Kwang Myeong Moon

Moon & Song - South Korea

Managing Partner


+82 2 722 7447

Distinguished Practitioner



South Korea

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K. M. Moon is the founding partner of Moon & Song and brings more than 22 years of practice to the areas of shipping and marine insurance. He has expertise in all aspects of shipping law, advising on B/L, charterparty, shipbuilding and ship S&P contract, cross-border insolvency, and also handling marine incidents involving fire, explosion, collision, oil pollution, salvage and wreck removal. 

He is an arbitrator on the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board. He has also published articles including “A Study on the Civil Liability in Connection with the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Sea”. He has been consistently recognized as a “Leading” lawyer in the field of shipping by Legal 500 Asia-Pacific and Chambers and Partners.

He has advised shipowners and P&I Club on the collision of containership Milano Bridge with terminal cranes and other vessel in Busan port, having successfully obtained Korean court’s decision for Panamanian law limitation of owners’ liability to USD 23 million for a total claim of over USD117 million.

He advises the charterers’ P&I insurer of the tanker Stalt Groenland on the incident of fire and explosion of a dangerous chemical cargo at Ulsan port, initiating the court proceedings for preservation of evidence regarding the cause of explosion. 

He also advises and acts for a foreign buyer who wishes to call up the refund guarantee seeking recovery from the Korean shipbuilder’s bank.

  • Dispute resolution
  • Restructuring and insolvency

  • Aviation and shipping
  • Insurance

  • Member of the Korean Arbitrators Association
  • Director of the Seoul Maritime Arbitrators Association

  • LL.M, University of Texas at Austin School of Law (2005)
  • Ph.D in Law, Korea University (2019)