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Kap-You (Kevin) Kim

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Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

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International Arbitration


Arbitration; Construction; Energy; Litigation


Kevin (Kap-You) Kim is head and founder of BAE, KIM & LEE LLC’s International Arbitration & Litigation Practice Group, which was the first dedicated practice group in the field in Korea, and has been named in the “GAR 30” list of top practices worldwide. He has acted as counsel, presiding arbitrator, co-arbitrator or sole arbitrator in many dozens of international arbitrations under various rules including the ICC, LCIA, AAA (ICDR), SIAC, HKIAC, LMAA, JCAA, UNCITRAL and KCAB. He served as lead counsel in the case that was awarded “Arbitration Win of the Year 2010” by the Global Arbitration Review. Presently, he is involved in several investment arbitrations, including, representing Korea in an ICSID arbitration brought against Korea by Lone Star Funds (the first investment arbitration against Korea), representing a Korean investor in the first investment arbitration by a Korean investor against a foreign government and representing a Korean claimant in an investment arbitration against China (the second ICSID arbitration against China). Kevin is a Vice President of the ICC Court and Governing Board Member and Chair of Audit Committee of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). He also serves in a number of other prominent positions, including, as a Board Member of the AAA, a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of ICSID, and an Editorial Board Member of the Global Arbitration Review. He also served as Secretary General of the ICCA from 2010 to 2014, a Court Member in the LCIA Court from 2007 to 2012 and Vice Chair of the IBA Arbitration Committee from 2008 to 2010. Domestically, he is a Senior Advisor and an arbitrator of the Korea Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), President of the Korean International Trade Law Association, Chair of the International Arbitration Committee of ICC Korea, and Vice President of the Korea Arbitrators Association. He also served as the inaugural Secretary General of the Seoul International Dispute Resolution Center (Seoul IDRC) from 2012 to 2014, President of the Korean Council for International Arbitration (KOCIA) from 2012 to 2014 and Chair of the International Committee of the Korean Bar Association from 2000 to 2002. Chambers Asia reports that Kevin is "one of the most respected figures in the Asian arbitration space" and "the best Korean lawyer in the field of arbitration in Asia," according to clients. He is recognized by Chambers as a “Star Individual” in dispute resolution (2010-2015) and has also been repeatedly recognized in Who’s Who Legal (2006-2015) and Asia-Pacific Legal 500 (2005-2015). Kevin holds degrees from the Seoul National University College of Law (LL.B., LL.M.) and Harvard Law School (LL.M.). He teaches part-time at the Judicial Research & Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea and Yonsei University Law School. He has authored a number of publications on international arbitration and litigation practice, and was general editor of Arbitration Law of Korea: Practice & Procedure (Juris Publishing, 2012), the first hornbook on arbitration in Korea written in English. He also authored Arbitration Law & Practice (Bakyoungsa, 2012), a hornbook on arbitration in the Korean language.


Korean; English


Korean and Seoul Bar(1988); New York Bar(1995)


Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1994); Seoul National University Law School (LL.M., 1988); Seoul National University Law School (LL.B., 1984)

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration

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Bae, Kim & Lee LLC is highly active, representing clients sharing the firm’s South Korean origins in disputes worldwide. Kap-You (Kevin) Kim, John P. Bang and Seung-Hyeon Kim are representing Kepco in an LCIA arbitration against a consortium of Korean construction companies concerning the Barakah nuclear power project in Abu Dhabi. David MacArthur and Matthew Christensen are also key US-qualified lawyers.

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