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 his work, Mr. Kim was named a Rising Star in the 2021 and 2022 editions of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

His experience includes the representation of:

  • SK hynix Inc. in its US$9 billion acquisition of the NAND memory and storage business of Intel Corporation, which is reported as the largest-ever acquisition by a South Korean company;
  • Hanwha Aerospace Co., Ltd. in its US$300 million acquisition of EDAC Technologies Corporation, a manufacturer of various components for aerospace engine applications;
  • Samsung Electronics, Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of LoopPay, Inc., a mobile payments company that led to the worldwide launch of “Samsung Pay”;
  • 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.;
  • Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd. in its US$825 million going-private transaction by way of a merger;
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of Joyent, Inc., a public and private cloud provider;
  • 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.;
  • 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;
  • Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of NewNet Communication Technologies LLC, a provider of wireless communications services;
  • Simone Investment Managers Co., Ltd. in its US$415 million sale of the Washington Harbour property based in Washington, D.C.;
  • affiliates of Hanwha General Chemical Co., Ltd. in its investments in (i) Neutron Holdings, Inc. (dba Lime Bike), a transportation company based in the U.S.; (ii) GTL Americas, LLC, a multibillion-dollar gas-to-liquid project based in the U.S.; and (iii) NextDecade Corporation, a public company listed on Nasdaq;
  • Kia Motors Corporation in its joint venture with a Croatian autonomous driving technology company; and
  • City Storage Systems, LLC (formerly called CloudKitchens) in its acquisition of a cloud storage company based in Korea.

Prior to attending Georgetown University Law Center, while at Tsinghua University School of Law in 2011, Mr. Kim 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