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Seung Hwan Jin

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Kim & Chang

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Mergers & Acquisitions, Foreign Direct Investment, Tax Audit & Tax Dispute Resolution, Real Estate & Construction, Tax


Seung Hwan Jin is a tax attorney/CPA in general tax consulting, real estate & construction, IT, and tax audit and dispute resolution practices of Kim & Chang. At the firm, he has had over sixteen years of experience in advising domestic/foreign companies on a wide range of corporate and business tax issues, including corporate tax planning, tax exemption for foreign investment, and transaction taxes on M&A. One of his key areas of focus is developing strategy to minimize taxes in relation to cross-border M&A transactions.

As a member of the firm's Real Estate & Construction Practice, Mr. Jin also specializes in providing clients with comprehensive tax advice on the acquisition, holding and disposition of real properties, formation of tax efficient investment vehicles (e.g., ABS SPC, REIT and REF) for the acquisition of real properties, and establishment and operation of Project Finance Vehicles (“PFV”) for developing large tracts of land eligible for special tax benefits. His other tasks include providing clients with advice on matters related to corporate income tax, VAT, acquisition tax and withholding tax in relation to real property transactions. Mr. Jin also provides IT companies (hardware companies, software companies and open-market operators) with planning services for tax optimization as well as tax audit defense services in cases of tax audits and tax appeals.

Prior to working at Kim & Chang, Mr. Jin worked at the Samil Accounting Corporation (i.e., PwC Korea) and was involved in providing external audit, consulting and corporate income tax filing services.

In addition to his work at Kim & Chang, Mr. Jin was a lecturer at the National Tax Officials Training Institute for three years (2008-2010). Currently, he serves as an outside advisor of BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) Center, which is operated by the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Korea Institute of Public Finance, and Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2017.

Mr. Jin received his B.A. from the Department of Business Administration at Seoul National University in 1994. He completed his master’s coursework at the Graduate School of Business Administration at Seoul National University in 1999, and received a master’s degree in professional accounting from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. He is a certified public accountant and a certified tax accountant in Korea, and he also passed the AICPA exam.


Korean and English


CPA, Korea, 1993; AICPA, Guam, 2000


University of Texas at Austin (M.P.A., 2006)
Graduate School of Business Administration, Seoul National University (Completed Coursework, 1999)
Department of Business Administration, Seoul National University (B.A., 1994)

South Korea: Tax

Tax ā€“ Local firms

Within: Tax ā€“ Local firms

Kim & Chang's ā€˜excellent in every factorā€™ practice handles all tax-related matters including M&A, transfer pricing, tax audit litigation and appeals. Co-heads Woo Hyun BaikĀ and Byung Moon JungĀ are highly regarded, whileĀ Seung Jong YangĀ and Je Heum BaikĀ are singled out for their ā€˜outstanding reputationā€™ in tax audit and disputes. Im Jung Choi, Seung Hwan JinĀ and Jong Koo ParkĀ acted for MBK Partners on a transaction valued at $ 1.1bn. Jin and Keun Ah ChoĀ represented JP Morgan Asset Management on the first REF trust sale. Tae-Yeon NamĀ has extensive expertise in transfer pricing and audit matters. Also of noteĀ for tax disputes, M&A and audits areĀ Hae Ma Joong KimĀ and foreign attorney Jeremy Everett.

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