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Tyler Hong Shik Won

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Tyler Hong-Shik Won is a partner in the firm’s Washington D.C. office, and he is a member of the Intellectual Property, International Trade, and Antitrust practice groups. Mr. Won counsels both domestic and international clients on intellectual property law, specifically trade secret compliance and litigation, and international trade, and antitrust issues. Mr. Won advises leading Asian global companies on a wide range of legal issues affecting their U.S. and global operations, including legal and regulatory compliance, business risk mitigation strategies, and litigation and dispute resolution. Mr. Won has also counseled in the areas of renewable energy projects, merger and acquisitions, project finance, employment, litigation, and anti-corruption advice.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Won was a partner in a Washington, D.C.-headquartered international AmLaw 100 law firm, where he was co-chair of the Korea practice. While there, his experience includes advising major international conglomerates and domestic companies in M&A, general corporate matters and antitrust issues with a focus on cross-border transactions. As a client advocate, he led and negotiated transactions, completed HSR clearance filings before the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and supervised and coordinated legal due diligence and the drafting of due diligence reports. He began his legal practice at one of the largest Korean law firms where he served as second chair on major corporate transactions. There, he advised Korean and international clients in various corporate, real estate development, employment, and project finance matters.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Won served as an international trade, intellectual property, and antitrust associate for a U.S. international law firm, where he concentrated his practice on international trade issues, IP matters, and antitrust issues. In addition, he was an associate at a Korean-based law firm for more than three years. During this time he advised Korean and international clients in various corporate, real estate development, and project finance matters.

Speaking Engagements

Keynote Speaker
  • “Korea-United States Import Relief Issues in the Donald Trump Era,” Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry in USA, May 25, 2017
Served as counsel to clients in the following representative matters:
  • Advice with reference to GDPR compliance in Europe for a Korean software company.
  • Advice on drafting of a cease and desist letter for a trademark/patent infringement cases for a major conglomerate in Korea.
  • Counsel to a major Korean investment firm regarding its sale and close of a subsidiary office in Taiwan.
  • Counsel to a leading manufacturer of energy storage systems in its acquisition of an ESS division in North Carolina from a leading engineering technology company.
  • Patent prosecution and IP portfolio management for global Korean companies.
  • Trade policy, energy policy and industry advice to the Korean government.
  • Trade Secret compliance programs for global Korean companies.
  • Antidumping duty investigations of certain hot-rolled/cold-rolled steel products before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) for a major steel company.
  • Section 337 investigation before the ITC for a major aerogel company.
  • Participate in the 2019-2021 Global Panel for a Korean public gas company to advise the company on its international activities
  • Mandatory premerger notification and review proceedings under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act related to the clients’ group-wide restructuring transactions. For affiliates of a major South Korean conglomerate before the FTC and DOJ. Successfully obtained early termination of merger review proceedings.
  • UK civil damages litigation initiated by both direct and indirect purchaser class actions related to alleged price fixing conspiracies in the market for lithium-ion batteries for a major Korean chemical company.
  • U.S. antitrust premerger review and clearance process for a leading Asian Shipbuilder.
  • Commercial disputes against local companies in Virginia that resulted in successful settlements and litigation outcomes for a major energy company.
  • Risk mitigation strategies and internal compliance programs to address growing risks of U.S. enforcement actions against foreign bribery conduct for various leading Asian EPC firms.
  • Corporate structures and regulatory frameworks to efficiently enable U.S. market entry and expansion for a leading Korean manufacturer of energy storage systems (ESS).
  • Formation of foreign subsidiaries and joint ventures to enter nascent energy project markets in Southeast Asia for a major Korean conglomerate’s energy subsidiary.
  • Several mergers and acquisitions projects for a major chemical company.
  • General corporate and overseas investment matters for global companies including Korean conglomerates.
  • Advice on Korean labor restructuring process, employment, general corporate matters for a major U.S. company’s Korean subsidiary.
  • Advice on various employment/labor matters for a major finance company in Korea.
  • Advice on various IP, corporate, and labor matters for a global fashion company and a global bank in Korea.
  • Corporate advice to the branch office in Seoul, including its employment matters, for a U.S. educational institution.
  • Advice on employment termination and pay reduction litigation to a growing cosmetic company
  • Co-counsel with a Korean law firm in connection with its representation of the client’s Korean-Russian joint venture matter as well as related Russian export control and sanctions issues on its energy product