Cholsoo Han is renowned for the combination of in-depth knowledge and expansive experience he brings to his top-tier competition practice.
Cholsoo Han served for 19 years at the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) and was the KFTC’s secretary general from 2011 to 2014. During his tenure at the KFTC, Mr Han served as a director general of five major bureaus, including the Cartel Investigation Bureau, the Competition Policy Bureau, the Anti-Monopoly Bureau, the Market Analysis Bureau and the Consumer Policy Bureau. He has handled numerous large-scale cases, including matters that have involved international cartels and abuse of market dominance by multinational corporations. He also played a pivotal role in improving the regulatory system of Korean competition laws and enforcement practices within the KFTC, such as leniency programmes and securing rights of defence for defendants. After his departure from the KFTC in 2014, he taught competition law and consumer protection laws as a visiting professor at Korea University and served as a guest professor at the Graduate School of Law in Yonsei University. Prior to joining the KFTC in 1994, Mr Han also served at the Ministry of Strategy and Finance as an assistant director for 13 years. He is the author of two books, Opening of Service Industry and WTO (1994) and Competition Law (2016), which are highly respected materials by experts in the relevant fields. Since joining Yoon & Yang in April 2016, Mr Han has successfully handled numerous prominent antitrust cases, including the merger review by KFTC of a major mobile telecommunication company's acquisition of the number-one system operator in Korea and other notable cartel cases.