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Drew & Napier LLC Offices
10 COLLYER QUAY
#10-01 OCEAN FINANCIAL CENTRE
Drew & Napier LLC > The Legal 500 Rankings
Led by the 'highly regarded' Lim Chong Kin and senior counsel Cavinder Bull, the competition team at Drew & Napier LLC is known for assisting clients with navigating multi-jurisdictional mergers and investigations by the CCCS. Kin is 'a safe pair of hands' for contentious matters and competition compliance, with key strengths in transaction reviews and guidance with the CCS and across the Asean region, while Bull is 'highly commended for his experience' guiding clients through investigations by Singaporean and foreign competition regulators. Corinne Chew acts on the filing of merger notifications to the CCS, leniency applications, dawn raid management and in defending against CCS investigations.
Drew & Napier LLC remains a dispute resolution powerhouse, despite the headline departure of the iconic Davinder Singh SC, Jaikanth Shankar and Pardeep Khosa to launch Davinder Singh Chambers. The remaining team continues to be highly rated thanks to the presence of big names such as chief executive Cavinder Bull SC, Jimmy Yim SC and the recently appointed senior counsel Siraj Omar SC who joined from RPC Premier Law with a team of eight in July 2019; he provides additional firepower in banking and insolvency disputes. Moreover, the firm bolstered its standing in tax disputes with the hire of Ong Sim Ho from his own eponymous firm. The team is routinely engaged in big-ticket and bet-the-company type disputes and has a tremendous record in arbitration-related court proceedings. Mahesh Rai is highly regarded for construction and engineering disputes, while Wendell Wong, Randolph Khoo, Gary Low, Benedict Teo and Blossom Hing are also important names. Adam Maniam is an emerging talent and Bryan Wong is an outstanding senior associate.
Drew & Napier LLC stands out for its 'outstanding depth of knowledge, aggressiveness in litigation strategy and business savviness', according to one client. Core areas of expertise include patents, designs and trade marks, copyrights, licensing and franchising, branding and commercialisation, as well as advising on regulatory issues affecting the life sciences and pharmaceutical industry. Managing director Tony Yeo is 'an absolutely first-class litigator'; he recently represented Becton Dickinson Medical, in a leading patent infringement dispute commenced by B. Braun Melsungen concerning medical catheters. Yvonne Tang's practice focuses on trade marks and copyright infringement, while Siau Wen Lim advises on general IP and regulatory matters, particularly those concerning gaming, product advertising, labelling, and branding. Meryl Koh frequently works alongside Yeo on patent and trade mark infringement disputes.
Private wealth: local firms Tier 1
Drew & Napier LLC has a 'solid reputation' for assisting private clients with the formation of tax efficient structures for estate planning, asset preservation and provisions for minors, as well as support with the establishment of philanthropic foundations and trusts. David Chee is the lead partner.
An 'established practice' with 'very competent professionals', Drew & Napier LLC is regularly involved in some of the largest restructuring exercises in Asia, including advising the board of directors of Ezra Holdings on the $1.56bn debt restructuring of the Ezra Group and advising Brightoil Petroleum on its $916m debt restructuring. Practice heads Sushil Nair and Julian Kwek lead 'a superb team that achieves excellent results in the most complicated cross-border restructurings'. Blossom Hing has extensive experience working with clients from Indonesia, China and Hong Kong; Chan Wei Meng and Mohan Gopalan are 'technically very knowledgeable'.
Drew & Napier LLC has successfully targeted foreign issuers, including Israeli corporates, for capital markets offerings in Singapore. The firm maintains a credible presence in debt and equity issuances and has a background in both Catalist and mainboard SGX listings. It is primarily known for mid-cap deals. Grace Lai leads the practice, which includes consultant Sin Boon Ann. Kenny Kwan has joined Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow.
International arbitration Tier 2
Drew & Napier LLC has gained considerable traction in the arbitration market in recent years, thanks in part to the commitment, dedication and profile of key figures such as Cavinder Bull SC. The firm has made an impact in commercial and investor-state arbitrations, acting for a wide variety of regional and international clients, including governments. Jimmy Yim SC, Randolph Khoo and Yuet Min Foo are also highly rated, as is emerging figure Mahesh Rai.
Drew & Napier LLC has an impressive mix of non-contentious and contentious work with a strong focus on national oil companies (NOCs) along with Japanese and Korean contractors. The firm is active in telecoms infrastructure matters in Myanmar and Malaysia, and is making an impact in petrochemical and conventional power plant projects across the region. Jimmy Yim SC leads the practice, which includes top disputes lawyer Mahesh Rai and newly recruited director Ong Sim Ho, who is a regular tax adviser to NOCs. Julian Kwek is noted for energy transactions.
