Charles Yang

Charles Y. Yang is managing partner and founder of ShinWha Accounting Corporation. He attended Seoul National University (BA, MBA) and has over 30 years experience as a CPA (Member of Korean Institute of Certified Public Accountants). His work experience was based with Ernst Young and Price Waterhouse Coopers this was especially for foreign investment and clients.

Charles has a speciality in M&A, Strategic Tax Planning and Auditing.

Charles is also a Professional Coach (CEO Coaching, Individual Life Coaching, and Group Coaching), a columnist for local magazines and newspapers as well as a Senior Champion of Dance Sports in Korea

ShinWha Accounting Corporation:

Establishment

ShinWha Accounting Corporation was established in April, 2003, and has grown consistently, especially focusing on M&A, auditing, tax, business consulting, corporate finance, various foreign client service and professional coaching business areas.

Organizational structure

Number of Partners: 12 CPAs (most have work experience in Ernst Young, Price Waterhouse Coopers, KPMG, etc.)

Staff members: CPA: 27 (including partners)
Administrative and Book Keeping employees: 46
Professional Consultants
– Finance, Securities, Legal, Professional Coach: 7 Directors

Interrelated Companies

  • Seoul Coaching Academy (SAC)
  • ICC Group (consulting firm for business)
  • Joined with Asia Coach Center (Established in 2000, One of the major coaching firm in Korea)

Expertise

  • Auditing, Tax, Management Consulting, M&A, Corporate Finance,
  • Professional Coaching
  • Corporate and Individual Life Insurance

Professional Strengths

  • Our firm has the professional strengths especially in the following business:
  • Foreign Investment and Companies
  • M&A, Corporate Finance
  • Securities Consulting and Management (KOSDAQ, Korea Stock Exchange)
  • Professional Coaching – Life coaching, CEO coaching, Group coaching

International Network

  • Member of RT ASEAN (a leading accountancy and consulting organization based in Singapore)

H. Young Shin

H. Young Shin, head of Skadden’s Korea practice, is based in the Seoul office and has worked on a wide range of matters, including mergers and acquisitions, energy-related investments, joint ventures, project finance, real estate development and investments, and corporate finance transactions.

Mr. Shin worked in the firm’s New York office for 15 years before relocating to Seoul.

He is recognized by Chambers Global and Chambers Asia-Pacific as one of the leading lawyers in the region.

Mr. Shin’s experience includes the representation of, among others:

– Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in its acquisition of LoopPay, Inc., a mobile payments company and its multihundred million dollar acquisition of a majority stake in Novaled AG;
– Samsung SDS Co., Ltd. and Samsung Networks Co., Ltd. in the internal restructuring of their U.S. subsidiaries by way of merger;
– Goldman Sachs (Japan) Ltd. as financial advisor to EZER Inc. (Japan) and Techno Groove, Inc. (Japan) in their US$400 million acquisition of a 52 percent stake in GRAVITY Co., Ltd. (an online game developer in South Korea);
– Korean Investment Corporation, a sovereign wealth fund, in structuring and reviewing investments in various private equity and hedge fund investments;
– Visteon Corporation in the US$3.6 billion sale of its 70 percent stake in Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. to an affiliate of Hahn & Company, a private equity firm, and Hankook Tire Co., Ltd.;
– Hanwha Group in connection with its acquisition of automobile parts manufacturers in the U.S. from GE and PPG, its proposed acquisition of an aircraft parts manufacturer in the U.S. and its proposed acquisition of a chemical distribution business in Canada from Dow Chemical;
– Honam Petrochemical Corp., an affiliate of Lotte Group, in its US$1.5 billion proposed acquisition of Dow Chemical’s Styron plastic business unit;
– Pulmuone Holdings in its acquisition of a NASDAQ-listed manufacturer of fresh gourmet pasta and other refrigerated food products;
– GS Energy and GS Global with their US$250 million acquisition of undivided working interest in Longfellow Energy’s Mississippian Lime assets in Oklahoma through a joint venture;
– SK Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd. as the lead sponsor of its US$1 billion proposed development and construction of road tunnel under the Istanbul Strait in Turkey;
– Samchully Asset Management Co. Ltd, the investment arm of the largest Korean city gas distributor; Samchully Group; and the National Pension Service of Korea, in their acquisition of a 34 percent interest in the Neptune Gas Processing Plant in the United States, from Marathon Oil Company for US$170 million. The transaction represents the first direct investment in a U.S. midstream asset by a Korean financial entity; and
– Simone Asset Managers in its real estate investment in vacant land in California and a hotel in Manhattan, New York.

