Yumin Kim

Managing Associate

Personal Profile

Yumin Kim is a Managing Associate in the Firm's Dispute Resolution department, specialising in commercial litigation and arbitration with a focus on shipbuilding, shipping, energy and construction.

She has acted for both claimants and defendants across a wide range of disputes, including shipyards, shipowners, charterers, P&I Clubs and energy companies. She has a broad range of experience in litigation cases before the English courts and arbitration under the rules of the LMAA, LCIA, ICC, KCAB, SIAC and UNCITRAL.

Yumin has also conducted or overseen proceedings in foreign jurisdictions including Korea, Canada, China, Singapore and India. She is a fluent Korean speaker.

Key Experience

  • Acted for a Korean electric power company in an LCIA arbitration defending claims of USD600million from Korean construction companies for changes in work scope and damages for breaches of contract arising out of the construction of a nuclear power plant in the UAE.
  • Acted for a Korean shipyard in an LMAA arbitration against Iranian owners arising out of the termination of a shipbuilding contract for each of 10 bulk carriers with issues on Iran sanctions, frustration and insolvency.
  • Advised a Korean shipyard in disputes relating to FEED errors and delayed delivery arising from change of work scope under an EPCIC contract in respect of the construction of oil and gas production platforms in Angola.
  • Advised European owners on disputes arising under shipbuilding contracts in relation to late delivery, effect of insolvency clause. The case involved obtaining interim orders from the Korean court.
  • Advised Korean power generation companies on pre-arbitration negotiations and issues arising under a joint venture agreement with an Australian coal mining producer for a coal mining project in Australia.
  • Advised a Korean steel manufacturing company on the re-negotiation of LNG pricing and profit-sharing issues under an LNG sale and purchase agreement with an oil major consortium in Indonesia.
  • Acted for a Korean shipyard in Indian court proceedings for the arrest/auction of the vessel and exercising its rights under the ship mortgage for its claim in the sum of USD 50 million.
  • Acted for a Korean bank on a claim brought by a Bulgarian trading company under a letter of credit issued by the bank involving fraud issues.

Career History

Managing Associate, Mishcon de Reya LLP
Counsel, Clifford Chance LLP (Seoul office)
Foreign Legal Counsel, Kim & Chang
Solicitor, Hill Dickinson LLP
Solicitor, DLA Piper
Trainee Solicitor, Watson, Farley & Williams
BPP Law School, PgDL and LPC
London School of Economics and Political Science, BSc Economics

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