Kyson Keebong Paek is an attorney at Kim & Chang. His practice focuses on criminal defense, government and internal investigations, corporate compliance and cross-border litigations.
He has represented a number of entities and individuals before a variety of investigating authorities, including the Prosecutors’ Office, National Police, Korea Customs Service, National Tax Service and Korea Fair Trade Commission, in matters involving allegations of public/private corruption, money laundering, foreign exchange crimes, tax fraud, unfair trade and intellectual property crimes. He also conducts internal investigations relating to various potential criminal and regulatory matters, and advises companies on compliance issues. Prior to joining Kim & Chang, Mr. Paek served as a Public Prosecutor and State Attorney in the Ministry of Justice, and also served on the United Nations Secretariat. As a Public Prosecutor, he engaged in investigations, prosecutions and trials of criminal cases involving fraud, tax evasion, illegal political campaigns, illegal labor union strikes, corruption, and intellectual property issues.
Mr. Paek served in two positions at the Ministry of Justice: first as the Deputy Director of the International Criminal Matters Division working on matters relating to the United Nations conferences on crime prevention, International Criminal Court preparatory meetings, drafting the Rome Statute, extradition, mutual legal assistance and international terrorism; and later as the Director of the International Legal Affairs Division dealing with free trade agreements, international trade and international arbitration. In addition, he served on the United Nations Secretariat for two terms, both as a legal officer of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
Mr. Paek has authored several books, including “International Criminal Evidence” (2008) and “Practice of International Criminal Tribunals” (2011). He has also published various articles, including the Independence of the ICC Prosecutor (1998.5.), Various Limits in the Criminal Procedure of the ICC (2009.6.), Understanding the ICC Confirmation System (2009.12.), Respective Issues Related to Exercise Types of ICC Jurisdiction (2010.8.) and Transnational Criminal Justice Regime in Asia-Pacific (2013.8.). Mr. Paek received his LL.B. from Seoul National University College of Law in 1987, an LL.M. from Columbia Law School in 1998, and an LL.D. in International Criminal Law in 2008 from Hanyang University.
He is admitted to the Korean bar.