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Matthew J Christensen

Matthew J Christensen

Bae Kim & Lee LLC133 Teheran-roSeoulKorea06133
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Global Leader

Arbitration 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Matthew Christensen is “a stand-out lawyer” and a go-to representative to private and public sector clients. He has broad experience in complex commercial disputes and possesses deep expertise in the construction sector.

Biography

Matthew is a senior foreign attorney (partner equivalent) in BKLs international arbitration practice.

He has acted for a broad range of private and public sector clients in dozens of substantial international arbitration cases under ICC, AAA/ICDR, LCIA, SIAC, HKIAC, ICSID, KCAB and ad hoc rules. Matthew regularly acts for clients in major infrastructure and construction disputes, including in relation to investment treaty-based claims.

Matthew currently serves as a vice-chair of the international construction projects committee of the
Inter-Pacific Bar Association, as a member of the SIAC user's counsel, and as the Korea representative of the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration. For his contributions to the practice of international arbitration in Korea, Matthew received a special commendation from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea in 2015.

He has been recognised as one of the leading dispute resolution practitioners in Korea by Chambers and Partners (among others), where he is described as a “thoughtful advocate” and as a "very smart and capable lawyer who combines both western and Korean perspectives," and is also noted for his “strong advocacy and effective cross-examination style”. Matthew was honoured with an Excellence in Advocacy Award at the Singapore International Arbitration Academy in 2013.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Matthew received his law degree from Harvard Law School and also holds a master's degree in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University. Prior to joining BKL in 2007, Matthew worked in the New York office of a Magic Circle firm and for a rival Korean firm, where he gained valuable experience in a wide variety of cross-border transactions. 

Matthew speaks and reads Korean fluently. 

Construction 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Matthew Christensen is an arbitration specialist with significant experience in international construction disputes. Sources extol him as "a bright, thoughtful, thorough and exceptionally hardworking lawyer".

Biography

Matthew is a senior foreign attorney (partner equivalent) in BKLs international disputes group, where he is responsible for coordinating the firm’s international construction and energy disputes practice.

Matthew regularly acts for clients in major international construction disputes, including in relation to investment treaty-based claims. An arbitration specialist by training, he has acted for a broad range of private and public sector clients in dozens of substantial international arbitration cases under ICC, AAA/ICDR, LCIA, SIAC, ICSID, KCAB and ad hoc rules. In the context of international construction disputes, Matthew’s role typically runs the gamut from taking evidence from Korean-speaking witnesses in their native language to presenting oral arguments before English-speaking tribunals. Matthew also assists construction clients in mediation proceedings and is listed on the Singapore International Mediation Centre’s specialist mediator roster for Korea.

He has served as a vice chair of the international construction projects committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association since 2015 and will chair that committee from May 2019. Matthew also serves as a member of the SIAC user's counsel, and as the Korea representative of the Asia-Pacific Forum for International Arbitration. For his contributions to the practice of international arbitration in Korea, Matthew received a special commendation from the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea in 2015.

Matthew is recognised as one of the top dispute resolution practitioners in Korea by Chambers and Partners (Band 1), where he receives “outstanding feedback for his work in construction disputes” and is noted for his “keen understanding of Korean disputes honed through experience" and “strong advocacy and effective cross-examination style”. He is also honored to have been listed as a “Thought Leader” by Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration, which commends his “deep experience in the construction sector as well as in complex commercial disputes”.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Matthew received his law degree from Harvard Law School and also holds a master's degree in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University. Prior to joining BKL in 2007, Matthew worked in the New York office of a Magic Circle firm and for a rival Korean firm, where he gained valuable experience in a wide variety of cross-border transactions.

Matthew speaks Korean fluently and has a working knowledge of Japanese.

National Leader

Korea - Arbitration

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Matthew Christensen is described as "a really bright lawyer” who is “very highly regarded and skilled, especially in construction disputes". One peer effuses that he is "smart, witty, persuasive and a good presenter".

Biography

Matthew is a senior foreign attorney (partner equivalent) in BKL’s international disputes group, where he heads the firm’s international construction and energy arbitration practice.