Education:

– J.D., Columbia University, 1999
– M.B.A., Yale University, 1996
– M.A., Yale University, 1994
– B.A., Harvard University, 1993

Firm History:

Founded by Marshall Skadden, Les Arps and John Slate on April Fools’ Day in 1948, Skadden began as a scrappy upstart among a sea of established “white shoe” law firms in New York. Joe Flom was hired as the firm’s first associate later that year, and litigator Bill Meagher, the fifth partner to lend his name to the firm’s letterhead as it appears today, joined in 1959.

Our first two decades were marked by slow and steady growth of our client base as we set out to establish ourselves as the go-to firm for our clients’ most complex legal problems. Our willingness to handle proxy fights in the 1950s and early 1960s — matters deemed “ungentlemanly” by white shoe firms — positioned us to ultimately become the firm of choice for the hostile takeovers that dominated the M&A landscape beginning in the 1970s.

Recognizing the value of providing full-service advice to clients, from day one we sought to develop a range of complementary practices, like litigation, tax and antitrust. Client needs led us to open offices in other cities beginning in 1973, and the volume of work we were handling fueled exponential growth in the number of attorneys at the firm in the 1980s. That growth included a significant expansion of the practices we offered to clients, including restructuring, finance, real estate, mass torts and securities litigation, as well as the opening of offices in Europe and Asia.

In the nearly three decades since, we’ve built on that platform to provide advice to clients around the world on their most important matters. Our core values reflect the ideals of our history, and we remain committed to providing excellent lawyering and unrivaled client service in all our work.

Henry Shin

We at Echon & Co. work with untiring effort, supported by professionals who have experiences with major accounting corporations such as PWC, KPMG, Delloitte, and Ernst & Young. Professionals from various fields—Financial Surveillance Agency, Korea Security Dealers Association, Securities, Venture Capital, Securities Investment Trust, and other companies—form the main axis of the firm and have consulted domestic and foreign firms. With our deep understanding of a variety of issues, we are prepared to respond to complex questions raised by governments, enterprises, and individuals and we are here to provide innovative and optimal solutions.

We, Echon & Co. promise our future clients that we, the trained minds from big corporations and agencies, will provide the best service for your continuous improvement and successful future.

Young Mo Kwon

Young Mo Kwon, a partner at Lee & Ko, is recognized as one of the leading IP trial lawyers in Korea with a wealth of experience to back his reputation and a solid technical background making him more unique and distinctive among other IP practitioners. Since starting his practice in 1987, he has focused on the enforcement of IP rights with a particular emphasis on patents and technology licensing.

Mr. Kwon’s extensive representation of multinational and domestic corporations covers all major technical fields including electrical, mechanical, chemical, pharmaceutical, bio, computer and other industries. Most notably, he successfully defended one of the largest Korean conglomerates in a landmark case, initiated by a global corporation (in Korea and in the U.S.) alleging infringement of a patent for polyester tire code. In addition, he successfully defended one of the largest biogenetics companies in a claim of infringement of a genetic engineering patent for BGH, which is the first biogenetics case ever filed before Korean courts. His success record continues with his defense of the largest corporate group in Korea in a claim of infringement of a patent for a drilling ship device for multi-tasking exploratory or developmental drilling and his defense of a medium-sized Korean company in a multi-jurisdictional patent litigation brought by a global semiconductor probe card manufacturer in connection with semiconductor probe card assembly, where his victory created a favorable outcome in other jurisdictions.

He has been awarded with many accolades in Chambers Asia, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, AsiaLaw and Who’s Who Legal for his involvement in many of Korea’s most critical precedents and notable cases

Patents Law Practice:

Lee & Ko’s Intellectual Property (IP) Practice Group is one of the largest and prominent IP practices in Korea comprised of IP litigators, patent attorneys, patent engineers, trademark paralegals and support staffs. Uniquely, Lee & Ko’s IP Group boasts of having as its members IP litigators with degrees covering broad spectrum of technical fields such as electric/electronic, chemical, pharmaceutical, genetic/bio, mechanical, telecommunications, computer software, and semiconductor. In addition to the sound technical background, the Group includes former judges specialized in IP laws at Supreme Court, Patent Court, or Seoul High Court, and former examiners and administrative law judges at the Korean Intellectual Property Office.

