South Korean Big Six law firm Shin & Kim has hired former judges Dong-kyu Kim (L) and Hun-tae Doh as partners in Seoul. While Kim will specialise in bankruptcy and insolvency, Doh is a tax expert.

The hires come shortly after Shin & Kim appointed Jong-In Yoon, the former chairman of Korea’s Personal Information Protection Commission, as a senior advisor to spearhead the establishment of an AI-related practice group.

Kim, who was most recently a presiding judge at the Seoul Southern District Court, brings more than 20 years of experience as a judge at various levels, including the Seoul High Court and the Supreme Court of Korea. He will lead the firm’s new corporate restructuring centre, which was established in response to a rise in real estate project financing risks and corporate restructuring.

Meanwhile, Doh was a presiding judge at the Cheonan branch of the Daejeon District Court. He, too, has experience as a judge of the Supreme Court of Korea, as well as courts such as the Seoul Central District Court.

Shin & Kim has been expanding its offerings recently. It added Young Suk Park as the head of its international dispute resolution practice from KL Partners in September and made four senior project hires - including Claire (Mi-Jin) Kim as a senior foreign attorney – from Kim & Chang in August.



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