Mr Julian Kwek > Drew & Napier LLC > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

Drew & Napier LLC

Work Department

Corporate Restructuring & Workouts;
Indonesia Desk


Co-head, Corporate Restructuring & Workouts;
Co-head,  Indonesia Desk


Julian co-heads the Indonesia Group and Corporate Restructuring & Workouts Practice. He focuses on cross-border mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity, debt workouts, and corporate restructuring.

Julian has been consistently ranked as a leading individual in his field for many years by leading legal publications. In Indonesia, Julian advises foreign investors and Indonesian groups divesting equity or entering into joint ventures with foreign investors. On the debt workouts and corporate restructuring front, Julian and his team have advised on most of the largest workouts in Indonesia and also on most of the defaults involving PRC companies listed in Singapore.

Julian speaks and writes Mandarin and is conversant in Bahasa Indonesia.


English, Mandarin, Basic Bahasa Indonesia.


  • Member of the Law Society of Singapore
  • Member of the Singapore Academy of Law
  • Member of the Honourable Society of The Middle Temple


  • B. (Hons), University of Wales College of Cardiff (1994)
  • Barrister-at-Law, The Middle Temple (1995)
  • Advocate & Solicitor of Singapore (1996)

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Restructuring and insolvency: local firms

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‘.

Singapore > Projects and energy: local firms

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.