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Joseph Kim


Joseph Kim
Korean, English
Practice Group

Joseph Kim leads the Finance practice in the Tokyo office of Hogan Lovells. He is a member of the Infrastructure, Energy, Resources, and Projects (IERP) practice group and is particularly known for his experience in projects involving Japanese and Korean-led cross-border investments.

Joseph has been at the forefront of the worldwide power industry for over a decade and is widely acknowledged as one of the most commercially astute advisors to large-scale power projects globally. He recognises that the issues that power sector clients face are often multidimensional and focuses on delivering comprehensive solutions packages to clients. To this end, he works strenuously with an integrated, multidisciplinary group of lawyers across all six continents to address the full spectrum of clients' legal needs.

Joseph has extensive experience in representing sponsors, investors, export credit agencies, bilateral and multilateral agencies, commercial lenders, and underwriters in connection with acquiring, developing, and financing a wide range of international telecom and energy projects. Those include power, upstream LNG and natural resource, and renewable energy projects in Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas.

Joseph received a B.A. from the University of the Pacific in 1989 and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1995. He is qualified to practice before the California Bar, and registered as a gaikokuho jimu-bengoshi in Japan. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Joseph was a partner at the Tokyo office of a major global law firm. He is fluent in Korean.

Education and admissions


  • B.A., University of the Pacific
  • J.D., University of Minnesota Law School

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • California
  • Japan - Daini Tokyo Bar Assocation (Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi)
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales


Projects & Energy: International - Recognised Practitioner

Chambers Asia-Pacific


Highly Regarded Lawyer for Financial and Corporate Law in Japan


2016 - 2017

Leading Lawyer for Energy and Infrastructure in Japan


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