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Kim & Chang Strengthens and Expands its Practice Groups by Recruiting Valuable New Members

March 2010

Kim & Chang is pleased to announce a distinguished group of new partners and senior counsel. They exemplify the legal excellence and the high level of client service that distinguishes our firm in the marketplace. They will add to the success of their respective practices and contribute to our clients’ success.

Our new partners and senior counsel illustrate the firm’s continued wide-ranging growth in key practice areas. 

Hoe Sun Kim rejoins the firm as senior partner in the White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm in 2005, Mr. Kim accumulated 25 years of experience as a public prosecutor at the Seoul District Prosecutor’s Office, the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office and the Seoul District Prosecutor’s Office, where he became the Vice Chief Prosecutor in 2002. During his time away from the firm, Mr. Kim was engaged as Vice Director for the National Intelligence Service. His distinguished career makes him an expert with extensive experience in a wide range of criminal law matters, specializing in white collar crime. Mr. Kim graduated from Seoul National University and received his M.C.L. from George Washington University Law School .            

Hye Kwang Lee is a partner in the Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group. Mr. Lee joins the firm with 20 years of experience as a judge. He served as the Chief Presiding Judge at the Suwon District Court and a Presiding Judge at the Seoul High Court. His has extensive experience in a wide range of civil, criminal, administrative and tax litigation, particularly in white collar crime. Mr. Lee graduated from Seoul National University and attended the University of Cambridge .  

Youngjin Jung is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. Mr. Jung has held various government positions, including legal adviser for the Korea-US and Korea-EU Free Trade Agreements. He was also a visiting professor at Duke Law School and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center . He has authored numerous articles on international trade and competition law and he is also a registered arbitrator at the World Bank’s ICSID Arbitration Panel and the Korea Commercial Arbitration Board. Mr. Jung’s significant legal expertise in all aspects of antitrust law will greatly contribute to the depth and scope of the practice group. Mr. Jung graduated from Seoul National University and received his LL.M and J.S.D. from Yale Law School .

Byungbae Kim is a senior counsel in the Antitrust and Competition Practice Group. Mr. Kim is former Vice Chairman of the Korea Fair Trade Commission (“KFTC”). He previously held numerous positions at the KFTC and other governmental ministries in Korea and worked as Senior Counsel for the International Business Affairs department in the Washington, D.C. office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Throughout his career, he has been regarded as one of Korea ’s top experts in competition law. He has extensive experience in policy design and coordination in the areas of trade and international economic cooperation. Mr. Kim received a B.A. from Yonsei University , an M.B.A. from UCLA Graduate School of Management and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center .

Edward Kim is a senior foreign attorney in the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Group. He is a member of the New York bar. Before joining the firm, Mr. Kim was a partner in the corporate department at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, specializing in mergers and acquisitions and private equity. He has extensive experience in the U.S. in international mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate spin-offs and restructurings and joint ventures. He has represented various institutions and corporations on their cross-border transactions in Asia, the U.S, and Europe . Mr. Kim received his B.A. from Davidson College and his J.D. from Cornell Law School .  

Sang Hyuk Park is a senior foreign attorney in the firm’s Corporate Department. He is a member of the New York bar. Before joining the firm, Mr. Park was a partner in the corporate and securities department at Dechert LLP since 1996. He has over 16 years of extensive experience in advising leading private equity funds, their portfolio companies and strategic buyers and sellers in domestic and cross-border transactions. Mr. Park received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from Cornell Law School .

Nelson K. Ahn is a senior foreign attorney in the Finance Department. He is a member of the New York Bar. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ahn served as Senior Counselor to the Minister of Finance & Economy and practiced with two major U.S. law firms as equity partner in New York . He has over 20 years of experience advising financial and non-financial institutions in the areas of cross-border and local transactions. Mr. Ahn received his B.A. from Columbia University and his J.D. from Boston College Law School .     

Nicolai Nahrgang is a foreign attorney in the German Practice Group. He is qualified to practice in Germany and New York . Mr. Nahrgang has a wide range of experience in corporate transactions with a focus on leveraged buyouts and international mergers and acquisitions. He graduated from the University of Heidelberg and received his LL.M. from Cornell Law School .


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