On 8 January, Baker McKenzie announced the appointment of Yuho (Richard) Kim as Mergers & Acquisitions Special Counsel.

Yuho joins the Firm from LOGOS Law LLC, where he was chief of the Hanoi branch from 2010 and an associate in the Seoul office from 2008-2010. He brings a wealth of experience in foreign direct investment, real estate, energy, mining and infrastructure, and mergers and acquisitions. He has helped to steer Korean and multinational companies through complex cross-border transactions in jurisdictions spanning Vietnam, Cambodia, Korea, Africa, and the United States.

Throughout his career, Yuho has led outbound and inbound investments and M&A transactions, be it private or public, hostile or friendly. He has also handled matters concerning deal structures, deal protection, minority protection, governance, defensive mechanisms and fiduciary duties. Within the infrastructure space, he has served as lead advisor on a number of complex foreign investments into Vietnam, including a billion dollar hydro power plant; a highway project; and a new city development.

Commenting on Yuho's appointment, Frederick Burke, Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie Vietnam, said, “I am pleased to welcome Yuho to the Firm. He has won recognition from a number of Korean private enterprises and he has also built up and maintained strong investment relationships.

I am confident that Yuho will make a significant contribution to our Vietnam and Korean platforms, our M&A and finance and projects practices and our Firm.”

Milton Cheng, Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie Hong Kong and Chair of a committee that oversees Baker McKenzie's offices and member firms in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea and Vietnam, said, “Yuho's appointment comes at an important time. Korea remains by far the largest foreign investor in Vietnam. We are committed to growing our M&A practice in Vietnam, and across the region, as Korea continues to be a key driver of cross-border M&A activity globally, regionally and especially in Vietnam.”

Yuho added, “Baker McKenzie has been consistently ranked as a tier 1 cross-border M&A law firm in Vietnam and the region over many years via various legal awards and rankings. I am excited about the opportunity of working closely with the worldwide team to enhance our positon in the international transactional space.”

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