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Discovery “With its strong forensic capabilities, Kim & Chang’s multi-disciplinary practice is a favourite with international businesses seeking assistance with compliance issues.”
– The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019


Kim & Chang has a dedicated team of over 140 professionals to handle complex e-discovery matters.  Kim & Chang’s Discovery Practice offers best-in-class services in data collection, forensic investigation, e-discovery, data processing and document review.  

We strive to deliver the most effective and cost-efficient solution to cross-border litigations, government investigations and internal investigations.

Our Practice is comprised of leading talents with diverse backgrounds, including forensic experts from the Prosecutors’ Office, Korean and foreign lawyers with expertise in e-discovery, forensic accountants, industry-certified technical experts and professional reviewers.  We utilize advanced forensic tools, including EnCase, Nuix, Viewpoint and Relativity, to offer expeditious, legally defensible and comprehensive services tailored to each client’s needs.

Key Servicesshow

Kim & Chang developed a fully integrated case management system that allows the client to effectively manage all aspects of disputes, internal reviews and government investigations.  We are the first law firm in Korea to build an industry-leading discovery team, utilizing the latest legal tech software and equipment that complies with Korean laws and regulations.  We have developed an innovative operational model that allows our technical professionals, subject matter experts and attorneys to work seamlessly as a single unit.


Large-Scale Data Collection and Review

We collect large-scale electronically stored information from a wide range of data sources, such as computers, mobile devices, servers and back-up media, in a forensically sound manner.  Our clients often use independently developed encryption and document management systems to protect sensitive data, making it challenging to collect, review, catalogue and produce documents in a manner compliant to the requirements of each jurisdiction.  Our professionals have developed a system making this process seamless, even for massive volumes of unorganized and dispersed data.  Upon data collection, our document review professionals collaborate with clients and outside counsel to effectively tag documents for responsiveness, confidentiality and privilege.


Production of Electronic Documents 

We produce electronic documents as part of discovery in US-style litigations, arbitrations and government investigations in a legally defensible and standardized manner.  Our attorneys and technical professionals have accumulated know-how in effectively managing cases with local counsel around the world to protect the clients’ data, IP and trade secrets while formulating effective defense strategies tailored to each case.


Identification of Key Documents

We identify critical documents by employing the most modern and standardized techniques, which will help evaluate potential risks and develop the best solution for the client.  Our professional reviewers are highly trained and collaborate closely with our attorneys and in many cases have identified key documents that turned the tide in bet-the-company matters.  Our technical experts have recovered erased, damaged or hidden data and retrieved key documents buried in a large data set that proved to be critical in various cases. 


Management of Privileged and Personal Information 

We manage privileged and personal information in a legally and technically sound manner by complying with all country-specific document handling procedures and case-specific production protocols.

Key Experienceshow

We assist multinational corporations and global law firms with a wide range of matters, including most high-profile, bet-the-company government investigations, cross-border litigations, and discreet internal investigation matters.  Our clients include some of the most respected names in the automotive, banking, chemicals, construction, energy, food, healthcare, gaming, heavy industries, insurance, IT, PEF, pharmaceuticals, shipping and telecommunications industries.


Domestic Government Investigations

Assisted domestic and multinational corporations in collecting data, conducting fact-finding and producing documents in response to investigations and dawn raids by various Korean government agencies, including the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office, Korean National Police Agency, Korea Fair Trade Commission, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy and Korea Intellectual Property Office.


Overseas Government Investigations

Conducted internal investigations and produced documents on behalf of multinational corporations in their defense against investigations by the US Securities Exchange Commission, the US Department of Justice and the European Commission.


Cross-Border and Domestic Civil Litigations (e-Discovery)

Reviewed and produced documents pursuant to applicable production requirements in numerous US litigations involving automotive, energy, electronics, food, telecommunications and tire companies and financial institutions.  Engaged in fact-finding and technical support in bet-the-company IP disputes before the US International Trade Commission (ITC).


International Arbitrations (e-Disclosure)

Reviewed, analyzed and produced documents in arbitrations under ICC, LCIA, HKIAC, SIAC, KCAB, DIAC and LMAA rules on behalf of domestic and multinational corporations.


Internal Investigations

Data collection, review and analysis in highly sensitive internal investigations of compliance violation, bribery, anticompetitive conduct, embezzlement, misappropriation and whistleblower cases.


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