Youngjin Jung > Kim & Chang > Seoul, South Korea > Lawyer Profile

Kim & Chang
39 SAJIK-RO 8-GIL
JONGNO-GU
SEOUL 03170
South Korea
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Work Department

Antitrust & Competition; International Trade & Customs; International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation; China

Career

Youngjin Jung is a partner at Kim & Chang’s antitrust and competition law practice. Dr. Jung has significant experience in all areas of antitrust enforcement in merger control, international cartel and abuse of market dominance (including abuse cases of major global technology companies) in major industries such as the technology and IT sector among others. He also leads the firm’s international trade practice (including trade remedies, WTO/FTA and sanctions).

Dr. Jung was a visiting professor at Duke Law School and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School. He was a legal advisor for the Korea-US/Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as a member of the cartel advisory board of the Korea Fair Trade Commission and of the Korea Communication Commission. Prior to these experienceYoungjin Jung is Co-Chair of Kim & Chang’s antitrust and competition law practice. Dr. Jung has significant experience in all areas of antitrust enforcement in merger control, international cartel and abuse of market dominance (including abuse cases of major global technology companies) in major industries such as the technology and IT sectors. He also leads the firm’s international trade practice (including trade remedies, WTO/FTA and sanctions). 

Dr. Jung was a visiting professor at Duke Law School and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School. He has served as a Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) for the ICN, and has served as an Officer of IBA International Antitrust Committee and a member of the International Cartel Task Force at ABA Section of Antitrust. He has also worked as the vice-chair of the International Antitrust Committee of ABA Section of International Law. 

Dr. Jung was a legal advisor for the Korea-US/Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as a member of the cartel advisory board of the Korea Fair Trade Commission and the Korea Communication Commission. Prior to these experiences, he was a professorial fellow at the Institute for International Economic Law in Washington, DC. He has also participated as a member of the Korean delegation in the OECD competition committee and the WTO Working Party on Interactions between Trade and Competition. He is a registered arbitrator at the World Bank’s ICSID Arbitration Panel and the Korea Commercial Arbitration Board and is also currently a registered panelist at Korea-US FTA’s dispute settlement body. He worked as an executive member of the IBA Trade and Customs Committee. He also worked at the International Trade Ministry and is the current president of the Korean Society of International Economic Law. 

Dr. Jung has authored numerous articles on competition law and international trade, including an ABA Treatise entitled “Competition Laws outside the United States” (co-authored, 2011); “Cartel Enforcement Worldwide” (Cambridge University Press, 2009); “How Far WTO Should Reach into Income Tax Policies” (Journal of International Taxation, 2005); and “How Intellectual Property Rights Interact with Competition Law and Policy in Korea: QUO VADIS?” (Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 2018). 

He has been consistently listed in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Chambers Asia-Pacific. He has also consistently been listed as a leading lawyer in WTO and International Trade in Chambers Global, Euromoney, and Who’s Who International of Customs and Trade lawyers. He was also noted as a leading expert in Technology, Media and Telecommunication by Euromoney.s, Dr. Jung was a professorial fellow at the Institute for International Economic Law in Washington, DC. He has also participated as a member of the Korean delegation in the OECD competition committee and the WTO Working Party on Interactions between Trade and Competition, and has served as a Non-Governmental Advisor (NGA) for the ICN. He also worked at the International Trade Ministry, and is the current president of the Korean Society of International Economic Law.

Dr. Jung was a registered arbitrator at the World Bank’s ICSID Arbitration Panel and the Korea Commercial Arbitration Board, and is currently a registered panelist at Korea-US FTA’s dispute settlement body. He worked as the vice-chair of the ABA International Antitrust Committee, and an executive member of the IBA Trade and Customs Committee. Currently he serves as an Officer of IBA International Antitrust Committee.

Dr. Jung has authored numerous articles on competition law and international trade, including an ABA Treatise entitled “Competition Laws outside the United States” (co-authored, 2011); “Cartel Enforcement Worldwide” (Cambridge University Press, 2009); “How Far WTO Should Reach into Income Tax Policies” (Journal of International Taxation, 2005); and “How Intellectual Property Rights Interact with Competition Law and Policy in Korea: QUO VADIS?” (Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, 2018).

He has been consistently listed in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and Chambers Asia-Pacific. He has also consistently been listed as a leading lawyer in WTO and International Trade in Chambers Global, Euromoney, and Who’s Who International of Customs and Trade lawyers. He was also noted as a leading expert in Technology, Media and Telecommunication by Euromoney.

Languages

Korean and English

Memberships

Admitted to bar, Korea, 1993; New York, 2001

Education

Yale Law School (LL.M., 2000; J.S.D., 2003)
Passed the 30th Higher Civil Service Examination on Foreign Affairs (1996)
Passed the 40th Higher Civil Service Examination on Government Administration (1996)
Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1993)
College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1991)

Lawyer Rankings

South Korea > Corporate and M&A: local firms

Kyung Taek Jung leads Kim & Chang‘s first-rate corporate and M&A team, which distinguishes itself in headline deals at the premium end of the market. Equally highly regarded by Korean and international clients, its recent work included Yun Goo KwonYunbak ChungYoungjin Jung and others advising Hyundai Heavy Industries on its circa KRW2.09tn takeover bid for Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. Also notable is that, in 2018, a group led by Sookyung Lee and Byung Min Choi acted for a consortium comprising of Macquarie Korea Opportunities Management and SK Telecom on its $2.64bn acquisition of ADT Caps from Carlyle Group. Jong-Koo Park has a track record in market-shaping M&A and private equity transactions which date back to the late 1990s. Young Man HuhBo Yong AhnYoung Jay RoJoon KimJong Hyun Park and Teo Kim are among many other standout names in the team.

South Korea > Antitrust and competition: local firms

(Leading individuals)

Youngjin JungKim & Chang

Over 100 attorneys comprise the antitrust and competition law practice group at Kim & Chang; led by practice head Kyung-Taek Jung, the lawyers are closely supported by the firm’s seasoned in-house economists, forensic accountants and ex-Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) officials. Merger clearance work before the KFTC is a key piece of the practice, as is defending clients in investigations by the Commission. Cases handled in the latter space are varied in the allegations involved, covering abuse of superior bargaining position, abuse of market dominance, discriminatory treatment, unfair trade practices and cartels. Youngjin Jung has previous experience as a member of the cartel advisory board of the KFTC while Tae-Kyu Kang is the name to note for contested merger filings. The team welcomed a high number of recent new arrivals, including Min-Ho Lee from Lee & Ko (June 2019) and Hyun Gyu Lee from Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (September 2018).