Dong Chul Kim Appointed Chair of Paul Hastings’ Seoul Office

November 16, 2020

Seoul – Paul Hastings LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that Mr. Dong Chul Kim will succeed Litigation partner Jong Han Kim as Seoul’s Office Chair from January 1, 2021. Mr. Jong Han Kim will transfer to the firm’s Los Angeles office where he will continue to represent Korean and U.S. clients in cross-border litigation.

"I’m honored to be appointed as the new Chair of the Seoul office. I would like to thank Mr. Jong Han Kim for his significant contribution in helping our practices to grow and thrive,” said Dong Chul Kim. “I look forward to building our service capabilities in the region further and helping our clients navigate the fast-changing landscape of the Korean legal market.”

Paul Hastings has submitted the required application to the Korean Bar Association and is currently waiting for its approval to confirm Mr. Dong Chul Kim as the Chief Representative of Paul Hastings Seoul Office. Since joining Paul Hastings’ Seoul office in 2012, Mr. Dong Chul Kim has specialized in capital market transactions and represented many prominent Korean corporations and international investment banks including Samsung Electronics, Lotte Chemical, Hanwha Systems, Korea Investment Corp., Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. He practices in the fields of capital market transactions and mergers and acquisitions, as well as international dispute and compliance matters.

“Dong Chul is a distinguished member of our corporate team in Seoul and possesses a deep understanding of the local market. Seoul is home to many of the world's biggest and best companies, and our firm remains committed to serving our Korean clients as they grow here and internationally. I’m excited to join the Los Angeles team again after serving in Asia for eighteen years and to continue serving our Korean clients from the U.S,” said Jong Han Kim.

Paul Hastings has a market-leading Korea practice with a focus on cross-border M&A and joint ventures, international capital markets and complex cross-border litigation including intellectual property and antitrust matters. It also provides strategic legal advice on private equity and project finance. Investing in Korea and developing relationships with Korean companies have been a critical part of the firm's strategy for growth and success in Asia. The relocation of Jong Han Kim will enable the firm to expand and share expertise across our global network and deliver the highest level of service for our clients.

At Paul Hastings, our purpose is clear — to help our clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms.

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