Firms To Watch: International arbitration

Jun Hee Kim is the key practitioner at Arnold & Porter for international arbitration work - he advises clients from a range of sectors and handles cases including post-M&A disputes, construction matters and joint venture arbitration.

International arbitration in South Korea

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP‘ Seoul based team is led by office managing partner Mike McClure, who is ‘extremely well-rounded in both substantive work and client relationship management’, together with the support of Dana Kim, who impresses with her ‘second to none‘ knowledge of international arbitration. The firm is instructed on high-value disputes in the construction, infrastructure, transport and property sectors, spanning all the major arbitral rules and in disputes under English, New York and other common and civil law systems.

Practice head(s):

Mike McClure

Other key lawyers:

Dana Kim


‘The only international dispute and arbitration team on the ground among the international firms. Very accessible and efficient.’

‘Mike McClure – Extremely well-rounded in both substantive work and client relationship management.

‘Mike McClure is team leader of my case. He managed my case very well. He suggested unique and useful ideas to win the case. Dana Kim is another key lawyer, she always provided quick and smart responses.’

Kim & Chang

Boasting a ‘deep bench of international arbitration specialists’ Kim & Chang draws support from its offices in Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam to advise Korean and international clients on high-end disputes involving M&A transactions, financial institutions, as well as those arising in the construction, energy and maritime sectors. Leading the practice, Byung-Chol Yoon remains an esteemed figure in construction and energy arbitration. Construction and infrastructure specialists foreign attorney, Matthew Christensen, Sae Youn Kim, Byung-Woo Im and Dong-Seok (Johan) Oh are also noted. Woochul Hwang and Shul Park are active in insurance, joint venture and shareholder disputes. Former practice co-chair Eun Young Park departed in July 2022 to establish his own independent practice, Park Arbitration Chambers.

Practice head(s):

Byung-Chol (B.C.) Yoon

Other key lawyers:

Sae Youn Kim; Dong-Seok (Johan) Oh; Byung-Woo Im; Matthew Christensen; Shul Park; Woochul Hwang


‘The Kim & Chang team is exceptional in being hard working, talented and knowledgeable about the law in relation to arbitration, while focussed on meeting clients’ commercial objectives.’

‘Its diverse background and manpower cannot be compared to any other firms in Korea. They always strive to identify the client’s commercial coals and surpass the client’s expectations. They are very fluent even in business language and every industry and sector.’

‘Kim & Chang’s practice has a very talented and deep roster of attorneys from the associate through partner level. They are extremely well-prepared on matters and understand the issues in great detail, so are prepared to successfully argue as well as defend to their utmost ability.’

‘One of the top full service firms in Seoul. Deep bench of international arbitration specialists.’

‘Matt Christensen – highly respected for construction disputes. Sae Youn Kim – a big name in Korea.’

‘The team is experience in handling arbitration related matters and are very familiar with the process and timelines. At the same time, the firm has a reputable litigation practice that is able to assist with court-related matters in addition to arbitration, which is very useful.’

‘Shul Park is always very responsive and provides timely advice that is commercial and addresses the issues on hand.’

‘Probably the biggest international arbitration practice in Korea today. The strength and depth of its arbitration team are among the strongest in the region.’

Key clients

Schindler Holding AG

Affinity Equity Partners

Standard Chartered Private Equity (Affirma Capital)

Baring Private Equity Asia

GIC Special Investments Private Limited

IMM Private Equity, Inc.

Mitsubishi Power

Lone Star

POSCO Energy

Samsung Heavy Industries

Wemade Entertainment

LG Chemical

Work highlights

  • Represented Posco Energy in an ICC arbitration against an American company regarding the transfer of technology for the production and operation of a fuel cell power plants with a combined value of claims and counterclaims in excess of US$1bn.
  • Representing Schindler Holding AG, a foreign investor, in an investment treaty arbitration filed against the Republic of Korea, under its treaty with the EFTA countries,  with a claim amount of approximately US$ 300m concerning its equity investment in Hyundai Elevator.
  • Represented a Korean biotechnology company in a high-stakes ICC arbitration initiated by its joint venture partner, a US-based multinational biotechnology company. Following the conclusion of a share purchase deal involving the joint venture company, in 2022, the parties were able to successfully settle the dispute.

Lee & Ko

Housing an ‘an experienced and capable international arbitration team that is highly responsive and nimble’, Lee & Ko‘s practice, which is led by Sean Sungwoo Lim and Robert Wachter, is among Korea’s foremost practices, particularly in investor-state arbitration proceedings where it has a long history representing the Korean government. The firm leverages the expertise of construction disputes specialists, David Kim and Sanghoon Han, who have a strong track-record in Europe, the Middle East, and South East Asia seated arbitration. Sunyoung Kim is another ‘impressive‘ commercial disputes partner. Saemee Kim, Grace Yoon and associate Elizabeth Shin are also ones to watch.

Practice head(s):

Sean Sungwoo Lim; Robert Wachter

Other key lawyers:

David Kim; Sanghoon Han; Sunyoung Kim; Saemee Kim; Grace Yoon; Elizabeth Shin


‘Grace Yoon has outstanding commitment to cases. Very capable. Bright. Friendly to work with and one to watch for the future.’

‘The team has a lot of experience in international arbitration and cross-border disputes. Lee & Ko’s team was able to successfully represent us, and we are very happy with their service and quality of work. I appreciate the efforts to control the fees by refraining from unnecessarily including too many lawyers in the team.’

‘Sunyoung Kim is an impressive partner. The legal analysis in the submissions and memo that she provided to us was excellent. Her analysis was detailed and caught all the points. I got the impression that she had put a lot of efforts and energy into her work and that she was very meticulous.’

‘Sunyoung Kim and her team provide great quality of services, thorough attention to detail and very good communication. Ms Kim was able to provide guidance and assurance in a professional and comfortable manner by summarizing and explaining all main issues clearly and concisely. She also provided us with detailed analysis on imminent issues and timely and appropriate legal advice and solutions. I could see that she was extremely hard-working and client-oriented, and this demonstrates her unparalleled conscientiousness and strong work ethic.’

‘An experienced and capable international arbitration team that is highly responsive and nimble in adapting to unexpected events that crop up.’

‘Robert Wachter – His industry knowledge (over and above his technical skills) makes him stand out from the crowd.

‘Saemee Kim – High quality work combined with excellent stakeholder handling skills. You know that your matter will be in safe hands.’

‘Lee & Ko has come into its own and is now one of the better international arbitration teams in Korea. They have developed a deep bench of excellent foreign attorneys who carry the team.’

Key clients

Korea East-West Power Co., Ltd.

Republic of Korea

Hyundai Rotem Company

GS Engineering & Construction Corporation

The Republic of Korea represented by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration

Hyundai Steel Company

Jeju Air Co., Ltd.

Kriesha Ziskind Tiu

DWS Star Bridge Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing the Korean government in the US$770 million ISDS dispute brought by Elliott Associates, L.P
  • Representing a Korean insurance chaebol in a US$ 2bn dispute with other shareholders.
  • Representing a joint venture composed of Japanese and Korean engineering and construction companies against a Kuwaiti construction company in an ICC construction dispute.

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC‘s group is made up of ‘talented young legal professionals with a lot of enthusiasm and creativity’ led by Tony Dongwook Kang , chair of the wider dispute resolution practice. Hongjoong Kim takes the lead in international commercial arbitrations, specialising in post M&A transactions, construction, shipping, energy and private equity. Heading the investment treaty arbitration group, Junu Kim puts forward ‘creative but compelling legal arguments to counterpoints put forward by the opposing side’. New Zealand-qualified foreign attorney Brandon Bang and construction specialist, Woojae Kim are also of note.

Practice head(s):

Tony DW Kang

Other key lawyers:

Hongjoong Kim; Brandon Bang; Junu Kim; Woojae Kim


‘Woojae Kim is a very diligent and experienced partner. Very responsive and good communication both in English and Korean.’

‘BKL has a young team with a lot of energy. Talented young legal professionals with a lot of enthusiasm and creativity.’

‘BKL is great to work with, very responsive, client-oriented, knowledgeable, and thoughtful. Their billings have been reasonable.’

‘Junu Kim provides creative (but compelling) legal arguments to counterpoints put forward by the opposing side. An excellent lawyer. Always available to answer queries.’

‘The team is efficient in every sense of the word. Their response is timely, direct and appropriate. Work ethic is impeccable and strive to fully understand the client to provide the best possible legal advice.’

‘Innovation and creativity are the two words that come to mind. When in a tight spot, there is no other person I’d rather have representing me.’

‘Junu Kim in BKL is good at preemptively responding to ever-changing situations in the arbitration proceeding. Highly reliable.’

‘The team manages complex cases effectively, utilising their resources and coordinating the experts and witnesses. Also, the team is strong in making the best strategy based on the deep understanding of the client’s interest and the comprehensive knowledge of both arbitral process and related substantive laws. The firm’s practice is especially impressive in terms of the partners’ hands-on practice.’

Key clients

Affinity Equity Partners

Baring Private Equity Asia

Government of Singapore Investment Corporation

IMM Private Equity

Incheon Metropolitan City, and Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority

Kolon Life Science

Republic of Korea

Veolia Industrial Development Korea

Actoz Soft. Co., Ltd.

POSCO Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing a consortium of financial investors including Affinity Equity Partners in the ICC arbitration against the Kyobo Life Insurance, one of the largest insurance providers in Korea.
  • Advising a major game software company in Korea on dispute arises from an exclusive software licensing agreement for a popular video game software that was developed in Korea and became popular in mainland China.
  • Representing the Republic of Korea in the first-ever investment treaty-based arbitration brought by Lone Star Funds.

Peter & Kim

Spearheaded by Kap-You Kim and John Bang, regarded as some of Korea’s ‘foremost arbitration practitioners’, Peter & Kim is a specialist international arbitration boutique known for its capabilities handling complex cases across Korea, Asia-Pacific region, and further afield – it has a presence in Singapore and Switzerland. More recently, it now has an office in Sydney – key lawyers there are Alexis Schoeb and Micael Totaro. Areas of instruction include disputes arising from foreign direct investments, public international law, challenging awards in multiple jurisdictions, including at all levels of the Korean court system. Seokchun Yun and Mino Han ‘represent the next generation of leading arbitration lawyers.’ 

Practice head(s):

Kap-You (Kevin) Kim; John Bang

Other key lawyers:

Seokchun Yun; Mino Han


‘P&K has many good partners who are dedicating to the case and excellent in their legal knowledge and profession.’

‘I can highly recommend Mino Han – a young partner at the firm – he plays a key role on project delivery. Good case management skills. Provides meaningful feedback on the expert work product. Good cross-examination skills.’

‘Kevin Kim and John Bang are two of the big names in the market. Brilliant lawyers who play a big roll at the hearing phase of the case.’

‘What makes Peter & Kim stand out in Korea (and even Asia) is how much experience the firm’s leadership has in conducting advocacy in high value cases. Unlike other firms, who often rely on barristers or external counsel, Kevin and John (as well some of the other partners) have been leading advocacy in some of the biggest mandates in the region themselves for decades.’

‘I cannot recommend Kevin Kim and John Bang more highly. They have been the foremost arbitration practitioners in the region for close to two decades now. Kevin’s oral advocacy and ability to simplify complex legal issues is useful to both the clients and the Tribunal. John’s understanding of the underlying commercial issues allows him to solve the fundamental problems the client is facing, instead of just offering legal advice. The combination of them working together allowed them to lead their previous firm to the highest level in Korea and is now the cornerstone of Peter & Kim’s growing practice.’

The firm also has a strong bench of younger partners, but I have particularly been impressed by Seokchun Yun and Mino Han. Seokchun is a bright young partner who has excellent written and oral advocacy skills. Mino is also a skilful young partner who has expertise in construction. The two of them are fluent in several languages (Seokchun in Korean, English, Japanese, Mandarin and German and Mino in Korean, English, and German)-and it is stunning to watch them engage with legal issues (and individuals) in different languages as and when required. I believe they represent the next generation of leading arbitration lawyers: truly international.’

Key clients

Mirae Asset Global Investments Co., Ltd.

POSCO Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd.

Republic of Korea (Ministry of Justice)

Affinity Equity Partners

Korea Electric Power Corporation

Erae Cs Co., Ltd.

Biogen Inc.

POSCO International Corporation

Hyundai Heavy Industries

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted Mirae Asset and its affiliates in a US litigation (and related potential arbitrations) arising from the termination of a $5.8bn acquisition of 15 luxury hotels owned by China’s Dajia Insurance Group’s subsidiary.
  • Lead counsel to represent a private equity consortium consisting of four financial institutions in a long-standing shareholders dispute against the chairman of Kyobo Life Insurance Co.
  • Defending POSCO E&C in an arbitration related to the development of the $35bn New Songdo International Business District, under development over 5.7m square metres of land reclaimed from the Yellow Sea in the Incheon Free Economic Zone in South Korea.

Shin & Kim

Jae Min Jeon leads the sizeable international arbitration group at Shin & Kim where he is a highly reputable figure in commercial arbitration and investor-state disputes. With a background in finance, Youngwon Yoon has a good track-record in complex disputes involving structured finance instruments or derivatives. Qualified in Korea, Canada and U.S, Rockey Yoo and senior foreign attorney Arie Eernisse are also prominent senior practitioners focusing on investor-state arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Jae Min Jeon

Other key lawyers:

Youngwon Yoon; Rockey Yoo; Arie Eernisse


‘Arie Eernisse – Senior Foreign Attorney (Partner) – has a key role within the team in terms of delivery of the legal submissions. Very accessible. Very smart. Visible in the market,

‘Youngwon Yoon – a lawyer who is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder, is able to engage with experts on the technical valuation issues.’

‘S&K provided the legal support for arbitration against a large entity within the country. The team’s willingness to learn complicated issues relating to technology transfer and proactive engagement in technology-driven issues set them apart from the rest’

‘Jaemin Jeon led the team to the successful result despite the difficult circumstances including management team changes’

‘The whole firm is very responsive and understanding to the client’s business sector, and the international dispute team was no exception. They respond quickly and effectively and ensure that we remain fully informed and that our input is sought in a comfortable and accommodating manner. Their advice was very practical, not only from a legal analysis perspective, but had very good insights on strategic issues.’

‘Youngwon Yoon has good understanding of how we as a public company thinks, was very competent and able to grasp the full spectrum of issues and was well experienced in cross border litigation and arbitration. He also provided a high standard of service on an extremely important matter for use.’

Key clients

Baring Private Equity Asia

Lone Star Funds

LSF-KEB Holdings SCA

International Petroleum Investment Company


Lotte Group

SK Group

KCC Group

Korea Marine Transport Co., Ltd.

Wemade Entertainment Co., Ltd.

FuelCell Energy, Inc.

Hyundai Corporation

Daesung Corporation

Korea Southern Power

IMM Investment

Work highlights

  • Representing Industrial Bank of Korea in Korean state-owned bank facing billion-dollar claim.
  • Representing FuelCell Energy in an US $200 million ICC claim against South Korea’s largest private energy producer for alleged breaches of technology licences.
  • Acting for Korea Western Power in an investor-state dispute filed against the Government of India, under the auspices of the UNCITRAL Rules, alleging that India’s change in gas allocation policy and its implementation breached the BIT, causing US $400 million in damages.

KL Partners

Distinguished as one of Korea’s specialist international arbitration boutiques, KL Partners‘ ‘very strong disputes team’ ‘punches above its size’. Its investor-state disputes practice is led by Beomsu Kim, with the support of Eun Nyung (Ian) Lee and Young Suk Park lending their expertise in commercial arbitrations, post-M&A and company law disputes.

Practice head(s):

Young Suk Park

Other key lawyers:

Beomsu Kim; Eun Nyung (Ian) Lee


‘Very strong disputes team which punches above its size. They have marquee matters which are some of the most complex and interesting disputes.’

‘Beomsu Kim is the lead in the firm and is a star individual in the market on par with others in international firms. Young Suk and Eun Young Ian are two other names to watch. Brilliant lawyers and excellent at their work.’

Key clients

Elliott Funds

Mason Capital Management LLC

Lone Star Funds

DL E&C (former DAELIM Industrial) Co., Ltd.

Game and Technology Co., Ltd. (Intellectual Discovery)

POSCO Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.

Lotte Engineering & Construction Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Co-counsel to Elliott Associates, L.P. in an Investor-State Dispute against the Republic of Korea, seeking compensation for at least $770 million in damages from South Korea over how its former administration intervened in the merger of Samsung C&T Corp. and Cheil Industries Inc. in 2015
  • Representing Mason Capital in a pending Investor-State Dispute  against the Republic of Korea, relating to alleged violations of the KOR-US FTA based on unlawful intervention in private commercial affairs.
  • Representing POSCO Engineering & Construction Co in a construction dispute against the Vietnam Expressway Corporation.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Based in the Hong Kong office, English-qualified Korean speaker John Rhie is Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP’s head of the international arbitration practice in Asia, where he is highly esteemed for his work leading investment treaty and commercial arbitrations, often representing private equity firms and multinational clients in shareholder disputes. Duncan Watson KC represents multinational corporations and high net worth individuals in the financial services, energy, manufacturing, infrastructure, and intellectual property, based in Korea and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Practice head(s):

John Rhie

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Watson KC

Key clients

Chairman of Kyobo Life Insurance

Schindler Group, Schindler Management AG

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the CEO and majority shareholder of Kyobo Life insurance Company, in arbitrations against shareholders that wish to exercise a put option.
  • Representing the Schindler Group, one of the world’s leading providers of elevators, escalators and moving walks, in an investment treaty arbitration against the Republic of Korea.

White & Case LLP (Foreign Legal Consultant Office)

Construction arbitration is a mainstay of White & Case LLP (Foreign Legal Consultant Office) international disputes practice, and counts the majority of the South Korean contractors including SK ecoplant Co, Hyundai Engineering, POSCO and Daewoo among its active clients. Supported by its international network of offices and its highly regarded construction, infrastructure and projects practice, the Asia-wide practice is led by Matthew Secomb out of Singapore.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Secomb


‘White and Case team consists of veteran arbitration specialists with global reach and a reputation for handling sophisticated commercial arbitration. The team has great strength and depth, with a wealth of experience handling disputes across the globe including, Asia and Middle East markets. They are good at clear communication and responsiveness. The team is always available and dedicated to the case.’

Key clients

Ministry of Justice, Republic of Korea

Work highlights

  • Representing the Republic of Korea in two investment arbitrations: as respondent in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement; and as respondent in an investor-state dispute under UNCITRAL rules arising out of the investment by Schindler, the Switzerland-based manufacturer of escalators, moving walkways and elevators, in Hyundai Elevators.

Yoon & Yang LLC

Handling in construction, trading, maritime, reinsurance, and investor-state disputes and commercial arbitrations, Yoon & Yang LLC‘s ‘very professional, intelligent and responsive’ is jointly led by managing partner Junsang Lee and ‘exceptionally astute’ Myung-Ahn Kim . ‘Extremely talented’ senior foreign attorney Sam Kim is recommended for disputes involving joint ventures, sales of goods and licensing of intellectual property. In March 2023, senior foreign attorney Song Feng Hong joined the firm from Bae, Kim & Lee LLC.

Practice head(s):

Junsang Lee; Myung-Ahn Kim

Other key lawyers:

Sam Kim; Song Feng Hong


‘Y&Y’s International arbitration team consist of team members who are very professional, intelligent and responsive. They are capable of handling complex and sophisticated matters and under great time pressure. Myung-Ahn Kim is in particular outstanding – she has been highly rated among the professionals she worked with and she is thorough, precise and a very effective advocate.’

‘Myung-Ahn is also exceptionally astute and a really good strategic thinker. She handles complex and sophisticated matters extremely well, and in particular, she is Incisive and unflappable under pressure and is really measured and thoughtful in her approach. She is definitely a go-to person for complex, high level international litigation and arbitration.’

‘YY’s team of lawyers are all very dedicated to the client’s needs. They have always outperformed other top law firms and have been my choice in various matters. I have had the pleasure of working with various teams at YY and I have always been satisfied with their performance and their billing.’

‘Sam Kim is a very talented lawyer who was recognized even as an associate as one of the best international arbitration lawyer in the market. He is mindful of the client’s needs and highly skilled in handling complex disputes. He is the go-to person when the company is in a tight situation and needs the best solution quickly.’

‘Sam Kim is one of the founding members of YY’s international arbitration team, is extremely talented and is able to hold his own against other well-known practitioners. He is both intelligent and hard-working, a combination that makes him a top notch lawyer. Naturally, construction disputes often trigger complex/nuanced issues which need careful scrutiny and Sam excels in that regard. ‘

‘They are excellent in communication with clients with focusing the case.  Myung-Ahn Kim is the best in advocacy and client communication in relation to the international arbitration case. She maximized the strength of the case and focused on emphasizing the opponent’s weak points, which led the big win of our arbitration case.

‘Junsang Lee – Managing partner of the firm, very calm and collected.’

‘Kim, Myung-an is very good at strategically analyzing legal problems and coming up with reasonable solutions. I admire her logic and persuasion very much.’

