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Sunyoung KIM

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Expertise

International Arbitration, Mergers & Acquisitions

Languages

Korean and English

Introduction

Sunyoung Kim is a partner at Lee & Ko’s International Dispute Resolution Group. Ms. Kim acted as counsel in various international arbitration cases brought before the ICC, SIAC and KCAB as well as in ad-hoc arbitrations. Prior to joining Lee & Ko, Ms. Kim gained experience in cross-border joint venture and M&A transactions and its related disputes in Baker & Mckenzie and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton.

 

Ms. Kim has been recognized as a next generation partner by Legal 500.

 

“Sunyoung Kim possesses the diverse language capabilities, networking connections, and insights required of an international lawyer.”

- Legal 500 (2021) 

Representative Cases

[International Arbitration]

  • SIAC arbitration case concerning a dispute between a Norwegian company and a Korean company in connection with a contract of affreightment 
  • ICC arbitration case concerning a dispute between a Dutch company and a Korean company in connection with a sales contract
  • ICC arbitration case concerning a dispute between a Hong Kong company and a Korean company in connection with a franchise agreement and trademark license agreement
  • ICC arbitration case concerning a dispute between a Korean company and a German company in connection with a supply agreement
  • Ad hoc arbitration concerning a dispute between a Korean company and a Thai company in connection with a sales agency agreement
  • ICC arbitration case concerning a dispute between a Korean company and a Swiss company in connection with a convertible bond agreement
  • KCAB arbitration case concerning a dispute between Korean companies in connection with an exclusive distribution agreement
  • KCAB arbitration case concerning a dispute between a Korean company and a Chinses company in connection with a sales contract
  • ICC arbitration case concerning a dispute between a Korean company and an Austrian company in connection with a technology license agreement
  • Ad hoc arbitration case concerning a dispute between a Korean company and an English company in connection with a construction contract
  • KCAB arbitration case concerning a dispute between Korean companies in connection with a construction contract
  • KCAB arbitration case concerning a dispute between a French company and a Korean company in connection with a construction contract
  • Ad hoc arbitration concerning a dispute between a Korean company and a Malaysian company in connection with an insurance agreement
  • Represented Korean companies in actions to recognize and enforce foreign arbitral awards
  • Represented Korean companies in actions to set aside arbitral awards

[Cross-border Joint Venture and M&A]
  • POSCO in relation to its joint venture with an Indonesian company for the development of an integrated steel mill plant in Indonesia
  • POSCO in relation to its joint venture with a Swiss company for the development of a titanium smelting plant in Kazakhstan
  • SK Holdings in connection with its acquisition of a 35% stake in K-Power from British Petroleum
  • KCC in relation to its bid to acquire the assets of a U.S. company
  • Korea Electric Power Corporation in relation to its development of a nuclear power plant in the UAE
  • SK affiliate in relation to its joint venture with a Saudi Arabian company for the development of a petrochemical plant
  • SK affiliate in relation to its joint venture with a U.S. company for the development of a refinery plant
  • SK China in relation to its joint venture with a Hong Kong company

Education

2006 University of California, Berkeley – LL.M.

2004 Judicial Research and Training Institute, Supreme Court of Korea

1997 Yonsei University, College of Law – LL.B.

Work Experience

2014-Present Lee & Ko

2009-2012 Baker & McKenzie LLP

2007-2008 Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Admissions

Admitted to bar, Korea: 2004; New York: 2007 

Publications / Presentations

[PRESENTATIONS]
  • SIAC Academy, “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards in Asia: Theory & Practice – South Korea” (July 2021)
  • “2021 ICC Arbitration Rules,” KORCHAM-ICC joint webinar (February 2021)
  • “Dispute resolution in the COVID-19 era,” Seoul ADR Festival KOCIA-KICA joint webinar (November 2020)
  • “Perspectives from Korea on commercial disputes involving Korean and Chinese parties,” HK Arbitration Week Webinar (October 2020)
  • “In-house Legal Privilege: Bird’s eye-view across multi-jurisdictions,” Singapore Corporate Counsel Association and Lex Mundi Webinar (July 2020)
  • “Can Arbitrations Be Done Quickly and Fairly,” South Korea: Wolters Kluwer 8th Annual International Arbitration Global Summit (October 2019)
  • “Refusal of Enforcement of Arbitral Awards Based on Violation of Public Policy,” 2019 Lex Mundi Asia Pacific Regional Conference (September 2019)
  • “Provisional Measures and Multi-party and Multi-contract Issues in International Arbitration,” KCAB International Arbitration Academy (August 2018)
  • “Document Production and Management in International Arbitration: Discovering to Win” (YSIAC Seoul Workshop 2018) 
  • “Recent Issues on International Arbitration in Korea”(Seoul ADR Festival-Seoul IDRC Seminar, 2017)
  • “Recent Developments in the Arbitration Regime in Korea” (ICC YAF Asia Regional Conference, 2016)
  • “Practices of KCAB International Arbitration and Domestic Arbitration”(KCAB/JCAA Arbitration Conference, Tokyo, 2016)

Awards and Recognitions
• Next generation Partners’, Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2021)
• ‘Next generation lawyers’, Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2019 - 2020)
• ‘Leading Lawyers’, Legal Times (2017)