Hwa-Jin Kim (Chair)

Hwa-Jin Kim, Forum’s founding chair, is a professor of law at Seoul National University (SNU) School of Law, a senator of the SNU Faculty Senate, and a member of the SNU Asset Management Committee. He is a William W. Cook Global Law Professor at Michigan Law School, and taught at NYU School of Law in Shanghai, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, and Stanford Law School. He is published in the Journal of Corporation Law, Oxford University Comparative Law Forum, Columbia Business Law Review, Berkeley 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 advised the Office of the President of Korea, Korea Fair Trade Commission, Korea Financial Supervisory Service, and Ministry of Justice of Korea. He was a public director of the Korean Financial Investment Association, chair of the Derivative Services Committee of Korea Securities Depository, and a member of the Korea National Pension Service Proxy Advisory Committee.

Professor Kim is the independent director and chair of the audit committee of Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings, world's largest shipbuilder, an independent director of Macquarie Korea Infrastructure Fund Corporation, and chair of the Korea Corporate Governance Service Proxy Advisory Committee.

Professor Kim received his BS in math from SNU; Dr Jur, magna cum laude, from the 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, 1212 pages) and Mergers and Acquisitions: History and Strategy (2019, 515 pages).