Hoil Yoon

Hoil Yoon

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Hoil Yoon is a managing partner of Yoon & Yang in Seoul, Korea, which is one of the largest law firms in Korea, with over 340 attorneys and other professionals. His law practice concentrates on antitrust, international business transactions, and international litigation and arbitration. He has worked extensively with respect to cartels, dominance abuse, mergers and acquisitions, and unfair trade practices; distribution, pricing, and the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust; antitrust litigation; and international commercial/corporate litigation and arbitration.

Prior to establishing Yoon & Partners (a predecessor of Yoon & Yang) in 1989, Mr Yoon practised law in the United States as a partner of Baker & McKenzie from 1979 to 1989. From 1982–89, he was on the commercial panel of the American Arbitration Association, and since 1992 he has been on the commercial panel of the Korea Commercial Arbitration Board.  Also he was on the panel of conciliators of the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes in New York in 1996–98. He served as an ambassador for international economy and trade of the Korean government, a non-standing commissioner of the Korea Fair Trade Commission, and a judge of the Seoul District Court. He also served as a member of the board of directors of the Korean Bar Association in 1990–92 and 2006–08.  

Mr Yoon was chairman of the Asia Competition Association from 2010–2014. He has also served as a member of the Competition Policy Advisory Board of the KFTC and chairman of its International Cooperation Committee.  He was vice chair 2007–09 of the International Committee of the Korean Bar Association and chairman 2009-11 of the Section of Antitrust Law of the Seoul Bar Association. He is a member of the ABA’s Section of Antitrust Law where he was a member of the International Cartel Task Force 2007–09 and International Task Force 2008–12. From 2005 to 2009 he was chairman of the Korea Competition Forum. Since 2002 he has been serving as a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network.

In April 2006 he received a national camellia medal from the Korean government for his contributions to the advancement of antitrust law. Also, he has been repeatedly named by several international legal journals as one of the leading lawyers in antitrust, corporate, and dispute resolution. He has written numerous articles on antitrust and corporate law. In particular, he spoke at the ABA’s international cartel workshops in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Also he co-authored (1) the Korea chapter in the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Competition Laws Outside the United States, 2d Ed. (2011) and (2) the Korea chapter in the ABA Section of Antitrust Law, Antitrust Issues in International Intellectual Property Licensing Transactions (2012).

He received his JD, magna cum laude, from Notre Dame University (where he was an editor of the law review), and his LLM and LLB from Seoul National University. He is admitted to the Bars of Korea as well as of New York, Illinois, Washington, DC, and the US Supreme Court.

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