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Hye Sung KIM Attorney

T.+82-2-3703-1421 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092
Hye Sung KIM Attorney
Hye Sung KIM Attorney

Hye Sung KIMAttorney

T.+82-2-3703-1421 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092 E.hskim2@kimchang.com

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Hye Sung Kim is a senior attorney at Kim & Chang. Her practice primarily focuses on corporate governance, shareholder activism defense, capital market transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and foreign direct investment. 

Ms. Kim has advised numerous multinational and domestic industrial corporations, financial institutions and financial advisors on matters relating to corporate governance (including corporate restructuring and other conflicts of interest transactions), shareholder activism defense, and shareholder engagement planning. Ms. Kim has also advised on M&A, JV investment and portfolio investment as well as capital market transactions across various industries, including IT, logistics, chemicals, construction & engineering, aircraft, advertising and financial. 

From 2010 to 2011, Ms. Kim was an international attorney in the New York Office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. 

Ms. Kim has authored or co-authored a number of publications, including: “Corporate Elections and Shareholder Proposal Rights: From Case Studies in South Korea” (University of Pennsylvania East Asia Law Review, 2012); “Director's Liability – A Worldwide Review Third Edition – Korea chapter” (Co-author, Kluwer Law International, 2016); and “Legal Issues Surrounding the Appointment of Audit Committee Members” (Co-author, Korea Business Law Association, 2017). 

Ms. Kim earned her Bachelors of Law degree from Seoul National University in 2000, and a S.J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2018. She is a graduate of the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (2003), and is admitted to both the Korean bar and the New York bar. 

Profile

Experience

  • International Attorney, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, New York (2010-2011)
  • Kim & Chang (2003-Present)

Representative Mattersshow

Capital Market Transactions
 
  • Represented numerous Korean firms on listing their shares on the Korea Exchange 
  • Represented a holding company with foreign subsidiaries on its listing of shares on the Korea Exchange 
  • Advised on numerous block trade transactions 
  • Advised on issuance of equity securities, including convertible bonds and bonds with warrant 
 
Corporate Governance and Activism Defense
 
  • Represented numerous firms (including companies engaged in telecommunication, engineering and construction, automobile, petrochemistry, and investment) on their shareholder activism defense and strategic shareholder engagement 
  • Represented the board of directors of a holding company on its governance dispute against the board of directors of its subsidiary 
  • Advised a petrochemical firm on its shareholder engagement plan 
  • Advised conglomerates on their mandatory corporate governance reports filing 
  • Advised Korean firms on corporate governance matters, including improving corporate governance system and board and committee structure 
  • Advised institutional investors on their adoption of stewardship codes 
 
Mergers and Acquisition, Restructuring, and Foreign Direct Investment Transactions
 
  • Advised an IT service firm in its acquisition of shares in its overseas affiliate 
  • Advised an automobile company in its contemplated spin-off merger transaction 
  • Advised the largest shareholder group on its sale of shares in a credit financial institution 
  • Advised a logistics firm on its contemplated spin-off transaction 
  • Advised an engineering and construction firm on its merger transaction 
  • Advised a financial institution on its contemplated acquisition of shares of a US broker-dealer 
  • Advised a construction equipment company on its acquisition of shares in a public company in Spain 
  • Advised foreign investors, including a household electrical appliance company and a semiconductor chip manufacturing company, on their acquisition of strategic shares in public companies in Korea and their partnership 
  • Advised foreign investors on their joint venture relationship and its termination 
  • Advised on the establishment and operation of financial holding companies for major Korean financial institutions 

Representative Activitiesshow

Awards

  • Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 (Euromoney, 2020)

Publications/Activities
    • Establishing an Effective Corporate Governance Regime of a Post-Developmental State: Lessons from South Korea (Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Dissertation, 2018) 
    • International Capital Markets and Securities Regulation: Korea chapter (Co-author, Thomson Reuters, 2017) 
    • Legal Issues Surrounding the Appointment of Audit Committee Members, Business Law Review (Co-author, Korea Business Law Association, 2017) 
    • Director’s Liability – A Worldwide Review Third Edition – Korea chapter (Co-author, Kluwer Law International, 2016) 
    • Onju on Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act – Tender offer chapter (Co-author, Thomson Reuters LawnB, 2015) 
    • Corporate Elections and Shareholder Proposal Rights: From Case Studies in South Korea, University of Pennsylvania East Asia Law Review, Vol. 7, Issue 2 (2012)

Education

    Harvard Law School (S.J.D., 2018)

    Harvard Law School (LL.M., requirements completed, degree waived, 2010)

    Korea National Open University (Master of Business Management, 2009)

    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (2003)

    College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., summa cum laude, 2000)

Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 2003; New York, 2011

Languages

Korean and English

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Hye Sung KIM
Attorney


T. +82-2-3703-1421      
F. +82-2-737-9091/9092
     


  




Hye Sung Kim is a senior attorney at Kim & Chang. Her practice primarily focuses on corporate governance, shareholder activism defense, capital market transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and foreign direct investment. 

