Una Cho > Kim & Chang > Seoul, South Korea > Lawyer Profile

Kim & Chang
SEOUL 03170
South Korea
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Work Department

International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation; Mergers & Acquisitions


Una Cho is a foreign attorney in the International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation Practice at Kim & Chang.

Ms. Cho specializes in international arbitrations and cross-border litigations, representing clients in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes of wide ranging subject matters, including aviation, construction, energy, financing, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures. She has advised clients under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the London Court of International Arbitration, the International Center for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association, the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the Center for Arbitration and Mediation of the Chamber of Commerce Brazil-Canada and the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board. She has a broad range of experience, including in proceedings related to emergency arbitration, sports arbitration, internet fraud and aviation accidents among others. She has also advised Korean and international clients on corporate cross-border merger and acquisition matters.

Prior to joining Kim & Chang, Ms. Cho practiced for several years in the International Arbitration Practice at White & Case LLP in New York. She also practiced in Hong Kong and Shanghai at other international law firms. She has also worked in an international entertainment company in California specializing in the production and distribution of film and television products.

She received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2002, an M.A. in Communications from Syracuse University in 1996, and a B.A. in Psychology from Yonsei University in 1994. Ms. Cho is admitted to the New York bar.


Korean and English


Admitted to bar, New York, 2003


Columbia Law School (J.D., 2002)
Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications (M.A., 1996)
Yonsei University (B.A., Psychology, 1994)

Lawyer Rankings

South Korea > International arbitration

Kim & Chang‘s network, broad industry coverage and ability to leverage cross-practice support enable it to assist clients with all complex issues associated with international arbitrations and related civil/criminal proceedings. Byung-Chol Yoon and Eun Young Park jointly lead the widely respected team in Seoul, which is increasingly active in arbitrations in the shipbuilding, offshore and energy spheres. Byung-Woo Im and Kay-Jannes Wegner (who both co-head the specialist construction arbitration practice) advised a Korean engineering and construction company on a Seoul-seated ICC arbitration, which was centred on a dispute with another Korean construction company over a supply contract for major equipment for one of the biggest power and water projects in the Middle East. In another matter, Yoon, Una Cho and others are representing four different financial investors as the claimants in an ICC arbitration against an individual shareholder of a life insurance company; the dispute concerns the individual shareholder’s alleged failure to honour a put option exercised by the financial investors under a shareholders’ agreement. Chul-Won Lee‘s wide-ranging experience includes disputes involving shipbuilding, international trade, insurance and M&A. Other names to note include Joel RichardsonSungjean Seo, and Hye Sung KimDon Jeon is a recent hire from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. In 2018, Edern Coent and Jae Ha Kwon joined from the ICC International Court of Arbitration and Bae, Kim & Lee LLC respectively. Dong-Seok (Johan) Oh moved to KL Partners. Matthew Christensen and Sae Youn Kim have joined from Bae, Kim & Lee LLC and Yulchon respectively.