Mr Rakesh Kirpalani > Drew & Napier LLC > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

Drew & Napier LLC

Work Department

Dispute Resolution, Information Technology


Chief Technology Officer, Drew & Napier LLC;

Director, Information Technology;

Director, Dispute Resolution


Rakesh specialises in commercial dispute resolution and litigation, in particular shareholders’ and directors’ disputes, economic torts, employment disputes, disputes concerning breaches of confidentiality and disputes concerning technology and electronic evidence. He also advises on cyber and digital business issues, including compliance with technology regulations and cybersecurity.

In particular, he has substantial experience in dealing with issues concerning technology and electronic evidence and extensive skills and knowledge in the information technology field. With his legal and technical knowledge, Rakesh manages the interface between legal and technical issues for clients and simplifies these issues for judges and arbitrators alike.

The clients he has advised include various multi-national corporations, multi-jurisdictional private equity funds and listed companies both in Singapore and other jurisdictions

As a student, Rakesh was a speaker on the winning team that represented NUS in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition Asia-Pacific Regional Rounds in Sydney, Australia, in April 2005 and went on to represent NUS at the World Finals in Fukuoka, Japan in October 2005 where he appeared before members of the International Court of Justice. He was also the winner of the Law Society Prize for the Best Student in Advocacy in the Postgraduate Practical Law Course in 2006.

Rakesh also teaches advocacy and coaches moot teams at the NUS Law Faculty on a voluntary basis.




  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law,  Legal Technology Cluster Committee


  • LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (2006)
  • Admitted to the Singapore Bar in May 2007

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Labour and employment: local firms

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.