Korea: Arbitration 2019

In this chapter, we recognise 26 of Korea’s elite arbitration specialists. They are distinguished for their experience and expertise in international arbitrations as counsel and arbitrator under a wide range of institutional rules and on an ad hoc basis.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Kap-You (Kevin) Kim Bae Kim & Lee LLC, Seoul
2. Joongi Kim Yonsei University, Seoul
3. Robert W Wachter Lee & Ko, Seoul
4. BC Yoon  Kim & Chang, Seoul

International player Kim & Chang leads the arbitration field this year with six listings for its practitioners.
BC Yoon is described by peers as “the best of his generation of arbitration practitioners" and “a leading practitioner in the Korean arbitration market". He is well versed in international arbitration and cross-border litigious matters.
Eun Young Park wins acclaim from market commentators as "very strong and a big figure in arbitration, especially for LCIA work”. He has considerable experience handling complex proceedings across a multitude of sectors.
Una Cho leaves peers "very impressed with her professionalism and candidness". She is applauded for her expert handling of disputes within the aviation, construction and energy sectors to a name a few.
Kay-Jannes Wegner is “a rising star” of the market whom “many speak highly of”. He is “an excellent lawyer” who pays “attention to detail, and is tough when necessary".

Bae Kim & Lee also achieves highly, with four of its lawyers listed in our research.
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.
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".
David MacArthur is "a great lawyer” who is “technically excellent and a rising star” in the market. Market commentators identify him as “very personable in his approach and good with clients and opposing counsel". 
John Bang is "very much respected" among peers who endorse his market-leading expertise in arbitration proceedings under most major institutions.

Lee & Ko performs impressively this year and counts four listings for its members.
The “excellent” Robert Wachter is "clearly a star and one of the leaders in the field" according to sources who also impart that he is a “pleasant practitioner to work with”.
David Kim stands out as “a very good lawyer and a rising star” who excels in treaty arbitrations. One client effuses that he "makes tremendous effort to prioritise the client's best interest and to provide maximum information so that the client can make informed decisions”.

Yulchon distinguishes itself in the Korean arbitration market with three listings.  
Hyung Keun Lee is "very hardworking” say sources who note he is “the guy who gets things done". He is credited for his “very detail-oriented approach and good grasp of arbitration matters”.
Sae Youn Kim is “a Korean law expert and a big name” in the market. Commentators single him out as a "great lawyer with very good management skills”.
Yun-Jae Baek is recognised as a "senior stateman figure” in the Korean market who is renowned among peers and clients as "a distinguished arbitrator".

The “excellent” Joongi Kim with Yonsei University ranks among the foremost arbitration specialists in the country. He is distinguished among peers as a "big name” and “very impressive arbitrator”.  

Hi-Taek Shin of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board is "a very big figure as an arbitrator" who gains recognition as "an authority in arbitrations, especially in ISDs". Market commentators describe him as a “reasonable, reserved, understated and smart” practitioner.

Seung Wha Chang at Seoul National University is "smart, persuasive and one of the popular choices for arbitrator" in the market thanks to his impressive experience handling a variety of international commercial arbitrations.

The “really sharp" Kee Chang Kim at Korea University is a "rising star among Korean academic arbitrators”. One peer extols, “He is wonderful – I would absolutely recommend him.”

Mike McClure with Herbert Smith Freehills is singled out by respondents as a lawyer who "does a fantastic job", and "manages cases very well". He is "highly regarded, especially for construction matters".

Dana Kim also wins acclaim as "a great and very friendly lawyer" who has over a decade of experience in construction and private equity disputes across the Asia-Pacific market.

Shin & Kim’s “outstanding” Seungmin Lee is a “rising star in arbitration" applaud sources who state that he “works incredibly hard and provides great law analysis".

Sue Hyun Lim at the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board is “a big name” in Korea and is described by peers as a "charming and well-rounded” practitioner.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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