Cecil Saehoon Chung is a senior foreign counsel at Yulchon. As Vice-Chair of the Antitrust Practice Group and Head of the International Antitrust Team, Mr. Chung handles all aspects of antitrust, consumer protection and trade regulation litigation and counseling matters covering diverse industries, with a particular emphasis on international antitrust. Mr. Chung has a rare distinction of being ranked as both a U.S. antitrust law expert based abroad (in Seoul) and foreign (U.S. licensed) expert on Korean antitrust law by Chambers Global 2013. Mr. Chung has also been recognized as a leading antitrust lawyer by publications such as GCR’s International Who’s Who, Euromoney’s Expert Guides, and Chamber’s Asia.
Mr. Chung has practiced law for more than twenty years, primarily focusing on antitrust, trade regulation, consumer protection, and intellectual property. In his antitrust practice, Mr. Chung has handled numerous criminal grand jury investigations, civil class action cases, regulatory merger and non-merger investigation/litigation matters, and consumer protection matters. Mr. Chung also has extensive experience in handling intellectual property issues, both straightforward patent infringement litigation and licensing matters and also in the context of the antitrust and IP interface.
Prior to joining Yulchon in 2012, Mr. Chung was an antitrust partner at two global law firms (Pillsbury Winthrop as well as Greenberg Traurig) in Washington, D.C., where he handled numerous multi-billion dollar merger transactions, “bet-the-company” litigation matters, and various counseling matters involving antitrust, trade regulation, consumer protection, intellectual property, and other legal issues in diverse industries.
From 1988 to 1995, Mr. Chung was a litigation attorney in the Bureau of Competition at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, where he investigated and challenged numerous merger transactions and non-merger antitrust violations in the energy, chemical, food, telecommunications and IT industries. In addition, Mr. Chung was a principal member of the FTC’s trial team that successfully challenged BAT’s acquisition of American Tobacco in federal district court.
Mr. Chung has written and lectured extensively on various antitrust, consumer protection and other legal issues. He regularly provides antitrust compliance counseling and training to clients in various industries. Furthermore, since 1997 Mr. Chung has advised and assisted the Korea Fair Trade Commission to modernize its antitrust and consumer protection enforcement program.
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