Shin & Kim > Seoul, South Korea > Firm Profile

Shin & Kim
23TH FLOOR, D-TOWER (D2)
17 JONGNO 3-GIL, JONGNO-GU
SEOUL 03155
South Korea

South Korea > Capital markets: local firms Tier 1

The capital markets department at Shin & Kim houses separate teams for structured finance and IPOs to provide clients a highly customised service. Its strong securitisation offering has seen its consistent involvement in major cross-border deals involving Korean companies, as well as acting for foreign clients. The team has also seen an increasing number of mandates involving IPOs of REITS with unpreceded structures, an area in which practice head Sang Man Kim  is an expert. The arrival of Jung Han Kim, who was previously an officer in charge of reviewing and authorising REITS products at The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, has expanded the team’s capabilities in this area. Other members of the team include Tae-Yong Seo, who has advised on numerous blockbuster IPOs; structured finance expert, Jong-Uk Lee; and Yong Jin Park who works on both equity and debt capital markets transactions.

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Testimonials

‘Shin & Kim is renowned for its expertise in capital market transactions and they deserve their renown. ‘

‘Tae-Yong Seo.  He is a very famous lawyer of capital market and one of the top experts of Securities Law of Korea.  He is responsive and so reliable.’

‘Shin & Kim is one of the largest and most famous law firm in Korea. I like their professionalism and expertise.’

‘Lee Jong Uk and Cho Seong Eun are the partners I worked with. They have in-depth knowledge as well as experiences in this field.’

‘Knowledge within structure credit and P2P industry sector’.

Key clients

Samsung Securities

Korea Investment Securities

Mirae Asset Global Investment

ESR Kendall Square REIT

Mercedes Benz Financial Services Korea

Yuanta Securities

Daiwa Securities Capital Markets Co. Ltd.

Shinhan Financial Group

JR AMC Co., Ltd.

Korea Housing Finance Corporation

Shinhan Bank

Macquarie Korea Asset Management Co., Ltd.

SK Bioscience

Hyundai Capital Services

Standard Chartered Bank

Korea Development Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

The Export-Import Bank of Korea

MUFG Bank, Ltd.

KB Securities Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advising ESR Kendall Square REIT (together with ESR Kendall Square as the sponsor) on its public offering and listing on the KOSPI Market of the Korea Exchange.
  • Advising JR AMC Co., Ltd on the acquisition of the Finance Tower Complex in Brussels, Belgium and engaging in JR REIT IPO.
  • Representing SK Hynix’s offshore issuance and offering of the notes in a total amount equal to $2.5bn  in the U.S., Europe and Asia, in reliance on Rule 144A and Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933.

South Korea > Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 1

Shin & Kim’s litigation group consists of five main practice areas: public law, construction and real estate, financial, corporate and IT disputes. The team has significantly increased its bench strength, with seven partner promotions in March 2021 in addition to the hire of four judges, from Seoul Northern District Court, Seoul District Court and two members from Seoul Hight Court. Jae Yun Yun is an expert in the field of construction and real estate disputes and leads the team that includes litigator and arbitrator Jong-Han Oh who focuses on finance securities and commercial transactions, and Sookmi Lee who handles general corporate disputes. Ghyo Sun Park and Se Kil Park are key members of the team; the former concentrates on IP and product liability cases while the latter has extensive experience in Japanese-related cases.

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Testimonials

‘The best part of Shin&Kim LLC is their speed of reply with legal consults. They not only give a quick and punctual reply, but also an accurate one which we exactly needed.’

‘Firstly, every individual I met working with Shin&Kim LLC are professionals. They assign an appropriate lawyer to each situation (litigation and general law consulting).’

‘You can presumably think that if they’re providing a quick and accurate reply, they might cost a lot but their fee is reasonable so far. And they are open-minded on fee negotiation.’

‘Many talented lawyers work at Shin&Kim. They have a specialty in product liability and HR issue each.’

They have a passion and sense of responsibility. It seems they regard their job not just as work, but a vocation. I think this is the most different and appreciable aspect of Shin&Kim individuals.’

 

Key clients

Samsung Group

SK Group

Asiana Airlines

Posco Group

KT&G Corporation

Hyundai Elevator Group

Lotte Group

Woori Bank

Hyundai Engineering & Construction

Mirae Asset Group

Hankook Technology

LCT PFV

Shinhan Bank

Hanwha Investment & Securities

Hanmi Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical Corp.

Tae Young Construction

Korea Aerospace Industries

Kookmin Bank

Ssangyong Motor Company

Work highlights

  • Represented Hanmi Pharm in the lawsuit regarding Damage compensation for a decrease in drug price.
  • Represented SK Broadband in the litigation related to Netflix Services Korea Ltd.’s network fee in Korea.
  • Representing Asiana Airlines in the Dispute over the contract deposit following the failed acquisition of Asiana Airlines.

