Mr. Kim is a partner in the law firm’s Washington, DC office and the head of the Korea practice. Mr. Kim’s prior Korea work experience includes working as an economist at the Bank of Korea for 10 years.
Prior to his joining Pillsbury in 2006, Mr. Kim practiced at two prominent DC law firms. At Pillsbury, Mr. Kim helps Korean and Asian corporations in establishing facilities in the U.S. and the Middle East areas. Mr. Kim also advises them in complying with U.S. commercial regulations and helps them navigate the U.S. legislative process. Mr. Kim helps to facilitate foreign investments into Korean and other Asian markets and advises U.S. companies establishing facilities in Korea and Asia.
The scope of his practice includes representation of telecommunications companies, automakers, financial institutions, Internet service providers, international steel companies, energy concerns, food companies, high technology manufacturing corporations and pharmaceutical companies and the Korean government. In 2009, Mr. Kim led the special committee of independent directors of Gmarket, the largest internet auction site in Korea, in the $1.2 billion acquisition by eBay through a negotiated tender offer. He has represented a Korean consortium in connection with the sale of the AIG building (the second tallest building in Manhattan) and a complex real estate dispute in the United States. He also has represented Korean companies and the Korean government for nuclear and renewable energy issues.
Mr. Kim graduated from Seoul National University in 1986 with a B.A. degree in law and in 2001 received J.D. from University of Minnesota Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and New York Bar.