Key clients

General Electric Company (GE)

Hyundai Autoever

STX Corporation

STX Engine Corporation


POSCO International Corporation

GM Trading

The Engineering Pte., Ltd.

Seoul Broadcasting System

Korea Water Resources Corporation

YD Online

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a global engine manufacturer in an US$ 39 million ICC arbitration.


At Yulchon, Yun Jae Baek is considered one of the leading figures in the Korean international arbitration space, currently serving as an arbitrator for the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board. Jeonghye Sophie Ahn primarily focuses on international disputes involving the financial services and corporate transactions in the TMT and IP sectors. Commercial arbitration, energy, construction disputes and award enforcement matters are the core areas of instruction.

Practice head(s):

Yun Jae Baek; Jeonghye Sophie Ahn


‘Based on the expertise and experience required for international dispute resolution, accurate understanding of various legal issues and situations, they provide the best legal services in all areas of international conflict, from the early stages of conflict prevention and preparation to temporary disposition and enforcement.’

Key clients


Hyundai Engineering & Construction

Daelim Industrial

APEX Group

Siemens AG

POSCO Daewoo

Republic of Korea

Hanwha Corp.

GS Engineering & Construction


Clifford Chance

Following the 2021 closure and relocation of its Seoul office to its new base in Hong Kong, Clifford Chance‘s Korean disputes practice is led by Thomas Walsh. Walsh is particularly sought after by Korean clients for post-M&A, private equity and tech-related disputes under the rules of HKIAC, SIAC, ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL.

Practice head(s):

Thomas Walsh


‘Clifford Chance stands out for consistency in terms of both quality and collegiality. Its teams, drawing from across its Asian and European offices, have always been highly collaborative. They have also always provided excellent advice and input, as well as advocacy, in a timely and effective manner. I always feel confident that they have put their optimal team on the matter.’

‘Thomas Walsh gets top marks from me for knowing his craft as well as the market. An outstanding advocate, he has a way of building up and giving opportunities to others as well. While now based in Hong Kong, and well-established there, he also spent a number of years in Korea where he single-handedly built up the reputation of Clifford Chance before it opened an office there.’

‘World class team of international arbitration lawyers, simply one of the best. No weak links, it is a strong team across the board. I have seen them as counsel before me several times and they are consistently excellent.’

‘Tom Walsh in Hong Kong has a deep knowledge of Korea and is active in very large cases around the region. A zealous advocate, but not overzealous. Very measured, reasonable and persuasive.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a major Korean construction engineering company in an ICC arbitration proceeding for US$ 2 billion, concerning a dispute arising out of the construction of a new “smart” city near Incheon, Korea.
  • Advising Korea’s largest asset manager with KRW 273.89 tnunder management on investments, through collective investment trusts, in a well-known credit fund that is incorporated in Jersey and managed out of Hong Kong.
  • Acting for the main contractor, a Korean construction company, in relation to a SIAC arbitration arising out of the procurement process for the construction of the largest Ferris wheel in the world.

Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore

The broader firm’s structure in Singapore, Clyde & Co Clasis Singapore represents Korean clients operating in the insurance, shipping and construction sectors in international commercial arbitration across the Asia-Pacific region. Key figures to note are Ik Wei Chong, managing director of Asia-wide practice, and construction partner, Eugene Tan.

Practice head(s):

Ik Wei Chong; Eugene Tan; Nicholas Sykes


‘Eugene Tan is a proactive strategist who truly and honestly advises the client with his knowledge from both textbook and field.’

‘Expertise, reliability and reasonable price’

‘The capabilities and expertise of the Clyde & Co team are wide and varied as they have a world-wide network. The team is very client focused, able to identify issues, and is commercially minded. It is able to provide practical advice with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. The team has comprehensive knowledge of China and South East Asian trade and is very well known in Korea for its expertise in maritime law and shipbuilding.’

Mayer Brown

Historically concentrating on disputes in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors, Mayer Brown continues to expand its international arbitration offering with the addition of former Kim & Chang partner Kay-Jannes Wegner, who joined in May 2021. Wegner represents Asian and European clients across a broad spectrum of energy, construction and defense-related arbitrations. Construction partner Paul Teo is also highly recommended. Located in Singapore, the practice is led by Yu-Jin Tay .

Practice head(s):

Yu-Jin Tay

Other key lawyers:

Paul Teo; Kay-Jannes Wegner