Regina Jinseo Kim advises Korean and global clients on outbound and inbound investments and corporate transactions.

Ms. Kim helps global private equity firms and market-leading Korean companies on strategic transactions, including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures
  • Minority investments

She draws on previous experience working at a Korean law firm, as well as working in the US, and Hong Kong. A skilled bilingual and bicultural practitioner, Ms. Kim also brings experience working on landmark multibillion-dollar mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures in South Korea and other jurisdictions.

She also works closely on the ground with global Latham teams on a full spectrum of matters.

Ms. Kim is active with Latham’s Women Enriching Business Committee initiative. 

Ms. Kim’s experience includes advising:

Private Equity

  • A global private equity firm on the investment in a joint venture with a leading logistics real estate developer in Korea
  • Carlyle on:
    • The acquisition of a 10% stake in Hyundai Glovis, the logistics arm of Hyundai Motor Group
    • Its acquisition of premium coffee shop chain, A Twosome Place, from Korean private equity house Anchor Equity Partners
    • The US$200 million investment in Kakao Mobility, a business unit of Kakao Corp, a South Korean internet portal and chat app operator
    • The US$1.93 billion acquisition of Tyco Fire Security Services Korea from the Tyco Group*
  • Permira on its acquisition, as part of a consortium with regional Asian PE house Affinity Equity Partners and Korean corporate GS Retail, of German listed DeliveryHero’s Korean food delivery business, trading in Korea as Yogiyo

Corporate M&A

  • Hyundai Motor Group in its acquisition of a controlling stake in Boston Dynamics, an engineering company that specializes in building dynamic robots and software for human simulation, valued at US$1.1 billion
  • LG Chem in its US$566 million acquisition of AVEO Oncology, a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel cancer therapeutics
  • Hyundai Motor Company in its US$4 billion autonomous driving joint venture with Aptiv, an innovative vehicle technology provider
  • Hyundai Capital Service and Hyundai Capital Bank Europe GmbH in their acquisition of Sixt Leasing, a Germany-based vehicle leasing and management company
  • Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation on their:
    • Equity investment in IONITY, a Germany-based provider of electric vehicle charging stations
    • Investment in Aurora Innovation, a company developing autonomous driving technology
  • Hyundai Motor Company as a shareholder to Arrival, a London-based technology company that develops electric vehicles, in its listing on NASDAQ via US$5.4 billion business combination with CIIG Merger Corp., a special purpose acquisition company
  • Hyundai Motor Company in its:
    • Joint venture with Global Group in Algeria
    • Joint venture with H2 Energy for supply of more than 1,600 fuel-cell electric trucks and distribution of hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles in Europe
    • Its Series B preferred shares investment into Pajarito Powder, a developer and manufacturer of advanced electrocatalyst materials for fuel cells and electrolyzers based in New Mexico
  • Hyundai Motor India Limited, India’s first smart mobility solutions provider, on the potential acquisition of identified assets related to General Motors India, Talegaon Plant, Maharashtra
  • Evolution Data Centres, a Singapore-based data center developer, on its programmatic joint venture with Warburg Pincus for the development of sustainable hyper-scale data centers in the fast-growing cloud markets within Southeast Asia
  • Innobic (Asia) Company Limited, a wholly `owned life science arm of PTT Public Company Limited, in its investment as part of a consortium in Alvogen Emerging Market Holdings Limited
  • Tesco PLC in its £4.2 billion sale of Homeplus, Asia’s largest sale to private equity to date*
  • China Investment Corporation in its co-investment with Brookfield in IFC Seoul and Conrad Hotel in Korea*
  • General Motors in its reorganization of its joint ventures in Central Asia*
  • LG Electronics in its acquisition of ZWK Group*
  • CJ E&M in the acquisition of Blue Group, a major media group in Vietnam*
  • Doosan Corporation in its acquisition of Circuit Foil Luxembourg*

Capital Markets

  • Morgan Stanley on:
    • The issuance of US$687.8 million 1.5% convertible bonds due 2024 by LG Display Co., Ltd., the world’s leading display company known for its innovation, together with Bank of America Merrill Lynch as underwriters
    • The KR₩391 billion block trade of Dong-Joo Shin’s shares in Lotte Shopping*
    • Merrill Lynch International in the KR₩391 billion block trade of Hyundai Motor Company*

*Matter handled prior to joining Latham & Watkins

Bar Qualification

  • Korea (Foreign Legal Consultant)
  • New York


  • JD, Columbia Law School, 2012
  • BA, Yale University, 2009
    with distinction

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Korean