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Arbitration

Drew & Napier’s Arbitration Practice is renowned as a top practice in the Asia Pacific region, and is listed as one of the world’s leading practices.

We are dedicated to achieving winning outcomes for our clients no matter the jurisdiction, institution or tribunal. Each year, the aggregate quantum of our arbitration matters totals several billion dollars.

We represent clients from a diverse range of industries and countries. Many of our clients come back to us for further representation. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, foreign governments, multinational corporations and state-owned entities.

We handle all stages of the arbitral process; from strategising to the commencement of arbitration proceedings to the final evidential hearing, as well as enforcement of arbitral awards in the Singapore Courts and beyond. We are experienced in handling matters spanning a range of governing and procedural laws, from both common law and civil law traditions.

In addition, we are frequently instructed by international law firms to act as lead counsel at arbitration hearings in Hong Kong, India, London, Milan, Shanghai, Dubai and Singapore. 

Our group comprises a strong core team which focuses almost exclusively in international arbitration, as well as eminent advocates who are well versed in arbitration practice. We have specialist arbitration lawyers who practise in specific industry sectors, such as building and construction, energy & utilities, finance, commodities, information technology, intellectual property, oil & gas, property and shipping, corporate joint ventures, franchising, distribution and investments. We have capability and expertise in both commercial arbitrations and investment-treaty or investor-state arbitrations.

Our Experience

Our lawyers have acted for international and local clients in arbitrations before the following institutions:

  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Court of Arbitration
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA)
  • Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb)
  • Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC)

In addition to acting as counsel in arbitrations, our lawyers also sit as arbitrators, giving us better perspective of cases. Some of us are also fellows or members of a number of arbitration institutions.

Davinder Singh, SC is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), and Cavinder Bull, SC was the former Deputy Chairman. Cavinder is one of two Vice Presidents of the SIAC Court of Arbitration.

Davinder Singh, SC, Jimmy Yim, SC and Cavinder Bull, SC are on the panel of the SIAC.

Davinder and Jimmy are recommended International Arbitrators of the Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC).

Davinder is also the Vice-Chairman of the ICC Commission on Corporate Responsibility & Anti-corruption based in Paris.

Cavinder Bull, SC has been appointed to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and has sat as an arbitrator in ICC, LCIA, ICSID, SIAC and UNCITRAL cases. In addition, he is the Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group.

Randolph Khoo has been appointed Panel Arbitrator of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, Shanghai Arbitration Commission, Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, The Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei and Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, among others.

Accolades

Based on client and market feedback, prestigious legal directories like Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Global Arbitration Review consistently confirm our leadership with top rankings in International Arbitration.

The Asia Pacific Legal 500
International Arbitration 2017– Leading firm

Leading Individuals
Davinder Singh, SC – 5 consecutive years
Jimmy Yim, SC – 5 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC – 5 consecutive years

“First-rate’ team ‘impresses with its knowledge and professionalism”; “the group’s capabilities are ‘comparable to any top arbitration practice in the Asia Pacific region’”

Impresses with its “creativity, stamina and level of legal work”

[Drew is] “a leading firm for international arbitration in Singapore.”

“Clients appreciate Drew & Napier LLC’s efficiency, excellence and professionalism.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific & Global
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: Domestic Firms (Singapore) 2017 - Leading firm

Leading Individuals:      
Davinder Singh, SC
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC

Arbitration (International): Asia-Pacific 2017 - Leading firm

"Extremely impressed: they have intellectual capacity, a very strategic mindset and a focus on the elements in which you want them to invest."

"I would say Drew & Napier are still a go-to firm if a client is looking for the strongest possible representation in dispute resolution."

"I was really impressed not just with the legal work but the adaptation of success to the clients. Extremely impressed."

"Their in-depth legal and industry knowledge, business awareness and professional advice have all been of a high standard. They are equally adept at the representation of out-of-region clients in Asian-based disputes, and of Asian clients in both regional and international cases."

“The choice was obvious when we were considering a firm to represent us: their dispute resolution work is simply unparalleled, they’re in touch with matters arising in the China market, and the value-added service of providing arbitration-related litigation work is indispensable.”

“I can’t speak highly enough of them: everyone we’ve worked with from senior to junior has been incredibly professional, prompt and diligent in approach and manner.”

Davinder Singh, SC is an accomplished and “very well-known” arbitration counsel. Peers admire his “very impressive adaptability,” whilst clients appreciate his “strongly supportive” assistance “throughout the arbitration process.”

Cavinder Bull SC is "clearly on an upward trajectory in his practice as an international arbitration specialist." Clients say his key attributes include his "even, very reassuring manner" and "brilliant ability to grasp business issues." 

Randolph Khoo is praised by sources as the leader of a "very accessible and efficient" team, who is "well versed in international arbitration, willing to listen and extremely business-oriented." 

Global Arbitration Review 10th edition (2017)
Listed as one of the top 100 arbitration practices in the world since 2010

Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2017
SE Asia Law Firm of the Year 2017

Asialaw Profiles
Dispute Resolution & Litigation 2018 – Top tier firm for 8 consecutive years

Recommended individuals:
Davinder Singh, SC
Tony Yeo
Jaikanth Shankar

“Top rated firm for litigation in Singapore that’s really backed up by the way they handle our cases”

A client commended Davinder Singh, SC for “his command of advocacy, his memory and understanding of the intricacies of the dispute and his ability to provide sound and straight to the point advice”

“I can’t say enough how far they are from the rest of their competitors; you have to see them work to believe how good they are.”

“They are on the shoulders of other firms,”

Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Dispute Resolution & Litigation 2017

Recommended Individuals:
Davinder Singh, SC – Market Leading lawyer 
Jimmy Yim, SC – Market Leading lawyer 
Cavinder Bull, SC – Market Leading lawyer 
Tony Yeo – Market Leading lawyer 
Blossom Hing – Market Leading lawyer 
Jaikanth Shankar – Leading lawyer 
Mahesh Rai – Leading lawyer 

Who's Who Legal
Arbitration 2016/2017

Recommended Individuals:
Davinder Singh, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC

Arbitration Thought Leader 2017 – Cavinder Bull SC

Arbitration Future Leaders 2018 - Foo Yuet Min (2 consecutive years)

Best Lawyers

Recommended individuals:

International Arbitration 2017
Davinder Singh, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC (Lawyer of the Year)
Randolph Khoo
Jaikanth Shankar

Arbitration & Mediation 2017
Davinder Singh, SC (Lawyer of the Year)
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC
Randolph Khoo

Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016
National Law Firm of the Year – Singapore

India Business Law Journal

In the India Business Law Journal (June 2015 issue), a Singapore-based client which engaged the firm on an international arbitration matter involving India-related legal issues, said to the publication: “Drew & Napier has been exceptional in their response to the complex and often time constrained requirements of various matters in dispute. They are technically excellent lawyers who also take the time to explain the complexity of the legal issues to non-lawyers.”