Hwa-Jin Kim, an L. Bates Lea Global Professor of Law at Michigan Law since 2011, is a professor of law at Seoul National University School of Law.
He has taught at New York University School of Law as the Global Professor of Law in Shanghai, Tel Aviv University Faculty of Law, and Stanford Law School. He is published in the Journal of Corporation Law, Oxford University Comparative Law Forum, Columbia Business Law Review, 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 and capital market transactions.
Professor Kim advised the Office of the President of Korea, Korea Fair Trade Commission, Korea Financial Supervisory Service, and Ministry of Justice of Korea. He was a public director of the Korean Financial Investment Association and a member of the Korea National Pension Service Proxy Advisory Committee.
Professor Kim is the outside director and chair of the ESG committee of Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings, the world's largest shipbuilder, an outside director of Macquarie Korea Infrastructure Fund Corporation, the largest mutual fund in Korea, and chair of the Korea Corporate Governance Service Proxy Advisory Committee. He advised and spoken before the CEOs and boards of some fifty largest Korean companies, incl. Samsung, Hyundai Motor, and Asan Medical Center, the largest healthcare system in Korea.
Professor Kim received his BS in math from Seoul National University; Dr Jur, magna cum laude, from the University of Munich, where he was an Adenauer Scholar; and his LLM from Harvard Law School. 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 (2nd ed., 2015), Theoretical Foundations of Securities Regulation (2nd ed., 2016), Corporate Governance (2017), and The ESG-Oriented Board (2021).