Professor Hi-Taek Shin is a full-time arbitrator based in Seoul, Korea. He accepts appointments as arbitrator in international commercial and investment disputes.
He has unique experience combining a successful career as counsel, academic and arbitrator, as well as in the public service. Until 2007, he had long been a partner at Kim & Chang, a leading Korean law firm, specialising in cross-border transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholders’ agreements, various commercial transactions and the resolution of disputes arising from such transactions. Since 2007, he has been teaching on international business transactions and the resolution of investment disputes arising from cross-border transactions at Seoul National University School of Law. From 2016 to 2019, he served as the Chairman of the Korea Trade Commission − the trade-remedy authorities of the Korean Government.
Hi-Taek’s professional expertise includes international investments and business transactions, purchase and sale of corporate entities and assets, joint ventures and shareholder agreements, distribution, agency, licensing and franchising contracts, financial transactions including derivatives, research and development of new pharmaceutical products, and arbitrations arising out of such transactions. He also has expertise in complicated disputes in the energy, infrastructure, construction projects and defence industries.
He has been appointed as a sole, presiding and co-arbitrator in international commercial arbitrations under the rules of major international arbitral institutions. He is on the panel of arbitrators of HKIAC, AAA/ICDR, ICSID, JCAA, KCAB, SCIA, SIAC and THAC. He is also listed on the general list of Neutrals of the WIPO. He is a member of International Commercial Expert Committee, Supreme People’s Court of China. He is also listed as a mediator of SIMC.
Since 2018, Hi-Taek has been serving as the Chairman of KCAB INTERNATIONAL, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board’s international division.