Kap-You (Kevin) Kim

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

He has acted as counsel, presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator or sole arbitrator in several dozen international arbitrations under various rules, including the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, AAA (ICDR), SIAC, HKIAC, LMAA, JCAA, UNCITRAL and KCAB. He served as lead counsel in the case named as Arbitration Win of the Year (2010) by Global Arbitration Review. Presently, he is involved in several investment arbitrations, including representing Korea in an ICSID arbitration brought by Lone Star Funds, the first investment arbitration brought against Korea; the first Korean investor to bring an arbitration against a foreign government; and a Korean claimant in an investment arbitration against China (the second ICSID arbitration against China).

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

Domestically, he is chair of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board’s international arbitration committee, a senior adviser and an 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 the inaugural secretary general of the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Centre (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 quotes a client describing Kevin as “one of the most respected figures in the Asian arbitration space”. It quotes another client as saying: “Kevin has an excellent strategic sense, is charismatic in his presentations to clients and tribunals, and is highly knowledgeable about arbitration procedure.” Kevin has been recognised by Chambers as a “star individual” in dispute resolution since 2010. He was also the first recipient of Asialaw’s Disputes Star of the Year award for Korea.


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 and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea and Ewha Woman University Law School. He has authored several 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. He also authored Arbitration Law & Practice (Bakyoungsa, 2016), a Korean-language hornbook on arbitration. Kevin is licensed to practise in Korea and New York, and speaks Korean (native), English (fluent) and Japanese (conversational).

WWL says: Kap-You Kim boasts "the leading practice in Korea", and is considered "one of the standout counsel in the market".

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