Simon S. Hong

Areas of Practice
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Business
  • Corporate

Georgetown University, J.D., 1988; University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1984.

Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Korean
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Los Angeles Office


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Simon S. Hong is a founding member of the firm and practices in the areas of domestic and international commercial transactions, corporate law, and finance, with a particular emphasis on cross-border disputes. He also oversees and manages complex commercial litigation involving major international conglomerates and financial institutions.  Mr. Hong is registered as a “Foreign Law Consultant” in Korea and heads the firm’s “Foreign Legal Consultant Office” in Seoul.

Mr. Hong’s practice also includes representing foreign companies doing business in the United States, providing advice and counsel on corporate and financial transactions, cross-border transactions and litigation, regulatory compliance, and complex commercial litigation.  Mr. Hong’s expertise and background have uniquely positioned him to serve as outside general counsel for U.S. subsidiaries of several multinational conglomerates, and he also represents a Korean semi-government agency in the export credit and bond insurance business.

Mr. Hong frequently speaks at seminars and workshops both in the U.S. and Korea on U.S Banking law and cross-border transactions.  In recognition of his expertise, Mr. Hong has been appointed as legal advisor to the Korea Trade Promotion Corporation’s FTA Help Desk (KOTRA), a non-profit, governmental agency promoting international trade and investment.  He also serves as the Overseas Trade Advisor to the Governor of Gyeongsangnam-do Province of the Republic of Korea, advising the Governor on international trade matters with an emphasis in the heavy machinery, shipbuilding, chemical, and aerospace manufacturing industries.

Commercial Litigation matters

  • Represented a Korean bank and National Agricultural Cooperative Association as creditors in a large, complex bankruptcy matter in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, defending in disallowance adversary proceedings their claims against the bankruptcy estate collectively totaling over $194 million.  In 2010, negotiated a favorable settlement agreement for the firm’s clients that entitled them to ultimately collectively recover over 50 percent of the available assets of the estate, more than any other creditor.

  • Attained successful dismissal, with prejudice, on behalf of an international bank involving complex tort claims alleging complicated scheme to defraud plaintiff and various other illegal financial transactions.  Aggressive defense lead to a conclusive determination that plaintiff’s claims to multi-million dollars in unspecified damages had no merit.

  • Secured voluntary dismissal of a $2 billion federal lawsuit alleging conspiracy between bank client and Government of Korea to destroy a large construction company.

  • Obtained judgment in excess of $27 million following a jury trial relating to unpaid bills of exchange.

    Mr. Hong is admitted to practice in California, and is registered as a Foreign Law Consultant in Korea.