first associate later that year, and litigator Bill Meagher, the fifth partner to lend his name to the firm’s letterhead as it appears today, joined in 1959.

Our first two decades were marked by slow and steady growth of our client base as we set out to establish ourselves as the go-to firm for our clients’ most complex legal problems. Our willingness to handle proxy fights in the 1950s and early 1960s — matters deemed “ungentlemanly” by white shoe firms — positioned us to ultimately become the firm of choice for the hostile takeovers that dominated the M&A landscape beginning in the 1970s.

Recognizing the value of providing full-service advice to clients, from day one we sought to develop a range of complementary practices, like litigation, tax and antitrust. Client needs led us to open offices in other cities beginning in 1973, and the volume of work we were handling fueled exponential growth in the number of attorneys at the firm in the 1980s. That growth included a significant expansion of the practices we offered to clients, including restructuring, finance, real estate, mass torts and securities litigation, as well as the opening of offices in Europe and Asia.

In the nearly three decades since, we’ve built on that platform to provide advice to clients around the world on their most important matters. Our core values reflect the ideals of our history, and we remain committed to providing excellent lawyering and unrivaled client service in all our work.

Henry Shin

Henry Shin is our exclusively recommended Assurance Services expert in South Korea on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Henry directly using the contact details above.

Firm Overview:

We at Echon & Co. work with untiring effort, supported by professionals who have experiences with major accounting corporations such as PWC, KPMG, Deloitte, and Ernst & Young. Professionals from various fields—Financial Surveillance Agency, Korea Security Dealers Association, Securities, Venture Capital, Securities Investment Trust, and other companies—form the main axis of the firm and have consulted domestic and foreign firms. With our deep understanding of a variety of issues, we are prepared to respond to complex questions raised by governments, enterprises, and individuals and we are here to provide innovative and optimal solutions.

We, Echon & Co. promise our future clients that we, the trained minds from big corporations and agencies, will provide the best service for your continuous improvement and successful future.

Young Mo Kwon

Young Mo Kwon, a partner at Lee & Ko, is recognised as one of the leading IP trial lawyers in Korea with a wealth of experience to back his reputation and a solid technical background making him more unique and distinctive among other IP practitioners. Since starting his practice in 1987, he has focused on the enforcement of IP rights with a particular emphasis on patents and technology licensing.

Mr. Kwon’s extensive representation of multinational and domestic corporations covers all major technical fields including electrical, mechanical, chemical, pharmaceutical, bio, computer and other industries. Most notably, he successfully defended one of the largest Korean conglomerates in a landmark case, initiated by a global corporation (in Korea and in the U.S.) alleging infringement of a patent for polyester tire code. In addition, he successfully defended one of the largest bio-genetics companies in a claim of infringement of a genetic engineering patent for BGH, which is the first bio-genetics case ever filed before Korean courts. His success record continues with his defence of the largest corporate group in Korea in a claim of infringement of a patent for a drilling ship device for multi-tasking exploratory or developmental drilling and his defence of a medium-sized Korean company in a multi-jurisdictional patent litigation brought by a global semiconductor probe card manufacturer in connection with semiconductor probe card assembly, where his victory created a favourable outcome in other jurisdictions.

He has been awarded with many accolades in Chambers Asia, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, AsiaLaw and Who’s Who Legal for his involvement in many of Korea’s most critical precedents and notable cases

Firm Overview:

Lee & Ko’s evolution as the premier law firm in Korea parallels in many ways the solid economic development of the country for more than 30 years following its founding in 1977, and has firmly established its leading position among the largest law firms in Korea. Our firm is constantly recognised for its excellence occupying top spots in many league tables and recognised in internationally respected legal publications for all of its major practice areas. We are proud for our steady advances in prominence and size.

At Lee & Ko, our principal objective is simply to provide the highest level of quality legal services for our clients, and each and every one of our lawyers relentlessly works toward achieving this goal. Our clients retain Lee & Ko for our expertise and full-service capabilities, which is of key importance for sophisticated global transactions. We are proud of our distinguished lawyers as they are the most respected and renown experts in their practice areas dealing with a wide array of domestic and multinational clientele in most notable high-profile and cutting edge cases. A significant number of our distinguished lawyers have served as judges and prosecutors, and have held prominent high-level positions with the government. In addition, our former high-level government officials serve as distinguished advisers providing invaluable insight and guidance from decades of specialised experience. Our distinguished lawyers in the profession provide progressive, strategic, innovative and solution-oriented legal counsel, and the most accurate and cost-efficient legal services in a timely manner.

Doo-Sik Kim

Attorney Doo-Sik Kim is a senior partner of Shin & Kim, and is qualified in Korea and New York. Mr. Kim’s main areas of practice include cross-border investments, general corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions, construction and other projects, WTO/GATT & international trade law, and international litigation and arbitration.

Mr. Kim has conducted a number of international and domestic arbitration’s as advocate and as arbitrator. Mr. Kim has also participated in many governmental negotiations and international trade disputes as a government lawyer or, sometimes, as a member of the Korean government delegation. He received the National Service Medal from the government of the Republic of Korea in 2007.

Mr. Kim has taught international economic law as an adjunct professor at Dong-Kuk University, Graduate School of International Information and at Seoul National University Law School. He has also written extensively on topics related to securities and M&A law, international trade law and corporate law

Firm Overview:

Established in 1981, Shin & Kim has grown in close partnership with its clients.

We have more than 300 Korean and foreign lawyers admitted to practice in numerous jurisdictions around the world and over 50 other professionals, including accountants, tax accountants, patent attorneys and customs specialists. We provide legal services in a broad range of practice areas such as mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, arbitration, taxation, intellectual property and labour, to a diverse clientele ranging from domestic and multinational corporations, financial institutions and small-medium enterprises to state-owned corporations and governments and their agencies.

Shin & Kim considers our clients’ value realisation our top priority. We make sure we’re clear on the value that each client is seeking to realise, and then provide the best legal solutions for realising that value.

Our solutions don’t stop at one-off quick fixes of the immediate problem at hand, but go deeper to resolve the root causes and achieve lasting results; our advice is never one-size-fits-all, but tailored to our clients’ specific needs. We serve our clients with the mind-set that we want to see them again, and devote all of our efforts toward our clients’ ultimate satisfaction. This is why our clients seek us out and stay with us. We do our best to make them want us by their side.

Shin & Kim’s greatest pride is our people. Our lawyers and professionals have proven track records and are leading experts in their respective fields. With the utmost of professionalism, expertise and an in-depth understanding of our clients’ businesses and commercial interests that can only be gained through years of experience, Shin & Kim functions as a one-stop legal service hub, providing industry-specific advice and expertise in a multi-disciplined manner across all aspects of our practice.