Firm / Organisation

Kim & Chang

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Managing Partners: Kye Sung Chung and Kyung Taek Jung
Number of fee earners: over 1,500
Number of lawyers: 1,000
Asia Pacific Offices: Seoul, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City
Languages:  Korean, English, German, French, Dutch, Swedish, Chinese, Japanese

Firm Overview:
Kim & Chang is Korea’s premier law firm. Since its founding in 1973, Kim & Chang’s proven track record of providing highest quality legal services to its clients and delivering “first-of-its-kind” solutions to complex legal challenges has set it apart. Kim & Chang is the market leader in all major practice areas. Today, more than 1,500 professionals – both attorneys and industry/subject matter experts – work seamlessly together to pursue excellence and to craft innovative solutions for its clients around the world.

Main Areas of Practice:

Antitrust & Competition:
■ Represented both parties in IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat
■ Represented multiple foreign banks in the KFTC investigation into alleged engagement in FX rate collusion. Kim & Chang was able to persuade the KFTC to close its investigations without finding liability or with significantly lower fines than initially proposed
Contacts: Youngjin JUNG, Gene-Oh (Gene) KIM
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Banking & Finance:
■ Project financing of Samcheok Thermal Power Plant
■ Project financing of coal fired power plant in Gangneung, Gangwon-do
Contacts: Chan-Moon PARK, Bumkyu SUNG
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Capital Markets:
■ Issuance of Social Covered Bonds by Korea Housing Finance Corporation (“KHFC”)
■ Issuance of Global Depositary Shares by Kakao Corp
Contacts: Young-Man HUH, Myoung Jae CHUNG
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Corporate / M&A:
■ Acted as the Korean legal counsel to SK Hynix, which was one of the main financial investors of the consortium led by Bain Capital. The consortium acquired Toshiba Memory Corporation from Toshiba Corporation
■ Acquisition of ADT Caps by consortium of Macquarie Korea Opportunities Management - SK TELECOM
Contacts: Jong-Koo PARK, Sang Hyuk PARK
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
■ Successfully represented Astellas in an infringement action filed during the patent term extension (PTE) of Astellas’ patent covering various novel compounds including solifenacin.
■ Successfully defended the validity of HCT’s patent on a dispenser with thermal storage tip despite a negative decision from the Patent Court (intermediate appellate court).
Contacts: Jay (Young-June) YANG, DuckSoon CHANG
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Litigation/Arbitration/Dispute Resolution:
■ Representing automobile manufacturers and importer in multiple collective civil actions filed by mass plaintiffs who are owners/ users of certain diesel engine vehicles that are subject to controversies related to emissions control
■ Successfully represented two major Korean construction companies working in joint venture regarding claims against their employer, in an LCIA arbitration seated in London, governed by English law.
Litigation Contacts: Chang-Hoon BAEK, Jin-Yeong CHUNG
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]
Arbitration Contacts: Byung-Chol (B.C.) YOON, Eun Young PARK
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

■ Landmark Supreme Court win on requirements for a qualified spin-off
■ Landmark Supreme Court decision on beneficial ownership
Contacts: Byung-Moon JUNG, Woo Hyun BAIK
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]


Total 4 contributions

Litigation 2019 Second Edition Law and Practice in South Korea

Jin Yeong Chung, Jung Keol Suh

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Project Finance 2019 Second Edition Law and Practice in South Korea

Geon Ho Kim, Ie Hwan Yoo, Sangmyoung Shin, John Sangho Park

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Acquisition Finance 2019 Law and Practice in South Korea

Jina Myung, Ie Hwan Yoo, Steve Song

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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 40 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

South Korean Supreme Court Sets Rules for “International Panels”

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