Benjamin Hughes joined Omni Bridgeway’s Investment Committees in June 2020 as a committee member to participate in considering arbitration cases for funding.
Ben is an independent arbitrator with The Arbitration Chambers in Singapore and Fountain Court Chambers in London, and adjunct professor at Singapore National University Law School.
Since launching his practice as an independent arbitrator in 2013, Ben has been appointed as arbitrator on well over 100 international arbitrations across a broad range of commercial disputes and industries. He has served as arbitrator under leading arbitral institutions including the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC), the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
Ben previously practised international arbitration with Shearman & Sterling in the US and Singapore and was the founding co-chair of the international dispute resolution practice group at Shin & Kim, one of Korea’s largest full-service law firms.
Ben has taught extensively in international dispute resolution and comparative law, including as associate professor at Seoul National University Law School, visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law and the National Taiwan University Law School, and adjunct professor at the National University of Singapore Law School. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Asian International Arbitration Journal, the Korea Arbitration Review and the Journal of Korean Law.
Ben was educated in both the civil law and the common law traditions, having studied law first at Seoul National University College of Law (all coursework in Korean), and then at New York University School of Law. Prior to his legal education, Ben obtained a BA from Trinity University and an AM from Harvard University, where he studied East Asian History and Chinese (Mandarin). He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators and the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators.