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Ik Hwan CHO Attorney (Admitted in New York)

T.+82-2-3703-1328 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092
Ik Hwan CHO Attorney
Ik Hwan CHO Attorney

Ik Hwan CHOAttorney (Admitted in New York)

T.+82-2-3703-1328 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092 E.ihcho@kimchang.com

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Ik Hwan Cho is a senior foreign attorney at Kim & Chang. He practices in a wide range of corporate and finance law areas, with a focus on financial investment services, capital markets, regulatory audit and investigations, mergers and acquisitions of financial institutions, private equity funds, bankruptcy and restructuring, and white collar crimes.

Mr. Cho advises foreign and Korean clients on a variety of transactional, regulatory and corporate matters. He advises on securities and other financial regulatory matters, as well as other matters related matters including electronic finance, regulatory and criminal investigation process, corporate governance and labor law issue. In particular, he has represented a number of foreign and domestic financial institutions and investors in FSS audits and investigations and white collar crime cases, involving insider trading, market manipulation, breach of fiduciary duty and related issues.

He also has extensive transactional experience representing multi-national financial institutions, private equity funds, hedge funds and corporate clients in cross-border acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, foreign investments, securities offerings and other financial transactions.


Mr. Cho graduated from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, with B.Com in Economics and Finance, in 1993, and received his LL.B. from the University of Toronto Law School, Toronto, Canada, in 1997. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1997. He fluently speaks Korean, English and French.

Profile

Experience

Kim & Chang (1997-Present)

Counselor, Downtown Legal Service (1994-1995)

Representative Mattersshow

  • Advised major international investment banks operating in Korea on securities and banking law issues, as well as related matters such as electronic finance, bankruptcy, restructuring, derivatives regulations, etc.
  • Represented foreign financial institutions, private equity funds, hedge funds and corporate clients in regulatory audits and investigations involving insider trading, market manipulation and other market abuse issues, and in subsequent prosecutorial investigations and criminal and civil proceedings.
  • Advised on audits and investigations on equity-linked securities, equity-linked warrants, currency options, and short sale practices.
  • Advised on the acquisition of a number of Korean securities companies and commercial banks by foreign investors.
  • Represented private equity funds in their investment in Korean listed and non-listed companies.
  • Advised on the government relations issues in respect of regulatory hurdles faced by global business operators.

Representative Activitiesshow

Publications/Activities
    • Euromoney Financial Crime & Cyber Security Handbook 2014/15: Korea chapter (Co-author, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 2014) 
    • “Dealing with firewalls”, Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement: South Korea, IFLR June 2013 (Co-author, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 2013.6.)

Education

    University of Toronto, Law School (LL.B., 1997)

    McGill University (B. Com., First Class Honours, 1993)

Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, New York, 1997

Languages

English, Korean, French and Japanese

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Ik Hwan CHO
Attorney (Admitted in New York)


T. +82-2-3703-1328      
F. +82-2-737-9091/9092
     


  




Ik Hwan Cho is a senior foreign attorney at Kim & Chang. He practices in a wide range of corporate and finance law areas, with a focus on financial investment services, capital markets, regulatory audit and investigations, mergers and acquisitions of financial institutions, private equity funds, bankruptcy and restructuring, and white collar crimes.

Mr. Cho advises foreign and Korean clients on a variety of transactional, regulatory and corporate matters. He advises on securities and other financial regulatory matters, as well as other matters related matters including electronic finance, regulatory and criminal investigation process, corporate governance and labor law issue. In particular, he has represented a number of foreign and domestic financial institutions and investors in FSS audits and investigations and white collar crime cases, involving insider trading, market manipulation, breach of fiduciary duty and related issues.

He also has extensive transactional experience representing multi-national financial institutions, private equity funds, hedge funds and corporate clients in cross-border acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures, foreign investments, securities offerings and other financial transactions.


Mr. Cho graduated from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, with B.Com in Economics and Finance, in 1993, and received his LL.B. from the University of Toronto Law School, Toronto, Canada, in 1997. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1997. He fluently speaks Korean, English and French.






    Kim & Chang (1997-Present)

    Counselor, Downtown Legal Service (1994-1995)






  •   Advised major international investment banks operating in Korea on securities and banking law issues, as well as related matters such as electronic finance, bankruptcy, restructuring, derivatives regulations, etc.
  •   Represented foreign financial institutions, private equity funds, hedge funds and corporate clients in regulatory audits and investigations involving insider trading, market manipulation and other market abuse issues, and in subsequent prosecutorial investigations and criminal and civil proceedings.
  •   Advised on audits and investigations on equity-linked securities, equity-linked warrants, currency options, and short sale practices.
  •   Advised on the acquisition of a number of Korean securities companies and commercial banks by foreign investors.
  •   Represented private equity funds in their investment in Korean listed and non-listed companies.
  •   Advised on the government relations issues in respect of regulatory hurdles faced by global business operators.





Publications/Activities

  •   Euromoney Financial Crime & Cyber Security Handbook 2014/15: Korea chapter (Co-author, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 2014) 
  •   “Dealing with firewalls”, Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement: South Korea, IFLR June 2013 (Co-author, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 2013.6.)





Education

    University of Toronto, Law School (LL.B., 1997)

    McGill University (B. Com., First Class Honours, 1993)


Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, New York, 1997


Languages
  •    English, Korean, French and Japanese





Capital Markets ,  Fintech & IT Compliance ,  Financial Regulation & Compliance ,  Non-Bank Financial Companies ,  Securities ,  Derivatives ,  Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense ,  Insolvency & Restructuring ,  Private Equity ,  Labor & Employment