William Y. Kim
William Kim is senior counsel in the corporate department of Ropes & Gray.
Bill is the first Foreign Legal Consultant approved by the Korean Bar Association (KBA). He served as the managing partner of Ropes & Gray’s Seoul office, which he founded in 2012 as the first Foreign Legal Consultant Office in Korea.
Bill represents and advises Korean multi-national companies and their U.S. subsidiaries in matters related to corporations, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, cross-border transactions, project development and project finance. More recently, Bill has been counseling clients on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their businesses. Bill also represents and advises many technology-oriented Korean companies in technology transfers, complex licensing arrangements and intellectual property litigations. Bill is a frequent guest lecturer at universities, corporations and trade associations on subjects related to international negotiations and cross-border transactions. He is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
In 2017, Bill was honored with an Appreciation Award by the KBA in recognition of his significant contributions to the Korean legal profession. He is the first Foreign Legal Consultant to receive an award from the KBA.