David MacArthur is a “smart lawyer who provides very quick responses” and is “excellent with clients”. One peer remarks: “He is at the top of my list for legal counsel in Korea.”
David MacArthur is a partner at Bae, Kim & Lee in Seoul, Korea, specialising in international commercial and investor-state arbitration.
Having practised in Japan and Korea for nearly 15 years, David has become an established figure in the international arbitration community in East Asia. He acts as both counsel and arbitrator.
As counsel, David has represented clients in dozens of disputes under the major global and many regional rules, in disputes seated across Asia, Europe and North America, and in a wide range of industries, including automotive, construction, defence procurement, medical and life sciences, online gaming and other IP-centric matters, retail shopping, shipbuilding and telecommunications.
David also acts as arbitrator and is appointed to the panels of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Asia International Arbitration Centre (AIAC).
In addition to his work as counsel and arbitrator, David also serves in leadership and influence positions in the field. Currently, he is serving as the founding co-chair of KCAB Next, a group composed of rising arbitrators and practitioners, and as a member of the Asia task force of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Centre, which promotes the use of arbitration in IP and tech-related disputes. He also teaches, lectures and publishes in the field. Among his more notable publications is Arbitration Law of Korea: Practice and Procedure (Juris Publishing 2012), in which he had a major editorial and drafting role.
A US national, David is a member of the Utah Bar, and speaks advanced Japanese and Korean.