Professional Bio

"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

Practice Experience
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 about 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.
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 advises the Government of Timor-Leste on its ASEAN accession process.
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

Professional Associations

Panel of FTA Advisors, Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry

past Treasurer, Vice Chair of Board of Governors, Government and Regional Affairs Committee co-chair and liaison to Singapore American School and Singapore American Community Action Council, American Chamber of Commerce, Singapore
Chair and past Secretary, International Bar Association, Trade and Customs Law Committee

Past Co-Chair, Pacific Rim Interest Group, American Society of International Law

Past Vice Chair, Asia Pacific Committee, American Bar Association

Past 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

Rushford Report

Languages: English, Chinese, Spanish

Citizenship: United States

Date of Birth: 6 November 1966