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Jae Hee Suh


Jae Hee Suh (서재희) specialises in international commercial treaty arbitration and investment treaty arbitration (or Investor-State Dispute Settlement/ISDS).

Jae Hee has represented States and private clients in various sectors for arbitrations under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, and LCIA Rules. Jae Hee has also advised on the enforcement of, and challenges against, arbitral awards in a variety of jurisdictions.

Jae Hee is ranked as “Up and Coming” in the area of investment treaty arbitration and international commercial arbitration by Chambers Asia Pacific 2024, as well as a “Spotlight” individual for Dispute Resolution: International Firms by Chambers Global 2024. Jae Hee is also ranked as a Future Leader for International Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal 2024 and was named as a Rising Star in Singapore by Asian Legal Business in 2023. She was also recommended by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022 as a lawyer who “has particular knowledge of the Korean market”.

Jae Hee is a native Korean speaker and studied law at Oxford University as a STX Corporation (STX장학재단) scholar, graduating with First Class Honours, the Field Fisher Prize and the Hogan Lovells Prize. She went on to obtain the Postgraduate Certificate in Laws from the University of Hong Kong, where she received the Woo Po Shing Medal and the Hou De Charitable Foundation Scholarship.


Representative matters

Republic of Korea in relation to investment treaty claims brought by Malaysian and Chinese investors under the Korea-Malaysia Bilateral Investment Treaty and the Korea-China Bilateral Investment Treaty, respectively.

Korean National Oil Corporation (KNOC) in an investment treaty claim under the ICSID rules against Nigeria, regarding KNOC’s investments in the energy sector.

A Korean manufacturer in a Singapore-seated SIAC arbitration against its joint venture partner relating to distribution of its products in a foreign market.

A major Japanese car manufacturer in a Singapore-seated investment treaty arbitration against a South Asian State under the 2013 UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. The case was settled after the company’s success in the jurisdictional phase. Our role also included advising on the Singapore court proceedings relating to the State’s challenge against a decision in our client’s favour.

A Mauritian investment fund on a Singapore-seated ICC arbitration and related Singaporean and Indian proceedings regarding its exit from a real estate investment in India. Our client was awarded all the sums requested and our role included successfully defending against the counterparty’s application to set aside a merits award in the client’s favour before the Singapore court proceedings.

A Chinese company on HKIAC claims commenced under a guarantee agreement, including in successfully obtaining security for costs that led to the discontinuance of the claims.

A major Korean contractor on a USD100m+, Singapore-seated arbitration concerning the construction of a gas-fired power plant in Southeast Asia.

A major Korean company in a dispute with a State-owned entity in a Southeast Asian State in the energy sector.

A Korean energy major in a dispute with a State-owned entity in the Middle East.

An oil & gas major in a Singapore-seated SIAC arbitration against its joint venture partner relating to exploration activities in an offshore field in a Southeast Asian State.

A global investment bank in a Hong Kong-seated HKIAC arbitration against a private equity fund in relation to warranties and indemnities in the sale and purchase agreement for the sale of the private equity’s business in the East Asian financial services industry.

One of the world’s largest producers of healthcare and pharmaceutical products on an LCIA arbitration against its insurers for reimbursement of various product liability claims arising from the use of a pharmaceutical product.

A global oil and gas exploration and production company on disputes arising out of construction work on one of the world’s largest ever LNG projects, including a USD150m ICC arbitration arising out of an offshore dredging contract.

Published Work

  • Jae Hee Suh and Matthew Hodgson (2021) “The “Problem” of Costs in Arbitration: Controlling, Allocating and Funding Costs”, The Cambridge Companion to International Arbitration edited by Chin Leng Lim
  • Jae Hee Suh (2019) "Interpretation of pathological clauses: a cautionary tale?", Practical Law Arbitraion Blog
  • Jae Hee Suh, Matthew Hodgson and Kellie Yi (2018) "Emergency Arbitrator Relief: A Practical Guide", Korean Arbitration Review
  • Jae Hee Suh (2017) "Disclosure of third party funding – Hong Kong and Singapore setting the trend?", Practical Law Arbitration Blog
  • Jae Hee Suh and Andrew Pullen (2017) "Opening the gates for third party funding – recent developments in Hong Kong and Singapore and lessons for Korea", Korean Arbitration Review
  • Jae Hee Suh, Angeline Welsh and Mirrette Grant (2015) "Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Know-How: Investment Treaty Arbitration", Belize
  • Jae Hee Suh (2009) "Conquer English First, if you aspire to be a global leader", (Galim Publishing) (in Korean)

Leadership Positions And Professional Affiliations

  • Vice-Chair, Young Members Group, Korea, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • YSIAC Council Member, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Steering Committee Member, Young ArbitralWomen Practitioners (YAWP)
  • Member, Engagement Sub-Committee, ICC Singapore Arbitration Group
Suh Jae Hee is an extremely bright and intelligent lawyer. She is very precise on legal points and meticulous in fact finding. Ms Suh is also pleasant to work with
Chambers Global, 2024
She is proactive and responsible, and is a trustworthy partner to work with
Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2024


  • Rising Star in Singapore, Asian Legal Business, 2023



Admitted as solicitor, Hong Kong, 2016


B.A. (First Class Honours), Law/Jurisprudence, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, 2012

Postgraduate Certificate in Laws, The University of Hong Kong, 2013


English, Korean
A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.