Asia-Pacific Legal 500 

The Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards

Litigation Team of the Year 20/21

Antitrust and Competition Team of the Year 20/21: Highly Commended

2022 edition

Antitrust & Competition

Antitrust & Competition – Tier 1 for 6 consecutive years
Lim Chong Kin - Leading Individual for 6 consecutive years
Corinne Chew - Leading Individual for 6 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull SC - Recommended lawyer for 6 consecutive years
Chia Voon Jiet - Recommended lawyer

Drew & Napier LLC is best known for contentious and regulatory matters thanks to the firm’s dispute resolution heritage. The competition and regulatory team is frequently engaged in representing clients in major investigations by the CCCS, including advising on cartel investigations, applications for leniency and dawn raids. It also assists competition regulators themselves with key issues such as the development of regulatory frameworks, market access, liberalisation and enforcement issues, notably in the telecoms and media sectors. Lim Chong Kin is a seasoned competition and regulatory specialist with an impressive record in investigations and regulatory frameworks. Cavinder Bull SC is an outstanding litigator with a fine record in competition matters. Corinne Chew has impressed the market with her expertise in merger filings, leniency applications, dawn raids and investigations.

Banking & Finance

Banking & Finance – Tier 2
Benedict Teo - Recommended lawyer
Pauline Chong - Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Renu Menon - Recommended lawyer for 5 consecutive years
Lau Sok Hiang - Recommended lawyer
Eleanor Pang - Recommended lawyer

According to one client, ‘the diversity of skills and knowledge of the legal eagles at Drew & Napier LLC is astounding and exudes confidence‘. The banking and finance practice encompasses the spectrum of credit and loan transactions, including in relation to bond issuances, acquisition financing and debt restructuring. The group is also known for its banking advisory and regulatory work. Heading the team is Pauline Chong, an expert in bilateral and syndicated loan facilities in cross-border deals. Renu Menon is the name to note for regulatory issues, while Benedict Teo handles banking litigation.

Capital Markets

Capital Markets – Tier 2 for 11 consecutive years
Steven Lo - Recommended lawyer
Gary Wan - Recommended lawyer
Petrus Huang - Recommended lawyer for 6 years
Renu Menon - Recommended lawyer
Ron Cheng - Recommended lawyer
Sin Boon Ann - Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years, previously Leading Individual for 13 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC‘s practice is divided into three sub-groups, handing equity, debt and REIT transactions respectively. The group specialises in cross-border work, both for foreign companies listing in Singapore and domestic firms listing abroad. The department is co-headed by Steven Lo and Gary WanThe group is able to draw on the assistance of consultant Sin Boon Ann, who has long-standing experience in secondary equity and debt offerings. Director Petrus Huang takes the lead on REIT deals.

Construction 

Construction - Tier 3
Jimmy Yim, SC - Recommended lawyer
Cavinder Bull SC - Recommended lawyer
Christopher Chong - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Mahesh Rai - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Kelvin Teo - Next Generation Partner for 2 consecutive years
Don Loo - Recommended lawyer
Nicole Toh - Recommended lawyer
Josh Tan - Recommended lawyer

Drew & Napier LLC has steadily intensified its focus on construction matters over the last few years. Built on the firm’s standing as a dispute resolution giant, it is also expanding its non-contentious construction practice thanks to the efforts of Christopher Chong, the head of the construction and engineering team. The group primarily represents contractors with a particular focus on Singapore, Myanmar, India and Indonesia. Mahesh Rai is highly rated for international disputes, having increased his emphasis on construction and engineering in recent years. Jimmy Yim, SC and Cavinder Bull SC provide additional senior-level gravitas in big-ticket international construction disputes. Kelvin Teo is an emerging talent in construction disputes.

