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Myungsuk Sean CHOI Attorney

T.+82-2-3703-1637 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092
Myungsuk Sean CHOI Attorney
Myungsuk Sean CHOI Attorney

Myungsuk Sean CHOIAttorney

T.+82-2-3703-1637 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092 E.mschoi@kimchang.com

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Myungsuk Sean Choi is an attorney who is leading Kim & Chang’s Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice and the Anti-Corruption & Corporate Compliance Practice. 

Mr. Choi’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, anti-corruption, and regulatory compliance issues. He also has extensive experience in advising clients on compliance, internal corporate audits, crisis management, and digital evidence discovery. Mr. Choi also assists and advises clients on internal investigations to determine compliance with applicable laws and regulations (including issues regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act). 

Mr. Choi joined the firm after a distinguished 12-year career as a prosecutor. He was involved in many complex criminal investigations including white collar crime and intellectual property infringement cases. He represented the Korean Government at the Working Group Conferences for the OECD Anti-Corruption Convention. In addition to his experience as a prosecutor, Mr. Choi worked at several law firms serving as a counsel for major domestic and foreign corporations in regulatory disputes and criminal cases. 

Mr. Choi frequently gives presentations and delivers speeches at many international anti-corruption conferences, including the Second Asia Anti-Corruption Congress in 2009 and Singapore Summit on Anti-Corruption Compliance in 2012. In July of 2013, Mr. Choi gave a presentation titled “Localizing Your Gifts and Entertainment Policy to Match Market Risks in ASIA: Gift and Entertainment Policies in South Korea” at the Fourth Global Forum Anti-Corruption Compliance in High Risk Markets. In 2015, Mr. Choi was recognized as one of the leading individuals in the area of White Collar Defense practice by Chambers Asia-Pacific, a law firm directory published by Chambers and Partners. For four consecutive years since 2015, Chambers Asia-Pacific has listed Mr. Choi as a first-rank White Collar Defense attorney. 

Mr. Choi received his LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1996 and his LL.B. from Seoul National University College of Law in 1985. He completed his two-year training at the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea in 1989. Mr. Choi is admitted to practice in Korea and the State of New York. 

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Experience

Kim & Chang (2007-Present) 

H.C. Park & Associates, PLC., Virginia, USA (2005-2007) 

Panel Member, National Arbitration Forum (2002-Present) 

Lee & Ko, Seoul (2001-2005) 

Senior Prosecutor, Eastern Branch of Seoul District Prosecutors’ Office (2001) 

Prosecutor, Jeju District Prosecutors’ Office (1999-2001) 

Representative for OECD Anti-Corruption Convention Working Group (1997) 

Prosecutor, Seoul District Prosecutors’ Office (1996-1999) 

Prosecutor, Litigation Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice (1993-1996) 

Prosecutor, The Executive Committee of Administrative Reform in Korea (1993-1995) 

Prosecutor, Seosan Branch of Daejeon District Prosecutors’ Office (1991-1993) 

Prosecutor, Seoul District Prosecutors’ Office (1989-1991)

Representative Mattersshow

  • Successfully advocated a US manufacturer in a global trade secret infringement case.  
  • Successfully defended a Korean subsidiary of a global IT company for a case of export regulation violation case. 
  • Successfully defended a Korean subsidiary of a global pharmaceutical company for a criminal investigation case initiated by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. 
  • Successfully defended a global IT company for a criminal investigation on infringement of personal information. 
  • Successfully defended a Korean subsidiary of a global pharmaceutical company for a criminal investigation on illegal kickback allegations. 
  • Successfully defended a global IT company for an investigation on the violation of online game rating regulations. 
  • Advised on the establishment of anti-corruption compliance system for distinguished Korean companies.

