Commercial Litigation

We have a team of about 100 lawyers who cover the full range of commercial litigation matters, including banking and finance, building and construction, constitutional law, debt recovery, defamation, fraud and white-collar crime, intellectual property, telecommunications, and media and technology.

Our Senior Counsel are widely regarded as amongst the best in the region. They command industry prestige and respect, and are favoured by clients for the most complex and significant matters.

We also represent Fortune 500 companies, multi-national corporations, and local organisations, such as Asia Pacific Breweries, DBS Bank, UBS, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore Press Holdings, SISTIC, Creative Technology, and Singapore Exchange Limited.

We have been involved in many of Singapore’s landmark cases, such as SISTIC’s appeal against the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS), MAS’ civil penalties for insider trading, and appeals by several coach operators against CCCS.

We also represent clients from several countries and industries in disputes before the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC).

In the last year alone, we handled litigation matters involving sums exceeding US$8.58 billion.

Practice Areas  

  • Administrative & Public Law
  • Banking & Finance
  • Building & Construction
  • Civil & Commercial
  • Corporate
  • Corporate Restructuring & Workouts
  • Competition Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Debt Recovery
  • Directors’ Duties/Corporate Fraud & White Collar Crime
  • Employment & Immigration
  • Environmental Law
  • Family & International Personal Relationships
  • Information Technology
  • Insurance & Reinsurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade
  • Medical
  • Real Estate

Accolades

Asian Legal Business Southeast Asia Law Awards
Regional Litigation Law Firm of the Year 2019 – 3rd consecutive year
Singapore Litigation Law Firm of the Year 2019 – 15th consecutive year, sole winner since inception of the awards
Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 2019 - Cavinder Bull, SC
Young Lawyer of the Year 2019 – Mahesh Rai

Asian Legal Business India Law Awards 2019 (inaugural)
India Practice, Asian Law Firm of the Year 2019

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards
Commercial & Transactions Firm of the Year 2019
National Law Firm of the Year 2018 – Singapore
Disputes Star of the Year, Singapore 2018 – Cavinder Bull, SC

The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Dispute Resolution 2020 – Ranked Tier 1 for 21 consecutive years

Leading Individuals:       
Jimmy Yim, SC – 19 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC – 12 consecutive years
Siraj Omar, SC – 2 consecutive years

Recommended Lawyers:
Randolph Khoo - 3 consecutive years
Wendell Wong - 3 consecutive years
Gary Low - 3 consecutive years
Blossom Hing - 3 consecutive years
Benedict Teo
Ong Sim Ho

Next Generation Lawyers:
Mahesh Rai
Adam Maniam

Rising Star:
Bryan Wong

Sources say: “The firm has been the gold standard for litigation for a long time and remains at the forefront.”

The firm is honest, astute and organised. It is clinical in its efficiency and runs rings around the opposition.”

It invests resources into best-of-class, decent and efficient lawyers able to support clients to the absolute best of their abilities.”

‘“Top of the class” and a “clear leader in litigation”’

Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global
Dispute Resolution: Litigation: Domestic Firms 2020 – Ranked Band 1 (14 consecutive years)

Leading Individuals:     
Jimmy Yim, SC – Band 2 (7 years ranked)
Cavinder Bull, SC – Band 1 (10 years running)
Randolph Khoo – Band 4 (3 years running)

Recognised Practitioners:
Kelvin Tan (3 years running)
Blossom Hing (3 years running)
Siraj Omar (Debut in 2020)

Clients praise the quality of the team's advice: "They are very responsive, diligent and responsible in the legal work carried out. Most importantly, they are straightforward in giving assessments of the case."

Sources say: "They are very proactive and they can think outside of the box. They do the work well, which means they are able to move things on quickly."

"Their reputation is well deserved: they are the top firm overall in Singapore, unlike a lot of multinational firms. They really are focused on operating from Singapore, but they work all around the world."

"They are among the top at their game in Singapore and they have a good network of solid friendly firms in other jurisdictions that they work very well with."

"They have hands-down the best litigation team in Singapore. If I needed to recommend a client to a litigation team in Singapore other than my own firm, I'd recommend Drew & Napier. I think they have good lead partners, lots of experience and a good mid tier as well. The quality is good across the levels because they train them well."

"They are exceptionally bright and engaging, and prepared to tailor advice to our specific needs."

"What I appreciated about Drew & Napier is that they were quick at delivering work"

They were very responsive and able to get back to us quickly."

"They are THE litigation firm in Singapore."

"Drew & Napier is our first choice for this work."

"It is an outstanding litigation firm. Not only have they demonstrated their advocacy prowess, and their know-how from a civil procedure standpoint, they also have strong ability to understand the internal workings of the clients"

"quality services and sensible, practical advice"

"clear strategies on how to secure your objectives."

Asialaw Profiles
Dispute Resolution 2019 – Outstanding firm (9 consecutive years)

Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Dispute Resolution & Litigation 2018

Recommended Individuals:
Jimmy Yim, SC – Market Leading lawyer 
Cavinder Bull, SC – Market Leading lawyer 
Tony Yeo – Market Leading lawyer 
Blossom Hing – Market Leading lawyer 
Mahesh Rai – Leading lawyer 

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2020 edition
Commercial and Transactions – Tier 1 (3 consecutive years)

Identified as Dispute Resolution Stars:
Jimmy Yim, SC – International Arbitration, Commercial and Transactions
Cavinder Bull, SC – International Arbitration, Commercial and Transactions
Siraj Omar, SC – Commercial and Transactions, Insolvency
Sushil Nair – Insolvency
Tony Yeo – Intellectual Property
Randolph Khoo – International Arbitration, Commercial and Transactions, Family and Matrimonial
Wendell Wong – White Collar Crime
Blossom Hing – Insolvency
Christopher Chong – Construction
Gary Low – White Collar Crime, Commercial and Transactions
Mohan Gopalan – Insolvency

“Efficient and effective witness preparation; extremely high level advocacy skill; and skilled resources even down to the trainees used to assist in the court matter.”

Who’s Who Legal
Litigation 2019
Recommended Individual:
Cavinder Bull, SC (12 consecutive years)
Litigation Thought Leader 2020 – Cavinder Bull SC (2 consecutive years)

Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2021 edition)

Recommended Individuals:
Arbitration & Mediation
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC
Randolph Khoo
Kelvin Tan
Chia Voon Jiet

Bet-the-Company Litigation
Cavinder Bull, SC (also Lawyer of the Year)

Litigation
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC

The Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards 2016
Commercial Litigation Firm of the Year

Asia IP Experts

IP Litigation 2016

Endorsed Individuals:
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC

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