Drew & Napier received top honours in the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014 rankings released today. CEO Davinder Singh, SC was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession award and the firm received Band 1 rankings in Litigation, Intellectual Property, Restructuring & Insolvency, Competition & Antitrust and Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT).
The Outstanding Contribution award was given to only two recipients each year in recognition of their exceptional work in their respective fields. Mr Singh is the only Singaporean to receive the award this year. He also received the coveted “Star Individual” ranking, a category above Band 1. This marks the 4th consecutive year that Mr Singh is the only litigator in the country to be ranked as a “Star Individual”. Clients interviewed by Chambers describe Mr Singh as "[a] cut above the rest and the best in the business." He is “very much the lead litigator among the Singaporeans” and “the gold standard. “Handling all areas of litigation and international arbitration work, this “extremely gifted advocate” is “as skilled as can be.”
Drew continues to lead the market in dispute resolution. For the 8th consecutive year, Drew’s litigation practice has been ranked Band 1 with Davinder Singh, SC, Jimmy Yim, SC, Cavinder Bull, SC and Hri Kumar Nair, SC named as leading individuals. The arbitration practice is recognised for the 5th consecutive year with Davinder Singh, SC, Jimmy Yim, SC and Cavinder Bull, SC as leading individuals. Drew received the highest number of lawyer recommendations across both dispute resolution categories among the Singapore law firms.
Continuing its top performance, Drew’s TMT practice is ranked for the 7th consecutive year in Band 1. The practice is headed by Band 1-ranked Lim Chong Kin, who is praised for his regulatory prowess. Clients describe the team as having “clear strength in telecoms regulation. The group is stable, long-standing and has been there since day one.”
The Intellectual Property and Restructuring/Insolvency practices have also been ranked Band 1 for the 7th consecutive year. Top lawyers include Dedar Singh Gill, Morris John, Tony Yeo from IP and Sushil Nair, Julian Kwek and Blossom Hing from Restructuring/Insolvency.
The firm’s Tax practice receives accolades for the 5th consecutive year with Band 1-ranked practice head, Ong Sim Ho at the helm. Ong Ken Loon is also recognised as an up-and-coming lawyer in the field.
Drew debuted at Band 1 in the newly introduced Competition & Antitrust category. It is recognised for its outstanding track record in competition law matters and expertise on both advisory and litigation aspects. The practice is headed by Lim Chong Kin and Cavinder Bull, SC who clients say are “very knowledgeable”.
The firm’s Corporate and Finance lawyers feature prominently in the rankings. Corporate/M&A head Gary Pryke, Capital Markets head Sin Boon Ann and Benedict Teo, Banking & Finance head Valerie Kwok, Sandy Foo and Wang Shue Wen and Investment Funds head Petrus Huang are well-positioned and garnered praise from their clients.
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Mr Singh (right) with Emcee Charles Manzoni QC, SC (center) and Chambers Asia-Pacific Editor Shi-Ning Koay (left)