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Drew & Napier LLC

Antitrust and competition: local firms Tier 1

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.

Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 1

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 WongRandolph Khoo, Gary LowBenedict Teo and Blossom Hing are also important names. Adam Maniam is an emerging talent and Bryan Wong is an outstanding senior associate.

Intellectual property: Local firms Tier 1

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.

Restructuring and insolvency: local firms Tier 1

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'.

Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms Tier 2

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 AnnKenny 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.

Labour and employment: local firms Tier 2

Drew & Napier LLC advises on the spectrum of employment law, including benefits, compliance with workplace health and safety and employee insurance legislation, as well as the employment-related aspects of transactions, advisory and contentious work. Kelvin Tan leads on the contentious side, with strong expertise in regulatory compliance, investigations and proceedings involving bribery, fraud and misconduct. Benjamin Gaw is experienced in drafting and reviewing employment contracts and handbook templates, promotion letter templates, sponsorship agreements and termination agreements.

Projects and energy: local firms Tier 2

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.

Banking and finance: local firms Tier 3

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.

Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 3

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.

Investment funds: local firms Tier 3

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'.

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 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.

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Department Name Email Telephone
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
Automotive Rakesh Kirpalani
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
Corporate/M&A Steven Lo
Corporate/M&A Gary Pryke
Corporate/M&A Julian Kwek
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
Crime Wendell Wong
Crime Gary Low
Data Protection & Privacy Chong Kin Lim
Defamation Tony Yeo
Defamation Wendell Wong
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 Kelvin Tan
Employment Chong Kin Lim
Employment Benjamin Gaw
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 Wendell Wong
Investigations Voon Jiet Chia
Investigations Benedict Teo
Investigations Mahesh Rai
Investigations Adam Maniam
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) 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
Shipping Mahesh Rai
Sports Cavinder Bull, SC
Sports Yuet Min Foo
Sports Gerui Lim
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
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