Maria Kim Shin concentrates her practice in Energy Law, especially in the area of Renewable Energies both in Europe and Latin America.
Maria Kim Shin graduated cum laude from the Universidad Privada de Santa Cruz, Bolivia (2003). She holds a Master in International Private Law from the Escuela Europea de Negocios, Bolivia/ Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (2005) and a Master of Law and Business from Bucerius Law School/WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany (2012). Furthermore, she was a guest professor in International Contracts at the Master in International Business, Escuela Europea de Negocios.
She is member of the Santa Cruz Bar Association, Bolivian Bar Association, International Bar Association (“IBA”) and registered as a foreign attorney (“ausländische Anwältin”) in the Hamburg Rechtsanwaltskammer (Hamburg Bar Association).
She is the author and coauthor of various articles published in Energy Press, Latin Lawyer, International Law Office and Latin American Energy Report. She has further contributed with the World Bank Publication “Doing Business” (subsection on Bolivia) in 2010 (“Reforming through Difficult Times”) and 2011 (”Making a Difference for Entrepreneurs”), as well as contributed in Latin Lawyer’s Project Finance 2012 edition and comments to the Australian Arbitration Law published in the Australian ADR Reporter May/June 2009.
She is a founding partner of the most successful boutique law firm in Bolivia and was a partner with the firm until 2015. Maria Kim has actively participated in the negotiations and contracts for the transportation and payment of natural gas between Bolivia and Brazil, and has been one of the main lawyers in the performance and implementation of them. Furthermore, she was the head external counsel for Exterran Holdings in all their corporate and commercial issues in Bolivia, including important projects such as compression plants and LNG plants in Bolivia. She also participated in project financings by Sumitomo Bank, World Bank (International Development Bank, and the International Finance Corporation), CAF (Development Bank Latin America) and KfW in the mining, communications and hydrocarbon industries. Some of her German clients have included industry leaders in technology, retail, finance, insurance and steel production.
English, Spanish, working knowledge of Korean, Portuguese and German