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Kap-You (Kevin) Kim

Kap-You (Kevin) Kim
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Biography • Arbitration - Lawyers

Kap-You (Kevin) Kim is head and founder of Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s international arbitration & litigation practice group, which was the first dedicated practice group in the field in Korea, and was recently named in the “GAR 30” list of top practices worldwide, and earned GAR “Win of the Year” in 2011.

He has acted as counsel, presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator or sole arbitrator in dozens of international arbitrations under various rules including ICC, LCIA, AAA (ICDR), SIAC, HKIAC, LMAA, JCAA, UNCITRAL and KCAB. He served as lead counsel in a case that was awarded “Arbitration Win of the Year 2010” by Global Arbitration Review.

Kevin is a vice president of the ICC Court and governing board member and chair of the audit committee of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). He also serves in a number of other prominent positions, including board member of the AAA, member of the panel of arbitrators of ICSID, and editorial board member of Global Arbitration Review. He has also served as secretary general of the ICCA from 2010 to 2014, as court member at the LCIA Court from 2007 to 2012 and vice chair of the IBA arbitration committee from 2008 to 2010.

Domestically, he is a senior advisor and arbitrator of the Korea Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), chair of the international arbitration committee of ICC Korea, and vice president of the Korea Arbitrators Association. He also served as inaugural secretary general of the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center (Seoul IDRC) from 2012 to 2014, president of the Korean Council for International Arbitration (KOCIA) from 2012 to 2014 and chair of the international committee of the Korean Bar Association from 2000 to 2002.

Chambers Asia reports that Kevin is "one of the most respected figures in the Asian arbitration space" and "the best Korean lawyer in the field of arbitration in Asia," according to clients. He is recognised by Chambers as a “Star Individual” in dispute resolution (2010-2014) and has also been repeatedly recognised in Who’s Who Legal (2006-2014) and Asia-Pacific Legal 500 (2005-2014).

Kevin holds degrees from the Seoul National University College of Law (LLB, LLM) and Harvard Law School (LLM). He teaches part-time at the Judicial Research & Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea and Younsei University Law School.

He has authored a number of publications on international arbitration and litigation practice, and was general editor of Arbitration Law of Korea: Practice & Procedure (Juris Publishing, 2012), the first hornbook on arbitration in Korea written in English.

Kevin is licensed to practice in Korea and New York, and speaks Korean (native), English (fluent), and Japanese (conversational).

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