Kap-You (Kevin) Kim

Kap-You (Kevin) Kim
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Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Lawyers

Kap-You (Kevin) Kim is a senior partner of Bae, Kim & Lee LLC and head of the international arbitration and litigation practice group, which was the first dedicated practice group in the field in Korea. The group was named in the GAR30 list of top practices worldwide and earned GAR “Win of the Year” in 2011.

Kevin is a vice president of the ICC Court and governing board member and co-chair of audit committee of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). He also serves in a number of other prominent positions, including, a member of the panel of arbitrators of ICSID and an editorial board member of Global Arbitration Review. He also served as secretary general of the ICCA from 2010 to 2014, a court member at the LCIA Court from 2007 to 2012, and vice chair of the IBA arbitration committee from 2008 to 2010.

Domestically, He is a chair of the KCAB international committee, president of the ICC Korea arbitration committee and vice president of the Korea Arbitrators Association. He also served as inaugural secretary general of the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Centre (Seoul IDRC) from 2012 to 2014, president of the Korean Council for International Arbitration (KOCIA) from 2012 to 2014, and chair of the international committee of the Korean Bar Association from 2000 to 2002.

He has acted as counsel, presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator or sole arbitrator in more than 300 cases of international arbitrations under various rules including ICC, LCIA, AAA (ICDR), SIAC, HKIAC, LMAA, JCAA, UNCITRAL and KCAB for 30 years. He served as lead counsel in a case that was awarded “Arbitration Win of the Year 2010” by Global Arbitration Review. Presently, he is involved in several investment arbitrations, including representing Korea in an ICSID arbitration brought by Lone Star Funds, the first investment arbitration brought against Korea and the first Korean investor to bring an arbitration against a foreign government

Chambers Asia reports that Kevin is "one of the most respected figures in the Asian arbitration space" and "the best Korean lawyer in the field of arbitration in Asia," according to clients. He is recognised by Chambers as a “Star Individual” in dispute resolution (2010-2018) and has also been repeatedly recognised in Who’s Who Legal (2006-2018) and Asia-Pacific Legal 500 (2005-2018). 

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 practice in Korea and New York, and speaks Korean (native), English (fluent), and Japanese (conversational).

WWL says: Kap-You Kim “is a huge name in the market”, say peers, who regard him as “one of the standout counsel in Korea” thanks to his “very strategic approach”.

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