K&L Gates has appointed Philip Hyde as a partner in its finance practice. Hyde, who will work out of the firm’s Tokyo and Hong Kong offices, joins from Hogan Lovells. He has more than 20 years of experience advising a range of financial institutions on debt capital markets and finance-related transactions, including structured finance, restructuring, derivatives, and securitisations.

Yoon & Yang has appointed Young Kon Cho, the immediate past chief prosecutor for the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office, as a partner. Following his 23-year tenure in the Korean Prosecutors’ Office, Cho joins the firm’s white collar criminal defence practice. As the chief prosecutor for the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office, he managed the country’s largest Prosecutors’ Office supervising criminal investigations and prosecutions of complex high-profile criminal cases, including antitrust violations, tax fraud, securities and other financial fraud, embezzlements and corporate criminal breaches of fiduciary duties, and domestic and foreign corrupt practices.

Yulchon has appointed the Honorable Dong Soo Han as a partner its intellectual property practice to strengthen and complement the existing team of four partners, who are all former Patent Court judges, in the firm’s IP practice. Judge Han served on the bench for over 16 years in various courts in Korea. Notably, he served as a judge at the Patent Court (2005–2008), as a research judge at the intellectual property unit of the Supreme Court (2008–2010), and as a presiding judge at the Civil Appellate Court in Suwon (2012–2014). During his tenure, Judge Han authored many opinions providing legal criteria and tests in precedent-setting cases, including cases related to the inventive step requirement for patentability, method of use inventions for pharmaceuticals, similarity of trademarks, and patent infringement.

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