Corporate/M&A

Corporate/M&A  Tier 3 for 5 consecutive years
Steven Lo - Recommended lawyer for 5 consecutive years
Jon Nair - Recommended lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Tan Teng Sen - Leading Individual
Seraphina Ho - Next Generation Partner

Hailed as ‘strong in its multijurisdictional transaction management’, a point of distinction for Drew & Napier LLC is its integration with Drew Network Asia, a relationship which sees it aligned with firms in both Indonesia and Malaysia. The department handles everything from public takeovers, privatisations and asset divestment through to public and private M&A, joint ventures and restructurings. Practice head Steven Lo represents bidders, financial advisers and target companies; both he and Tan Teng Sen are singled out by clients as ‘superb legal practitioners’ meanwhile Seraphina Ho is 'super reliable and will not let the ball drop.'

Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution – Tier 1 for 23 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC - Hall of Fame for 2 consecutive year, previously Leading Individual for 12 consecutive years
Jimmy Yim, SC - Leading Individial for 21 consecutive years
Siraj Omar, SC - Leading individual for 3 years
Randolph Khoo - Recommended lawyer for 5 consecutive years
Blossom Hing - Recommended lawyer for 5 consecutive years
Meryl Koh - Recommended lawyer
Woo Shu Yan - Recommended lawyer
Mahesh Rai - Next Generation Partners for 3 consecutive years
Kevin Lee - Recommended lawyer
Tan Yuan Kheng - Recommended lawyer

Drew & Napier LLC‘s team possesses a ‘depth of expertise in a range of critical areas’ with an impressive bench of highly capable lawyers in both arbitration and litigation, allowing for a seamless client experience. The group, jointly led by Cavinder Bull SCJimmy Yim SC and Randolph Khoo, regularly acts on high-profile disputes before Singapore and international courts including the SICC. Meryl Koh is commended for her work ‘covering all bases when going to court to litigate.’ The team’s diverse client base includes government agencies and officials, multinationals, local organisations, and ultra-high net worth individuals. Shu Yan Woo is praised for her ‘attention to detail‘ and has recently worked with associate director Yuan Kheng Tan representing a prominent political client in a cross-border case before the Court of Appeal. Other key individuals include Siraj Omar SCBlossom Hing, Mahesh Rai and Kevin Lee.

Labour and Employment

Labour and Employment  Tier 1 for 7 consecutive years
Kelvin Tan - Recommended lawyer for 7 consecutive years
Benjamin Gaw - Recommended lawyer for 7 consecutive years
Chong Kin Lim - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years, previously Leading Individual for 4 consecutive years
Rakesh Kirpalani - Recommended lawyer

Drew & Napier LLC has a highly developed employment practice, notably leveraging the firm’s celebrated dispute resolution history, but also having a recognised non-contentious and transactional practice. It has achieved further prominence in key areas such as discrimination claims, collective bargaining agreements and employee terminations. The group also shows high levels of expertise in negotiating Singapore regulations relating to the proportion of foreign employees. Kelvin Tan is a leader in employment disputes. Benjamin Gaw is highly rated as a non-contentious employment specialist, as is Lim Chong KinRakesh Kirpalani provides further expertise in technology-related employment disputes.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property  Tier 1 for 23 consecutive years
Tony Yeo - Hall of Fame for 3 consecutive years, previously a Leading individual for 10 consecutive years
Yvonne Tang - Recommended lawyer for 5 consecutive years
Siau Wen Lim - Recommended lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Meryl Koh - Next generation lawyer for 6 consecutive years
Javier Yeo - Rising star

Drew & Napier LLC is primarily known as a dispute resolution firm and this is reinforced by its work in the IP litigation field. Moreover, it has a highly-developed trade mark, patent and design filing practice in Singapore. Its client list in the trade mark and patent fields is extensive and prestigious, including the likes of Apple, Audi, Facebook and Singapore Airlines. Top IP litigator Tony Yeo is managing director of the IP group and leader of the healthcare and life sciences department. Yvonne Tang is a big name in trade mark opposition proceedings, and Siau Wen Lim is noted for managing trade mark and patent portfolios. Meryl Koh is another prominent IP litigator and highly rated by clients, especially where the Mandarin language is required. Associate Javier Yeo also impresses clients.

