Michael Kim


Michael is the office managing partner of the Seoul office. He is an expert in litigation including alternative dispute resolution. Michael advises on a wide range of shipping, shipbuilding and offshore, international trade and commercial litigation issues including charterparties, memoranda of agreement, shipbuilding and offshore construction contracts, marine and commercial insurance, agency agreements, letters of credit and commercial notes.

In both contentious and transactional areas, Michael has a strong reputation. He manages proceedings in the London High Court and has conducted numerous international arbitrations. His transactional work includes advising on shipbuilding and offshore contracts, ship finance and outward investment from Korea to Europe and Central Asia.

He was listed by Thomson Reuters in its Super Lawyer rankings 2013. Michael was also ranked as a leading individual in Chambers Global 2015 in the ’Shipping International Firms’ category in South Korea, where Stephenson Harwood was listed in Band 1. 

Michael's clients include major shipowners, shipbuilders, insurers, traders, securities houses, banks and P&I clubs in London and Hong Kong. He writes regularly for the trade, shipping and ship finance media and often speaks on marine issues at seminars for shipowners, shipbuilders, ship finance banks, charterers, traders and insurers.

He is very specialised in shipping, and we are very satisfied with his advice

Chambers Asia Pacific 2015