Sang Gon Kim is “a very well-known lawyer” in the Korean corporate market who is “very strong on M&A matters”. His expertise spans an array of matters including hostile takeovers.
Sang Gon Kim is a head of M&A and general corporate practices at Lee & Ko. He has been a member of the management committee at Lee & Ko since 2018.
Since joining Lee & Ko in 1994, Mr Kim has acted in many cases involving multinational companies relating to cross-border M&A deals, including large-scale and/or hostile M&As, and defence of shareholder activists. He has represented Korean Air, LG Chemical, LG Display, SK, Deutsche Bank, Samsung Electronics, Citi Bank, eBay and many other large companies in global-scale M&A cases. In many of these cases, he has represented clients internationally, working with law firms in the US, Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia and other jurisdictions. Recently, he played a major role in the acquisition of ZKW by LG Electronics.
He continues to be very active in the field of corporate governance and has represented many conglomerates in their conversion of holding company system. For reference purposes he has represented, among others, LG Group, SK Group and CJ Group.
He has been recognised as a leading lawyer (band 1) in M&A by Chambers Asia-Pacific since 2007; by IFLR since 2008; and by Asialaw since 2008. He was also named Deal Maker of the Year by Asia Legal Business in 2014 and 2018.
According to Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019, Mr Kim is considered a “star player in the market” who “has in-depth knowledge and experience in the corporate and M&A field, and has served as a reliable counsel for clients”.
He was admitted to the Korean Bar in 1994 and the New York Bar in 2001. He received an LLB from the College of Law, Seoul National University, in 1992; and an LLM from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2001. He began working at Lee & Ko in 1994, immediately after graduating from the judicial research and training programme at the Supreme Court.
He is a member of the Korean Bar Association, the Seoul Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.