John Choi is recognised by international peers as the “go-to guy” for behavioural cases and merger proceedings in Korea.
John H Choi is a senior foreign attorney at Shin & Kim and a member of the firm's antitrust practice group. Mr Choi graduated from law school in 1994 and was admitted to the California bar in the same year. Prior to coming to Korea more than two decades ago, Mr Choi practised law with a major firm in California. In the years immediately following the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997, Mr Choi led many landmark investment transactions. Mr Choi is widely recognised as the leading foreign lawyer in Korea. Mr Choi has been ranked by Chambers Asia and The Legal 500 Asia.
For more than a decade, Mr Choi has been at the forefront of many prominent antitrust cases, including international cartel cases, abuse of market dominance cases and merger filings. Mr Choi was also an adjunct professor of law at Seoul National University, College of Law, Korea's top undergraduate school of law. Mr Choi has been a non-government adviser for the International Competition Network for many years, and served as chair of GCR Conference in Seoul. Mr Choi has also been a guest lecturer at Korea University and Yonsei University. Mr Choi is regularly invited to speak at various conferences and seminars.
Mr Choi's recent notable speaking engagements include speaking at various chambers on the antitrust enforcement trends in Korea. Mr Choi's other speaking engagements include speaking at ICN 2016 annual meeting on refusal to supply; speaking at 2016 International Bar Association Annual Conference on IP and Antitrust; speaking at ICN 2015 annual meeting on making efficiency assessments more effective; lecturing at Korea University on conglomerate mergers; speaking at various GCR conferences; speaking at ECCK luncheon on "Competition Law 2015 – Panorama of antitrust enforcement in Europe and Korea"; and presenting on the US and EU Enforcement Practises at a cartel workshop hosted by the KFTC. Mr Choi is also a prolific writer. In recent years, he co-authored various articles, some of which include "Merger Control in Korea 2018", International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG), 14th Edition, 2018; "Legal Issues Related to SEPs and FRAND", Global IP Trend 2015, Korea Institute of Intellectual Property, December 2015; South Korea Special Focus - IPR Guidelines Revised: Tackling unreasonable behaviour, IFLR, March 2015; and the Korea chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Competition Litigation, Global Legal Group, 2010–2015.