Byung-Woo Im > Kim & Chang > Seoul, South Korea > Lawyer Profile

Kim & Chang
SEOUL 03170
South Korea
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Work Department

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


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.


Korean and English


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


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)

Lawyer Rankings

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms

Korea’s Kim & Chang handles a range of work from Seoul taking it across Asia, primarily working for companies sharing its origins, often in engineering-related sectors. Byung-Chol Yoon and Eun Young Park jointly lead a team including a broad range of commercial and energy matters, and Byung-Woo Im and Kay-Jannes Wegner share leadership of the specialist construction team.

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.