Matthew has acted for private and public sector clients in many substantial international arbitration cases under ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, KCAB, LCIA, AAA/IDRC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. In a typical case, Matthew’s roles run the gamut from advising on dispute resolution strategy, to taking evidence from Korean-speaking witnesses in their native language, to presenting written and oral submissions to English-speaking tribunals. Matthew also advises on mediation, and is listed on the SIMC’s specialist mediator roster for Korea.

Matthew currently chairs the international construction projects committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. For his contributions to international arbitration practice in Korea, Matthew received a special commendation from Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy in 2015.

Matthew is recognised among the top international arbitration lawyers in Korea by Chambers and Partners (Band 1), where he receives “outstanding feedback for his work in construction disputes” and is noted for his “keen understanding of Korean disputes honed through experience" and “strong advocacy and effective cross-examination style”. He is also honored to have been listed as a Thought Leader in the areas of arbitration and construction by Who’s Who Legal, which commends his “deep experience in the construction sector as well as in complex commercial disputes.”

A native of Salt Lake City, Matthew received his law degree from Harvard Law School and also holds a master's degree in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University.

Matthew speaks Korean fluently and has a working knowledge of Japanese.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Matthew Christensen is “greatly professional, responsive and thorough in his thinking” according to impressed clients who note that he “understands the construction industry well and is especially diligent and capable on difficult technical matters”.

Biography

Matthew is a senior foreign attorney (partner equivalent) in BKL’s international disputes group, where he heads the firm’s international construction and energy arbitration practice.

Matthew has acted for private and public sector clients in many substantial international arbitration cases under ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, KCAB, LCIA, AAA/IDRC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. In a typical case, Matthew’s roles run the gamut from advising on dispute resolution strategy, to taking evidence from Korean-speaking witnesses in their native language, to presenting written and oral submissions to English-speaking tribunals. Matthew also advises on mediation, and is listed on the SIMC’s specialist mediator roster for Korea.

Matthew currently chairs the international construction projects committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. For his contributions to international arbitration practice in Korea, Matthew received a special commendation from Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy in 2015.

Matthew is recognised among the top international arbitration lawyers in Korea by Chambers and Partners (Band 1), where he receives “outstanding feedback for his work in construction disputes” and is noted for his “keen understanding of Korean disputes honed through experience" and “strong advocacy and effective cross-examination style”. He is also honored to have been listed as a Thought Leader in the areas of arbitration and construction by Who’s Who Legal, which commends his “deep experience in the construction sector as well as in complex commercial disputes.”

A native of Salt Lake City, Matthew received his law degree from Harvard Law School and also holds a master's degree in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University.

Matthew speaks Korean fluently and has a working knowledge of Japanese.

Korea - Mediation

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Matthew Christensen is a “very impressive” practitioner. Market commentators highlight his “smart and persuasive” qualities as well as his significant experience resolving disputes as both mediator and arbitrator.

Biography

Matthew is a senior foreign attorney (partner equivalent) in BKL’s international disputes group, where he heads the firm’s international construction and energy arbitration practice.

Matthew has acted for private and public sector clients in many substantial international arbitration cases under ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, KCAB, LCIA, AAA/IDRC, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. In a typical case, Matthew’s roles run the gamut from advising on dispute resolution strategy, to taking evidence from Korean-speaking witnesses in their native language, to presenting written and oral submissions to English-speaking tribunals. Matthew also advises on mediation, and is listed on the SIMC’s specialist mediator roster for Korea.

Matthew currently chairs the international construction projects committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. For his contributions to international arbitration practice in Korea, Matthew received a special commendation from Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy in 2015.

Matthew is recognised among the top international arbitration lawyers in Korea by Chambers and Partners (Band 1), where he receives “outstanding feedback for his work in construction disputes” and is noted for his “keen understanding of Korean disputes honed through experience" and “strong advocacy and effective cross-examination style”. He is also honored to have been listed as a Thought Leader in the areas of arbitration and construction by Who’s Who Legal, which commends his “deep experience in the construction sector as well as in complex commercial disputes.”

A native of Salt Lake City, Matthew received his law degree from Harvard Law School and also holds a master's degree in East Asian regional studies from Harvard University.

Matthew speaks Korean fluently and has a working knowledge of Japanese.

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