Hwan Kim

Hwan Kim: Attorney with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP


Hwan Kim serves as the co-head of the firm's International Arbitration Team. He also serves as the International Liaison for Turkistani & Alabbad , the firm’s Saudi Arabian affiliate.

Mr. Kim represents some of the world’s largest companies in the construction, heavy industry, power generation, and petrochemical industries. He represents these clients in a broad array of cross border disputes with sovereigns, state owned enterprises, and corporations involving some of their most sensitive problems. He has successfully resolved many high profile international disputes, including by use of investor-state arbitration and by obtaining the support of investor’s government on behalf of his clients.

Mr. Kim also advises companies on international transaction, including on cross border investment issues, global corporate structuring, global supply chain, and managing legal risks associated with international business.

A native of Korea, Hwan has previously served as the Assistant General Counsel for Samsung Group in charge of international legal affairs, General Counsel for Samsung Chemical Group, and the Chief Legal Counsel for Samsung’s Olympic Task Force Team.


•Real Estate and Construction, Legal 500, 2016
•Mergers and Acquisitions, Legal 500, 2016


International Disputes

•Represented European Union in connection with a sovereign immunity lawsuit filed in the United States (successfully dismissed).
•Represented Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd. in an ICSID arbitration against the Sultanate of Oman in connection with a $2 billion petrochemical plant expansion project (successfully settled).
•Represented Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd. in an $200 million lawsuit against Alcoa , Inc. arising from a $1 billion construction project in Saudi Arabia (successfully settled).
•Represented Samsung Engineering Co., Ltd. in connection with a $500 million construction disputes with Saudi Aramco (successfully settled).
•Represented Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. in connection with its dispute with Nippon Steel and Bechtel (successfully settled).
•Represented Samsung C &T in connection with its dispute with Qatar Railways Company.
•Represented the Export-Import Bank of Korea in connection with a sovereign immunity defense over $2.6 billion judgment enforcement proceeding in Washington, D.C. ( Peterson, et al v. Islamic Republic, et al ) (successfully dismissed).
•Represented Asiana Airlines before the U.S. Department of Transportation in connection with the crash of Flight 214 to San Francisco International Airport.
•Represented Samsung Group in connection with a certain U.S. Department of Justice investigation (successfully dismissed).
•Represented Walter Anderson, accused by prosecutors of the largest international tax evasion in America, on investment holdings related to the indictment.

International Transactions

•Represented one of the Big Four audit firms in connection with restructuring and consolidating its Middle East operations.
•Represented a global investment fund form its investment fund in the United States.
•Advised the Korean National Pension Service, one of the largest sovereign funds, in connection with establishment of its U.S. operations in New York.
•Advised Samsung Asset Management Co., Ltd. in connection with capital investments from one the largest Middle Eastern sovereign funds.
•Represented Samsung SRA Asset Management Co., Ltd. in connection with investment in real estate assets in the U.S.
•Advised POSCO, one of world’s largest steel producers, in connection with its investments in the United States.
•Advised U.S. oil shale developer in connection with the financing of a petrochemical refinery by international investors.
•Represented several international power generation companies, including EDF EN, in connection with procurement of wind equipment from overseas, including turbines, towers, and power generation related equipment.
•Advised a major international steel producer in connection with its negotiations of the global supply agreement with GM and Chrysler.
•Represented Samsung Motor Company (before bankruptcy) in connection with overseeing the structure and drafting of its global supply agreements and supply chain.

Special Representations

•Represented Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in connection with its Olympic sponsorship and matters relating to the International Olympic Committee.
•Represented Korea International Trade Association in connection with the ratification of the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement .


Construction and Infrastructure Law Blog Posts.

• EPC Contractors Procuring from Foreign Companies need to Reconsider their Contracts, June 11, 2018
• Contractors May Benefit by Taking Equity in the Project They are Constructing, January 17, 2018

Corporate and Securities Law Blog Posts

• Contracts with Foreign Companies May Require a Rewrite, June 13, 2018

Global Trade Law Blog Posts

• Seeking foreign investors for your tech startup? Congress says, “'not so fast.'” January 10, 2018

Media Mentions

•Contracts with Foreign Companies May Require a Rewrite
General Counsel News , June 27, 2018
•Sheppard Mullin Forges New Ties in Middle East
The Recorder , January 23, 2018
•Samsung, Oman Reach Deal On Refinery Bidding Row
Law 360 , January 22, 2018
•Samsung, Alcoa Settle $200M Saudi Metal Plant Dispute
Law360 , August 29, 2016
•Samsung Slams Alcoa's Bid To Pause Discovery In $200M Row
Law360 , August 15, 2016
•Driverless Vehicle. Swaying Regulation Guidelines
Mainichi , July 22, 2016
• JoongAng Ilbo (Joins) , April 17, 2016
•ChosunBiz , April 17, 2016
•Samsung Unit Claims Alcoa Interference Stymied Saudi Project
Law360 , March 30, 2016
•Samsung Engineering files for arbitration with Oman
The Korea Times , July 23, 2015
•Sheppard Mullin Adds Ex-Samsung Chemical GC To Corporate Group
Law360 , June 9, 2015
•The Korea Economic Daily , March 8, 2005

(Also at Washington, District of Columbia Office)

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Corporate
  • International Reach
  • International Arbitration
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Korea
  • Construction
  • Energy, Infrastructure and Project Finance

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
202.747.1949  Phone
202.747.1901  Fax
University Attended:
Yonsei University, B.A., Economics, 1984
Law School Attended:
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1989
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; 1999, District of Columbia; 1990, Pennsylvania; Not admitted in Korea
English and Korean

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