Kwangbok Kim / Partner

Kwangbok Kim/Partner

Kwangbok Kim
t. +82 2 6956-0262 / f. +82 2 6956-0280
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Kwangbok Kim is a partner at LAB Partners and specialises in Korea and International private equity transactions and M&A, acting for institutional investors, corporates and management teams. He has acted on a wide variety of transactions including exits, acquisitions, investments and general corporate matters.
Prior to joining LAB Partners, Mr. Kim was a partner at KL Partners and Shin & Kim in Seoul and worked as an International Lawyer in London Office of Travers Smith LLP.


Practice Areas

  • Private Equity / Venture Capital / M&A / Corporate Governance / Foreign Investments (In-Bound/Out-Bound) / General Corporate




Korea, English


  • 2014 : University of Virginia, School of Law (LL.M.)
  • 2004 : Seoul National University, School of Materials Science and Engineering (B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering

Professional Career

  • 2016 – 2018 : KL Partners
  • 2009 – 2016 : Shin & Kim
  • 2014 – 2015 : Travers Smith LLP (London), International Lawyer
  • 2006 – 2009 : Judge Advocate, Republic of Korea Army
  • 2004 – 2006 : Judicial Research & Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea

Recent Engagements

  • KKR PE on its acquisition of Hyperion business from Sandvik Group
  • KTB PE on the sale of Dongbu Daewoo Electronics to Dayou
  • FAB AB (Swedish Foundation) on its acquisition of Process Systems business from Sandvik Group
  • Union on its acquisition of Ssangyong Material from Hahn & Company PE
  • KTB PE on the sale of Dongbu Express to Dongwon
  • Eugene PE on its acquisition of Pine Resort through corporate rehabilitation proceeding
  • Credian / KIP PE on its acquisition of Wise UX global
  • Macquarie Capital on its investment in Yellow Mobile
  • Partners for Growth IV (US PE) on its investment in Yellow Digital Marketing
  • KT / Nasmedia on its acquisition of N Search Marketing from Hahn & Company PE
  • KKR PE on its bid to acquire Homeplus from Tesco UK
  • WOORI / RENAISSANCE PE on the sale of UP Chemical to Shekoy Korea Semiconductor New Material Co., Ltd.
  • STIC / QCAPITAL / WONIK PE on the sale of Dongbu Farm Hannong to LG Chemical
  • KB Insurance on the sale of LIG Securities to CAPE PE
  • U Moment on its issuance of new shares to UNISON CAPITAL PE
  • KDB Daewoo Securities PE on its investment in Rawganic Korea
  • KDB Daewoo Securities PE on its acquisition of Enter-6
  • Quintessa PE on its undertaking of exchangeable bond from Korea Kolmar Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • Woongjin Think Big on the sale of Woongjin Passone to Sky Lake PE


  • 2019 : “Korean M&A: a budding market for PE and VC funds” (Co-author, IFLR, 2019. 9.)
  • 2019 : “Korea: Getting the Deal Through - Data Protection & Privacy 2020” (Co-author, Law Business Research, 2019. 9.)
  • 2016 : “An introductory summary of the Special Act on the Enhancement of Enterprise Activities”, BFL No. 76, Center for Financial Law, Seoul National University
  • 2012 : “Diversification of Class Stocks under the Amended Commercial Code”, BFL No. 51, Center for Financial Law, Seoul National University

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