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Jay H. Im

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Jay Im is a corporate lawyer whose work focuses on cross border M&A, foreign investment, and technology licensing.  He has negotiated and closed landmark transactions valued in the billions of dollars and spanning several continents. He is well-versed with the business practices and cultures of dozens of countries, which he brings to bear to achieve his clients’ goals in a targeted and tailored manner.

Mr. Im also possesses a specialized skill set in entertainment law, particularly in the areas of film production and distribution, broadcast format licensing, live event and concert planning, artist management, and theatrical investment. He is named as the legal advisor in the credits of several popular movies and programs.

Furthermore, Mr. Im is one of the early proponents of e-sports and has advised several of the world’s leading game companies with the development of tournaments, licensing of programs, structuring of sponsorships and fostering of teams.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Im led the International Legal Affairs team at Korea’s largest entertainment and media company. He also has over a decade’s worth of experience working at some of Korea’s leading law firms and business conglomerates.


  • Named “In-House Lawyer of the Year,” Korea Law Awards 2013
  • Named “In-House Lawyer of the Year,” Korea Law Awards 2014
  • Led the “In-house Team of the Year,” Korea Law Awards 2014
  • Led the “In-house Team of the Year,” Korea Law Awards 2015
  • Led the “TMT Team of the Year,” Korea Law Awards 2014
  • Led the “TMT Team of the Year,” Korea Law Awards 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • “In-House Lawyering and External Counsel: uncovering the relationship between cost, quality and value,” In-house Congress Seoul, 2016
  • "Expansion of Your Enterprise: Legal Tips for Starting a Business in the U.S.," KCON Business Conference, 2015
  • “Strategies in IP Management and Monetization,” ALB Korea IP Conference 2014
  • “Combatting Online Counterfeiting and Digital Piracy,” ALB Korea IP Conference 2013
  • “Analysis of an M&A Transaction,” Sogang University Law School 2011
  • “Exiting the Joint Venture,” Konkuk University Law School 2008
  • “Reviewing and Drafting the Technology Transfer Agreement,” Korea Technology Transfer Center Spring Conference 2008
  • Represented Korea’s largest department store in its acquisition of the Korean subsidiary of America’s largest discount department store ($882 million).
  • Represented a global investment bank in conducting an auction sale of Korea’s largest soju distiller ($3.3 billion).
  • Represented Korea’s largest steel manufacturer in its acquisition of Korea’s largest private energy producer ($556 million).
  • Represented Korea’s largest entertainment company in the sale of its games division to China’s largest internet portal.
  • Represented a Korean conglomerate in its successful bid in the auction sale of a construction company under reorganization proceedings (660 billion Korean won).
  • Represented a Taiwanese TFT company in its successful bid in the auction sale of an LCD company under reorganization proceedings ($285 million).
  • Represented an American media streaming company in its acquisition of a mobile ring tone company ($350 million).
  • Represented an American global asset management firm in its investment into a cable multiple system operator ($170 million).
  • Advised blue chip companies and leading private equity funds in both inbound and outbound acquisitions and divestitures through joint ventures, reverse triangular mergers, and other tailored structures.

Corporate and Commercial
  • Represented startup companies and emerging social networking e-commerce sites in designing investment vehicles and capital funding structures.
  • Represented foreign investors in overcoming regulatory obstacles in pursuing commercial objectives in Communist countries using VIE and CEPA arrangements.
  • Represented multinational companies on corporate governance and shareholder rights issues in various jurisdictions.
  • Represented Korean companies on the establishment and dissolution of subsidiaries in North America, Europe, and Asia in line with large-scale restructuring projects.

Intellectual Property and Licensing
  • Represented Fortune 500 clients in licensing IP rights of petrochemicals, catalysts, and other chemical compounds to and from various international producers, distributors, and manufacturers.
  • Represented Korean electronics conglomerates in cross-licensing patents in a variety of high-tech industries.
  • Represented Korea’s largest entertainment company in hundreds of format licensing, program licensing, and option deals for film and television.
  • Represented fashion houses in coordinating efforts of various governmental agencies including the police, prosecutors, and customs offices to combat infringement and counterfeited goods.

Dispute Resolution
  • Represented a Korean electronics conglomerate in a settled negotiation with the European Commission reducing the amount in dispute by 60 percent.
  • Represented Korea’s largest entertainment company in recovering millions of dollars from film studios in the United States and Europe.
  • Represented a Dutch tanker company in arbitration proceedings before the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board.
  • Represented a Korean electronics conglomerate in defending against a class action lawsuit while simultaneously negotiating scope of indemnification with OEM partner.