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Junu KIM
Junu KIM is a Korean lawyer at Bae, Kim & Lee, LLC, and a member of the firm’s International Arbitration Practice Group, which he joined in 2005. Junu is also a member of the firm’s North Korea Practice Group.
Junu started his professional career with BKL after completing training at the Judicial Research & Training Institute of the Supreme Court where he marked one of the highest among the class. Since joining BKL in 2005, Junu has devoted himself mostly to international arbitration and litigation practice being involved in many domestic and international arbitrations seated in Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, New York, Paris, Tokyo and Washington, most typically under the rules of the ICC, KCAB, SIAC, JCAA and ICSID. As an in-service training program of BKL, Junu attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School LL.M. program to learn more about different legal systems and dispute resolution environments. After graduation, he spent several months at the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP Paris office, working on various international arbitration cases, including investor-state arbitrations. Utilizing his Japanese-speaking ability, Junu also worked at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune in Tokyo, assisting in Korea-related cases.
The subject areas of the arbitrations Junu has handled include post-M&A, distributorship, IP, construction, and cross-border sales disputes. In those cases, Junu has played a leading role in legal analysis, establishing strategy, leading clients and preparing witnesses for hearings. Among other skills, Junu has shown a special ability in structuring and describing complex damages claim in a simple and understandable way from a legal perspective. Junu also frequently takes charge of Korean domestic legal proceedings in connection with international arbitration and litigation cases, including enforcement judgment proceeding, provisional attachment or injunction, and sometimes even a criminal complaint or defense.
Junu was intensively involved in the production of ARBITRATION LAW OF KOREA: Practice and Procedure (Juris Publishing, 2011), the first comprehensive treatment of its subject, and has taken a lead role in the research and writing of a sister volume written in Korean and intended for use by the Korean legal community. Junu is also a member of the Korean Council for International Arbitration and has long been active in the pro bono legal consulting program by the Seoul Bar Association.
In addition to dispute resolution experience, Junu is also an active member of the firm’s North Korea Practice Group, which is the first and the strongest such group in Korea. In that capacity, Junu has advised clients dealing with business related to North Korea and participated in many research projects in preparation of unification of Korea, including establishment and development of legal system in Kaesong Industrial Zone of North Korea, determination of governing law in Inter-Korea commercial arbitration, and the succession of North Korea’s foreign relationship after Unification of Korea.
Junu speaks Korean (native) and English and is conversationally fluent in Japanese. He is now developing one more language, Chinese, hoping to have a major role in establishing an effective and advanced alternative dispute resolution system in Asia.