Ropes & Gray LLP, the first international firm to open an office in Korea, announced today that Hyo Young Kang has joined its corporate group as a partner in the firm’s Seoul office.
Mr. Kang brings extensive knowledge and veteran experience to the Ropes & Gray corporate team, having spent 28 years practicing in Asia, with 16 of those years in Seoul. The addition of Mr. Kang will further strengthen the firm’s corporate practices in Asia, and clients will benefit from his proficiency in international corporate transactions, as well as his in-depth knowledge of the Korean market.
He joins William Kim, the Seoul office managing partner; Jaewoo Lee, a corporate partner who joined the firm in 2013; and IP partner David Chun.
“Hyo Young Kang’s impact will be immediate and important,” said Mr. Kim. “His many years of on-the-ground experience in the region will serve our corporate clients well, providing additional depth to our counsel on transactional matters and keen insight into business practices in Korea.”
Mr. Kang focuses on finance and capital markets, including Regulation S/Rule 144A debt- and equity-linked securities offerings, and has advised on a broad range of commercial transactions, including a number of first-ever international transactions involving Korean entities in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, project financing, and restructuring.
Before joining Ropes & Gray, Mr. Kang practiced as a senior consultant at Linklaters LLP, as senior foreign counsel (partner) at Yulchon LLC and as a partner at Allen & Overy. He has served as a member of the task force of the Ministry of Justice of Korea responsible for amending the Foreign Legal Consultant Act. In addition, Mr. Kang received an official commendation from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy of Korea.
“I am excited to join the dynamic team of lawyers at Ropes & Gray,” said Mr. Kang. “The global resources of the firm, coupled with leadership in key industries like technology, life sciences and asset management, have put the firm in a strong position to provide comprehensive advice to Korean businesses on their global transactions.”
Mr. Kang is admitted as a Foreign Legal Consultant in Korea, a Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong.