Hyeon-Deog Cho is an attorney at Kim & Chang. Mr Cho leads the corporate governance team of the firm, and his practice focuses on governance reform, corporate transformations (including spin-offs and split-offs), holding companies, takeover defences, planning for and defending against shareholder activism, M&A, capital markets and corporate financing, restructurings and insolvencies, and white colour crime defence. He has also represented most of top tier big business groups in Korea.

Prior to joining the firm in 2004, Mr Cho lectured in international business strategy and multinational business administration at Seoul National University. Further, he worked as the head of the Business Case Centre and as the vice president of the Institute for Industrial Policy Studies under the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy.

Mr Cho earned a BA (1990), MBA (1992) and PhD (1999) in business administration (with a specialisation in international business and business strategy) from Seoul National University, and received his LLM from Boston University School of Law in 2009. He also completed an international lawyer programme at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP’s New York office in 2009 and 2010.

He was admitted to the Korean Bar in 2004.