Asia-PacificLegal 500 

2021 edition

Antitrust & Competition

Antitrust & Competition – Tier 1 for 5 consecutive years
Lim Chong Kin - Leading Individual for 5 consecutive years
Corinne Chew - Leading Individual for 5 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull SC - Recommended lawyer for 5 consecutive years

Led by Lim Chong Kin, senior counsel Cavinder Bull SC, and director Corinne Chew, Drew & Napier LLC advise on a range of antitrust matters. The team acts for private clients in mergers and Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) notifications, and also advises sectoral regulators on competition matters. Kin has experience in the drafting of both sectoral and general competition law in Singapore, while Bull advises clients in investigations by competition law regulators. Chew handles work including filing merger notifications and defending against CCCS investigations..


Banking & Finance

Banking & Finance – Tier 3 for 7 years
Pauline Chong - Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Renu Menon - Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC has a well-developed banking and finance practice, centred on key segments such as project finance, acquisition finance, and real estate. Restructuring and green loans are also important areas for the core team. The firm advises a wide range of Singapore, regional and international banks, along with corporate borrowers and financial sponsors. Pauline Chong has an excellent record in bilateral and syndicated lending and project finance. Renu Menon is also recognised for bilateral and syndicated lending, acquisition finance and debt restructuring..


Capital Markets

Capital Markets – Tier 2 for 10 consecutive years
Grace Lai - Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Sin Boon Ann - Recommended lawyer for 3 consecutive years, previously Leading Individial for 13 consecutive years
Petrus Huang - Recommended lawyer for 5 years
Michael Kwan - Recommended lawyer

Drew & Napier LLC focuses on a broad spectrum of debt and equity issuances, including REIT offerings. It has carved a niche in representing foreign issuers, including Israeli and Russian businesses, on their offerings on the mainboard and Catalist board of the Singapore Exchange. Moreover, it frequently acts as Singapore counsel on offerings on the Hong Kong Exchange. It is best known for mid-cap transactions. Grace Lai leads the practice and has a fine record in equity transactions. Consultant Sin Boon Ann is another experienced figure, while Petrus Huang covers debt, equity, and REIT transactions..

Construction 

Construction - Tier 4
Christopher Chong - Recommended lawyer
Mahesh Rai - Recommended lawyer
Kelvin Teo - Next Generation Partner

Drew & Napier LLC 's team 'excel in bringing in-depth local on-the-ground knowledge' and 'responsiveness and efficiency in matters' in the structuring of projects through drafting and negotiation of consortium, concession and supply agreements, concession agreements, with additional capabilities in project financing, procurement, and insolvency. On the contentious side, the team has bolstered its capabilities with the addition of Christopher Chong, who leads the practice. Deputy head Mahesh Rai represents clients in complex joint venture and contractual disputes arising out of construction, energy, infrastructure, and telecommunications projects.

Corporate/M&A

Corporate/M&A  Tier 3 for 4 consecutive years
Steven Lo - Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Jon Nair - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Tan Teng Sen - Recommended lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Gary Pryke - Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years, previously Leading Individial for 16 consecutive years
Seraphina Ho - Recommended lawyer

Drew & Napier LLC's corporate practice operates in the shadow of the firm's giant dispute resolution department, but has achieved considerable recognition for representing prominent corporates and financial investors in public M&A, take privates, and other transactions. Consultant Gary Pryke remains an important member of the team. Department head Steven Lo has also landed major roles on a series of headline deals, as has Jon Nair; they both advised Rothschild & Co Singapore, the financial adviser to CapitaLand on its acquisition of Ascendas and Singbridge.


Dispute Resolution

Dispute Resolution – Tier 1 for 22 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 20 consecutive years
Siraj Omar, SC - Leading individual for 3 years
Randolph Khoo - Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Adam Maniam - Next Generation Partners for 2 consecutive years
Mahesh Rai - Next Generation Partners for 2 consecutive years
Blossom Hing - Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Wendell Wong - Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Rakesh Kirpalani - Recommended lawyer
Bryan Wong - Rising Stars for 2 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC's team is lauded as 'reputable, professional, tactical and knowledgeable', particularly in high-profile matters before the Singapore and international courts, alongside a wealth of experience in cross-border arbitration and litigation disputes. Of particular note are Cavinder Bull SCJimmy Yim SCSiraj Omar, SC, and Randolph Khoo who have extensive courtroom experience in commercial litigation and arbitration across a number of sectors. Rakesh Kirpalani is a 'fantastic litigator' in the realm of technology and intellectual property; Blossom Hing and Wendell Wong are recommended for shareholder, corporate restructuring, and criminal law disputes, respectively. Adam ManiamMahesh Rai, and senior associate Bryan Wong make up the other key figures..


