Hwan Kim

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

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Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest 2099
Washington 20006 DC US

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.


  • 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 connection with a $500 million construction disputes with Saudi Aramco (successfully settled).
  • 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 Walter Anderson, accused by prosecutors of the largest international tax evasion in America, on investment holdings related to the indictment.
  • 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 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.
  • Represented Samsung Motor Company (before bankruptcy) in connection with overseeing the structure and drafting of its global supply agreements and supply chain.
  • Represented Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in connection with its Olympic sponsorship and matters relating to the International Olympic Committee.


  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 1989
  • B.A., Economics, Yonsei University, 1984


  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


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