Team

TEAM

Our People

As a credible partner, KUDOS will continue to devote ourselves
for the mutual growth of our clients.
As a credible partner, KUDOS will continue to devote ourselves for the mutual growth of our clients.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer(CEO)

Yeonseo Chung

Yeonseo Chung is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KUDOS Financial Services Group, which, in many years, has been the most active independent investment bank in South Korea. Mr. Chung jointly provides financial advisory services to assist shareholders of publicly-traded corporates, private equity firms and middle market companies while he delivers overall strategic, operational directions of the firms. Prior to founding KUDOS, Mr. Chung had several years of career with IPO team at Daewoo Securities. And he earned a B.A. in Economics from Yonsei University.

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer(COO)

Jiyeon Lee

Jiyeon Lee is Co-Founder and Chief Financial Officer of KUDOS Financial Services Group. Mr. Lee manages the service quality of engagements served to our clients with his extensive knowledge and professional experiences for over 20 years. Prior to founding KUDOS, Mr. Lee commenced his career at PwC Korea and held a position as a senior role at the Financial Supervisory Service of South Korea. Mr. Lee serves as outside director to Hwaseung Industries. Mr. Lee received a B.A. and an M.A. in Business Administration from Yonsei University. He is a certified public accountant in Korea.

Chief Investment Officer(CIO)

Yoonsang Whang

Yoonsang Whang is Co-Founder and Managing Director of KUDOS Financial Services Group. Mr. Whang leads in in execution of deal transactions and active in marketing of our services provided at KUDOS. Prior to founding KUDOS, Mr. Whang was at Samsung Electronics and served in a position of Chief Financial Officer at KOSDAQ listed company, Namotek, as currently known as Finetek. Mr. Whang earned a B.A. in Economics from Yonsei University and an Executive MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Chief Global Officer(CGO)

Changho Choi

Changho Choi is an Executive Director of KUDOS Financial Services Group and is responsible for execution of domestic and cross-border M&A transaction, capital raising and corporate finance. Mr. Choi serves as an M&A specialist to The Korea Exchange and a council member of Daejeon Metropolitan Global R&D Center. Prior to joining KUDOS, Mr. Choi was at Heritage Partners and PwC Korea. Mr. Choi received a B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University and he is a certified public accountant in Korea.

Email:chang@kudos.co.kr

Direct:+82.2.6011.7012

Senior Vice President

Seokhoon Lee

Seokhoon Lee is a Senior Vice President at KUDOS Financial Services Group and is responsible for M&A, capital raising, tax advisory services. Prior to joining KUDOS, Mr. Lee had advised numerous multinational and middle market corporates in tax structuring and audit at PwC Korea for 11 years. Mr. Lee holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Seoul National University. And he is a Certified Public accountant of Korea and United States and a certified tax agent in Korea.

Email:leepro@kudos.co.kr

Direct:+82.2.6011.7006

Vice President

Hyungyu Go

Hyungyu Go is a Vice President of KUDOS, and is responsible for M&A, Capital Raising and Tax advisory. Prior to KUDOS, he was in Audit and Tax Advisory Services Team at PwC Korea. Mr. Go received a B.S. in Urban Planning & Engineering from Yonsei University and he is a certified public accountant in Korea.

Email:hggo@kudos.co.kr

Direct:+82.2.6011.7007

Vice President

Sangyeon Kim

Sang Yeon Kim is a Vice President of KUDOS and has years of experiences in M&A and financing. He takes charge of Venture business area for KUDOS and has interest in ICT and Bio Tech especially. Prior to joining KUDOS, he started his career at EY Korea for several years of servicing at Audit Advisory and Financial Advisory team. Mr. Kim received a B.A. in Economics from Sogang University, and he is also a certified public accountant in Korea.

Email:sang-yeon.kim@kudos.co.kr

Direct:+82.2.6011.7005

Vice President

Hyunjeong Park

Hyunjeong Park is a Vice President at KUDOS and is responsible for M&A advisory and financial consulting services.

Senior Associate

Austin Yoon

Austin Yoon is an Associate of KUDOS and is primarily responsible for the preliminary legwork for M&A Projects. He also actively assists early-stage clients to grow into innovative and impactful companies. Prior to joining KUDOS, He had launched a number of early-stage startups. Mr. Yoon received a B.A. in Economics from Binghamton University – State University of New York.

Vice President

Kevin Koo

Kevin Koo is a Vice President at KUDOS. He is a member of the global team and mainly involved in both domestic and cross border M&A transactions. He also actively communicates with our global network in terms of developing new M&A opportunities for our clients. Prior to joining KUDOS, he started his career as a business developer at DNA Link, Inc., a biotech company specialized in genetic research and early-stage cancer drug development. Kevin received a B.A. in Economics from New York University.

Senior Associate

Jinkyu Ha

Jinkyu Ha is a Senior Associate of KUDOS who joined the firm in 2019. His primary responsibility is to aid clients who are in the early stage of their business to grow into innovative and influential companies. He also actively participates in numerous M&A projects regarding the legal issues. Prior to joining KUDOS, He had launched a number of early-stage startups. He then worked as an intern at Seoul Northern District Court and Law Firm SeoLaw to further his aptitude in law. Jinkyu received both a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Korea University.

Senior Associate

Yeongjin Choi

Yeongjin Choi is a Senior Associate at KUDOS Financial Services Group and is responsible for M&A and legal advisory services. She specializes in corporate and investment law in particular for Vietnam. Prior to joining KUDOS, she had advised numerous multinational corporates in cross border M&A, Foreign Direct Investment at Korean and international law firms. She holds a LLB from Yeungnam University and Master of law from Kyungpook national University. And she is a member of the Korea Bar Association and registered foreign lawyer in Vietnam.

Section-Chief

Jiwon Park

Jiwon Park is a Graphic Designer of KUDOS. Prior to joining KUDOS, Ms. Park worked as an editorial designer at Sisa Press.

Manager

Cathy Hwang

Cathy Hwang is a manager of KUDOS and is responsible for administration.

Assistant Manager

Doseob Cheon

Doseob Cheon is an Assistant Manager of KUDOS and is responsible for administration.

Associate

Dain Lee

Dain Lee is an Associate of KUDOS and is responsible for administration.