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.
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.