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Kim, Sae Youn (Partner)

Sae Youn Kim chairs the International Dispute Resolution Practice at Yulchon.  Ms. Kim practices primarily in the areas of litigation and arbitration with an emphasis on commercial and international law.  Before joining Yulchon, she served as a judge at various Korean district courts including the Seoul District Court, the Daejeon District Court, and the Suwon District Court.  She was also an attorney at Lee & Ko for many years.

Ms. Kim is currently an arbitrator at the KCAB and SIAC and is licensed to practice in Korea and New York. She is regularly selected as a leading lawyer by publications such as Chambers Global and Asialaw.

Dispute Resolution, International Litigation/Arbitration, Construction/Real Estate Disputes, Real Estate Finance Disputes, Healthcare Disputes, Maritime/Shipbuilding Disputes, Environment/Energy Disputes, Health & Pharmaceutical, Corporate Compliance, North Korea

Duke Law School, LL.M. (2007)
Seoul National University College of Law, LL.B. (1991)

Yulchon LLC (2005-present)
Vice Chair, Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Committee, IPBA (2017-present)
Regional Representative Asia General, Litigation Committee, IBA (2016-present)
Member, Board of Advisors, FDI Moot (2016-present)
Member, Committee for Legislation of Act on Promotion of Arbitration Industry (2015)
Member, Legal Advisory Board to the Ministry of Justice (2015-present)
Arbitrator, SIAC (2014-present)
Member, Working Group on Harmonizing Arbitration Laws, APAG, IBA (2014-present)
Member, Committee for Revision of Arbitration Act, Ministry of Justice (2013-2014)
Founding member, Society of Construction Law Korea chapter (2013-present)
Board member, Korean Council of International Arbitration (2012-present)
Board member, International Association of Korean Lawyers (2012-present)
Advisor, Advisory Board on Investor State Dispute, Ministry of Justice (2011-present)
Arbitrator, Korean Commercial Arbitration Board (2008-present)
Member of the Central Administration Council (2004-2010)
Partner, Lee & Ko (2004-2005)
Associate, Lee & Ko (2001-2003)
Judge, Suwon District Court (2000-2001)
Judge, Daejeon District Court (1998-2000)
Judge, Seoul District Court (1996-1998)
Judge, Seoul Southern District Court (1994-1996)

  • Korea’s Arbitration Act is revised for a new world, The Lawyer (June 2016) pdf
  • Korea Chapter of Commercial Litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2nd Edition, Sweet & Maxwell International Series (2015) pdf
  • Korea Chapter of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration 2015, 12th Edition (2015)
  • Korea Chapter of Commercial Litigation (2nd Edition), Sweet & Maxwell (2015)
  • Construction and projects in South Korea: overview, Construction and Projects Multi-jurisdictional Guide (Co-Author) (2014)
  • Managing International Construction Claims in Preparation of International Arbitration – Research on International Trade Law, Korea International Trade Law Association (2013)
  • Korean section of Guide to Dispute Resolution in Asia, Herbert Smith Freehills (2013)
  • Korean section of Guide to Privilege in Asia Pacific, Herbert Smith Freehills (2012)
  • Korean section of Dispute Resolution Review, Law Business Research (2009-2011)

Leading Lawyer, Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal (2018)
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Leader, Chambers Asia-Pacific (2017)
Dispute Resolution & Litigation Leading Lawyer, Asialaw (2016)
Leading Commercial Arbitration Experts, Who’s Who Legal (2016)
Commended Counsel, ASIAN-MENA COUNSEL (2016)
    Korean, English
    New York (2011)
    Republic of Korea (1994)