Ms. Kim has advised numerous multinational and domestic industrial corporations, financial institutions and financial advisors on matters relating to corporate governance (including corporate restructuring and other conflicts of interest transactions), shareholder activism defense, and shareholder engagement planning. Ms. Kim has also advised on M&A, JV investment and portfolio investment as well as capital market transactions across various industries, including IT, logistics, chemicals, construction & engineering, aircraft, advertising and financial. 

From 2010 to 2011, Ms. Kim was an international attorney in the New York Office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. 

Ms. Kim has authored or co-authored a number of publications, including: “Corporate Elections and Shareholder Proposal Rights: From Case Studies in South Korea” (University of Pennsylvania East Asia Law Review, 2012); “Director's Liability – A Worldwide Review Third Edition – Korea chapter” (Co-author, Kluwer Law International, 2016); and “Legal Issues Surrounding the Appointment of Audit Committee Members” (Co-author, Korea Business Law Association, 2017). 

Ms. Kim earned her Bachelors of Law degree from Seoul National University in 2000, and a S.J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2018. She is a graduate of the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (2003), and is admitted to both the Korean bar and the New York bar. 






    •   International Attorney, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, New York (2010-2011)
    •   Kim & Chang (2003-Present)





Capital Market Transactions
 
  •   Represented numerous Korean firms on listing their shares on the Korea Exchange 
  •   Represented a holding company with foreign subsidiaries on its listing of shares on the Korea Exchange 
  •   Advised on numerous block trade transactions 
  •   Advised on issuance of equity securities, including convertible bonds and bonds with warrant 
 
Corporate Governance and Activism Defense
 
  •   Represented numerous firms (including companies engaged in telecommunication, engineering and construction, automobile, petrochemistry, and investment) on their shareholder activism defense and strategic shareholder engagement 
  •   Represented the board of directors of a holding company on its governance dispute against the board of directors of its subsidiary 
  •   Advised a petrochemical firm on its shareholder engagement plan 
  •   Advised conglomerates on their mandatory corporate governance reports filing 
  •   Advised Korean firms on corporate governance matters, including improving corporate governance system and board and committee structure 
  •   Advised institutional investors on their adoption of stewardship codes 
 
Mergers and Acquisition, Restructuring, and Foreign Direct Investment Transactions
 
  •   Advised an IT service firm in its acquisition of shares in its overseas affiliate 
  •   Advised an automobile company in its contemplated spin-off merger transaction 
  •   Advised the largest shareholder group on its sale of shares in a credit financial institution 
  •   Advised a logistics firm on its contemplated spin-off transaction 
  •   Advised an engineering and construction firm on its merger transaction 
  •   Advised a financial institution on its contemplated acquisition of shares of a US broker-dealer 
  •   Advised a construction equipment company on its acquisition of shares in a public company in Spain 
  •   Advised foreign investors, including a household electrical appliance company and a semiconductor chip manufacturing company, on their acquisition of strategic shares in public companies in Korea and their partnership 
  •   Advised foreign investors on their joint venture relationship and its termination 
  •   Advised on the establishment and operation of financial holding companies for major Korean financial institutions 





Awards

  •   Notable Practitioner, IFLR1000 (Euromoney, 2020)

Publications/Activities

  •   Establishing an Effective Corporate Governance Regime of a Post-Developmental State: Lessons from South Korea (Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Dissertation, 2018) 
  •   International Capital Markets and Securities Regulation: Korea chapter (Co-author, Thomson Reuters, 2017) 
  •   Legal Issues Surrounding the Appointment of Audit Committee Members, Business Law Review (Co-author, Korea Business Law Association, 2017) 
  •   Director’s Liability – A Worldwide Review Third Edition – Korea chapter (Co-author, Kluwer Law International, 2016) 
  •   Onju on Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act – Tender offer chapter (Co-author, Thomson Reuters LawnB, 2015) 
  •   Corporate Elections and Shareholder Proposal Rights: From Case Studies in South Korea, University of Pennsylvania East Asia Law Review, Vol. 7, Issue 2 (2012)





Education

    Harvard Law School (S.J.D., 2018)

    Harvard Law School (LL.M., requirements completed, degree waived, 2010)

    Korea National Open University (Master of Business Management, 2009)

    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (2003)

    College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., summa cum laude, 2000)


Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 2003; New York, 2011


Languages
  •    Korean and English





Mergers & Acquisitions ,  Corporate Governance & Shareholder Disputes ,  Capital Markets ,  Securities