Real estate: local firms Tier 2
Drew & Napier LLC's wide-ranging capabilities in real estate include advising developers, financial institutions, foreign and local investors and private individuals on land sales and acquisitions, financing and leasing of residential property. It also acts for receivers and mortgagees on their sale of real estate. Key partners include Soo Lih Ho, Wai Cheong Yeong and Sok Hiang Lau. Former head of practice Geraldine Ong departed to Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow in June 2018.
Tax: local firms Tier 2
Drew & Napier LLC significantly enhanced its standing with the hire of Ong Sim Ho and a team, including Yang Shi Yong, from his own boutique tax practice. The new team provides even greater force in tax disputes and the enlarged group is now a recognised leader across the tax sphere, including private wealth and family office matters, international tax, restructurings and corporate transactions. Ong Ken Loon leads the tax and private client practice.
TMT: local firms Tier 2
Drew & Napier LLC advises a mix of global carriers and regional telecoms service providers, international broadcasters, start-ups and regulators across Asia. The practice is regularly instructed on various technology contracts relating to project management, outsourcing, software integration, bespoke hardware and software, software licensing and hardware/software maintenance. Lim Chong Kin and Shawn Ting are the key contacts.
Drew & Napier LLC has continued to develop its standing in traditional and non-traditional finance for both lenders and borrowers, including big local and regional banks, credit funds and major corporate borrowers. The firm is an active force in acquisition finance, refinancings, project finance and receivables financings. Pauline Chong leads the practice, which includes Renu Menon; both have a fine record in syndicated and bilateral lending, acquisition finance and project finance.
Drew & Napier LLC remains active in take privates, delistings and headline strategic M&A transactions. The team has a broad array of experience, including TMT sector deals. Steven Lo heads the M&A practice, which includes respected consultant Gary Pryke, who continues to deploy his technical experience to a range of transactions. Tan Teng Sen and Jon Nair are emerging names.
Drew & Napier LLC's team of 'knowledgeable, professional, and dedicated' corporate lawyers is experienced in all aspects of funds, funds management and private equity transactions, and is 'well versed in the local regulatory requirements as well as foreign market standards'. Co-head Petrus Huang is 'very skilled in fund formation', regularly acting for local and international clients, fund management companies and REITs. Fellow co-head Ron Cheng, who specialises in the structuring and listing of funds, 'manages a good team' and 'always delivers well thought out practical advice'.
Drew & Napier LLC > Firm Profile
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 to 1909. 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.
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 Senior Minister of Singapore Professor S. Jayakumar, former Chief Minister of Singapore David Marshall, Minister for Home Affairs and Law K. Shanmugam, SC, Minister, Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Education Indranee Rajah, SC, Judges of Appeal of the Supreme Court Judith Prakash and Steven Chong, Deputy Attorney-General Hri Kumar Nair, SC, former President of the Law Society of Singapore George Lim, SC, and Chairman of the EW Baker Centre for Law and Business under the 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 is a full-service law firm that has been providing exceptional legal service and representation to discerning clients since 1889. It is one of the largest law firms in Singapore.
Clients consistently vote Drew & Napier’s lawyers to the highest ranks of their practice areas, and the firm has been honoured with numerous regional and national awards over the years.
Consistently rated top tier in Dispute Resolution by prestigious international publications, the firm has 2 Senior Counsel.
We are pre-eminent in Competition & Antitrust, Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring, Intellectual Property (Patents and Trade Marks), Tax and Telecommunications, Media & Technology, and have market leading practices in Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance, and Capital Markets.
Drew & Napier has been named South East Asia Law Firm of the Year in 2017 by Asian Legal Business (ALB). ALB also named Drew & Napier as an Employer of Choice for the past ten years.
Find out more at www.drewnapier.com.
