Baker McKenzie is pleased to announce that leading arbitration practitioner David Kim has joined Baker McKenzie & KL Partners Joint Venture Law Firm ("Baker McKenzie KLP JV") as partner, further bolstering the JV's bench strength and our position as the largest international law firm in Korea by partner bench strength. David joins the JV from Lee & Ko where he led its International Construction Dispute Resolution Practice Group.

David is highly regarded in the international arbitration arena and has acted as counsel in various arbitration cases before the International Court of Arbitration (ICC), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (KCAB), and the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), as well as in ad-hoc arbitrations under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) rules. 

He has represented multinational corporations, government entities, defense contractors, and high-profile individuals in numerous commercial disputes related to construction, shipping, military contracts, energy and natural resources, telecommunications, intellectual property, and investor-state matters. He is recognized as a 'Litigation Star' (International Arbitration Area) in the Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific Guide and as one of the 'Next Generation Partners' in international arbitration in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific directory. 

David has also previously served as an adjunct professor at the Judicial Research and Training Institute of the Supreme Court of Korea, and is a faculty member for the Delos Dispute Resolution ROAP Asia. David is admitted to bar in Alberta, Canada.

Won Lee, head of Korea Practice of Baker McKenzie, said: "We are very excited to welcome David to our team. With the economic cycle expected to drive up the volume of corporate disputes, David's arrival not only bolsters our ability to better support our Korean clients with their growing legal needs in cross-border disputes but also attests to our commitment to growing our Korea service offering."

Nandakumar Ponniya, Asia Pacific chair of the Dispute Resolution Practice, said: "The much-valued international arbitration expertise that David brings complements our regional and global practices well; his experience in working on some of the most complex international arbitration cases will no doubt be of significant utility to our clients and will further bolster our market-leading position."

For his part, David said: "I am very excited to be joining Baker McKenzie KLP JV. I look forward to building on the strength and successes of our JV platform, and collaborating with my colleagues across Baker McKenzie's global network to bring the top-tier service offerings that clients have come to us for."
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