Korean Big Six law firm Yoon & Yang has welcomed back construction and arbitration lawyer Joseph Lee as a partner from Pinsent Masons. It looks to expand its international construction advisory and international arbitration practices.

Lee, who has a stint at Yoon & Yang between 2013 and 2014, spent the last eight years working in Qatar with Pinsent Masons and K&L Gates, where he represented construction contractors in international arbitrations at ICC, LCIA, DIFC and QICCA. He also has in-house experience with construction and engineering giant Samsung C&T.

Lee’s notable recent work includes advising a Korean contractor joint venture in relation to the Karbala Oil refinery plant in Iraq, including preparing the strategic roadmap, claims documentation and various other papers so that the JV could successfully negotiate a contract amendment for an additional $1.5 billion with a state entity there.

A statement from Yoon & Yang said that "Lee would be able to help Korean construction companies aggressively reach out to the overseas construction market,” according to managing partner Junsang Lee.  



Related Articles

GC ROUNDTABLE: Rock-Solid Approach

by Sarah Wong |

In recent years, construction companies in Asia have been enjoying a boom in countries’ pivot to infrastructure reforms. The construction market in the Asia-Pacific region has grown by 3.9 per cent in 2023, according to GlobalData. But the sector was also confronted by rising material costs and financial constraints due to global economic conditions. GCs in three construction companies share how they are capitalising on new momentum and taking on challenges ahead.

Long-time HFW partner joins Addleshaws as SG head

UK law firm Addleshaw Goddard has hired energy specialist Chanaka Kumarasinghe as head of its Singapore office from HFW, where he had spent the entirety of his 22-year career.

HSF names returnee as Tokyo construction disputes head

Global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills has welcomed back Ben Jolley as its head of construction disputes in Tokyo from an in-house role at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI).