Hwa-Jin Kim has been an L. Bates Lea Global Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School since 2011. He also teaches at Seoul National University School of Law in addition to serving as an independent director and chair of the compensation committee of Hyundai Mobis, the largest shareholder of Hyundai Motor Group.

Professor Kim has taught at NYU School of Law in Shanghai, Tel Aviv University, Radzyner Law School, and Stanford Law School. He is published in the Journal of Corporation Law, the Oxford University Comparative Law Forum, Columbia Business Law Review, the Berkeley Journal of International Law, and elsewhere.

Before joining academia in 2006, Professor Kim practiced corporate and securities law in Korea and Switzerland, where he advised and worked for or with global investment banking houses in their international mergers and acquisitions, private equity, and capital market transactions.

Professor Kim has advised the Office of the President of Korea, Korea Financial Supervisory Service, and the Ministry of Justice of Korea. He was the public interest director of the Korean Financial Investment Association and the independent director and chair of audit committee of HD Hyundai, the world’s largest shipbuilder. He also is an independent director of Macquarie Korea Infrastructure Fund, the largest mutual fund in Korea.

He won the Book Prize from the Korean National Academy of Sciences in 2005, 2010, and 2015. His recent books in Korean include Investment Banking (2015), Theoretical Foundations of Securities Regulation (2016), Corporate Governance (2017), and The Board of Directors (2022).