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Kap-You (Kevin) Kim

Kap-You (Kevin) Kim

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Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Global Leader

Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Kap-You (Kevin) Kim “is a key figure in the Korean arbitration market” who has built “a strong network of arbitrators and practitioners” and is widely considered “a statesman in the market”.

Biography

Kap-You (Kevin) Kim is a senior partner at Peter & Kim in Seoul. He was previously a senior partner at Bae, Kim & Lee LLC, where he was the co-founder and head of the firm’s international arbitration practice and the head of its domestic and international disputes group. Under his supervision, Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s international arbitration practice was listed in the GAR30 list of top arbitration practices worldwide in 2011, and was listed among the GAR 30 – 40 in 2018 and 2019.

In 2019, Kevin, together with co-founder Wolfgang Peter of Switzerland, founded the law firm of Peter & Kim with the aim of establishing the first ever transcontinental arbitration boutique. 

Kevin has been actively involved in international arbitration for the past three decades and has amassed a wealth of experience both as counsel and arbitrator. He has been involved in arbitrations conducted under all the major rules and seated in all the prominent arbitration venues. He is presently involved in a number of investment and commercial arbitrations as counsel and arbitrator, and is also serving as the president of an ICSID ad-hoc annulment committee.

He is considered a market leader in international arbitration by various industry rankings, with Chambers Asia reporting that clients consider Kevin to be "one of the most respected figures in the Asian arbitration space" and Who’s Who Legal listing him as one of its “Global Elite Thought Leaders” for international arbitration in 2020.

Among other positions that he holds, Kevin is presently a vice president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, advisory board member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), council member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA/ICDR) and chairman of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board’s (KCAB) international arbitration committee.

In the past, Kevin has served as secretary general of ICCA (2010–2014), member of the LCIA Court (2007–2012) and vice chair of the IBA arbitration committee (2008–2010).

Kevin holds degrees from the Seoul National University College of Law (LLB, LLM) and Harvard Law School (LLM). He has authored a number of publications on international arbitration and litigation practice and was general editor of Arbitration Law of Korea: Practice & Procedure (Juris Publishing, 2012), the first hornbook on arbitration in Korea written in English. He also authored Arbitration Law & Practice (Bakyoungsa, 2012), a hornbook on arbitration in the Korean language. Kevin is licensed to practise in Korea and New York, and speaks Korean (native), English (fluent) and Japanese (conversational).

WWL Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Recommended

National Leader

Korea - Arbitration

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kap-You (Kevin) Kim is “one of the leading practitioners in arbitration” adulate sources. He wields considerable experience as both arbitrator and counsel in international arbitrations.

Biography

Kap-You (Kevin) Kim is a senior partner at Bae Kim & Lee LLC and head of its international arbitration and cross-border litigation group.

Over the past 30 years, he has acted as counsel, presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator or sole arbitrator in international arbitrations under all major arbitration rules. Presently, he is involved in several investment and commercial arbitrations, including representing Korea in an ICSID arbitration brought by Lone Star Funds and representing a Korean investor in the first investment arbitration by a Korean party against a foreign government.

Among other positions that he holds, Kevin is presently a vice president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, advisory board member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), council member of the American Arbitration Association and chairman of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board’s international arbitration committee.

In the past, Kevin has served as the first secretary general of ICCA (2010–2014), member of the LCIA Court (2007–2012) and vice chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee (2008–2010). He was lead counsel in the case that was awarded Arbitration Win of the Year 2010 by the Global Arbitration Review.

He is the general editor of two book-length treatises on arbitration in Korea in English and Korean, respectively.

Chambers Asia reports that Kevin is known as "one of the most respected figures in the Asian arbitration space" and "the best Korean lawyer in the field of arbitration in Asia".

Kevin holds degrees from the Seoul National University College of Law (LLB, LLM) and Harvard Law School (LLM). He is licensed in Korea and New York, and speaks Korean (native), English (fluent) and Japanese (conversational).

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Kap-You (Kevin) Kim is described as a “really strong lawyer” by market sources who laud him for his adept handling of international investor-state and commercial arbitration proceedings.

Biography

Kap-You (Kevin) Kim is a senior partner at Bae Kim & Lee LLC and head of its international arbitration and cross-border litigation group.

Over the past 30 years, he has acted as counsel, presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator or sole arbitrator in international arbitrations under all major arbitration rules. Presently, he is involved in several investment and commercial arbitrations, including representing Korea in an ICSID arbitration brought by Lone Star Funds and representing a Korean investor in the first investment arbitration by a Korean party against a foreign government.

Among other positions that he holds, Kevin is presently a vice president of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, advisory board member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), council member of the American Arbitration Association and chairman of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board’s international arbitration committee.

In the past, Kevin has served as the first secretary general of ICCA (2010–2014), member of the LCIA Court (2007–2012) and vice chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee (2008–2010). He was lead counsel in the case that was awarded Arbitration Win of the Year 2010 by the Global Arbitration Review.

He is the general editor of two book-length treatises on arbitration in Korea in English and Korean, respectively.

Chambers Asia reports that Kevin is known as "one of the most respected figures in the Asian arbitration space" and "the best Korean lawyer in the field of arbitration in Asia".

Kevin holds degrees from the Seoul National University College of Law (LLB, LLM) and Harvard Law School (LLM). He is licensed in Korea and New York, and speaks Korean (native), English (fluent) and Japanese (conversational).

WWL Ranking: Recommended
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