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David MacArthur

David MacArthur

Bae, Kim & Lee LLCCentropolis B26 Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-guSeoulKorea03161

National Leader

Korea - Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

David MacArthur is widely regarded as an “experienced arbitrator”, as well as a “very knowledgeable and active practitioner in the community”.


David MacArthur is a lead partner (senior foreign attorney) in the international disputes group at Bae, Kim & Lee in Seoul, Korea, specialising in international commercial and investor-state arbitrations.

With nearly 15 years of dedicated experience in the arbitration field, David has represented clients in dozens of international commercial and investor-state arbitrations seated primarily in Asia, Europe and North America, in proceedings under all the major global and regional rules, and in a wide range of industries, including automotive, defence procurement, medical devices and pharmaceutical, online gaming and other IP-centric matters, retail shopping, shipbuilding, and telecommunications.

David also serves as arbitrator and has been appointed to the panels or has acted as an arbitrator in disputes under the rules of the HKIAC, KCAB, WIPO and AIAC.

Among other leadership and influence positions, David is a founding co-chair of KCAB Next, a professional development group under the auspices of KCAB International that was launched in 2019, which was a finalist for the Best Development in Arbitration Award at the 2020 GAR Awards.

He also devotes substantial time to speaking, publishing and teaching on topics related to international arbitration, including having a lead role in drafting and compiling the comprehensive treatise Arbitration Law of Korea: Practice and Procedure (Juris 2012).

Prior to joining BKL, David practised at a major firm in Japan handling cross-border IP disputes, and before that as a commercial litigator in the USA.

A US national, David is a member of the Utah Bar, and speaks Japanese and Korean proficiently.

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