Robert W. Wachter

Robert W. Wachter
Hanjin Building
63 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu
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Who's Who Legal Arbitration: Lawyers

Robert Wachter FCIArb is the co-head of the international arbitration practice at Lee & Ko.

After finishing at the top of his law school class, Robert began his career as a law clerk to the Hon Samuel P King, Senior US District Judge for the District of Hawaii. After the clerkship, he joined O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he was promoted to counsel as a member of the firm’s project finance group. He moved to South Korea in 2004 and transitioned his practice to dispute resolution. For the past 10 years, he has practised in international arbitration exclusively. He has acted in cases brought under all of the major arbitration rules, including the ICC, KCAB, VIAC, Swiss Chambers, SIAC, LCIA, SCC, JCAA and UNCITRAL rules.

Mr Wachter has significant experience in both common law and civil law jurisdictions. In addition to his experience in Korea, from 2011 to 2014 he worked at Graf & Pitkowitz, in Vienna, Austria, before returning to Korea to join the international arbitration practice at Kim & Chang. Mr Wachter has also lectured as an adjunct professor at Seoul National University, the Supreme Court of Korea (Judicial Research and Training Institute) and Ewha Womans University.

Mr Wachter has worked extensively in a broad range of industries, including the life sciences, technology, construction, automotive, shipping, energy and telecommunications sectors. He particularly enjoys cases that require an understanding of scientific, engineering and technical issues. He regularly participates in conferences and seminars on international arbitration and is presently working on two investment treaty arbitration cases brought against the Republic of Korea.

WWL says: Robert Wachter “knows his cases inside and out and presents his arguments in a clear manner”. He is further endorsed as “an excellent advocate and meticulous cross-examiner".

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