Chang-Hyun Song

Chang-Hyun Song




Dr. Chang-Hyun Song is a partner at Shin & Kim’s Corporate/M&A Group. His main areas of practice include M&A, Private Equity and Corporate Governance. As a member of leading law firms in Korea and in the United States, Dr. Song has undertaken major M&A projects in the industrial fields of banking, securities, insurance, telecommunication, information technology, games, contents, auto parts, energy, chemistry, paper manufacturing and shipbuilding. Based on ample field and academic experiences, his expertise extends to various other legal areas such as overseas direct investment, capital markets and securities.

Dr. Song received a Doctor of Juridical Science (J.S.D.) degree in Corporate and Financial Laws from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and currently teaches M&A, corporate law at the Yonsei University and the Seoul Bar Association. Dr. Song publishes various legal articles and periodic columns on Corporate Law, Competition Law and Finance Law. He is also an active participant in several academic societies and conferences.

  • 2004University of Michigan Law School (Research Scholar)
  • 2004University of California at Berkeley Law School (J.S.D.)
  • 2002Columbia University Law School (LL.M.)
  • 1993Seoul National University, College of Law (LL.B.)
Professional Career
  • 2008-PresentShin & Kim LLC
  • 2010-PresentLecturer at Yonsei University, Judicial Research & Training Institute and Seoul Bar Association
  • 2007Panel member of “National Economy, Corporate Management and Corporate Regulation,” a joint symposium organized by Korean Academic Society of Business Administration and Korean Economic Association
  • 2006-2010Lecturer at Seoul National University (School of Law) and KAIST (Graduate School of Business)
  • 2005Key speaker of “Private Equity Funds Korea Conference” and presented “Korea: Private Equity Market Entering a New Phase”
  • 2004-2007SL Partners, Seoul
  • 2002-2003International Associate, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, New York, U.S.A.
  • 1997-2001Shin & Kim LLC
  • 1995-1997Judicial Research & Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea
Bar Admissions
  • 1997Korea
  • 2003New York
  • Korean Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Korean, English

Professional Activities

Recent Experience
  • Counsel to Kakao in its sale of shares in Kakao M to Musical & Company
  • Counsel to Woongjin Group in its sale of Woongjin Coway to Netmarble Corporation
  • Counsel to Macquarie consortium (Alberta Investment Management Corporation) in its acquisition of Daesung Industrial Gases
  • Counsel to individual and corporate shareholders in their sale of Koramco REITs Management and Trust to LF
  • Counsel to Mirae Asset Daewoo in its acquisition of shares in Pantos
  • Counsel to BCH Peregrine Partners LLC in its acquisition of Halla Encom Corporation
  • Counsel to Mirae Asset Global Investments in its acquisition of Global X Management Company LLC
  • Counsel to Kakao Investment in its investment in UBcare
  • Counsel to Q Capital Partners in its acquisition of Kyunggi Kwangang (Blue Bird Golf Club)
  • Counsel to Intermediate Capital Group in its investment in Yudo Group
  • Counsel to Berkshire Hathaway Group in its acquisition of Changnam INT
  • Counsel to Naver and Line Games in their acquisition of Next Floor Corporation and Drama House
  • Counsel to CJ Logistics Corporation in its acquisition of Gemadept, Vietnam’s biggest logistics company
  • Counsel to Kakao in its sale of shares in Kakao Pay to Alipay
  • Counsel to Kakao Corporation in its acquisition of LOEN Entertainment
  • Counsel to Hahn & Company in its acquisition of SsangYong Cement
  • Counsel to STIC Investments, Q Capital Partners, Wonik Investment Partners in their sale of Dongbu Farm Hannong to LG Chem
  • Counsel to Blackstone PE in its investment in Simone
  • Counsel to KKR PE in its bid to acquire Homeplus
  • Counsel to Intermediate Capital Group in its investment in Time Edu
  • Counsel to Hahn & Company in its acquisition of PosFine
  • Counsel to H&Q PE in its sale of shares in Himart and Blue Bird
  • Counsel to KDB-Tstone PE in its investment in K-Ecologies
  • Counsel to Nolboo in its sale of controlling stake to Morgan Stanley PE
  • Counsel to Morgan Stanley PE and Shinhan PE in their joint acquisition of Norske Skog Korea
  • Counsel to Standard Chartered PE in its acquisition of forklift business from Doosan Infracore and its investment in Daelim Motors and Kyobo Life Insurance
  • Counsel to Neoplux PE in its investment in China King-Highway Holdings
  • Counsel to Jabez PE in its acquisition of Green Non-Life Insurance
  • Counsel to Samsung Petrochemical in its merger with Samsung General Chemicals
  • Counsel to S1 in its acquisition of real estate management service business from Samsung Everland
  • Counsel to Novaled AG in its sale of controlling stake to Samsung Electronics and Cheil Industries
  • Counsel to Seagate Technology in its acquisition of Samsung Electronics’ Hard Disk Drive business (HDD)
  • Counsel to Samsung in its joint venture with Sumitomo
  • Counsel to Netmarble Games in its share swap with NC Soft
  • Counsel to Netmarble Games in its strategic alliance with Tencent
  • Counsel to Gamevil in its acquisition of Com2Us
  • Counsel to CNP Cosmetics in its sale of controlling stake to LG Household & Health Care
  • Counsel to Ericsson in its acquisition of LG-Nortel
  • Counsel to Korea Exchange Bank in its comprehensive share swap with Hana Financial Group
  • Counsel to KB Financial Group in its spin-off of credit card business and establishment of KB Kookmin Card
  • Counsel to Kookmin Bank in its merger with H&CB
  • Counsel to IPIC in its investment in Hyundai Oil Bank
Professional Accolades
  • "Leading Individual" for Corporate/M&A, Chambers Global/Chambers Asia, 2016-2021
  • "Recommended Lawyer” for Corporate and M&A, Legal500, 2017, 2019-2020
  • “Leading Lawyer” for M&A, IFLR1000, 2019-2021
  • "Leading Lawyer" for Corporate/M&A, Asialaw Profiles, 2018-2021
  • “Korea’s Top 100 Lawyers”, Asia Business Law Journal, 2019
  • "Leading Lawyer" for Corporate and M&A, Legal Times, 2017, 2019


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