S'pore lawyers who shine abroad: Ex-President's scholar among top arbitrators in North and South America

Dr Cheng Tai-Heng is global co-head of international arbitration and trade at American global law firm Sidley Austin LLP.
Dr Cheng Tai-Heng is global co-head of international arbitration and trade at American global law firm Sidley Austin LLP.PHOTO: SIDLEY.COM

SINGAPORE - Building a career in law instead of government service was one of the harder decisions he had to make decades ago, said New York-based Singaporean Cheng Tai-Heng, an Oxford-trained former President's Scholar.

Today, Dr Cheng, 43, is global co-head of international arbitration and trade at Sidley Austin LLP, a first-tier American global law firm - the same firm where former US president Barack Obama met his wife Michelle in 1989 when they were working at its Chicago office.

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