Representative Activitiesshow

Awards

  • Distinguished Practitioner, Asialaw Leading Lawyers: Regulatory (Euromoney, 2020) 
  • Leading Individual, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime (Chambers and Partners, 2015-2020) 
  • Commendation from the Prosecutor General for Outstanding Achievement in IP Infringement Investigation (1998)

Publications/Activities
    [Publications]
     
    • Chambers Global Practice Guides: South Korea chapter, Anti-Corruption 2018 (Co-author, Chambers and Partners, 2018) 
    • GIR - The Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2018: Korea: Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance chapter (Co-author, Law Business Research Limited, 2017) 
    • GIR - The Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2017: Korea: Anti-Corruption Compliance chapter (Co-author, Law Business Research, 2016) 
    • GIR - The Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2016: Korea chapter (Co-author, Law Business Research, 2015) 
    • Patent Troll: The Possibility in Korea, Law and Technology, Vol. 15 (Center for Law & Technology at Seoul National University, 2007) 
    • Review upon Patent Troll Past, Future and How to Deal with, Law and Technology, Vol. 14 (Co-author, Center for Law & Technology at Seoul National University, 2007) 
    • Best Defense (Supervisor of Translation, 2006) 
    • Qui Tam Action - Possibility of Introduction to Korea, The Journal of Korean Prosecutors, Vol. 12, No. 2 (1996) 
    • Review of Violation of Article 180 of Construction Law, The Journal of Korean Lawyers Association (1994) 
     
    [Speaking Engagements]
     
    • Discussion Panelist, “Criminal and Administrative Procedures in Korea: From Investigation to Resolution,” The Singapore Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (2016) 
    • Participation in Asialaw Asia-Pacific In-house Counsel Summit 2015 (2015) 
    • Discussion Panelist, Academy on Ethical Management in Pharmaceutical Industry (2015) 
    • Speaker, “Localizing Your Gifts and Entertainment Policy to Match Market Risks in ASIA: Gift and Entertainment Policies in South Korea,” Fourth Global Forum Anti-Corruption Compliance in High Risk Markets (2013) 
    • Speaker, “Contrasting Internal Investigations in Asian Countries: How to Localize Investigative Techniques,” Singapore Summit on Anti-Corruption Compliance (2012) 
    • Speaker, “Developing an Anti-Corruption Policy to Deal with Local Issues,” Second Asia Anti-Corruption Congress (2009)

Education

    Harvard Law School (Visiting Scholar, 2003-2005) 

    College of Law, Seoul National University (Internet and Law Program for Professionals, 2001) 

    Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1996) 

    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1989) 

    Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University (Completed Coursework, LL.M., 1987) 

    College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1985)

Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 1989; New York, 2005

Languages

Korean and English

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Myungsuk Sean CHOI
Attorney


T. +82-2-3703-1637      
F. +82-2-737-9091/9092
     


  




Myungsuk Sean Choi is an attorney who is leading Kim & Chang’s Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice and the Anti-Corruption & Corporate Compliance Practice. 

Mr. Choi’s practice focuses on white collar criminal defense, anti-corruption, and regulatory compliance issues. He also has extensive experience in advising clients on compliance, internal corporate audits, crisis management, and digital evidence discovery. Mr. Choi also assists and advises clients on internal investigations to determine compliance with applicable laws and regulations (including issues regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act). 

Mr. Choi joined the firm after a distinguished 12-year career as a prosecutor. He was involved in many complex criminal investigations including white collar crime and intellectual property infringement cases. He represented the Korean Government at the Working Group Conferences for the OECD Anti-Corruption Convention. In addition to his experience as a prosecutor, Mr. Choi worked at several law firms serving as a counsel for major domestic and foreign corporations in regulatory disputes and criminal cases. 

Mr. Choi frequently gives presentations and delivers speeches at many international anti-corruption conferences, including the Second Asia Anti-Corruption Congress in 2009 and Singapore Summit on Anti-Corruption Compliance in 2012. In July of 2013, Mr. Choi gave a presentation titled “Localizing Your Gifts and Entertainment Policy to Match Market Risks in ASIA: Gift and Entertainment Policies in South Korea” at the Fourth Global Forum Anti-Corruption Compliance in High Risk Markets. In 2015, Mr. Choi was recognized as one of the leading individuals in the area of White Collar Defense practice by Chambers Asia-Pacific, a law firm directory published by Chambers and Partners. For four consecutive years since 2015, Chambers Asia-Pacific has listed Mr. Choi as a first-rank White Collar Defense attorney. 

Mr. Choi received his LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1996 and his LL.B. from Seoul National University College of Law in 1985. He completed his two-year training at the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea in 1989. Mr. Choi is admitted to practice in Korea and the State of New York. 






