Dentons has recruited corporate and M&A partner Soo-Youn Kim to establish and lead its new Europe South Korea desk.
Kim will coordinate service delivery to Korean-speaking clients across Europe and Central Asia from the firm's Milan offices. She will also help build Dentons’ client portfolio among Korean companies, financial institutions and investors.
Kim will be assisting Korean clients on mergers, acquisitions, inward investments, real estate transactions and other corporate and commercial matters in Italy and in Europe. She will also represent clients in dispute resolution, including international arbitration.
Kim commented: 'We’ve recently seen a sharp increase in Korean investors buying real estate in continental Europe. There is also strong interest in other key sectors such as automotive, industrial products, consumer goods, life sciences and energy'.
CEO of Dentons Europe Tomasz Dąbrowski said: 'Dentons recently announced plans to combine with South Korean law firm Lee International. Now with the addition of Soo-Youn to our Europe team, we are uniquely positioned to serve the needs of Korean investors to Europe, and European clients looking to invest in South Korea.'
Italy managing partner Federico Sutti added: 'Korean investors already have a significant presence in both the industrial and financial sector in Italy. Therefore, our aim is to position ourselves as the go-to firm for Korean investors in the Italian market'.
Kim speaks Korean, English and Italian, and dual-qualified in England and Italy. She moved to Dentons from Italian law firm Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners and has previously worked at Pinsent Masons (Dubai and UK), and LG Electronics as in-house counsel.