Jonathan Lim

Senior Associate

Lim, Jonathan

Jonathan Lim focuses his practice on international arbitration matters and complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. He has experience with representation of clients in ad hoc and institutional arbitrations (including under the HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, SIAC and UNCITRAL Rules) sited in various jurisdictions, including both common law and civil law jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Mr. Lim has  advised governments in Africa and Asia on public international law issues (including state and international organization immunities, international trade law and law of the sea) and international arbitration law reform. Mr. Lim has also worked on WTO dispute settlement matters and is part of the team representing the government of Somalia in its WTO accession process.

In addition to his practice as counsel, Mr. Lim has a developing practice as arbitrator and has received SIAC and DIS appointments as sole and party-appointed arbitrator in proceedings seated in Europe and Asia. Mr. Lim is also a Visiting Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore, where he teaches a course on commercial and investment arbitration each year. He publishes and speaks regularly on international arbitration and financial regulation. He has also lectured on international arbitration and financial regulation at the Singapore Management University and the London School of Economics.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lim worked with the World Bank's Finance, Private Sector and Infrastructure Practice Group in Washington DC. There, his portfolio included providing legal advisory services, on financial regulation, corporate insolvency and infrastructure-related issues, to developing country governments in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Pacific Islands. Mr. Lim also worked as a research fellow and associate for the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation in Cambridge, MA. He trained with a major Singapore law firm.

Publications & News


April 16, 2018

The Law Governing Res Judicata in International Commercial Arbitration

Gary Born and Jonathan Lim co-authored the chapter "The Law Governing Res Judicata in International Commercial Arbitration," appearing in Jurisdiction, Admissibility and Choice of Law in International Arbitration: Liber Amicorum Michael Pryles (March 2018, Wolters Kluwer).

February 15, 2018

WilmerHale Assists South Pacific International Arbitration Conference Organized by the ADB, UNCITRAL and the Fiji Government

Gary Born, Chair of the International Arbitration practice group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, Senior Associate Jonathan Lim and Visiting Foreign Lawyer Ana Tuiketei contributed to a regional international arbitration conference jointly organized by the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations Commission for International Trade Law Regional Centre for Asia and the Pacific, and the Fiji Government.

December 18, 2017

Arbitrability of Intellectual Property Disputes - Recent Developments

This article, authored by Jonathan Lim and featured in Magna Charta magazine, discusses how IP disputes can take many forms. These disputes can become subject to arbitration where they arise out of or in connection with an agreement which also contains an arbitration clause submitting such disputes to arbitration.

December 8, 2017

Who's Who Legal: Arbitration Recognizes 18 WilmerHale Lawyers in 2018 Edition

The 2018 edition of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration has recognized 18 WilmerHale lawyers for their industry-leading experience in international arbitration.

September 25, 2017

International Arbitration Group Assists Fiji in Adoption of UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration

On 15 September 2017, the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji enacted the International Arbitration Act 2017. The Act implements the United Nations Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards 1958, which Fiji ratified on 27 September 2010.

August 7, 2017

Singapore – Trends and Developments

A chapter by Gary Born, Jonathan Lim and Dharshini Prasad, included in the 2017 edition of the Chambers International Arbitration Legal Practice Guide.

July 24, 2017

International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration

Steven Finizio and Charlie Caher are contributing editors to The International Comparative Legal Guide: to International Arbitration 2017. Franz Schwarz, Krystyna Khripkova, Jim Carter, John Pierce, Charlie Caher, Jonathan Lim and John McMillan also contributed chapters.

June 7, 2017

Oil and Gas Arbitration in the Asia-Pacific Region

An article by Duncan Speller, Jane Rahman and Jonathan Lim, first published by Global Arbitration Review in The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review (June 2017).

April 19, 2017

SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules (2017)—An Overview

Jonathan Lim and Dharshini Prasad discuss the specific aspects of the SIAC IA Rules and their significance. This article was first published on Lexis®PSL Arbitration on 19 April 2017.

January 25, 2017

New SIAC Investment Arbitration Rules

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) recently published a new set of Investment Arbitration Rules (the Rules or the SIAC IA Rules), which entered into force on 1 January 2017. The Rules—the first of their kind by a private arbitral institution—are a specialized set of arbitration rules catered to investment disputes involving States, State-controlled entities or intergovernmental organizations, whether arising out of a contract, treaty or statute.

Professional Activities

Mr. Lim is appointed to the SIAC Users Council, the Young Singapore International Arbitration Centre Steering Committee, and the Committee (Singapore) for the CIArb Young Members Group. He is also co-chair of the Asia-Pacific Forum on International Arbitration and a member of its Executive Committee, and a member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration, the Young International Arbitration Group and ICC Young Arbitrators Forum.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Lim was named as a leading under-45 arbitrator and practitioner in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration Future Leaders 2018, with respondents describing him as "a very smart all-round lawyer with a strong work ethic," "able to digest and master a large amount of material very quickly" and "always available to provide creative and practical solutions.


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LLM, Harvard Law School, 2013, Dean’s Scholar Prizes for International Finance, Law and Economic Development, and Regulation of Financial Institutions; Lee Foundation Scholarship

LLB, National University of Singapore, 2011, Shook Lin & Bok Prize for Top Student, Law Society of Singapore Prize, C.J. Koh Scholarship

Bar Admissions

New York



Chinese (Mandarin)

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