Drew & Napier LLC > Singapore, Singapore > Firm Profile

Drew & Napier LLC
10 COLLYER QUAY
#10-01 OCEAN FINANCIAL CENTRE
SINGAPORE 049315
Singapore

Singapore > Antitrust and competition: local firms Tier 1

Drew & Napier LLC is best known for contentious and regulatory matters thanks to the firm’s dispute resolution heritage. The competition and regulatory team is frequently engaged in representing clients in major investigations by the CCCS, including advising on cartel investigations, applications for leniency and dawn raids. It also assists competition regulators themselves with key issues such as the development of regulatory frameworks, market access, liberalisation and enforcement issues, notably in the telecoms and media sectors. Lim Chong Kin is a seasoned competition and regulatory specialist with an impressive record in investigations and regulatory frameworks. Cavinder Bull SC is an outstanding litigator with a fine record in competition matters. Corinne Chew has impressed the market with her expertise in merger filings, leniency applications, dawn raids and investigations.

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Testimonials

‘The D&N team are one of the most responsive antitrust teams we have come across. They offer practical insights into the workings of the CCCS and sensible commercial advice. They are our go-to counsel for Singapore competition advice.’

‘Well rounded team, with expertise across competition, TMT, data protection and corporate commercial. Deep experience and expertise with competition matters, excellent at bringing a good outcome for clients.’

‘The team is very responsive and provides commercial and practical legal advice.’

‘Diversity, practicality of advice, responsiveness.’

‘Corinne Chew is an absolute stand-out for us. Her availability and engagement is second to none. A pleasure to work with and always across all the relevant issues and likely responses from the CCCS and market.’

‘Lim Chong Kin – Responsive and practical.’

‘Corinne Chew is the brains behind the practice. Unassuming but always able to read the situation well and produce great outcomes. Genuinely cares and fighta the clients’ case. ’

‘Chia Voon Jiet – he is very knowledgeable in his field of expertise.’

Key clients

Refinitiv Holdings

Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore

ADB BVBA and Safegate International

Work highlights

  • Supporting the regulator of the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (“IMDA”) to implement Converged Telecoms & Media Regulatory Framework.
  • Acted for Refinitiv in the filing to the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore for the proposed acquisition by the London Stock Exchange Group of Refinitiv Holdings.

Singapore > Dispute resolution: local firms Tier 1

Drew & Napier LLC‘s team possesses a ‘depth of expertise in a range of critical areas’ with an impressive bench of highly capable lawyers in both arbitration and litigation, allowing for a seamless client experience. The group, jointly led by Cavinder Bull SC, Jimmy Yim SC and Randolph Khoo, regularly acts on high-profile disputes before Singapore and international courts including the SICC. Meryl Koh is commended for her work ‘covering all bases when going to court to litigate.’ The team’s diverse client base includes government agencies and officials, multinationals, local organisations, and ultra-high net worth individuals. Shu Yan Woo is praised for her ‘attention to detail‘ and has recently worked with associate director Yuan Kheng Tan representing a prominent political client in a cross-border case before the Court of Appeal. Other key individuals include Siraj Omar SC, Blossom Hing, Mahesh Rai and Kevin Lee.

Testimonials

‘The firm should be commended for its effective and high quality legal representation, exemplary professional conduct from everyone regardless of rank and most distinctly, its dedication and commitment to pro bono work.’

‘Besides its proven capabilities to solve problems in a quick and efficient manner, they are also open and transparent to go through their billings with you.

‘Randolph Khoo’s warm personality allows you to confide in him with confidence. He shows genuine interest in your thoughts and deliberations, and offers a wide perspective of the available options.’

‘Comprehensive full-service firm with depth of expertise in a range of critical areas that are indispensable for our day-to-day operations, whether during a growth cycle or a downward trend, such as construction, corporate, insolvency & restructuring, security of payment matters and dispute resolution.’

‘Jimmy Yim SC is an outstanding and respected lawyer, at court and outside. He has the knowledge to guide his team to find the right arguments for our company to stand and win our legal disputes. ’

‘Meryl Koh is an excellent strategist and is dedicated in covering all bases when going to court to litigate. She did a detailed analysis of our situation and advised what our options were. Instead of recommending litigation outright, she tried to settle the matter amicably first. When the other party rejected our offer, she then took pains to prepare for hearings by amassing cases to fight our point and showed great stamina when litigating in court.

‘Siraj Omar SC is a leading light and a juggernaut in the industry. ’

‘Each team member adds value. Cavinder Bull SC’s reputation is well deserved. Junior partner Shu Yan Woo is attentive to the detail and readily available and engaged.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for HLT’s judicial managers in the largest reported fraudulent trading case in Singapore, seeking recovery of over US$3.5 billion from the directors of the company, namely, the Lim Family; the dispute includes claims of fabrication of gains, forgery of documents and manipulation of accounts to conceal massive losses sustained by the company over many years.  
  • Successfully represented Bidzina Ivanishvili, former prime minister of Georgia, and his family in the Singapore Court of Appeal in respect of a claim they brought against the Trustee of a US$1.1 billion trust.
  • Represented the Lao Government in the first known investor-state arbitration ever commenced against the Lao Government, which is a long-running and high-profile dispute between the Lao Government and two investors in its gaming and casino industry led to at least eight sets of arbitration proceedings and Court actions between the parties.  `

Singapore > Intellectual property: Local firms Tier 1

Drew & Napier LLC is primarily known as a dispute resolution firm and this is reinforced by its work in the IP litigation field. Moreover, it has a highly-developed trade mark, patent and design filing practice in Singapore. Its client list in the trade mark and patent fields is extensive and prestigious, including the likes of Apple, Audi, Facebook and Singapore Airlines. Top IP litigator Tony Yeo is managing director of the IP group and leader of the healthcare and life sciences department. Yvonne Tang is a big name in trade mark opposition proceedings, and Lim Siau Wen is noted for managing trade mark and patent portfolios. Meryl Koh is another prominent IP litigator and highly rated by clients, especially where the Mandarin language is required. Associate Javier Yeo also impresses clients.

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Testimonials

‘Very professional team. With D&N the key difference is their professionalism and internal confidence in their own abilities.’

‘D&N has always impressed me with their professionalism and efficiency. Unlike other firms, they are always timely, detailed and careful in their handling of my cases. The most important thing that sets them apart from the rest is their perseverance and innovative ideas. Somehow, they always seem to have a solution for everything, even for the most difficult and challenging cases. Their flexibility to accommodate to my tight schedule is also a very big plus point.’

‘The team is effectively bilingual and was able to look through our curriculum and workflow documents in Chinese to identify gaps in IP compliance and security. They were also able to put together a comprehensive handbook which we use to train newcomers to our company.’

‘Among all the lawyers whom I have worked with, Tony Yeo is the most knowledgeable and experienced lawyer I have met so far. He is very sharp and decisive and always gives me very good advice. His analysis of the cases and anticipation of the reaction from our opponents are always accurate and spot on.’

‘Meryl Koh is meticulous, hard-working, available at all times for anything. Her work ethic is off the charts. She will truly work all hours just to make you reassured. Her work is outstanding. Very detailed and very skilled.’

‘Meryl Koh is a great strategist and is able to align very well with our overall objectives. We are confident that her advice is professional and her approach is to the best of our interest.’

‘Meryl Koh has shown her integrity and delivered professionalism objectively, enabling us to call for the right decision based on her careful thoughts and views. I would definitely recommend her to anyone and/or any firm looking to engage legal counsel and/or legal advisory.’

‘Another person whom I need to mention is Javier Yeo. He is very smart, quick and efficient. His work rate is simply outstanding. I have received important and urgent emails/WhatsApp messages from him late at night and even on weekends. He is always energetic and full of passion. A very nice and comfortable person to work with.’

Key clients

IIa Technologies Pte Ltd

Apple

Audi

Exxon Mobile Corporation

Facebook

Ferrari

Instagram

Lamborghini

Mediacorp

Mitsubishi

Morinaga Nyugyo Kabushiki Kaisha (Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd)

Novartis

PepsiCo Group

Pfizer

Qualcomm

Sentosa Development Corporation

Shell International B.V.

Singapore Airlines

Target Brands, Inc

Toyota

Tupperware Brands

TWG Tea Company Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented IIa Technologies Pte Ltd, an industry leader and manufacturer of lab-grown diamonds with the largest diamond growing facility in the world, in a patent infringement suit commenced by Element Six Technologies.
  • Advised on Teraoka Seiko Co., Ltd’s opposition against a Singapore trade mark application in the name of Digi International Inc.
  • Advised Alfa Laval Corporate AB on the patent revocation for “Separator”, registered in the name of GEA Mechanical Equipment GmbH.

Singapore > Labour and employment: local firms Tier 1

Drew & Napier LLC has a highly developed employment practice, notably leveraging the firm’s celebrated dispute resolution history, but also having a recognised non-contentious and transactional practice. It has achieved further prominence in key areas such as discrimination claims, collective bargaining agreements and employee terminations. The group also shows high levels of expertise in negotiating Singapore regulations relating to the proportion of foreign employees. Kelvin Tan is a leader in employment disputes. Benjamin Gaw is highly rated as a non-contentious employment specialist, as is Lim Chong Kin. Rakesh Kirpalani provides further expertise in technology-related employment disputes.

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Testimonials

‘Legal expertise coupled with practical advice and guidance. Prompt and client-focused service.’

‘Partners and associates have good subject matter expertise, and provide prompt service.’

‘Prompt response. Willing to explain, clear advice given. Have comfort that full attention is given to us.’

‘Rakesh Kirpalani – listens well then offers clear and lucid advice.’

Key clients

Abbvie Pte Ltd

Align Technology, Inc

Aries Fertilizers Group Pte Ltd

Chevron

Clarins Pte Ltd

Digital Realty

Fujitsu Components Asia Pt. Ltd

Fullerton Fund Management

Hertz Corporation

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation – Singapore branch (HSBC Singapore)

Marina Bay Sands Pte Ltd

McCormick Ingredients SouthEast Asia Pte Ltd

Michael Welter

MOH Holdings Pte Ltd (MOHH)

MSA SE Asia Pte Ltd

Nippecraft

SAP Asia Pte Ltd

Singapore Airlines Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for SAP Asia Pte Ltd in proceedings in the Singapore High Court against SAP for wrongful dismissal on the basis of discrimination on the basis of gender.
  • Advised a subsidiary of a US listed company on the significant realignment of legal, HR and technological issues between two entities which required review of operational directives from the ground up.
  • Acted for Singapore Airlines Limited in successfully applying to strike out the Originating Summons filed in 2019 and obtained an Extended Civil Restraint Order against a former employee, which restrained him from commencing any action concerning any matter involving the termination of his employment in 1997 without the leave of court.

Singapore > Private wealth and family law – local firms Tier 1

Drew & Napier LLC targets the growing flow of wealth into Singapore from China, building on its already strong presence in representing individuals and family offices from Southeast Asia, Japan and India. It has established its name in trusts and tax structuring and continues to leverage its status as a leading dispute resolution firm. Ong Sim Ho is a prominent name in private wealth and asset protection, while Randolph Khoo is a leading figure in private client disputes. Seah Ching Ling is an emerging talent.

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Work highlights

  • Acting for James Copinger-Symes, Christina De La Sala and Edward De La Sala of the De La Sala family, one of Australia’s wealthiest families in relation to a dispute concerning the De La Sala family legacy.
  • Successfully represented a client in arguing that the operative date for identifying matrimonial assets in an ancillary matters hearing is the date on which Interim Judgment was granted.
  • Advising a Forbes 50 billionaire family on family office issues, as well as setting up of family trusts for worldwide assets for succession planning and asset protection.

Singapore > Restructuring and insolvency: local firms Tier 1

Drew & Napier LLC continues to stand out for its expertise in insolvency proceedings and cross-border restructurings. It routinely advises on the biggest engagements in the region, representing a range of creditors, debtors and other parties to distressed situations. Sushil Nair has an illustrious reputation in this field and is frequently mandated to advise on headline matters, including those involving China and Indonesia. Julian Kwek is also rated for transactional-related engagements, including the largest workouts in Indonesia and defaults of Chinese companies listed in Singapore. Blossom Hing is another highly-rated practitioner, especially in contentious insolvency proceedings. Mohan Gopalan focuses on debt restructuring, aiding Nair in advising the National Environment Agency on its rights in relation to the Hyflux restructuring.

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Testimonials

‘D&N’s Restructuring and Insolvency practice is highly experienced. Its head, Sushil Nair, stands out as an astute insolvency practitioner who is not only well versed in insolvency laws but a highly intelligent and commercial lawyer. He has an ability to see through the complexities very early and delve into the core issues. However, he is also practical and seeks to find resolution amongst the various stakeholders to ensure a successful restructuring.’

‘We have been using Drew & Napier’s Restructuring & Insolvency team for more than 10 years now. Throughout the period, we have found the services provided to be highly professional and their knowledge often extended beyond the legal aspect and offered excellent business perspectives and recommendations. Because our core business tended to be Indonesia-focused, the team had impressed us with their extensive knowledge of the Indonesian legal environment and business practices.’

‘The primary contact person in Drew’s team is Mr Julian Kwek, the director assigned to our account. Julian is not only well versed in the legal aspects but also has the uncanny ability to look at the issues from a business perspective and offer valuable insights and recommendations. He has always been extremely responsive to our needs and works well under time pressure. He has been available literally 24/7 and always able to meet deadlines and targets.’

‘I have worked closely with Drew & Napier for nearly two decades on various cross-border restructuring matters. The Drew & Napier restructuring team is extremely impressive. I have seen first-hand the Drew & Napier team expertly and successfully guide Southeast Asian-based companies through extraordinarily complex and often intense restructurings.’

‘The Drew & Napier lawyers with whom I have worked most closely are Sushil Nair and Julian Kwek, the co-heads of the restructuring group. Both are extremely hard-working, smart and creative – and I have seen them achieve excellent results for their clients in every matter where I have had the privilege of working with them. I also have worked closely with Blossom Hing, Chan Wei Meng and Mohan Gopalan – and, as with Mr Nair and Mr Kwek, I always have been impressed with the first-rate quality of their work and their dedication to helping their clients work through and emerge from difficult times.’

‘Sushil Nair – very experienced and commercial. Blossom Hing – tenacious and strong litigator. Mohan Gopalan – rising star with a lot of depth.’

‘Blossom Hing has wonderful experience in this sector having been involved in some of the biggest, most complex cases in Asia and globally.’

‘Chan Wei Meng is a well-recognised and highly respected lawyer in the insolvency sector. He played the lead role in advising us and managing all our financial restructuring matters, as well as providing advice on the appropriate financial structures for our fund-raising exercise. Wei Meng stands out for his knowledge and ability to suggest practical and viable solutions in even the most difficult situations.’

Key clients

CapitaLand

CVC Partners

F J Benjamin Holdings Ltd

Nam Cheong Limited

Ezra Holdings Limited

EMAS Offshore Limited

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (Singapore)

PT Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk

PT Bumi Resources Tbk

United Overseas Bank Limited

Pacific Andes Resources Development Limited

Reignwood International (Group) Limited

Oceanus Group Limited

TT International Limited

FTI Consulting (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Public Utilities Board of Singapore

Brightoil Petroleum (S’pore) Pte. Ltd.

Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Limited

National Environment Agency of Singapore

Thakral Brothers (Private) Limited

Kyen Resources Pte Ltd

Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank Co., Ltd

PetroChina International (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Ernst & Young LLP

Rhodium Resources Pte Ltd

Heliconia Capital Management Pte Ltd (linked to Temasek Holdings)

KrisEnergy Limited

Libra Group Limited

Informal steering committee of lenders to Hin Leong Trading (Pte) Ltd, comprising amongst others, ABN AMRO Bank, N.V. Singapore Branch, Bank of China Limited, Singapore Branch, DBS Bank Ltd, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited and Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited

Antanium Resources Pte Ltd

Pacific Radiance Limited

Securities Investors Association (Singapore)

Work highlights

  • Advised Heliconia Capital Management Pte Ltd on the $3.5bn debt restructuring of and investment into Pacific International Lines.
  • Advised the informal steering committee of lenders to oil trading company Hin Leong on the $3.85bn restructuring of Hin Leong.
  • Advised the Public Utilities Board of the Republic of Singapore on the $2bn debt restructuring of Hyflux Ltd and its subsidiaries, including Tuaspring Pte Ltd.

Singapore > Tax: local firms Tier 1

Drew & Napier LLC is frequently singled out as a market leader in tax disputes, although it has built a fully-functioning tax advisory and transactions practice led by a number of senior individuals; this includes enterprise tax risk management and private wealth planning. Ong Ken Loon is an experienced figure in transactions, advisory and disputes, including real estate sector matters and private wealth-related engagements. Ong Sim Ho is another big name in the industry, taking on big-ticket engagements in advisory matters and disputes, and is a pivotal figure in the firm’s growing private wealth practice.

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Testimonials

‘While the team performs meticulous legal analysis, the solutions provided to us are always practical, sensible and workable. In addition, they turn around very quickly and are accessible to us at all times.’

‘Ong Ken Loon: she is very experienced and knows the people working in IRAS very well including their backgrounds, the experience, how they work and how they are likely to treat your case. She is able to read the government’s approach to tax issues and can also be a useful contact if you have a difficult issue with the government. Her advice is always practical in approach and always sound. In terms of legal research, she is an extremely conscientious lawyer who always does her homework and her numbers and she is always prepared and able to clearly explain the tax impact of the various options so that it is easy to determine which to go for. In terms of negotiations and communications, you cannot get better than Ken Loon as she always knows how to put the arguments across and she is extremely clear and concise.’

‘Ong Sim Ho is someone we are always relying on. He usually takes a novel approach in crafting his solutions and has not failed us in a single matter brought to him in more than 15 years.’

Singapore > Banking and finance: local firms Tier 2

According to one client, ‘the diversity of skills and knowledge of the legal eagles at Drew & Napier LLC is astounding and exudes confidence‘. The banking and finance practice encompasses the spectrum of credit and loan transactions, including in relation to bond issuances, acquisition financing and debt restructuring. The group is also known for its banking advisory and regulatory work. Heading the team is Pauline Chong, an expert in bilateral and syndicated loan facilities in cross-border deals. Renu Menon is the name to note for regulatory issues, while Benedict Teo handles banking litigation.

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Testimonials

‘The team is collaborative and well coordinated across different departments. Experienced, responsive and gives good advice’

‘Committed, good technical knowledge, commercial and good communication skills.’

‘The diversity of skills and knowledge of the legal eagles at Drew Napier is astounding and exudes confidence. They have the resources at hand to afford excellent service’

‘Renu Menon has been most helpful and provides quick responses despite her punishing schedule. Advice is practical and wholesome.’

‘Client engagement – understanding of customers’ needs and prompt replies.’

‘Outstanding knowledge of the area of expertise.’

‘Responsive and professional’

‘Pauline Chong is professional, efficient, knowledgeable and helpful.’

Key clients

United Overseas Bank Limited

DBS Bank Ltd

Standard Chartered Bank

Far East Organization Centre Pte Ltd

CIMB Bank Berhad, Singapore Branch

Guthrie GTS Pte Ltd

Tuan Sing Holdings Limited

Overseas Union Enterprise Limited

Bank of China Limited, Singapore Branch

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Singapore Branch

COSCO SHIPPING International (Singapore) Co., Ltd

The Bank of East Asia Limited, Singapore Branch

Meinhardt Group International Limited and Meinhardt (Singapore) Pte Ltd

Hotel Properties Limited

CWT Pte Limited

Credit Industriel et Commercial, Singapore Branch

KrisEnergy Ltd

Standard Chartered Bank (Singapore) Limited

Overseas-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited

Bank of Singapore Limited

Bank of China Limited

Citibank N.A.

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

UBS AG

Bank J. Safra Sarasin Singapore

Qatar National Bank (Q.P.S.C)

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

VP Bank Ltd

Woori Bank Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising the informal steering committee of lenders to troubled oil trading company Hin Leong on the potential debt restructuring of Hin Leong, approximately US$3.85bn.
  • Advising Heliconia Capital Management on the restructuring of and investment into Pacific International Lines, which is Singapore’s largest container shipping line and 12th largest in the world. The clients are linked to Temasek Holdings, one of Singapore’s sovereign wealth funds.
  • Advising TT International and its subsidiaries on the S$500m debt restructuring, including the debt obligations under an existing scheme of arrangement that was sanctioned by the Singapore Courts and affirmed by the Singapore Court of Appeal in October 2010.

Singapore > Capital markets: equity and debt: local firms Tier 2

Drew & Napier LLC‘s practice is divided into three sub-groups, handing equity, debt and REIT transactions respectively. The group specialises in cross-border work, both for foreign companies listing in Singapore and domestic firms listing abroad. The department is co-headed by Steven Lo and Gary Wan. The group is able to draw on the assistance of consultant Boon Ann Sin, who has long-standing experience in secondary equity and debt offerings. Director Petrus Huang takes the lead on REIT deals.

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Testimonials

Drew & Napier LLC possess a team of committed lawyers with sound business acumen and industry knowledge that offers great client service and quick turnaround times. They know the area very well and they know the other players – this really facilitates the successful restructuring, expeditious and highly effective process. The team works as a whole, from a multi-facet angle and provide its clients a holistic total solution. This is essentially critical in the financial restructuring, and working out viable resolutions between creditors and debtors.’

The team is quite responsive to clients’ needs and makes time for clients no matter how late it is. The team is very collaborative and pulls in different teams of expertise to work together with the client and ensures constant communication and monitoring of the progress of the projects.’

They are always attentive and committed to assist clients 24/7. They are creative, productive and always come up with solution for clients’ problems.

Key clients

China Mining International Limited

The Trendlines Group Ltd

Manhattan Resources Limited

OSIM International Ltd

Sarine Technologies Limited

Achieva Limited (now known as SUTL Enterprise Limited)

Lonza Group Ltd

Air Products and Chemicals, Inc

Summit Power International Pte Ltd

Ocean International Capital Limited

Guangzhou R&F Properties Co., Ltd

Sea Cove Limited

Haidilao International Holding Ltd.

OCBC Bank

CSE Global Ltd

Guocoland Limited

Don Agro International Limited

Astaka Holdings Limited

Broadway Industrial Group Limited

Tuan Sing Holdings Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Don Agro International in its Initial Public Offering on the Catalist Board of the Singapore Exchange. This is the first Russian business IPO, which the SGX-ST has to assess whether an issuer which has principal operations, business activities, customers and suppliers in a sanctioned nation is suitable for listing on the SGX-ST.
  • Acted for mainboard-listed property developer Tuan Sing Holdings Limited in relation to the update of its S$900m Multicurrency Medium Term Note Programme which was established in 2013, and the subsequent issuance of S$65m notes due 2022 (Series 003 Notes) under the newly updated MTN Programme.
  • Acted for Manhattan Resources Limited in its US$27.2m debt-to-equity conversion exercise, which also constitutes an interested person transaction.

Singapore > International arbitration Tier 2

Drew & Napier LLC‘s disputes resolution practice is praised for its ‘in-depth knowledge of international arbitration‘ with experience across a full range of commercial arbitrations and investor-state disputes, as well as related litigation. The group is led by leading local disputes experts the ‘phenomenalJimmy Yim SC, ‘powerful advocateCavinder Bull SC and Randolph Khoo. Siraj Omar SC is another leading name, while Mahesh Rai (who attracts praise for his ‘vast experience and commercial knowledge‘) and infrastructure, energy and resource disputes specialist Kelvin Teo are among the next generation. With an already deep bench, the team has bolstered its partner ranks with the promotions of Terence Tan and Jonathan Yap.

