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Henry (Hyun Jik) Sohn

Partner

Henry is Managing Partner of Seoul and has extensive experience advising Korean clients on their outbound projects/investments and international clients on their inbound projects/investments.
 

Henry also has extensive experience advising export credit agencies and multilateral, including KEXIM, K-Sure, UKEF, ADB, AfDB, IFC, EBRD and EIB. Henry speaks Korean and English. 
 
Henry has a wide range of finance experience, including project finance, ECA-backed finance, acquisition finance, structured finance and restructuring. He has advised clients, both financiers and sponsors, on projects in the power, renewables, transportation, social infrastructure and oil/refinery sectors around the globe.

Experience

Representative matters

USD1.8bn: K-EXIM, K-Sure and commercial lenders on the financing of the Government of Turkmenistan’s ethane cracker and polyethylene plant in Kiyanly, Turkmenistan.

GBP700m: MGT Teesside as the project company in relation to the development of a new dedicated biomass power station with CHP, located at Tessport, Teeside.

USD4bn: The ECA and commercial lenders on the BAPCO refinery exxpansion in Bahrain.

GBP2.3bn: The consortium of Macquarie Capital, MIRA and USS on the acquisition of the UK’s Green Investment Bank from the UK Government.

Speaking Engagements

  • Guest Speaker, In-House Congress Seoul 2018, 30/08/2018
  • Lecturer, KBI Global Project Financing Workshop, 08/08/2018
  • Lecturer, In-House Counsel Forum Spring Academy 2018, 14/04/2018

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Member, The Law Society of England and Wales
  • Member, The Law Society of Hong Kong
  • Member as Foreign Legal Consultant, Korean Bar Assocation
  • Board of Directors Member, Foreign Law Firm Association of Korea
Recognition
Henry Sohn [is] among Korea’s best recognised [adviser] for project sponsors and lenders in the Asia-Pacific region.
LEGAL 500, ASIA PACIFIC (SOUTH KOREA - FOREIGN FIRMS), 2023
Henry Sohn – Practical, commercial and hard-working. Henry also brings along with him a wealth of experience in banking law and adapts extremely well into the local domestic practice. Henry understands clients’ needs and is never afraid of making a tough call on difficult issues.
LEGAL 500, ASIA PACIFIC (SOUTH KOREA - FOREIGN FIRMS), 2023

Awards

  • Leading Individual, Projects & Energy (Korea - Foreign Firms), Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2022, 2023
  • Recognised Practitioner, Projects & Infrastructure (Korea - International firms), Chambers Asia Pacific 2022, 2023
  • ‘European Biomass Deal of the Year’ – IJ Global 2016
  • ‘European Power Deal of the Year 2016’ – PFI, 2016
  • ‘ECA Deal of the Year’, by the Trade & Forfaiting Review 2014
  • One of Global Trade Review’s ‘Best Deals of 2014’ 

Qualifications

Admissions

Foreign Legal Consultant (England & Wales), Korea, 2018

Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 2012

Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 2008

Academic

BA, University of Cambridge, 2002

MEng, University of Cambridge, 2003

Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School, 2004

Postgraduate Certificate in Law, Hong Kong, 2005

Languages

English, Korean
Disclaimer
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.