Sanghoon SHIN

  • Senior Foreign Attorney
  • T. +82-2-3404-0230
  • F. +82-2-3404-7688
  • E. sanghoon.shin@bkl.co.kr

Overview

Sanghoon Shin, a senior foreign attorney, passed the 40th National Higher Civil Service Examination on Government Administration and began to work with the Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) as a public official in February 1998. Mr. Shin worked at the KFTC (in International Cooperation Division, M&A Review Division and Institutional Improvement Planning Task Force), planning and implementing various cases/policies related to fair trade until April 2007. Since joining Bae, Kim & Lee LLC in April 2007, he has advised on various antitrust and consumer protection cases, such as merger filings, cartels, unfair trade practices, abuses of market-dominant position and unfair inter-affiliate supports. In particular, he has focused on providing antitrust-related legal services to foreign companies.

Mr. Shin served as a legal advisor (on fair trade issues) to Korea Creative Content Agency. He enjoys contributing to fair trade journals including Journal of Competition, and often gives lectures on fair trade at companies, law schools and graduate law departments.

Representative Experience

2007-Present Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
2005-2007 Deputy Director, M&A Review Division, Korea Fair Trade Commission
2004-2005 Deputy Director, Institutional Improvement Planning Task Force, Korea Fair Trade Commission
1998-2001 Deputy Director, International Cooperation I Division, Korea Fair Trade Commission
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2011 Legal Advisor, Korea Creative Content Agency

Representative Matters

A case involving bid-rigging on cross-currency swap among foreign banks (Represented HSBC)
A case involving merger filing concerning LG Uplus' acquisition of CJ Hello
A case involving merger filing concerning Hoya's acquisition of Daemyung Optical
A case on Qualcomm's abuse of market-dominant position relating to standard essential patents in modem chips (Represented Apple as an interested third party)
A case involving abuse of superior bargaining position by Apple against wireless communication carriers
Cartel
A case involving bid-rigging on cross-currency swap among foreign banks (Represented HSBC)
A case involving cartel among four banks relating to the cash withdrawal commission when using CD joint network (Represented Kookmin Bank, Shinhan Bank and Hana Bank)
A case involving international cartel on CRT glass (Represented Asahi Glass and Hankook Electric Glass)
A case involving international cartel on TFT-LCD (Represented Sharp)
A case involving international cartel by multinational airline companies concerning air cargo freight commission rate (Represented Philippine Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Garuda Indonesia Airlines, and Polar Air Cargo)
A case involving cartel among life insurance companies and property insurance companies concerning insurance premium rate (Represented LIG Insurance, Mirae Asset Life Insurance and ING Life Insurance)
A case involving cartel among life insurance companies concerning insurance premium rate (Represented Daehan Life Insurance)
A case involving cartel among petrochemical companies in relation to LDPE and LLDPE products (Represented SK)
A case involving alleged international cartel on derivative financial products based on foreign exchange rates and interest rates (Represented Barclays)
Represented NGK in the case involving alleged collusion for automotive parts
Represented Shilla Hotel in the case involving alleged collusion for room rates
Business Combination
A case involving merger filing concerning LG Uplus' acquisition of CJ Hello
A case involving merger filing concerning Hoya's acquisition of Daemyung Optical
A case involving the review of a merger between BHP Billiton and Rio-Tinto (Represented five Japanese steel manufacturing companies and obtained non-approval for the merger)
A case involving merger filing concerning the establishment of a JVC between CPP Investment Board Real Estate Holdings Inc., APG Strategic Real Estate Pool N.V. and ESR Cayman Limited
A case involving merger filing concerning the establishment of a JVC between Mahindra & Mahindra Limited and Ford Motor International Holdings Limited
A case involving merger filing concerning the establishment of a JVC between Porsche and Munich RE
A case involving multi-jurisdictional merger filing concerning SK Global Chemical's establishment of JV with SABIC
A case involving merger review concerning SK Telecom's acquisition of Hanaro Telecom (Represented KT)
A case involving merger filing concerning the establishment of a JVC between Sony Memory Media Solutions Corporation and Phison Electronics Corporation
Toyota Motor's establishment of JV with Panasonic
A case involving merger filing concerning Douzone Bizon's acquisition of Kicom
A case involving merger filing concerning Lotte Hotel's acquisition of AK Duty-Free
A case involving merger filing concerning stock acquisition of IONITY Holding GmbH & Co. KG by Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors
Represented Apple, an interested party, in connection with Qualcomm's acquisition of NXP
Abuse of Dominance
A case on Qualcomm's abuse of market-dominant position relating to standard essential patents in modem chips (Represented Apple as an interested third party)
Unfair Trading
A case involving abuse of superior bargaining position by Apple against wireless communication carriers
A case involving refusal to deal by Lotte Fine Chemical
Corporate Group and Holding Company
A case involving the postponement of application of legal provision on restriction on holding company's acts to CJ Logistics (Represented CJ Logistics)
Unfair Subsidizing
A case involving unfair inter-affiliate support by subx-scription of non-life insurance products (Represented LIG Insurance)
Consumer Protection Law
A case involving violation of Fair Adhesion Contract Act by Expedia and Hotels.com
Represented Hotels.com in the consumers' group lawsuit
Subcontracting
Represented ADT Caps in the case involving alleged violation of the Fair Transactions in Subcontracting Act

Education

2004 George Washington University Law School (J.D.)
1997 Seoul National University (B.A.)

Selected Activities

Publications
Merger Control 2018 (Co-author, Thomson Reuters, 2017)
South Korea, Private Antitrust Litigation Jurisdictional comparisons (Co-author, Sweet & Maxwell, 2013)
Case Study on SKT's Acquisition of Hanaro Telecom, Economic Law Case Study Vol. 5 (Bobmunsa, 2008)
Study on Merger Filing Review Procedures of Major Competition Authorities, LEG Working Paper (Co-author, Korea Fair Trade Mediation Agency, 2014)
A Case Study on Antitrust Filing and Review System on M&As in Various Jurisdictions, Korean Forum on International Trade and Business Law Vol. 20 No. 2 (Korea International Trade Law Association, 2011)
Study on Media Market Concentration and Regulation Policy (Focusing on U.S.), Committee for Survey of Concentration of Public Opinion (Co-author, Korea Press Foundation, 2010)
Proving Anti-Competitiveness in the Supreme Court's Ruling on the Case of POSCO's Abuse of Market-Dominant Position, Journal of competition, pp. 2-12 (Co-author, Korea Fair Competition Federation, 2008)
Legal Issues on the Restructuring to Holding Company System, Journal of competition Vol. 130 No. 7, pp. 32-38 (Korea Fair Competition Federation, 2007)
Awards
Chambers Asia-Pacific - Leading Lawyer (2016-2022)
Who's Who Legal - Leading Practitioner (2017-2022)
Asia Business Law Journal - Korea's Top 100 Lawyers (2021)

Qualifications

2005 New York

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