Shin Jae Kim

Areas of expertise: Crisis Management, Compliance & Investigation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Korea Desk
Languages: EnglishKorean
Location: São Paulo
Telephone: +55 (11) 5086-5276

Head of TozziniFreire´s Compliance & Investigation practice group and member of the firm´s Executive Committee, Shin Jae Kim is a pioneer in the development of the Compliance field in Brazil. She is a specialist in the strategic coordination of initiatives that involve relationships with government bodies, crisis management, and corporate investigations across all industries and sectors. She is respected for her leading practice and over 30 years of experience in corporate law, M&A and for advising investors from several different countries in their inbound and outbound investments. Shin is also head of the Asia Practice Group, directly coordinating the Korea Desk. In addition, she chairs and speaks at several forums and international events focused on Anti-corruption, corporate governance and investigations matters. Shin also co-headed the creation of the Latin American Compliance & Investigation League (LACIL), which involves the top Latin America law firms in this practice.

// Academic education

Studied at the Academy of American and International Law within the Center for American and International Law, USA, 1997. LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, 1994.Specialized degree in Tax Law from the Law School of USP (Universidade de São Paulo), 1991.Graduate of the Law School of USP, 1990. 

// Recognition

Shin Jae Kim has been consistently recommended as a leading lawyer by international legal publications, such as Chambers Global and Brazil, in the Star Individual category, Who's Who Legal, Latin Lawyer 250, Best Lawyers, Análise Advocacia 500 and Análise Advocacia Mulher. Shin is highlighted amongst the world’s leading women in investigations according to the Women in Investigations 2018 guide, by Global Investigations Review. In 2007, Shin was awarded the International Compliance Professional award from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics. In 2022, she has been inducted into the hall of fame by The Legal 500 in the Compliance practice as a result of her important contributions to the area. She is also recommended by Latin Lawyer - Masters of M&A. Shin is recognized as LACCA Thought Leader: Anti-Corruption & Compliance, and she is LACCA Approved. Shin won the "Lawyer of the Year Award 2024", granted by Best Lawyers, for her work in Corporate Governance & Compliance Practice in São Paulo. She was also elected "Lawyer of the Year" by The Legal 500 in 2023 and shortlisted once again for that category in 2024.

// Additional Activities

  • Regional Governor at IAKL (International Association of Korean Lawyers).
  • Member of the Ethics and Compliance Committee of CEBDS (Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development) (2023-2025).
  • Co-leader of Brazil Chapter of WWCDA (Women"s White Collar Defense Association).
  • Member of the Finance, Compliance and Audit Committee of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (SCCE) & Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA) (2022-2023). 
  • Member of the editorial board of GIR (Global Investigations Review). 
  • Vice-coordinator of Programs at Inter-Pacific Bar Association. 
  • Senior Board Member of the Brazil-China Business Council. 
  • Transparency International"s Country Law Expert 2014. 
  • Transparency International"s representative in Brazil for the preparation of the "Progress Report 2014: Assessing Enforcement of the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery". 
  • Regional Governor for South America of International Association of Korean Lawyers. 
  • At-Large Council Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, representing Latin America (2012-2017). 
  • Former member representing the Brazilian government in the Brazil-Korea Forum. 
  • CCEP (Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional) by SCCE (Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics). 
  • Member of the Certification Board of CCB (Compliance Certification Board).
  • Non-officer member of SCCE/HCCA Board of Directors (until 2016).

// Publications

  • "The Advantages of a Robust Compliance Programme in the Event of an External Investigation" chapter (co-author). In The Guide to Corporate Compliance. London: Latin Lawyer/LACCA (Law Business Research), 2020.
  • "Brazil" chapter (co-author). In Getting the Deal Through: Anti-Corruption Regulation. London: Law Business Research, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions. 
  • "Compliance e Investigação no Mundo Moderno" chapter (co-author). In 40 Anos de Direito Empresarial no Brasil. São Paulo: Quartier Latin, 2016. 
  • "Compliance e Mecanismos Anticorrupção nos Contratos de Afretamento de Embarcações" article (co-author). In Revista de Direito Aduaneiro, Marítimo e Portuário. São Paulo: Síntese, v. 6, no. 34 - Sept/Oct, 2016.

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