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 diversified 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 numerous cross-border transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, international construction projects, and other complex commercial matters, and have also handled challenging issues that often arise from these transactions such as those related to corporate governance, data protection and privacy, subcontracting and employment. I have also advised on various types of international construction dispute matters and reviewed claims prepared by the clients for further development, as well as participating in the settlement negotiations.

I have dealt with transactions and projects related to Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Australia, Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Germany, United Kingdom, and Canada. Most recently, I resided in Indonesia and advised clients on transactions and matters related to industry sectors covering energy and utilities, construction, financial services and IT.

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.

  • Represented a Korean contractor in its settlement negotiations with a subcontractor regarding a power plant project located in Singapore during the suspension of the ICC arbitration proceeding.
  • Advised a Korean contractor on a possible dispute with its joint venture partner regarding the alleged failure to provide the due resources to execute the construction project in accordance with the participation share.
  • Advised a Korean contractor on the legal risks and its commercial implications with regards to numerous MRT and building projects in Singapore.
  • Advised an affiliate of a major Korean financial group with respect to its share acquisition of an Indonesian multi-financing company.
  • 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.
  • Advised a Korean contractor on possible counter-claims and defence against the employer's claims related to the construction of a power plant based in Indonesia.
  • Represented a Korean contractor in its settlement negotiations with a local subcontractor in relation to a wind power plant project in Canada.
  • Advised a Korean contractor in its EPC contract negotiations with the employer of an ethane tank project based in the United Kingdom.
  • Represented a Korean contractor in its settlement negotiations with the employer regarding the construction of a power plant located in Saudi Arabia.
  • Advised a Korean contractor on its share acquisition of a Saudi Arabian local company to be utilised as the corporate vehicle to execute a mega-subway system project based in Riyadh.
Education
  • Syracuse University, College of Law (J.D.)
  • Korea University, English Literature (B.A.)
Admissions
  • New York State Bar (U.S.)
  • New Jersey State Bar (U.S.)