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Real Estate

Drew & Napier’s Real Estate Practice is at the cutting edge of the property world.

Our team has overseen scores of property transactions. As one of the most experienced real estate practices we simplify bureaucracy and adopt a straightforward and pragmatic approach.

Our lawyers offer personal, professional service. We represent leading developers, corporate groups, statutory boards, and financial institutions in real estate transactions involving residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

With our deep knowledge and experience, we deliver comprehensive advice on legal, compliance, and regulatory issues in mixed development, residential, commercial, and industrial properties.

We provide a dedicated, first class service to our clients, who also benefit from the expertise offered by the firm’s many other specialists.

Practice Areas

Our Real Estate Practice is involved in developing Singapore’s property law. Our lawyers are members of the Law Society and participate regularly in discussions and exchanges with the Real Estate Developers Association of Singapore, the Association of Banks, the Ministry of Law, and the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore, to develop property law and re-engineer the process of real estate transactions.

Commercial and Industrial Property

The Real Estate Practice has an active industrial and commercial property division. We are involved in acquiring sites by tender, auction, private treaty, collective sale, and purchase. We are also involved in leasing property for mixed development, shopping centres, hotels and resorts, warehouses, and distribution centres. Clients include leading developers, corporations, financial institutions, statutory boards, foreign and local investors, and private individuals.

Real Estate Financing and Consumer Banking

Consumer banking and real estate financing are closely related to real estate practice. Our lawyers are highly skilled at structuring and advising on financing and refinancing facilities.

Residential Property

We act for private individuals and corporations in the sale, purchase, financing, and leasing of residential property. To complement our conveyancing and property practice, our lawyers prepare and execute wills and manage probate and the administration of estates.

As a leading practice, we are regularly involved with all matters pertaining to the real estate market.

In our more notable achievements we have:

  • Acting for a limited liability partnership (with a Singapore listed REIT and an insurance company as its partners) in the acquisition (by way of a purchase and a contribution in kind) of a Grade A office building located in the prime central business district in Singapore with a transactional value of about S$1.18 billion.
     
  • Acting for a foreign fund in the acquisition of a Grade A office building located in the prime central business district in Singapore (by way of a purchase and contribution in kind by a Singapore listed REIT) via a limited liability partnership structure with a transactional value of about S$1.18 billion.
     
  • Acting for a consortium comprising KOP, Lian Beng, KSH and Centurion Global, in the $512 million acquisition of Prudential Tower, one of the largest commercial deals in 2014. Also advised on the joint venture agreement amongst the consortium.
     
  • Acted in the acquisition and mortgage of dormitories for a transactional value of S$ 79 million.

  • Acted for the landlord of the development Knightsbridge in its lease of its retail outlets.

  • Acted for the landlord, Keppel Land International Ltd, in its lease of its office and commercial units.

  • Acted for purchasers/sellers of Jurong Town Corporation (JTC) industrial property.

  • Acted for the developer of CHIJMES, a conservation/restoration development featuring commercial and retail outlets and a monument.

  •  Acted for sellers in numerous collective “en-bloc” sales including the first such transaction in Singapore and the largest to date, both in terms of the number of sellers and the value of the land.

  • Developed new banking products for clients and drafted the accompanying credit and security documentation.

  • Acted in the surrender of Bukit Timah Race Course and the Lease of Kranji Race Course and other lands.

  • Advised on the tender of part of real estate portfolio of the British Government.

  • Represented a developer of mixed developments in their sale of the strata units.    

  • Handled legal work relating to combined commercial and residential development, including applications for approvals, subdivision, separate titles, and the preparation of sale and purchase agreements and leases.

  • Advised and drafted all documents relating to the HDB Shoplease Financing Scheme when it was first launched.

  • Drafted, advised and registered Memoranda of Mortgage and drafted standard Terms and Conditions governing secured loans for financial institutions.

  • Drafted and advised for Statutory Vesting of Various Parcels of lands in Singapore.

  • Represented Statutory Boards including Singapore Totalisator Board in transactions valued in excess of $3 billion and The Central Provident Fund Board.

  • Acted in the Acquisition and Divestment of Land, Commercial, and Industrial Buildings by local and foreign companies, funds, and others including the acquisition by New Star Asset Management (Bermuda) Ltd in transactions valued in excess of $128 million.

  • Participated in the enbloc purchase of condominiums for HPL Properties, Pontiac Land Group etc. in transactions valued at more than $439 million.
     
  • Represented Foreign Governments and Monarchies including the British Government in transactions valued in excess of $50 million and the Malaysian royalty in transactions valued at more than $1 billion.

  • Acted in the acquisition, divestment, and lease of industrial properties including JTC, Housing and Development Board and Ascendas. Also handled 'change of use' applications and negotiations including for a biomedical US Company in a transaction valued at more than $145 million.

Accolades

Asian Legal Business S.E. Asia Law Awards 2017
Drew & Napier named Real Estate Law Firm of the Year for the second time

The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Real Estate 2017 - Tier 2

“Drew & Napier LLC is ‘renowned’ for real estate and construction, advising on the contentious and non-contentious aspects of construction, engineering and related insurance issues." 

"Drew & Napier LLC has broad and deep expertise in both contentious and non-contentious real estate and construction matters.”

"Geraldine Ong is praised for her ability to ‘understand the commercial perspective’ and ‘provide ideas to resolve issues’."

Chambers Asia Pacific
Real Estate 2017 – Other noted firms

Asialaw Profiles
Construction & Real Estate 2014 - Highly recommended

"Real estate practice head Geraldine Ong is appreciated for 'her ability to solve difficult problems using her vast industry knowledge and creative thinking.'"