Yunsoo
Shin

B.S. LL.B. LL.M. S.J.D. M.B.A.
Partner

yunsooshin@peterandkim.com +82 2 538 2900
Bar admission
Republic of Korea, 2008;
New York (US), 2015
Nationalities
Korean
Languages
Korean, English
Location
Seoul

PROFESSIONAL
PRACTICE

Dr Yunsoo Shin is a well-experienced specialist in international disputes and complex corporate matters. She has acted as an international arbitrator at ICC and counsel in various international arbitration cases conducted under the rules of the ICC, LCIA, HKIAC or KCAB. Her expertise covers both the common law and civil law traditions and a broad range of business transactions and commercial disputes involving M&As, general contract law, share purchase and asset purchase agreements, distribution agreements, construction, automobile manufacturing, OEM contracts, and license agreements, among various other subject matters. In particular, she is one of the most experienced young lawyers in Korea who has handled many multi-billion-dollar post-M&A disputes involving Korean chaebols.

The Global Arbitration Review describes Dr Shin as a “top-notch advocate that whill be one to watch in the coming years at the top of the Korean market.” She has been nominated as a ‘Rising Star’ under 45 and a ‘Leading Lawyer’ in the field of international arbitration in Korea by the Legal Times and a finalist for the “Female Lawyer of the Year” by Asia Legal Business in 2021.
She is one of the youngest Korean arbitrators active in the ICC International Court of Arbitration. She is double licensed in the New York Bar and the Korean Bar, with in-depth knowledge and expertise in M&A disputes, finance, and corporate valuation. She is a graduate of Seoul National University (B.S., LL.B.), the Wharton School (MBA, in finance and business analytics), and Harvard Law School, where she earned her doctoral degree (SJD, in corporate governance and finance).

Prior to joining Peter & Kim, Dr Shin practised law at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC for 10 years, served as a fellow at Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance and published journal articles on corporate governance and shareholder disputes in Delaware and Korea.

Areas of
Expertise

  • Arbitration / Litigation
  • Financial Disputes
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Shareholder Disputes

