Asia & Australia

February 18, 2019

Seoul Managing Partner of Clifford Chance Leaves Firm


The Seoul Managing Partner of Clifford Chance is leaving the firm as departures continue from the Magic Circle firm’s outpost in the South Korean capital.

Kim Hyun Suk, capital markets partner who also heads up the firm’s Korea practice, is on his way out. Based in Seoul since 2012 when Clifford Chance opened its office there, Kim first joined the firm in Hong Kong in 2009 and became a partner two years later.

Earlier, he practiced at U.S. firms Davis Polk & Wardwell in Hong Kong and Tokyo, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York. In 2018, Kim served as U.S. securities law counsel to Korean insurer Hanwha Life Insurance Co. Ltd. on a $1 billion bond sale.

Richard Lee, Hong Kong-based capital markets partner, will split his time with the Seoul office and co-lead the firm’s Korea practice with Seoul-based finance counsel Cho Bong-sang.

Lee was part of the Hong Kong capital markets team that advised Chinese property developer China Resources Land Ltd. on the sale of $1.15 billion worth of bonds in 2014.

Cho, who is U.K.-qualified, joined the firm in 2015 from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.

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