Milbank has added David Cho, one of the leading corporate and M&A lawyers focused on South Korea, as a partner in the firm’s global corporate group. Temporarily based in Los Angeles, Cho will ultimately be based in the firm’s Seoul’s office, where he will act as managing partner. Cho will be joined by special counsel Spencer Park and associates Amos Yoo and Susan Yoon. Cho’s practice focuses on cross-border M&A, as well as other corporate finance and capital market transactions. He has extensive experience working with multinational clients, including major Asian companies, on international transactions spanning a wide array of sectors, such as private equity, ESG, technology, life-sciences, manufacturing and energy.
In his decades-long career, Cho has worked on some of the largest and market-leading M&A, private equity and capital markets transactions in Korea, such as on Lone Star’s purchase of Korea Exchange Bank, the IPO of OCI Resources and its listing in New York, and SK hynix’s participation in the consortium that bought Toshiba’s memory business. Cho joins from Dechert, where he served as head of its Hong Kong office and Asia co-managing partner. He is fluent in both English and Korean, and received his JD from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.