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Shin & Kim


7 ranked lawyersBand 1, Spotlight TableSouth KoreaGlobal 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Shin & Kim's robust corporate team routinely assists clients with a wide variety of corporate activities, including cross-border mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, restructuring and private equity deals. Also well placed to handle spin-off matters. Acts as counsel on large multi-jurisdictional transactions and specialises in advising Korean clients looking to make outbound investments. Serves clients in a variety of sectors including finance, manufacturing and technology.

Foreign desks

Shin & Kim is a highly experienced team advising on North Korea trade-related issues, and also able to assist companies with the recovery of investments in the event of heightened political tensions. Supports clients on various issues arising from political and military confrontation with North Korea. Its key clients include POSCO and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. Yong Joon Cho is a key contact.

Notable practitioners

Brandon Ryu (Myong-Hyon Ryu) is particularly focused on cross-border transactions, regularly acting for Korean corporations. Market sources see him as a "strong, experienced, internationally-minded lawyer," further noting: "Brandon Ryu balances legal considerations and business or deal requirements in a fair way, and with an ultimate focus towards what is best for the client and their desired outcome."

Chang-Hyun Song is experienced in a range of corporate matters including private equity transactions, mergers and investments. His clients include Korean and international corporations and private equity firms. "He gives clear and practical advice to manoeuvre through the often complicated Korean legal system," remarks an impressed interviewee.

Chung-In Anthony Choi is active on a variety of matters and has experience handling pre-IPO sales, equity sales and acquisitions. One client states: "He's able to break down issues and offer straightforward recommendations."

Hae Sung Jeong 's client roster features conglomerates and PE houses. He has expertise in private equity deals, leveraged buyouts and corporate governance. "Hae Sung Jeong is a very attentive professional," notes a client, who explains: "He is very helpful in making decisions because he advises me even on the things I didn't think about."

Jae Young Chang remains active on M&A transactions and is considered a "strong-willed negotiator" by an interviewee. "He understands the intricacies of the complex structures of our transactions," says a client, who stresses his "communication and interpersonal skills that allow him to be persuasive, reassuring and credible."

Joongil Cho focuses on corporate governance matters, M&A and private equity transactions. Clients emphasises his "super fast responses," adding: "It truly makes my life so much easier and it is truly pleasant working with Joongil Cho."

Tong-Gun Lee rises in the rankings due to widespread compliments from clients. He advises on a range of matters including acquisitions and divestments for a range of domestic corporate clients and private equity houses. "Tong-Gun Lee is capable of spotting key legal issues early on throughout the M&A process, and provides effective solutions," lauds a client. Another commentator adds: "He is definitely one of the best lawyers I have worked with," further stating: "He has in-depth understanding of commercial and financial aspects of the deals."

Department Information

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The M&A Practice Group has extensive experience in advising domestic and foreign companies on various types of mergers and acquisitions transactions. The Group advises on all aspects of M&A matters providing guidance to clients from the earliest stages of negotiations to the final steps of a successful closing. Such full suite of services include advisory services with respect to deal structuring, due diligence, execution of bids and offers, and drafting relevant agreements. The Group also works closely with our Corporate General Practice Group and other practice groups in order to provide a comprehensive and fully integrated range of legal services to our clients prior to and after the closing of transactions.


Chang, Jae Young

Cho, Joongil

Im, Jae Woo

Jeong, Hae Sung

Kang, Jiwon

Kim, Byung Tae

Kim, Stephanie H.

Lee, Soo Kyun

Shin, Philippe

Song, Chang-Hyun


Affinity Equity Partners

Alberta Investment Management Corporation

CJ Group

Dongbu Group

General Electric Company

Hahn & Co

IMM Private Equity

Kakao Corporation


Lotte Group

MBK Partners

Mirae Asset Global Investments

Orix Corporation


Sequoia Capital

Shinhan Financial Group

SJL Partners

SK Group

Stonebridge Capital

Woori Financial Group


Automobiles & Parts



Consumer Product Manufacturing



Financial Services

Food & Drink Producers


Health Care

Industrial Engineering



Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Real Estate


Technology, Hardware & Electronics




Shin & Kim


23rd Floor, D-Tower (D2)

17 Jongno 3-gil, Jongno-gu



South Korea


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Articles, Highlights and Press Releases

Total 3 Articles, Highlights and Press Releases


Korea Corporate Governance Service Proposes Revision to the ESG Model Standards

Authors: Byung Tae Kim, Kyung Hwa Moon, Seong Ik Hwang, Soo Young Song


New Legislation Aims to Balance Promoting Micromobility Industry Growth with Safety

Authors: Yong Woo Lee, Joongil Cho, Claudia Chong-Ah Hong, Dong-il Shin, Minyoung Park

Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

South Korea


Brandon (Myong-Hyon) Ryu
Band 2
Chang-Hyun Song
Band 2
Chung-In Anthony Choi
Band 3
Hae Sung Jeong
Band 4
Jae Young Chang
Band 2
Joongil Cho
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