John Shum | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
John Shum
John Shum

John Shum

Partner, Singapore

T +65 6347 1329

T +852 2822 8748


“John Shum is praised for ‘having a good balance between techniques and the commercial awareness to get deals done.’”

Chambers Asia Pacific


John has an established track record advising investment banks and corporations as international counsel on all manner of cross-border financings.

Qualified in New York, England & Wales and Hong Kong, and having previously worked in London, Miami, New York and Hong Kong, John has an in-depth knowledge of both the Asian and international finance markets.

As well as experience in syndicated, acquisition, leveraged, trade and share-backed financings, he has advised clients on US Chapter 11 debtor-in-possession and exit finance.

Increasingly, John supports Asian-based clients with their outbound investment and acquisition activities in the US and other markets outside Asia. He has also recently advised on numerous financings related to the privatisation of US-listed Chinese companies, as well as China cross-border real estate finance.

Bars and Courts

  • High Court of Hong Kong
  • New York State Bar
  • Supreme Court of England and Wales


  • LPC, College of Law, London
  • LLB, University College London


  • English
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin


Financing the largest private equity buyout deal in Korea since 2008

Advised UBS Securities Pte. Ltd. on the KRW 360 billion mezzanine financing of The Carlyle Group's US$1.93 billion cash buyout of South Korean security business ADT Korea from Tyco International Ltd. The all-cash acquisition by The Carlyle Group is the largest private equity buyout deal in Korea since 2008, and won "South Korea Loan of the Year" at the IFR Asia Awards 2014.

Financing the privatisations of US-listed Chinese companies

Represented clients in numerous financings of the privatisations of US-listed Chinese companies, some of which have earned industry awards for their market significance. He advised on the financings supporting the take-private transactions of NYSE-listed Chemp-sec International and Feihe International and NASDAQ-listed China TransInfo Technology, Zhongpin Inc. and 3SBio.

Convertible bond purchase financing by China Minsheng Banking Corp., Ltd.

Represented China Minsheng Banking Corp., Ltd in providing a HK$700 million secured-term facility to an affiliate of VMS Investment Group. The debt financed VMS's purchase of HK$1.4 billion convertible bonds, issued by HKSE-listed China Rongsheng Heavy Industries.

Solar power project financing

Advised CDB on its commitment of up to US$750 million to fund the procurement, construction, installation and operation of solar power projects in New Jersey, USA with a total installed capacity of up to 300MW. The financing comprised both secured EPC financing to be provided to SPI Solar and secured long-term financing to be provided to KDC Solar. SPI Solar is listed on the NYSE and is the US-based subsidiary of LDK Solar, the Jiangxi China-based manufacturer of photovoltaic solar panels used in the project. KDC is a New Jersey-based installer and operator of solar power projects. The deal won the 2012 "Deal of the Year" award from China Business Law Journal.

Awards & Recognition

Chambers Asia Pacific, Chambers Global and IFLR 1000

Recognized as a leading lawyer for Banking & Finance in independent legal directories