Industry
Sector

  • Finance Icon Finance
  • Construction & Engineering Icon Construction & Engineering
  • Corporate Governance Icon Corporate Governance
  • Automotive & Heavy Industry Icon Automotive & Heavy Industry
  • Arbitrator in an ICC arbitration seated in Seoul governed by Korean law over a dispute concerning a Singapore-based private equity’s exercise of the put option.
  • Arbitrator in a KCAB International’s arbitration seated in Seoul governed by Korean law over a dispute concerning a consultancy agreement between Chinese and Korean companies.
  • Counsel in a high-profile series of ICC arbitration cases seated in Seoul governed by Korean law over a dispute concerning multiple financial investors’ exercise of the put option and unlisted stock’s valuation.
  • Counsel in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore governed by Korean law arising under a joint venture and the multi-billion-dollar real estate development plan and project financing in Northeast Asia.
  • Counsel in an ICC arbitration seated in London arising from a joint venture between Korean and American biosimilar companies.
  • Counsel in a successful, high-profile ICC arbitration involving a dispute among shareholders for control over a major Korean oil refining and marketing company, with the underlying claims valued at over USD 3 billion (or USD 5 billion including counterclaims). The arbitration award won GAR’s “Arbitration Win of the Year” in 2011.
  • Counsel in an ICC arbitration seated in Paris involving 30 separate claims arising from a multi-billion-dollar M&A transaction between Korean and American automobile manufacturers.
  • Counsel in an ICC arbitration seated in Zurich arising from a joint venture in China agreed between Korean and English welding product manufacturers.
  • Counsel in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore arising under a distributorship agreement between one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medical products and Korea’s prominent pharmaceutical companies.
  • Counsel in several ICC arbitrations seated in London and Zurich, under English law and Swish Law, arising out of a number of power plant and water treatment projects in the Middle East.
  • Counsel in an HKIAC-administered arbitration under the UNCITRAL rules involving a dispute over a sugar by-product purchase agreement between Korean and Chinese companies.
  • Counsel in an ICC arbitration and subsequent enforcement litigation in Korea resulting from a product recall of a major international brand baby formula.
  • Counsel in the first case known in Korea, which used the Dispute Resolution Board under the US Federal Acquisition Regulation, involving a dispute over the relocation of a major US military base in Korea.
  • Counsel in an ICC arbitration seated in Poland regarding a dispute concerning alleged breach of representation and warranties of a private equity firm.
  • Counsel in an ICC arbitration seated in Tokyo over a dispute over a joint venture between Korean and European multinational automobile part manufacturers.
  • Counsel in an ad hoc arbitration in London governed by English law over a dispute concerning delays and defects in constructing an off-shore oil platform.
  • Advised a municipal government engaged in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore following an alleged breach of contract for the construction and operation of a rapid light railway.
  • Advised two of the largest Korean financial institutions in their defence in a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York involving allegations of securities fraud and seeking damages over US$ 600 million.
  • Advised a Korean IT company involved in a Singapore litigation on issues concerning the infringement of patent, breach of contract, and torts claims.
  • Partner, Peter & Kim (2021. 7. – Present)
  • Co-Arbitrator, International Chamber of Commerce, Court of Arbitration (2021. 9. – Present)
  • International Arbitrator, KCAB International (2021. 6. – Present)
  • Specialist Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Centre (2022. 7. – Present)
  • Task Force Member, Korea Construction Engineers Association (2022. 7. – Present)
  • Planning Advisor, Construction Vision Forum (2022. 6. – Present)
  • Counsel, Peter & Kim (2021. 1. – 2021. 6.)
  • Fellow, Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance (2014 – 2020)
  • Academic Fellow, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (2019 – 2020)
  • Associate and Senior Associate, Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (2008 – 2018)
  • Teaching Fellow & Summer Academic Fellow, Harvard Law School (2017 – 2018)
  • Judicial Clerk, Judicial Research & Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea (2006 – 2008)
  • Passed the New York Bar (2014) and the Korean Bar (2005)
  • Harvard Law School (SJD in corporate governance and finance, 2020)
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (MBA in finance and business analytics, with honours, 2020)
  • Harvard Law School (LL.M., corporate governance concentration, dean’s scholar, requirements fulfilled, degree waived, 2014)
  • School of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., cum laude, 2006)
  • Architectural Engineering, Seoul National University (B.S., summa cum laude, 2003)
  • Korean and Seoul Bar Associations (2008 – Present)
  • New York State Bar (2015 – Present)
  • Panel of International Arbitrators, KCAB International (2021 – Present)
  • Specialist Mediator, Singapore International Mediation Centre (2022 – Present)
  • 2020 IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration

    Reviewer, (official Korean translation) (International Bar Association, 2022)

  • Commentary on the revised text of the 2020 IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration

    Reviewer, (official Korean translation) (International Bar Association, 2022)

  • Application of Korean Law in International Disputes

    Co-Author, SNU LAW REVIEW (Beophakpyungron) Vol. 12, Seoul National University (Korean) (2022)

  • LEGITIMATE BUSINESS PURPOSE OF FREEZE-OUTS

    Author, 34 Korean Business Law Review 87-118 (Korean, 2020)

  • Why did shareholder activism fail in South Korea?

    Author, S.J.D. dissertation, Harvard Law School (2020)

  • MFW STANDARD AND BUSINESS JUDGMENT RULE IN DELAWARE

    Author, 39 Korean Commercial Law Review 185-218 (Korean, 2020)

  • PRACTICE OF KOREAN COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION

    Co-Author, 2nd Ed. (Korean) (Pakyoungsa, 2016)

  • INTERNATIONAL HANDBOOK ON COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION

    Co-Author, Korea Chapter (International Council for Commercial Arbitration, Kluwer, 2012–2016)

  • BREACH OF TRUST: CORPORATE GOVERNANCE ENFORCEMENT IN KOREAN CRIMINAL COURTS

    Author, LL.M. Dissertation, Harvard Law School (2014)

  • Arbitration Law of Korea: Practice & Procedure

    Co-Author, (Juris, 2012)

  • IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence in International Arbitration

    Co-drafter (official Korean transation) (International Bar Association, 2010)