Within the Group are specialty practice teams comprising of our attorneys optimally organized to utilize each member’s technical and legal expertise : Electrical / Electronics Practice Team, Chemical Practice Team, Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Practice Team, Mechanical Practice Team, Trademark/Unfair Competition Practice Team, Copyright Practice Team, Sports & Entertainment Practice Team, and Franchise Practice Team. Powered by such strategic organization, our Group offers a full range of legal services relating to all IP areas including patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret, copyright, design, utility model, domain name, licensing, franchise, and sports & entertainment. In addition to the Group’s expertise in counseling IP matters, the Group successfully represented clients before various courts, Korean Intellectual Property Office, Intellectual Property Tribunal, Korean Trade Commission, prosecutors’ offices, and customs offices, as well as relevant authorities in other jurisdictions

Lee & Ko:

Lee & Ko’s evolution as the premier law firm in Korea parallels in many ways the solid economic development of the country for more than 30 years following its founding in 1977, and has firmly established its leading position among the largest law firms in Korea. Our firm is constantly recognized for its excellence occupying top spots in many league tables and recognized in internationally respected legal publications for all of its major practice areas. We are proud for our steady advances in prominence and size.

At Lee & Ko, our principal objective is simply to provide the highest level of quality legal services for our clients, and each and every one of our lawyers relentlessly works toward achieving this goal. Our clients retain Lee & Ko for our expertise and full-service capabilities, which is of key importance for sophisticated global transactions. We are proud of our distinguished lawyers as they are the most respected and renown experts in their practice areas dealing with a wide array of domestic and multinational clientele in most notable high-profile and cutting edge cases. A significant number of our distinguished lawyers have served as judges and prosecutors, and have held prominent high-level positions with the government. In addition, our former high-level government officials serve as distinguished advisors providing invaluable insight and guidance from decades of specialized experience. Our distinguished lawyers in the profession provide progressive, strategic, innovative and solution-oriented legal counsel, and the most accurate and cost-efficient legal services in a timely manner.

Doo-Sik Kim

Mr. Doo-Sik Kim is a senior partner of Shin & Kim, and is qualified in Korea and New York. Mr. Kim’s main areas of practice include cross-border investments, general corporate transactions, mergers & acquisitions, construction and other projects, WTO/GATT & international trade law, and international litigation & arbitration.

Mr. Kim has conducted a number of international and domestic arbitrations as advocate and as arbitrator. Mr. Kim has also participated in many governmental negotiations and international trade disputes as a government lawyer or, sometimes, as a member of the Korean government delegation. He received the National Service Medal from the government of the Republic of Korea in 2007.

Mr. Kim has taught international economic law as an adjunct professor at Dong-Kuk University, Graduate School of International Information and at Seoul National University Law School. He has also written extensively on topics related to securities and M&A law, international trade law and corporate law

Trade Law Practice:

We have high-level experience and in-depth expertise in the many trade and customs issues facing the government and private sector today. Our particular strength is in responding to international trade disputes. We have a proven track record of successfully resolved disputes through participation in WTO dispute settlement procedures and successful counteractions against the anti-dumping investigations of foreign governments. We take a unique ‘selection and concentration’ approach in resolving issues, enabling our clients to achieve their desired results in a cost-effective manner. We also extensively advise on preventive measures for risk management

Shin & Kim:

Established in 1981, Shin & Kim has grown in close partnership with its clients.

We have more than 300 Korean and foreign lawyers admitted to practice in numerous jurisdictions around the world and over 50 other professionals, including accountants, tax accountants, patent attorneys and customs specialists. We provide legal services in a broad range of practice areas such as mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, arbitration, taxation, intellectual property and labor, to a diverse clientele ranging from domestic and multinational corporations, financial institutions and small-medium enterprises to state-owned corporations and governments and their agencies.

