Hwa-Jin Kim (Chair)

Hwa-Jin Kim, Forum’s founding chair, is a Professor of Law at Seoul National University School of Law and Member of the Seoul National University Academic Senate, a William W. Cook Global Law Professor at Michigan Law School, and a 2018 Senior Fellow at Pollack Center of NYU Stern School of Business. He also taught at NYU School of Law in Shanghai, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, and Stanford Law School. He has published in the Journal of Corporation Law, 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 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 board member of the Korean Financial Investment Association and chair of the Derivative Services Committee of Korea Securities Depository, is the outside director and chair of the audit committee of Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings and chair of the Korea Corporate Governance Service Proxy Advisory Committee.

Professor Kim received his BS in math from Seoul National University; 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 Theoretical Foundations of Securities Regulation (2nd ed., 2016), Investment Banking (2nd ed., 2015), Theories in International Law (2017), Corporate Governance (2017), and Stanford Went to Harvard (SNU Press, 2018).