Testimonials

‘The team has in-depth knowledge of international arbitration. They are reliable and responsive to queries, even to urgent ones..’

‘Cavinder Bull SC is perhaps the leading counsel in Singapore today. He is a powerful advocate and skilled lawyer.’

‘Jimmy Yim SC is a phenomenal advocate. Christopher Chong is at the top of his game. He is the go-to counsel for major projects arbitrations across the region. He is backed up by a very bright and diligent team. Kelvin Teo is always focused and effective. He provides commercial and strategic advice.

‘Meryl Koh is very easy to work with and brings a level head to disputes.’

Senior associate Yap En Li is our main contact. She is sharp, meticulous, polite and always understanding even though our requests can be a little demanding at times. She understood our case very well and has a very high IQ and EQ to be able to understand the technology and technical terms that is in the case.

‘Able to react quickly and think strategically.’

Mahesh Rai provides good input based on his vast experience and commercial knowledge of the industry. Don Loo is very easy to work with and understands his clients’ needs.

Key clients

Amara Hotel Properties Pte Ltd

Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Berlanga Myanmar Pte Ltd

China National Petroleum Company

Goldbell Engineering Pte Ltd

Government of Laos

Korean Commercial Arbitration Board

Noomadi Resorts & Residences AG

Singapore International Arbitration Centre

Supersea Cable Networks Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Representing clients who are Thai nationals and the former owners and/or operators of a leading casino in Poipet, Cambodia in a $250m arbitration brought by Donaco International Limited alleging the breach of restraint of trade provisions in the sale agreement, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties and conspiracy relating to the sale of a casino company.
  • Successfully represented Goldbell Engineering Pte Ltd in an appeal to the Court of Appeal (CA) by Range Construction Pte Ltd which arose out of a Building and Construction Security of Payment Act adjudication determination which Range sought to set aside.
  • Acted for Daelim Industrial Company Limited, one of Korea’s leading chaebols, in a dispute with a Korean construction company relating to an aborted L+EPC contract for the construction of the largest petrochemical plant in India.

Singapore > Investment funds: local firms Tier 2

Drew & Napier LLC has extensive experience in Variable Capital Company (VCC) structures, having worked intensively in this area since 2015. In the wider field, the firm has an impressive record in open-ended funds. The team is also recognised for its engagements in real estate funds and REITs, debt and private credit funds, and pre-IPO investing. Petrus Huang, who has experience with the open-ended funds regime and in real estate funds and Ron Cheng co-head the team. The latter is well versed in alternative investment funds.

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Testimonials

‘Based on my experience working with Drew & Napier LLC so far, they are extremely knowledgeable about fund structures and investment vehicles. They also keep themselves up to date on the various developments within the industry. They provide professional advice and guide clients on practical issues. ’

‘Drew and Napier LLC went above and beyond to provide exceptional legal services and advice to my firm. When presented with complex and unconventional cases, the team at Drew and Napier LLC were able to comprehend, navigate and provide us with tailored solutions quickly and professionally. In addition, we have received invaluable industry insight and advice from them to improve on our investment product. We have found communications and reply to be almost immediate and work delivered in a timely manner. Legal fees are transparent with all indicative fees being advised upfront. The team at Drew and Napier LLC also provides us with consistent updates on the fees throughout the cases. We are honoured to be a beneficiary of the hard work and professionalism of a truly exceptional team.’

‘In particular, Ron Cheng, whom I work closely with, has demonstrated that he has a strong grasp of the legal matters for fund structures. Rather than just providing template advice, he would provide advice tailored to the client’s situation and would also highlight the practical matters which clients have to take note of. Ron is also extremely responsive and is able to put across complex legal issues to clients in a clear and concise manner.’

‘Ron Cheng – his expertise and ability to navigate through complex and unconventional fund structures is admirable. He provides honest and insightful opinions on how we can improve on our work which we are forever grateful. I also truly admire his work ethic and how he is always there for his client even when he was on leave.’

Key clients

Raffles Venture Partners

Harvest Fund Management Company

PT. Nikko Sekuritas Indonesia

Citicorp Trustee (Singapore) Limited

OurCrowd Management (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

UBS Bank AG Investment Funds (Singapore branch)

Golden Horse Fund Management Pte. Ltd.

SG Trust Asia Ltd

Payfazz

TIH Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a client in a significant investment into one of Singapore’s pioneer digital lending platforms.
  • Advised a client on the establishment of a Singapore private credit fund, as well as its underlying loan transactions to a private borrower.
  • Acted for multiple clients on the establishment of umbrella variable capital companies and sub funds.

Singapore > Projects and energy: local firms Tier 2

Under the leadership of Jimmy Yim SC, contentious and non-contentious specialists at Drew & Napier LLC work together to offer clients a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge in high-profile projects spanning the power, telecoms, waste disposal and construction sectors. The team is also highly familiar with the workings of the multilateral and export agencies that provide funding for infrastructure development in Asia. The practice is differentiated by its close co-operation with the firm’s well regarded dispute resolution department; Mahesh Rai is a noteworthy contact in this area. On the financing side, Renu Menon and Sok Hiang Lau are some of the key names to note. For clients from the oil and gas sector, Ong Sim Ho is particularly recommended.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent sector knowledge.’

‘Understand the underlying commercial issues on major projects and provide pragmatic advice.’

Key clients

Goldbell Corporation Pte Ltd

SAMART Comtech Co., Ltd

Logix Aero Ireland Ltd

ACASS Canada Ltd

Daewoo Engineering & Construction

Royal Group Investments Pte Limited

American Bureau of Shipping

Keppel Singmarine

Creative Technology Limited

Essar Group including Essar Projects (India) Limited and Essar Projects Singapore Pte Ltd

SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. including SK E&C (Singapore branch)

Emirates National Oil Company (Singapore) Private Limited

Cisco Systems Inc

Vietnam Trading Engineering Construction Joint Stock Corporation

Subash Kabini Power Corporation Limited

Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd

Noomadi Resorts & Residences AG

Multi-Gold SSDK Resources Pte Ltd

Work highlights

  • Instructed as borrower’s counsel to KrisEnergy (Apsara) Company and KrisEnergy (Cambodia), both wholly-owned indirect subsidiaries of KrisEnergy, on a transaction which involves entering into a $87m credit facility agreement with Kepinvest Singapore, as lender.
  • Successfully represented Goldbell Engineering against Range Construction, resulting in the setting aside of an ex-parte injunction which restrained the client from obtaining payment in lieu of extension of a $3.8m performance bond in relation to a construction project.

Singapore > Real estate: local firms Tier 2

Drew & Napier LLC has a large team of real estate specialists, including an impressive number at director level. It represents a range of regional developers, corporates, financial institutions and investors. The team continues to work on a significant number of real estate asset acquisitions and disposals, along with other headline real estate transactions. Ho Soo Lih and Lau Sok Hiang are key names in corporate real estate, with Yeong Wai Cheong on the real estate finance side.

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Testimonials

‘Drew and Napier LLC are professional and their legal work is up to mark. In fact, they sometimes go above and beyond the routine to ensure that the legal matters are satisfactorily resolved for the client, even when it seems that the matter is a bit grey. They actually called up a contact in the government to clarify certain matters that were not in black and white. They are also responsive and will call the client back to update the progress. ’

‘The Drew team looks after the client’s best interests, very efficient and depth of knowledge in real estate transactions due to their experience in wide and varied types of transactions.’

‘The real estate team is very thorough in their review of legal documents and able to distil key risks for the client. In a class of their own where it comes to looking after client interests and are also able to tap on other areas of practice to help clients where necessary.’

