Yoochul Kim

Associate Director

  • Asia Pacific
  • South Korea
  • Risk Monitoring
  • Risk Assessments
  • Due Diligence

Yoochul Kim is an Associate Director in Control Risks’ Business Intelligence practice and is based in Seoul. He has led projects for both South Korea-based and multinational companies, with a focus on investment due diligence, partner assessment, complex business intelligence, fraud investigations, and dispute support. These projects have spanned several sectors, including shipbuilding, private equity, real estate technology, and renewable energy. 

Recent tasks that Yoochul has worked on include:

  • Compliance due diligence for an international bank through reviewing the track record and activities of more than 15 investment funds and their executives to identify any integrity and reputational issues, such as corruption, bribery, misappropriation of assets and fraud.
  • Intelligence gathering to support an internal investigation for a multinational company in the financial sector in South Korea.
  • Threat assessment of a senior executive of an e-commerce company, with a focus on evaluating the level of risk that he could pose to the client, should the situation escalate.
  • Strategic business intelligence advisory and regulatory risk assessment for a Singapore-based private equity fund looking to invest in a renewable energy company in South Korea.
  • Regulatory risk assessment of the domestic healthcare sector in South Korea for a South Korea-based biotechnology company.

  • Before joining Control Risks, Yoochul spent more than a decade as a journalist with The Korea Times, South Korea’s most influential English-language daily, and Yonhap Infomax, a leading financial news content provider. While at The Korea Times, Yoochul was a chief correspondent covering South Korea’s presidential office at the Blue House, leading the teams covering industrial, financial and foreign policies. Yoochul interviewed some of the country’s leading politicians, financial and cryptocurrency managers, political security experts, global think tanks and high-profile business executives. 

    Yoochul’s work on politics and technology has appeared in international media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, CNN, The Guardian and Time Magazine. 

    Yoochul has a master’s degree in media strategy from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in the US, and a bachelor’s degree in media studies from Hanyang University in South Korea. He also holds a certificate in digital business strategy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management in the US. He is a native Korean speaker and is fluent in English.

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