Lee is an expert in legal issues related to mergers and acquisitions, general corporate, private equity and joint ventures, and has negotiated over $2.5 billion worth of foreign direct investments by Korean companies overseas, including a number of billion dollar investments by some of KoreaÆs largest automobile manufacturers into the US, Europe and Latin America. He has advised local and multinational clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including automobile, tyre, construction, IT, real estate, electronics, fishery and pharmaceuticals as well as major Korean banks with regard to their international operations
His M&A expertise includes handling all aspects of Korean transactions in high profile global acquisitions as a former head of legal at a leading multinational computer technology organisation.
The appointment comes at a time when outbound Korean M&A activity seems to be gaining pace. The trend was set off in July 2007 when heavy equipment manufacturer Doosan paid $4.9 billion for Ingersoll RandÆs bobcat, utility equipment and attachments businesses in the US in the largest ever outbound M&A deal by a Korean company.
Since then, there have been at least three other deals of size where Korean companies have bought businesses overseas.
ôWe are ramping up our capabilities to advise Japan-based Korean companies as well as other clientsÆ investment interests in Korea,ö said Lance Miller, managing partner of DLA Piper's Tokyo office in a written statement. ôDaniel will work closely with our regional Korea practice group in Hong Kong as we provide our clients with a truly international network.ö
Admitted in California, Hawaii and Washington DC, Lee has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in California and is fluent in Korean. He is active as a board member or legal advisor in various industry and business organisations and in 1999 established the so called In-house Counsel Forum in Korea, which currently has 240 in-house counsel members.