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Sang Kim

Sang Kim

DLA Piper LLP (US)

East Palo Alto, CA, USA

Co-Managing Partner, Silicon Valley Office

Sang Kim is a partner in DLA Piper's International Tax group and co-managing partner of DLA Piper's Silicon Valley office. He is currently on DLA Piper's Executive Committee as well as the National Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

He concentrates his practice in international tax and operational structuring, global transfer pricing strategy and documentation, cross-border mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and joint ventures, post-acquisition integration and international tax controversy. He also frequently serves as the managing international legal counsel for multijurisdictional and multi-disciplined projects and matters implicating employment, IP, corporate formation, corporate governance, foreign exchange controls, transaction taxes such as VAT and GST and import duties, among others.

He has led over a hundred international expansion and structuring projects for companies across a wide spectrum of industries and jurisdictions from emerging enterprises to Fortune 500 multinationals. Representative industries include high tech, consumer products, life sciences, energy, media, technology services, venture funds, manufacturing and distribution. Within these industries, he has extensive experience working with clients in the solar, semiconductor, software, consulting, data storage, data security, social/ecommerce, gaming, consumer electronics, medical devices and networking sectors. He has also worked closely with numerous clients doing business in China, India, Brazil, Russia and other emerging economies.

The respected English research firm Chambers & Partners recognizes him in Chambers Global: World's Leading Lawyers for Business, as a "partner who impresses peers in California with his international tax expertise," and in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business as a key individual with "a lot of experience on the international side, and he is very good at coordinating work with international offices." Chambers remarks, "Peers consider him to be part of the 'upcoming wave of well-respected tax attorneys in the community'" and "Clients describe him as a trusted adviser who has the 'ability to provide succinct, timely and solid legal advice. He is highly entrepreneurial and more importantly, builds long-term relationships.'" Legal 500 cites Mr. Kim "as 'a very strong tax advisor' with "excellent skills" and a superb track record in post-merger integration."

Prior to joining DLA Piper, he spent seven years at two of the Big 4 firms in their Silicon Valley offices where he specialized in international tax from both planning and tax provision perspectives.

He is a frequent speaker on international tax and global expansion matters.


He is a member of the Law Board at Northwestern University School of Law and on the Board of the Bronx High School of Science Endowment Fund. He is also an active Little League baseball and youth basketball coach.


  • Speaker/Panelist, "Cross Border IP, Digital Products, Services and Cloud Computing," Pacific Rim Tax Institute, Menlo Park, January 21, 2011
  • Speaker/Panelist, "Update on Swiss Tax Issues," Hot International Corporate Tax Issues Seminar, Greater Zurich Area AG, East Palo Alto, October 22, 2010

  • Coopers and Lybrand LLP

LL.M., New York University School of Law 1996

J.D., Northwestern University School of Law 1995

B.A., Columbia University 1992
Philosophy and Economics


New York

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