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Youngjin Sohn
Partner
 
 
 
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Phone: +1-212-455-2000
Fax: +1-212-455-2502
With an active practice in Korea since 1998, Youngjin Sohn has worked with Korean corporations and international corporations with interests in Korea as well as investment banks for many years. He concentrates his practice on capital markets and M&A transactions and regularly represents issuers and underwriters in a wide spectrum of offerings, including equity, debt, convertibles and exchangeables, and both SEC-registered and Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, including Korea Exchange–listed IPOs. He has been recognized for his capital markets work by both Chambers Global and Chambers Asia. Youngjin also worked on various M&A transactions, primarily Korean companies’ outbound investments.

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Work Highlights
  • Hanwha Life Insurance (formerly, Korea Life Insurance) and its selling shareholders in Korea Life Insurance’s IPO, at the time the largest IPO ever listed on the Korea Exchange
  • Dongwon Enterprise in its acquisition of the Starkist seafood business from Del Monte Corporation
  • Initial purchasers in Samsung Card’s IPO, the first IPO on the Korea Exchange with an international tranche
  • Kumho Tire and the selling shareholder in Kumho Tire’s IPO, the first dual-listed IPO on the Korea Exchange and the London Stock Exchange
  • Underwriters in LG Display’s IPO, the first dual-listed IPO on the Korea Exchange and the NYSE
  • Goldman Sachs PIA in its acquisition of C&M, one of the largest cable companies in Korea
Accolades
  • Chambers Global
  • Chambers Asia Pacific
Education
  • Columbia Law School, 1996 J.D.
    Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
  • University of California, John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management, 1989 M.B.A.
  • Seoul National University School of Law, 1986 B.A.
    magna cum laude
Associations
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • The Law Society of Hong Kong (Hong Kong admitted; non-practicing)
Admissions
  • New York 1997
  • Hong Kong 2011
Languages Spoken
  • Korean

Youngjin Sohn is a Partner in the Firm’s Corporate Department. He has worked on numerous capital markets and M&A transactions with companies in Korea, which have included Hyundai Rotem, Hyundai Steel, KEPCO, LG Display, SK Telecom, The Republic of Korea, KDIC, Kumho Tire, C&M, POSCO, Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors, KT, KT&G, Shinhan Financial Group and Kookmin Bank as well as most major investment banks. He has regularly represented issuers and underwriters in a wide spectrum of offerings, including equity, debt, convertibles and exchangeables and both SEC-registered and Rule 144A/Regulation S offerings, including Korea Exchange–listed IPOs. He has also worked on M&A transactions involving private equity funds, joint ventures and other forms of investments.

  • Hyundai Rotem Company in its approximately $585 million IPO in Korea on the Korea Exchange, at the time the largest IPO by a Korean company since 2010
  • Underwriters in a $1 billion sovereign debt offering and the lead managers in a $3 billion dual tranche global bond offering for the Republic of Korea
  • Hanwha Life Insurance (formerly, Korea Life Insurance) and its selling shareholders in Korea Life Insurance’s approximately $1.6 billion IPO, at the time the largest IPO ever listed on the Korea Exchange
  • Dongwon Enterprise Co. in its $363 million acquisition of the Starkist seafood brand and related business from Del Monte Corporation
  • Initial purchasers in Samsung Card’s $620 million IPO, the first domestic IPO with an international tranche in Korea
  • Kumho Tire and the selling shareholder in Kumho Tire’s $363 million IPO, the first dual listed IPO on the Korea Exchange and the London Stock Exchange
  • Underwriters in LG Display’s $1 billion IPO, the first dual listed IPO on the Korea Exchange and the NYSE
  • Goldman Sachs PIA in its acquisition of C&M, one of the largest cable companies in Korea

Youngjin has been ranked as a leading capital markets lawyer by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Youngjin also worked with Samsung Electronics and Bain before pursuing his legal career. 

Youngjin graduated from Seoul National University in 1986, magna cum laude, and received a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School in 1996, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He also received an M.B.A. degree from University of California at Los Angeles, Anderson Graduate School of Management, in 1989. He is a native Korean speaker.

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