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

Kim has taught at New York University School of Law in Shanghai, Tel Aviv University, Radzyner Law School, 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, 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.

Kim has advised the Office of the President of Korea, Korea Financial Supervisory Service, and Ministry of Justice of Korea. He was on the board of directors of the Korean Financial Investment Association, the independent director and chair of the Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) committee and audit committee of Hyundai Heavy Industries Holdings, the world's largest shipbuilder, and a member of the Korea National Pension Service Proxy Advisory Committee. He is an independent director of Macquarie Korea Infrastructure Fund, the largest mutual fund in Korea, and chair of the proxy advisory committee of the Korea Corporate Governance Service.

Kim received his BS in math from Seoul National University; JD, 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 (2015), Theoretical Foundations of Securities Regulation (2016), Corporate Governance (2017), and The ESG-Oriented Board (2022).