Asia-PacificLegal 500 

2020 edition

Antitrust & Competition

Antitrust & Competition - Tier 1 for 4 consecutive years
Lim Chong Kin - Leading Individual for 4 consecutive years
Corinne Chew - Leading Individual for 4 consecutive years

Led by the 'highly regardedLim Chong Kin and senior counsel Cavinder Bull SC, the competition team at Drew & Napier LLC is known for assisting clients with navigating multi-jurisdictional mergers and investigations by the CCCS. Kin is 'a safe pair of hands' for contentious matters and competition compliance, with key strengths in transaction reviews and guidance with the CCS and across the Asean region, while Bull is 'highly commended for his experience' guiding clients through investigations by Singaporean and foreign competition regulators. Corinne Chew acts on the filing of merger notifications to the CCS, leniency applications, dawn raid management and in defending against CCS investigations.


Banking & Finance

Banking & Finance – Tier 3 for 6 years

Drew & Napier LLC has continued to develop its standing in traditional and non-traditional finance for both lenders and borrowers, including big local and regional banks, credit funds and major corporate borrowers. The firm is an active force in acquisition finance, refinancings, project finance and receivables financings. Pauline Chong  leads the practice, which includes Renu Menon; both have a fine record in syndicated and bilateral lending, acquisition finance and project finance.


Capital Markets

Capital Markets – Tier 2 for 9 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC has successfully targeted foreign issuers, including Israeli corporates, for capital markets offerings in Singapore. The firm maintains a credible presence in debt and equity issuances and has a background in both Catalist and mainboard SGX listings. It is primarily known for mid-cap deals. Grace Lai leads the practice, which includes consultant Sin Boon Ann.


Corporate/M&A

Corporate/M&A  Tier 3 for 3 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC remains active in take privates, delistings and headline strategic M&A transactions. The team has a broad array of experience, including TMT sector deals. Steven Lo heads the M&A practice, which includes respected consultant Gary Pryke, who continues to deploy his technical experience to a range of transactions. Tan Teng Sen and Jon Nair are emerging names.


Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution – Tier 1 for 21 consecutive years
Jimmy Yim, SC - Leading Individual for 19 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC – Leading individual for 12 consecutive years
Siraj Omar, SC – Leading individual for 2 years
Adam Maniam Next Generation Partners
Mahes Rai – Next Generation Partners 
Bryan Wong – Rising Stars

Drew & Napier LLC remains a dispute resolution powerhouse, despite the headline departure of the iconic Davinder Singh SC, Jaikanth Shankar and Pardeep Khosa to launch Davinder Singh Chambers. The remaining team continues to be highly rated thanks to the presence of big names such as chief executive Cavinder Bull SCJimmy Yim SC and the recently appointed senior counsel Siraj Omar SC who joined from RPC Premier Law with a team of eight in July 2019; he provides additional firepower in banking and insolvency disputes. Moreover, the firm bolstered its standing in tax disputes with the hire of Ong Sim Ho from his own eponymous firm. The team is routinely engaged in big-ticket and bet-the-company type disputes and has a tremendous record in arbitration-related court proceedings. Mahesh Rai is highly regarded for construction and engineering disputes, while Wendell WongRandolph KhooGary LowBenedict Teo and Blossom Hing are also important names. Adam Maniam is an emerging talent and Bryan Wong is an outstanding Senior Associate.


Labour and Employment

Labour and Employment  Tier 1 

Drew & Napier LLC advises on the spectrum of employment law, including benefits, compliance with workplace health and safety and employee insurance legislation, as well as the employment-related aspects of transactions, advisory and contentious work. Kelvin Tan leads on the contentious side, with strong expertise in regulatory compliance, investigations and proceedings involving bribery, fraud and misconduct. Benjamin Gaw is experienced in drafting and reviewing employment contracts and handbook templates, promotion letter templates, sponsorship agreements and termination agreements.


Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property  Tier 1 for 21 consecutive years
Tony Yeo – Leading individual for 10 consecutive years
Meryl Koh – Next generation lawyer for 4 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC's stands out for its 'outstanding depth of knowledge, aggressiveness in litigation strategy and business savviness', according to one client. Core areas of expertise include patents, designs and trade marks, copyrights, licensing and franchising, branding and commercialisation, as well as advising on regulatory issues affecting the life sciences and pharmaceutical industry. Managing director Tony Yeo is 'an absolutely first-class litigator'; he recently represented Becton Dickinson Medical, in a leading patent infringement dispute commenced by B. Braun Melsungen concerning medical catheters. Yvonne Tang's practice focuses on trade marks and copyright infringement, while Siau Wen Lim advises on general IP and regulatory matters, particularly those concerning gaming, product advertising, labelling, and branding. Meryl Koh frequently works alongside Yeo on patent and trade mark infringement disputes.


