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Japan "Kim & Chang attorneys are very proactive in meeting the client’s
expectations and have access to the resources required to get the job done."
– Chambers Asia Pacific 2017


Since its establishment in 1973, Kim & Chang has had great interest in the business relationship between Korea and Japan, particularly in international trade and investments. Accordingly, Kim & Chang has been cultivating special expertise in these fields and, in the early 1980s, established a Japan Practice, becoming the first law firm in Korea to do so.

Today, our Japan Practice consists of more than 200 professionals and staff members who can handle legal matters of Japanese clients with a fine command of the Japanese language.  We deliver a complete and fully integrated legal service to our clients.

Specialization by Industries and Fields

As the leading law firm in Korea, Kim & Chang provides specialized services in accordance with the needs of each industry and field.  By industry, our Japan Practice offers legal services and represents clients in the finance, corporate, real estate, chemicals, electronics, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and games industries.  By field, our practice offers top quality service in multiple areas, including international trade, foreign exchange, antitrust & competition, litigation, mergers & acquisitions, insolvency & restructuring, anti-corruption & corporate compliance, corporate investigations & white collar defense, privacy & data security, labor & employment, occupational safety and health, consumer protection, environment, tax and intellectual property.  The lawyers and other professionals in our Japan Practice have extensive expertise in one or more of the areas listed and closely work with other members of the firm to provide practical and effective solutions. 

One-stop Service

Our Japan Practice’s goal is to help our clients find solutions to complex issues.  At Kim & Chang, clients have at their disposal the top experts in all of these fields who have extensive experience in their respective fields and are fully committed to the needs of our clients.

Global Network

The professionals in our Japan Practice have years of experience working in Japan, the United States, and other nations. Moreover, Kim & Chang encourages its professionals to maintain strong relations with their former workplaces in Japan and to play the role of an intermediary bridging and promoting active interchange with many Japanese law firms. The close relationship our professionals have with the professionals in Japan allows us to provide better coordinated and efficient service to our clients.

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Kim & Chang provides a full range of legal services to our clients. 

In-bound Services

Our Japan Practice represents Japanese corporations involved in business with Korea, such as imports and exports, transfer of technology, loans, and investments.  The Practice also regularly assists Japanese corporations in the establishment of subsidiaries, joint ventures, branches, and offices in Korea and in any legal issues that may rise during the operation of their business in Korea. 

Out-bound Services

As a growing number of Korean companies are entering the Japanese market, the professionals in our Japan Practice also advise Korean companies on various aspects of investing in Japan, from getting started to managing their business after establishment.  When needed, our Practice works in cooperation with the law firms, in Japan, accounting firms and other relevant expert organizations in order to provide the highest quality service possible needed by our clients.


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