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Paul CHO Foreign Attorney (Admitted in Illinois)

T.+82-2-3703-4993 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092
Paul CHO Foreign Attorney
Paul CHO Foreign Attorney

Paul CHOForeign Attorney (Admitted in Illinois)

T.+82-2-3703-4993 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092 E.paul.cho@kimchang.com

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Bio

Based in Kim & Chang’s Seoul Office but also part of a team covering clients in the APAC region through the firm’s Hong Kong Office, Paul Cho is a senior foreign attorney in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice advising on all employment and labor-related matters, including restructuring programs, collective bargaining negotiations and crisis management. He also handles all aspects of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, compliance matters, and provides counsel on civil and criminal litigation matters. 

Mr. Cho, who has more than 23 years of experience in Korea, is known by colleagues and clients for his expertise and ability to “think outside the box” when assisting clients across all business sectors in reaching practical solutions. 

Prior to joining Kim & Chang, Mr. Cho was Vice President and General Counsel of General Motors Korea Company, where he also served on the executive committee. He was involved in all key legal and business aspects impacting the company, including what has been considered by many in the business community as one of the most successful yet complex turnaround programs of a foreign-invested business in Korea. 

Earlier in his career, Mr. Cho was appointed an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, where he served for four years in the Chicago office, and before then, worked as an associate attorney at the law firm of Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman in Chicago concentrating on defense litigation. He also worked as an advisor in the International Finance Division of the Korean Ministry of Finance. 

He was also a co-chair of the Human Resources Committee and a Board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea giving various presentations/seminars on Korean labor and employment law. He also served as an advisory board member of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea’s Human Resources Committee. 

Mr. Cho regularly gives lectures in the local business community as well as overseas on all aspects of Korean labor and employment law in addition to strategic options and alternatives in regards to crisis management. He has also authored and co-authored numerous articles including “The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law (Korea Chapter),” “Towers Watson Employment Terms and Conditions – Asia Pacific (Korea Chapter)” and “PLC Employment and Employee Benefits Multi-jurisdictional Guide: South Korea.” He has also appeared on Bloomberg TV on several occasions to discuss Korea’s labor situation. 

For his efforts, Mr. Cho has been recognized as a “Leading Individual” in Employment by Chambers Asia-Pacific, Euromoney Publications PLC’s Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, Who’s Who in Labour and Employment, Asialaw’s Leading Lawyers for Labour and Employment, and Legal 500 Asia Pacific. 

Mr. Cho earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1986 and J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1989. He is admitted to the Illinois bar and US District Court, Northern District of Illinois. 

Profile

Experience

Kim & Chang, Seoul (1997-2013, 2019-Present) 

Kim & Chang, Hong Kong (2019) 

Vice President/Lead Counsel, GM Korea Company (2016-2018) 

Board Member/Advisory Board Member, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (2015-2018) 

Lee & Ko (2013-2016) 

Co-Chair, Human Resources Committee, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (2008-2018) 

Board Member, Seoul Foreign School (2008-2014) 

Arbitrator, Cook County, State of Illinois (1994-1997) 

Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Chicago, Illinois (1993-1997) 

Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman, Chicago, Illinois (1991-1993) 

Ministry of Finance, Republic of Korea (1989-1990) 

Representative Mattersshow

Labor & Employment/Mergers & Acquisitions
 
  • Led a team advising a multinational bank to successfully manage and defend multiple litigation cases filed by a former employee and investigations by the financial and labor authorities arising out of the former employee's misconduct. 
  • Co-led the sale of a multinational pharmaceutical company's key assets to a local pharmaceutical enterprise from a labor and employment perspective, including the successful restructuring of the seller's operations.  
  • Co-led an acquisition of Korea's largest elevator and escalator business by a major global player in the market. 
  • Led a team advising a web service provider on its successful transformation from a domestic company to a global company. 
  • Advised a multinational company on all aspects and potential exposure of harassment and discrimination cases in Korea. 
  • Led a team advising a multinational logistics business to successfully navigate the legal and practical challenges it faced when the company unionized and has been recognized as a model for a close and balanced labor-management relationship. 
  • Co-led a team counselling a multinational company in successfully enforcing its strict compliance policy before the labor relations commission. 

Representative Activitiesshow

Awards

  • Leading Lawyer, Who’s Who Legal: Korea, Labour & Employment (Who’s Who Legal, 2020-2021) 
  • Leading Individual, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Employment (Chambers and Partners) 
  • Leading Individual, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (Legalease) 
  • Guide to World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers (Euromoney) 
  • Leading Lawyer, Who’s Who Legal: Labour and Employment (Who’s Who Legal) 
  • Leading Lawyer, Asialaw Profiles: Labour and Employment (Euromoney)

Publications/Activities
    • Towers Watson Employment Terms and Conditions – Asia Pacific: Korea Chapter (Co-author) 
    • The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law: Korea Chapter (Co-author) 
    • PLC Employment and Employee Benefits Multi-jurisdictional Guide: South Korea (Co-author, Practical Law Company, 2012) 
    • PLC Labour & Employee Benefits Guide 2011/12: Korea section (Co-author, Practical Law Company, 2011) 

Education

    School of Law, Loyola University of Chicago (J.D., 1989)

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (B.A., 1986)

Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Illinois, 1991

Languages

English and Korean

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Paul CHO
Foreign Attorney (Admitted in Illinois)


T. +82-2-3703-4993      
F. +82-2-737-9091/9092
     


  




Based in Kim & Chang’s Seoul Office but also part of a team covering clients in the APAC region through the firm’s Hong Kong Office, Paul Cho is a senior foreign attorney in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice advising on all employment and labor-related matters, including restructuring programs, collective bargaining negotiations and crisis management. He also handles all aspects of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, compliance matters, and provides counsel on civil and criminal litigation matters. 

