Hwa-Jin Kim (Chair)

Hwa-Jin Kim, Forum’s founding chair, is a professor of law at Seoul National University School of Law and a William W. Cook Global Law Professor at Michigan Law School, He has also taught at Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law and Stanford Law School. He has published in the Journal of Corporation Law, Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review, Oxford University Comparative Law Forum, Columbia Business Law Review, Berkeley Journal of International Law, Georgetown 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 has advised the Office of the President of Korea, Korea Fair Trade Commission, Korea Financial Supervisory Service, and Ministry of Justice of Korea. He is an outside director and chair of the audit committee of Hyundai Robotics Company, chair of the Korea Corporate Governance Service Proxy Advisory Committee, and founding chair of The NEXT Corporate Governance Conference. Professor Kim received his BS in math from Seoul National University; Dr Jur, magna cum laude, from 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 Corporate Governance (2017), Theories in International Law (2017), Theoretical Foundations of Securities Regulation (2nd edition, 2016), and Law and Business (7th edition, 2017).