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Shin & Kim

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Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai

Young Chul Yim

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Shin & Kim

Work Department

Antitrust and Competition.


Senior Partner.


Shin & Kim (2007-Present); Non-standing Director, Korean Consumer Agency (2008); Member, Administrative Appeal Commission under the Prime Minister (2008); Visiting Professor, College of Law, Chung Ang University (2007); Attorney at Law, Barun Law Offices(2002-2006); Director General of Subcontract Bureau, Fair Trade Commission (2001); Visiting Fellow, Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro LLP, Washington D.C (2000); Director General of Competition Policy Bureau, Fair Trade Commission (2000); General Counsel, Fair Trade Commission (1997); Legal Affairs Officer, Fair Trade Commission (1996); Judge, Seoul high Court (1994); Judge, Eastern Branch, Seoul District Court (1992); Judge, Seoul Family Court (1990); Judge, Youngwol Branch, Chunchon District Court (1988); Legal Affairs Officer, Ministry of Legislation (1987); Judge, Seoul Civil District Court (1985); Judge, Northern Branch, Seoul District Court (1983).


Korean and English.


Korean and Seoul Bar Associations.


Seoul National University, Graduate School of Law (LL.M., 1988); Judicial Research & Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea (1983); Seoul National University, College of Law (LL.B., 1980).

South Korea: Antitrust and competition

Antitrust and competition – Local firms

Within: Leading individuals

Young Chul Yim - Shin & Kim

Within: Antitrust and competition – Local firms

Shin & Kim’s team continues to hold a dominant position within the antitrust and competition practice and the 22-partner strong team continues to act as legal counsel for Qualcomm in its appeal to the Korean Supreme Court in relation to abuse of dominance cases. Cartel and merger control specialist Sangdon Lee assisted Valeo in obtaining merger clearance for its formation of a joint venture with PHC Group across multiple jurisdictions. He and foreign attorney Jeannie Y Jeong led Linde’s merger filings to the KFTC for Linde’s merger with Praxair valued at $85bn. Practice head Young Chul Yim is involved in defending automakers, marine transportation companies and manufacturers against KFTC investigations for collusion and litigation. Other significant figures include John H Choi, Jooyoung Park, Chang-young Cho, Daeyong Baek and Hyun Ah Kim. Sohyun Hong departed to Kim & Chang.

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Legal Developments by:
Shin & Kim

  • Essilor’s Proposed Combination with an Optical Lens Maker in Korea is Blocked

    In its press release on March 17, 2014, the Korea Fair Trade Commission (the "KFTC") blocked the proposed acquisition of 50% shares by Essilor Amera Investment Pte. Ltd. (a subsidiary of Essilor International S.A., the largest optical lens maker in the world) in Daemyung Optical Co., Ltd. (the second largest optical lens maker in Korea) citing inter alia the likely lessening effect on price competition and the probable future abuses of the enhanced market power. On top of the expressed competitive concerns, the KFTC observed that allowing foreign firms to acquire local firms and turn them into their local sub-contractors worsens the competitive market structure of the domestic optical lens industry.
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