Wonsuk (Steve) Kang

  • Partner
  • Ewonsuk.kang@lw.com
  • 18th Floor, One Exchange Square
  • 8 Connaught Place, Central
  • Hong Kong
  • T +852.2912.2691
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Profile

Wonsuk Kang is a partner in the Hong Kong office of Latham & Watkins and a member of the Corporate Department. He serves as the Chair of the firm's Korea Practice.

Mr. Kang has more than a decade of experience working across corporate, banking, and capital markets transactions in Asia. He has worked on a number of sector-defining South Korea transactions, including multibillion-dollar acquisitions and joint ventures in the technology and financial services sectors.

Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Kang worked in the Hong Kong and Seoul offices of a leading international law firm. In addition, Mr. Kang was a professor at the distinguished Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University.

Experience

Mr. Kang’s experience includes advising:

  • Hyundai Motor Company as a shareholder to Arrival, a London-based technology company that develops electric vehicles in its US$5.4 billion acquisition by CIIG Merger Corp., a special purpose acquisition company
  • Hyundai Motor Group in its US$4 billion joint venture with Aptiv to form an autonomous driving platform
  • Hyundai Motor Group in the acquisition of Sixt SE’s entire shareholding in Sixt Leasing SE, and the voluntary public takeover bid for all remaining shares in Sixt Leasing SE through Hyundai Capital Bank Europe
  • Carlyle on the sale of its Korean portfolio company ADT Caps to a consortium led by SK Telecom of Korea and Macquarie’s Korean Opportunities Fund
  • Tesco on the US$6.5 billion sale of its Korean retail business, Homeplus, to MBK Partners*
  • Chinese Investment Corporation on its equity co-investment into International Finance Center and Conrad Hotel in Korea*
  • LG Display on its demerger from Am Trans Technology, a Taiwanese tech company*
  • Samsung Electronics on the US$2 billion sale of its hard disk drive business to Seagate Technology, the Nasdaq-listed US data storage company*
  • CJ E&M on its acquisition of the Blue Group, a major media group in Vietnam*
  • Hanjin Shipping, on its US$5 billion global corporate restructuring*
  • The Republic of Korea, on its investor-state dispute against an Iranian investor*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham

Bar Qualification
  • England and Wales (Solicitor)
Education
  • BA in Jurisprudence, University of Oxford, 2005
  • PhD in Mass Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998
    William F. Vilas Trust Estate Fellow
  • Master of Arts in Mass Communications, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995
    J. William Fulbright Scholar
Industries
  • Entertainment, Sports & Media
  • Energy & Infrastructure
  • Technology
  • Financial Institutions
  • Retail & Consumer Products
Languages
  • English
  • Korean
Practices
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Capital Markets
  • Public Company Representation
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring & Special Situations
  • International Arbitration
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Private Equity
  • Korea Practice