Gowlings welcomes leading corporate commercial lawyer Jay Shin as co-head of Korea Initiative

26 August 2015

Gowlings is pleased to announce that Jay C. Shin has joined its Vancouver office as a corporate commercial partner and co-leader of the firm’s Korea Initiative.

Having recently returned to Canada after several years as a partner at one of Korea’s largest law firms, Shin provides strategic advice to Korean and Canadian companies involved in commercial transactions across a range of key sectors, including mining, energy, oil & gas, technology, real estate, and banking.

“Jay is an exceptional corporate lawyer with an in-depth understanding of Korea’s business and cultural environments,” said Scott Jolliffe, Gowlings chair and CEO. “His unparalleled experience as legal counsel in that country - as well as his tremendous network of contacts - will enable him to serve as a trusted adviser to our Canadian clients doing business in Korea, and to our Korean clients pursuing opportunities in Canada and around the world.”

Fluent in English and Korean, Shin holds corporate commercial expertise in a number of areas, including mergers and acquisitions, structured finance and securitization, joint ventures, foreign and cross-border investments, corporate governance, and shareholder and partnership agreements.

In addition to his legal practice, Shin is also a dedicated educator and mentor. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Energy and Mineral Resources at Hanyang University in Seoul, where he teaches foreign resource investment to senior-level managers of Korean state-owned enterprises and corporations.

“As a highly respected, full-service law firm, Gowlings has extensive experience in Korea, and offers clients an outstanding global platform,” said Shin. “I’m delighted to join a forward-thinking team that can help companies succeed in both the Korean and Canadian markets.”

An active member of the Korean-Canadian business community, Shin served as regional governor of Western Canada for the International Association of Korean Lawyers for ten years. He is also a past director and vice-president of the Canada Korea Business Association, and is a past treasurer of the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch’s Banking Law Section.

Gowlings is a leading Canadian and international law firm, with over 700 legal professionals providing a full range of business law, litigation and intellectual property law services to a global clientele. Members of the firm's Korea Initiative  work closely with clients on projects and investments across Canada, in Korea and around the world, providing trusted legal and business advice at every stage of the process - in the clients' own language, and on their own terms.

Last month, Gowlings announced that it is joining forces with U.K.-based Wragge Lawrence Graham and Co to create a new international legal practice called Gowling WLG. When it launches in January 2016, Gowling WLG will have more than 1,400 professionals in 18 cities across Canada, the U.K., Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and will be the first international legal combination to be co-led by a Canadian firm.