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CHOI, Chunghwan

  • Chunghwan CHOI
  • (T) +82-2-772-4856
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  • chc@leeko.com
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Chunghwan CHOI

Attorney at Law

Chunghwan Choi is a senior partner in the TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) Group and IP (Intellectual Property) Group in the firm’s Seoul office. Mr. Choi advises companies on corporate, licensing and associated business and intellectual property issues. He has extensive experience in structuring and negotiating corporate and IP transactions, including acquisitions, asset purchase, licensing, development and other partnering agreements for the software, internet, online game, franchise, film, music, broadcasting, publishing, art, sports and live performance industries. He also has considerable experience in intellectual property asset management and licensing, having assisted numerous clients to develop and implement strategies to acquire, protect, enforce, license and commercialize various forms of intellectual property.

Prior to joining Lee & Ko, Mr. Choi worked at Kim & Chang, Yulchon and DW Partners in Seoul, Korea and was a visiting attorney at Morrison & Foerster, USA (1995); De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, the Netherlands (1995); De Bandt, Belgium (1996) and TMI Associates, Japan (1996).


Recent Transactions
- Warner Bros. on production and distribution of films
- Microsoft on server software license deals
- Tata Consulting Service on copyright protection of banking software
- Blizzard Entertainment on distribution of Diablo, WoW and Starcraft
- Universal Music on digital music distribution deal
- Aramark on brand and know-how license dispute
- Gree on mobile game distribution
- DeNA on mobile game distribution
- Gungho Online Entertainment on acquisition of game companies
- Cyberagent on cyber money issuance
- Shinchosha on publishing agreement
- Suntory on brand promotion deals
- Uno Pizza on franchise registration
- Moroccanoil on anti-piracy actions
- CJ E&M on film financing and production
- MBC on broadcasting license deals
- Kwangju Biennale on dispute in exhibition of art works

Prior Firm Transactions
- The New York Times on defamation case
- EMI on music distribution deals and liquidation
- Sony BMG Music on music distribution deals
- Warner Music on music distribution deals
- Walt Disney on film distribution deals and copyright protection
- Warner Bros. on on film distribution deals and copyright protection
- 20th Century Fox on film distribution deals and copyright protection
- Sony Pictures on film distribution deals and copyright protection
- Universal Pictures on on film distribution deals
- The Really Useful Company on copyright protection of musical Cats
- Planet Hollywood on franchise deal and joint venture
- Zemiro on license of musical Phantom of Opera and Lion King
- Lowes Cineplex on joint venture for cinema theater Megabox


- International Bar Association (IBA), Management Board Member, Nomination Committee Member, Legal Services in Trade Member
- Korean Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (KIPLA), Vice President
- Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LawAsia), Vice President
- American Bar Association (ABA), Section of International Law (SIL) Asia Pacific Committee, Co-Chair
- International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL), Secretary General
- Korean Bar Association, former Vice President
- World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center, panelist
- American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Korea Intellectual Property Rights Committee, Chair
- Korean Entertainment Law Society, former President
- Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, Arbitrator
    NYU Law School, LL.M., 1995
    Seoul National University, LL.M., 1990
    Seoul National University, B.A., 1984
    Korea, 1989
    State of New York, 1995
    “Proposal for Talent Agency Act in Korea” October 2008, Korea National Assembly
    “Digital Sampling and Copyright Infringement” May 2007, Entertainment Law, Seoul National University
    “Protection of Trade Secret and Non-Competition Agreements” November 2006, Korea Information Law Society
    “Copyright Protection of Choreography” September 2006, Korean Bar Association
    “Understanding the Public Domain” July 2005, Korea Copyright Commission
    “Universal Access Rights in Sports Broadcasting” April 2005, Korea Entertainment Law Society
    “Retroactive Protection of Foreign Copyright Works under Korean Copyright Law” December 2004, Korea Information Law Society
    “Protection of Film Copyright on the Internet” October 2003, Busan International Film Festival
    “Legal Issues in the Fine Art Exhibition Agreement” April 2002, Korea Intellectual Property Rights Law Society"
    Korean, English, Japanese
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  • Awards and Recognitions
  • Legal 500, Leading individuals in intellectual property in South Korea (2011-2015)
  • Chambers & Partners, Leading individuals in TMT in South Korea (2013-2015)