Shearman & Sterling’s Anna Chung, a Singapore-based counsel in the Project Development & Finance Group, was featured as a "Voice of Experience" on The Glass Hammer, an online community designed for women executives in financial services, law and business. Chung was featured as part of The Glass Hammer’s “Spotlight on Asia” week.
The profile notes that Chung is one of the firm’s leading lawyers serving clients in Korea, as the firm expands its client base in that country. “It’s meaningful for me as Korea is where I am originally from,” she says. “We have been investing in our Korean relationships for some time now and it’s rewarding that as a firm and individually, we are getting significant market recognition,” she adds.
Chung acknowledges that the guidance and advice she has received from people in senior positions at Shearman & Sterling has been an enormous help. She remarks, “I’ve been fortunate to have people in senior positions who have mentored me and advocated actively on my behalf throughout my career.” Chung further notes that “progression is certainly easier and faster if someone in a senior position believes in your potential and takes an active interest in your career.”
Although there are some challenges she faces as a woman in her career, she is grateful for the many initiatives the firm has launched to support women in their career advancement, including the WISER inclusion network and the Lean In initiative. At the end of the day, she says, “Shearman & Sterling is certainly a meritocratic workplace, so if you are good at what you do and are able to put in the hours required, it doesn’t matter whether you’re female or male.”