|Administrative & Public Law||Cavinder Bull, SC|
|Administrative & Public Law||Chong Kin Lim|
|Administrative & Public Law||Ken Loon Ong|
|Asset Recovery||Wendell Wong|
|Asset Recovery||Voon Jiet Chia|
|Asset Recovery||Adam Maniam|
|Aviation||Cavinder Bull, SC|
|Banking & Finance||Cavinder Bull, SC|
|Banking & Finance||Siraj Omar, SC|
|Banking & Finance||Pauline Chong|
|Banking & Finance||Benedict Teo|
|Banking & Finance||Gary Low|
|Business Establishment||Benjamin Gaw|
|Business Establishment||Ken Loon Ong|
|Business Establishment||Kelvin Tan|
|Business Establishment||Raymond Lam|
|Capital Markets||Grace Lai|
|Capital Markets||Petrus Huang|
|Capital Markets||Boon Ann Sin|
|Competition Law & Regulatory Practice||Cavinder Bull, SC|
|Competition Law & Regulatory Practice||Chong Kin Lim|
|Competition Law & Regulatory Practice||Dr Corinne Chew|
|Competition Law & Regulatory Practice||Voon Jiet Chia|
|Construction & Engineering||Jimmy Yim, SC|
|Construction & Engineering||Cavinder Bull, SC|
|Construction & Engineering||Christopher Chong|
|Construction & Engineering||Randolph Khoo|
|Construction & Engineering||Mahesh Rai|
|Corporate Restructuring & Workouts||Sushil Nair|
|Corporate Restructuring & Workouts||Julian Kwek|
|Corporate Restructuring & Workouts||Blossom Hing|
|Corporate Restructuring & Workouts||Wei Meng Chan|
|Data Protection & Privacy||Chong Kin Lim|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Jimmy Yim, SC|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Cavinder Bull, SC|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Siraj Omar, SC|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Randolph Khoo|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Tony Yeo|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Kelvin Tan|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Blossom Hing|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Wendell Wong|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Gary Low|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Voon Jiet Chia|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Benedict Teo|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Yuet Min Foo|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Gerui Lim|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Shu Yan Woo|
|Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation||Mahesh Rai|
|Employment||Chong Kin Lim|
|Family & International Personal Relationships||Randolph Khoo|
|Family & International Personal Relationships||Johnson Loo|
|Financial Services Regulation||Steven Lo|
|Financial Services Regulation||Gary Pryke|
|Greater China Desk||Randolph Khoo|
|Greater China Desk||Petrus Huang|
|Greater China Desk||Julian Kwek|
|Greater China Desk||Boon Ann Sin|
|Government||Chong Kin Lim|
|Healthcare & Life Sciences||Tony Yeo|
|Healthcare & Life Sciences||Benjamin Gaw|
|Hotels & Leisure||Cavinder Bull, SC|
|Hotels & Leisure||Julian Kwek|
|Hotels & Leisure||Chong Kin Lim|
|Hotels & Leisure||Kelvin Tan|
|Hotels & Leisure||Shu Yan Woo|
|India Desk||Cavinder Bull, SC|
|India Desk||Leena Pinsler|
|India Desk||Randolph Khoo|
|India Desk||Gary Low|
|Indonesia Group||Sushil Nair|
|Indonesia Group||Julian Kwek|
|Indonesia Group||Blossom Hing|
|Information Technology||Chong Kin Lim|
|Information Technology||Benjamin Gaw|
|Information Technology||Rakesh Kirpalani|
|Intellectual Property||Jimmy Yim, SC|
|Intellectual Property||Tony Yeo|
|Intellectual Property||Yvonne Tang|
|Intellectual Property||Siau Wen Lim|
|Intellectual Property||Kelvin Tan|
|Intellectual Property||Morris John|
|Intellectual Property||Cecelia Girvin|
|International Trade||Randolph Khoo|
|International Trade||Petrus Huang|
|International Trade||Julian Kwek|
|Investigations||Voon Jiet Chia|
|Investment Funds||Petrus Huang|
|Investment Funds||Ron Cheng|
|Japan Desk||Ritsuko Tsuda|
|Medical Negligence||Wendell Wong|
|Natural Resources (Mineral, Oil and Gas)||Sushil Nair|
|Natural Resources (Mineral, Oil and Gas)||Ken Loon Ong|
|Natural Resources (Mineral, Oil and Gas)||Chua Tju Liang|
|Natural Resources (Mineral, Oil and Gas)||Sim Ho Ong|
|Natural Resources (Mineral, Oil and Gas)||Boon Ann Sin|
|Private Equity||Petrus Huang|
|Private Equity||Gary Pryke|
|Projects, Energy & Infrastructure||Jimmy Yim, SC|
|Projects, Energy & Infrastructure||Sim Ho Ong|
|Projects, Energy & Infrastructure||Mahesh Rai|
|Public International Law||Cavinder Bull, SC|
|Public International Law||Yuet Min Foo|
|Public International Law||Gerui Lim|
|Real Estate||Wai Cheong Yeong|
|Real Estate||Soo Lih Ho|
|Real Estate||Sok Hiang Lau|
|Real Estate||Benedict Teo|
|Sports||Cavinder Bull, SC|
|Sports||Yuet Min Foo|
|Tax & Private Client Services||Ken Loon Ong|
|Tax & Private Client Services||Sim Ho Ong|
|Telecommunications, Media & Technology||Chong Kin Lim|
|Transport||Jimmy Yim, SC|
|Wills, Probate and Estate Administration||Randolph Khoo|
|Wills, Probate and Estate Administration||Johnson Loo|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 256
LanguagesBahasa Indonesia English Japanese Malay Mandarin and Chinese dialects Tamil
Applicable Test: Application for leave under s216A of the Companies Act to intervene in on-going pro
Applicable Test: Application for leave under s216A of the Companies Act to intervene in on-going proceedings
17 Jan 2017
The recent Court of Appeal decision in Chong Chin Fook v Solomon Alliance Management Pte Ltd and others  SGCA 5 raised a significant point of law in respect of the legal criterion to be applied in an application by a shareholder of a company under s 216A of the Companies Act for leave of court to control conduct of on-going proceedings on behalf of the company.
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