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Samuel YIM Attorney (Admitted in New York)

T.+82-2-3703-1543 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092
Samuel YIM Attorney
Samuel YIM Attorney

Samuel YIMAttorney (Admitted in New York)

T.+82-2-3703-1543 F.+82-2-737-9091/9092 E.samuel.yim@kimchang.com

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Samuel Yim is a senior foreign attorney at Kim & Chang. Mr. Yim is a member of the firm’s Fintech & IT Compliance and Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense Practices. 

As part of Kim & Chang’s Fintech & IT Compliance Practice, he focuses on blockchain and cryptocurrency matters. He regularly represents token sellers, cryptocurrency exchanges, ventures, hedge and private equity funds and their portfolio companies, token marketers and broker-dealers, funds interested in trading digital assets, global investment banks, financial institutions and asset managers, and others in the space. He has advised foreign and domestic clients on major industry defining matters such as, among others, ICOs and reverse ICOs, token private placements, listing of cryptocurrency ETFs on the Korean stock exchange, licenses for decentralized apps, establishment or acquisition of cryptocurrency exchanges, cryptocurrency arbitrage, and establishment of cryptocurrency not-for-profit foundations. 

In connection with the firm’s Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice, he focuses on anticorruption and corporate compliance, internal investigations, white collar defense and general crisis management. Mr. Yim represents a broad range of companies in criminal defense, corporate investigations and regulatory audit matters. He has advised clients on matters concerning trade secrets, corporate fraud and embezzlement, breach of trust and fiduciary duties, regulatory audits, violations of gift and entertainment policies, anti-corruption and bribery laws (including coordination of OFAC and FCPA audits), and establishment of compliance infrastructures. 

Prior to joining Kim & Chang, Mr. Yim worked at Allen & Overy LLP in its New York and Hong Kong offices and served in the U.S. Army and held the rank of Captain. Mr. Yim received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1997 and a J.D./M.A. from Georgetown University Law Center and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in 2007 and 2008, respectively. He received the Fulbright Fellowship in 2005 and studied at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Yim was also an adjunct professor at Yonsei University Law School and a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations from 2010 to 2015. He is admitted to the New York bar.

Profile

Experience

Kim & Chang (2013-2016.1., 2016.10.-Present)

Sidley Austin LLP (2016.2.-2016.9.)

Allen & Overy LLP (2008-2013)

United States Army (1997-2002)

Representative Activitiesshow

Awards

  • Notable Practitioner, Chambers Fintech Guide (Chambers and Partners, 2020)

Publications/Activities
    [Publications]
     
    • Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Regulation 2020: Korea chapter (Co-author, Global Legal Group, 2019) 
    • Korean Financial Services: The Unchained Potential of Blockchain, International Financial Law Review, August 2019 Issue (Co-author, Euromoney, 2019) 
    • The Legal 500 - Blockchain Comparative Legal Guide (Edition 1) (Co-author, Legalease, 2019) 
    • The Financial Technology Law Review: Korea chapter (Co-author, Law Business Research, 2019) 
    • The Virtual Currency Regulation Review: Korea chapter (Co-author, Law Business Research, 2018-2019) 
    • A Token by Any Other Name, International Financial Law Review, October 2018 Issue (Co-author, Euromoney, 2018) 
    • Cryptocurrencies: South Korea’s Winding Regulatory Path, Nikkei Asian Review, September 24, 2018 (Contributor, Nikkei, 2018) 
    • Global Legal Insights – Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Regulation: Korea chapter (Co-author, Global Legal Group, 2018) 
    • The Korean Premium: Cryptocurrency - Arbitrage Phenomenon in Korea, International Law Practicum Journal, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Co-author, New York State Bar Association, 2018) 
    • The International Comparative Legal Guide to Fintech: Korea Chapter (Co-author, Global Legal Group, 2017-2019) 
    • Counterintelligence and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States Process, The National Intelligence Journal (National Intelligence College Foundation, 2010) 
    • Liquidated Damages in Leases of Personalty, The Business Lawyer (Co-author, American Bar Association, 2009) 
    • ROK-US Alliance Adjusts to New Realities, U.S.-Korea Yearbook 2007 (U.S.-Korea Institute, 2008) 
    • The Wealthy Poor: Legal Property Rights in Developing Countries, The SAIS Review of International Affairs (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) 
     
    [Speaking Engagements]
     
