Hyunju Helen Pak

Hyunju Helen Pak

Senior Foreign Attorney



Hyunju Helen Pak is a senior foreign attorney at Shin & Kim and a member of the firm’s banking and finance group. Her practice concentrates on project financing, real estate financing and institutional investor representation in global private investment fund settings. Helen has extensive experience in cross-border financing and investment transactions and has represented major institutional clients in a wide range of matters. Her clients include National Pension Service of Korea, Korea Export-Import Bank, The Korea Trade Insurance Corporation, Korea Development Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Standard Chartered Bank, POSCO Energy, Hanhwa Asset Management Co., Ltd. and Samsung SRA Asset Management Co., Ltd. She is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global and IFLR for Korea in the area of banking and finance.

Helen began her practice at the New York offices of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in 1987 and joined Shin & Kim in 1992. She returned to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in 1996 and stayed with its Hong Kong office until August of 2001. She then returned to Korea 2003 and joined Horizon Law Group. She became a member of Shin & Kim’s banking and finance group in 2007.

Helen received her B.A from Cornell University in 1984 in Government and Economics (magna cum laude in Government) and received her J.D. from Columbia University Law School in 1987. She is a member of the New York State Bar.

She is a fluent speaker of English and Korean.

  • 2001-2003George Mason University, Extended Studies Program, Psychology, Human Emotions Research Laboratory (Associate)
  • 1987Columbia University School of Law (J.D.)
  • 1984Cornell University (B.A. in Government and Economics, magna cum laude)
Professional Career
  • 2007-PresentSenior Foreign Attorney, Shin & Kim LLC
  • 2003-2007Senior Foreign Legal Counsel, Horizon Law Group
  • 1996-2001Senior Corporate Counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Hong Kong
  • 1992-1996Associate, Shin & Kim LLC
  • 1987-1992Associate, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York
  • 1986Summer Law Clerk, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
  • 1985Summer Law Clerk, New York Legal Aid Society
Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • New York State Bar Association

English, Korean

Professional Activities

Professional Accolades
  • "Women Leaders", IFLR1000, 2019-2020
  • "Woman Lawyer of the Year”, ALB Korea Law Awards, 2019
  • "Leading Individual (Band 1)" for Banking and Finance, Chambers Global/Chambers Asia, 2011-2020
  • "Leading Individual" for Projects and Energy, Chambers Asia, 2016-2020
  • "Leading Individual" for Shipping:Finance, Chambers Asia, 2017-2020
  • "Leading Lawyer” for Banking and Finance, IFLR1000, 2011-2021
  • "Leading Lawyer” for Energy and Infrastructure, IFLR1000, 2015-2021
  • "Leading Individual” for Banking and Finance, Legal500, 2014-2020
  • "Recommended Lawyer” for Projects and Energy, Legal500, 2014, 2017-2020
  • Project Finance Deal of the Year - Bapco’s Refinery Expansion in Bahrain, ALB Korea Law Awards, 2019
  • Real Estate Deal of the Year - Land Development Project of Former Renaissance Hotel, ALB Korea Law Awards, 2019
  • Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Deal of the Year - Canakkale Turkey Bridge and Motorway Project, ALB Korea Law Awards 2018
  • “Korea’s Top 100 Lawyers”, Asia Business Law Journal, 2019
  • "Leading Lawyer" for Securities and Finance, Legal Times, 2017, 2019
  • "Leading Lawyer" for Banking & Finance, Private equity, Asialaw Profiles, 2018-2021
  • "Recommended Individual", Asialaw Profiles, 2013-2017
  • "Leading Individual” for Capital Markets, Legal500, 2015-2016


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