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Dong Shik CHOI Attorney

T.+82-2-3703-1121 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092
Dong Shik CHOI Attorney
Dong Shik CHOI Attorney

Dong Shik CHOIAttorney

T.+82-2-3703-1121 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092 E.dschoi@kimchang.com

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Dong Shik Choi is an attorney at Kim & Chang who serves as the chair of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice. Mr. Choi also regularly advises on mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, foreign direct investment and other relevant matters for his clients.

Mr. Choi has 30 years of experience practicing in a wide range of cross-border transactions, including share and asset sales and purchases, joint ventures, corporate governance, tax and general corporate and commercial law matters. Mr. Choi regularly represents a broad range of clients in telecommunication, broadcasting, information technology, entertainment and franchising.

As chair of the firm’s the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice, Mr. Choi has significant experience in telecommunication and broadcasting transactions and regulatory matters in Korea. These include licensing, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, relevant civil, criminal or administrative lawsuits, and regulatory investigations by the Korea Communications Commission and other government agencies. Mr. Choi also actively participates in the drafting of telecommunications and broadcasting-related legislation and regulations, and has been serving as outside legal advisor to the Korea Communications Commission and the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, and the Ministry of Science and ICT.

Mr. Choi previously served as a judge advocate of the Republic of Korea Army. He also participated in the Foreign Lawyers' Program at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York.

Mr. Choi has authored various publications, including The International Comparative Legal Guide to Telecommunications Laws and Regulations and Getting the Deal Through: Corporate Governance. He has also been recognized by numerous legal directories, such as Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific and AsiaLaw, for his distinguished service to telecommunications clients and his expertise in the relevant field of law.

Mr. Choi received an LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1991, an M.Jur. from the Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University in 1985, and an LL.B. from the College of Law, Seoul National University in 1980. He has also attended the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea in 1982. He is a member of the Korean bar and the New York bar.

Profile

Experience

Legal Counsel to Ministry of Science and ICT (2017.6.-2017.10.) 

Legal Counsel to Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (2013.7.-2017.5.) 

Legal Counsel to Korea Communications Commission (2008.2.-Present) 

Legal Counsel to Ministry of Information and Communications (2000-2008.2.) 

Special Advisor to Korea Communications Commission (1999-2008.2.) 

Participant in Foreign Lawyers' Program, Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York (1991) 

Kim & Chang (1985-Present) 

Judge Advocate, Republic of Korea Army (1982-1985)

Representative Mattersshow

Technology, Media & Telecommunications

 
  • Successfully represented and advised a major Korean mobile carrier in its appeal of the Korea Communication Commission’s sanctions for data breach. 
  • Represented and advised a major foreign broadcasting company on a broad range of legal and regulatory compliance matters in connection with its acquisition of cable channels, including securing all regulatory approvals. 
  • Successfully represented and defended a major Korean carrier in a criminal investigation by securing a not-guilty verdict. 
  • Successfully advised a major Korean carrier in obtaining preliminary approval from the Financial Services Commission to establish an internet-only bank in Korea. 
  • Successfully represented and defended one of the major Korean mobile carriers in an investigation by the Korea Fair Trade Commission. 
  • Advised and represented a major online e-commerce platform before the Korean Supreme Court in a substantial tax dispute relating to deductibles. 
  • Successfully represented and advised a major carrier in its appeal of an administrative decision that would have precluded the company from participating in public sector construction projects for 12 months. 
  • Advised and represented a leading multiple cable system operator in successfully securing renewals of its license. 
  • Obtained a payment gateway license in the first instance for a subsidiary of a multinational company. 
  • Resolved a customs audit in favor of a multinational smart phone manufacturer by reversing the long-established existing customs office practice. 
  • Advised on the registration of carrier billing service and permit of location-based service by a Korean subsidiary of a major multinational internet and computer software company. 
  • Represented civil/criminal suits regarding hacking incident involving a multinational ecommerce company, a major portal firm, a big local ecommerce company, a big game company, etc. 
  • Represented two major global and local internet and computer software companies in relation to a criminal investigation on collection of personal location information. 
  • Represented a major Korean telecommunication company in relation to an administrative investigation by Korea Communications Commission regarding interconnection charges and a related civil suit. 
  • Represented Korea Communications Commission in relation to an administrative litigation regarding termination of 2G service by a major Korean telecommunication company. 
  • Advised on the acquisition and divesture of local broadcasting companies. 
  • Advised on the establishment of a joint-venture company between a Korean broadcasting company and a major global entertainment company. 
  • Represented a Korean telecommunication company in a dispute related to interconnection charges. 
  • Advised on the acquisition of a major Korean e-commerce company by a major global e-commerce company. 
  • Advised on the merger of subsidiaries of a Korean telecommunication company. 
  • Advised on the merger of subsidiaries of two major Korean telecommunication companies. 
  • Advised on the establishment of a joint venture company between a major North American broadcasting company and a Korean broadcasting company. 
  • Advised on the acquisition of equity in one of the largest satellite broadcasting companies in Korea by one of the largest Asian private equity firms. 
  • Represented a major Korean telecommunication company to seek an administrative injunction by a telecommunication-related government agency in Korea against resale of PCS. 
  • Represented a Korean telecommunication company against cable television companies' criminal allegations relating to Korea's first launch of IPTV services. 
  • Advised on the acquisition of equity in one of the Korean wireless telecommunication companies by a Japanese mobile-communication company. 
  • Represented a major Korean telecommunication company in relation to the Korea Fair Trade Commission’s investigation on potential cartel activities. 
  • Advised on the acquisition of a Korean telecom company by a European conglomerate. 
  • Advised on the acquisition of a Korean telecommunication company by a foreign consortium. 
  • Advised the IPTV legislation. 

