Byungjo Sohn

  • Senior Advisor
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Byungjo Sohn is a senior advisor at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (BKL). After passing the 23rd National Higher Civil Service Examination on Government Administration, Mr. Sohn started his career as a government official with Korea Customs Service and then continued to work in Seoul Main Customs, Busan Main Customs (as a criminal investigation bureau head), and Korea Customs Service (as a director of Clearance Facilitation Bureau; director general of Planning & Administration Bureau; and deputy commissioner). As a standing senior advisor at BKL, he provides advice in various areas such as customs, trade, commerce, international customs, foreign exchange, intellectual property rights, free trade agreements, information and technology, corporate criminal affairs, etc. Based on extensive work knowledge, he lectured on customs law in Korea University Graduate School and Graduate School of Legal Studies. He authored a book “Door to Single Window” in 2004, a guidebook on e-trades.

Representative Experience

2010-Present Bae, Kim & Lee, LLC
2008-2010 Deputy Commissioner, Korea Customs Service
2005-2007 Director General, Policy & Promotion Bureau, Korea Customs Service
2004-2005 Director General, Planning & Administration Bureau, Korea Customs Service
2003-2004 Director, Clearance Facilitation Bureau, Korea Customs Service
2002-2003 Suprevisor, National Tax Officials Training Institute, Korea National Tax Service
2001-2002 Head, Criminal Investigation Bureau, Busan Main Customs
1996-1997 Head, Audit & Criminal Investigation Bureau, Seoul Main Customs
1992-1994 Administrative Official, Economic Policy Bureau, Office of President
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2012-2017 Member of Audit Committee, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance
2012-2013 Adjunct Professor, Korea University Graduate School Department of Law
2011-2016 Evaluator for Competence Assessment, High Ranking Public Officials, Ministry of the Interior and Safety


2007 Hannam University (Ph.D.)
2004 Korea University (M.A.)
1980 Yeungnam University (B.A.)

Selected Activities

Door to Single Window (Korea Trade Economy, 2004)