Professor Hi-Taek Shin | Biography
Professor Hi-Taek Shin is a Professor of Law at Seoul National University School of Law and the director of the Center for International Economic and Business Law at Seoul National University. He received the J.S.D degree from Yale Law School, and is an expert in international investment law and cross-border M&A transactions. Prior to joining the law faculty at Seoul National University, Professor Shin was a partner at the leading Korean law firm of Kim & Chang where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions, foreign direct investment, and resolution of disputes arising from cross-border investment projects, for more than twenty-five years. Professor Shin has extensive experience in representing international investors doing business in Korea and advising Korean companies investing overseas.
Professor Shin actively advises the Korean government on issues relating to the negotiations of many important international agreements. Among his prolific services to the Korean government, he assisted the Korean government in the negotiation of GATS during the Uruguay Round and served as co-chairman of the commission to review investor-state arbitration provisions in the Korea-U.S. FTA negotiation in 2006. He also served as the director of the Korean Bar Association for international relations. He has been serving as the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Woori Finance Holding Company since 2010.
He is currently on the panel of arbitrators of ICSID (International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes) as well as the Korea Commercial Arbitration Board.
He is an author of the Korean chapter in Commentaries on Selected Model Investment Treaties (C. Brown and D. Krishan eds., 2012).