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Hyun Tae Kim

Hyun Tae Kim



  • Corporate Governance
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  • Hostile Takeovers & Defense
  • Intellectual Property

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Hyun Tae KIM is a partner in the Corporate Group. His practice expertise includes M&A, Corporate Governance, Foreign Investment, Hostile Takeovers & Defense, Financial Services & Compliance and Securities. Prior to joining Lee & Ko in 1999, Mr. Kim was a judge in the Seoul Central District Court.

Mr. Kim has represented many prestigious financial and non-financial corporations and has earned a reputation as an outstanding negotiator and strategist in deal structuring. He has played a leading role in the change of governance structure in Korean conglomerates, including implementation of holding company structure for the LG Group and incorporation of Woori Financial Holdings Company, which are the first cases of where a holding company structure was adopted in the non-financial sector and financial sectors. SK, CJ, LS and Hana Financial Holdings are holding companies established with Mr. Kim's participation as leading counsel. He also led the establishment of The Korea Exchange (KRX), the sole securities exchange operator in South Korea.

Other major M&A cases in which Mr. Kim played the leading role include acquisition of Auction by Ebay, acquisition of KorAm Bank by Citibank, KCC's hostile takeover attempt of Hyundai Group, management control dispute involving Seoul Lakeside, acquisition of Good Morning Securities by Shinhan Financial Holdings, merger between Seoul Bank and Hana Bank, acquisition of Daum Direct Auto Insurance by Munich Reinsurance Group, acquisition of Actoz Soft by Shanda Interactive Entertainment, transfer of SK Life shares by SK Networks, acquisition of S-Oil shares by Korean Air, attempted acquisition of Daewoo Motor by Ford, sale of Korea First Bank by Korea Deposit Insurance Corp., acquisition of Hanmi Capital and LIG Life shares by Woori Financial Holdings, acquisition of Prudential Securities by Hanwha Securities, acquisition of New York Life by ACE, acquisition of Korea Exchange Bank by Hana Finance Group and Sale of Hi-mart Shares by Eugene Corporation.

Mr. Kim is admitted to the Korean Bar. In 2006, he was a visiting scholar at the University of Washington Asian Law Center.

Bar Admissions

admitted to bar: 1998, Korea


College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1989)
Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea, 1996-1998
Areas of Practice

Corporate Governance | Foreign Investment | Hostile Takeovers & Defense | Intellectual Property | Mergers & Acquisitions | Securities

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Korean Bar Association; Seoul Bar Association

Professional Activities and Experience

Apprentice Judge, Seoul District Court, 1998-1999

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