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Saemee Kim

Saemee Kim

Lee & KoHanjin Building63 Namdaemun-ro, Jung-guSeoulKorea04532

Future Leader

WWL Ranking: Future Leader

WWL says

Saemee Kim is “one of the best” arbitration lawyers. She is considered by market sources to be “very smart, detail-oriented and able to perfectly grasp everything without missing a single piece of material".

Biography

Saemee Kim is a senior associate at Lee & Ko, specialising in international arbitration and cross-border litigation, including enforcement and annulment procedures of arbitral awards. Ms Kim has handled a variety of high-value, complex commercial arbitrations administered under ICC, LCIA, KCAB, AAA (ICDR), HKIAC and UNCITRAL Rules, as well as handling ad hoc arbitrations and cross-border litigation before foreign courts.

Ms Kim is the only associate in Korea recognised as a “Future Leader” in international arbitration by Who’s Who Legal 2019, which described her as "a dynamic arbitration lawyer" and a "a future star in the Korean arbitration community". She was also recognised by Who’s Who Legal: Korea 2019 as a “Future Leader”, and was said to draw “high praise from market sources who endorse her as ‘a hard worker’ and ‘one of the up-and-coming arbitration practitioners’ in the market".

She is considered the most visible associate in the Korean international arbitration community by actively participating in arbitration events both in Korea and overseas. She spoke at the 2016 YSIAC advocacy workshop; the 2017 HKIAC seminar for in-house counsels; the 2018 ICC Young Arbitrators’ Forum seminar in Seoul; and the Kyoto Pre-Moot Seminar sponsored by HK45 (the young arbitrators’ forum of the HKIAC), the Asian International Arbitration Centre and the Young International Arbitration Group. She was selected as a participant in the 2018-2020 Young ICCA Mentoring Programme, for which she had Ms Karyl Nairn QC as her mentor; she has also been serving as the Young ICCA events coordinator for the East Asia region, organising arbitration workshops for young practitioners since 2018.

She is currently pursuing the LLM at Stanford Law School, fully sponsored by her firm.  

National Leader

Korea - Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Saemee Kim is a rising star in the Korean legal market, dubbed "excellent and a very good team player" by market commentators. 

Biography

Saemee Kim is a senior associate at Lee & Ko, specialising in international arbitration and cross-border litigation, including enforcement and annulment procedures of arbitral awards. Ms Kim has handled a variety of high-value, complex commercial arbitrations administered under ICC, LCIA, KCAB, AAA (ICDR), HKIAC and UNCITRAL Rules, as well as handling ad hoc arbitrations and cross-border litigation before foreign courts, including in the United States, France, Italy, Colombia and Malaysia.

She is one of the few associates in Korea who has significant oral advocacy experience at hearings, especially when compared with peers at a similar level of seniority at other Korean law firms. Now in her seventh year at Lee & Ko, Ms Kim is the only associate in Korea who is recognised as a “Future Leader” in international arbitration by WWL 2019 and WWL 2020 where she was described as “a dynamic arbitration lawyer”, “a future star in the Korean arbitration community” and “excellent and a very good  team player".

She is considered the most visible associate in the international arbitration society in Korea via her efforts to promote arbitration both in Korea and overseas. She has spoken at a number of arbitration conferences, including the 2016 YSIAC advocacy workshop; the 2017 HKIAC seminar for in-house counsel; the 2018 ICCYAF seminar in Seoul; and the mock arbitration sponsored by HK45, DIS40 and YIAG during the Seoul ADR Festival 2018. In 2019, she was invited to speak at Kyoto Pre-Moot Seminar sponsored by HK45, AIAC and YIAG.

She is also actively involved in various promotional events in the arbitration community in Korea; for example, she participated in the promotional video for the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center and the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), and assisted at several ICC events in Korea. She participated in a legislation project, preparing a research report for the Ministry of Justice of Korea about promoting arbitration as an industry, which resulted in the enactment of the Arbitration Industry Promotion Act in 2017 and the establishment of KCAB International, its global segment.

She was selected as a participant in the 2018–2020 Young ICCA Mentoring Programme, with Ms Karyl Nairn QC as her mentor; she currently serves as the Young ICCA events coordinator for the East Asia region, organising arbitration workshops for young practitioners. She has been involved in workshops in Seoul, Bishkek, Tokyo and Hanoi.

From the start of her career, Ms Kim has authored and published arbitration-related articles on an annual basis, including the South Korea chapters of The Baker McKenzie International Arbitration Yearbook (2014–2018) and Arbitration World (fifth edition, 2015, Thomson Reuters); and Default on Costs: A Review Under the ICC Rules, published by the KCAB in 2013.

She holds an LLB from Korea University and an LLM from Stanford Law School. Ms Kim is admitted to practise in South Korea and speaks English, Korean and Spanish.

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