Drew & Napier’s reputation for excellence is unsurpassed in corporate litigation.
We are regularly appointed to handle high-profile contentious and complex matters in a range of industries and have acted for major financial institutions and multinational, construction, and energy companies. We also represent clients from several countries and industries in disputes before the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC).
Clients and industry players know our unquestionable strength in disputes, and we are frequently called upon to apply our experience and skill in all areas, whether with shareholders, partners, or in the boardroom.
Our team regularly advises and acts for clients in relation to regulatory investigations and applications under the Companies Act.
We are proud of our ability to provide effective and commercially-astute solutions for our clients.
Our litigation team is skilled in all aspects of corporate litigation, including:
- shareholder disputes;
- partnership disputes;
- joint venture disputes;
- derivative actions;
- oppression actions;
- misfeasance actions;
- actions for breach of fiduciary duties;
- winding up actions;
- applications under the Companies Act;
- corporate receiverships; and
- post-mergers & acquisitions disputes.
Our record includes work in which we:
- Represented the directors of Malaysian Dairy Industries in actions involving the patriarch’s alleged breaches of fiduciary duty, shareholder disputes, and related actions.
- Successfully obtained an injunction against the removal of the former chief executive officer of a listed company.
- Acted for a minority shareholder of a group of companies with assets well in excess of S$200 million in an oppression action.
- Acted for Sembcorp Marine Ltd in a dispute against a former joint venture partner that involved shares worth S$60 million.
- Acted for the managing director and shareholder of the largest pipe trading company in Southeast Asia in a complex S$70 million dispute that involved issues of minority oppression, conspiracy, directors’ duties, and derivative actions.
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
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
Siraj Omar, SC – 2 consecutive years
Jimmy Yim, SC – 2 consecutive years
Randolph Khoo – 4 consecutive years
Wendell Wong – 4 consecutive years
Blossom Hing – 4 consecutive years
Next Generation Lawyers:
Mahesh Rai – 2 consecutive years
Adam Maniam – 2 consecutive years
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)
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."
Dispute Resolution 2021 – Outstanding firm for 11 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 2021
Jimmy Yim, SC – Elite Practitioner for 4 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC – Elite Practitioner for 4 consecutive years
Siraj Omar, SC – Distinguished Practitioner for 2 consecutive years
Dispute Resolution 2019
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 (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
Cavinder Bull, SC (13 consecutive years)
Litigation Thought Leader 2020 – Cavinder Bull SC (2 consecutive years)
Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2022 edition)
Arbitration & Mediation
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC
Siraj Omar, SC
Chia Voon Jiet
Cavinder Bull, SC (also Lawyer of the Year)
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC
Foo Yuet Min
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 the India Business Law Journal (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
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC