Ryan Il KANG is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group of Bae, Kim and Lee LLC. Since he joined Bae, Kim and Lee LLC in 2006, he has represented domestic and foreign clients in a wide variety of industries in connection with market dominance, cartel matters, merger and acquisition, unfair trade activities, litigation, counselling and compliance before the Korean Fair Trade Commission and foreign competition authorities. Recently he has defended substantive investigation involving license agreements of intellectual property rights and antitrust issues in the medical devices industries.
Abusive Licensing Practice of a Standard Essential Patent Holder (2017) Representing an interested party before the KFTC adjudicative proceeding against the global SEP holder in the mobile telecommunications industry: The KFTC finally decide that the SEP holder had substantially lessened competition by abusing its dominance in the mobile chipset market and the mobile telecommunications licensing market Winning on Appeal:
Truck Company Price-Fixing Case (2017) Representing the commercial truck company in an appeal challenging the KFTC’s decision in 2013: The KFTC imposed penalties total USD 104.3 million on a domestic and foreign truck manufacturer and distributors for price fixing of trucks and other commercial vehicles. The court annulled fines on the truck company, ruling that mere information exchange among competitors does not constitute a violation of law.
Winning on Appeal of Unfair Trade Practice Case (2017) Representing the biggest theater operator in Korea: The KFTC imposed a fine of USD 2.1 million on the vertically-integrated theater, accusing it of unfair discriminatory treatment and abuse of superior bargaining position. The Supreme Court annulled the fines imposed by the KFTC, rejecting the anti-competitive allegation.
Coordinating Multi-jurisdictional Merger Filings Extensive experience in coordinating merger filings in multiple jurisdictions including Korea, China, United States and Europe.
Panel member, “Ask the Experts – Enforcement in different regions – Japan, HK, China and Korea”, the Annual International Arbitration, Compliance & Competition Law Summit - Shanghai, Kluwer Law Conference for In-house Counsel (Jun 8. 2017)
Panel member, “Regional Enforcement Updates – EU, China, India, Korea”, the Annual Global Competition Law Forum in Shanghai, Kluwer Law Conference for In-house Counsel (Jul 21. 2016)
Panel member, “The Meaning of FRAND Commitments from a Competition Law Perspective: An International Conference”, Center for Corporate Competitiveness and Center for Law and Economics at Seoul National University (Jul 5. 2016) Rising Star, Expert Guide (Euromoney, 2016)