Samuel David Scoles | White & Case LLP International Law Firm, Global Law Practice
Samuel David Scoles
Samuel David Scoles

Samuel David Scoles

Regional Director, Asia International Trade Advisory Services, Singapore

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Samuel Scoles oversees and manages the Firm's trade reporting and advisory services in the Asia-Pacific. He advises multinational corporations, trade associations and sovereign clients on the cross-border movement of goods and services with regard to trade and customs matters. Mr. Scoles also serves as primary liaison with the Firm's trade advisory practices in Europe and the Americas.

Mr. Scoles provides strategic advice to clients on market access opportunities, trade and customs duty incentives available in regional and bilateral free trade agreements (FTA), and implementation of customs and other internal procedures to ensure efficient movement of goods and services. He regularly advises clients on trade and investment developments in the Asia-Pacific region, including understanding and implementation of FTAs, rules of origin, domestic labeling, product standards, and other customs and regulatory issues of the automotive, agribusiness, electronics, food, manufacturing and petrochemical sectors.

Mr. Scoles has worked on antidumping investigations and reviews involving products from Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand (such as frozen fish fillets, mushrooms, shrimp, paper, and polyethylene retail carrier bags).

He was appointed to the Free Trade Agreement Panel of Advisors in 2007, formed by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, an agency under the Ministry of Trade & Industry.

Mr. Scoles has over 20 years of experience in Asia in both the private and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining White & Case as an international trade analyst in the Firm's Washington, DC, office in 2001, he worked in business and e-commerce development for, a leading Internet company in Jakarta, Indonesia. He also spent over four years in Thailand working as both a university lecturer and an assistant coordinator for Aide Médicale Internationale, a French non-governmental organization focusing on primary health care and small and medium enterprise (SME) development in Chiang Mai and along the Thai-Burmese border.


  • Mastering Trade Policy Executive Education Program, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
  • Italian Language Certificate, Università per Stranieri di Perugia
  • MA, International Economics and Southeast Asian Studies, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Washington, DC
  • Indonesian Language Proficiency, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
  • French Language Proficiency, Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises, Université Catholique, Lyon, France
  • Thai Language Proficiency, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • BA, History and Art, Westmont College


  • English
  • French
  • Bahasa Indonesia
  • Thai
Professional Advisor. Not engaged in the practice of law.


Speaking Engagements

"Is Now the Time to Revisit the ASEAN-EU FTA? – ASEAN and Mega-Regional Trade Agreements", September 16, 2015: Japan Iron and Steel Federation (JISF)

"Philippines and Thailand: Political Outlook and Climate", March 4, 2014: National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Trade Policy Committee

"ASEAN Economic Community, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and Trans Pacific Partnership – What these Mean for Asia's Trade Integration", November 28, 2013: Japan Machinery Center for Trade and Investment (JMCTI),

"Emergence of FTAs and TPP: Fair Trade vs. Protectionism", July 15–17, 2012: First Indonesia-US Think Tank Conference organized by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,

"US FTAs in Focus: A Comparative Analysis on Key Provisions on Services and Procurement", August 16-17, 2010: Thai Department of Trade Negotiations,


  • Trade Issues for Asia Business in 2017: A Look Beyond Headlines at TPP’s Demise and Emerging RCEP Trade Agreement, Bloomberg Law, International Trade Daily Bulletin No. 11, January 18, 2017, (co-author)
  • Harmonisation of Standards and Mutual Recognition Agreements on Conformity Assessment in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), December 2016, (co-author)
  • China, Australia Aim to Conclude Free Trade Talks by 2014, Practical Trade & Customs Strategies, WorldTrade Executive, Thomson Reuters, Vol. 3, No. 6, June 2014
  • Navigating Rules of Origin: A Look at ASEAN, Capacity Building for the New International Architecture in Trade and Investment, APEC Workshop, Hawaii, October 12–13, 2006, (co-writer)
  • Origin Marking & Labeling Requirements in Asia, Japan Machinery Center for Trade and Investment, 2005