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Shem Khoo


Shem is a Partner of the firm. He has over a decade of international arbitration and litigation experience. Shem acts for 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, mining and natural resources. Shem was recently ranked by Euromoney Benchmark Asia Pacific as a “Disputes Star” (2014 Edition).

Shem’s practice focuses primarily on international arbitration and litigation. He has acted in international arbitrations under various institutional rules (including ICC, SIAC, LMAA and LCIA) as well as ad hoc arbitrations, seated in major arbitration venues, such as London and Singapore and regularly appears in the Singapore High Court and the Singapore International Commercial Court. His cases involve disputes stemming from joint venture and partnership agreements, sale & purchase agreements, charter parties, bills of lading, oil trading contracts, commodities trading agreements, hull & machinery marine insurance and letters of credit. Shem’s diverse disputes practices also covers medical negligence and defamation suits. Shem recently advised an Indonesian State-owned company in a large scale corporate restructuring of one of its subsidiaries, involving debts of over US$1.5 billion.

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.

A part-time tennis dad, Shem spends most of his free time shuttling his kids to and from tennis training sessions and matches. Shem is happiest cooking a weekend meal for family and friends.

Areas of Practice


LL.B, National University of Singapore
Adjunct Faculty – Singapore Management University Law School (International Commercial Arbitration & International Arbitration Practice)


Advocate & Solicitor, Supreme Court of Singapore
Attorney and Counselor at Law, New York Bar

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