South Korea > Intellectual property: local firms Tier 1

Offering the full range of services in IP litigation, transaction and advisory work, Shin & Kim’s team of experts handle both domestic and cross-border mandates. It has extensive expertise in counterfeiting, cybersquatting and domain names in addition to copyright prosecution and other traditional IP issues. The team has seen an increase in major trade secret cases as well as domestic IT-based copyright disputes involving the Korean entertainment industry; an area in which the team is particularly strong. Practice head Ghyo-Sun Park primarily focuses on litigation in connection with IP and product liability, while Yong Ho Kim is an information and communications litigation expert. Registered patent attorney Bo Kyung Lim and Head of Copyright and Media Contents, Sang-Hyeok Im are other key practitioners at the firm.

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Testimonials

‘Shin & Kim’s IP team boasts its analytical skills in cases and provides required services in a timely manner based on an accurate understanding of what companies need. In this sense, Shin & Kim has been widely known as a promising law firm in the pharmaceutical industry. The level of service fees charged by Shin & Kim is appropriate and considered rational compared to the quality of service provided by Shin & Kim.’

‘Shin & Kim’s IP team led by attorney Bo Kyung Lim is equipped with the technical expertise required for pharmaceutical patent as well as experience and capacity to understand and apply relevant IP legal principles. The team also has extensive knowledge in legal principles or cases in other countries which helps them to provide in-depth and sufficient defense for different level and types of litigations.’

‘Shin Kim lawyers are experts in copyright lawsuits, especially Sang Hyeok Im in Korea and Kyle Choi in the US. Their service was excellent and gave us very good results to settle the case.’

‘This team is excellent at aligning the needs of international clients with the realities of the local regulatory environment and commercial and legal practice. The internationally-facing and local-facing coordinate well to deliver a seamless product.’

Key clients

Samsung Display Co., Ltd.

Samsung SDI Co., Ltd.

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Helixmith Co. Ltd.

KT&G Corp.

Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd.

Hanmi Pharm Co., Ltd.

Chong Kun Dang Pharmaceutical Corporation

Wemade Entertainment

Amosense Co., Ltd.

Binggrae Co., Ltd.

CJ CGV Co., Ltd. (CGV)

Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS)

POSCO

Hilton Grand Vacations Inc.

11 Street Co. Ltd

Hankook Technology Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented Gilead Sciences, Inc in patent infringement and invalidation actions.
  • Acted for Hankook Technology Inc. in a preliminary injunction against unfair competition activity.
  • Assisted Hanmi Pharm Co., Ltd. in damage compensation for decrease in drug prices.

South Korea > Projects and energy: local firms Tier 1

Handling energy and infrastructure projects for its blue-chip client base, the team at Shin & Kim have ‘extensive and in-depth knowledge’ in all aspects of the practice. The team has a wide geographical reach, covering the US, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North Africa, while in Korea, the team focuses on alternative energy, advising on solar and offshore wind projects as well as value-added renewable projects which involve fuel cell and hydrogen. Practice head Sang Hyun Lee acts for major clients, including Vena Energy, Equis Energy and KOGAS while Michael Chang is an expert in project finance and acts for banks and financial institutions. Hyun-Mi Cho and Seung-Gyu Yang are also recommended; Cho advises on power generation projects while Yang advises on overseas PPP.

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Testimonials

‘I find them to be highly knowledgeable in the Korean Renewable Energy market. They are very client-friendly, and highly professional’

‘Sang-Hyun Lee: His expertise in the Energy Market; His legal and client service is truly above his competitors’

‘Extensive and in-depth knowledge in fund terms and negotiation on behalf of clients. Also prompt and diligent response were greatly helpful on our investment process. Highly recommeded! ’

‘Shin, Abraham Sung has been very supportive and diligent on every aspect of legal documentation and negotiations. He works like he is actually in client side and tries his best to acheive the best outcome out of transaction. Really appreciate his work and highly recommend.’

‘Technically strong. Team has experts from diverse background (e.g. government) to add diverse insights and expertise. Good mix of Korean law expertise with international law firm service. ’

‘Michael Chang – customer orientation and understanding. ’

Key clients

SK Energy

Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS)

Macquarie Capital Korea Limited

Green Investment Group Korea Limited

POSCO Group

SK E&S

Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)

National Pension Service (NPS)

Korea National Oil Company (KNOC)

Korea Overseas Infrastructure & Urban Development Corporation (“KIND”)

Korea Export Import Bank (KEXIM)

Korea Trade Insurance Corporation (K-Sure)

Samsung C&T Corporation

Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power

KCH Energy Co., Ltd.

