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$53.57 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

Asian Legal Business Super 50 Disputes Lawyers 2021
Top 50 disputes lawyers in the region:
Jimmy Yim, SC
Blossom Hing
Mahesh Rai
Daniel Cai

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 2021 – Ranked Tier 1 for 22 consecutive years

Hall of Fame:    
Cavinder Bull, SC

Leading Individuals:      
Jimmy Yim, SC – 20 consecutive years
Siraj Omar, SC – 2 consecutive years

Recommended lawyers:
Randolph Khoo – 4 consecutive years
Wendell Wong – 4 consecutive years
Blossom Hing – 4 consecutive years
Rakesh Kirpalani

Next Generation Lawyers:
Mahesh Rai – 2 consecutive years
Adam Maniam – 2 consecutive years

Rising Star:
Bryan Wong – 2 consecutive years

’Drew & Napier LLC always provide professional and strategical advice on dispute resolution and all advices
are provided with high efficiency. The law firm is rich in resources in different countries.’

‘Reputable, professional, resourcefulness, diligence, tactical, knowledgeable. They made me, as their client, so easy to undertake my role & responsibilities as the plaintiff acting on behalf of my company.’

Absolute experts in terms of local legal issues coupled with valuable global/cross-border experience. Very high commercial acumen and general intellect across the entire team, not just leaders. Multi-language capability. These practitioners are genuinely pleasant to work with. Collaborative and not adversarial in terms of dealing with any legal team issues.’

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 2021 – Ranked Band 1 (15 consecutive years)

Leading Individuals:     
Jimmy Yim, SC – Band 2 (8 years ranked)
Cavinder Bull, SC – Band 1 (11 years running)
Randolph Khoo – Band 4 (4 years running)

Clients are superlative in their discussions of the team. They speak of its “exceptional in-depth understanding of the law” and hold it to be a go-to name, even among the top international firms.

Drew & Napier's team is further highlighted for being prompt and dedicated in approach and “particularly good in analysing the various legal options available”.

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 Awards
Client Service Excellence Firm of the Year 2021 – Singapore
Client Service Excellence Lawyer of the Year 2021: Singapore – Jimmy Yim, SC

asialaw Profiles

Dispute Resolution 2022 – Outstanding firm for 12 consecutive years

“It is the premier, go-to, disputes firm.”

“Its people. Staff have been well recruited and know the matter at hand inside and out delivering first-class advocacy.”

“Responsiveness of the lawyers. Overall legal strategy. Looking after the client's interests in managing costs and the overall strategy, even if it means less legal costs.”

“Drew & Napier is one of the premier dispute resolution firms in Singapore and is our go-to firm for complex and high stakes disputes. It also provides excellent client service and is particularly attentive to the needs of clients. The firm was available to us 24/7 and we were impressed by the quality of its advice.”

“Responded promptly, work quality was good and it was conversant in Mandarin when needed.”

“In Singapore litigation, it is the best of the best.” 
“Keen attention to detail, comprehensive knowledge of evidence at trial and a thorough grasp on preceding interlocutory applications including notes of evidence prepared by the court.”

“Excellent practical advice. The particular highlights are: consistent ability to meet tight deadlines; written advice contains a short summary of position on key points; willing to give a clear assessment of the likelihood of success of each argument.”

“The team delivers advice which reflects a deft balance between technical proficiency and commercial sensibilities. They are diligent and thorough, able to quickly pick up a solid understanding of technical industry matters, and very responsive.”

asialaw Leading Lawyers
Dispute Resolution 2022
Recommended Individuals:
Jimmy Yim, SC – Elite Practitioner for 5 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC – Elite Practitioner for 5 consecutive years
Siraj Omar, SC – Distinguished Practitioner for 3 consecutive years

Dispute Resolution 2019
Recommended Individuals:
Blossom Hing – Market Leading lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Tony Yeo – Market-Leading lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Mahesh Rai – Leading lawyer for 2 consecutive years

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2021 edition
Commercial and Transactions – Tier 1 for 4 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
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 Identified as a Future Star for Insolvency

“Drew & Napier have top tier dispute resolution practitioners. They are experienced in running complex high stakes international arbitration matters across a broad range of sectors.” (2021 edition)
“Thoroughly researches the law in the background of facts and contentions and analyses the implications and possibilities and uses a middle approach in advising.” (2021 edition)
“Progressive and commercial-minded advice, given the novelty of the digital solution usage in the insurance industry.” (2021 edition)

Who’s Who Legal
Global Guide: Litigation 2020

Recommended Lawyer:
Cavinder Bull, SC (13 consecutive years)
Jimmy Yim, SC

Litigation Thought Leader 2020 – Cavinder Bull SC (2 consecutive years)

National Guide: Southeast Asia - Litigation 2021

Recommended Lawyer:
Cavinder Bull, SC
Jimmy Yim, SC
Siraj Omar, SC
Foo Yuet Min
Adam Maniam

Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2022 edition)
Recommended Individuals:
Arbitration & Mediation
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC
Siraj Omar, 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
Blossom Hing
Foo Yuet Min
Paras Lalwani

India Business Law Journal
In the August 2020 issue of India Business Law Journal (IBLJ), a client who used the firm for a complex litigation involving India, Mauritius, and Singapore law, described its services as “outstanding and seamless”. Peers said that the firm’s lawyers “are extremely industrious and understand the practicalities, nuances and challenges of dealing with the Indian market”, and that firm offers “exceptional service” on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Managing Director Jimmy Yim SC and Director Foo Yuet Min are “highly recommended”, according to market feedback. Peers appreciate Director Mahesh Rai’s proficiency and knowledge of Indian legal matters. CEO Cavinder Bull SC is lauded for being “spectacular and in a very elite league”.

In IBLJ’s 2018 issue, a client praised Drew as “very professional, works under minimal guidance and is very smooth on timelines”; Jimmy Yim SC was recommended by his client as someone whose “experience, knowledge and strategy is supreme and unparalleled”.

The Straits Times – Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2021
Rated full marks (5 stars) for Civil Dispute Resolution (Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation) in the inaugural Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2021 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista.

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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