    • “East and West: Blockchain and Compliance Strategies for Global Privacy Programs,” Privacy + Security Forum, in Washington, D.C., United States (2019) 
    • “Cryptocurrencies: Fraud and Money-Laundering Issues,” IBA Annual Conference, in Seoul, Korea (2019) 
    • “Global Cryptocurrency Regulatory Landscape,” Deconomy Forum 2019, in Seoul, Korea (2019) 
    • “Designing Compliance: Sanctions, AML, and Custody,” Asia Blockchain Summit, in Taipei, Taiwan (2019) 
    • “DLT: Standards and Interoperability,” ASIFMA Conference 2019: The Future State – Cost Efficiencies, New Technologies, and Operational Challenges, in Hong Kong (2019) 
    • “Role of Blockchain Technology in Driving Economic Growth,” AsiaLaw Asia-Pacific In-House Counsel Summit, in Hong Kong (2019) 
    • “Security Token Offerings,” BUIDL Conference 2018, in Seoul, South Korea (2018) 
    • “The New Engine of Growth: Investment and Technology Conference,” American Bar Association, in Seoul, South Korea (2018) 
    • “Cryptocurrency Transaction Settlements,” AMCHAM Cryptocurrency Seminar 2018, in Seoul, Korea (2018) 
    • “Regulating Cryptocurrencies,” Block Seoul Conference 2018, in Seoul, South Korea (2018) 
    • “Governance and ICOs – The Balance Between Regulations and Disruption,” Beyond Blocks Conference, in Seoul, Korea (2018) 
    • “Regulating Cryptocurrencies,” Deconomy Forum 2018, in Seoul, Korea (2018) 
    • “E-commerce & FinTech Trends in Korea,” AsiaLaw Asia-Pacific In-House Counsel Summit, in Hong Kong (Asialaw, 2018) 
    • “Regulatory Trends in Cryptocurrency,” AMTS Conference 2018, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2018) 
    • “Cryptocurrency – Legal Issues in Korea,” 30th LawAsia Conference, in Tokyo, Japan (2017) 
    • “Regulations Concerning Cryptocurrency,” Cryptocurrency/Blockchain Seminar, in Tokyo, Japan (Jointly held by Japanese Cryptocurrency Business Association and Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, 2017)

Education

    Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University (M.A., 2008)

    Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2007)

    Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies, Fulbright Fellowship (M.A., 2006)

    United States Military Academy (B.S., 1997)

Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, New York, 2009

Languages

Korean and English

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Samuel YIM
Attorney (Admitted in New York)


T. +82-2-3703-1543      
F. +82-2-737-9091/9092
     


  




Samuel Yim is a senior foreign attorney at Kim & Chang. Mr. Yim is a member of the firm’s Fintech & IT Compliance and Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense Practices. 

As part of Kim & Chang’s Fintech & IT Compliance Practice, he focuses on blockchain and cryptocurrency matters. He regularly represents token sellers, cryptocurrency exchanges, ventures, hedge and private equity funds and their portfolio companies, token marketers and broker-dealers, funds interested in trading digital assets, global investment banks, financial institutions and asset managers, and others in the space. He has advised foreign and domestic clients on major industry defining matters such as, among others, ICOs and reverse ICOs, token private placements, listing of cryptocurrency ETFs on the Korean stock exchange, licenses for decentralized apps, establishment or acquisition of cryptocurrency exchanges, cryptocurrency arbitrage, and establishment of cryptocurrency not-for-profit foundations. 

In connection with the firm’s Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense Practice, he focuses on anticorruption and corporate compliance, internal investigations, white collar defense and general crisis management. Mr. Yim represents a broad range of companies in criminal defense, corporate investigations and regulatory audit matters. He has advised clients on matters concerning trade secrets, corporate fraud and embezzlement, breach of trust and fiduciary duties, regulatory audits, violations of gift and entertainment policies, anti-corruption and bribery laws (including coordination of OFAC and FCPA audits), and establishment of compliance infrastructures. 

Prior to joining Kim & Chang, Mr. Yim worked at Allen & Overy LLP in its New York and Hong Kong offices and served in the U.S. Army and held the rank of Captain. Mr. Yim received a B.S. from the United States Military Academy (West Point) in 1997 and a J.D./M.A. from Georgetown University Law Center and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University in 2007 and 2008, respectively. He received the Fulbright Fellowship in 2005 and studied at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. Mr. Yim was also an adjunct professor at Yonsei University Law School and a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations from 2010 to 2015. He is admitted to the New York bar.






    Kim & Chang (2013-2016.1., 2016.10.-Present)

    Sidley Austin LLP (2016.2.-2016.9.)

