Joon Kee Bahng

Senior Foreign Legal Counsel


I am a Senior Foreign Legal Counsel in our Corporate & Commercial, and Dispute Resolution groups in Singapore. I have extensive and in-depth experience in dealing with various types of cross-border transactions and dispute-related matters from an external and in-house point of view, which enables me to provide a practical and efficient solution for our clients.

Being fortunate to have experience in both private practice and in-house, I believe my diverse perspective helps me assist clients and better understand what they really expect from a legal service provider. Therefore, I strive to implement a collaborative approach in which I stand side-by-side with our clients throughout all stages of a transaction or matter. I believe working with my talented colleagues here at Bird & Bird will help me develop and enhance this approach.

I have advised clients on various cross-border transactions including energy development and construction projects (e.g. conventional and renewable power plants, LNG terminal, and transportations), mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, and other complex commercial matters. Furthermore, I have worked on various types of international construction disputes, such as those related to renewable and conventional power plants, transportations, and commercial building projects.

Recently, I have been focusing on the area of renewable energy mainly due to ASEAN and Korean markets' potential explosive growth within this sector in the very near future, as well as my personal interest in hopefully deterring climate change. Also, I have been concentrating on the start-up/venture capital (VC) space with great interest in connecting Korean VCs to ASEAN based start-ups and vice versa.

I have dealt with transactions and projects related to Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Australia, Qatar, Kuwait, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada. Most recently, I resided in Indonesia and advised clients on matters related to conventional and renewable energy, mergers and acquisition, and other general corporate matters.

Before joining Bird & Bird, I worked at the Jakarta office of a Korean law firm and as a senior legal counsel at a globally recognised Korean construction and trading company.

  • Acting as one of the legal advisors to a Korean government agency under the Ministry of Science and ICT which is responsible for supporting Korean start-ups in successful expansion to the global market.
  • Represented a Korean contractor in its settlement negotiations with a subcontractor regarding a power plant project located in Singapore in parallel with suspending the ICC arbitration proceeding.
  • Advised a Korean contractor on a possible dispute against its joint venture partner concerning the alleged failure of the party to provide adequate resources in a timely manner to the joint venture in accordance with its participation share.
  • Advised an affiliate of a major Korean financial group with respect to its share acquisition of an Indonesian multi-financing company.
  • Advised a major Korean venture capital fund with regard to its legal due diligence of an Indonesian unicorn e-commerce start-up.
  • Advised Korean power plant O&M companies on Indonesia's tender regulations concerning renewable energy projects and prepared a due diligence report on Indonesia's solar power sector.
  • Advised an Indonesian subsidiary of a Korean conglomerate on drafting the EPC contract for its processing facility located in Indonesia.
  • Represented a Korean contractor in its settlement negotiations with a local subcontractor in relation to a wind power plant project in Canada. The settlement negotiations involved numerous stakeholders including the project owner, subcontractors and suppliers.
  • Represented a Korean contractor in its settlement negotiations with the employer regarding the construction of a power plant located in Saudi Arabia. The settlement negotiations which lasted more than six months required in-depth knowledge of legal, commercial and technical aspects of the project.
Education
  • Syracuse University, College of Law (J.D.)
  • (Syracuse Law Review, Executive Editor)
  • Korea University, English Literature (B.A.)
Admissions
  • New York State Bar (US)
  • New Jersey State Bar (US)