‘Lau Sok Hiang is the lawyer I worked with. She is very friendly and provided good legal advice on the matter at hand. She talked to her contacts in the government to understand the implications of purchasing a certain property which was near the main mass transit lines. As such, she was able to give us the most updated advice when purchasing the property.’

‘Lau Sok Hiang listens to the client and takes time to explain the issues clearly. She is a joy to work with. Complex negotiations move along better with Sok Hiang around.’

‘We work closely with Yeong Wai Cheong,  for most of our conveyancing matters. Mr Yeong is very professional and prompt in providing advice to our queries. Mr Yeong and his team maintained the same service standard despite the pandemic. Excellent!’

‘Ho Sooh Lih is outstanding. He does very detailed work, leaves no gap in the entire process, 24/7 prompt response on any issue, allows the client to get total confidence. A pleasure to work with him and their fees are quite reasonable.’

Key clients

CA Indosuez (Switzerland) SA, Singapore Branch

Citibank

CPF Board

DBS

dormakaba Production GmbH & Co. KG.

Far East Organisation (Note to researcher: We are acting for the Far East Organization in a number of ongoing development projects, including the sale of units in existing development (residential, commercial and mixed) projects.)

GuocoLand Limited

KOP Group Limited

Lucrum Capital Group

Markham Agro (19 HK) Pte. Ltd.

OCBC

Reignwood Group

Riway (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Soilbuild Business Space REIT

Soilbuild Construction Group of Companies

UOB

UOL Group Limited

VP Bank Ltd

UBS Singapore

Work highlights

  • Acted for Far East Organisation, one of Asia’s largest real estate groups and the largest private property developer in Singapore, in the sale of units in various residential, commercial and mixed developments.
  • Acted for UOL Development (Bartley) Pte Ltd, the developer of the residential development project known as Botanique at Bartley in the sale of the units at Botanique at Bartley.
  • Acted for SGX Mainboard-listed Tuan Sing Holdings Limited in the divestment of its property holding subsidiary 39 Robinson Road Pte. Ltd,  which owns freehold office tower Robinson Point.

Singapore > TMT: local firms Tier 2

Drew & Napier LLC‘s transactional, licensing and regulatory capabilities ensure that the firm is regularly instructed by a varied roster of clients, including global carriers and regional telecoms service providers, international broadcasters and technology leaders, IT start-ups, and various regulators and authorities across the region. Contract negotiation is also a key area of strength for the firm. Highly regarded practitioner Lim Chong Kin leads the TMT practice, while regulatory and commercial expert David Alfred leverages his experience as co-head of the data protection, privacy and cybersecurity group to advise on a wide range of issues such as development and review of public policy, legislation and data governance.

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‘Knowledgeable, practical advice and flexible with their billing. Quick to respond.’

‘Lim Chong Kin has been stellar in his own area of practice, considers macro and micro views and incorporates into sound practical advice.’

‘Provide comprehensive and practical advice, and are also valued for their speed of delivery.’

‘Lim Chong Kin is appreciated for his client-oriented approach and the level of assurance he strives to provide.’

Key clients

Info-communications Media Development Authority

Personal Data Protection Commission

Cisco

Sprint

Globe Telecom

Take-Two Interactive Software

SingTel

Paypal

Tencent

Work highlights

  • Assisting the Info-Communications Media Development Authority with a comprehensive review of the Telecom Competition Code and Media Market Conduct Code, as well as the drafting and implementation of a harmonised competition code for the telecoms and media industries.
  • Assisting the Info-Communications Media Development Authority with the CFP for the establishment and roll-out of 5G networks and mobile services by the four existing mobile network operators in Singapore – namely, Singtel, StarHub, M1 and TPG.

Singapore > White-collar crime - Local firms Tier 2

Drew & Napier LLC‘s criminal law practice draws expertise from the firm’s banking, corporate, tax, disputes and IP group to handle a range of criminal matters for major corporations, listed companies and individuals. Wendell Wong co-heads the practice and regularly engages in regulatory and compliance advisory work including anti-fraud and anti-bribery investigations for multinational and listed companies. Mahesh Rai is also noted for his focus on investigations, and high-value and cross-border disputes, and Gary Low specialises in representing local and foreign banks in banking fraud and anti-money laundering cases.

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Kris Wiluan

Viking Engineering Pte Ltd

Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (“IL&FS”) group

Hin Leong Trading (Pte.) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting for Hin Leong’s judicial managers in the largest reported fraudulent trading case in Singapore, seeking recovery of over US$3.5 billion from the directors of the company.
  • Advising IIRF II Holdings Limited, a group company of the Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (“IL&FS”) group on the investigations which revealed that IIRF II’s nominees on the board of the Indian subsidiary were being excluded from key meetings and material information was being withheld from IIRF II.
  • Representing Indonesian tycoon, Kris Wiluan, who faces 112 charges of alleged false trading, market rigging of Singapore-listed KS Energy shares.

Singapore > Construction: Local firms Tier 3

Drew & Napier LLC has steadily intensified its focus on construction matters over the last few years. Built on the firm’s standing as a dispute resolution giant, it is also expanding its non-contentious construction practice thanks to the efforts of Christopher Chong, the head of the construction and engineering team. The group primarily represents contractors with a particular focus on Singapore, Myanmar, India and Indonesia. Mahesh Rai is highly rated for international disputes, having increased his emphasis on construction and engineering in recent years. Jimmy Yim SC and Cavinder Bull SC provide additional senior-level gravitas in big-ticket international construction disputes. Kelvin Teo is an emerging talent in construction disputes.

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Testimonials

‘Comprehensive full-service firm with depth of expertise in a range of critical areas that are indispensable for our day-to-day operations, whether during a growth cycle or a downward trend, such as construction, corporate, insolvency & restructuring, security of payment matters and dispute resolution. With Christopher Chong at the helm of its construction practice, Drew & Napier has been our trusted go-to firm on a regular, consistent basis for some years now with full intention on our part to continue this relationship for a long time to come.’

‘Drew & Napier’s construction & engineering practice is first-rate in the projects disputes area. ’

‘The Rolls Royce of the Singapore Market – can’t get any better.’

‘Christopher Chong is a singularly exceptional practitioner, who is all-rounded in terms of legal depth of knowledge, commercial acumen, client responsiveness, innovation and unmatched local knowledge. His dedication to his craft and in assisting us to find sensible, practical and mutually beneficial solutions is close to peerless. Chris is backed by a solid team, whether as a whole or individually, that is more than capable of pulling their own weight and delivering value to us in the context of the role they play – we must mention Kelvin Teo, Nicole Toh (senior associate) and Josh Tan (senior associate).’

‘Christopher Chong is an excellent operator. He is well-versed in complex claims regarding delay, disruption, defects, and variations on major construction projects.’

‘Mahesh Rai’s in-depth knowledge of construction law was very evident in the initial meeting of the arbitration dispute – which was key in convincing the client to move forward with the arbitration case. He was able to give a clear picture and an accurate timeline of how the case would proceed all the while giving constant updates on the progress of the case.’

‘Highly recommend Mahesh Rai. He fits the firm’s profile of being efficient and excellent at advocacy. Would not be surprised if he becomes the next and youngest senior counsel. He is supported by Don Loo who is definitely someone to keep on the radar.’

‘Kelvin Teo knows the construction industry extremely well. He has strong experience in infrastructure and energy disputes and unparalleled industry knowledge.’

