Paul S. Rhee is a senior foreign attorney (partner) in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group and the International Practice Group at Yoon & Yang LLC in Seoul, Korea with over 15 years of practice experience in Korea, advising multinational corporations on all aspects of their Korean business. Besides regularly advising on general corporate, labour/employment and M&A matters, his practice primarily focuses on antitrust matters involving the interface between antitrust law and intellectual property rights, corporate leniency program, merger control, criminal prosecution, private damage claims, administrative appeals, internal audits/investigations and compliance/training. He has extensive experience representing leading multinational corporations in Korea Fair Trade Commission investigations concerning abuse of dominance, unfair trade practice (including subcontracting), merger control and domestic and international cartels in various industries such as aerospace, medical equipment, aircraft engine, elevator/escalator, industrial motor, air cargo, air passenger, freight forwarder, marine hose, power cable, air-conditioner, pharmaceutical, multi-level marketing, computer/television displays, software, machine components/parts and semiconductor. He also has substantial experience in advising on anti-bribery, military/public procurement, and privacy/data protection matters.
Paul is recognized as a leading antitrust practitioner by PLC Which Lawyer?, Euromoney Legal Media Group's AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers and Asia Pacific Legal 500. He was commended in The Asia Pacific Legal 500 2009/2010 for his antitrust expertise in Korea and was singled out for “his knowledge of Korea’s corporate leniency programme and its impact on private litigation.” With his contribution in developing Yoon & Yang’s antitrust practice and its leading status in Korea, since 2009, Global Competition Review has given its highest recognition by designating Yoon & Yang’s antitrust practice as an ‘ELITE’ competition practice in Korea while being listed as a GCR 100 law firm while, at the same time, being ranked in the highest tier in Asia Pacific Legal 500 and PLC Which Lawyer?.
In addition to writing frequently on Korean antitrust law and practice for international legal publications, Paul has recently co-authored practice notes for LexisPSL Competition (International Cartel Enforcement and Merger Control), PLC Competition Law Multi-Jurisdictional Monthly Updates, PLC Cross-border Competition and Cartel Leniency Handbook, Global Legal Group’s International Comparative Legal Guide to: Cartels & Leniency, and LexisPSL's Doing Business in Korea.
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley: BA, 1991, Syracuse University School of Law: JD, 1996
MembershipsAntitrust Law Section, American Bar AssociationAntitrust Committee, International Bar Association
QualificationDistrict of Columbia Bar, Connecticut Bar