Vena Energy

Equis Energy (Korea) Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Steel Co., Ltd.

Energy Infra Asset Management Co., Ltd.

KDB Infrastructure Investments Management (KIAMCO)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power on its project to supply tritium removal facilities for the Cernavoda nuclear power plant in Romania.
  • Assisted Macquarie Asset Management on the acquisition of SK Hynix industrial gas (such as nitrogen) manufacturing facilities, including the on-site plant (Project AirPod).
  • Advised KCH Energy Co., Ltd on the 96MW solar photovoltaic plant and 360MWh Energy Storage System (“ESS”) development project in Anjwa-do.

South Korea > Real estate: local firms Tier 1

Advising foreign and domestic clients on all aspects of their real estate transactions, Shin & Kim is heavily involved in Korea’s growing number of outbound investments and has represented numerous domestic funds in the acquisition of buildings and hotels in the US and across Europe. The team remains at the forefront of key market trends, continuing to advise on publicly offered REITs and value-add acquisitions. Practice head Kyung Don Lee handles complex transactions that require multidisciplinary knowledge in zoning, permit and construction practices while international real estate practice head, Robert C Young is regularly involved in high profile transactions and has experience in using the Korean REIT to acquire portfolio of properties. Suk Lee leads the real estate and alternative investments sub-team; Thak Hwan Kim is a key practitioner in this division, working on Korea’s first transaction focused on the investment of real estate assets into large scale distribution centres. Eun Joo Lee is also recommended.

Testimonials

‘Robert Young, Kyung Soo Chang and their colleagues fully understand what our firm requires and are constantly making sure to update their understanding. ’

‘The real estate team is very active in communicating with customers. Customer service mind is excellent, such as contacting the customer from time to time to inquire about the progress of the deal and offer assistance.’

‘We’ve done a deal that had not been done in Korea so that creative legal analysis was necessary. Meanwhile the deal itself included very complicated deal structure with a very tight schedule. The team especially partners were keen to adjust according to the clients needs. Awesome.’

‘Appreciate the team’s effort for the deal but strong recommendation for Young Ho Han for his exceptional client communication. Korean attorneys are quite passive or authoritative but Han actively gave feedbacks to us which led us to far more creative solutions.’

‘Professionalism of manpower with customer-oriented mind’

Key clients

IGIS Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Kendall Square Logistics Properties

Blackstone

Hana Alternative Asset Management

Invesco Real Estate Korea

National Pension Service (NPS)

Korea Investment Management Co., Ltd.

Hana Asset Management Co., Ltd.

LaSalle Investment Management Asia Pte Ltd.

JR AMC

AEW ASIA LIMITED

Pebblestone Asset Management

KEPPEL REIT (KOREA)

Samsung SRA Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised IGIS Asset Management on the purchase of CJ Cheiljedang Centre.
  • Advised Samsung SRA Asset Management Co., Ltd. on sale of 4 Homeplus stores.
  • Advised JB Asset Management Co., Ltd. on the acquisition of ENI HQ building in Milan, Italy.

South Korea > Regulatory: compliance and investigations: local firms Tier 1

Shin & Kim’s criminal defence and investigations group handles a wide range of criminal cases, including corporate and financial crimes, business secrets, healthcare, technology and anti-corruption. The team continues to strengthen its capabilities with the arrival of Jai Hoon Lee in May 2021; he was formerly the chief of the investigation department at Deajeon Police Agency. Seong-Jin Choi is the head of the international criminal defence practice, specialising in high-tech and financial crimes as well as digital forensics, while Hong-Il Kim heads up the criminal practice. The group has extensive expertise in high-stakes criminal investigations, with many ex-public prosecutors in the team including Dong-Shin Yeom, Yong-Sung Lee and Ok-Sook Byun.

South Korea > Antitrust and competition: local firms Tier 2

Representing both foreign and domestic clients in a wide range of antitrust issues, Shin & Kim houses a number of KFTC alumni lawyers who are dedicated antitrust and competition specialists. The group is strong in abuse of market dominance cases and this is reflected in its continued role as lead counsel for Qualcomm, defending the company against allegations of unfair trade practices. Young Chul Yim is head of the department, leveraging his experience and successful career at the KFTC before joining the firm to lead on high-profile cases which present untested issues. Other key practitioners are Sangdon Lee, a merger filing expert with a strong track record in advising global companies including SK Group, and John H Choi, who focuses on multijurisdictional antitrust investigations. The team continues to strengthen its offering, promoting Jun Yong Park, Jae-Hyuk Choi and Hyunah Kim to partner in March 2021.

