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India Desk

Our India practice provides clients with a seamless approach to corporate transactions and dispute resolution in India and the Asian region. Working alongside all of the leading law firms in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, we routinely work with Indian and South Asian clients in their corporate matters as well as their dispute resolution and intellectual property matters.

Our lawyers have worked in India and Bangladesh and are proficient in Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi and Tamil. They have intuitive understanding of the culture and practices that affect the conduct of a transaction in this region. This allows them to deliver seamlessly in corporate transactions and dispute resolution.

This sets our India practice apart.

Practice Areas 

Mergers & Acquisitions

We regularly advise clients in a wide range of sectors both within and outside of India in relation to their cross-border transactions, including acquisitions, divestments, joint ventures and shareholder agreements. With lawyers experienced in Indian laws, we are able to provide advice on structuring of transactions from the early stages and to provide insight into the cultural and commercial realities of doing a transaction in India.

Funds

With our expertise in funds and tax, we work with clients in the establishment of funds with an India focus which are tax efficient.

Dispute Resolution

Our clients have interests in and around the Indo-Subcontinent. We have acted in arbitrations and court actions and taken on advisory roles in disputes involving a wide range of issues from international sanctions to multimillion dollar plant, infrastructure, and resource development.

Our strategies are sensitive to the cultural milieu in which the dispute exists. We offer and execute solutions tailored to bring swift, economical, and satisfactory resolutions to contentious issues. Our lawyers take full advantage of modern connectivity, are readily contactable, and are able to travel at short notice to where they are needed.

Intellectual Property

We assist some of the largest, top-tier clients in their intellectual property work in South Asia.

Cross Border

With our Indonesia Desk lawyers, we have advised our Indian clients on their investments, joint ventures, acquisitions, and disputes in Indonesia. We provide support across many industries and projects, for example shipping, infrastructure, energy and resources, banking and finance, and entertainment and lifestyle.

Please see our Indonesia Desk webpage for further details.

Accolades

Chambers Global 2018

India: Corporate/M&A (Desk based Abroad in Singapore)  - ranked for 6 consecutive years

India: Dispute Resolution (Desk based Abroad in Singapore) – ranked in 2014, 2017 and 2018

“This Singapore firm has expertise in structuring India-focused funds and handling venture capital investments into the country. The firm also advises on cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures for both Indian and international clients.”

Clients commented that the team is “able to navigate through and grasp Indian proceedings very quickly.”

India Business Law Journal 2017
Drew has been highlighted as a “Regional and Specialist firm" for India work in the annual survey published in July 2017. We have been listed for the past 4 years.

Firms that made it to this list are recognised for their commitment and ability to field India-related assignments.

A client spoke of his “very personalised, positive and business-oriented” experience with Drew.

Cavinder Bull SC was recommended as counsel and received praise from a client, who said “I would unhesitatingly recommend Cavinder Bull as counsel. His understanding and assessment of strategic, practical and legal issues is one of the best I have seen. Despite his obviously very heavy schedule, he has been extremely responsive…and has given significant thought and advice and various issues on an urgent basis.”

A client lauded Tham Feei Sy as an “able and diligent advocate”. (2016)

“Drew & Napier has been exceptional in their response to the complex and often time constrained requirements of the 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.” (2015)

Cavinder Bull SC is described as “a highly skilled lawyer, with a courteous manner even in the midst of very difficult and antagonistic proceeding”, while Foo Yuet Min and Gerui Lim are also very skilled and “extremely dedicated to the needs of the client”. (2015)

“They are the best in business” and “very good on strategy.” A leading lawyer based in India was quoted as saying that Davinder Singh, SC is “the most respected lawyer in Singapore” and Jaikanth Shankar “a very able deputy [who] is also impressive”. (2014)

The Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards (Southeast Asia and India)

Commercial Litigation Firm of the Year 2016

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 2015 – Cavinder Bull SC

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 2014 (inaugural) – Davinder Singh SC. Described as one “who is feared in Singapore as the city’s most powerful litigator”. Mr Singh also led the team which won the Cross-border Dispute/Litigation of the Year award for its successful prosecution of one of the largest corruption cases in Brunei Darussalam.