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Park, Michael (Hyung Joon)Senior Foreign Attorney

  • Michael Park is a senior foreign attorney at Hankyul Law Group.  He possesses over 15 years of experience in corporate transactional and regulatory matters gained at some of the most reputable corporate law firms in Korea.  His experience encompasses representing foreign-based multinational corporations in their investments into Korea, corporate advisory services on the operation of their Korean subsidiaries as well as representing domestic corporations in their investments overseas.  His career thus far has been evenly devoted between inbound and outbound corporate transactional and regulatory matters, enabling him to gain deep experience in both types of matters.

    Prior to joining Hankyul Law Group, Michael Park also served as general counsel at Korea Resources Corporation (KORES), a 100% state-owned mining and metals enterprise.  As general counsel, he supervised all legal aspects of KORES’s investment activities in natural resources such as copper, bituminous coal, iron, nickel, zinc, and uranium in over 35 overseas infrastructure projects located throughout the world including Canada, the US, Mexico, South America, Australia, China, SE Asia and Africa. 

    Michael Park continues to focus on cross-border corporate transactional and regulatory matters at Hankyul Law Group for its diversified clientele, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small- and medium-sized Korean companies engaged in a wide range of industries.  In addition, he also represents foreign and domestic clients in their cross-border commercial disputes. 
  • Education & Experience
  • 1994
    Graduated from Northwestern University (B.A. in Economics)
  • 1994 ~ 1995
    Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Ph.D. Program in Economics)
  • 1999
    Graduated from Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.)
  • 2002
    Admitted to the Illinois Bar
  • 2001 ~ 2008
    Foreign Attorney, Kim, Chang & Lee
  • 2008 ~ 2012
    Senior Foreign Attorney, Jipyong
  • 2013 ~ 2015
    General Counsel, Korea Resources Corporation
  • 2016 ~ 2018
    Senior Foreign Attorney, Jehyun
  • 2018 ~ Present
    Senior Foreign Attorney, Hankyul Law Group
  • Representative Matters
  • [M&A]
  • Sale of KORES’ 10% stake in a copper mine project located in Panama via international auction with a valuation of approx. US$ 400 Million
  • Represented KDB KIAMCO, a major domestic infrastructure fund, in its bid to acquire a group of UK-based solar energy companies with a value of US$ 150 million
  • Represented KTB, a major Korean private equity fund, in its bid to acquire the Korean assets of a semiconductor company with a valuation of approx. US$ 100 Million
  • Represented Tata Motors in its acquisition of Daewoo Commercial Motor Vehicles at a purchase price of US$ 102 Million
  • Represented a Chinese private equity fund in its contemplated acquisition of a stake in a major Korean financial institution with a value of approximately US$ 70 Million
  • Represented a major Korean conglomerate in its attempt to sell a 49% stake in a real estate holding joint venture company to a Singaporean investment company
  • Represented Canon, Inc. in its acquisition of a business division from a major Korean trading house and incorporation of its Korean subsidiary
  • Represented J-Power in its bid to acquire one of Korean GENCO’s
  • Represented Alcoa Corporation in its acquisition of a Korean steel manufacturer
  • Represented a major Japan-based technology fund in its bid to acquire a Korean telecommunication equipment company
  • Represented a major US food and beverage company in its bid to acquire one of the largest confectionary companies in Korea
  • Represented a global agricultural group in its acquisition of the Korean subsidiary of its target company
  • Represented Temasek Holdings in its bid to acquire a Korean bank
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  • [Joint Ventures / General Corporate]
  • Represented a consortium led by Posco Construction Co., Ltd. in the negotiations and drafting of agreements in respect of a joint venture with Universal Studios to build a theme park and resort in Korea with a total investment value estimated then of approx. US$ 2 Billion
  • Represented a consortium composed of Korea Investment and Securities Co., Ltd. and Barclays Capital in the formation of onshore and offshore private equity funds focusing on overseas natural resources
  • Represented CJ O Shopping in its joint venture in Vietnam to operate a home shopping network
  • Represented Hite Jinro in its comprehensive business and capital alliance with a major Japanese counterpart
  • Represented a major Korean petrochemical company in its joint venture with a Chinese chemical company to incorporate and operate a JVC to develop, manufacture and sell XSP products
  • Represented one of the largest Korean shipping companies in its divestiture of SE Asian assets and winding down of SE Asian subsidiaries
  • Represented a major Asian airline in its filing of a leniency application with the Korea Fair Trade commission in connection with suspected cartel activities among cargo carriers
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  • [Natural Resources]
  • Sale of KORES’ 10% stake in a copper mine project located in Panama via international auction with a valuation of approx. US$ 400 Million
  • Multiple bond offerings by KORES and its subsidiary in Mexico in a total aggregate amount of US$ 1.5 Billion
  • Restructuring of a project finance facility in respect of a copper and cobalt mine project in Mexico with a total investment value of approx. US$ 1.8 Billion
  • Renegotiation of a shareholders agreement in respect of an iron mine project in Chile with a total investment value of US$ 3 Billion after completion
  • Operational matters for Ambatovy project, a nickel and cobalt project located in Madagascar, with a total investment value of US$ 9 Billion
  • Buyback of shares in a joint venture company by a business partner for a coal mine project in Indonesia
  • Negotiations and drafting of agreements concerning a joint venture between KORES and a major Canadian mining company to explore, develop and operate an iron mine project in Chile