Joseph Kim

Joseph Kim



Phone +81 3 5157 8260

Fax +81 3 5157 8210

LanguagesKorean, English

Practice groupCorporate & Finance

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.

Awards and recognitions

2019 - 2021

Projects & Energy: International - Leading Individual
Chambers Asia-Pacific


Projects & Energy: International (Japan), Recognised Practitioner
Chambers Global


Projects & Energy: International Firms and Joint Ventures - Recommended
Legal 500 Asia-Pacific


The Best Lawyers in Japan, Project Finance and Development Practice
Best Lawyers


Highly Regarded Lawyer for Financial and Corporate Law in Japan

2016 - 2017

Leading Lawyer for Energy and Infrastructure in Japan

Education and admissions


J.D., University of Minnesota Law School

B.A., University of the Pacific

Bar admissions and qualifications


Japan - Daini Tokyo Bar Association (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi)

Registered Foreign Lawyer, England and Wales

Related knowledge

Africa Insights

Representative experience

Advising TEPCO in connection with the acquisition of a stake in Coc San Hydropower Project in Vietnam. This project was awarded 'Hydro Deal of the Year' by IJ Global Awards – Asia Pacific 2018.

Advising Exelon Corporation on the formation of a new 50:50 joint venture with the Japan Atomic Power Company

Advising Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI), and international lenders in connection with the financing of the 1.32GW Van Phong 1 coal-fired power plant project in Vietnam – first project to be financed under the 70:30 FCR in Vietnam

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