John M. Kim
Senior Foreign Attorney
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John M. Kim is the Vice-Chair of the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group at the Firm and focuses his practice on representing domestic and foreign clients in cross-border disputes and M&A transactions.
Prior to joining KL Partners, Mr. Kim was the Vice-Chair of the International Dispute Resolution Practice Group at Shin & Kim and also served as the General Counsel of AIG Investments in Korea.
Practice areas
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Investor-State Disputes
  • Cross-Border M&A
  • General Corporate
Education
  • University of Manitoba (Canada), Faculty of Law (LL.B., 1999)
  • University of Western Ontario (Canada) (B.A., 1995)
Admissions
  • New York (2000)
Languages
  • English
  • Korean
  • KL Partners
    Sr. Foreign Attorney (September 2015 - present)
  • Shin & Kim
    Sr. Foreign Legal Counsel (January 2009 - September 2015 / March 2005 ~ September 2007)
  • AIG Investments (AIG Global Real Estate)
    Vice President / General Counsel (October 2007 - December 2008)
  • Deryook International Law Firm
    Foreign Legal Counsel (March 2000 - February 2005)
  • Samjong Houlihan Lokey Investment Banking Services
    Financial Analyst (June 1999 - February 2000)
International Dispute Resolution
  • Representation of a leading Korean construction company in a UNCITRAL arbitration relating to a dispute arising from a construction project in India.
  • Representation of a leading Korean private equity fund in an ICC arbitration relating to its investment in a global financial institution in Korea.
  • Representation of a German company in a Korean litigation against a local distributor of agricultural products in Korea.
  • Representation of a local real estate developer in a UNCITRAL arbitration in connection with one of the largest commercial real estate development projects in Korea.
  • Representation of a Belgian investor in the first ever investor-state dispute (ISD) brought against the Republic of Korea.
Corporate/M&A
  • Legal advisor to NBC Sports in connection with its broadcast of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.
  • Representation of a leading Korean children’s apparel brand in connection with a joint venture in China.
  • Legal advisor to H&M in connection with its general corporate and leasing matters in Korea.
  • Legal advisor to Starbucks in connection with its general corporate matters in Korea.
  • Legal advisor to The Province of British Columbia (Canada) in connection with its general corporate matters in Korea.
  • Co-authored, "Litigation Funding", Getting the Deal Through (2017)
  • Panel Speaker at the YSIAC Seoul Advocacy Workshop 2015 (November 2015)
  • Panel Speaker at the inaugural Seoul ADR Festival (November 2015) – "Practical Guide on Drawing up of an Effective Arbitration Clause" (Co-hosted by the SIDRC and Thomson Reuters)
  • Co-Authored, "Investment Treaty Arbitration – Korea,"" Getting the Deal Through (2013 - 2015)
  • "Leading Individual", Chambers Asia-Pacific (2017)
  • "Leading Individual", The Legal 500 (2017)
  • "Leading Individual – International Arbitration – South Korea", Legal500 (2015 - 2016)
  • "Leading Individual – Dispute Resolution – South Korea", Chambers Global / Chambers Asia (2015 - 2016)
  • "Leading Individual – Corporate and M&A", Legal500 (2012 - 2015)
  • "Leading Individual – Corporate/M&A", Chambers Global / Chambers Asia-Pacific (2010 - 2014)