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John P. Bang

John P. Bang

Foreign Attorney

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John P. Bang is the head and founder of Bae, Kim and Lee’s International Arbitration Practice Group. He has acted as counsel in over 200 international arbitrations under the rules of all leading arbitral institutions; specifically appearing in more than 100 cases in front of the ICC.
Clients praise Mr. Bang for his “most effective advocacy, comprehensive understanding of Korean disputes and dedication to detail” (Chambers Asia 2019). Who’s Who Legal notes that Mr. Bang is “one of the most active arbitration practitioners in Korea” as he has represented parties in over 200 proceedings under the rules of all major institutional and/or ad hoc arbitration including the ICC, ICSID, LCIA, AAA/ICDR, UNCITRAL, CIETAC, HKIAC, JCAA, KCAB, and SIAC. Mr. Bang has considerable experience in handling disputes under the laws of both the civil and common law jurisdictions.
He is listed as a “Band 1” practitioner in Chambers Asia and is consistently listed in Who’s Who Legal (2007-2019) as a “Global Leader” and Asialaw Leading Lawyers (2008-2019). John was awarded the “Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year” at the ALB Korea Law Awards in 2019 and “Disputes Star of the Year” at the Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards in 2016. In 2011, John was included in GAR’s exclusive “45 under 45” list as one of only 5 individuals included from Asia.
He is a Court member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and an officer in the IBA Litigation Committee.
Experience
  • Experience List
    2019-presentCourt Member, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
    2019-presentExecutive Committee Member, KOCIA (Korea Council for International Arbitration)
    2016-presentPanel of Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
    2016-presentPanel of Arbitrators, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
    2016-presentMember of London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) Users’ Council
    2015-presentMember of Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Users’ Council
    2013-presentOfficer, IBA Litigation Committee
    2012-presentBoard Member, KOCIA (Korea Council for International Arbitration)
    2011-presentPanel of Arbitrators, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board, Chinese Arbitration Association (Taipei), etc.
    1998-presentBae, Kim & Lee LLC
    1996-1997Federal Law Clerk, The Honorable Kathryn C. Ferguson, USBJ, New Jersey
Representative Matters
  • Counsel in a high-value ICC Arbitration seated in Singapore for a Korean construction company concerning the development of a USD 35 billion business district project
    Counsel in an ICSID arbitration based on the Korea – Belgium/Luxembourg BIT, involving multi-billion-dollar claims against the Government of Korea
    Counsel in an ICC Arbitration seated in Singapore regarding a long-term catering service agreement
    Counsel in an ICC Arbitration seated in Singapore for a major Korean financial group in an international arbitration in relation to the sale of shares in a major Korean bank related to the Lonestar-ROK treaty arbitration
    Counsel in an ICC Arbitration seated in Singapore representing Korean shareholders in an international arbitration against an UK company over two share sale and purchase transactions
    Counsel in an ICC Arbitration seated in Seoul concerning a long-term distribution agreement of gypsum board and other construction material
    Co-arbitrator in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore, arising out of an insurance claim under a trade credit insurance policy for the sale of steel
    Counsel in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore, arising from the construction of a combined cycle power plant in the Middle East
    Counsel in a high-value LCIA arbitration seated in London, arising from a dispute regarding the procurement, construction and commissioning of the first nuclear power station in the United Arab Emirates
    Counsel in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore involving a hotel construction project in Northeast Asia
    Counsel in a high-profile ICC arbitration arising from a dispute among shareholders for control over a major Korean oil refining and marketing company. The underlying claims were valued at over USD 3 billion (with USD 5 billion including counterclaims). This successful arbitration was chosen by GAR as the “Win of the Year” for 2011
    Counsel in an ICC arbitration seated in Korea, arising from the construction of a power plant in Qatar
    Counsel in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore, arising from a dispute regarding the engineering, procurement and construction of a heavy rail-based urban transit system in Vietnam
    Counsel to a global real estate developer in an ICC arbitration seated in Korea, arising from a large real estate development project in Korea, and involving issues related to the financing of the project
    Counsel in an LCIA arbitration seated in London, relating to the engineering and construction of several ultra-deepwater drillships and a semi-submersible rig
