Richard Lee is a partner in the Seoul office specializing in capital markets transactions. He has extensive experience advising Asian and international issuers on a wide range of securities offerings, including listings and investment-grade and high yield debt offerings.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Lee worked in the Hong Kong office of another international law firm. He also previously worked at the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Corporation Finance, in Washington, D.C. as a staff attorney. 

Mr. Lee’s recent representative experience includes advising:

  • JPMorgan and other managers on Hanwha Life Insurance Co., Ltd.’s offering of US$750 million 3.379% Tier II subordinated sustainability securities 
  • Citigroup, JP Morgan, and other underwriters on the Export-Import Bank of Korea’s SEC-registered green bonds, consisting of US$1 billion 1.250% Notes due 2025, US$1 billion 1.625% Notes due 2027, and US$1 billion 2.125% Green Notes 
  • Citi, JP Morgan, and other underwriters on the Republic of Korea’s issuance of SEC-registered foreign exchange stabilization bonds, consisting of US$625 million 1.0% notes and €700 million zero coupon notes*
  • The dealers on Hyundai Capital Services Inc.’s Global MTN Program update since 2012 and takedowns thereunder including offerings of US$600 million green bonds, CHF300 million notes, and CNY600 million dim sum bonds.*
  • Hanwha Life Insurance Co., Ltd. on its issuance of US$1 billion 4.7000% Subordinated Capital Securities.*
  • Citi and other managers on Korean Air Lines Co. Ltd.’s US$300 million senior bond issuance*
  • Standard Chartered Bank and other managers on Hanwha Energy’s offering of US$300 million green bonds guaranteed by Korea Development Bank*
  • The managers on the issuance of floating rate notes by LG Electronics*
  • BofA, Merrill Lynch, and other managers on Doosan Infracore Co. Ltd.’s offering of US$300 million notes guaranteed by Korea Development Bank*
  • JP Morgan as arranger in establishing KEB Hana Bank’s US CP Program*
  • UBS and other managers on Tongyang Life Insurance Co. Ltd.’s US$300 million subordinated capital securities issuance*
  • Yingde Gases Group, a portfolio company of PAG Asia Capital and in the business of producing and supplying a variety of industrial gas products in China, on its US$500 million high yield bonds issuance*
  • Credit Suisse and other managers on Greentown China Holdings Ltd.’s US$300 million high yield bonds issuance*
  • Credit Suisse and other managers on the offering of Champion Sincerity Holdings Ltd.’s US$400 million senior perpetual capital securities guaranteed by Greentown China Holdings Ltd.*
  • China Grand Automotive Services Limited, a vehicle dealership and automobile related service provider in China, on its US$100 million senior notes issuance*
  • The issuer on Franshion Brilliant Ltd’s US$500 million subordinated perpetual capital securities guaranteed by China Jinmao Holdings Group Ltd., a residential and commercial property developer in China*
  • The dealers on the US$2 billion Euro MTN Programme update and US$300 million notes take down thereunder of Korea Water Resources Corporation, a government-owned corporation in Korea that develops and manages the nation’s water resources*

Matter handled prior to joining Latham*

Bar Qualification

  • California
  • Korea (Foreign Legal Consultant)
  • New York


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2001
    Joe C. Davis Scholar, Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Award
  • B.A. in Economics, Seoul National University, 1989
    Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies Scholar

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Korean