This Profile is in respect of John P. Bang of the Korean law firm of Bae, Kim & Lee LLC. John is the head of the International Arbitration and Litigation Practice Group at the firm. John, together with Kevin Kim (subject of our previous Profile), leads a team of over 29 attorneys specializing in international arbitration and cross-border disputes.
John has represented parties in well over 180 international arbitral proceedings, covering substantially all of the major international arbitration rules and institutions, and seated in jurisdictions across the world. He has also served on numerous arbitral tribunals both as a party-appointed arbitrator and as chairman or sole arbitrator.
He is listed as a “Band 1” practitioner in Chambers Asia and is consistently listed in Who’s Who Legal (2007-2017) and Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2008-2016). In 2011, John was included in GAR’s exclusive “45 under 45” list as one of only 5 individuals based in Asia. Recently, John was awarded the “Disputes Star of the Year” at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016. He is a board member of the Korea Council for International Arbitration and an officer in the IBA Litigation Committee.
John recently represented POSCO ICT in a USD 240 million EPC contract dispute relating to a construction project in Vietnam. He is also defending Kepco in a dispute arising out of an EPC contract for a nuclear power plant in the United Arab Emirates.
John received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1993 and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in 1996. He is a member of the New York and New Jersey bar associations.
John’s work experience is significant, as follows:
||Bae, Kim & Lee LLC;
||Panel of Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC);
||Panel of Arbitrators, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC);
||Member of Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Users’ Council;
||Officer, IBA Litigation Committee;
||Board Member, KOCIA (Korea Council for International Arbitration);
||Panel of Arbitrators, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, Chinese Arbitration Association (Taipei), etc.; and
||Federal Law Clerk, The Honorable Kathryn C. Ferguson, USBJ, New Jersey.
John’s list of publications is equally significant, as follows:
BKL Guide to International Arbitration in Korea, 1st – 5th Editions (Co-author, Bae, Kim & Lee LLC, 2004 – 2014);
Post M&A Disputes in Korea (Asia Legal Business, Issue 6.7, 2006);
Commentary on Using Legal Experts in International Arbitration (ICCA Congress Series No.13 Kluwer Law International, 2007);
Arbitration Law of Korea: Practice and Procedure (General Editor, Juris Publishing, 2011);
Arbitration Law & Practice (Co-author, Pakyongsa, 2012);
Lost in Translation (Korean Arbitration Review, 2013);
International Litigation News – Pre-Trial Procedures and Document Production in Korea (Newsletter of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division, 2013);
GLI – Litigation & Dispute Resolution –Korea (Global Legal Group, 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions);
The Future of European Union Investment Policy: Navigating Between a High Level of Investment Protection and Increasing Demands for Policy Space – Lessons from the US (Co-author, ICCA Congress Series No.17, Kluwer Law International, 2013);
Dispute Resolution Law Guide 2013/14 – Korea (LexisNexis, 2014);
International Litigation News – Deposing Willing Korean Nationals in Korea for U.S. Litigation (Newsletter of the International Bar Association Legal Practice Division, 2014);
ICCA Drafting Sourcebook For Logistical Matters, with the assistance of the Permanent Court of Arbitration Peace Palace, The Hague (The ICCA Reports No. 2, Ridderprint BV, 2015);
Asia-Pacific Arbitration Reporter, Korea Chapter (Academy Publishing, 2015 & 2017)
GAR know-how – Litigation 2016 – Korea (Global Arbitration Review, 2016);
Guide to Navigating U.S. Litigation for Korean Companies (Co-author, Bae, Kim & Lee LLC, 2016); and
The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Korea Chapter (Global Legal Group. 2016 – 2018).