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The firm
Drew & Napier was formed in 1889 by the original partners Alfred Henry Drew and Sir Walter John Napier.

A Manchester barrister, Napier achieved many distinctions in his career, including being appointed Attorney-General from 1907-09. Napier was also the driving force behind the Bar Council’s decision in 1892 to begin publishing the Straits Settlements Law Reports, of which he was the first editor.

Drew & Napier’s first Singaporean partner was Joseph Grimberg, who joined the firm in 1957. He rose to become managing partner, and was responsible for accelerating the pace of Asian recruitment to the more senior ranks in the office. In 1987, he sat in the High Court of Singapore as a Judicial Commissioner, but rejoined Drew & Napier as a consultant in 1989, where he continues to this day.

On 1 May 2013, former Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Professor S Jayakumar joined Drew & Napier LLC as a consultant to spearhead the firm’s practices in international law, international trade and constitutional law. Prof Jayakumar served as Singapore’s Senior Minister from 2009-11. He was the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, and was at various times the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Home Affairs, Law and Labour.

Drew & Napier has been home to many notable legal and political figures. Over a dozen senior counsel practised at Drew at some stage of their careers, more than any other law firm. Five members of parliament have called Drew their home. Prominent alumni include former Chief Minister of Singapore David Marshall, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Law K Shanmugam, Senior Minister of State for Law and Education Indranee Rajah, Justice of the Supreme Court Judith Prakash, Attorney-General Steven Chong, President of the Law Society of Singapore George Lim, SC and Dean of National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law Tan Cheng Han, SC.

Drew & Napier has also represented prominent leaders in government and industry, and has been involved in most major litigation and corporate matters for more than a century.

Today, Drew & Napier is housed at 10 Collyer Quay, which was the original address of the firm when it was founded by Alfred Henry Drew and Sir Walter Napier.

Areas of practice
Drew & Napier has provided exceptional legal advice and representation to discerning clients since 1889. It is one of the largest law firms in Singapore.

The firm is trusted by its clients to solve their most challenging problems, defend their interests and show them the way forward.

Consistently rated top-tier in dispute resolution by prestigious international publications, the firm has five senior counsel, the most of any law firm in Singapore.

It is also pre-eminent in corporate insolvency and restructuring, intellectual property (patents and trade marks), tax, and telecommunications, media and technology, and has market-leading practices in mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, capital markets, and competition and antitrust.

The full-service practice is grouped into three main areas: corporate and finance, dispute resolution and intellectual property. Each area comprises top-notch lawyers well-versed in their areas of speciality.

Clients consistently vote Drew & Napier’s lawyers to the highest ranks of their practice areas. Chambers & Partners named it National Law Firm of the Year 2012. It was the top Employer of Choice in the Thomson Reuters’ Asian Legal Business survey. The CEO, Mr Davinder Singh, SC, was voted one of Asian-MENA Counsel’s External Counsel of the Year 2012.

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Bahasa Indonesia, English, Japanese, Malay, Mandarin and dialects, Tamil

Other offices Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur

Number of lawyers 196

Asian Pacific Loan Market Association Ltd, Hong Kong-Singapore Business Association, International Trademark Association (INTA), International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)

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