On January 12, London-based international law firm directory Chambers & Partners announced its official rankings for 2017. DR & AJU is listed in Band 4 for Restructuring/Insolvency. Last year was the first time the firm applied for ranking in international publications. Limited submissions (one to three practice areas) were sent to Legal 500, Chambers and Partners and Asia Legal Business (ALB). A firm without prior rankings usually is not listed upon initial application. DR & AJU’s reputation for expertise in Restructuring /Insolvency likely swayed researchers. Three DR & AJU attorneys (Managing Partner KIM Jin Han, Head of Legal and Management Support Nam Dong Hwan, and IP Patents Team Head Lee Ki Chul) have been nominated by the Bar and appointed by Seoul Central Court to serve as court-appointed trustees in bankruptcy/insolvency proceedings. No other Korean firm has more than two appointees.
DR & AJU’s International Arbitration Team was also ranked Tier 3 in the Legal 500 and was shortlisted for ALB’s best firm in Korea in that field as well. ALB listed DR & AJU as Korea’s 8th largest firm in its November issue.