Hwa-Jin Kim, an L. Bates Lea Global Professor of Law at Michigan Law since 2011, is a professor of law at Seoul National University (SNU) School of Law and a senator of the SNU Faculty Senate. He has taught at New York University School of Law as the Global Professor of Law in Shanghai, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, and Stanford Law School. He is published in the
Journal of Corporation Law,
Oxford University Comparative Law Forum,
Columbia Business Law Review,
Berkeley Journal of International Law, and elsewhere.
Before joining academia in 2006, Professor 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.
Professor Kim advised the Office of the President of Korea, Korea Fair Trade Commission, Korea Financial Supervisory Service, and Ministry of Justice of Korea. He was a public director of the Korean Financial Investment Association, chair of the Derivative Services Committee of Korea Securities Depository, a member of the Korea National Pension Service Proxy Advisory Committee, and the outside director of STX Corporation and Hyundai Robotics Company.
Professor Kim is the outside director and chair of the audit committee of Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings, the world's largest shipbuilder, an outside director of Macquarie Korea Infrastructure Fund Corporation, the largest mutual fund in Korea, and chair of the Korea Corporate Governance Service Proxy Advisory Committee.
Professor Kim received his BS in math from SNU; Dr Jur,
magna cum laude, from the University of Munich, where he was an Adenauer Scholar; and his LLM from Harvard Law School. He won the Book Prize from the Korean National Academy of Sciences in 2005, 2010, and 2015. His recent books in Korean include
Investment Banking (2nd ed., 2015),
Theoretical Foundations of Securities Regulation (2nd ed., 2016),
Corporate Governance (2017), and
M&A: History and Strategy (2019).
See Professor Kim's
"Private Enforcement of Company Law and Securities Regulation in Korea." In
Enforcement of Corporate and Securities Law: China and the World, edited by R. H. Huang and N. C. Howson, 444-53. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2017.
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