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.



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


  • Foreign Legal Consultant Korea
  • New York
  • New Jersey


  • Korean
  • Japanese

H. Young Shin