Daniel Kim


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One of Korea’s most recognized and experienced M&A lawyers, Daniel Sae-Chin Kim advises the nation’s largest and most active companies on their cross border mergers and acquisitions, private equity buyouts and investments, international joint ventures, and private and public securities offerings.

Daniel is also known for advising major Korean conglomerates and international funds and financial institutions in investing emerging growth companies, with deep transactional experience in the areas of autonomous and connected vehicles, consumer electronics, ecommerce, energy, financial technology, life sciences and pharmaceuticals, logistics and supply chains, retail, semiconductors, blockchain and cryptocurrency.



  • Korean

Honors & Awards

  • Individually ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific in South Korea Corporate/M&A (2015-2023)
  • Individually ranked as a  “Leading Individual” in South Korea Corporate/M&A by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2015-2021)
  • Named to The A-List of Korea’s Top 100 Lawyers by the Asia Business Law Journal 


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • New York
  • Korea: Foreign Legal Consultant (New York, US)


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D. 1997
  • New York University, B.A. 1992

Mergers & Acquisitions

  • DL Chemical, a leading petrochemical company, in its US$2.5 billion acquisition of Nasdaq-listed Kraton Corporation
  • CJ CheilJedang and Bibigo®, the top brand of Korean cuisine in the US and globally, on their multi-year global marketing partnership with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • SK E&S in its up to $400 million investment in REV Renewables, LLC, an LS Power company focused on the development, acquisition and operation of renewables and energy storage
  • Samsung Electronics in its US$8.0 billion acquisition of Harman International Industries, Inc., the market leader in connected car solutions
  • Samsung Display in the US$1.9 billion sale of its 43% interest in Samsung Corning Precision Materials (SCP) to Corning Inc, and its US$2.3 billion preferred shares strategic investment in Corning
  • Samsung Electronics in the US$1.4 billion sale of its hard disk drive business to Seagate Technology and extending and enhancing the existing patent cross-license agreement between the companies
  • Temasek Holdings in its participation in a consortium with MBK Partners in the acquisition of Tesco’s Homeplus, the second largest supermarket retail chain in Korea, in a deal valued at more than US$6.0 billion
  • Hanwha Solar Holdings and Hanwha Q CELLS in the US$1.2 billion sale of Hanwha Q CELLS and its merger with Hanwha SolarOne

Press Releases

O’Melveny Represents SK Innovation in Investment in Clean Energy Solutions Provider Amogy

March 23, 2023

Chambers Global Recognizes 29 O'Melveny Lawyers and 13 Practice Groups

March 2, 2023

O’Melveny Practices, Lawyers Highly Ranked Across Asia by the 2023 Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide

January 17, 2023

O’Melveny Recommended in China, Korea and Japan by Chambers 2023 Asia-Pacific and Greater China Region Guides

January 13, 2023

O’Melveny Named “International Deal Firm of the Year”, Wins “Dealmaker of the Year” at Asian Legal Business’s Korea Law Awards 2022

November 28, 2022

O’Melveny Advises SK Innovation in Investment in Amogy Inc.

June 27, 2022

O’Melveny Advises SK E&S in Acquisition of EverCharge

March 25, 2022

Chambers Global Recognizes 29 O’Melveny Lawyers and 11 Practice Groups

February 25, 2022

O’Melveny Recommended for Numerous Practices and Lawyers Across Asia by the 2022 Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide

January 14, 2022

O’Melveny Recommended in China, Korea and Japan by Chambers 2022 Asia-Pacific and Greater China Region Guides

January 13, 2022

O’Melveny Advises CJ ENM in Acquisition of Endeavor Content Valued at US$850 Million

November 23, 2021

O’Melveny Further Expands Korea Practice as Dealmaker Woojae Kim Joins Seoul Office

November 1, 2021

O’Melveny Advises Korean Clean-Energy Leader SK E&S on its up to US$400 Million Investment in REV Renewables

October 21, 2021

O’Melveny Advises Bibigo® and CJ CheilJedang in Multi-Year Global Marketing Partnership with the Los Angeles Lakers

October 5, 2021

O’Melveny Advises DL Chemical on Agreement to Acquire Kraton Corporation for US$1.6 Billion

September 28, 2021

O’Melveny Advises Samsung Display on US$1.5 Billion Sale of Shares in Corning and in Extension of Investment Relationship

April 8, 2021

In the News

Asian Legal Business: ALB Celebrates 10th Korea Law Awards in Style

November 22, 2022

Asian Legal Business: ALB Korea Law Awards 2022

November 16, 2022

Global Legal Chronicle: SK Innovation’s Investment in Amogy

June 29, 2022

The Legal Times: O’Melveny Advises SK E&S on Acquisition of Evercharge

March 26, 2022

Asia Business Law Journal: Latham Assists Korean Purchase of Endeavor

January 28, 2022

Legal Week (UK): Latham, Skadden, Shin & Kim: Who Took On Asia's Biggest Deals In November?

November 30, 2021

Asian Legal Business: OMM, Latham Advise on US$850 Mln Deal for ‘Parasite’ Firm

November 25, 2021

Private Equity Wire: O’Melveny Expands Korea Practice

November 19, 2021

Law.com International: O’Melveny Takes Corporate Partner From Korea’s Big Six

October 31, 2021

Global Legal Chronicle: SK E&S’ US$400 Million Investment in REV Renewables

October 25, 2021

Law360: Don’t Miss It: Debevoise, Davis Polk Guide Week’s Hot Deals

October 22, 2021

The American Lawyer: Deal Watch: M&A Breaks Annual Record in 9 Months; IPOs and SPACs Strike Back

October 4, 2021