Biography Kyung Taek Jung
K.T. Jung is the senior partner of Kim & Chang leading the firm's Corporate Practice Group and Antitrust Practice Group.
Mr. Jung practices in a wide range of areas of corporate law, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions and antitrust law. He also has extensive experience advising clients in the pharmaceutical, IT, energy and automobile industries.
Mr. Jung began his anti-trust practice in 1980, when Korea’s anti-trust law was first enacted. He was the pioneer in this area, being for many years the sole practitioner with the knowledge and experience to advise and represent clients vis-à-vis the Korea Fair Trade Commission (“FTC”) on cartel and abuse of dominance cases as well as merger filings. After studying U.S. antitrust law and corporations law from 1985 to 1986 at Harvard Law School’s LLM program, Mr. Jung returned to practice at Kim & Chang. Under his leadership, the firm’s Antitrust Practice Group has since become the preferred counsel for antitrust defense work.
Recognized as Korea’s preeminent antitrust attorney, Mr. Jung was asked by the KFTC, soon after returning to Korea, to serve as advisor on major policy issues and legislative endeavors, an activity that he continues until today.
Mr. Jung also oversaw the explosive growth of Kim & Chang’s M&A practice since the late 1990s, when the financial crisis led to extensive corporate and financial restructuring. He has guided clients, both buyers and sellers, in many of the largest M&A deals in Korea, to successful conclusions.
Over three decades of practice, Mr. Jung has represented many of the world’s most prominent companies, including General Motors, General Electric, AT&T, Hewlett Packard, Pfizer, McDonald’s, Saudi Aramco, Microsoft, and Amway in different capacities. He has assisted these and many other companies in establishing their Korean operations; guided many through corporate restructuring; advised on important corporate governance issues; defended in antitrust/fair trade investigations, and help overcome regulatory hurdles.
Mr. Jung has won many notable awards and citations for his distinguished service to clients. He was selected numerous times as a Chambers Global Leading Corporate/M&A Lawyer, a Leading Competition Lawyer by The Global Competition Review, and as a Leading Competition Lawyer in Asia by AsiaLaw.