Labour and Employment

Labour and Employment  Tier 1 for 6 consecutive years
Kelvin Tan - Recommended lawyer for 6 consecutive years
Benjamin Gaw - Recommended lawyer for 7 consecutive years
Chong Kin Lim - Recommended lawyer, previously Leading Individual for 4 consecutive years

Drew & Napier LLC is particularly strong in employment disputes, with Kelvin Tan displaying a good depth of experience representing multinationals in a wide range of sectors in matters arising out of company restructuring, investigations, terminations, and data protection. Benjamin Gaw and Chong Kin Lim specialise in non-contentious employment and HR support, with a  focus on aspects arising in healthcare, life science, technology, and telecoms. Other areas of expertise include regulatory compliance work, trade union relations, and cross-border employee transfer.


Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property  Tier 1 for 22 consecutive years
Tony Yeo - Hall of Fame for 2 consecutive years, previously a Leading individual for 10 consecutive years
Yvonne Tang - Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Siau Wen Lim - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Meryl Koh - Next generation lawyer for 5 consecutive years

A full-service law firm, Drew & Napier LLC is particularly known for its representation of clients in contentious IP proceedings. The firm's work in litigation includes proceedings for IP infringements, opposition, invalidation and revocation proceedings, and passing off actions. Tony Yeo leads on healthcare and life sciences matters, with almost 30 years' experience in this area, while Yvonne Tang handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. Siau Wen Lim also has a broad practice, as does Meryl Koh.


International Arbitration

International Arbitration  Tier 2 for 6 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC - Hall of Fame, previously a Leading individual for 8 consecutive years
Jimmy Yim, SC - Leading Individual, previously a Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Siraj Omar, SC - Recommended lawyer 
Randolph Khoo - Recommended lawyer for 6 years
Christopher Chong - Recommended lawyer
Blossom Hing - Recommended lawyer
Mahesh Rai - Next Generation Partners for 2 consecutive years
Kelvin Teo - Next Generation Partners for 5 consecutive years 

Local firm Drew & Napier LLC acts for multinational companies (particularly those based in Singapore as well India, China, Brunei and Indonesia) and foreign governments in commercial and investor-state arbitration. For the latter, the 'outstandingCavinder Bull SC, who jointly leads the team alongside Jimmy Yim,SC and Randolph Khoo, has an impressive reputation. The group is also particularly strong for disputes in the construction and engineering sector, for which Christopher ChongMahesh Rai and Kelvin Teo (who recently joined from Cavenagh Law LLP) are key contacts. Other names to note include Siraj Omar, SC and Blossom Hing.


Investment Funds

Investment Funds – Tier 2
Petrus Huang - Leading individual for 5 consecutive years
Ron Cheng - Leading individual

The investment funds department at Drew & Napier LLC is led by Petrus Huang and Ron Cheng, who are often instructed by managers and trustees on fund formation and structuring, management work with an additional level of expertise in relevant tax incentives. Huang is particularly recommended for the establishment of real estate investment funds, while Cheng 'provides exception innovative strategy' in alternative investment funds.'.


Private Wealth

Private Wealth – Tier 1 for 5 consecutive years
Ong Sim Ho - Recommended lawyer
Ong Ken Loon - Recommended lawyer for 4 years
Seah Ching Ling - Next Generation Partner

Sitting within the tax department, Drew & Napier LLC assists individual clients on all aspects of wealth succession and asset protection, and draws on its tax expertise to advise on tax-efficient structures for estate planning, provision for minors and descendants, as well as tax considerations in the establishment of philanthropic foundations and trusts. As a tax lawyer and chartered accountant, Ong Sim Ho is able to bring in his legal, finance, risk governance, and accounting perspectives to assist on various private client matters. Also of note is Seah Ching Ling who is 'very experienced and knowledgeable in the area of trusts, taxation, and charities'..


