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Sang Kim

Sang Kim


Chair of Markets and Sectors
Chair, Asia Committee
Co-Chair, Global Tax practice
US Management Committee
Global Board

Clients describe him as a trusted adviser who has the 'ability to provide succinct, timely and solid legal advice. He is highly entrepreneurial and more importantly, builds long-term relationships.'
Chambers USA

Sang Kim is the US Chair of Markets and Sectors, a member of the US Management Committee and the Co-Chair of the Global Tax practice. He is also the Chair of the firm’s Asia Committee and a member of the Global Board.

Sang concentrates his practice in international tax and operational structuring; global transfer pricing strategy; cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and joint ventures; post-acquisition integration; and international tax controversy. He frequently serves as the managing international counsel for multijurisdictional and multi-disciplinary matters and transactions.

He has led several hundred global expansion and structuring engagements for companies across a wide spectrum of industries, including technology, consumer products, life sciences, energy, media, services, funds, manufacturing and distribution. 

Within these industries, he has worked extensively with clients in the software, semiconductor, EV, batteries, biotech/pharma, data storage, data security, social/ecommerce, gaming, consumer electronics, retail, medical devices and networking segments. He has also worked closely with numerous clients doing business in China, India, Brazil, Russia and other key emerging economies.

Bar admissionsCaliforniaNew York
  • Korean
  • LL.M., Taxation, New York University School of Law 1996
  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law 1995
  • B.A., Philosophy and Economics, Columbia University 1992


  • Chambers USA
    • Band 2, California: Northern Tax (2020-2023)
      "Sang Kim is an outstanding tax leader. He is prompt in his responses and is always insightful."
    • Band 3, California: Northern Tax (2019)
    • Band 3, California Tax (2013-2018)
    • Up and Coming, California Tax (2012) 
  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Recommended, International Tax (2013-2023)
    • Recommended, US Taxes: Contentious (2019)
    • Recommended, Technology: Transactions (2017)
    • Recommended, US Taxes: Non-contentious (2017)
  • International Tax Review World Tax
    • Recognized as Highly Regarded, General Corporate Tax (2022-2024 Guide)

Media Mentions

  • "DLA Piper Forms New Management Team After Strong 2020," Law360, March 9, 2021

Civic and Charitable

Sang is Chair of the Bronx Science Foundation focusing on endowment development and strategic planning and support for a leading specialized public high school in New York City. He is a founding member of Fund Development Council West for Columbia College. In the past, Sang served on the Law Board at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He also served for many years as a Little League baseball and youth basketball coach.



+1 650 833 2072
(Work, Palo Alto)
+1 415 615 6072
(Work, San Francisco)