Mr Kelvin Tan > Drew & Napier LLC > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

Drew & Napier LLC

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Director, Dispute Resolution


Kelvin has an active practice in litigation and international arbitration. He also co-heads the Employment and Hotels and Leisure Practices.

He has litigated complex commercial disputes in a wide range of areas, including insurance, intellectual property, fraud and breach of fiduciary duties, international arbitration, investment and shareholder disputes, and trusts.

He has represented clients in international arbitrations under various institutional rules such as the SIAC, ICC, KLRCA, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules.

Kelvin also advises on regulatory compliance, investigations and proceedings involving bribery, fraud and misconduct, and specific sectoral regulation.

Kelvin read law at the National University in Singapore, and joined Drew & Napier following graduation.




  • Member, Admissions Committee of the Law Society
  • Member, Law Society Inquiry Panel
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law


  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (1994)
  • Admitted to the Singapore Bar (1995)

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Labour and employment: local firms

Drew & Napier LLC has assembled a large team of employment law specialists. It routinely handles significant domestic and regional employment engagements across the advisory, transactional, and litigation spheres. The firm’s reputation as a major force in litigation, brings it a substantial pipeline of employment cases, though it has a highly developed presence in non-contentious matters too. Kelvin Tan co-heads the employment department and has an established record in major employment disputes. Benjamin Gaw also co-heads the team, bringing extensive non-contentious expertise in reviewing employment contracts, handbooks, and policies, along with employee stock option plans, retrenchment exercises, and termination of employment, among other areas of specialism. Lim Chong Kin is noted for personal data protection and anti-harassment work, while Rakesh Kirpalani is rated for technology sector employment disputes

Singapore > Dispute resolution

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.