Bae Kim & Lee, Seoul
Why international arbitration?
Because it integrates the best features of common law and civil law litigation.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Teaming up with a Debevoise & Plimpton team led by David Rivkin and Chrisopher Tahbaz to win an ICC case – we shared “Win of the Year” for that case at the GAR Awards.
Who do you consider your mentor?
Who else in the field do you admire?
Jan Paulsson, Michael Moser and Wolfgang Peter.
What other career might you have chosen?
A professional poker player or a sports broadcaster.
What advice would you give someone just starting out?
Get some transactional experience before specialising in arbitration.
Do you sit as an arbitrator?
Not often. My first appointment was aged 38.
What are the biggest challenges facing arbitration?
Finding good and experienced arbitrators with modestly busy calendars; dealing with delay tactics; and ensuring timely awards.
If you could change one thing about the system...?
I would make sure arbitrators from the younger generation (between 40 and 50) are regularly appointed in large and important cases.
What’s your favourite city to arbitrate in?
Hong Kong - great arbitrators, venues and food, and close to Seoul and Macau.
What’s your favourite restaurant?
Peking Garden in Hong Kong.