Sang Jin Han’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions with an emphasis on cross-border transactions.

He joined the firm in 1996 and became a partner in 2005. He was resident in Cleary’s New York office from 1996 to 2008 and the Hong Kong office from 2008 to 2014 before locating to Seoul.

Notable Experiences

  • A consortium led by CBC Group, Mubadala, GS Holdings, and IMM in the acquisition of a 46.9% stake in Hugel Inc. from Bain Capital.

  • NAVER in its joint venture with SoftBank and the business integration between LINE and Z Holdings.

  • Hanwha Impact Corporation in its acquisition of the aftermarket gas turbine service business from the Ansaldo Group and in its Series B investment in Catalog Technologies.

  • CJ CheilJedang in its acquisition of a controlling 70% stake in Schwan’s Co., a U.S.-based frozen food company, and subsequent sale of a 27% stake to Bain Capital Credit.

  • SK Global Chemical in its €335 million acquisition of Arkema’s functional polyolefin business.

  • Hanwha Solar Holdings in the take-private of Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd.

  • Hanon Systems in its $1.23 billion acquisition of a global Fluid Pressure & Controls (FP&C) business from Magna International.

  • Samsung Electronics in the $1.1 billion sale of its printer business to HP, Inc. and in its acquisition of Quietside, LLC, a U.S. air conditioner distributor.

  • MBK Partners in its acquisition of Daesung Industrial Gases from its shareholders, including Goldman Sachs and Daesung Group Partners, and subsequent sale to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets; its $6.1 billion acquisition of Homeplus from Tesco; and its $1.7 billion acquisition of ING Life Insurance Korea from ING Groep.

  • Fila Korea in its acquisition of a controlling interest in Acushnet Holdings Corp, a NYSE-listed company.

  • POSCO and POSCO Engineering & Construction in the sale of a 38% stake in POSCO E&C to Saudi Arabia’s Public investment fund.

  • HTx Services in its acquisition of certain ATM and branch support organization businesses from affiliates of Citigroup Inc.

  • ArcelorMittal in the sale of Circuit Foil Luxembourg to Doosan Corporation and in the sale of certain of its steel cord business in Asia, the United States and Europe to Kiswire Ltd., a Korean steel cord manufacturer and distributor.

  • An affiliate of Temasek Holdings in its  acquisition of a minority stake in Celltrion.

  • Citi Venture Capital International in its acquisition of a fast food franchise business in Korea.

  • KT Corporation in its sale of its majority stake in OJSC New Telephone Company, a telecommunications company in Russia.

  • NHN Corporation (now Naver) in the sale of its majority stake in Ourgame Assets Limited, which operates online game services in China through its subsidiaries.

  • SK Networks in its investment in MMX, a Brazilian listed iron ore mining company.

  • Korea Investment Corporation in its investments in Chesapeake Energy Corporation, Merrill Lynch, Frac Tech International, and Noble Holdings Limited.

  • Cheil Worldwide in its establishment of a joint venture advertising company in France and its acquisitions of a U.S. digital marketing agency, The Barbarian Group, LLC, a U.K. independent advertising agency, Beattie McGuinness Bungay Limited, and a Hong Kong advertising company, Bravo Asia.

  • LS Cable Ltd. in its acquisition of a Nasdaq-listed U.S. public company, Superior Essex Inc.

  • Hyosung Corporation in its acquisition of Global Safety Textiles, a leading airbag textiles producer headquartered in Germany, its acquisition of two tire-cord manufacturing facilities in the United States from Michelin North America and the sale of one of the manufacturing facilities to a U.S. buyer.

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