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Beomsu Kim

Beomsu Kim

KL Partners17th Floor, East WingSignature Tower, 100Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-guSeoulKorea04542

National Leader

Korea - Arbitration 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Beomsu Kim is held in high esteem as a “fantastic arbitrator who is known for his activity on the foreign investors’ side”.


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 (U.S.), 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 advisor 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 recognized by major legal journals such as Chambers, IFLR1000 and Legal500. He was named 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 ALB’s Asia’s Best 75 Lawyers (2013).

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