In this year’s research, we shine the light on 28 leading arbitration specialists who are revered for their work on international arbitrations as counsel or arbitrator under various institutional rules.
Most highly regarded
Kim & Chang achieves an impressive eight listings this year.
BC Yoon has “the respect of his peers” on account of his “strong leadership” and ability to “remain calm under pressure”.
Hyung Keun Lee is widely praised for “his impressive technical skills and “excellent guidance of the cases he leads”.
Sae Youn Kim is a key player in the arbitration market thanks to her wealth of experience in international dispute resolution.
Matthew Christensen receives glowing praise from peers who cite his “top-tier cross examination skills and knowledge of construction disputes”.
Una Cho is recognised as “a very detailed-orientated, top-quality and hands-on arbitration practitioner”.
Eun Young Park is an “outstanding arbitration practitioner” with notable experience in international proceedings across various jurisdictions.
The “excellent” Joel Richardson has built up an impressive international arbitration practice in a wide range of sectors, spanning construction, pharmaceuticals and energy.
Kay-Jannes Wegner earns praise for his “unparalleled experience” and “strong network of European clients”.
Peter & Kim secures four listings.
Kap-You (Kevin) Kim is a highly skilled arbitrator and counsel, having demonstrated his field-leading expertise in over 300 international arbitrations.
John Bang comes highly regarded for his extensive experience as counsel and arbitrator in complex international arbitration proceedings under all major institution rules.
Young Suk Park at KL Partners has a “great reputation”, with one peer adding they “have a great deal of respect for him” as the practitioner “who steers the direction of the case”.
Beomsu Kim is held in high esteem as a “fantastic arbitrator who is known for his activity on the foreign investors’ side”.
Mike McClure of Herbert Smith Freehills is “a crown jewel of the firm” who is “admired for his business development skills and ability to organise his team”.
Dana Kim is highlighted for her substantial expertise in contentious matters across APAC, where she sits as arbitrator in construction, engineering and energy disputes.
At the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB INTERNATIONAL), Hi-Taek Shin is “the Godfather of Korean arbitration and very active in investor-state disputes”.
Sue Hyun Lim is “a real asset – she is very proactive and has done a lot to build the reputation of the KCAB, for which she definitely deserves credit”.
Yun-Jae Baek at Yulchon is a “senior statesman in the Korean arbitration community”, according to sources who herald him as a “well regarded and highly respected arbitrator”.
Joongi Kim at Yonsei University is “an impressive and fair arbitrator” who “actively takes on high-profile cases” and finds himself “consistently sought after by parties”.
Robert Wachter of Lee & Ko is “a well-liked practitioner who excels at communicating issues in a way which is palatable to arbitrators”.
Seung Wha Chang at Seoul National University receives glowing praise from peers who state he is “one of the most sought-after arbitrators in the market”.