Robert Wachter is co-head of the International Dispute Resolution Group at Lee & Ko. Together with Sean Lim, he leads the team specializing in international arbitration and cross-border disputes.
Mr. Wachter has extensive experience in both common law and civil law jurisdictions. He began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Samuel P. King, Senior United States District Judge for the District of Hawaii. He worked at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he was promoted to Counsel. Mr. Wachter has also worked in Austria at Graf & Pitkowitz, an arbitration boutique firm based in Vienna. He has also worked in the international arbitration practice group at Kim & Chang.
Mr. Wachter has acted as counsel, arbitrator or arbitral secretary in international arbitration cases brought under the ICC, KCAB, VIAC, Swiss Chambers, SIAC, LCIA, SCC, JCAA and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. He has represented corporations, trusts, and governmental entities in a wide range of contract disputes arising under shareholders agreements, joint venture agreements, M&A contracts, construction contracts, public private partnership (PPP) contracts, and long term energy and industrial supply agreements. He has worked extensively in a broad range of industries including the construction, automotive, shipping, energy and telecommunications sectors.
Mr. Wachter has lectured as an adjunct professor at Seoul National University School of Law, the Supreme Court of Korea (Judicial Research and Training Institute), and Ewha Womans University. He also regularly participates in conferences and seminars on international arbitration. He has published various academic articles about international arbitration and Korean law.
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