Mr. Cho, who has more than 23 years of experience in Korea, is known by colleagues and clients for his expertise and ability to “think outside the box” when assisting clients across all business sectors in reaching practical solutions. 

Prior to joining Kim & Chang, Mr. Cho was Vice President and General Counsel of General Motors Korea Company, where he also served on the executive committee. He was involved in all key legal and business aspects impacting the company, including what has been considered by many in the business community as one of the most successful yet complex turnaround programs of a foreign-invested business in Korea. 

Earlier in his career, Mr. Cho was appointed an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, where he served for four years in the Chicago office, and before then, worked as an associate attorney at the law firm of Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman in Chicago concentrating on defense litigation. He also worked as an advisor in the International Finance Division of the Korean Ministry of Finance. 

He was also a co-chair of the Human Resources Committee and a Board member of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea giving various presentations/seminars on Korean labor and employment law. He also served as an advisory board member of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea’s Human Resources Committee. 

Mr. Cho regularly gives lectures in the local business community as well as overseas on all aspects of Korean labor and employment law in addition to strategic options and alternatives in regards to crisis management. He has also authored and co-authored numerous articles including “The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law (Korea Chapter),” “Towers Watson Employment Terms and Conditions – Asia Pacific (Korea Chapter)” and “PLC Employment and Employee Benefits Multi-jurisdictional Guide: South Korea.” He has also appeared on Bloomberg TV on several occasions to discuss Korea’s labor situation. 

For his efforts, Mr. Cho has been recognized as a “Leading Individual” in Employment by Chambers Asia-Pacific, Euromoney Publications PLC’s Guide to the World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, Who’s Who in Labour and Employment, Asialaw’s Leading Lawyers for Labour and Employment, and Legal 500 Asia Pacific. 

Mr. Cho earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1986 and J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law in 1989. He is admitted to the Illinois bar and US District Court, Northern District of Illinois. 






    Kim & Chang, Seoul (1997-2013, 2019-Present) 

    Kim & Chang, Hong Kong (2019) 

    Vice President/Lead Counsel, GM Korea Company (2016-2018) 

    Board Member/Advisory Board Member, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (2015-2018) 

    Lee & Ko (2013-2016) 

    Co-Chair, Human Resources Committee, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea (2008-2018) 

    Board Member, Seoul Foreign School (2008-2014) 

    Arbitrator, Cook County, State of Illinois (1994-1997) 

    Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Chicago, Illinois (1993-1997) 

    Sanchez, Daniels & Hoffman, Chicago, Illinois (1991-1993) 

    Ministry of Finance, Republic of Korea (1989-1990) 






Labor & Employment/Mergers & Acquisitions
 
  •   Led a team advising a multinational bank to successfully manage and defend multiple litigation cases filed by a former employee and investigations by the financial and labor authorities arising out of the former employee's misconduct. 
  •   Co-led the sale of a multinational pharmaceutical company's key assets to a local pharmaceutical enterprise from a labor and employment perspective, including the successful restructuring of the seller's operations.  
  •   Co-led an acquisition of Korea's largest elevator and escalator business by a major global player in the market. 
  •   Led a team advising a web service provider on its successful transformation from a domestic company to a global company. 
  •   Advised a multinational company on all aspects and potential exposure of harassment and discrimination cases in Korea. 
  •   Led a team advising a multinational logistics business to successfully navigate the legal and practical challenges it faced when the company unionized and has been recognized as a model for a close and balanced labor-management relationship. 
  •   Co-led a team counselling a multinational company in successfully enforcing its strict compliance policy before the labor relations commission. 





Awards

  •   Leading Lawyer, Who’s Who Legal: Korea, Labour & Employment (Who’s Who Legal, 2020-2021) 
  •   Leading Individual, Chambers Asia-Pacific, Employment (Chambers and Partners) 
  •   Leading Individual, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (Legalease) 
  •   Guide to World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers (Euromoney) 
  •   Leading Lawyer, Who’s Who Legal: Labour and Employment (Who’s Who Legal) 
  •   Leading Lawyer, Asialaw Profiles: Labour and Employment (Euromoney)

Publications/Activities

  •   Towers Watson Employment Terms and Conditions – Asia Pacific: Korea Chapter (Co-author) 
  •   The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law: Korea Chapter (Co-author) 
  •   PLC Employment and Employee Benefits Multi-jurisdictional Guide: South Korea (Co-author, Practical Law Company, 2012) 
  •   PLC Labour & Employee Benefits Guide 2011/12: Korea section (Co-author, Practical Law Company, 2011) 





Education

    School of Law, Loyola University of Chicago (J.D., 1989)

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (B.A., 1986)


Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, Illinois, 1991


Languages
  •    English and Korean





Labor & Employment ,  Mergers & Acquisitions ,  Anti-Corruption & Corporate Compliance ,  Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense ,  Occupational Safety and Health ,  Hong Kong