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Banking & Finance

Drew & Napier has undisputed strength in Banking & Finance. We act in this field through our Corporate Banking and Banking Litigation Practices.

Our clients include large corporations, banks, and other financial institutions, and government bodies. We are consistently cited and recommended by international research houses and publications for our versatility, efficiency, and the quality of our work.

Corporate Banking Practice

The Corporate Banking Practice is constantly sought after as Singapore counsel in major financing transactions and projects.

Headed by Valerie Kwok, the Corporate Banking Practice provides expert advice and representation across a wide range of credit and loan transactions. They include bilateral and syndicated loans, bond issues, acquisition financing and debt restructuring, and banking advisory and regulatory work.

We are also heavily involved in project financing and real estate/construction financing deals in Singapore and have acted in some of the largest local plant and integrated resort financing projects as well as large residential prime commercial and retail real estate financing.

Banking Litigation Practice

The Banking Litigation Practice has an enviable record of successful representation in most of Singapore’s major banking disputes.

We are at the forefront of the developing Banking & Finance law in Singapore, and we handle all areas of complex banking related disputes.

Matters we regularly deal with include fraud, regulatory investigations and related legal proceedings, loan and credit recovery, enforcement of securities, and advice on regulatory issues.

We also regularly advise and act for banks and financial institutions in responding to customer and financial product claims, and issues relating to foreign court orders and sanctions.

The practices are closely supported by Drew's other specialist practices, including Financial Services Regulation, Real Estate, and Tax.


Practice Areas

Corporate Banking Practice
We are supported by an experienced team of corporate banking lawyers. Our scope work in these areas includes:

  • Banking Regulation and Compliance

  • Consumer and Corporate Loans

  • Asset Financing

  • Structured and Trade Finance

  • Mergers and Acquisitions of Banks and Financial Institutions

  • Project and Real Estate Finance

  • Private Banking

  • Debt Restructuring and Rescheduling

This portfolio covers award-winning and major cross-border deals such as Resorts World’s award-winning initial syndication of up to S$4.1925 billion, the financing of the sale of Tuas Power by Temasek Holdings, SABIC’s multi-billion dollar financing transaction to fund its acquisition of General Electric’s plastics business that spanned across the globe, and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation’s multi-billion purchase of the Asian private banking assets of ING Group NV.

Banking Litigation Practice
We are staffed by an experienced, driven team of lawyers. Our scope of work includes:

  • Bank Fraud

  • Banking Facilities

  • Bills of Exchange

  • Customer Complaints  

  • Financial Product Claims

  • Documentary Credits

  • Enforcement of Debentures, Charges and Securities

  • Mortgage actions

  • Performance Bonds

  • Regulatory Investigations

The Practice’s notable cases include a high-profile and award winning banking matter involving a claim for S$500 million, successfully obtaining an anti-suit injunction for a claim of over A$34 million in favour of an international bank, successfully representing a local bank in striking out a claim for S$38 million, and acting against an Italian bank in a claim involving issues of multi-jurisdictional fraud and the legal effect of SWIFT transactions.

Accolades

Chambers Asia Pacific and Global
Banking & Finance 2017 – Band 2 firm
Dispute Resolution: Litigation 2017 – Band 1 for 11 consecutive years

Leading Individuals:
Banking & Finance 2017
Valerie Kwok

Up & Coming Individual
Banking & Finance 2015
Shue Wen Wang

Next Generation Lawyers:
Banking & Finance 2017
Eugene Luah

"Definitely one of the best full-service firms in Singapore," says one interviewee, adding: "Their advice is relevant and uncluttered, because they take the time to understand each deal with its specific needs."

"They have knowledge and professionalism."

"Many high-profile firms give good technical advice but sometimes it's not very commercial – we want proactive, problem-solving solutions and this is something you get from Drew & Napier.”

"Clients praise the team's 'diligent and responsive approach – you know they’ll have everything covered'.”

"The team is led by Valerie Kwok who wins favour thanks to ‘her ability to see the big picture; she keeps the parties on track while never point scoring for the sake of it’.”

“Wang Shue Wen is noted by sources for her wide range of banking and finance experience, including bilateral and syndicated lending and property financing.”

“It is inarguable; they are far superior to any others and produce the best results in litigation and disputes.”

The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Banking & Finance 2017 – Tier 2 Leading firm
Dispute Resolution 2017 – Tier 1 for 16 consecutive years

Leading Individual
Banking & Finance 2017
Valerie Kwok

Next Generation Lawyer
Banking & Finance 2017
Eugene Luah

The team is 'very professional' and ‘runs transactions seamlessly’.

“Drew & Napier LLC’s banking team is rated for its ‘very commercial’ approach and the ‘accessibility’ of lead partners.”

"Drew & Napier LLC demonstrates ‘particularly good industry and country knowledge’."

"Clients of Drew & Napier LLC have a ‘high level of confidence in the team’, and note that the lawyers display ‘considerable business acumen’."

"Widely acknowledged as a market leader for dispute resolution, Drew & Napier LLC is ‘a go-to firm for high-stakes commercial litigation; the quality of advice and representation is second to none’."

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

Banking 2017 – Leading firm

Leading Lawyers
Valerie Kwok

The firm’s lawyers are praised for our “good knowledge and acumen”.

“Drew & Napier is one of the best law firms that I have the privilege to work with especially in relation to complicated financial transactions. Not only can they identify the key issues arising from the transactions, but [they] also provide the clients with innovative solutions to address those issues”

“We have been using Drew & Napier as our main legal counsel for more than 10 years now and have always found the firm to be thoroughly professional and the staff members assigned to us knowledgeable both in the legal aspects as well as able to advise on the commercial impact and ramifications”

Asialaw Profiles
Banking & Finance 2017 – Highly Recommended practice
Dispute Resolution 2017 – Outstanding practice

"A very capable overall banking and finance practice."

Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Banking & Finance 2017
Valerie Kwok - Market Leading Lawyer

Who's Who Legal
Recommended Individual:
Banking 2017 - Finance and Regulatory
Valerie Kwok

Asian Legal Business S.E. Asia Law Awards
Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year 2016 – 12th consecutive year since the inception of the Awards
Asset and Corporate Finance Deal of the Year 2016 (Takeover of STATS ChipPAC Ltd by Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology)
Southeast Asia Deal of the Year 2014 (Takeover of Fraser & Neave)
Project Finance Deal of the Year 2009
Singapore Deal of the Year 2008 and 2009

Asian Legal Business Innovative List
Top 10 Firms in Asia (Takeover of STATS ChipPAC Ltd by Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology)

The Asian Lawyer Emerging Market Awards
Finance Deal of the Year: Banking 2016 (Takeover of STATS ChipPAC Ltd by Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology)

Singapore Business Review Business Ranking Awards
Deal of the Year 2015 (Takeover of STATS ChipPAC Ltd by Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology)

Asian-MENA Counsel ‘In House Community Firm of the Year’
Projects and Project Financing Singapore Firm of the Year 2014
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Singapore Firm of the Year 2014