Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration

Band 2South KoreaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Internationally renowned arbitration practice with a deep bench of seasoned players. Works on disputes seated across Asia, Europe and North America and is well equipped to handle arbitrations held under a wide variety of institutional rules. Recognised for advising on commercial disputes in engineering, construction and energy, and offers additional expertise in investment treaty arbitration. Also experienced in handling emergency arbitrator proceedings. Multilingual team, representing clients from both the public and private sectors.


A client offers high praise for the team, noting: "We have been very happy with the service; they are very dedicated and put in a lot of resources to guide us though the case."

Another source appreciates the firm's "clear understanding of clients’ needs, and deep familiarity with the various arbitration rules."

Work highlights

Acted for POSCO Engineering & Construction as respondent in an ICC arbitration brought by a New York-headquartered real estate investment group in relation to the development of the USD35 billion New Songdo International Business District project.

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Since its founding in 2002, BKL’s arbitration team “has gone from newbie, to respected co-counsel working with the big international names, to being one of those big names,” says the Global Arbitration Review, and now “sits at the heart of Seoul’s impressively busy arbitration scene.”

Tenacious and uncompromising in its representation of clients, the team has earned such highly sought-after awards as the Global Arbitration Review’s 2010 “Win of the Year” and the honor of being the first firm in Korea (and just the second in Asia) to make the GAR 30 list of most robust arbitration practices worldwide.

Now with 26 lawyers dedicated exclusively to arbitration, with attorneys licensed in several jurisdictions with language abilities spanning English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Urdu, and Spanish, and diverse legal backgrounds ranging from civil litigation to M&A, IP, maritime and construction. In addition to its traditional commercial disputes, the team has developed a substantial portfolio of treaty-based arbitration and construction disputes. It also regularly handles ancillary proceedings, and advises on cross-border litigation.

Finally, cementing its premier position in the field, the team has authored the first and only comprehensive treatise on arbitration law and practice in Korea in English (Juris Publishing, 2010), with a companion volume in Korean (Pakyongsa, 2011).


Bang, Brandon

Kang, Tony Dongwook

Kim, Hongjoong

Kim, Junu

Kim, Sejin

Kim, Seung-Hyeon (Alex)

Kim, Woojae

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Department

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Department location

Tower B, Centropolis, Ujeongguk-ro




South Korea


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