Representative Activitiesshow

Awards

  • Notable Practitioner, Asialaw Leading Lawyers: Regulatory (Euromoney, 2020) 
  • Elite Practitioner, Asialaw Leading Lawyers: Technology and Telecommunications (Euromoney, 2020) 
  • Leading Lawyer, Who’s Who Legal: Korea, Data (Who’s Who Legal, 2019) 
  • Leading Individual, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: TMT (Legalease, 2018-2019) 
  • Market-Leading Lawyer, Asialaw Leading Lawyers: IT, Telco & Media (Euromoney, 2014-2018) 
  • Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyers 2017: IT (Legal Times, 2017) 
  • Leading Individual, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Chambers and Partners, 2010-2019)

Publications/Activities
    • South Korea’s Highly Regulated E-Commerce Market Thrives, E-Commerce Law & Policy Magazine (Co-author, 2014.1.)
    • Practical Law - Digital Business Global Guide 2015/16: Korea chapter (Co-author, Thomson Reuters, 2015)

Education

    University of Michigan Law School (LL.M., 1991)

    Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University, 1982 (LL.M., 1985)

    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1982)

    College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1980)

Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 1982; New York, 1991

Languages

Korean and English

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Attorney


T. +82-2-3703-1121      
F. +82-2-737-9091/9092
     


  




Dong Shik Choi is an attorney at Kim & Chang who serves as the chair of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice. Mr. Choi also regularly advises on mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, foreign direct investment and other relevant matters for his clients.

Mr. Choi has 30 years of experience practicing in a wide range of cross-border transactions, including share and asset sales and purchases, joint ventures, corporate governance, tax and general corporate and commercial law matters. Mr. Choi regularly represents a broad range of clients in telecommunication, broadcasting, information technology, entertainment and franchising.

As chair of the firm’s the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice, Mr. Choi has significant experience in telecommunication and broadcasting transactions and regulatory matters in Korea. These include licensing, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, relevant civil, criminal or administrative lawsuits, and regulatory investigations by the Korea Communications Commission and other government agencies. Mr. Choi also actively participates in the drafting of telecommunications and broadcasting-related legislation and regulations, and has been serving as outside legal advisor to the Korea Communications Commission and the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning, and the Ministry of Science and ICT.

Mr. Choi previously served as a judge advocate of the Republic of Korea Army. He also participated in the Foreign Lawyers' Program at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York.

Mr. Choi has authored various publications, including The International Comparative Legal Guide to Telecommunications Laws and Regulations and Getting the Deal Through: Corporate Governance. He has also been recognized by numerous legal directories, such as Who’s Who Legal, Chambers Global, Chambers Asia-Pacific and AsiaLaw, for his distinguished service to telecommunications clients and his expertise in the relevant field of law.

Mr. Choi received an LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1991, an M.Jur. from the Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University in 1985, and an LL.B. from the College of Law, Seoul National University in 1980. He has also attended the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea in 1982. He is a member of the Korean bar and the New York bar.






    Legal Counsel to Ministry of Science and ICT (2017.6.-2017.10.) 

    Legal Counsel to Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (2013.7.-2017.5.) 

    Legal Counsel to Korea Communications Commission (2008.2.-Present) 

    Legal Counsel to Ministry of Information and Communications (2000-2008.2.) 

    Special Advisor to Korea Communications Commission (1999-2008.2.) 

