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Drew & Napier LLC

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Dispute Resolution


Deputy Chairman, Drew & Napier LLC;


Jimmy Yim is Deputy Chairman of Drew & Napier LLC and was the Managing Director of Singapore’s most celebrated Dispute Resolution practice. Mr Yim also heads the firm’s Construction and Engineering practice group.

Mr Yim graduated with top honours from the National University of Singapore in 1982, interned at Baker & McKenzie in London and Hong Kong and made associate at another leading practice  from 1983 to 1985. From 1985 to 1988, he was appointed Regional Director, The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers. Mr Yim returned to private practice at Drew & Napier in 1989, made partner in 1991 and was conferred Senior Counsel in 1998.

Mr Yim has built up over three decades of experience in civil and commercial law and international arbitration. His experience in trials and international arbitration ranges from energy projects, building and construction, to companies and joint-ventures.

As a leading dispute practitioner, he is recommended by name in leading legal publications such as Chambers & Partners, Asia Pacific Legal 500, and Asialaw Profiles.

Practice Areas:

  • Arbitration
  • Building & Construction
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Defamation
  • Energy, Transport & Infrastructure
  • Hotels & Leisure
  • International Trade




  • Regional Arbitrator, Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • Panel Arbitrator & Mediator, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
  • Recommended International Arbitrator, Pacific International Arbitration Centre, Vietnam
  • Member, Panel of Mediators, Financial Industry Disputes Resolution Centre (FIDReC), The Association of Banks in Singapore
  • Member, Ministry of Law Steering Committee on Legal Aid
  • Member, Citizenship Committee of Inquiry, Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Member, Criminal Legal Representation and Social of the Senior Counsel Forum
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association


  • B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (1982)
  • M. (Hons), National University of Singapore (1990)
  • Advocate & Solicitor, Singapore (1983)
  • Solicitor, England & Wales (1997)
  • Appointed Senior Counsel (1998)
  • Appointed Regional Arbitrator, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (2002)

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Construction: Local firms

Drew & Napier LLC has drawn on its extensive resources and reputation in the contentious sphere to develop an impressive body of construction and engineering expertise. It is noted for infrastructure and real estate development-related disputes. The firm has also built knowledge and experience in front-end and procurement work, including engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operation and maintenance (O&M) contracts, and additional front-end matters relating to public-private partnership (PPP) projects. Its client base includes a range of domestic and international employers, along with an impressive mix of contractors. Christopher Chong is head of the construction and engineering team with experience at all levels of the Singapore courts, in major arbitrations, and in adjudications. Deputy head Mahesh Rai has earned many accolades in recent years. Chairman Jimmy Yim SC provides additional senior level gravitas to high-value and large-scale disputes. Kevin Teo is another key member of the team.

Singapore > International arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Jimmy Yim SC   –Drew & Napier LLC

The international arbitration practice at Drew & Napier LLC is ‘highly skilled and collaborative’, with experience in complex international commercial arbitration, as well as high-profile investor-state disputes. The team is often sought out by governments, multinational corporations and high-profile individuals for public international law matters. Expertise of the team ranges from construction and infrastructure to corporate joint ventures to health care. Leading the team is Cavinder Bull SC  who is ‘exceptional for his strategy, analytical skills, and advocacy’, alongside Randolph Khoo and Siraj Omar SC, with particular expertise in insurance related disputes. Jimmy Yim SC is also integral to the team, with over thirty years of experience in international commercial arbitration.

Singapore > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Jimmy Yim SC Drew & Napier LLC

Drew & Napier LLC, as a Big Four Singapore law firm, is widely recognised as a dispute resolution powerhouse, having an unrivalled depth of bench and more leading practitioners than any other firm in the jurisdiction. It devotes considerable resources to dispute resolution pursuits and is frequently selected to represent parties in the biggest and most complex cases. Over the 12-month research period, the firm handled litigation matters with a total value exceeding $16bn. It has seen its director (partner equivalent) ranks grow by 10%, continues to expand both its presence in regional disputes and its international client base, and continues to grow its arbitration-related practice. Among a multitude of headline and seminal cases, the firm acted for Hin Leong’s judicial managers in the largest reported fraudulent trading case in Singapore, seeking recovery of over $3.5bn from the directors of the company. CEO Cavinder Bull SC, who is ‘simply superb as a legal adviser, advocate and person’, is at the pinnacle of the profession, having been one of few senior counsels to be appointed before the age of 40, back in 2008. Siraj Omar SC and Randolph Khoo are also outstanding practitioners, along with seasoned practitioner and firm chairman Jimmy Yim SC, also elevated to senior counsel before turning 40 in 1998. Mahesh Rai, Kelvin Tan, Blossom Hing, Wendell Wong and Gary Low act for private clients as well as companies in the advertising, tech, transport and financial industries. Kevin Lee has joined Twenty Essex in Singapore.

Asia Pacific: Regional International Arbitration > Leading firms

Drew & Napier LLC  has experience in international commercial arbitrations and investment treaty arbitrations, acting frequently for both states and investors. The team benefits from lawyers specialising in specific industry sectors, including construction and infrastructure, energy, insurance, financ , and corporate joint ventures. Based in Singapore, Cavinder Bull SC , Randolph Khoo, and Siraj Omar SC lead the practice that frequently represents a range of regional and global businesses. Noted practitioners include Jimmy Yim SC, Kelvin Tan, and Blossom Hing.