Innhwa Kwon is an Associate with our firm and specializes in international dispute resolution, with a focus on international commercial arbitration.

Innhwa advises clients in all aspects of commercial arbitration, and has experience in arbitral proceedings under various set of rules, including ICC, VIAC, KCAB, ICSID and UNCITRAL rules. She also regularly sits as tribunal secretary in complex international disputes.

Prior to her relocation to Vienna, she qualified as an attorney at law in the Republic of Korea and acted in proceedings before the Korean courts. During her legal education (Ewha W. University; LL.B. 2010, J.D. 2013), Innhwa also gained dispute resolution experience in Korea and Hong Kong working with various law firms and an arbitral institution.

Innhwa is the Editor-in Chief of the Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration (Co-Editor-in-Chief 2017, Editor-in-Chief 2018, Senior Editor-in-Chief since 2019). Innhwa is also a member of the Editorial Board of the International Arbitration Law Review since 2019. She regularly authors publications and speaks at conferences in her field.

Innhwa is an appointed member of the National Unification Advisory Council, a constitutional organization of the Republic of Korea in its 19th term (2019-2021).

Innhwa works in English (fluent) and Korean (native), and speaks a basic German.

Highlights of Innhwa’s work include the following:

  • Representatin of a major Korean shipyard in arbitral proceedings against a Dutch shipbuilding conglomerate regarding a share purchase agreement (ICC).

  • Representation of a Korean luxury car dealer in a court proceedings against an Austrian supplier (Austrian courts).

  • Negotiation of a settlement agreement with Austrian seated multinational technology company for its Korean business partner (avoiding ICC proceedings).

  • Representation of a global leader in packaging and paper in a post M&A dispute regarding the purchase of an Asian company ( EUR 70 million, ICC/Singapore).

  • Representation of a North American OEM-supplier in arbitration proceedings against Central European integrator in the aerospace industry (USD 11 million, VIAC).

Interested in specific aspects of Innhwa’s recent work? Contact office@zeilerfloydzad.com for further reference cases.

Professional Experience

  • Associate, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, Vienna/Austria (since 2020)
  • Attorney at Law, zeiler.partners, Vienna/Austria (2016-2020)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Vindobona Journal of International Commercial Law and Arbitration (since 2017)
  • Delegate, UNCITRAL Working Group II: Arbitration and Conciliation / Dispute Resolution, Vienna/Austria (2015/2016)
  • Foreign Associate, Graf & Pitkowitz Rechtsanwälte GmbH, Vienna/Austria (2015–2016)
  • Internships: Minter Ellison LLP (Hong Kong, 2013), Pinsent Masons LLP (Hong Kong, 2012), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (Hong Kong, 2012), Hewlett-Packard Ltd (Seoul/Korea, 2009/2011), Bae, Kim & Lee LLC (Seoul/Korea, 2010)

Education

  • Doctorate in Law, Basel University, Basel/Switzerland (currently in progress)
  • Visiting Scholar, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg/Germany (2019)
  • Bar Admission, Korean Bar Association, Korea (2014)
  • Juris Doctor, Law School, Ewha Womans University, Seoul/Korea (2013)
  • Bachelor Degree, College of Law, Ewha Womans University, Seoul/Korea (2010)
  • Summer School, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (2009)
  • Study Abroad, Law Schoool, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois/USA (2007)
  • Summer School, Harvard University (2007)