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BKL the Only Asian Law Firm on 2019 GAR 40 Ranking of World’s Leading International Arbitration Practices


BKL has once again been ranked among the top 40 law firms in the 2019 GAR 40 List presented by Global Arbitration Review (GAR). Among the listed firms, BKL was the only firm from the Asian region.

GAR is the world’s leading source on international arbitration news, and announces annual rankings of the world’s leading international arbitration practices. While the majority of the top ranking firms this year were English or US law firms, some with with thousands of practitioners, BKL, for two consecutive years, has been included in the GAR 40 List, in recognition of its position as the number one international arbitration firm in Asia.

Since its establishment in 2002, BKL’s International Arbitration Practice Team has grown to be the largest in Asia.  By representing and defending the Korean government against claims brought by Lone Star Funds and Schindler Holding AG and going head-to-head with the their respective representative foreign law firms in the first investor-state disputes (ISD) suits Korea was involved in, the BKL team has increased its global competitiveness.

The team received international attention in 2011 with its success in a large-scale international arbitration case involving the ownership of Hyundai Oilbank, valued at KRW4 trillion. This lead to BKL winning the “Arbitration Win of the Year” from GAR. Recently, BKL recorded a victory in a case valued at KRW1 trillion at the London Court of International Arbitration.

The team is led by Kap-You (Kevin) KIM, often referred to as the pioneer of international arbitration practice in Korea, and also boasts foreign attorneys John P. BANG (New York, New Jersey) and Seung-Hyeon (Alex) KIM (New York), recognized star-players in the area. They are supported by attorneys from diverse backgrounds, including U.S., U.K., Australia, India, Pakistan, Bhutan, among others, and this global make-up allows the team to draw from each individual member’s respective national characteristics.

Utilizing its strengths, demonstrated by its recognition as an only Asian law firm listed in the top 40 list, the BKL International Arbitration Team will continue to be dedicated to providing the best representation to our clients in international arbitration disputes.

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