John Bang is a cornerstone of the Korean arbitration space, and is recognised as “a leader of a strong arbitration team at the firm”. He has acted as counsel in hundreds of arbitrations under most major institutional rules across Asia, Europe and North America.
John P Bang is head of the international arbitration practice group at Bae, Kim & Lee, LLC (BKL). He, together with Kap-You (Kevin) Kim, leads a team of over 30 attorneys specialising in international arbitration and cross-border disputes. This practice group has been a pioneer in arbitration in Asia, and in 2011 BKL became the first Korean firm to be included in the GAR30, a list published by Global Arbitration Review that recognises the 30 most active international arbitration practice groups worldwide. Today, BKL’s international arbitration practice group is recognised globally as a leader in international dispute resolution.
John has represented parties in over 200 domestic and international arbitral proceedings seated throughout Asia, Europe and North America, ranging from multimillion to multibillion-dollar disputes, and most of which have proceeded through to the final hearing stage and concluded with a favourable final award by the arbitral tribunal. Through these disputes, John has acquired a deep reservoir of experience in handling disputes under the laws of both the civil and common law jurisdictions.
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, energy, oil and gas, post-M&A, pharmaceuticals, and petrochemicals. He also regularly serves on arbitral tribunals as sole 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” and last year was recognised as “Disputes Star of the Year” for South Korea at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards. Chambers Asia 2017 notes that “market commentators regard practice co-head John Bang as ‘a skilled advocate with deep experience of hearings and strong witness examination skills.’”
Arguably one of the most active arbitration practitioners in Korea, John’s advocacy experience is also notable for its breadth and versatility. He has been involved in a wide range of cross-border issues, including investor-state disputes, construction and engineering disputes and commercial arbitrations relating to a broad range of industries.
John currently holds several noteworthy positions including: board member of the Korea Council for International Arbitration; officer in the IBA litigation committee and member of the SIAC users council. 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.
In 2011, John and fellow co-founder Kevin were general editors 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.