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Kim, Hwa-Jin

William W. Cook Global Law Professor

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Hwa-Jin Kim, William W. Cook Global Law Professor at Michigan Law, is a professor of law and business at Seoul National University School of Law. He also teaches at Seoul National University Business School and in-house executive education programs of large Korean companies and financial institutions. Prof. Kim has taught at Michigan Law, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, and Stanford Law School. Before joining academia in 2006, Prof. Kim practiced corporate and securities law in Korea and Switzerland, where he advised and worked for or with global investment banking houses in their international mergers and acquisitions and capital market transactions.

Prof. Kim has advised the Office of the President of Korea, Korea Fair Trade Commission, Korea Financial Supervisory Service, and Ministry of Justice of Korea. He is a board member of the Korean Financial Investment Association and chair of the Korea Investment Bankers Forum. He writes op-eds for leading financial papers in Korea and receives media coverage for his work, speeches, and testimonies before the Korean National Assembly. He won the Book Prize from the Korean National Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005 and 2010 (in business and law, respectively). A member of the New York Bar, Prof. Kim received his BS in mathematics from Seoul National University; Dr Jur, magna cum laude, from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where he was an Adenauer Scholar and worked with Professor Bruno Simma; and his LLM from Harvard Law School.

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Toward Transatlantic Convergence in Financial Regulation. Univ. of Michigan Law & Economics, Empirical Legal Studies Center Working Paper Series, no. 11-004; Univ. of Michigan Public Law Working Paper Series, no. 234. Working Paper.
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Co-author. "Favoritism and Corporate Law: The Confused Corporate Opportunity Doctrine in the Hyundai Motor Case." S. H. Lee and S. M. Woodcock, co-authors. Mich. J. Private Equity & Venture Capital L. (Forthcoming).
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Editor. Korean Business Law. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2012.

Corporate Finance and Governance. 2nd ed. Seoul: Pakyoungsa, 2012.

"Control Premium in Corporate Control Contests." Korean B. Ass'n J. 427 (2012): 81-94.

Commercial Law. 3rd ed. Seoul: Pakyoungsa, 2012.

"Buy-back of Redeemable Preferred Shares from Distributable Reserves." Korean B. Ass'n J. 421 (2011): 105-14.

"The Financial Services Industry in the Global Financial Crisis." Seoul L. J. 51, no. 3 (2010): 125-80. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)

"Corporate Governance of Banks and Bank Director Liability." Seoul L. J. 51, no. 4 (2010): 151-84. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)

Co-editor. Legal Regulation of the Liability of Members of Management Organs: An Analysis of International Practice. B. S. Black et al, co-editors. Moscow: Alpina Publishers, 2010. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)

"The Curious Case of Shareholder-Manager Power Struggle." Seoul L. J. 50, no. 2 (2009): 415-49. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)

"The Case for Market for Corporate Control in Korea." J. Korean L. 8, no. 2 (2009): 227-76. (Published simultaneously in Oxford U. Comp. L. Forum 2 (2009). (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)
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"The Case for Market for Corporate Control in Korea." Oxford U. Comp. L. Forum 2 (2009). (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)
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"Freeze-Out of Minority Shareholders Under the Draft New Commercial Code." Seoul L. J. 50, no. 1 (2009): 321-50. (Work published when author not on Michigan Law faculty.)


Organizer, MT-thebell's global conference, "The Good Capital: Toward a New Definition of Value in Capital Markets," Seoul, South Korea, September 21, 2012.

Presented "How to Improve Corporate Governance and Transparency," Korean Capital Markets Conference, Stanford University, April 20, 2012.

Organizer, MT-thebell's global conference, "The Next: A New Era of Business and Finance in East Asia," Seoul, South Korea, October 14, 2011.

Organizer, KIBF Malaysia Conference, "The Business and Investment in Malaysia," Kuala Lumpur, January 2011.

Presented "Commercial Banking and Investment Banking" to members of the Korean National Assembly and CEOs of Korean banks, November 2010.

Organizer, KIBF China Conference, "The Business of Investment Banking in China," Beijing, August 2010.

Presented "Corporate Governance Reform in Korea 1997 - 2009: An Epic Journey," Michigan Law School, February 2010.

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