Key clients

Amara Hotel Properties Pte Ltd

China Machine New Energy Corporation

CosmoSteel Holdings Limited

Daelim Industrial Co

Essar Group including Essar Projects (India) Limited and Essar Projects Singapore Pte Ltd

Goldbell Corporation Pte Ltd

Hyundai Engineering & Construction

Noomadi Resorts & Residences AG

Novartis International AG including Novartis (Singapore) Pte Ltd including Alcon Pte Ltd

Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd

Ser Kim Koi

Singapore Liquefied Natural Gas

SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. including SK E&C (Singapore branch)

Stepan Company including Stepan Asia Pte Ltd

Thermofisher Scientific

Thio Keng Thay

Tiong Seng Contractors (Pte) Ltd

UOL Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting as appointed President of the Tribunal in the first ICSID claim against the State of Kuwait brought by an Italian-Spanish consortium under Kuwait’s bilateral treaties with the Italian Republic and the Kingdom of Spain.
  • Represented Daelim Industrial Company Limited, one of Korea’s leading chaebols, in a dispute concerning an aborted L+EPC contract for the construction of the largest petrochemical plant in India and in Asia.
  • Acted for Anmani General Construction Pte Ltd in the defence of the litigation proceedings while the corporate restructuring department helped Anmani in its plan to restructure its debts.

Singapore > Corporate and M&A: local firms Tier 3

Hailed as ‘strong in its multijurisdictional transaction management’, a point of distinction for Drew & Napier LLC is its integration with Drew Network Asia, a relationship which sees it aligned with firms in both Indonesia and Malaysia. The department handles everything from public takeovers, privatisations and asset divestment through to public and private M&A, joint ventures and restructurings. Practice head Steven Lo represents bidders, financial advisers and target companies; both he and Tan Teng Sen are singled out by clients as ‘superb legal practitioners’ meanwhile Seraphina Ho is ‘super reliable and will not let the ball drop.’

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‘Smart individuals, proactive in identifying problems and solutions before they arise and commercially focused. ’

‘Steven Lo and Tan Teng Sen are not just superb legal practitioners but ones who apply themselves across the most complex corporate situations and develop meaningful solutions that have a consequential impact on transaction outcomes. ’

‘Everyone in the team responds quickly and is always available. They have a wide network of partners within Asia and are able to recommend other jurisdictional lawyers to assist.’

‘Tan Teng Sen has an unrivalled manner with clients. It is always comfortable talking to him as he takes genuine interest and personal pride in the client’s legal matters. I find that he embodies the meaning of a trusted advisor. ’

‘Tan Teng Sen provides excellent deal leadership , highly competent and navigates well on a transaction, knows the real risk points and not pedantic.’

‘Seraphina Ho covers our blind spot, is super reliable and will not let the ball drop.’

‘People, especially reliable corporate/M&A team is important for us. Billing was also flexible and reasonable in light of the quality of work.’

‘Tang Ten Sen surely works and leads the M&A projects by closely commincating both in emails and through calls. Steven Lo is also great. They are highly capable in deal management.’

Key clients

RHB Investment Bank Berhad

Wongnai Media Co., Ltd.

Tuan Sing Holdings Limited

TIHT Investment Holdings Pte Ltd

Tricor Services Limited

Lafe Corporation Limited

Temasek Holdings

StarHub Ltd

SoftBank Vision Fund

Sealed Air Corporation

FWD Group

Evercore Asia (Singapore) Pte. Ltd

COSCO SHIPPING International (Singapore) Co., Ltd.

TIH Limited

Metro Holdings

Bloomeria Limited

Hanns Ventures Pte Ltd, Insas Technology Berhad, SBI Islamic Fund II (Brunei) Limited

Arunasalam Jeyakumar

Sheares Healthcare Group

Star Capital Partnership LLP

Work highlights

  • Acted for Evercore Asia (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., the independent financial adviser to SGX Mainboard-listed Frasers Commercial Trust in its proposed merger with SGX Mainboard-listed Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust by way of a trust scheme of arrangement.
  • Acted for Tuan Sing in the divestment of its property holding subsidiary 39 Robinson Road Pte. Ltd., which owns freehold office tower Robinson Point, at an agreed property value of S$500m.
  • Acted as Singapore law counsel to Wongnai Media in relation to the reorganisation of its group entities and assets pursuant to a merger by way of amalgamation with Line and a post-merger equity funding from BRV valued at approximately US$110m.

