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Rodyk & Davidson LLP

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Singapore, Shanghai

The firm

Rodyk & Davidson LLP is a full-service leading Singapore law firm with offices in Singapore and Shanghai and an associate office in Jakarta. Rodyk represents a diverse clientele in a broad spectrum of industries and businesses, and maintains strong working relationships with key public sector agencies and leading organisations in the private sector. One of Singapore’s full-service firms, Rodyk enjoys the distinction of being the country’s oldest law practice and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2011.

The firm’s team of about 200 lawyers is grouped into five core practice groups: corporate, finance, intellectual property and technology, litigation and arbitration, and real estate. Specialist groups, including the firm’s China practice, competition law practice, India practice, Indonesia practice and maritime practice, draw expertise from across the firm to serve clients effectively.

Rodyk enjoys exclusive memberships in the World Law Group and the Pacific Rim Advisory Council, and offers its clients seamless and cost-effective services in 40 countries.

Areas of practice

Finance and corporate: Rodyk’s finance and corporate practice groups serve an extensive client base comprising banks and financial institutions, listed and non-listed corporations, government-linked companies, governmental bodies and high-net-worth individuals. The firm focuses on the following core areas: banking and finance, China, corporate and commercial, corporate finance, funds, venture capital and private equity, and projects.

Intellectual property and technology: the firm’s intellectual property and technology practice group is a dynamic practice, always keeping abreast of developments in a rapidly changing landscape. The firm advises on all aspects of intellectual property, including patents, trade marks, designs and copyright, and confidential information and trade secrets. Rodyk’s IP and technology practice group’s extensive international connections permit it to co-ordinate the global protection of its clients’ intellectual property rights.

Litigation and arbitration: the firm’s litigation and arbitration practice group advises clients on effective strategies for dispute resolution, whether by litigation, arbitration or alternative dispute resolution. The firm’s commercial litigation practice comprises practitioners who have acquired experience and detailed knowledge in diverse areas of business and commerce, enabling it to handle large and complex disputes that require specialist insight into the various market sectors.

Real estate: Rodyk’s real estate practice group’s clients include all the leaders in the real estate industry and banks active in this economic sector. The firm represents clients in a diverse range of property transactions, from large, high-value, complex, innovative transactions to acting for consumer banks in housing loans. The firm offers an effective one-stop service to its developer clients and institutional investors by frequently putting together a project team that combines the strength of the real estate practice groups with those of the lawyers in other practice groups.


Other offices Shanghai

International groupings
Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC)
World Law Group (WLG)

Number of lawyers 200

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