Projects & Energy

Projects & Energy  Tier 2 for 10 consecutive years
Jimmy Yim, SC - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Ong Sim Ho - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Mahesh Rai - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years

Led by Jimmy Yim, SC, Drew & Napier LLC has a broad practice covering projects in areas including manufacturing, shipping, residential property, and energy. In addition to advising on non-contentious matters, the team also acts alongside the firm's dispute resolution team to represent clients in litigation and arbitration. Yim handles both contentious and non-contentious matters; elsewhere, Ong Sim Ho is known for his work in the oil and gas sectors, particularly working with national oil companies. Dispute resolution specialist Mahesh Rai is another key contact, and handles disputes related to projects for clients throughout South East Asia.


Real Estate

Real Estate – Tier 2 for 5 consecutive years 
Ho Soo Lih - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Lau Sok Hiang - Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Wai Cheong Yeong - Recommended lawyer for 5 consecutive years
April Mak - Recommended lawyer 

At Drew & Napier LLC, co-heads Lau Sok Hiang and Ho Soo Lih advise listed and private companies, financial institutions, developers, and individuals in real estate transactions such as joint ventures, share sale, and purchases, REIT's, collective sales, and leases.  He also routinely advises on hotel management, property investment, and management contracts. Wai Cheong Yeong is recommended for real estate financing. 


Restructuring & Insolvency

Restructuring & Insolvency  Tier 1 for 10 consecutive years
Sushil Nair - Leading individual for 8 consecutive years
Julian Kwek - Recommended lawyer for 6 consecutive years
Blossom Hing - Recommended lawyer for 5 consecutive years
Chan Wei Meng - Recommended lawyer for 4 years
Mohan Golapan - Next Generation Partners for 5 consecutive years
Mitchell Yeo - Recommended lawyer

The sizeable outstanding group at Drew & Napier LLC 'consistently achieves excellent results for its clients in the context of complex cross-border restructuring matters' and is differentiated for its 'client perspective' and 'understanding of how to make a deal done'. The team has a solid reputation acting for debtors, creditors and liquidators, and creditors in complex contentious and non-contentious restructurings and insolvency cases, with several involving a cross-border element. Co-heads Sushil Nair and Julian Kwek are 'creative lawyers and excellent leaders of their strong team'Blossom Hing and Chan Wei Meng 'are pragmatic, engaging and very experienced'. Mohan Golapan is also highly recommended..


Tax

Tax  Tier 1 for 10 years
Ong Ken Loon - Hall of Fame for 2 consecutive years, previously Leading individual for 9 consecutive years
Ong Sim Ho - Leading individual for 12 years
Yang Shi Yong - Recommended lawyer for 6 consecutive years

Best known for its visibility and reputation in tax disputes, Drew & Napier LLC is the go-to counsel for investigations and disputes with the IRAS, and its appeals to the tax tribunals and all levels of Singapore courts. The practice maintains an active corporate tax practice, advising on income tax, good and services tax, stamp duty, and property tax. Lead partner Ong Ken Loon is also experienced in private tax and wealth succession. Yang Shi Yong specialises in enterprise tax risk management and tax audit, and tax investigations. Ong Sim Ho  is known for his courtroom experience in high-value tax litigation..


Telecommunications, Media & Technology

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

Lim Chong Kin leads the comprehensive TMT offering at Drew & Napier LLC which is regularly engaged to draft various technology contracts, and assists in outsourcing, software integration, and software licensing. The practice retains a strong media and telecoms regulatory advisory capability, alongside complementary offering in data protection and transactional support. New partner hire David Alfred joined from Personal Data Protection Commission in February 2020, and has over 20 years’ experience in data protection, cybersecurity, and regulatory enforcement.

White-Collar Crime

White-Collar Crime​  Tier 2 
Wendell Wong - Recommended lawyer
Mahesh Rai - Recommended lawyer

Drew & Napier LLC's celebrated contentious skills are frequently in evidence in the white-collar crime segment. Wendell Wong is co-head of investigations and criminal law practice; he has an outstanding reputation for representing individuals in bribery and corruption investigations and cases. Mahesh Rai has also impressed in investigations, aside from his work in construction, arbitration, and litigation.