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 > Dispute resolution: local firms

Drew & Napier LLC‘s team is lauded as ‘reputable, professional, tactical and knowledgeable‘, particularly in high-profile matters before the Singapore and international courts, alongside a wealth of experience in cross-border arbitration and litigation disputes. Of particular note are Cavinder Bull, Jimmy Yim, Siraj Omar, SC, and Randolph Khoo who have extensive courtroom experience in commercial litigation and arbitration across a number of sectors. Rakesh Kirpalani is a ‘fantastic litigator‘ in the realm of technology and intellectual property; Blossom Hing and Wendell Wong are recommended for shareholder, corporate restructuring, and criminal law disputes, respectively. Adam Maniam, Mahesh Rai, and senior associate Bryan Wong make up the other key figures.