    Allen & Overy LLP (2008-2013)

    United States Army (1997-2002)






Awards

  •   Notable Practitioner, Chambers Fintech Guide (Chambers and Partners, 2020)

Publications/Activities

[Publications]
 
  •   Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Regulation 2020: Korea chapter (Co-author, Global Legal Group, 2019) 
  •   Korean Financial Services: The Unchained Potential of Blockchain, International Financial Law Review, August 2019 Issue (Co-author, Euromoney, 2019) 
  •   The Legal 500 - Blockchain Comparative Legal Guide (Edition 1) (Co-author, Legalease, 2019) 
  •   The Financial Technology Law Review: Korea chapter (Co-author, Law Business Research, 2019) 
  •   The Virtual Currency Regulation Review: Korea chapter (Co-author, Law Business Research, 2018-2019) 
  •   A Token by Any Other Name, International Financial Law Review, October 2018 Issue (Co-author, Euromoney, 2018) 
  •   Cryptocurrencies: South Korea’s Winding Regulatory Path, Nikkei Asian Review, September 24, 2018 (Contributor, Nikkei, 2018) 
  •   Global Legal Insights – Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Regulation: Korea chapter (Co-author, Global Legal Group, 2018) 
  •   The Korean Premium: Cryptocurrency - Arbitrage Phenomenon in Korea, International Law Practicum Journal, Vol. 31, No. 1 (Co-author, New York State Bar Association, 2018) 
  •   The International Comparative Legal Guide to Fintech: Korea Chapter (Co-author, Global Legal Group, 2017-2019) 
  •   Counterintelligence and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States Process, The National Intelligence Journal (National Intelligence College Foundation, 2010) 
  •   Liquidated Damages in Leases of Personalty, The Business Lawyer (Co-author, American Bar Association, 2009) 
  •   ROK-US Alliance Adjusts to New Realities, U.S.-Korea Yearbook 2007 (U.S.-Korea Institute, 2008) 
  •   The Wealthy Poor: Legal Property Rights in Developing Countries, The SAIS Review of International Affairs (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007) 
 
[Speaking Engagements]
 
  •   “East and West: Blockchain and Compliance Strategies for Global Privacy Programs,” Privacy + Security Forum, in Washington, D.C., United States (2019) 
  •   “Cryptocurrencies: Fraud and Money-Laundering Issues,” IBA Annual Conference, in Seoul, Korea (2019) 
  •   “Global Cryptocurrency Regulatory Landscape,” Deconomy Forum 2019, in Seoul, Korea (2019) 
  •   “Designing Compliance: Sanctions, AML, and Custody,” Asia Blockchain Summit, in Taipei, Taiwan (2019) 
  •   “DLT: Standards and Interoperability,” ASIFMA Conference 2019: The Future State – Cost Efficiencies, New Technologies, and Operational Challenges, in Hong Kong (2019) 
  •   “Role of Blockchain Technology in Driving Economic Growth,” AsiaLaw Asia-Pacific In-House Counsel Summit, in Hong Kong (2019) 
  •   “Security Token Offerings,” BUIDL Conference 2018, in Seoul, South Korea (2018) 
  •   “The New Engine of Growth: Investment and Technology Conference,” American Bar Association, in Seoul, South Korea (2018) 
  •   “Cryptocurrency Transaction Settlements,” AMCHAM Cryptocurrency Seminar 2018, in Seoul, Korea (2018) 
  •   “Regulating Cryptocurrencies,” Block Seoul Conference 2018, in Seoul, South Korea (2018) 
  •   “Governance and ICOs – The Balance Between Regulations and Disruption,” Beyond Blocks Conference, in Seoul, Korea (2018) 
  •   “Regulating Cryptocurrencies,” Deconomy Forum 2018, in Seoul, Korea (2018) 
  •   “E-commerce & FinTech Trends in Korea,” AsiaLaw Asia-Pacific In-House Counsel Summit, in Hong Kong (Asialaw, 2018) 
  •   “Regulatory Trends in Cryptocurrency,” AMTS Conference 2018, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2018) 
  •   “Cryptocurrency – Legal Issues in Korea,” 30th LawAsia Conference, in Tokyo, Japan (2017) 
  •   “Regulations Concerning Cryptocurrency,” Cryptocurrency/Blockchain Seminar, in Tokyo, Japan (Jointly held by Japanese Cryptocurrency Business Association and Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, 2017)





Education

    Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University (M.A., 2008)

    Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2007)

    Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies, Fulbright Fellowship (M.A., 2006)

    United States Military Academy (B.S., 1997)


Qualifications

    Admitted to bar, New York, 2009


Languages
  •    Korean and English





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