Woong-Soon Song

Woong-Soon Song

Senior Legal Advisor



Mr. Woong-Soon Song is a senior legal advisor at Shin & Kim. Mr. Song’s areas of practice include financial transaction and financial regulation, M&As and corporate restructuring. He represented financial institutions and corporations in many transactions that were first of their kind in Korea including Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s issuance of overseas convertible bonds in 1985, and advised on introducing relevant changes to laws and regulations for such new transactions. Mr. Song also represented financial institutions in respect of financial authorities’ regulations, supervisions, inspections and sanctions, and actively participated in matters concerning financial regulations as a Commissioner of the Securities and Futures Commission of Korea. Further, Mr. Song has extensive experience in M&As involving various industries with particular emphasis on financial institutions. With respect to M&As involving Korean banks, he has advised (i) the sellers in the sale of KorAm Bank, Seoul Bank, CHB, Korea Exchange Bank, BNK Kyongnam Bank and Jeon Buk Bank, (ii) the purchaser in its initial purchase of KorAm Bank, (iii) the steering committee for the merger of Kookmin Bank and H&CB and (iv) Woori Financial Group for their restructuring of bank subsidiaries. He is currently advising KDIC in its sale of Woori Bank. He has also advised Korean financial institutions in the restructuring of Daewoo group and SK Network.

From 1994 to 1999, Mr. Song was General Counsel for the Samsung Group and Samsung Life Insurance Co., Ltd. where he dealt with a broad range of corporate, commercial and financial matters including joint ventures, investment and dispute resolution. This experience enabled Mr. Song to gain a deep understanding of in-house legal practice. In the early 1990s he was seconded to White & Case (New York) and Linklaters & Paines (London) where he handled cross-border financial and corporate transactions.

Mr. Song’s interest in the advancement of laws and regulation and their enforcement led him to serve as a Commissioner of the Securities and Futures Commission of Korea, and a committee member of each of the Financial Development Board Committee of the Ministry of Finance and Economy, the Financial Dispute Settlement Committee of the Financial Supervisory Service and the Creditor Financial Institution Arbitration Committee. His services as the president of the Korean Law and Economics Association and the president of the Korean Securities Law Association show his keen interest in the academic side of the law and its advancement.

  • 1998Stanford University A/RARC and Law School (Visiting Scholar)
  • 1990Columbia University Law School (LL.M.)
  • 1983-1984Judicial Research & Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea
  • 1977Seoul National University, Graduate School of Law (LL.M., coursework)
  • 1975Seoul National University, College of Law (LL.B.)
Professional Career
Legal Career
  • 1999-PresentShin & Kim LLC (2010-2018: Senior Partner)
  • 1999General Counsel, Samsung Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
  • 1998Visiting Attorney, White & Case, New York
  • 1994-1997General Counsel, Samsung Group
  • 1991Foreign Associate, Linklaters and Paines, London
  • 1990-1991International Lawyer, White & Case, New York
  • 1984-1994Shin & Kim LLC
Directorships and Other Positions
  • PresentPanel of Conciliators, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • PresentMember, Self-Regulation Advisory Committee, Korea Financial Investment Association
  • PresentDirector, KDB Foundation
  • 2018Outside Director, ING Life Insurance Korea, Ltd.
  • 2016Auditor, Korea Financial Investors Protection Foundation
  • 2015Advisory Member, Economic Policy Committee, Federation of Korean Industries
  • 2015Member, International Legal Affairs Advisory Committee, The Ministry of Justice
  • 2011Director, Korean Bar Association
  • 2011Vice-Chair, Foreign Legal Consultant System Management Committee, Korean Bar Association
  • 2009Advisory Member for Financial Reform, Presidential Council on National Competiveness (PCNC)
  • 2009Member, Mediation Committee for Creditor Financial Institutions
  • 2005-2008Member, Securities & Futures Commission
  • 2005Member, Dispute Mediation Committee, Financial Supervisory Service
  • 2005Member, Dispute Mediation Committee, Korea Exchange
  • 2005Member, Mediation Committee for Creditor Financial Institutions
  • 2005Supervisory Director, Korea Infrastructure Fund
  • 2004Member, Financial Development Deliberation Council
  • 2001Outside Director, Koram Bank
Academic Activities
  • 1.Member (Honorary President), Korean Law and Economics Association
  • 2.Member (Honorary President), Korean Securities Law Association
  • 3.Member, Korea Institution and Economics Association
  • 4.Member, Korea Money and Finance Association
  • 5.Member, Korean Society of Legislation Studies
  • 6.Member, Seoul Financial Forum
  • 7.Member, Seoul IB Forum
Bar Admissions
  • 1984Korea
  • 1991New York
  • Korean Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Korean, English, Japanese

Professional Activities

  • Law and Economics of Corporation Law (Law and Economics - Theory and Applications, 2011.7)
  • Commentary on Capital Market and Financial Investment Business Act (1) (2) - Editor-in-Chief (2009.10)
  • Enforcement of the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act and the Issue of Self-regulation (BULLS REVIEW, 2009.6.)
  • Listing Companies’ Preparation for Enforcement of the Financial Investment Services and Capital Markets Act (Korea Listed Companies Association’s Monthly Journal, 2009.4.)
Professional Accolades
  • "Leading Lawyer” for Capital Markets, IFLR1000, 2011-2021
  • “Leading Lawyer” for M&A, IFLR1000, 2016-2021
  • “Leading Lawyer” for Restructuring, IFLR1000, 2019-2021
  • "Leading Individual” for Banking and Finance and Capital Markets, Legal500, 2011-2015
  • "Leading Individual” for Corporate and M&A, Legal500, 2016
  • "Recommended Lawyer” for Banking and Finance, Legal500, 2020
  • "Recommended Lawyer” for Capital Markets, Legal500, 2016
  • "Recommended Individual", Asialaw Profiles, 2012-2014


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