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Testimonials

‘Shin & Kim’s Antitrust and Competition Group has consistently impressed me with their thorough and solution-oriented advice with pragmatic commercial acumen. They always provide their clients with high-quality, responsive, and effective representation. 

‘Shin & Kim’s Antitrust and Competition Group draws on the extensive knowledge and practical experience of its members—many of whom are KFTC alumni lawyers and advisors with antitrust law expertise and intimate familiarity with the KFTC enforcement practice—which I believe ultimately translates into the best services and results for clients.’

‘Sangdon Lee heads the Corporate Antitrust Team within the Group and is my absolute go-to counsel for complex merger control work, with particular strength in handling large-scale, multi-jurisdictional merger filings. He is and has always been knowledgeable, reliable, and pleasant to work with. As his stellar track record shows, he always goes the extra mile for his clients to achieve the desired results and makes the improbable possible.’

‘Great firm to work with, especially the professionalism they show when dealing with customers.’

‘Very knowledgeable in the relevant matters and able to convey them in a way that’s easily understandable to laypersons.’

Key clients

Qualcomm Inc.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.

SK Group

Hyundai Steel Co., Ltd.

Koninklijke Philips N.V.

Asiana Airlines Inc.

Aktiebolaget Volvo

Daimler AG

Samsung Display

Lotte Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Qualcomm Inc. in the recent KFTC investigation and continues to represent Qualcomm in the appeal against the KFTC decision at the Korean courts.
  • Represented Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (“Fiat”, Dutch manufacturer and seller of automotive vehicles and products) in merger with Peugeot S.A. (“Peugeot”, French manufacturer and seller of automotive vehicles and products).
  • Represents Philips in litigation arising from the fines imposed by the foreign competition authority.

South Korea > Banking and finance: local firms Tier 2

Shin & Kim provides a full-service equity and debt finance offering, including projects, real estate, ship finance and debt market investments. The team is particularly strong in acquisition financing and continues to grow its cross-border capabilities; this is reflected in its multinational client base and the expertise of Hyunju Helen Pak who focuses her practice on outbound financing and investment transactions. The group has further bolstered its expertise through partner and advisor level hires, most notably Kyung Ok Song and Kwon Cho from Financial Supervisory Service, Office of the President of the Republic of Korea in April 2021. Chang Bok Hur and Ho-Seog Hwang  jointly head the practice.

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Testimonials

‘Shin & Kim banking and finance team is a very competitive advising group regarding financial law and regulation review. Compared to other Korean big law firms, its members are well trained and have enough knowledge to discuss foreign financial legal issues. ’

‘Hyunju Helen Park is one of the best finance lawyers in Korea.’

‘Banking and finance team of Shin & Kim is a very trustworthy legal advisor because the team is always focusing on key interests of the client.’

Key clients

National Pension Service of Korea

The Korea Development Bank

Korea Trade Insurance Corporation

The Korea Export-Import Bank

Baring Private Equity

Mirae Asset Daewoo Co., Ltd.

Macquarie Group

Standard Chartered Bank

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Co., Ltd, Seoul Securities Branch (HSBC)

KEB Hana Bank

Citibank Korea Inc.

Korea Investment Corporation

Credit Suisse AG

BNP Paribas

Banco Santander

European Investment Bank

Societe Generale

Woori Bank

E D & F Man Holdings Limited

Cooperative Rabobank UA

Work highlights

  • Representing Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction in the project financing and construction of a power generator in Indonesia.
  • Assisting Shinhan Investment, Shinhan Bank, Kookmin Bank, KB Securities, NongHyup Bank, NH Investment & Securities, Samsung Securities on the refinancing of existing acquisition financing for Korea industrial Holding1 and Airfirst.
  • Advising Korea Export-Import Bank on Yanbu 4 Independent Water Plant.

South Korea > Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 2

As one of the few Korean law firms to have regional practice groups, Shin & Kim leverages its expertise across multiple offices to comprehensively address regulatory matters and industry-specific issues across all M&A transactions. The team regularly handles high-profile outbound transactions for Korean companies as well as major transactions within Korea for a range of industries, including TMT, manufacturing, energy, environment and biotechnology. Its client base is broad, with an increasing number of promising start-up companies seeking the firm’s expertise, reflecting its potential for continued growth. Chris Chang-Hyun Song’s practice focuses on M&A, cross-border investments and corporate disputes; Tong-Gun Lee  advises on high profile hostile takeover litigation; Jae Young Chang specialises in M&A transactions involving companies in the financial, manufacturing and ESG sectors; along with Jae Woo Im, Song, Lee and Chang jointly head the practice. Associate Chaewon Kang is also recommended.