    Counsel in a SIAC arbitration seated in Singapore, arising from the manufacture and sale of structural steel for use in the construction of a large-scale civil engineering project
    Counsel in an investment treaty arbitration filed by Swiss-based elevator maker Schindler against the Government of Korea, over its investment in Hyundai Elevator
    Counsel in an ICC arbitration regarding the payment of royalties for wireless telecommunications technology, in an amount exceeding US 500 million
    Counsel in an ICC arbitration seated in Singapore, arising from a post-M&A dispute over the purchase of shares in a hypermarkets chain in China
    Counsel in an ICC-arbitration arising from a dispute regarding the alleged unauthorized use of high-value proprietary enterprise resource planning software in breach of contract
    Counsel in an ICC-arbitration arising from a post-M&A dispute over the purchase of shares in a hypermarkets chain in China
    Counsel in the second ICSID arbitration against the People’s Republic of China, relating to a Korean company’s investment in the construction of a golf country club and condominiums in the Sheyang-Xian, Jiangsu province
    Counsel in a consolidated HKIAC arbitration arising from a post-M&A dispute regarding the sale of shares in a major logistics company between two global private equity firms
    Counsel in an ICC-arbitration arising from a dispute regarding the ownership of a highly sophisticated and complex telecommunications device
    Counsel in an HKIAC-arbitration arising from a post-M&A dispute regarding the sale and purchase of shares between a Hong Kong entity and two Korean venture capital investment funds
    Counsel in an ICC arbitration arising from a dispute over the design, marketing and sale of golf club memberships and luxury real estate on a man-made island off the Yellow Sea
    Counsel in an ICC arbitration arising from a dispute regarding the transfer and use of technology between a Korean automobile manufacturer and the largest automobile company in the United States
    Counsel in an arbitration arising from a dispute between Korea’s largest gas corporation and its former joint venture partner (UK listed entity) regarding the development of a gas field in Western Iraq on the Syrian border
    Counsel in an HKIAC arbitration arising from a post-M&A dispute regarding the sale and purchase of shares between a Hong Kong entity and two Korean venture capital investment funds
    Counsel in an ICC arbitration arising from a dispute regarding a distributorship agreement between one of the world’s largest manufacturers of medical products and one of Korea’s most prominent publicly-listed pharmaceutical companies
    Counsel in an ICC arbitration between Korea’s largest engineering and construction company and a major German membrane roof construction company, regarding a dispute over the roof construction of one of the football stadiums that hosted the 2002 World Cup matches
    Counsel to a football club in a dispute at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against a player’s agent
    Counsel in an ICC arbitration between one of Korea’s largest automobile manufacturers and one of the largest automobile distributors in Oman, regarding a dispute over a distribution agreement
    Counsel in an ICC arbitration between two of the world’s leading electronics manufacturers over a dispute concerning whether damages obtained in US patent infringement litigation could be considered to be a license of the underlying technology pursuant to revenue sharing
    Represented a prestigious Hong Kong-based private equity firm against one of Korea’s largest confectionary companies in an ICC-arbitration concerning the sale of a leading chain of convenience stores based in Korea
    Counsel to 16 creditors of a former Korean passenger vehicle manufacturer and distributor against, among others, the largest French automobile manufacturer and distributor in an ICC arbitration involving the transfer of assets
Education
  • Education List
    1996Temple University School of Law (J.D.)
    1993University of Pennsylvania (B.A.)
Qualifications
  • Qualifications List
    1999New York State Bar
    1997New Jersey State Bar
Publications/Activities
  • BKL Guide to International Arbitration in Korea,1st – 5th Edition (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, 2012)
    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)
    The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Korea Chapter (Global Legal Group. 2016 - 2019)
    Welcome to Seoul: discussion with John Bang on litigating in Korea and visiting the IBA Annual Conference (IBA International Litigation News, 2019)
Awards
  • Awarded “Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year” at ALB Korea Law Awards (2019)
    Awarded the Commendation of the Minister for Justice for services towards the development of international arbitration in Korea (2018)
    Awarded “Disputes Star of the Year” at Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards (2016)
    Listed as a leading dispute resolution practitioner in Asia at Chambers Asia (2008-2019)
    Listed as leading International arbitration practitioner in Who’s Who Legal - Global Arbitration Review (2007-2019)
    Listed in Asialaw Leading Lawyers for Dispute Resolution (2008-2019)
    Listed in “45 under 45”, a list of the world’s leading lawyers under 45 by Global Arbitration Review (2011)