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 3 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Administrative & Public Law Cavinder Bull, SCcavinder.bull@drewnapier.com
Administrative & Public Law Chong Kin Limchongkin.lim@drewnapier.com
Administrative & Public Law Ken Loon Ongkenloon.ong@drewnapier.com
Asset Recovery Wendell Wongwendell.wong@drewnapier.com
Asset Recovery Voon Jiet Chiavoonjiet.chia@drewnapier.com
Asset Recovery Adam Maniamadam.maniam@drewnapier.com
Automotive Rakesh Kirpalanirakesh.kirpalani@drewnapier.com
Aviation Cavinder Bull, SCcavinder.bull@drewnapier.com
Banking & Finance Cavinder Bull, SCcavinder.bull@drewnapier.com
Banking & Finance Siraj Omar, SCsiraj.omar@drewnapier.com
Banking & Finance Pauline Chongpauline.chong@drewnapier.com
Banking & Finance Benedict Teobenedict.teo@drewnapier.com
Banking & Finance Gary Lowgary.low@drewnapier.com
Business Establishment Benjamin Gawbenjamin.gaw@drewnapier.com
Business Establishment Ken Loon Ongkenloon.ong@drewnapier.com
Business Establishment Kelvin Tankelvin.tan@drewnapier.com
Business Establishment Jason Chenjasonchen@drewcorpservices.com
Capital Markets Steven Losteven.lo@drewnapier.com
Capital Markets Gary Wangary.wan@drewnapier.com
Capital Markets Petrus Huangpetrus.huang@drewnapier.com
Capital Markets Boon Ann Sinboonann.sin@drewnapier.com
Competition Law & Regulatory Practice Cavinder Bull, SCcavinder.bull@drewnapier.com
Competition Law & Regulatory Practice Chong Kin Limchongkin.lim@drewnapier.com
Competition Law & Regulatory Practice Dr Corinne Chewcorinne.chew@drewnapier.com
Competition Law & Regulatory Practice Voon Jiet Chiavoonjiet.chia@drewnapier.com
Corporate/M&A Steven Losteven.lo@drewnapier.com
Corporate/M&A Gary Prykegary.pryke@drewnapier.com
Corporate/M&A Julian Kwekjulian.kwek@drewnapier.com
Construction & Engineering Jimmy Yim, SCjimmy.yim@drewnapier.com
Construction & Engineering Cavinder Bull, SCcavinder.bull@drewnapier.com
Construction & Engineering Christopher Chongchristopher.chong@drewnapier.com
Construction & Engineering Randolph Khoorandolph.khoo@drewnapier.com
Construction & Engineering Mahesh Raimahesh.rai@drewnapier.com
Corporate Restructuring & Workouts Sushil Nairsushil.nair@drewnapier.com
Corporate Restructuring & Workouts Julian Kwekjulian.kwek@drewnapier.com
Corporate Restructuring & Workouts Blossom Hingblossom.hing@drewnapier.com
Corporate Restructuring & Workouts Wei Meng Chanweimeng.chan@drewnapier.com
Crime Wendell Wongwendell.wong@drewnapier.com
Crime Gary Lowgary.low@drewnapier.com
Data Protection & Privacy Chong Kin Limchongkin.lim@drewnapier.com
Defamation Tony Yeotony.yeo@drewnapier.com
Defamation Wendell Wongwendell.wong@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Jimmy Yim, SCjimmy.yim@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Cavinder Bull, SCcavinder.bull@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Siraj Omar, SCsiraj.omar@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Randolph Khoorandolph.khoo@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Tony Yeotony.yeo@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Kelvin Tankelvin.tan@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Blossom Hingblossom.hing@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Wendell Wongwendell.wong@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Gary Lowgary.low@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Voon Jiet Chiavoonjiet.chia@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Benedict Teobenedict.teo@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Yuet Min Fooyuetmin.foo@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Gerui Limgerui.lim@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Shu Yan Wooshuyan.woo@drewnapier.com
Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Litigation, Mediation Mahesh Raimahesh.rai@drewnapier.com
Employment Kelvin Tankelvin.tan@drewnapier.com
Employment Chong Kin Limchongkin.lim@drewnapier.com
Employment Benjamin Gawbenjamin.gaw@drewnapier.com
Family & International Personal Relationships Randolph Khoorandolph.khoo@drewnapier.com
Family & International Personal Relationships Johnson Loojohnson.loo@drewnapier.com
Financial Services Regulation Steven Losteven.lo@drewnapier.com
Financial Services Regulation Gary Prykegary.pryke@drewnapier.com
Greater China Desk Randolph Khoorandolph.khoo@drewnapier.com
Greater China Desk Petrus Huangpetrus.huang@drewnapier.com
Greater China Desk Julian Kwekjulian.kwek@drewnapier.com
Greater China Desk Boon Ann Sinboonann.sin@drewnapier.com
Government Chong Kin Limchongkin.lim@drewnapier.com
Healthcare & Life Sciences Tony Yeotony.yeo@drewnapier.com
Healthcare & Life Sciences Benjamin Gawbenjamin.gaw@drewnapier.com
Hotels & Leisure Cavinder Bull, SCcavinder.bull@drewnapier.com
Hotels & Leisure Julian Kwekjulian.kwek@drewnapier.com
Hotels & Leisure Chong Kin Limchongkin.lim@drewnapier.com
Hotels & Leisure Kelvin Tankelvin.tan@drewnapier.com
Hotels & Leisure Shu Yan Wooshuyan.woo@drewnapier.com
India Desk Cavinder Bull, SCcavinder.bull@drewnapier.com
India Desk Leena Pinslerleena.pinsler@drewnapier.com
India Desk Randolph Khoorandolph.khoo@drewnapier.com
India Desk Gary Lowgary.low@drewnapier.com
Indonesia Group Sushil Nairsushil.nair@drewnapier.com
Indonesia Group Julian Kwekjulian.kwek@drewnapier.com
Indonesia Group Blossom Hingblossom.hing@drewnapier.com
Information Technology Chong Kin Limchongkin.lim@drewnapier.com
Information Technology Benjamin Gawbenjamin.gaw@drewnapier.com
Information Technology Rakesh Kirpalanirakesh.kirpalani@drewnapier.com
Intellectual Property Jimmy Yim, SCjimmy.yim@drewnapier.com
Intellectual Property Tony Yeotony.yeo@drewnapier.com
Intellectual Property Yvonne Tangyvonne.tang@drewnapier.com
Intellectual Property Siau Wen Limsiauwen.lim@drewnapier.com
Intellectual Property Kelvin Tankelvin.tan@drewnapier.com
Intellectual Property Morris Johnmorris.john@drewnapier.com
Intellectual Property Cecelia Girvincecelia.girvin@drewnapier.com
Intellectual Property Meryl Kohmeryl.koh@drewnapier.com
International Trade Randolph Khoorandolph.khoo@drewnapier.com
International Trade Petrus Huangpetrus.huang@drewnapier.com
International Trade Julian Kwekjulian.kwek@drewnapier.com
Investigations Wendell Wongwendell.wong@drewnapier.com
Investigations Voon Jiet Chiavoonjiet.chia@drewnapier.com
Investigations Benedict Teobenedict.teo@drewnapier.com
Investigations Mahesh Raimahesh.rai@drewnapier.com
Investigations Adam Maniamadam.maniam@drewnapier.com
Investment Funds Petrus Huangpetrus.huang@drewnapier.com
Investment Funds Ron Chengron.cheng@drewnapier.com
Japan Desk Ritsuko Tsudaritsuko.tsuda@drewnapier.com
Medical Negligence Wendell Wongwendell.wong@drewnapier.com
Natural Resources (Mineral, Oil and Gas) Sushil Nairsushil.nair@drewnapier.com
Natural Resources (Mineral, Oil and Gas) Ken Loon Ongkenloon.ong@drewnapier.com
Natural Resources (Mineral, Oil and Gas) Sim Ho Ongsimho.ong@drewnapier.com
Natural Resources (Mineral, Oil and Gas) Chua Tju Liangtjuliang.chua@drewnapier.com
Natural Resources (Mineral, Oil and Gas) Boon Ann Sinboonann.sin@drewnapier.com
Private Equity Petrus Huangpetrus.huang@drewnapier.com
Private Equity Gary Prykegary.pryke@drewnapier.com
Projects, Energy & Infrastructure Jimmy Yim, SCjimmy.yim@drewnapier.com
Projects, Energy & Infrastructure Sim Ho Ongsimho.ong@drewnapier.com
Projects, Energy & Infrastructure Mahesh Raimahesh.rai@drewnapier.com
Public International Law Cavinder Bull, SCcavinder.bull@drewnapier.com
Public International Law Yuet Min Fooyuetmin.foo@drewnapier.com
Public International Law Gerui Limgerui.lim@drewnapier.com
Real Estate Wai Cheong Yeongwaicheong.yeong@drewnapier.com
Real Estate Soo Lih Hosoolih.ho@drewnapier.com
Real Estate Sok Hiang Lausokhiang.lau@drewnapier.com
Real Estate Benedict Teobenedict.teo@drewnapier.com
Shipping Mahesh Raimahesh.rai@drewnapier.com
Sports Cavinder Bull, SCcavinder.bull@drewnapier.com
Sports Yuet Min Fooyuetmin.foo@drewnapier.com
Sports Gerui Limgerui.lim@drewnapier.com
Tax & Private Client Services Ken Loon Ongkenloon.ong@drewnapier.com
Tax & Private Client Services Sim Ho Ongsimho.ong@drewnapier.com
Telecommunications, Media & Technology Chong Kin Limchongkin.lim@drewnapier.com
Transport Jimmy Yim, SCjimmy.yim@drewnapier.com
Wills, Probate and Estate Administration Randolph Khoorandolph.khoo@drewnapier.com
Wills, Probate and Estate Administration Johnson Loojohnson.loo@drewnapier.com
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 Charles Li  photo Charles LiDirector, Tax & Private Client Services
 Gerui Lim  photo Gerui LimDirector, Dispute Resolution
 Steven Lo  photo Steven LoHead, Mergers & AcquisitionsCo-Head, Capital Markets
 Don Loo  photo Don LooAssociate Director, Dispute Resolution
 Johnson Loo  photo Johnson LooDirector, Dispute Resolution
 Ong Ken Loon photo Ong Ken LoonHead, Tax & Private Client Services
 Gary Low  photo Gary LowDirector,  Dispute Resolution
 Kelly Lua  photo Kelly LuaAssociate Director, Dispute Resolution
 April Mak  photo April MakDirector, Real Estate
 Kong Man Er  photo Kong Man ErDirector, Dispute Resolution
 Adam Maniam  photo Adam ManiamDirector, Dispute Resolution
 Lim May Jean  photo Lim May JeanDirector, Dispute Resolution
 Chan Wei Meng photo Chan Wei MengDirector, Corporate Restructuring & Workouts
 Renu Menon  photo Renu MenonDirector, Banking & FinanceDeputy Head, Banking & Finance
 Foo Yuet Min photo Foo Yuet MinDirector, Dispute Resolution
 Grace Morgan  photo Grace MorganAssociate Director, Dispute Resolution
 David N. Alfred  photo David N. AlfredCo-Head, Data Protection, Privacy & Cybersecurity PracticeCo-Head and Programme Director, Drew Data…
 Jon Nair photo Jon NairDirector, Mergers & Acquisitions
 Sushil Nair  photo Sushil NairDeputy Chief Executive Officer, Drew & Napier;Co-head, Corporate Restructuring & Workout;Co-head, Indonesia…
 Pei Tong Ng  photo Pei Tong NgAssociate Director, Corporate & Finance
 Damian Ng  photo Damian NgAssociate Director, Corporate & Finance
 Siraj Omar SC  photo Siraj Omar SCDirector, Dispute Resolution
 Leena Pinsler  photo Leena PinslerConsultant
 Teng Po Yew  photo Teng Po YewAssociate Director, Dispute Resolution
 Gary Pryke  photo Gary PrykeConsultant, Mergers & Acquisitions
 Mahesh Rai  photo Mahesh RaiDirector, Dispute ResolutionDeputy Head, Construction & Engineering
 Tan Teng Sen photo Tan Teng SenDirector, Corporate and M&A
 Hoon Shu Mei  photo Hoon Shu MeiAssociate Director, Dispute Resolution
 Woo Shu Yan  photo Woo Shu YanDirector, Dispute Resolution
 Lin Shumin  photo Lin ShuminDirector, Dispute Resolution
 Lim Siau Wen  photo Lim Siau WenDirector, Intellectual Property
 Premalatha Silwaraju  photo Premalatha SilwarajuAssociate Director, Dispute Resolution
 Lau Sok Hiang  photo Lau Sok HiangCo-head, Real Estate and Corporate Real Estate
 Ho Soo Lih  photo Ho Soo LihCo-head, Real Estate and Corporate Real Estate
 Terence Tan  photo Terence TanDirector, Dispute Resolution
 Allister Tan  photo Allister TanDirector, Dispute Resolution
 Amy Tan  photo Amy TanAssociate Director, Corporate & Finance
 Kelvin Tan  photo Kelvin TanDirector, Dispute Resolution
 Yuan Kheng Tan  photo Yuan Kheng TanAssociate Director, Dispute Resolution
 Yvonne Tang  photo Yvonne TangDirector, Intellectual Property
 Eu-Yen Tay  photo Eu-Yen TayDirector, Dispute Resolution & Business Advisory
 Alphis Tay  photo Alphis TayDirector, Corporate Restructuring & Workouts / Dispute Resolution
 Gerald Tay  photo Gerald TayAssociate Director, Dispute Resolution
 Kelvin Teo  photo Kelvin TeoDirector, Dispute Resolution
 Benedict Teo  photo Benedict TeoDirector, Dispute ResolutionHead, Banking & Financial Disputes
 Siok Peng Tham  photo Siok Peng ThamConsultant, Tax & Private Client Services
 Ruby Tham  photo Ruby ThamDirector, Intellectual Property
 Chua Tju Liang  photo Chua Tju LiangDirector, Corporate & Finance
 Chia Voon Jiet  photo Chia Voon JietDirector, Dispute Resolution; Director, Competition Law & Regulatory Practice
 Gary Wan  photo Gary WanCo-Head, Capital MarketsDirector, Corporate & Finance
 Priscilla Wang  photo Priscilla WangDirector, Corporate & Finance
 Wendell Wong  photo Wendell WongDirector, Dispute Resolution
 Lea Woon Yee  photo Lea Woon YeeAssociate Director, Dispute Resolution
 Geng Wu  photo Geng WuDirector, Capital Markets
 Huang Yanting  photo Huang YantingDirector
 Jonathan Yap  photo Jonathan YapDirector, Dispute Resolution
 MItchell Yeo  photo MItchell YeoAssociate Director, Corporate Restructuring & Workouts
 Tony Yeo  photo Tony YeoDirector, Intellectual PropertyDirector, Dispute ResolutionHead, Healthcare & Life Sciences
 Jimmy Yim SC  photo Jimmy Yim SCDeputy Chairman, Drew & Napier LLC; Managing Director, Dispute Resolution;Head, Construction &…
 Yang Shi Yong photo Yang Shi YongDirector, Tax & Private Client Services
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DREW NETWORK ASIA (DNA) – The Cross-border Firm

