In its first Korea Super 30 Lawyers list, ALB spotlights standout private practitioners in the country when it comes to client service. These lawyers were selected based on client recommendations sent directly to ALB. Some of the lawyers have been profiled.
Kap-You (Kevin) Kim, senior partner, Peter & Kim
Kim, who has been in legal practice for over three decades, focuses on international arbitration. The winner of the Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year at the ALB Korea Law Awards 2020, Kim has been engaged in various matters.
He has successfully represented Incheon Metropolitan City (Respondent) in a dispute regarding the validity of the termination of a framework agreement for the development of a comprehensive project in the Incheon Free Economic Zone due to the claimant’s material breach of contract in failing to capitalise on the project SPC as agreed and in compliance with the legal requirements.
Kim continues to be engaged by the Republic of Korea as lead counsel to defend the Korean state in connection with investment treaty claims brought by Lone Star Funds in an ICSID arbitration. The aggregate amount in dispute is estimated to be in the vicinity of $5 billion. The parties are currently awaiting a final award from the tribunal.
Additionally, Kim is defending POSCO in an arbitration (ICC, Singapore) related to the development of the $35-billion New Songdo International Business District, under development over 5.7 million square meters of land reclaimed from the Yellow Sea in the Incheon Free Economic Zone in South Korea.
With regards to client service, Kim says that clients must enjoy the best of their rights and interests available to them in any particular circumstances. While every case may not be “winnable”, clients deserve the best of options available to them.
“Kevin Kim is a brilliant strategist and leads a case like no other,” says a client. Another adds: “He is energetic and has sound knowledge and an extremely professional approach to handling complex litigations.”
John P Bang, senior partner, Peter & Kim
Bang, who is a senior partner at Peter & Kim, is an expert in international arbitration and litigation. He was named the Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year at the ALB Korea Law Awards, 2019.
He has guided his clients on various matters including representing POSCO in an arbitration (ICC, Singapore) related to the development of the $35-billion New Songdo International Business District, under development over 5.7 million square meters of land reclaimed from the Yellow Sea in the Incheon Free Economic Zone in South Korea.
Bang has also advised Mirae Asset and its affiliates in a US litigation arising from the termination of a $5.8-billion acquisition of 15 luxury hotels owned by China’s Dajia Insurance Group’s subsidiary.
Furthermore, Bang counselled Korea’s largest electric power company in a high-value arbitration involving over 20 different claims and counterclaims, arising from the construction of a major energy project in the UAE (valued at over $20 billion).
Talking about his approach to clients, Bang says that his priority is client satisfaction. “This means that client expectation, care and management are of paramount importance. To draw an analogy, if the client says “run,” the question should not be “why” or “when,” it is “how far” and “how fast.” Once transposed to the legal practice, I believe excellent client service entails responding to all the client’s needs to the best of my abilities by being proactive and offering solutions,” Bang says.
A client says: “John has great cross-examination skills and communicates the client’s position superbly to the tribunal and to us. He possesses superb oral advocacy skills and is tenacious in advancing and protecting our interests.”
기사링크: (2021.11.23.), https://www.legalbusinessonline.com/features/alb-asia-korea-super-30-lawyers-2021