"John is very experienced in international arbitration and is always thoroughly prepared"
"He pays attention to every detail and is an incisive strategist"
"A superb counsel"
John P Bang is a senior partner (foreign attorney) at Peter & Kim in Seoul. He was previously a partner at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC, where he worked for 23 years in various roles, including as the co-founder and head of the International Arbitration & Litigation Practice. John joins his former colleague Kevin Kim at Peter & Kim—with the two of them having previously led BKL’s International Arbitration practice to great heights, including, being the only Korean firm to ever make it to the GAR 30 list of leading arbitration practices in the world.
John has represented parties in over 250 domestic and international arbitral proceedings seated throughout Asia, Europe and North America, ranging from multimillion to multibillion-dollar disputes. Most of these cases have proceeded through to the final hearing stage and concluded with a favourable final award for John’s clients. Through these disputes, John has acquired a level of experience in handling disputes under the laws of both the civil and common law jurisdictions that is extremely rare.
John's experience covers a wide spectrum of institutional rules (eg the ICC, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, JCAA, AAA (ICDR), KCAB, ICSID, the arbitration rules of UNCITRAL and the code of the CAS) and spans a wide variety of industries, including construction, government contracts, golf course design and development, consumer retail, distributorships, hypermarkets, automobile manufacturing, automobile parts, financial services, banking, telecommunications, private equity, management consulting, steel manufacturing, online games, sports and entertainment, airline industry, hospitality, computer software, life science, insurance, real estate, energy, oil and gas, post-M&A, pharmaceuticals, and petrochemicals. He also regularly serves on arbitral tribunals as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator or as chairman.
John has been repeatedly recognised as a leading arbitration practitioner in Chambers Asia (2008-present), Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2008-present) and Who's Who Legal (2007-present). In 2011, John was included in GAR's exclusive "45 under 45," in 2016 was recognised as "Disputes Star of the Year" for South Korea at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards and in 2019 was awarded ALB's "Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year."
Chambers Global (2020) describes John as “very diligent and passionate” while commending him as a “Top advocate”. Who’s Who Legal (2020) points out that John is an “excellent team leader” who comes “highly recommended” by peers and clients alike for his “expertise handling disputes under various arbitral rules around the world”.
Arguably one of the most active arbitration practitioners in Korea, John's advocacy experience is particularly notable for its breadth and versatility. He has advocacy experience across fora and industry areas in cross border disputes, including investor-state disputes, construction and engineering disputes and commercial arbitrations.
John currently serves as a court member of the SIAC Court of Arbitration, executive committee member of the Korea Council for International Arbitration, and senior officer in the IBA Litigation Committee. He was also a member of the drafting committee for the ICCA Drafting Sourcebook for Logistical Matters in Procedural Orders, which was published by ICCA in 2015. He is on the panel of arbitrators for the HKIAC, SIAC and KCAB, and a member of the SIAC and LCIA Users’ Councils.
In 2011, John was general editor of the first book-length treatise on arbitration in Korea, Arbitration Law of Korea: Practice and Procedure (Juris Publishing, 2012). John is also the author of numerous articles concerning international dispute resolution and is a frequent speaker at domestic and international seminars and conferences.After receiving his education at the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University School of Law, John served as a federal law clerk for the Honorable Kathryn C Ferguson, USBJ prior to joining BKL. He is fluent in English and Korean.