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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

David MacArthur is “an amazing lawyer” who is recognised for his “hands-on approach and client-driven thinking”. One respondent says, “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.

Praised by clients for his “tremendous energy” and “aggressive advocacy style combined with brutally honest yet balanced advice,” David’s practice is almost exclusively in international arbitration. He has represented clients in dozens of arbitrated disputes under the major rules and many regional arbitration rules, in disputes seated across Asia, Europe and North America, and in a wide range of industries, including automotive, defense procurement, medical devices and pharmaceutical, online gaming and other IP-centric matters, retail shopping, shipbuilding and telecommunications. 

David also serves as arbitrator and is listed in the roster of arbitrators of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Recognised for his leadership in the field, David has been appointed as founding co-chair of the recently launched "KCAB Next", a professional development group under the auspices of KCAB International.

He also devotes substantial time to mentoring, speaking, publishing and teaching on topics related to international arbitration. He played a lead role in drafting and compiling the comprehensive treatise Arbitration Law of Korea: Practice and Procedure (Juris 2012). He also teaches a course on international arbitration in a study-abroad programme that includes law students from the US, Japan and Korea.

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 US.

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

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WWL Ranking: Recommended
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