Testimonials

‘Shin & Kim has a focussed M&A practice and we see them in complex private equity transactions. They are very comfortable with leading the client and providing good results.’

‘Brandon Ryu is a standout cross-border lawyer. He is both legally and commercially sound and quick to boot.’

Key clients

Kumho Industrial Co., Ltd. and Asiana Airlines, Inc.

MBK Partners

Sequoia Capital

SK Group

IMM Private Equity

Hyundai Department Store Group

CJ Group

Shinhan Financial Group

Kakao Corporation

GIC

SJL Partners

Baring Private Equity

Alberta Investment Management Corporation

Lotte Group

Posco

KCC Group

Well to Sea Investment

Korea Development Bank

KB Financial Group

Hanwha Group

SsangYong Motor Company

Work highlights

  • Representing Asiana Airlines in its sale to Korean Air with a deal value of  ₩1.8 trillion.
  • Represented Kakao in the merger between Kakao Page and Kakao M.
  • Represented KCC in its sales of KCC Silicone, Basildon Chemical Co. Limited, Silicone Business of KCC Chemical (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd. to Momentive Performance Materials.

South Korea > Insurance: local firms Tier 2

The insurance practice at Shin & Kim is well-equipped to handle regulatory compliance, transactional matters and insurance coverage and claims litigation. The team handles the full gamut of insurance and reinsurance issues and have also worked outside of the insurance industry to support clients offering insurance products and warranties under different services, including the automotive industry, taxi and passenger transportation as well as aviation and shipping. Chan-Mook Jung and Jae Hwan Kim co-head the practice; Jung focuses on financial regulation while Kim is noted for his expertise in maritime law. Sang Mi Baek and Chongsu Seo are also recommended for their significant experience in acting for major Korean insurance companies.

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Testimonials

‘The team at Shin& Kim is excellent and does a wide variety of both insurance and reinsurance work. They have a good reputation in marine and energy work in the insurance and reinsurance sector. Very responsive and collaborative when working with other lawyers. ’

‘I work closely with the following partner at S&K. Mr Jae Hwan Kim – a superb lawyer and very easy to work with. He is commercially astute and applies the law practice to his clients. He has particular expertise in the marine and energy insurance and reinsurance sectors.

‘Mr Chongsu Seo is a brilliant lawyer with loyal clients.’ 

‘Thoughtful advice with local knowledge and could easily adapt to our business needs and provide timely advice that resolves our issues.’

Key clients

Samsung Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Swiss Re Asia Pte. Ltd., Korea Branch

Kyobo Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Uber Technologies, Inc. (U.S.)

Mirae Asset Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Starr International Insurance (Asia) Limited

Korean Re

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd.

Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance Co., Ltd.

Fubon Hyundai Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

AIG Korea Inc.

Lotte Insurance Co., Ltd.

Meritz Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd

MetLife Insurance of Korea Co., Ltd.

Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. (Hong Kong Branch)

Chubb Life Insurance Korea Co., Ltd.

Aviva plc (United Kingdom)

AIA Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Hanwha Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Volvo Cars (Sweden/Shanghai)

Munich Re

ABL Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

DB Insurance Co., Ltd.

KB Insurance Co., Ltd.

Euler Hermes Korea Non-Life Broker Co., Ltd.

Heungkuk Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

KB Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

NongHyup Property & Casualty Insurance Co., Ltd. a/k/a National Agricultural Cooperative Federation

Korea Trade Insurance Corporation

Korea Life Insurance Association

General Insurance Association of Korea

Heungkuk Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd.

Childcare Center Safety and Insurance Association

Hanwha Non-Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. (Korea Branch)

Tongyang Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

NongHyup Life Insurance Co., Ltd. a/k/a National Agricultural Cooperative Federation

KDB Life Insurance Co., Ltd.

Ed Broking Group Ltd.

International Adjusters & Surveyors Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Uber Technologies Inc. on insurance law compliance with respect to taxi business platforms and insurance requirements in South Korea.
  • Advised Assurant Inc., a global risk management company, on restructuring efforts.
  • Represented AIG, Chubb Insurance and Liberty Mutual Re in complex claims coverage matters involving large losses for property damage and personal injuries in South Korea.

South Korea > International arbitration Tier 2

Shin & Kim adopts an ‘efficient approach and skilful handling of legal issues in international arbitration’. The team represents clients from diverse industries in all major geographical locations, including Hong Kong, New York, Singapore and London. The ‘outstanding’ Jae Min Jeon has led the team from strength to strength and has seen an increase in the volume of instructions in complex cases such as commercial arbitration and investor-state disputes. Youngwon Yoon leads on high-value construction cases while Arie Eernisse is frequently involved in disputes about M&A, sales of goods, military and defence procurement, maritime and intellectual property, among many others. Also recommended is Jae Hee Kim, who clients describe as an ‘extremely intelligent associate’.

