Cecil Saehoon Chung is a senior foreign counsel at Yulchon. As vice chair of the antitrust practice group and head of the international antitrust team, Mr Chung handles all aspects of antitrust, consumer protection and trade regulation matters, with a particular emphasis on international antitrust. Mr Chung has the rare distinction of being ranked as both a US antitrust law expert based abroad (in Seoul) and a foreign (US-licensed) expert on Korean antitrust law by Chambers Global. He is also individually ranked as a leading antitrust lawyer by numerous publications such as Who’s Who Legal: Competition, Who’s Who Legal: Thought Leaders – Competition, Euromoney’s Expert Guides, Chambers Asia, IFLR1000 and Asia Business Law – Korea’s Top 100 Lawyers. In addition, since 2018, Mr Chung has been a member of Global Competition Review’s new editorial board, and since 2019, he has been a vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Commission on Competition.
Mr Chung has practised law for almost 30 years. Before joining Yulchon in 2012, he was an antitrust partner at two global law firms (Pillsbury Winthrop and Greenberg Traurig) in Washington, DC. From 1988 to 1995, Mr Chung was a litigation attorney at the US Federal Trade Commission.
Mr Chung has written and lectured extensively on various antitrust, consumer protection and other legal issues. He regularly provides antitrust compliance counselling and training to clients in various industries. Furthermore, since 1997, he has advised and assisted the Korea Fair Trade Commission in modernising its antitrust and consumer protection enforcement programme.
He is currently co-chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law’s International Intellectual Property Committee and vice chair of the International Antitrust Law Committee. He is also vice chair of the ABA Section of Antitrust Law’s International Committee and on the Procedural Transparency Task Force. He is also a member of the ICC Task Force on Premerger Control Regimes and served on the ICC Compliance Task Force that published the ICC Antitrust Compliance Toolkit in April 2013. Furthermore, he is a member of the International Bar Association Antitrust Committee’s Merger Working Group and is a member of the competition subcommittee of the Business and Industry Advisory Committee for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Mr Chung received his BS in economics from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1985 and his JD from Cornell Law School in 1988. He is a member of the California and District of Columbia Bars.