Combined brilliance

Some of the most dominant law firms in Southeast Asia have joined hands as Drew Network Asia (DNA) — a formidable blue-chip legal network. With over 480 fee-earners, including 150 partners, we are a ‘firm of firms’ that operates as a united collective, bringing both international perspectives and local expertise to the table.

DNA operates as a one-stop shop in handling the most complex and time sensitive multi-jurisdictional transactions or disputes. We are seamless, client responsive and effective. The DNA member firms include:

Drew & Napier LLC | Singapore

Drew & Napier has provided exceptional legal advice and representation to discerning clients since 1889. We are one of the largest law firms in Singapore. The calibre of our work is acknowledged internationally at the highest levels of government and industry, and marks us as Singapore’s world class law firm. We are trusted by our clients to solve their most challenging problems, advance their interests, and show them the way forward. Our lawyers and senior counsel are the preferred choice when the stakes are high and the issues complex. Our clients consistently vote our lawyers to the highest ranks of their practice areas. We stay at the forefront of the industry by cultivating talent and maintaining the family atmosphere that is distinctly Drew.

More information about Drew & Napier LLC here.

Makarim & Taira S. | Indonesia

Makarim & Taira S. is one of Indonesia’s leading business law firms, offering a full range of corporate, banking, litigation, and specialist legal services to national and international clients. Our longstanding reputation amongst policymakers, regulators, State-owned companies, and world-leading industry groups provides us with unique insights into the latest government policies and developments in the industry. We guide clients through Indonesia’s complex and dynamic regulatory landscape so they can achieve their commercial goals.

More information about Makarim & Taira S. here.

Shearn Delamore & Co. | Malaysia

At Shearn Delamore & Co., we value quality, integrity, ingenuity, and practicality, which reflect who we are as a firm. Our enduring presence is attributable to the strength of our people as well as our ability to adapt to changing times, expand rapidly into new practice areas and deliver innovative solutions to meet our clients’ needs. As we notch another year of experience in our 116-year-old practice, we have only grown stronger. We proudly remain true to our values as we continue to stay at the forefront of the legal profession in Malaysia and strive to provide practical, quality solutions to our clients across a broad spectrum of practice areas. While the numerous accolades speak for us, we believe the ultimate measure of recognition lies in our clients’ satisfaction and faith in us.

More information about Shearn Delamore & Co. here.

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS) | Philippines

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS) is a leading full-service law firm in the Philippines established in 2007 by recognised elite lawyers Eduardo A. Martinez, Mark O. Vergara, Manuel Z. Gonzalez and Elmer B. Serrano. With the combined experience of the firm’s partners, MVGS has established itself as a highly respected and leading law firm in the Philippines, providing a full range of excellent legal services in the areas of Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Projects & Energy, Intellectual Property, Tax, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Labour and Employment and Immigration.

More information about MVGS here.

Global reach

Drew Network Asia partners are instructed by clients all over the world. DNA firms are based in:

Singapore (Drew & Napier LLC)
Indonesia (Makarim & Taira S.)
Malaysia (Shearn Delamore & Co.)
Philippines (MVGS)

We also have regional desks that focus on China, India, and Japan. Find out more about our regional desks below:

China Desk
India Desk
Japan Desk

Expertise

The DNA network is full-service. We focus on three main areas for our clients: transactional, regulatory and risk. Our clients’ experience is seamless, and our tightly integrated teams build collaborative relationships that deliver well-strategised solutions to business challenges.

  • Banking & Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • China Desk
  • Competition Law
  • Corporate Services
  • Crime
  • Data Compliance & Cybersecurity
  • Dispute Resolution, Arbitration & Litigation
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Funds
  • General Corporate
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • India Desk
  • Infrastructure & Construction
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Investigations & Crisis Management
  • Japan Desk
  • Matrimonial, Wills & Probate
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Wealth
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Tax
  • Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT)
  • Transportation

Learn more about our practices here.

Our Approach

The DNA network is a full-service legal team with international perspective, strong local expertise and impeccable service standards. DNA is a regional platform which enables our clients who seek legal advice and representation within the ASEAN region to obtain integrated and collaborative legal service.

Peer reviewed and revered

The reputation of each DNA firm transcends borders and is built on consistently delivering premium legal advice alongside a world-class service experience. Each DNA firm has a track record of a client-focused approach, high quality legal advice, and cutting-edge solutions. This unwavering commitment is recognised by our clients and peers — and has earned us top rankings in the world’s most prestigious legal publications.

Learn more about our accolades here.