Jae Woo Im

Jae Woo Im


Mr. Jae Woo Im is a partner at Shin & Kim. Mr. Im’s practice focuses on cross-border investments, private equity investment, joint ventures, M&A, general corporate transactions and real estate development.

Mr. Im has been involved in numerous significant M&A transactions, joint ventures and private equity investments. Mr. Im has also been heavily involved in city development and real estate development projects. Mr. Im has advised major Korean and foreign clients on general corporate matters and corporate governance issues. Most recently, he has successfully completed Kumho Asiana Group’s acquisition of Korea Express and Macquarie fund’s acquisition of C&M. Mr. Im was also an adjunct instructor at the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court, where he taught courses in contract law and joint ventures.

Professional Career
  • 2023Adjunct Professor, Korea University Law School
  • 1996-1997Foreign Associate, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Los Angeles
  • 1990-PresentShin & Kim LLC
  • 1988-1990Judicial Research & Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea
Key Experience
  • Advised on the hosting of the F1 Korean Grand Prix and race circuits and related facilities development projects in Jeollanam-do, Korea.
  • Advised on the establishment of Korea Institute of Energy Technology and the development of a research complex.
  • Advised on the establishment of the Chungju Megapolis Industrial Complex.
  • Advised on the development of Chungju Industrial Complex, Eumseong Taesang Industrial Complex, and other industrial complexes.
  • Advised on the licensing of Starwood Hotels & Resorts(Aloft) and hotel development for a Korean company.
  • Advised on the relocation of Kumho Tire's Nanjing China factory.
  • Advised Kumho Asiana Group on its acquisition of Weihai Golf Club.
  • Advised Sampyo on its bid to acquire Daehan Cement.
  • Advised Kumho Asiana Group on its acquisition and sale of Daehan Express.
  • Advised Kumho Industrial on the sale of its stake in Seoul Express Terminal.
  • Advised on the sale of Tops Bridge/Top Steel.
  • Advised Bosch on its acquisition of C&B Tech.
  • Advised China CIC on its acquisition of Homeplus.
  • Advised on the sale of Daewoo Engineering and Construction Building (Seoul Square).
  • Advised PSK on the acquisition of a stake in SEMIgear, a U.S. company developing, producing and selling semiconductor equipment.
  • Advised Mondi Group on its acquisition of KSP.
  • Advised on various M&A transactions such as the acquisition of iRevo by Assa Abloy of Sweden.
  • Advised Samsung Group on its sale of iMarket Korea (MRO company).
  • Advised on the joint venture deal with Chemtura UP Chemical.
  • Advised on the sale of Ssangyong Motor.
  • Advised on the merger of Megabox and Cinus.
  • Advised on the establishment of a joint venture between Kumho Petrochemical and Ruixing Chemical.
  • Advised on SKC&C’s joint venture with Telsk.
  • Advised Schunk on its acquisition of a stake in a joint venture in Korea and the termination of the joint venture.
  • Advised on Sunnysideup's investment from Tencent.
  • Advised Preed Life on the sale of its stake.
  • Advised Outback Korea on its operations and the sale of its stake.
  • Advised Good People on its management dispute.
  • 1996University of Washington, School of Law (LL.M.)
  • 1986Seoul National University, College of Law (LL.B.)
Bar Admissions
  • 1990Korea
  • 1997New York
  • Korean Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Korean, English, Chinese

Professional Accolades

  • "Leading Lawyer" for Corporate and M&A, Legal Times, 2017, 2019, 2021
  • "Recommended Lawyer” for Corporate and M&A, Legal500, 2020

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