Shin & Kim considers our clients’ value realization our top priority. We make sure we’re clear on the value that each client is seeking to realize, and then provide the best legal solutions for realizing that value.

Our solutions don’t stop at one-off quick fixes of the immediate problem at hand, but go deeper to resolve the root causes and achieve lasting results; our advice is never one-size-fits-all, but tailored to our clients’ specific needs. We serve our clients with the mind-set that we want to see them again, and devote all of our efforts toward our clients’ ultimate satisfaction. This is why our clients seek us out and stay with us. We do our best to make them want us by their side.

Shin & Kim’s greatest pride is our people. Our lawyers and professionals have proven track records and are leading experts in their respective fields. With the utmost of professionalism, expertise and an in-depth understanding of our clients’ businesses and commercial interests that can only be gained through years of experience, Shin & Kim functions as a one-stop legal service hub, providing industry-specific advice and expertise in a multi-disciplined manner across all aspects of our practice.

Jin-Young Jung

Jin young JUNG joined Lee & Ko in 1995 and has been practicing in maritime, aviation, insurance, international commercial disputes and energy commodity for 15 years. He deserves competitive reputation in his practice areas from the clients as well as in the market.

Throughout his professional career, he has been involved in a number of major cases, including the ‘MV Hebei Spirit vs Samsung Barge No 1’ case, the ‘Air China Aircraft Crash at Gimhae’ case, the ‘KAL Aircraft Crash at Guam’ case and the ‘Seizure by Somali pirate of MV Bright Ruby’ case etc. He also represented many foreign/domestic clients (Hanjin Shipping, Korea Line Corporation, Britania P&I Club, Steamship Mutual P&I Club, North China Shipping, Korea Air Line, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Korea Exchange Bank, Natixis Bank, Calyon Bank etc) in the area of maritime, aviation and commercial disputes.

Further, as the lead partner of energy group at Lee & Ko, he has been also advising major energy-related companies such as KOGAS, KEPCO, Korea District Heating Corporation, POSCO, Hyundai Steel and E1 Corporation etc with in-depth knowledge and experience in the energy commodity area. Especially he represented KOGAS in Sakhalin II LNG Project and in Mexico Manzanilo LNG Terminal Project, represented POSCO in LNG Tank Storage Service Project and represented STX Energy in Renaissance Project in Alabama, USA.

He ever worked as a foreign associate at Richard Butler, London Office (2001) and at Richard Butler, H.K. Office (2002) to enhance his specialty in maritime area as well as to establish a good network with shipping-related firms in UK. He also took a secondment at Beaumont & Son to advance his competitiveness in aviation area.

He was a lecturer in maritime law at the Judicial Research and Training Institute in 2008

Shipping Law Practice:

The maritime industry has risen to prominence in recent years with the boom in international trade following the economic growth of emerging countries and the execution of free trade agreements by Korea. The maritime industry constitutes a critical component of the international shipping of goods, which remains the leading mode of shipping to this date. In Korea, which is surrounded by sea on three sides and relies heavily on international trade, the maritime industry also presents a particularly critical component of the national economy and is a business sector that demands the highest levels of expertise and efficiency from legal service providers because of the industry’s complex customary practices, contacts with multiple jurisdictions and fast-changing environment.

Since its establishment, the Maritime & Shipping Practice Group at Lee & Ko has handled cases in virtually every area of maritime law, ranging from bill of lading (B/L) disputes, cargo claims, charter party disputes, hull & machinery insurance, vessel arrests, vessel collisions, pollution, etc., for countless domestic and overseas clients. With its unsurpassed industry knowledge and strong relationships of trust with key players, the Group continues to set market-leading standards in maritime law. We are proud to note that, with the insights gained from specializing in this practice area for more than 20 years, Lee & Ko is regarded as the most professional and reliable law firm of choice for maritime industry participants in Korea and overseas

Lee & Ko:

Lee & Ko’s evolution as the premier law firm in Korea parallels in many ways the solid economic development of the country for more than 30 years following its founding in 1977, and has firmly established its leading position among the largest law firms in Korea. Our firm is constantly recognized for its excellence occupying top spots in many league tables and recognized in internationally respected legal publications for all of its major practice areas. We are proud for our steady advances in prominence and size.