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Testimonials

‘They have an elite group of lawyers headed by a lawyer who probably is the top lawyer in Korea at the moment. This means that if Shin & Kim staffs its top talents to a single case, and really commits itself to that single case, then it will likely prevail over any other law firms in Korea.’

‘Jaemin Jeon is perhaps one of the most talented lawyers in Korea. In fact, I believe that Jaemin Jeon is probably the top lawyer in Korea at the moment not just in the field of arbitration, but also in the field of law in general.’

‘Jae Hee Kim is also an extremely intelligent associate lawyer who has a promising future ahead of him.’

‘Efficient approach and skillful handling of legal issues in international arbitration – Staffing legal experts in their number and diversity – Competent attitude probably coming from the team’s sufficient experience and past performance’.

Key clients

Baring Private Equity Asia

Lone Star Funds

LSF-KEB Holdings SCA

International Petroleum Investment Company

AIG

Lotte Group

SK Group

KCC Group

Korea Marine Transport Co., Ltd.

Korea Western Power Co., Ltd.

SL Corporation

K-Water

Dongwon Group

Wemade Entertainment Co., Ltd.

FuelCell Energy, Inc.

SamSung Group

Work highlights

  • Acting as co-counsel, with Wiley, to FuelCell Energy, in at least seven disputes with POSCO.
  • Representing a Korean state-owned entity, KOWEPO in an investor-state dispute against the Government of India, alleging that India’s change in gas allocation policy and its implementation breached the BIT, causing $400m in damages.
  • Representing Lone Star, the former majority shareholder of Korea Exchange Bank, in claiming $4.4bn worth of damages in the first ISDS case filed against the Korean government.

South Korea > Labour and employment: local firms Tier 2

Shin & Kim has a strong track record in litigation but has continued to strengthen its advisory capabilities with the hire of Ki-Seop Moon in July 2021, the former Head of Safety Division of the Ministry of Employment and Labour (MOEL). Led by the ‘meticulous’ Young-Seok Ki, the team handles the full range of issues arising from employment and labour law and with Ki at the front, clients are assured that his ‘deep knowledge and experience on employment issues allows him to accurately identify potentially risky situations’. Dong-Wook Kim leverages his experience as labour regulator at the MOEL to navigate complex disputes. Jong Soo Kim ‘displays great expertise’ and is also recommended.

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Testimonials

‘Young Seok Ki is a leader in the employment field who is meticulous and leaves no stones unturned. When drafting legal documentation or reviewing employment incidents, Young Seok’s deep knowledge and experience on employment issues allows him to accurately identify potentially risky situations and safeguard the company despite unexpected events.’

‘Shin & Kim handles all labor-related matters, from litigation to advisory services, efficiently within one team. In addition to typical Labor Relations Commission cases or civil lawsuits, the firm successfully engages in various criminal cases involving labor issues.’

‘In particular, I have found the legal opinions of Shin & Kim to be always concrete, feasible and reliable.’

‘Shin & Kim have been reasonable, and even if there is a dispute later on, the judgment in the court often aligns with the opinion of Shin & Kim. In this regard, I strongly trust Shin & Kim’s labor team.’

‘Jong Soo Kim is a young partner who has been providing advice on our labor and employment issues since he was an associate at the firm. Compared to senior attorneys at other law firms, Jong Soo Kim has more knowledge and experience, and in particular, he displays greater expertise.’

‘The team is professional. Lawyers of the team work based on diverse hands-on backgrounds in business, government and/or academic sector. Those various experiences make them special.’

‘I mainly entrust my work to Attorney Dongwook Kim. He is from a government agency and has a lot of practical experience. He gives accurate answers in practice, not just theory, and is quick. The fees are also not expensive compared to other law firms. Attorney Dong-Wook Kim is one of the best lawyers in the field of labor law in Korea.’

Key clients

Yuhan Kimberly (Kimberly Clark JV in Korea)

Walt Disney Co., Korea

Hanwha Life Insurance Co., Ltd. (Hanwha Life)

Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)

Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)

LG Display Co., Ltd. (LG Display)

Heungkuk Fire & Marine Insurance (Heungkuk Fire & Marine)

Pagoda Academy (Pagoda)

Daekyo Co., Ltd. (Daekyo)

Bank of Korea

Work highlights

  • Advised Yuhan Kimberly (Kimberly Clark JV in Korea) on Serious Accident Punishment Act matters.
  • Advised Walt Disney Company (Korea) Ltd. on changes to employment policies due to COVID-19.
  • Assisted Hanwha Life Insurance Co., Ltd. on a claim in regards to employee status.

