Hyungsoo Kim

Hyungsoo Kim

Asia Pacific Counsel, Corporate

Hyungsoo Kim works on a wide range of matters and has significant experience advising buyers and investors in some of the most complicated corporate and M&A deals involving South Korean companies.


In recognition of Mr. Kim’s corporate/M&A work, he was noted as an Up and Coming practitioner by Chambers Asia Pacific 2024 and has been selected as a Rising Star by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific yearly since 2022.

His representative experience includes:

  • SK hynix Inc. in its US$9 billion acquisition of the NAND memory and storage business of Intel Corporation
  • Hanwha Aerospace Co., Ltd. in its US$300 million acquisition of EDAC Technologies Corporation, a manufacturer of complex, large-diameter precision rotating and stationary components for aerospace engine applications
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in its acquisitions of:
    • LoopPay, Inc., a mobile payments company, which subsequently led to the worldwide launch of “Samsung Pay”
    • Joyent, Inc., a public and private cloud provider
    • NewNet Communication Technologies LLC, a provider of wireless communications services
  • Korea Zinc Company, Ltd. in its US$332 million acquisition of a majority stake in Igneo Technologies, LLC, an e-waste recycling company based in the U.S., and its follow-on acquisition of the remaining stake
  • The Middleby Corporation in its acquisition of Icetro Co., Ltd., a maker of ice, soft serve and slush machines that are used worldwide in commercial foodservice
  • Hanwha Q Cells Co., Ltd. in its US$825 million going-private transaction by way of a merger
  • Visteon Corporation in the US$3.6 billion sale of its 70% stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. to an affiliate of Hahn & Company, a private equity firm, and Hankook Tire Co., Ltd.
  • Kia Motors Corporation in connection with its joint venture investment in a Croatian autonomous driving technology company
  • an affiliate of Simone Investment Managers Co., Ltd. in connection with the US$415 million sale of the Washington Harbour complex in Washington, D.C.
  • affiliates of Hanwha General Chemical USA Corp. in its (i) Series A investment in GTL Americas, LLC, a multibillion-dollar gas-to-liquid project located in Arkansas and (ii) a series of investments in NextDecade Corporation, a public company listed on Nasdaq
  • City Storage Systems, LLC (f/k/a CloudKitchens) in connection with its acquisition of a cloud storage company in Korea
  • Hanwha Solarone U.S.A, Inc. in its 1.5 GW solar photovoltaic module supply agreement with NextEra Energy Resources
  • funds sponsored by Simone Managers Co., Ltd. in the acquisition of (i) a junior mezzanine loan position secured by The Standard Hotel in New York City, (ii) a mezzanine loan position secured by the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco and (iii) a mezzanine loan position secured by The Bluffs at Playa Vista in California
  • gumi Inc., a leading Japanese mobile entertainment content publisher and developer, in its joint venture with South Koreabased YJM Games Co. Ltd. to form Seoul VR Startups Co. Ltd.

Mr. Kim received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was a staff editor for The Tax Lawyer and a law fellow for the Legal Research & Writing curriculum. While at Tsinghua University School of Law in 2011, he was the chief articles editor for the Tsinghua China Law Review. Mr. Kim received his B.A. in economics and B.S. in mathematical and computational science from Stanford University



  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2012 (Staff Editor, The Tax Lawyer; Law Fellow, Legal Research & Writing curriculum)
  • B.A., Stanford University, 2009
  • B.S., Stanford University, 2009


  • Foreign Legal Consultant Korea
  • New York
  • District of Columbia

Hyungsoo Kim

Asia Pacific Counsel, Corporate