Mr Zhulkarnain Rahim > Dentons Rodyk > Singapore, Singapore > Lawyer Profile

Dentons Rodyk
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Work Department

Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Islamic Finance and the Family/Matrimonial practice groups.


Zhul A Rahim is a senior partner in Dentons Rodyk’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Arbitration practice groups. He is Co-Head of the Islamic Finance practice and the Family/Matrimonial practice.

He handles civil and commercial disputes, and corporate and regulatory advisory matters with a focus on banking and financial services, energy, shipping and international trade. He has appeared before the Singapore courts and arbitral tribunals in Singapore and London under the SIAC, SCMA, ICC and LCIA rules.

Zhul also handles a wide array of commercial matters ranging from intellectual technology litigation, insurance-related claims, employment disputes, family law disputes and Syariah Court matters.

He has advised a number of government statutory bodies on various advisory and regulatory matters.

He handles both wet and dry shipping matters in the Singapore courts and advises owners, banks and shipyards on various aspects of admiralty and shipping disputes including arrests, enforcement of maritime claims, shipbuilding contracts and disputes, and limitation of ship owners’ liability.

Amongst his accolades, he was named in the ALB 40 under 40 2016 List of the brightest young legal minds in the region and a shortlisted finalist in the 2017 Young Lawyer of the Year category of the ALB South East Asia Law Awards. In 2017, he won the JCI Singapore: Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award in the category of Political, Legal and Government Affairs.

Zhul is a member of the Maritime Law Association of Singapore and a member of the Muslim Law Practice Committee of the Law Society. As part of his pro bono work, Zhul is an assigned solicitor with the Legal Aid Scheme and volunteers in monthly legal clinics. He sits on several boards of directors of VWOs in Singapore.


Senior Partner, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP, 2022 – present
Partner, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP (formerly Rodyk & Davidson LLP), 2006 – 2021


Board Member, Yellow Ribbon Singapore formerly Singapore Corporation of Rehabilitative Enterprises
Member, Maritime Law Association of Singapore
Council Member, National Council Against Drug Abuse
Director, Malay Heritage Foundation
Honorary Secretary, Casa Raudha Women Home
Vice-Chairman, Association of Muslim Professionals, 2015-2019
Director, Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce & Industry, 2013-2017
Member, National Wages Council of Singapore, 2014-2016
Member, Muslim Law Practice Committee of the Law Society, 2015-2019
Council Member, REACH Supervisory Panel, 2017-2020
Board Member, Sport SG, Singapore Sports Council, 2017-2020


Singapore Management University, 2013, LL.M., Islamic Law & Finance, Dean’s list
National University of Singapore, 2005, LLB, Hons

Lawyer Rankings

Singapore > Banking and finance: local firms

The group at Dentons Rodyk is active in the energy, natural resources and real estate sectors, where it provides a full-service to borrowers and lenders in relation to financing. Areas of expertise include syndicated lending, asset, project, structured and leveraged finance, as well as Islamic financial structures and financial restructuring issues. The department is led by Doreen Sim, a banking and finance generalist. The Islamic finance offering is led by Zhulkarnain Rahim, who has experience in Shariah-compliant restructurings. Wanqing Loke is an expert in project finance and often advises on cross-border deals.