    Kim & Chang (2007-Present) 

    H.C. Park & Associates, PLC., Virginia, USA (2005-2007) 

    Panel Member, National Arbitration Forum (2002-Present) 

    Lee & Ko, Seoul (2001-2005) 

    Senior Prosecutor, Eastern Branch of Seoul District Prosecutors’ Office (2001) 

    Prosecutor, Jeju District Prosecutors’ Office (1999-2001) 

    Representative for OECD Anti-Corruption Convention Working Group (1997) 

    Prosecutor, Seoul District Prosecutors’ Office (1996-1999) 

    Prosecutor, Litigation Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Justice (1993-1996) 

    Prosecutor, The Executive Committee of Administrative Reform in Korea (1993-1995) 

    Prosecutor, Seosan Branch of Daejeon District Prosecutors’ Office (1991-1993) 

    Prosecutor, Seoul District Prosecutors’ Office (1989-1991)






  •   Successfully advocated a US manufacturer in a global trade secret infringement case.  
  •   Successfully defended a Korean subsidiary of a global IT company for a case of export regulation violation case. 
  •   Successfully defended a Korean subsidiary of a global pharmaceutical company for a criminal investigation case initiated by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety. 
  •   Successfully defended a global IT company for a criminal investigation on infringement of personal information. 
  •   Successfully defended a Korean subsidiary of a global pharmaceutical company for a criminal investigation on illegal kickback allegations. 
  •   Successfully defended a global IT company for an investigation on the violation of online game rating regulations. 
  •   Advised on the establishment of anti-corruption compliance system for distinguished Korean companies.





Awards

  •   Distinguished Practitioner, Asialaw Leading Lawyers: Regulatory (Euromoney, 2020) 
  •   Leading Individual, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Dispute Resolution: White-Collar Crime (Chambers and Partners, 2015-2020) 
  •   Commendation from the Prosecutor General for Outstanding Achievement in IP Infringement Investigation (1998)

Publications/Activities

[Publications]
 
  •   Chambers Global Practice Guides: South Korea chapter, Anti-Corruption 2018 (Co-author, Chambers and Partners, 2018) 
  •   GIR - The Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2018: Korea: Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance chapter (Co-author, Law Business Research Limited, 2017) 
  •   GIR - The Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2017: Korea: Anti-Corruption Compliance chapter (Co-author, Law Business Research, 2016) 
  •   GIR - The Asia-Pacific Investigations Review 2016: Korea chapter (Co-author, Law Business Research, 2015) 
  •   Patent Troll: The Possibility in Korea, Law and Technology, Vol. 15 (Center for Law & Technology at Seoul National University, 2007) 
  •   Review upon Patent Troll Past, Future and How to Deal with, Law and Technology, Vol. 14 (Co-author, Center for Law & Technology at Seoul National University, 2007) 
  •   Best Defense (Supervisor of Translation, 2006) 
  •   Qui Tam Action - Possibility of Introduction to Korea, The Journal of Korean Prosecutors, Vol. 12, No. 2 (1996) 
  •   Review of Violation of Article 180 of Construction Law, The Journal of Korean Lawyers Association (1994) 
 
[Speaking Engagements]
 
  •   Discussion Panelist, “Criminal and Administrative Procedures in Korea: From Investigation to Resolution,” The Singapore Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (2016) 
  •   Participation in Asialaw Asia-Pacific In-house Counsel Summit 2015 (2015) 
  •   Discussion Panelist, Academy on Ethical Management in Pharmaceutical Industry (2015) 
  •   Speaker, “Localizing Your Gifts and Entertainment Policy to Match Market Risks in ASIA: Gift and Entertainment Policies in South Korea,” Fourth Global Forum Anti-Corruption Compliance in High Risk Markets (2013) 
  •   Speaker, “Contrasting Internal Investigations in Asian Countries: How to Localize Investigative Techniques,” Singapore Summit on Anti-Corruption Compliance (2012) 
  •   Speaker, “Developing an Anti-Corruption Policy to Deal with Local Issues,” Second Asia Anti-Corruption Congress (2009)





Education

    Harvard Law School (Visiting Scholar, 2003-2005) 

    College of Law, Seoul National University (Internet and Law Program for Professionals, 2001) 

    Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1996) 

    Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1989) 

    Graduate School of Law, Seoul National University (Completed Coursework, LL.M., 1987) 

    College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1985)


Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Korea, 1989; New York, 2005


Languages
  •    Korean and English





Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense ,  Anti-Corruption & Corporate Compliance ,  Privacy & Data Security ,  Health