Tong Soo Chung/Of CounselLim, Ruger and Kim | Lim, Ruger and Kim

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1055 West Seventh Street, Suite 2800
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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San Francisco, CA 94111

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Tong Soo Chung is Of Counsel at Lim Ruger focusing on corporate law as well as cross-border transactions and dispute resolution.

Until March 2010, Mr. Chung served as the head of Invest KOREA, Korea’s foreign direct investment promotion agency.  As the head of the agency, Mr. Chung oversaw efforts that brought more than US$10 billion of foreign direct investment into Korea every year, working closely with central government agencies, state and local governments, foreign chambers of commerce, industry associations, individual foreign companies, investment banks, and private equity funds, among others.

Prior to joining Invest KOREA, he practiced law with two law firms in Korea including Yulchon, and served as a statutory auditor, member of the board of directors, and senior advisor to Maxon Telecom, a manufacturer of cellular phones and two-way radios in Korea.

Before he returned to Korea, he served as a political appointee in the Clinton Administration, working as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Service Industries and Finance, Director of the Advocacy Center and the Director of the Office of Trade Promotion Coordination, all in the International Trade Administration of the United Sates Department of Commerce.  He assisted U.S. companies seeking to export their products and services and to win orders and projects overseas.

Prior to his U.S. government service, he practiced law in Los Angeles for ten years.  He founded a law firm in 1986 in Los Angeles, which continues under the name of Lim Ruger.  He also worked for Exxon Corporation in New York City and interned at the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

Practice Areas


  • Business Transactions
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Corporate Formation and Restructuring
  • Corporate Governance
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Utility Law
  • Distributorship and Agency
  • Financing (Equity, Debt, Asset Based, and Venture Capital)


  • Licensing
  • Technology Transactions


    • Acquisitions and Dispositions
    • Construction
    • Developmen
    • Financing
    • Leasing


  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act


  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (J.D., 1984)
  • Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (M.P.A., 1980)
  • Harvard University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1977)

Foreign Languages

Honors & Distinctions

  • Prime Minister’s Award in recognition of contribution to the Korean American Community
  • Honorary Citizen Of Seoul, 2009

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • United Service Organization in Korea, Advisory
  • Co-Chairman, Pharmaceuticals Sub-Committee, American Chamber of Commerce in Korea
  • Korea-US Business Council
  • Cigna Korea, Board Member
  • Natural Pension Service, Alternative Investment Committee, Outside Member

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