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Christine Sim

Christine Sim


Christine is an Associate in our New York office, specializing in international commercial and investment treaty arbitration.



Christine has arbitration and public international law experience from Asia, Europe and the United States. She has clerked for arbitrators in investment arbitrations, represented commercial clients up to the appellate level in courts, and performed counsel work in international arbitrations, multi-jurisdictional enforcement and law of the sea proceedings. She has worked with states and state-related entities, and currently advises and represents financial institutions and multi-national corporations.
Christine specializes in multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes which involve public international law. Through her work, she has become skilled in strategic, procedural issues. She is well-versed with the arbitration and conciliation rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

Christine's experience includes:

  • representing a multinational corporation in a commercial arbitration in the energy sector
  • advising a financial institution on setting aside and enforcement risks of an arbitral award
  • acting as tribunal secretary in an investment arbitration between a European investor and an African state*
  • assisting arbitrators with administrative case management in a mediation between a European investor and an Asian state, an arbitration between a North-American corporation and a Latin American state, and an arbitration between a European company and an Eastern European state*
  • assisting the court-appointed amicus in investment disputes involving African and Asian states*
  • representing a state in an application for provisional measures*
  • advising a European state on multi-jurisdictional enforcement of judgments and arbitral awards*
  • representing insurers, construction companies and government agencies in court litigation*

* Experience prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills


Christine holds a Master in International Dispute Settlement (MIDS) from the Institut de hautes études internationales et du développement and University of Geneva.  She serves on the editorial board of the Kluwer Arbitration Blog as the assistant editor for Southeast Asia and the organizing committee for Women in International Law Singapore. She is also admitted to the Supreme Court of Singapore as an advocate and solicitor, admitted to the New York State bar, a certified member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a certified tribunal secretary of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).

Apart from being a native English speaker, Christine also works in Chinese and French.