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 (2015-2021)
  • 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