Edmund W. Sim
Edmund W. Sim
"Without doubt one of the most respected trade lawyers in the region, Edmund Sim... is active in several jurisdictions both inside and outside Asia. While his practice focuses on anti-dumping, he is also active in customs work, free trade agreement negotiations and other trade policy matters. He has been involved in some of the more high-profile anti-dumping procedures between Asia and the West, including those involving plastic bags and frozen shrimp. One noteworthy facet of his practice is that he handles numerous intra-Asian trade remedy cases outside his immediate jurisdiction; for instance, he has acted on dumping cases in a variety of countries including China, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea and Indonesia. Clients describe him as "an extremely fast thinker who understands the Asian style of doing business," remarking that "his expertise is so broad that he always knows the appropriate path to take when handling an issue."
-- Chambers Asia
Edmund Sim`s internationally recognized practice focuses on trade remedies (including antidumping and countervailing duties), Section 301, safeguards, customs, foreign investment, intellectual property, antitrust, competition and other issues. He has participated in over 200 trade remedy proceedings involving products from semiconductors to shrimps and economies as diverse as China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, South Africa, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, the United States and the European Union.
Based in Singapore since 1997, Mr. Sim represents exporters and governments in international trade disputes between Asia and Latin America, Canada, Africa, Europe and the United States, and within Asia itself. Mr. Sim has provided assistance to government trade ministries in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Oman, the Philippines and Indonesia in the implementation of antidumping and countervailing duty laws, rules of origin, free trade agreements, and investment laws. Much of this work involves application of the WTO agreements. Mr. Sim has participated in dispute resolution proceedings under the WTO, GATT, NAFTA and U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement. He has also participated in U.S. antitrust investigations involving the extraterritorial application of U.S. unfair competition law to Southeast Asian companies and governments.
Mr. Sim has also represented companies in dealing with the economic integration of the ASEAN economies into the ASEAN Economic Community through the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement, the ASEAN Investment Area and the ASEAN Industrial Cooperation Scheme. Mr. Sim regularly provides advice to major Japanese, American and European multinational corporations regarding developments in ASEAN.
Mr. Sim serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore Law School, teaching on the law and policy of the ASEAN Economic Community. He also edits a blog on developments in the ASEAN Economic Community.
Mr. Sim frequently speaks on international trade issues to corporate and university audiences and has provided commentary on trade issues to news sources such as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, USA Today, Straits Times, South China Morning Post, Hong Kong Standard, Bangkok Post, Channel News Asia, People`s Daily, Reuters, AFX, Bloomberg, BBC and CNBC.
Mr. Sim was formerly a partner in the international law firms of White & Case and Hunton & Williams and an associate at the U.S. law firms of Patton Boggs and Willkie Farr. During university, he worked at the Office of U.S. Vice President George H.W. Bush and Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Treasury.
J.D., University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, Executive Articles Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law; co-president, Asian American Law Students Association, 1991
A.B., Dartmouth College, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, student body vice president, 1988
Bars and Courts
U.S. Court of International Trade, admitted 1992
District of Columbia, admitted 1992
Maryland, admitted 1991
Panel of FTA Advisors, Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry
Past Vice Chair, Treasurer, Government and Regional Affairs Co-Chair and liaison to Singapore American School and Singapore American Community Action Council, American Chamber of Commerce, Singapore
Senior Vice Chair and past Secretary, International Bar Association, Trade and Customs Law Committee
Co Chair, Pacific Rim Interest Group, American Society of International Law
Vice Chair, Asia Pacific Committee, American Bar Association
Vice Chair, Inter Pacific Bar Association, International Trade Committee
President, Dartmouth Alumni Club of Singapore
Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
Registered Arbitrator, Pacific International Arbitration Center, Vietnam
Member, Union Internationale des Advocats
Member, Lawasia, International Trade and Export Committee
Member, Federal Bar Association (US), International Law Section
Member, International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Asian Society of International Law
Member, Society of International Economic Law
Member, Singapore Institute of International Affairs
Member, Customs and International Trade Bar Association
Member, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Who`s Who Legal, Trade & Customs
Expert Guides, International Trade Lawyers
Chambers Global, WTO/International Trade
Chambers Asia, WTO/International Trade
Asialaw Leading Lawyer, Dispute Resolution
Languages: English, Chinese, Spanish
Citizenship: United States
Date of Birth: 6 November 1966