Cholsoo Han Senior Advisor
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Cholsoo Han is an antitrust & competition expert who served as the Secretary General and five major Director General roles at the Fair Trade Commission.
After passing the 25th High Public Service Examination in 1981, Mr. Han commenced his public service career at the Economic Planning Board and handled finance, macroeconomics, and international trade matters. After working at the Fair Trade Commission for 19 years since 1995, he retired from public service in 2014 after his role as the Secretary General. His experience as a Director General encompasses the five major bureaus of the Fair Trade Commission, which include Cartel Investigation Bureau, Competition Policy Bureau, Anti-Monopoly Bureau, Market Analysis Bureau, and Consumer Policy Bureau. Having spent three years as the Secretary General, thus the longest-serving Secretary General, he demonstrates an unrivaled expertise across the entire purview of the Fair Trade Commission.


  • 2016-present Yoon & Yang LLC
  • 2018-present Chair, Certified Compliance Professional Certification Committee
  • 2018-present Outside Director, Kia Motors Corporation
  • 2017-present Outside Director, Korea Zinc
  • 2016-present Vice President, Korea Competition Law Association
  • 2016-17 Outside Director, Dongwon F&B
  • 2014-15 Guest Professor, Yonsei University Law School (Antitrust & Competition)
  • 2014-15 Visiting Professor, Korea University Law School (Antitrust & Competition)
  • 2011-14 Secretary General, Fair Trade Commission
  • 2006-10 Director General, Cartel Investigation Bureau/Competition Policy Bureau/Market Analysis Bureau/Anti-Monopoly Bureau/Consumer Policy Bureau, Fair Trade Commission
  • 2005 Office of Presidential Secretary for Economic Affairs
  • 2004 Kim & Chang
  • 1999-03 Director, Distribution Division/Policy Coordination Division/International Cooperation Division, Fair Trade Commission
  • 1982-95 Deputy Director, Economic Planning Board


  • 1998 Syracuse University College of Law, J.D.
  • 1982 Jeonbuk National University, B.A. in Business Administration


  • Notable Practitioner, Competition/antitrust, asialaw (2021-2023/24)
  • National Leader, Competition; Trade & Customs (2023), Who’s Who Legal Korea (2020-2023)


  • Digital Economy and Platforms: Dominance, Data, Fair Trade and Consumer Protection, Korea Fair Competition Federation (Co-author, 2023)
  • Subcontracting Law (Co-Author), Korea Fair Competition Federation, 2020
  • Competition Law, Korea Fair Competition Federation, 2016
  • Opening of Service Industries and the WTO, Dasan Books, 1994

  • Issues and Improvement Direction of the Penalty System and Follow-up Sanctions under the Subcontracting Law, Journal of Competition, 2020