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Joon Kee Bahng

Senior Foreign Legal Counsel Singapore

About Me

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 helps me develop and enhance this approach.

I have advised clients on various cross-border transactions including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital/startups, energy development and large-scale construction projects (e.g. conventional and renewable power plants, LNG terminal, and transportations) and other complex commercial matters. Furthermore, I have dealt with various types of international construction disputes, such as those related to renewable and conventional power plants, transportations, and commercial building projects. With the commercial and technical knowledge I have equipped myself with as the head of claims team in my previous in-house employment, I can look for the blind spots and construct a persuasive legal argument when developing claims.

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 our firm, 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.
Experience
  • Acted 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 involved numerous stakeholders including the project owner, offtaker and main equipment supplier.
Education

Studied

  • Syracuse University, College of Law (J.D.)
  • (Syracuse Law Review, Executive Editor)
  • Korea University, English Literature (B.A.)

Admissions

  • New York State Bar (U.S.)
  • New Jersey State Bar (U.S.)

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