Shem Khoo

Singapore Office

Profile and Expertise

Shem is a Partner of the firm. He has over a decade 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 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 has regularly appeared in the Singapore High Court. He has also appeared in the recently formed 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 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. He has also been recently instructed to advise a 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.


・Currently counsel in IP dispute arising out of asset sale and purchase agreement between Singapore sellers and German buyers. Amounts in dispute approximately US$4M. SIAC arbitration, Singapore governing law.
・Currently counsel for Singapore traders in a coal sale and purchase agreement dispute with Hong Kong buyers. Claim amount in excess of US$4.5M. LCIA arbitration, London seat, English law.
・Currently counsel in 2 ICC arbitrations involving IP related disputes arising out of a licensing agreement to license certain wire technologies developed by an Israeli company. ICC arbitration, Singapore seat, Singapore law.
・Currently counsel for US and Brazilian companies in ICC arbitration in Sao Paulo in relation to indemnity in joint venture agreement for environmental claims (ICC arbitration; Sao Paulo seat; Delaware law).
・Counsel for Indonesian oil exploration support services company in a protracted US$20M oilrig charter party dispute with Dutch owners. SIAC arbitration, Singapore seat, Singapore governing law.
・Counsel for Singapore tanker owners against Korean charterers for fire damage suffered by their tanker as a result of charterer’s nomination of an unsafe port in Iran. Successfully negotiated favorable settlement on the first day of hearing. Amounts in dispute exceed US$10M. LMAA arbitration, London seat, English governing law.
・Counsel for Ukrainian dredging company against Singapore agents for contractual payments arising out of dredging works performed in Singapore and Taiwan. Successfully awarded amounts claimed and also successfully defended all counterclaims in 5-week arbitration in Singapore


LL.B., National University of Singapore

Bar Qualifications

New York / Singapore

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Faculty Singapore Management University Law School (International Commercial Arbitration & International Arbitration Practice


English, Mandarin Chinese