Paul S Rhee is the Senior Foreign Attorney and Partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group at Yoon & Yang LLC in Seoul, Korea, which has been designated since 2008 as an 'ELITE' competition practice in Korea by Global Competition Review (GCR). He has been practicing in Korea for close to two decades with extensive experience representing multinational corporations in Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) investigations concerning abuse of dominance, unfair trade practice (including subcontracting), false advertising, merger review and domestic and international cartels.
From 2016 to 2017, Paul led his team in successfully representing Performance Optics and its subsidiaries, Vision Ease and Daemyung Optical, in the KFTC's merger review investigation into its sale to HOYA Corporation, which resulted in KFTC's unconditional approval. From 2013 to 2015, he led his team in successfully representing Microsoft Corporation in the KFTC's merger review investigation into acquiring Nokia Corporation's mobile device and service business, which resulted in the first consent decree in a merger review case in Korea and was honored with GCR Awards 2016 for "Merger control matter of the year – Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa".
From 2013 to 2017, Paul led his team in successfully representing a leading multinational conveyor belt manufacturer in the KFTC's cartel investigation, which resulted in full immunity and amnesty plus benefits without any administrative surcharge. From 2005 to 2016, he led his team in successfully representing a leading multinational elevator manufacturer in the KFTC's cartel investigation, which resulted in partial immunity, amnesty plus benefits and substantial reduction in administrative surcharge, and in a follow-on damage action filed by a major Korean customer for damages incurred from the cartel in the trial and appellate courts and the Korean Supreme Court.
In 2015, 2017 and 2018, Paul was the exclusive winner of Globe Business Media Group's International Law Office/Lexology Client Choice Award in the category of Competition & Antitrust for South Korea. He has been recognized as a leading antitrust practitioner by Euromoney/Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Competition and Antitrust Experts, Chambers Asia-Pacific, IFLR's Leading Competition Lawyers, IFLR 1000 Asia Pacific, PLC Which Lawyer?, Euromoney/Legal Media Group's AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers and Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
Paul has co-authored GCR's "Know-How Private Antitrust Litigation – Korea", LexisNexis UK's LexisPSL Practice Note on Competition (International Cartel Enforcement and Merger Control), Thomson Reuters' PLC Cross-border Competition and Cartel Leniency Handbook, Global Legal Group's International Comparative Legal Guide to: Cartels & Leniency and LexisNexis UK's LexisPSL "Doing Business in Korea". He received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991 and his JD from Syracuse University College of Law in 1996. He is admitted to the bars of Connecticut and Washington, DC, USA.