Shin & Kim opens Singapore office to meet Korean firms’ demand

Shin & Kim opens Singapore office
Oh Jong-Han

South Korean law firm Shin & Kim launches its sixth overseas office in Singapore to respond to the demand of Korean companies looking to establish a presence in the island country.

“The importance of Singapore as a business hub in Southeast Asia has increased in recent years as cross-border trade has become more active following the covid-19 pandemic,” said Oh Jong-Han, the firm’s managing partner who relocated from Seoul to head the new office.

“Our Singapore office will serve as a forward base to network closely with local businesses and as a bridgehead for domestic clients looking to expand into Southeast Asia.”

The new Singapore office is also staffed full-time with foreign attorney Bryan Shin, an experienced lawyer who has worked on various transactions in Southeast Asia with more than 13 years of experience in corporate advisory, M&A, capital markets and finance in various industries.

In addition, partner and head of the Southeast Asia practice group, Gil Yeongmin, in Ho Chi Min City will bolster connectivity with other offices in the region, including the Beijing and Shanghai offices that were launched in 2006 and 2010, respectively, as well as Ho Chi Minh City in 2017, Hanoi in 2018 and Jakarta in 2019.

“The Singapore office will work seamlessly with Shin & Kim’s Southeast Asia practice group, encompassing Vietnam and Indonesia, as well as with the firm’s Seoul head office, to provide clients with prompt and integrated solutions,” Shin added.

Other Shin & Kim foreign attorneys will also travel to Singapore when needed, including John H Choi for antitrust matters, Robert C Young for real estate alternative investment, Michael Chang for finance and projects and energy, Chung-In Anthony Choi for private equity and venture capital, as well as partner Jae Min Jeon for dealing with international arbitration.