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Jong Han Kim

Partner, Litigation and Corporate Departments
T 82-2-6321-3801
F 82-2-6321-3933
Jong Han Kim is a partner of Paul Hastings and is the chair of the firm’s Seoul office. He practices in the fields of complex cross-border litigation, mergers and acquisitions, international joint ventures and capital markets. He has advised on the following:


International Litigation

  • SK hynix in connection with its trade secrets litigation against San Disk in the US.
  • SK hynix in connection with its patent litigation in the US.
  • Samsung Electronics in connection with patent litigation cases in the US.
  • Samsung Electronics in connection with consumer class action cases in the US.
  • KCC in connection with the adoption and implementation of its global standard compliance program.
  • Kolon Industries in connection with trade secrets and anti-trust litigation in the US.
  • Korean Air in connection with anti-trust class action litigation in the US.
  • LG Display in its US anti-trust litigation.
  • Lotte Chemical in connection with its trade secrets litigation victory in the US.
  • Korea Exchange Bank in Bernie Madoff feeder funds litigation brought by Fairfield Sentry.
  • NCSoft, a leading online game company in Korea, in connection with a trade secret theft case in China.
  • Samsung Corporation in its dispute in relation to an ownership of copper mine in Kazakhstan against Dalex, a Russian company.

International Corporate Transactions

  • Samsung Electronics in its sale and joint venture of AST Research.
  • Samsung Life in its joint venture with Air China Group to form a joint venture life insurance company in China.
  • Samsung SDI in its proposed US$200 million joint venture in Hungary with KOC Group of Turkey.
  • SK Telecom in its US$440 million joint venture with Earthlink to form Helio mobile phone company in the US.
  • GE Capital in its acquisition of more than 45 commercial buildings in Seoul and in the establishment of Korea’s first cross-border corporate restructuring real estate investment trust.
  • Fila Korea in its acquisition of the Fila global brand.
  • A Korean retail conglomerate in its attempted bid for Godiva Chocolate in the US.
  • Woongjin Coway in its GDR offering.
  • J.P. Morgan in a US$101 million GDR offering and Luxembourg Stock Exchange listing for INI Steel.
  • J.P. Morgan in a GDR offering and Luxembourg Stock Exchange listing for Kumgang Korea Chemical.
  • Wal-Mart in its US$882 million sale of its Korean operations to Shinsegae, one of Korea’s largest retail conglomerates.
  • Morgan Stanley Private Equity in its minority equity investment in Hyundai Rotem, a Hyundai Motor Group company in Korea.
  • Morgan Stanley Private Equity in its acquisition of a controlling interest in KEB Commerz Investment Trust Management.
  • Morgan Stanley Private Equity in its asset acquisition of Jinbang Steel.
  • Merrill Lynch in its real estate joint venture with Mirae Asset Maps to develop Center One Building in downtown Seoul.
  • E-Land Fashion China in its proposed initial public offering and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
  • Pixelplus in its Nasdaq IPO.
  • J.P. Morgan in a US$97 million ADR offering and Nasdaq listing for Webzen.

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Recognized as a Leading Individual (Band 2) for Dispute Resolution: International Firms by Chambers Asia Pacific (2017)
  • Recognized as one of the leading lawyers (Band 1) for Corporate and M&A practice in South Korea by Chambers Asia Pacific (2012)

Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • Former columnist for the largest English daily in Korea: his column, “A View From Abroad,” appeared frequently in The Korea Herald
  • Author of “The Kumgangsan Dam and International Law,” published in the Korean Journal of International Law

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Foreign Investment Advisor, Minister of State for Trade of the Republic of Korea
  • Advisor, 1998 and 1999 Korean parliamentary delegations to Washington


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1989 (cum laude)
  • Georgetown University, B.S.F.S., 1986 (magna cum laude)