Kim & Chang

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Kim & Chang
Kim & Chang logo.jpg
HeadquartersSeoul, South Korea
No. of attorneys1,200+
Date founded1973
FounderYoung Moo Kim

Kim & Chang (金&張) is the largest law firm in South Korea by headcount, with over 1,200 professionals and offices in Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Ho Chi Minh City.[1] In 2016, it became the first Korean law firm to be included in the world’s top 100 law firms by The American Lawyer, ranking 59th with a revenue of $686 million. In 2017, the firm posted a revenue of 1.01 trillion (US$893.47 million), becoming Korea’s first law firm to reach a revenue milestone of 1 trillion won.[2]

The firm employs numerous attorneys educated and licensed in the United States, Japan, China, and Europe. Approximately 20 percent of its lawyers are foreign-qualified,[3] and it has a division of around 200 personnel devoted to Japan-related practice.[4] In addition to attorneys, the firm employs patent attorneys, tax attorneys, economists, and industry-specific experts.


Kim & Chang was founded by attorney Young Moo Kim in 1973. Kim had studied in the United States for several years, obtaining a Master of Comparative Law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1967 and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1970. Based on his experience, he sought to create a Korean law firm that followed American standards of legal service, and was the first recruiter of foreign attorneys in Korea. Once Kim established the firm in January 1973, a former judge and Kim's longtime friend, Soo Kil Chang joined later that year.

Recognition & Awards[edit]

  • Kim & Chang recognized as top-tier law firm in all areas in Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2010/11 edition)[5]
  • Kim & Chang chosen as leader in all practice areas - IFLR 1000 (2011 edition)[6]
  • Kim & Chang named "Korea's Law Firm of the Year" for the fifth time - 2010 Who's Who Legal Awards.[7]
  • Winner of the "Client Choice Awards 2010" - International Law Office (ILO)[8]
  • Winner of South "Korean Law Firm of the Year" - The Chambers and Partners Asia Awards 2010[9]
  • Highest-ranked Asian law firm by Japanese corporate legal departments in the December 2013 Nihon Keizai Shimbun survey.[4]


  1. ^ "Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index 2014", Acritas, archived from the original on 2015-05-21
  2. ^ Lee, Hyun-Jung (13 February 2018). "Kim & Chang rakes in record high revenue of $933 mn in 2017". Pulse.
  3. ^ Lin, Anthony (1 July 2013). "Korea's Foreign Legion". The Asian Lawyer. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b "企業が選ぶ弁護士ランキング 企業法務1位は中村氏". Nihon Keizai Shimbun. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2010/11 edition)", Asia Pacific Legal 500
  6. ^ "IFLR 1000 (2011 edition)", IFLR 1000
  7. ^ "Who's Who Legal Awards 2010", Who's Who Legal
  8. ^ "Client Choice Awards 2010", International Law Office (ILO)[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Chambers Asia Awards 2010" (PDF), Chambers Asia

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