    Participant in Foreign Lawyers' Program, Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York (1991) 

    Kim & Chang (1985-Present) 

    Judge Advocate, Republic of Korea Army (1982-1985)






Technology, Media & Telecommunications

 
  •   Successfully represented and advised a major Korean mobile carrier in its appeal of the Korea Communication Commission’s sanctions for data breach. 
  •   Represented and advised a major foreign broadcasting company on a broad range of legal and regulatory compliance matters in connection with its acquisition of cable channels, including securing all regulatory approvals. 
  •   Successfully represented and defended a major Korean carrier in a criminal investigation by securing a not-guilty verdict. 
  •   Successfully advised a major Korean carrier in obtaining preliminary approval from the Financial Services Commission to establish an internet-only bank in Korea. 
  •   Successfully represented and defended one of the major Korean mobile carriers in an investigation by the Korea Fair Trade Commission. 
  •   Advised and represented a major online e-commerce platform before the Korean Supreme Court in a substantial tax dispute relating to deductibles. 
  •   Successfully represented and advised a major carrier in its appeal of an administrative decision that would have precluded the company from participating in public sector construction projects for 12 months. 
  •   Advised and represented a leading multiple cable system operator in successfully securing renewals of its license. 
  •   Obtained a payment gateway license in the first instance for a subsidiary of a multinational company. 
  •   Resolved a customs audit in favor of a multinational smart phone manufacturer by reversing the long-established existing customs office practice. 
  •   Advised on the registration of carrier billing service and permit of location-based service by a Korean subsidiary of a major multinational internet and computer software company. 
  •   Represented civil/criminal suits regarding hacking incident involving a multinational ecommerce company, a major portal firm, a big local ecommerce company, a big game company, etc. 
  •   Represented two major global and local internet and computer software companies in relation to a criminal investigation on collection of personal location information. 
  •   Represented a major Korean telecommunication company in relation to an administrative investigation by Korea Communications Commission regarding interconnection charges and a related civil suit. 
  •   Represented Korea Communications Commission in relation to an administrative litigation regarding termination of 2G service by a major Korean telecommunication company. 
  •   Advised on the acquisition and divesture of local broadcasting companies. 
  •   Advised on the establishment of a joint-venture company between a Korean broadcasting company and a major global entertainment company. 
  •   Represented a Korean telecommunication company in a dispute related to interconnection charges. 
  •   Advised on the acquisition of a major Korean e-commerce company by a major global e-commerce company. 
  •   Advised on the merger of subsidiaries of a Korean telecommunication company. 
  •   Advised on the merger of subsidiaries of two major Korean telecommunication companies. 
  •   Advised on the establishment of a joint venture company between a major North American broadcasting company and a Korean broadcasting company. 
  •   Advised on the acquisition of equity in one of the largest satellite broadcasting companies in Korea by one of the largest Asian private equity firms. 
  •   Represented a major Korean telecommunication company to seek an administrative injunction by a telecommunication-related government agency in Korea against resale of PCS. 
  •   Represented a Korean telecommunication company against cable television companies' criminal allegations relating to Korea's first launch of IPTV services. 
  •   Advised on the acquisition of equity in one of the Korean wireless telecommunication companies by a Japanese mobile-communication company. 
  •   Represented a major Korean telecommunication company in relation to the Korea Fair Trade Commission’s investigation on potential cartel activities. 
  •   Advised on the acquisition of a Korean telecom company by a European conglomerate. 
  •   Advised on the acquisition of a Korean telecommunication company by a foreign consortium. 
  •   Advised the IPTV legislation. 





Awards

  •   Notable Practitioner, Asialaw Leading Lawyers: Regulatory (Euromoney, 2020) 
  •   Elite Practitioner, Asialaw Leading Lawyers: Technology and Telecommunications (Euromoney, 2020) 
  •   Leading Lawyer, Who’s Who Legal: Korea, Data (Who’s Who Legal, 2019) 
  •   Leading Individual, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: TMT (Legalease, 2018-2019) 
  •   Market-Leading Lawyer, Asialaw Leading Lawyers: IT, Telco & Media (Euromoney, 2014-2018) 
  •   Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyers 2017: IT (Legal Times, 2017) 
  •   Leading Individual, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) (Chambers and Partners, 2010-2019)

Publications/Activities

  •   South Korea’s Highly Regulated E-Commerce Market Thrives, E-Commerce Law & Policy Magazine (Co-author, 2014.1.)
  •   Practical Law - Digital Business Global Guide 2015/16: Korea chapter (Co-author, Thomson Reuters, 2015)





Education

    University of Michigan Law School (LL.M., 1991)

    Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University, 1982 (LL.M., 1985)

    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1982)

    College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1980)


Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 1982; New York, 1991


Languages
  •    Korean and English





Mergers & Acquisitions ,  Corporate Governance & Shareholder Disputes ,  Foreign Direct Investment ,  Technology, Media & Telecommunications ,  Game, Resort & Entertainment ,  Fintech & IT Compliance