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Byung-Woo Im

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International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation, Construction & Engineering Disputes, International Practice, International Trade & Customs, Aerospace & Defense, International Litigation

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Byung-Woo Im is an attorney in Kim & Chang’s International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation Practice, International Practice, Aerospace & Defense Practice and International Trade & Customs Practice.

Mr. Im has extensive experience representing foreign and domestic clients in numerous international commercial arbitration cases, including cases conducted under the rules of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Singapore International Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, London Court of International Arbitration and Korean Commercial Arbitration Board. He also regularly advises clients in drafting arbitration agreements and in handling enforcement matters.

Mr. Im also advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters in all stages of overseas and domestic infrastructure and construction projects. He has participated in negotiations and drafted project documents, including shareholders agreements, concession agreements and construction contracts, on behalf of foreign and domestic clients in large infrastructure or construction projects led by the governments of South Korea, Oman, Nigeria, Algeria, Iraq and Thailand. He has also counseled various foreign and domestic clients on contentious matters in large infrastructure and construction projects carried out in South Korea, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt, Libya, Australia, Thailand, Pakistan and Vietnam.

As a key member of the firm’s Aerospace & Defense Practice, Mr. Im has represented American and European defense companies in procurement transactions with various Korean authorities including the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) as well as the Public Procurement Service (PPS). He has worked on contract negotiations as well as dispute resolution matters involving DAPA projects.

In the area of international trade, Mr. Im has advised and represented foreign and domestic clients in international trade cases and anti-dumping cases before the Korea Trade Commission and customs duty cases before the Korea Customs Service.

Languages

Korean and English

Member

Admitted to bar, Korea, 1999; Passed the bar exam, New York, 2009

Education

Georgetown Law Center (LL.M., 2009)
Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea (1999)
College of Law, Seoul National University (LL.B., 1995)


Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration

Leading firms

Within: Leading firms

Korean heavyweight Kim & Chang’s Seoul office handles work not just in engineering, but also concerning M&A disputes, global projects and investment disputes. Chul-Won Lee is representing a Korean shipyard in a $500m dispute with an offshore drilling contractor, with other key lawyers in the team including Byung-Chol Yoon and Eun Young Park. Foreign attorneys of note include Joel Richardson and Kay-Jannes Wegner – the former is admitted in the District of Columbia, the latter in England and Germany; Richardson and Byung-Woo Im represent a Korean industrial company in a dispute concerning oil pipelines in the GCC region.

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International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Kim & Chang ‘consistently delivers an extremely high level of service' in the most complex international disputes, particularly within M&A, construction and shipping sectors. The practice jointly led by Byung-Chol Yoon  and Eun Young Park; Yoon ‘manages the client interface and client meetings very well’ and is highly experienced in cross-border disputes; he and Sungjean Seo successfully defended a Korean shipbuilder in a London-based ad hoc arbitration. Meanwhile, Park, Byung-Woo Im and Joel Richardson represented the claimant, a Korean subsidiary of a French industrial gases supplier, in ICC arbitration over the termination of a supply agreement. Kay-Jannes Wegner is ‘one of the best advocates in Korea’; he regularly acts in cases involving European interests. Richard Menard and Chul-Won Lee are also recommended. Liz Kyo-Hwa Chung has joined Microsoft Korea as head of corporate, external and legal affairs.

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