Yong-Jae Kim Partner

Speaks:  English, Korean

Year of Call: 2005 - British Columbia

Primary phone: +1 604-891-2750

Fax: +1 604-683-3558

Email: ykim@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Vancouver

Yong-Jae Kim

Yong-Jae Kim is a partner in Gowling WLG's Corporate, M&A and Capital Markets Group and is leader of the firm's Korea Initiative. Based in Vancouver and fluent in Korean, he works closely with Canadian and South Korean clients in the mining and energy sectors.

With a diverse clientele that includes public and private companies as well as governments and public agencies, Yong-Jae offers strategic business advice across a range of legal areas, such as:

  • Corporate finance
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Joint ventures
  • Share and asset acquisitions
  • Takeover bids
  • Statutory plans of arrangement
  • Corporate reorganizations and restructuring

Yong-Jae's business experience and contacts in South Korea make him a key asset to Canadian clients who are looking to complete M&A deals, explore new investment opportunities or establish joint venture partnerships with Korean companies. He is also uniquely positioned to assist Korean clients with their deals, investments and partnerships in Canada.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements as a leading lawyer under the age of 40, Yong-Jae was included in Lexpert magazine's list of Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 for 2014.

Yong-Jae is also very active in his community. He is Canada's regional governor of the International Association of Korean Lawyers, and holds directorships with the C3 Korean Canadian Society, the Greater Vancouver Community Services Society, and the PACE Child and Family Society.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      Lexpert Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyer
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      Lexpert Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40
  • 2011

    • Community
      C3 Korean Canadian Society, Director
  • 2010

    • Career
      Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, Partner
    • Community
      Greater Vancouver Community Services Society, Director
  • 2006

    • Community
      PACE Child and Family Society, Director
  • 2005

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, British Columbia
  • 2004

    • Education
      Queen's University, LLB
    • Career
      British Columbia Court of Appeal, Judicial Law Clerk
  • 2002

    • Education
      East China University of Politics and Law
  • 1999

    • Education
      University of British Columbia, BA


  • Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AME BC)
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Director, C3 Korean Canadian Society
  • Director, Greater Vancouver Community Services Society
  • Director, PACE Child and Family Society
  • International Association of Korean Lawyers
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • Law Society of British Columbia
  • Regional Governor (Canada)
  • Co-author of "Bingham v. Ashton Mining of Canada Inc. - Septt's Gourmet Revisited," Corporate Litigation, Volume VIII, 2007.
  • Counsel to Loyalist Group in cross-border acquisition of the largest South Korean student recruiting agency.
  • Counsel to Korea Resources Corp. and a consortium of large Korean enterprises on Canadian aspects of a debt-to-equity conversion involving converting all of the outstanding shareholder loans of Minera y Metalúrgica del Boleo, S.A.P.I. de C.V. ("MMB"), amounting to approximately US$938 million, into equity of MMB.
  • Counsel to the special committee of Alpha Minerals Inc. in the company's acquisition by Fission Uranium Corp. via a plan of arrangement ($185 million).
  • Counsel to Loyalist Group Ltd. in its acquisition of King George International College.
  • Represent Korea Resources Corp. and a consortium of large Korean enterprises which provided US$90 million in interim funding and a further US$443 million phase 2 funding commitment (in total of US$544 million) to finance Baja Mining Corp.'s Boleo copper-cobalt-zinc project in Mexico in return for an aggregate 90% equity interest in the project to date.
  • Represent Hathor Exploration Ltd. in response to an unsolicited takeover proposal from Cameco Corp. and the successful takeover from Rio Tinto plc (aggregate value of transaction: $654 million).
  • Represent Hathor Exploration Ltd. with the merger by statutory plan of arrangement with Terra Ventures Inc.
  • Represent Sabina Gold & Silver Corp. with two separate short form prospectus offerings for $123.5 million and sale of its 100% owned Hackett River property in Nunavut, Canada to Xstrata Canada Corporation (aggregate value of transaction: $50 million).
  • Represent Silver Quest Resources Ltd. in a successful plan of arrangement and spin-out transaction with New Gold Inc.
  • Represent Candente Copper Corp. in a spin-out of its Peruvian properties by way of a statutory plan of amalgamation and with a bought deal financing for $26.9 million.
  • Represent Rokmaster Resources Inc. in connection with its IPO and listing of its common shares on the TSXV.
  • Represent a consortium of Korean investors in its joint venture investment in a lithium carbonate project in Argentina with Lithium One Inc.
  • Represent a consortium of Korean investors in a proposed royalty deal and concurrent equity investment with a TSX listed public company involving coal assets in North America.
  • Represent a consortium of Korean investors in a proposed acquisition of a 20% joint venture interest in an iron concentrate project in Quebec with a TSX listed public company (aggregate value of transaction: US$240 million).
  • Represent a consortium of Korean investors in its acquisition of a 30% interest in a copper mining project in Mexico with Baja Mining Corp. (aggregate value of transaction: US$470 million).
  • Represent Corvus Gold Inc. with a private placement equity financing for $7 million.
  • Represent Paramount Gold and Silver Corp. in its acquisition of X-Cal Resources Ltd. in an all stock deal worth $31 million.
  • Acted for a special committee of a TSX listed mining company formed in response to an unsolicited takeover proposal.
  • Represented a consortium of Korean companies on its strategic investment in supply of base and precious metals in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Southeast Asia.
  • Successfully defended a petition challenging the approval of a business combination and alleging oppressive conduct.
  • Successfully represented dissident shareholders in a contested plan of arrangement proceeding before the B.C. Court of Appeal.