Sungwook Cho of the Korean firm Yoon & Yang Sungwook Cho, Yoon & Yang, South Korea

Leading Korean firm Yoon & Yang has hired a former chief prosecutor as a managing partner of the firm.

Sungwook Cho joins the firm’s corporate criminal investigations and white-collar criminal defense team, focusing on criminal and corporate litigation, government relations and legislative consulting, labor and employment and general corporate advisory services.

Cho joins Yoon & Yang after serving more than two decades at various prosecutors’ offices in South Korea, including as chief prosecutor of the High Prosecutors’ Office in Daejeon—the fifth-largest city in the country. The High Prosecutors’ Office, of which there are five in South Korea, is the second-highest of three tiers in the country’s top law enforcement agency, the Korean Prosecution Service.

Cho will be one of nine managing partners at Yoon & Yang who oversee the general management of the firm. Only managing partners Jinsu Jeong, Junsang Lee and Lee Myung-soo are involved in the day-to-day operations of the firm.

Yoon & Yang said in a statement that the firm will continue to bolster its white-collar criminal defense as well as the legislative consulting practices. The firm currently has more than 40 partners in the white-collar criminal defense practice group.

Yoon & Yang reported a head count of 367 lawyers in 2017, making it the sixth-largest Korean firm after Kim & Chang; Bae, Kim & Lee; Lee & Ko; Shin & Kim and Yulchon.

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