Nota Bene Episode 88: Asia Check In: COVID Recovery, China’s National Security Law for Hong Kong, and Navigating a U.S.-China Cold War with Paul Kim


Almost five months after the first signs of the coronavirus outbreak in Asia, we’re checking in with our Asian markets expert, Paul Kim, to hear about the latest legal and economic developments in the fight against COVID-19 and the road to recovery. Paul also shares recent developments in China’s national security law for Hong Kong and the strain on immigration between countries.

Paul is a graduate of the University of Chicago, with highest honors, and obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard University.  Paul currently serves in private practice as a Corporate Partner in Sheppard Mullin’s Seoul office advising clients on cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity, venture capital and securities transactions, restructurings and multi-jurisdictional disputes.

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What We Discuss in This Episode:

  • What cultural differences exist between South Korea and the U.S. that help contribute to Korea’s lower numbers of new daily COVID cases?
  • Do citizens of Korea value public health advice more than citizens of other countries?
  • Why is it surprising for foreigners to see how politicized the response to the coronavirus has been in the U.S.?
  • How might the diversity of citizenry in the U.S. affect its ability to respond in a unified fashion to this crisis?
  • What is the latest with China’s imposition of new national security laws in Hong Kong?
  • What can we learn from Tik Tok potentially moving its headquarters out of Hong Kong?
  • Given the trade war between the U.S. and China, are other countries left wondering which choice they’ll make when selecting a trade partner?
  • How can multinational companies navigate a potential U.S.-China cold war?
  • How will the shift in immigration laws due to the coronavirus impact multinational companies?
  • How will recent ICE decisions regarding international college students impact the American education system in the long run?
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