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David Kim

David Kim

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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

David Kim is “very thoughtful and easy to work with” according to respondents one of whom notes, “I would not hesitate to bring in David for a counsel role on a major dispute.”

Biography

David Kim is a partner (senior foreign attorney) in Lee & Ko’s international dispute resolution practice group, and is highly regarded for his expertise and extensive experience in assisting clients with a broad range of international arbitration matters.

David’s experience in international arbitration matters includes acting as legal counsel for many different clients in various arbitration cases before the ICC, SIAC, ICSID, HKIAC, KCAB, and LCIA, and in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL rules. He has represented multinational corporations, government entities, defence contractors and high-profile individuals in numerous commercial disputes related to construction, shipping, military contracts, energy and natural resources, telecommunications, and investor-state matters.

Mr Kim has also served as an adjunct professor at the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea and a member of the international arbitration council of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB). He is a former representative of the Asia chapter of the regional coordinating committee of the ICC young arbitrators’ forum and is the former co-coordinator for the young ICCA mentorship programme. 

David has been recognised as a leading practitioner by Chambers Asia Pacific, which describes him as someone whose "advocacy is logical, persuasive and tempered" and who "will go the extra mile to take care of his clients". David is also ranked as a “future star” in Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific 2018 and was named as an “outstanding young partner” in Chambers Asia Pacific 2016. Most recently, David was named "next generation leader in arbitration" by the KCAB, the first time such a distinction was awarded by the KCAB.

David is admitted to practise in Alberta, Canada and speaks English and Korean. 

National Leader

Korea - Arbitration

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

David Kim stands out as “a very good lawyer and a rising star” who excels in treaty arbitrations. One client effuses that he "makes tremendous effort to prioritise the client's best interest and to provide maximum information so that the client can make informed decisions”.

Biography

David Kim is a partner (senior foreign attorney) in Lee & Ko's international dispute resolution practice group, and is highly regarded for his expertise and extensive experience in assisting clients with a broad range of international arbitration matters.

David's experience in international arbitration matters includes acting as legal counsel for many different clients in various arbitration cases before the ICC, SIAC, ICSID, HKIAC, KCAB, and LCIA, and in ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL rules. He has represented multinational corporations, government entities, defence contractors and high-profile individuals in numerous commercial disputes related to construction, shipping, military contracts, energy and natural resources, telecommunications, and investor-state matters.

Examples of David’s expertise in international arbitration include representing large Korean companies in high value, complex construction disputes in the Middle East and Asia; representing state-owned entities in disputes related to defence procurement contracts (including projectiles, helicopters and submarines); defending the Republic of Korea in a $700 million investor-state dispute against Elliott Associates LP; and representing a leading steel manufacturing company (Austria) in a dispute arising from a steel melting plant in South Korea.

David has also served as an adjunct professor at the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea; is a member of the international arbitration council of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB); and has taught as a sessional lecturer at the KCAB. Mr Kim is also on the panel list of arbitrators of the KCAB. He is a former representative of the Asia chapter of the regional coordinating committee of the ICC young arbitrators' forum, and the former co-coordinator for the young ICCA mentorship programme.

David has been recognised as a leading practitioner by Chambers and Partners Global and Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific, which describes him as someone whose "advocacy is logical, persuasive and tempered", who "will go the extra mile to take care of his clients" and who "impressed with his strong dedication to the case and the level of preparation". Who's Who Legal (2019) named David a Future Leader in international arbitration and described him as "very thoughtful and easy to work with". David is also ranked in The Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (2019) as a "dispute resolution star” and was named as an "outstanding young partner" in Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific (2016). Most recently, David was named a "next-generation leader in arbitration" by the KCAB, the first time the Board has awarded such a distinction.

David is admitted to practise in Alberta, Canada; he speaks English and Korean.  Prior to commencing his professional work as an arbitration lawyer in Korea, David worked as a litigator in Canada at Miles Davison LLP.

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