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WWL Ranking: Future Leader

Peers and clients say

"A wonderful person to work with and a great ambassador of the KCAB"
"Excellent lawyer with tireless work ethic"
"She has done a fabulous job at running the KCAB International"


Sue Hyun is currently the secretary general of the KCAB INTERNATIONAL, the recently revamped international arm of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB). Immediately prior to her appointment as secretary general, she was a partner in Bae, Kim & Lee LLC's international arbitration practice. As counsel, she has represented clients in numerous, high-value, complex commercial arbitrations that helped shape Korean arbitration practice into what it is today. Having over 14 years of experience in this field, she has expanded the breadth and depth of her expertise by handling a wide spectrum of disputes under various institutional rules and covering areas such as post-M&A disputes, construction disputes, distributorship and licence disputes, and - more recently - investment-state arbitrations.

Sue Hyun has actively participated in efforts to promote arbitration both in Korea and overseas. She has written and co-written a number of published pieces, and is also a contributing author to Arbitration Law in Korea: Practice and Procedure (Juris Publishing, 2012) and the recent 2016 edition of Arbitration, Practice and Law (Parkyoungsa, 2016). She has served as an overseas committee member of the YSIAC steering committee and is currently a member of the SIAC Users Council national committee for Korea. Sue Hyun was also a member of the Arb40 subcommittee under the IBA, contributing to a number of projects by that subcommittee. Sue Hyun is currently on the panel list of arbitrators of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board. As a Korean qualified lawyer, she currently serves as advisory member of the legal assistance board for overseas business under the Ministry of Justice, and now sits as the director of international affairs of the Korean Society of Law. She also serves on the international committee of the Seoul Bar Association.

As graduate from Korea University (LLB) and Seoul National University (master's course), she received an LLM at the New York University school of law (2011), after which she worked at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP as a visiting lawyer. Sue Hyun is a native Korean speaker and is fluent in English (professional working level). Having previously lived in South America (Brazil, Colombia and Paraguay), she is also conversationally fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. She has been a member of the Korean Bar Association and the Seoul Bar Associations since 2002, and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2012.

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WWL Ranking: Recommended
WWL Ranking: Recommended
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