International Arbitration

International Arbitration  Tier 2 for 7 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC - Hall of Fame for 2 consecutive years, previously a Leading individual for 8 consecutive years
Jimmy Yim, SC - Leading Individual for 2 consecutive years, previously a Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Randolph Khoo - Recommended lawyer for 7 years
Siraj Omar, SC - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Kelvin Tan - Recommended lawyer
Christopher Chong - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Foo Yuet Min - Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Mahesh Rai - Next Generation Partner for 3 consecutive years
Meryl Koh - Recommended lawyer
Kelvin Teo - Next Generation Partner for 2 consecutive years 
Jonathan Yap - Recommended lawyer
Terence Tan - Recommended lawyer
Don Loo - Recommended lawyer
Yap En Li - Recommended lawyer

Drew & Napier LLC‘s disputes resolution practice is praised for its ‘in-depth knowledge of international arbitration‘ with experience across a full range of commercial arbitrations and investor-state disputes, as well as related litigation. The group is led by leading local disputes experts the ‘phenomenal‘ Jimmy Yim,SC, ‘powerful advocate‘ Cavinder Bull SC and Randolph KhooSiraj Omar, SC is another leading name, while Mahesh Rai (who attracts praise for his ‘vast experience and commercial knowledge‘) and infrastructure, energy and resource disputes specialist Kelvin Teo are among the next generation. With an already deep bench, the team has bolstered its partner ranks with the promotions of Terence Tan and Jonathan Yap.

Investment Funds

Investment Funds – Tier 2 for 2 consecutive years
Petrus Huang - Leading individual for 6 consecutive years
Ron Cheng - Leading individual for 2 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC has extensive experience in Variable Capital Company (VCC) structures, having worked intensively in this area since 2015. In the wider field, the firm has an impressive record in open-ended funds. The team is also recognised for its engagements in real estate funds and REITs, debt and private credit funds, and pre-IPO investing. Petrus Huang, who has experience with the open-ended funds regime and in real estate funds and Ron Cheng co-head the team. The latter is well versed in alternative investment funds.

Private Wealth and Family Law

Private Wealth – Tier 1 for 6 consecutive years
Ong Sim Ho - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Randolph Khoo - Recommended lawyer
Ong Ken Loon - Recommended lawyer for 5 years
Seah Ching Ling - Next Generation Partner for 2 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC targets the growing flow of wealth into Singapore from China, building on its already strong presence in representing individuals and family offices from Southeast Asia, Japan and India. It has established its name in trusts and tax structuring and continues to leverage its status as a leading dispute resolution firm. Ong Sim Ho is a prominent name in private wealth and asset protection, while Randolph Khoo is a leading figure in private client disputes. Seah Ching Ling is an emerging talent.

Projects & Energy

Projects & Energy  Tier 2 for 11 consecutive years
Jimmy Yim, SC - Recommended lawyer for 6 consecutive years
Ong Sim Ho - Recommended lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Mahesh Rai - Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Lau Sok Hiang - Recommended lawyer
Renu Menon - Recommended lawyer

Under the leadership of Jimmy Yim, SC, contentious and non-contentious specialists at Drew & Napier LLC work together to offer clients a broad spectrum of skills and knowledge in high-profile projects spanning the power, telecoms, waste disposal and construction sectors. The team is also highly familiar with the workings of the multilateral and export agencies that provide funding for infrastructure development in Asia. The practice is differentiated by its close co-operation with the firm’s well regarded dispute resolution department; Mahesh Rai is a noteworthy contact in this area. On the financing side, Renu Menon and Sok Hiang Lau  are some of the key names to note. For clients from the oil and gas sector, Ong Sim Ho is particularly recommended.

