Joo Hee Lee

Managing Partner, Seoul

“I focus on projects, in particular advising Asian lenders and borrowers on their cross-border transactions. I have in-depth knowledge of the Korean market, including undertaking a number of secondments with major Korean banks and corporations. I have an ability to condense complex issues and make them accessible to clients.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Joo Hee advises Korean and Asian corporates, banks and Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) on multi-source project finance and project development, both in Korea and internationally.

At various times, Joo Hee has completed a number of successful secondments. These include secondments to:

  • Royal Bank of Scotland in Hong Kong for four months in 2009, advising on the bank’s divestment programme
  • Korea National Oil Company in 2011, in the company’s legal department
  • The Export-Import Bank of Korea (KEXIM), for seven months in 2015
  • Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-sure) for two days a week over a period of six months in 2016, in the company’s project finance department.
Work highlights

Joo Hee has advised on many major projects and project financings. These include advising:

  • the lenders and ECAs as common lenders’ counsel on the US$19bn Yamal LNG project financing
  • KEXIM, K-sure and a group of international commercial banks on the US$1.7bn financing of an ethylene cracker and ethylene glycol plant in Louisiana, U.S.
  • KEXIM, K-sure and other ECAs on the project financing of the IPCI 2 petrochemicals project in Atyrau, Kazakhstan
  • Samsung C&T and KOSPO on the successful bid, development and project financing (including KEXIM facilities) of the gas-fired Kelar Independent Power Producer (IPP) project in Chile
  • a Korean bidding consortium on the oil/gas-fired combined cycle IPP project in Sri Lanka
  • the lenders (including K-sure) on a K-sure-covered financing of the world’s largest new-build biomass power plant, in Tees Valley, UK
  • the lender group, including KEXIM, supporting the POSCO Energy and Marubeni consortium for the Morupule B (Units 5&6) coal-fired IPP in Botswana

Professional experience

Joo Hee regularly speaks at events, including at the “Public Private Partnerships in South East Asia” seminar, May 2015, co-arranged with KEXIM, and “Business Strategy & Investment in the Iranian Market”, February 2016, co-arranged with KEXIM and the International Contractors Association of Korea.

Education and qualifications

Joo Hee studied law at Yonsei University, Seoul. She was the first ever Korean-qualified lawyer to join an international law firm directly from the Judicial Research & Training Institute in Korea.

Joo Hee is admitted in the UK (England & Wales), US (California) and Republic of Korea.