International Arbitration

International Arbitration  Tier 2 for 5 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC  – Leading individual for 8 consecutive years
Mahesh Rai – Next Generation Partners 

Drew & Napier LLChas gained considerable traction in the arbitration market in recent years, thanks in part to the commitment, dedication and profile of key figures such as Cavinder Bull SC. The firm has made an impact in commercial and investor-state arbitrations, acting for a wide variety of regional and international clients, including governments. Jimmy Yim SCRandolph Khoo and Yuet Min Foo are also highly rated, as is emerging figure Mahesh Rai.


Investment Funds

Investment Funds – Tier 3 for 4 consecutive years
Petrus Huang – Leading individual for 4 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC's team of 'knowledgeable, professional, and dedicated'  corporate lawyers is experienced in all aspects of funds, funds management and private equity transactions, and is 'well versed in the local regulatory requirements as well as foreign market standards'. Co-head Petrus Huang is 'very skilled in fund formation', regularly acting for local and international clients, fund management companies and REITs.  Fellow co-head Ron Cheng, who specialises in the structuring and listing of funds, 'manages a good team' and 'always delivers well thought out practical advice'.


Private Wealth

Private Wealth – Tier 1 for 4 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC has a 'solid reputation' for assisting private clients with the formation of tax efficient structures for estate planning, asset preservation and provisions for minors, as well as support with the establishment of philanthropic foundations and trusts.


Projects & Energy

Projects & Energy  Tier 2 for 9 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC has an impressive mix of non-contentious and contentious work with a strong focus on national oil companies (NOCs) along with Japanese and Korean contractors. The firm is active in telecoms infrastructure matters in Myanmar and Malaysia, and is making an impact in petrochemical and conventional power plant projects across the region. Jimmy Yim SC leads the practice, which includes top disputes lawyer Mahesh Rai and newly recruited director Ong Sim Ho, who is a regular tax adviser to NOCs. Julian Kwek is noted for energy transactions


Real Estate

Real Estate – Tier 2 for 4 consecutive years 

Drew & Napier LLC's wide-ranging capabilities in real estate include advising developers, financial institutions, foreign and local investors and private individuals on land sales and acquisitions, financing and leasing of residential property. It also acts for receivers and mortgagees on their sale of real estate. Key partners include Soo Lih HoWai Cheong Yeong and Sok Hiang Lau


Restructuring & Insolvency

Restructuring & Insolvency  Tier 1 for 9 consecutive years
Sushil Nair – Leading individual for 7 consecutive years
Mohan Golapan – Next Generation Partners for 4 consecutive years

An 'established practice' with 'very competent professionals', Drew & Napier LLC regularly involved in some of the largest restructuring exercises in Asia, including advising the board of directors of Ezra Holdings on the $1.56bn debt restructuring of the Ezra Group and advising Brightoil Petroleum on its $916m debt restructuring. Practice heads Sushil Nair and Julian Kwek lead 'a superb team that achieves excellent results in the most complicated cross-border restructurings'. Blossom Hing has extensive experience working with clients from Indonesia, China and Hong Kong; Chan Wei Meng and Mohan Gopalan are 'technically very knowledgeable'.


Tax

Tax  Tier 2 for 5 consecutive years
Ong Ken Loon – Leading individual for 9 consecutive years
Ong Sim Ho – Leading individual for 11 years

Drew & Napier LLC significantly enhanced its standing with the hire of Ong Sim Ho and a team, including Yang Shi Yong, from his own boutique tax practice. The new team provides even greater force in tax disputes and the enlarged group is now a recognised leader across the tax sphere, including private wealth and family office matters, international tax, restructurings and corporate transactions. Ong Ken Loon leads the tax and private client practice.


Telecommunications, Media & Technology

Telecommunications, Media & Technology  Tier 2
Lim Chong Kin – Leading individual for 9 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC advises a mix of global carriers and regional telecoms service providers, international broadcasters, start-ups and regulators across Asia. The practice is regularly instructed on various technology contracts relating to project management, outsourcing, software integration, bespoke hardware and software, software licensing and hardware/software maintenance. Lim Chong Kin is the key contact.