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Shin & Kim

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Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai

Sang-Hyun Lee

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Shin & Kim

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Banking and Finance.




Shin & Kim (2000-Present); Member, Investment Review Committee of the Korean Teachers Credit Union (2011- 2016); International Lawyer, White & Case LLP, New York (2005-2006).


Korean and English.


Korean and Seoul Bar Associations; New York State Bar Association; International Bar Association.


Columbia University Law School (LL.M., 2005); Judicial Research & Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea (1998-2000); Seoul National University, College of Law (LL.B., 1998).

South Korea: Banking and finance

Banking and finance – Local firms

Within: Banking and finance – Local firms

Shin & Kim continues to have a strong reputation in acquisition and project finance. The team has been active on several significant transactions, in one notable example Yun Seok Jang and Yong Hee Kim advised a syndicate of financial institutions led by long-standing client Woori Bank as lenders on the refinancing of acquisition financing for Doosan Machine Tools valued at over $900m. Senior foreign attorney Hyun Ju Helen Pak frequently advises private equity and asset management firms and sponsors on acquisition finance with a cross-border element. She and Jang advised Korea Trade Insurance on a loan facility extension to Korea Shipping and Maritime Transportation. For project finance transactions, Sang-Hyun Lee is well regarded and has been active on the practices’ largest transactions.

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South Korea: Projects and energy

Projects and energy – Local firms

Within: Leading individuals

Sang-Hyun Lee - 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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