Real Estate

Real Estate – Tier 2 for 6 consecutive years 
Ho Soo Lih - Recommended lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Lau Sok Hiang - Recommended lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Wai Cheong Yeong - Recommended lawyer for 6 consecutive years
April Mak - Recommended lawyer 

Drew & Napier LLC has a large team of real estate specialists, including an impressive number at director level. It represents a range of regional developers, corporates, financial institutions and investors. The team continues to work on a significant number of real estate asset acquisitions and disposals, along with other headline real estate transactions. Ho Soo Lih and Lau Sok Hiang are key names in corporate real estate, with Wai Cheong Yeong on the real estate finance side.

Restructuring & Insolvency

Restructuring & Insolvency  Tier 1 for 11 consecutive years
Sushil Nair - Hall of Fame, previously Leading individual for 8 consecutive years
Julian Kwek - Recommended lawyer for 7 consecutive years
Blossom Hing - Recommended lawyer for 6 consecutive years
Chan Wei Meng - Recommended lawyer for 5 years
Mohan Golapan - Next Generation Partners for 6 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC continues to stand out for its expertise in insolvency proceedings and cross-border restructurings. It routinely advises on the biggest engagements in the region, representing a range of creditors, debtors and other parties to distressed situations. Sushil Nair has an illustrious reputation in this field and is frequently mandated to advise on headline matters, including those involving China and Indonesia. Julian Kwek is also rated for transactional-related engagements, including the largest workouts in Indonesia and defaults of Chinese companies listed in Singapore. Blossom Hing is another highly-rated practitioner, especially in contentious insolvency proceedings. Mohan Golapan focuses on debt restructuring, aiding Nair in advising the National Environment Agency on its rights in relation to the Hyflux restructuring.

Tax

Tax  Tier 1 for 11 years
Ong Ken Loon - Hall of Fame for 3 consecutive years, previously Leading individual for 9 consecutive years
Ong Sim Ho - Leading individual for 13 years
Yang Shi Yong - Recommended lawyer for 7 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC is frequently singled out as a market leader in tax disputes, although it has built a fully-functioning tax advisory and transactions practice led by a number of senior individuals; this includes enterprise tax risk management and private wealth planning. Ong Ken Loon is an experienced figure in transactions, advisory and disputes, including real estate sector matters and private wealth-related engagements. Ong Sim Ho is another big name in the industry, taking on big-ticket engagements in advisory matters and disputes, and is a pivotal figure in the firm’s growing private wealth practice.

Telecommunications, Media & Technology

Telecommunications, Media & Technology  Tier 2 for 3 consecutive years
Lim Chong Kin - Hall of Fame for 3 consecutive years, previously a Leading individual for 9 consecutive years
David Alfred - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC‘s transactional, licensing and regulatory capabilities ensure that the firm is regularly instructed by a varied roster of clients, including global carriers and regional telecoms service providers, international broadcasters and technology leaders, IT start-ups, and various regulators and authorities across the region. Contract negotiation is also a key area of strength for the firm. Highly regarded practitioner Lim Chong Kin leads the TMT practice, while regulatory and commercial expert David Alfred leverages his experience as co-head of the data protection, privacy and cybersecurity group to advise on a wide range of issues such as development and review of public policy, legislation and data governance.

White-Collar Crime

White-Collar Crime​  Tier 2 for 2 consecutive years
Wendell Wong - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Gary Low - Recommended lawyer
Mahesh Rai - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC‘s criminal law practice draws expertise from the firm’s banking, corporate, tax, disputes and IP group to handle a range of criminal matters for major corporations, listed companies and individuals. Wendell Wong co-heads the practice and regularly engages in regulatory and compliance advisory work including anti-fraud and anti-bribery investigations for multinational and listed companies. Mahesh Rai is also noted for his focus on investigations, and high-value and cross-border disputes, and Gary Low specialises in representing local and foreign banks in banking fraud and anti-money laundering cases.