South Korea > TMT: local firms Tier 2

Shin & Kim have notable strengths in the ICT sector, with dedicated ICT sector professionals who focus exclusively on broadcasting, IT and telecoms. The TMT sector is a core area of focus for the firm, with the top three mobile communication companies in Korea as part of its client roster. It is also heavily involved in local compliance culture and has seen significant growth in regulatory and data-privacy-related work. Practice head Sinook Kang is a market expert that handles the full spectrum of TMT work for Korean and foreign clients as well as the Korean government. For expertise on personal information, June Young Jang is the key practitioner, supported by newly appointed partner Jung-Hyun Hwang. Claudia Chong-Ah Hong is a name to note, advising senior executives in both the private and public sectors.

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Testimonials

‘Great professionalism and strong networks with privacy-related regulators to gather intelligence of the regulatory landscape. Also considerate lawyers.’

‘Individual experts of the S&K TMT team seem to have an excellent understanding of TMT issues compared to other law firms. S&K’s TMT team is distinguished by its ability to preemptively prevent tasks that may be required from the customer’s point of view and help them respond in a timely manner.’

‘Sinook Kang of S&K is a lawyer who has accumulated expertise in the TMT field at a large law firm for a long time. S&K provides very satisfactory advice at a reasonable price within a set time frame, which is backed by the dedication of lawyers who consider their clients’ work as their own, based on the excellent manpower management of Sinook Kang.’

‘Jung-Hyun Hwang seems to be very worthy of attention – has worked as a lawyer specializing in TMT for a long time, has outstanding expertise in broadcasting, telecommunication, and personal information as well as in the blockchain field. When a new issue arises, he always suggests a new and creative way to respond to a point that we did not think of.’

‘S&K’s ICT group has the best expertise in terms of personal information. Not only do they have a high technical understanding, but they can also provide advice on both policy and legal aspects. The advantages of S&K’s ICT group can be seen in two main ways. One is professionalism and the other is teamwork.’

‘The presence of junior lawyers with experience in regulatory agencies is considered to be a great advantage of S&K’s ICT group.’

Key clients

The Walt Disney Company (Korea) LLC

Amazon Advertising LLC

Scania Korea Seoul Ltd

LGU+

SK Broadband

Team Blind Inc

Kakao

Coupang

Korea Communications Commission (regulatory agency)

Work highlights

  • Compliance management advice for The Walt Disney Company (Korea) LLC on the launch of the Korean service.
  • Due diligence for Amazon Advertising LLC’s launch in Korea.
  • Advised SK Broadband (SKB) in the response (lawsuit) on the network usage fee of Company N.

South Korea > Tax: local firms Tier 3

Shin & Kim’s tax department provides a wide range of services and has strengthened its international tax offering through the hire of Sunyoung Kim from Deloitte Korea. Kim is an experienced international tax practitioner noted for her role in advising the Ministry of Finance and Economy for the last 15 years. The team also has a strong contentious arm, led by Choon Cho, with two former judges in the tax litigation team, including Jinkyu Yoon from the Supreme Court of Korea. Hee-Chan Byun is the overall head of tax whilst Hyeon-Jin Kim leads the tax advisory and investigation team. Je-Heum Baik joined from Kim & Chang in February 2022.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘I am extremely satisfied with the exceptional quality of performance of Shin & Kim. The team have provided me with the most excellent services with their resources and knowledge in international tax law.’

‘I believe their speciality regarding international tax law is exceptionally outstanding and unique compare to other legal firms in South Korea.’

‘I would highly recommend Shin & Kim to potential clients as Shin & Kim provides strong services and help as a team and as well as individual ability and speciality.’

Key clients

KCC Corporation

Samsung Biologics

Korea Railroad Corporation (KORAIL)

Samsung Electronics

Sindoh Co., Ltd.

Samsung C&T

Taekwang

Lotte Group

Dole Korea Limited

AJU Corporation Co., Ltd.

SL Corporation

Korea Investment Management Co. Ltd.

Del Monte Fresh Produce (Korea) Ltd.

CJ Logistics Corporation

POSCO

Ssangyong Cement Industrial Co., Ltd.

AIG Korea

Linde Korea Co., Ltd.

Shinhan Financial Group Co., Ltd.

Korea East-West Power Co., Ltd (EWP)

Korea Southern Power Co., Ltd. (KOSPO)

Korea Gas Corporation

Baring Private Equity Asia

National Pension Service of Korea

IGIS Real Estate Investment Company

GS Holding Corporation

Softbank Ventures Asia Corporation

BMW Korea

KB Bank

Woori Bank

Meritz Asset Management

Fedex

ResMed

Hanwha Asset Management

Hana Alternative Asset Management

Kakao Venture

Tesla

ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company)

GE Capital

Korea Investment Corporation

Temasek

Partners Group Korea

IPM Asset Management

RESMED

Genexine

Worldline

Carsales

Nongshim Captial

DB Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Represented Seoul Metropolitan Government et al. for cancellation of tobacco consumption tax assessments.

