Beomsu Kim is "a leading practitioner" in the Korean arbitration market where he is singled out for his "long-standing experience" and "excellent business acumen".
Beomsu Kim is the managing partner of KL Partners and head of the firm’s international dispute resolution practice group (named in the GAR100 list of top practices worldwide). Prior to establishing KL Partners, Mr Kim led the international dispute resolution practice group at Shin & Kim. He also served as a judge at Korea courts for nearly a decade before joining private practice.
As one of the few English-speaking former judges with experience working abroad (US), Mr Kim is highly sought after by foreign clients for international dispute resolution through arbitrations and litigations. He is regularly selected as an arbitrator in notable arbitration proceedings under the auspices of major arbitral institutions including the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, UNCITRAL and KCAB, and acts as counsel in litigations in various jurisdictions. Also, he is a member of the ICC’s International Court of Arbitration.
Mr Kim is a prominent leader in the Korean arbitration community, serving as the president of the Korean Council of International Arbitration; a management committee member of the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center (SIDRC), and an adviser to the KCAB international committee. He is also the former executive director of international relations for the Korean Bar Association.
Mr Kim’s exceptional record in international dispute resolution and his leadership in the profession have been consistently recognised by major legal journals such as Chambers, IFLR1000 and The Legal 500. He was named one of Asia Business Law Journal's A-List Lawyers in 2018; Legal Times’ Leading Lawyer of 2016 in International Arbitration; Legal Times’ 2015 Lawyer of the Year – International Arbitration; and one of ALB’s Asia’s Best 75 Lawyers (2013).