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Shin & Kim

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Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai

Michael Chang

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Shin & Kim

Work Department

Banking & Finance.


Senior Foreign Attorney.


Shin & Kim (2010-Present); Convener Of law Council of Australia, Seoul(2016-Present); Board Member of the Australian Chamber of Commerce in Korea(2016-Present); Senior Associate, Allens Arthur Robinson, Singapore (2008-2010); Seconded to Shin & Kim (2002-2008); Senior Associate, Allens Arthur Robinson, Melbourne, Australia (2001-2002); Allens Arthur Robinson, Melbourne, Australia (1996-2001).


Korean and English.


Refinancing Committee of Private Infrastructure Center of Korea; Supreme Court of Victoria and High Court of Austalia.


University of Melbourne (B.Com., LL.B.(Hons), 1995).

South Korea: Labour and employment

Labour and employment – Local firms

Within: Labour and employment – Local firms

Shin & Kim’s full-service labour department spans internal compliance investigations, restructuring and has strong capabilities in disputes, particularly in illegal dispatch worker cases. Practice head Young-Seok Ki and Michael Chang recently advised BBC Korea on setting up its employment structure, employee handbook and policies in compliance with Korean labour laws. In other matters, Dong-Wook Kim and Jong Soo Kim are representing the Ministry of Employment and Labor in the highly topical administrative lawsuit and constitutional petition brought by small and medium businesses in response to the legislative increase of the minimum wage.

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South Korea: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Local firms

Within: Leading individuals

Michael Chang - Shin & Kim

Within: Projects and energy – Local firms

Shin & Kim continues to be at the forefront of the alternative energy industry while also advising blue-chip corporate clients in domestic and international projects. Highlights include Hyunju Helen Pak and Sang-Hyun Lee acting for the National Pension Service as part of a consortium which acquired full ownership of Helix Holdings, and several Korean lenders in relation to financing the construction of a suspension bridge in Turkey. In investment in renewable energy projects, Michael Chang and Lee advised Korea Electric Power on the acquisition of a solar power facility located in California. In other inbound transactions, Seung-Gyu Yang and Lee lead on project finance for Daesan Green Energy's fuel cell power systems project, as well as advise K Securities, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance and Kyobo Life Insurance on the Younggwang wind farms project financing.

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Legal Developments by:
Shin & Kim

  • Essilor’s Proposed Combination with an Optical Lens Maker in Korea is Blocked

    In its press release on March 17, 2014, the Korea Fair Trade Commission (the "KFTC") blocked the proposed acquisition of 50% shares by Essilor Amera Investment Pte. Ltd. (a subsidiary of Essilor International S.A., the largest optical lens maker in the world) in Daemyung Optical Co., Ltd. (the second largest optical lens maker in Korea) citing inter alia the likely lessening effect on price competition and the probable future abuses of the enhanced market power. On top of the expressed competitive concerns, the KFTC observed that allowing foreign firms to acquire local firms and turn them into their local sub-contractors worsens the competitive market structure of the domestic optical lens industry.
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