International Commercial Arbitration

Our team of experts possess unparalleled expertise and experience in the field of International Commercial Arbitration. We have acted successfully for large multinational companies in numerous high-value arbitrations across the globe.

In spite of our deceptively diminutive size, we count as our peers the arbitration practice groups of the largest international firms. We are regularly ranked and recognised by leading publications such as Legal 500, Global Arbitration Review, Chambers Global and Euromoney for our exceptional competence in the field.

Our Specialists

Shem Khoo

Mark Tan

Mimi Ahn

Christian Teo

Veronica Teo

Esther Yong

Our People

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Shem Khoo

Managing Director

Shem is the Managing Director of the firm. He has close to two decades of international arbitration and litigation experience and was previously a partner in one of Singapore’s largest firms. He has represented both Singapore and international clients in numerous high-value disputes spanning a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, energy, marine, insurance, commodities trading, biotechnology, banking and finance, mining and natural resources.

Shem is ranked by Euromoney Benchmark Asia Pacific as a “Disputes Star”. Shem regularly appears in the Singapore High Court and was one of the first lawyers to handle a dispute before the Singapore International Commercial Court. He acts in international arbitrations under various institutional rules (including ICC, SIAC, LMAA, AIAC (formerly KLRCA) and LCIA) as well as ad hoc arbitrations, seated in major arbitration venues, such as London, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

His cases involve joint venture and partnership disputes, sale & purchase agreement disputes, shareholder disputes, construction disputes as well as disputes arising out of commodities trading agreements, charter parties, bills of lading, oil trading contracts, hull & machinery marine insurance and letters of credit. Shem regularly advises companies on crypto and tech matters as well as ICOs. Shem was recently instructed to advise a large group of forex investors adversely affected by a forex broker’s re-pricing of trades following the 15th January 2015 EUR/CHF crash.

Shem has an intimate knowledge of, and affinity for, Indonesia, having spent close to 4 years as a director of an Indonesian iron ore exploration company, where he was involved in raising finance for the company’s exploration program, restructuring the Project’s group of mining companies to align the businesses with provisions of Indonesia’s New Mining Law of 2009 and overseeing the exploration and mining program of the company.

He is therefore particularly well-placed to advise clients on issues and disputes relating to mining and natural resources sectors in Indonesia. He was also previously adjunct faculty at the Singapore Management University School of Law, where he taught international arbitration.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

International Commercial Arbitration

Qualifications

LL.B. National University of Singapore

University Law School (International Commercial Arbitration & International Arbitration Practice)

Admissions

Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Attorney and Counselor at Law, New York Bar

Mark Tan

Director

Mark is a Director of the firm and has been practising in the field of commercial and general litigation and arbitration since 1999.

He has extensive experience in dispute resolution, in particular commercial, corporate, banking, construction and shipping disputes. Mark has advised and been counsel to numerous multi-national corporations, international banks and high net worth individuals in litigation disputes in the High Court and the Court of Appeal of Singapore and in arbitration proceedings under the rules of various leading arbitral institutions such as the SIAC, HKIAC, ICC and AAA.

Mark has since 2009 been regularly recognised in global legal directories and publication such as Global Arbitration Review; Chambers; Legal 500 and IFLR 1000. Mark was most recently recommended as a leading lawyer in the Singapore Shipping section of the Legal 500 (2018 edition) and described as “quality and responsive” in the International Arbitration section of the same guide.

In addition to his practice, Mark previously tutored undergraduates at the National University of Singapore in Trial Advocacy.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

International Commercial Arbitration

Employment Law

Qualifications

LL.B. Nottingham University

Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law

Admissions

Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Barrister (Middle Temple), Bar of England and Wales

Mimi Ahn

Associate Director

Mimi is a Korean national and was called to the bar in April 2015, making her one of just a handful of Koreans who is fully qualified to practice Singapore law. Mimi’s practice focuses on International Commercial Arbitration and Litigation. She has represented clients in international arbitration under various institutional rules (including SIAC, ICC and LCIA), seated in major arbitration venues, such as New York and Singapore. Mimi also regularly appears in Singapore High Court for various civil and commercial matters.

On the advisory front, Mimi advises clients on crypto related projects in Singapore as well as assists in drafting commercial documents such as shareholders’ agreements and sale and purchase agreements.

Mimi has maintained her close ties to Korea since moving to Singapore and provides legal assistance to many Korean companies and nationals in Singapore. Mimi is also currently appointed as the legal advisor for the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Singapore.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

International Commercial Arbitration

Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and ICO

Corporate Commercial Advice

Employment Law

Korea Desk

Qualifications

JD, Singapore Management University

MA, International Relations, Yonsei University

BA, International Relations, University of Sydney

Admissions

Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Christian Teo

Senior Associate

Christian was admitted to the bar in 2016 and is part of the firm’s dispute resolution team.

He practices commercial litigation and arbitration, with an emphasis on shareholders’ disputes, directors’ duties, debt enforcement, shipping, insolvency litigation and general commercial disputes.

He also regularly assists companies and individuals in negotiating and drafting legal documentation such as shareholders’ agreements, sale and purchase agreements, employment agreements and settlement agreements.

He graduated with a Bachelors of Law, magna cum laude, from Singapore Management University. He also holds a Bachelors of Social Science (Sociology). He was awarded the top student in Legal Research and Writing in his university, where he was also placed on the Dean’s List.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

International Commercial Arbitration

Corporate Commercial Advice

Qualifications

LL.B. Singapore Management University

B.SocSc (Sociology), Singapore Management University

Admissions

Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Veronica Teo

Associate

Veronica graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Warwick in 2015.

She was admitted as an Advocate and Solicitor in Singapore in 2017, and is part of the firm’s dispute resolution team.

Veronica assists clients on a wide variety of matters, including contractual disputes, debt recovery, construction disputes, employment disputes, and landlord and tenancy disputes.

Veronica is a volunteer with the Catholic Lawyers’ Guild Pro Bono Legal Clinic.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

International Commercial Arbitration

Qualifications

Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Warwick

Admissions

Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

Esther Yong

Associate

Esther was called to the Singapore Bar in 2018 and is part of the firm’s dispute resolution team. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (Magna Cum Laude) from the Singapore Management University in 2017.

Esther handles a wide range of civil and commercial disputes, including shareholders’ disputes, insolvency, contractual disputes, debt recovery and tenancy disputes.

She is also appointed to the Legal Aid Bureau’s Panel of Solicitors and assists legal aid applicants on their family law matters.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Disputes & Litigation

International Commercial Arbitration

Family & Private Clients

Qualifications

LL.B. Singapore Management University

Admissions

Advocate and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore

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