Matthew J Christensen

Matthew J Christensen
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Matthew is a senior foreign attorney (partner equivalent) in BKLs international arbitration practice.

He has acted for a broad range of private and public sector clients in dozens of substantial international arbitration cases under ICC, AAA/ICDR, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, ICSID, KCAB and ad hoc rules. Matthew regularly acts for clients in major infrastructure and construction disputes, including in relation to investment treaty-based claims.

Matthew currently serves as a vice-chair of the international construction projects committee of the
Inter-Pacific Bar Association, as a member of the SIAC user's counsel, and as the Korea representative of the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration. For his contributions to the practice of international arbitration in Korea, Matthew received a special commendation from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea in 2015.

He has been recognised as one of the leading dispute resolution practitioners in Korea by Chambers and Partners (among others), where he is described as a “thoughtful advocate” and as a "very smart and capable lawyer who combines both western and Korean perspectives," and is also noted for his “strong advocacy and effective cross-examination style”. Matthew was honoured with an Excellence in Advocacy Award at the Singapore International Arbitration Academy in 2013.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Matthew received his law degree from Harvard Law School and also holds a master's degree in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University. Prior to joining BKL in 2007, Matthew worked in the New York office of a Magic Circle firm and for a rival Korean firm, where he gained valuable experience in a wide variety of cross-border transactions. 

Matthew speaks and reads Korean fluently. 

WWL says: Matthew Christensen is “a standout lawyer” and a go-to representative to private and public sector clients. He has deep expertise in the construction sector as well as in complex commercial disputes.

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