International Financial Law Review (IFLR)

IFLR Asia Awards

Restructuring Deal of the Year 2016
The restructuring of PT Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk

Rising Star, Restructuring 2016
Mohan Gopalan

M&A Deal of the Year 2014 
Fraser & Neave contested takeover

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

Financial and Corporate 2020
Restructuring & Insolvency – Tier 1 for 13 consecutive years
Mergers & Acquisitions – Tier 2 for 15 consecutive years
Capital Markets – Tier 3 for 15 consecutive years
Banking & Finance – Tier 3 for 8 consecutive years
Project Development  – Tier 2 for 3 consecutive years

Restructuring & Insolvency
Tier 1 for 13 consecutive years
Sushil Nair (Market leader, up from Highly regarded for 2 consecutive years from 2018 to 2019)
Julian Kwek (Highly regarded for 3 consecutive years, previously Leading lawyer from 2012 to 2017)
Chan Wei Meng (Highly regarded for 2 consecutive years, previously Notable practitioner in 2017) 
Blossom Hing (Highly regarded, up from Rising star for 6 consecutive years from 2014 to 2019)
Mohan Gopalan (Rising star for 2 consecutive years, previously Notable practitioner in 2018) 
Teri Cheng (Rising Star)

Mergers & Acquisitions
Tier 2 for 15 consecutive years
Gary Pryke (Highly regarded for 3 consecutive years, previously Leading lawyer from 2006 to 2017)
Steven Lo (Highlly regarded for 2 consecutive years, previously Notable practitioner in 2018) 
Grace Lai (Notable practitioner for 2 consecutive years)

Capital Markets
Tier 3 for 15 consecutive years
Boon Ann Sin (Highly regarded for 3 consecutive years, previously Leading lawyer from 2011 to 2017)
Petrus Huang (Notable practitioner for 3 consecutive years) 
Grace Lai (Notable practitioner for 3 consecutive years) 

Banking
Tier 3 for 8 consecutive years

Project Development
Tier 2 for 3 consecutive years

IFLR 1000 Review: Financial and Corporate

Drew & Napier is a solid performer across the financial and corporate space, but its prized restructuring and insolvency practice sets it apart from competitors. 

The banking team has particular expertise in project financing. Recently the firm took on roles such as lenders and borrowers counsel on financing transactions for firms active in sectors such as real estate, shipping, oil and gas, and renewable energy.

In capital markets work the firm recently acted for issuers and underwriters on matters including IPOs, bond issues, rights issues, and overseas listings.

On the M&A side the firm’s clients include private and publicly listed corporates, venture capital funds, financial institutions, multinationals, and government entities. Highlights include advising on the first merger of two REITs in Singapore; advising on the formation of one of Asia’s largest cybersecurity companies; and acting for SoftBank Vision Fund in the disposal of its interests in Flipkart to Walmart.

In restructuring, the firm took on roles for lenders, agents, bondholders, and creditors and notably advised firms such as Nam Cheong and TT International on debt restructuring exercises. The firm was particularly active in oil and gas and shipping.
 

Client Feedback

“Solid knowledge of local and international laws and regulations. Solid legal advice on commercial considerations from banking and legal perspectives. Solid advice on market standards from a banking perspective.“ – Banking

“Quality advice, quick turnaround time, reasonable rates and flexible charges. Offering to teach my banking staff in legal matters and update them on the latest developments in the legal arena.” – Banking

“The work is of the highest quality. “ – Capital markets

“Excellent. The law firm understands legal and commercial requirements.” – Capital markets

“It provides the full range of legal services to the clients. It is resourceful in helping the clients arrive at effective solutions in a timely manner when handling corporate work. The team exhibits a strong understanding of the business and provides value-added solutions.” – Capital markets

“Very high level of legal services of all kinds, as required by public companies and fund managers.” – Financial and corporate  

“Superb response and turnaround time; very good knowledge and understanding of the brief; easy to communicate and always available to discuss; very good fee structure; and approachable partners and associates.” – Investment funds

“Extremely professional, efficient and responsive given Take-over Code and Securities & Futures Act time constraints and several other issues which arose during the pre-Offer, Offer and post-Offer period.” – M&A

“The team from Drew & Napier in charge of our M&A work was detailed, thorough and quick in producing results. I was very satisfied with the outcome.” – M&A

“We have depended on the professional services of Drew & Napier's restructuring and insolvency team for more than 10 years and have never been disappointed. Overall, the quality of work (legal knowledge as well as an understanding of the market environment) has been outstanding. One aspect which we appreciated most is the team's ability to go beyond the legal aspects and advise us on the commercial implications.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Drew & Napier's work is exemplary. Their strength is turnaround time, and I cannot point any weaknesses so far.“ – Restructuring and insolvency

“Extremely commercial and competent. Able to grasp issues affecting not just the legal position but those which relate to the commercial, political and reputational concerns of the clients.” – Restructuring and insolvency