Liz Kyo-Hwa Chung

Kim & Chang

Liz Kyo-Hwa Chung is a partner at the law firm of Kim & Chang. In addition to being an incredibly personable and articulate attorney, she is known for her significant experience in International Arbitration and Cross-border Litigation. She also has significant experience in Anti-corruption, Corporate Compliance, Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Defence.

She specializes in cross-border litigation cases and international arbitration disputes including those under the rules of the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and KCAB on behalf of both Korean and multinational corporations.

Liz serves as an arbitrator and as a mediator and is on the SIAC and HKIAC’s List of Arbitrators, WIPO’s List of Neutrals as well as KCAB’s Panel of Arbitrators. She currently serves as the Asia Pacific Region Liaison Officer of the IBA Arbitration Committee while serving on the Editorial Board of the IBA Arbitration Newsletter. She is a member of CIArb, Arbitral Women and the Korean Council for International Arbitration (KOCIA). She is also an active member of the SIMC Users Council as well as the IBA Anti-Corruption Committee. She played a key role in the revisions of both the KCAB International and Domestic Arbitration Rules as well as in the enactment of the new Arbitration Facilitation Act.

Liz and Kim & Chang team successfully acted for the Korean government in an investment treaty claim concerning denial of benefits under the tax treaty between South Korea and the Netherlands brought by two Dutch subsidiaries of the UAE’s International Petroleum Investment Company.

Her practice also consists of a wide variety of anti-corruption and compliance matters including trade secret infringement, government investigations, crisis management and designing and implementing anti-corruption compliance programmes. She advises clients on compliance, internal investigation, and employee training.

Liz is known for her “good sense of direction” and “brilliant advocacy.” She is highlighted by her clients as a “very, very good lawyer” whose “reputation precedes her.”

Liz has written several articles, and co-edited and co-authored several books.  She has been frequently recognized by numerous industry publications as a leading practitioner including the following: Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific, Chambers & Partners Global, Who’s Who Legal, and Legal 500. She was given the title of the “Rising Star” at the Asia law Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards (2017).

Liz received law degrees from Korea University College of Law and Harvard Law School (LL.M., 2008). She practices in Korea and is also admitted in New York. She is proficient in Korean and English.

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