International law firm Stephenson Harwood has appointed Michael Kim as a partner in the marine and international trade practice. Michael, who has a leading reputation in the Korean market, brings additional breadth of expertise and experience to the firm, including experience in shipping, ship finance, shipbuilding and offshore and general commercial litigation and arbitration matters. He joins from DLA Piper, where he was a partner and Chief Representative of the Seoul office.
Michael will be based in Stephenson Harwood's London office initially. The firm plans to apply to open an office in South Korea, of which Michael will become Managing Partner.
In both contentious and transactional areas, Michael has a strong reputation in Korea. Listed by Thomson Reuters in its Super Lawyer rankings 2013, Michael's clients include major Ship yards, Shipping Companies, P&I Clubs, Insurers and Banks.
Commenting on Michael Kim's hire, Mike Phillips, head of the marine and international trade practice at Stephenson Harwood, said: "There are significant synergies between Michael's work and that of the marine and international trade and finance practices of Stephenson Harwood both in London and in Asia. We both work for most of the biggest names in Korean shipping, ship building, finance and trade sectors and Michael's arrival here will take the firm's leading reputation to the next level."
Sharon White, CEO of Stephenson Harwood added: "As the world's twelfth largest economy and one of the largest in Asia, Korea is a key market for Stephenson Harwood. Michael's appointment further strengthens our Korea practice and provides us with the opportunity to apply for a licence for an office in Korea, and in doing so, extends our Asia network."
The appointment will enable Stephenson Harwood to develop its existing Korea practice, where the firm acts for some of the largest conglomerates across shipping, ship-building and ship finance work, banking, and trade sectors. Clients – of both Stephenson Harwood and Michael Kim – include the Export-Import Bank of Korea, STX Corporation, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) and Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM).
Stephenson Harwood has offices and associations across Asia – with offices in Greater China and Singapore, and associations with Virtus Law in Singapore, U Tin Yu & Associates in Myanmar and Christian Teo Purwono & Partners in Indonesia.