The firm: Now in its 40th year, Shin & Kim is one of the largest and highly regarded law firms in Korea.

The breadth and depth of experience offered by over 600 professionals (including Korean and foreign attorneys, patent attorneys, tax attorneys, certified public accountants, customs specialists and other advisors) has kept the firm at the forefront of changes in the global financial market and the international business environment.

The practice has expanded with the increase in intra-regional cooperation and investments, with Shin & Kim’s offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City , Hanoi and Jakarta providing comprehensive legal advisory services in China and Southeast Asia.

Areas of practice: Among the practice areas in which Shin & Kim is pre-eminent are:

M&A, investment and restructuring: Shin & Kim has represented both foreign and domestic clients in many of the largest cross-border M&A transactions and hostile takeovers in Korea. The firm also specialises in providing legal services relating to foreign direct investments and has extensive experience of assisting US, European, Asian and other foreign clients in establishing subsidiaries, joint ventures, branches and liaison offices in Korea. The firm is widely recognised as having one of the leading bankruptcy practices in Korea and has handled an extensive list of corporate reorganisation, composition and bankruptcy cases.

Corporate: Shin & Kim provides the full range of corporate services, including legal advice relating to issues of fair trade, monopoly and labour, and has extensive experience in the areas of broadcasting; information and telecommunications; energy and environment; real estate and construction; IT; WTO and international trade; customs; government contracts; and general commercial trade. The firm is noted for its creativity in finding solutions to the issues facing its clients.

Securities, banking and finance: Shin & Kim advises many of the leading financial institutions and other corporate clients on all aspects of their involvement in the world’s capital markets. Since its inception, Shin & Kim has been a pioneer in securities, banking and finance law, having assisted in the establishment of the Korea Fund and the Korea-Europe Fund; foreign-owned investment funds; most of the existing domestic funds; virtually all Korean issues of convertible bonds and bonds with warrants; and the first global depository receipt issuance by a Korean company.

Litigation: Shin & Kim is recognised as one of the premier firms in Korea for litigation. The firm has been involved in many landmark cases, including its recent representation of the Samsung Group in the largest litigation ever filed in Korea.

International dispute resolution: Shin & Kim’s experienced arbitration practitioners represent the firm’s clients in large complex arbitrations all over the world and under the rules of all major arbitral institutions, including the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, LCIA and KCAB.

Intellectual property: Shin & Kim offers its clients a full range of legal services relating to the acquisition, enforcement and protection of intellectual property rights, including litigation, counselling and other related services. Shin & Kim’s intellectual property practice consists of Korean attorneys, foreign attorneys, patent attorneys, technical consultants and a large staff with extensive experience in dealing with the particular issues posed in this area.

Tax and accounting: the firm has a highly regarded tax and accounting practice, staffed by tax attorneys and certified public accountants with in-depth experience and expertise. Shin & Kim’s tax and accounting practice has been designed to provide a ‘one-stop service’ to a broad range of domestic and international clients.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Antitrust and competition YC Yim
Antitrust and competition J Choi
Antitrust and competition JY Park
Banking and finance CB Hur
Banking and finance WS Song
Banking and finance HS Hwang
Banking and finance H Pak
Banking and finance KH Moon
Corporate DS Kim
Corporate SG Kim
Corporate JW Im
Dispute resolution JY Yun
Dispute resolution SS Kang
Dispute resolution JH Oh
Environment SY Jung
Insolvency and restructuring YK Lee
Insolvency and restructuring YS Park
Insolvency and restructuring BG Choi
Intellectual property YH Moon
Intellectual property GS Park
Intellectual property BK Lim
International arbitration DS Kim
International arbitration JM Jeon
International trade and customs DS Kim
IT and telecommunications SG Kim
IT and telecommunications SN Kang
IT and telecommunications JY Jang
Labour and employment SR Hong
Labour and employment YS Ki
Labour and employment M Chang
Labour and employment DW Kim
Mergers and acquisitions CH Song
Mergers and acquisitions TG Lee
Mergers and acquisitions HS Shin
Mergers and acquisitions MH Ryu
Projects and energy SH Lee
Projects and energy H Pak
Projects and energy M Chang
Real estate KD Lee
Real estate R Young
Real estate YW Lee
Real estate S Lee
Securities SM Kim
Securities TY Seo
Tax and accounting HJ Kim
Tax and accounting C Cho
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