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Name: H. Young Shin
Firm Name: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Country: South Korea
Expertise: Joint Ventures Law

Telephone: 82.2.6177.3001
Fax: 1.917.777.2023
Email: [email protected]

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Professional Biography:

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.

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