Matthew is a partner (senior foreign attorney) in BKL’s international arbitration and litigation practice group.
He has acted for a broad range of private and public sector clients in dozens of substantial international arbitration cases under ICC, AAA/ICDR, SIAC, ICSID, KCAB and ad hoc rules.
Matthew chairs the council of international arbitration of the KCAB and is a member of the executive committee of the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center. He also serves as a vice-chair of the international construction projects committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, as a member of the SIAC users’ council, and as the Korea representative of the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration. In March 2015, Matthew received an award from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy for contributions to the practice of international arbitration in Korea.
Chambers and Partners calls him an “excellent interface between the Korean legal system and foreign clients” and notes his “strong diplomatic skills and meticulous attention to detail.”
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 J Christensen is noted as "an expert on the Korean market and the region" and "a highly regarded arbitration lawyer".
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