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Hankyu Kim

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Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense, Health, Anti-Corruption & Corporate Compliance, Antitrust & Competition


Hankyu Kim is an attorney at Kim & Chang, who practices primarily in anti-corruption and corporate compliance, white collar criminal defense, antitrust, and mergers and acquisitions (M&A). He has extensive experience advising the firm’s clients in the IT, financial, automobile, healthcare and cosmetics industries and has represented a number of multinational corporations. 
Mr. Kim is not only recognized for his in-depth knowledge and experience in anti-corruption and corporate internal investigations, but also posseses extensive experience advising on privacy and antitrust matters. He has also provided counsel on a wide range of white collar crime issues arising from corporate management and operation.
Mr. Kim has been actively involved in various publications and presentations in the area of anti-corruption and corporate compliance. In 2018 and 2019, he has been recognized as a “Leading Individual” in white collar crime practice by Chambers and Partners.


Korean and English


Admitted to bar, Korea, 2002; New York, 2013


Harvard Law School (LL.M., 2012)
Graduate School, Seoul National University (LL.M., 2005)
Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (2002)
Department of Political Science, Seoul National University (B.A., 1998)

South Korea: Regulatory: compliance and investigations

Regulatory: compliance and investigations – Local firms

Within: Regulatory: compliance and investigations – Local firms

With its strong forensic capabilities, Kim & Chang’s multi-disciplinary practice is a favourite with international businesses seeking assistance with compliance issues. Head of the corporate investigations and white-collar defence Kook Hyun Yoo is working alongside Seung Ho Lee, Ho-Keun Ryu, and Michael Yu in defending Audi Volkswagen Korea against investigations by multiple Korean agencies in connection with the "Diesel Gate" scandal for vehicles imported into the Korean market. Other key contacts are Myungsuk Sean Choi for white-collar criminal defence, anti-corruption and regulatory compliance; Dong Min Cha leads in corporate crime and insider trading; Hankyu Kim is highly experienced in internal investigations and leading criminal cases. Sung Gwan Chun acts in cases involving Korean conglomerates, while Byung Suk Lee’s expertise lies in securities fraud and insider trading. In non-contentious matters, Yu advised Lotte Chilsung Beverage in negotiating compliance provisions in a distribution and joint venture agreement with a multinational beverage corporation.

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