One of Singapore’s leading Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) practices with a proven track record, we are often involved in large and high profile M&A transactions in Singapore and the region.
Our M&A Practice advises on public and private mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and disposals as well as complex restructurings and reorganisations, with a particular focus on public M&A transactions. With its cross-border experience in the region and beyond, our team is well-equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional transactions, particularly in Southeast Asia, and to service the needs of our clients’ increasingly global business interests.
Our team advises sellers and buyers as well as investors, management and financial advisers on all aspects of the transaction, from planning and structuring to negotiating, documenting and implementing the transaction. Interfacing with Drew & Napier’s other practices such as Tax, Competition, Real Estate and Intellectual Property, we are able to give clients the benefit of specialist expertise to address their needs depending on what the transaction demands.
Clients can be assured that our team consistently strives to provide high quality client-oriented advice, working closely with clients to achieve their commercial objectives.
Practice Focus Areas
- Public takeovers and general offers
- Schemes of Arrangement
- Joint ventures and strategic alliances
- Restructurings and Reorganisations
- Reverse Take-overs
IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Corporate/M&A 2022 - Tier 2 firm for 17 consecutive years
Gary Pryke - Highly Regarded from 2018 to current; Leading Lawyer from 2006 to 2017
Steven Lo - Highly Regarded from 2019 to current; Notable Practitioner in 2018
““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.”
“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.”
Jon is “good at giving practical solutions in a timely manner. He was very detailed, quick to respond, and overall did a fantastic job.”
"D&N has been a very knowledgeable, professional and progressive law firm - so much so that we retain D&N not only for our corporate, legal and investment work but also highly recommend D&N to our network of businesses.”
The team provides “very high level legal service,” and is “quick, efficient and very much comprehensive.”
The team “always provides professional advice promptly on information for the related issues. The firm pays attention to details and are supported by committed team members."
Steven Lo is “personable and able to deliver practical advice expediently”. He has a “quiet confidence blended with a sense of knowing what is important and what is negotiable.”
Steven also “understands client's needs, addresses issues incisively and shows a breadth of experience in handling matters.”
The firm’s lawyers are praised for our “good knowledge and acumen”.
“We have been using Drew & Napier as our main legal counsel for more than 10 years now and have always found the firm to be thoroughly professional and the staff members assigned to us knowledgeable both in the legal aspects as well as able to advise on the commercial impact and ramifications.”
“The team is highly competent and professional. They truly act with the client's benefit at heart…”
“Even though they have a lot of work from many other clients, they do not hesitate to respond to our queries and sometimes ‘time-wasting questions’…. It is with the M&A team at Drew and Napier that my company has the confidence in moving forward to make deals or form ventures and undertake M&A activities knowing full well that we have the most competent and able lawyers behind us all the way.”
"The lawyers provide very commercial yet technically sound advice and have an eye for detail.”
Chambers Asia Pacific and Global
Corporate/M&A 2020 - Band 2 firm for 5 consecutive years
Clients describe the firm as "responsive, reliable and able to offer a extensive range of expertise."
Sources describe individuals in the team as "quick to understand issues, commercially minded and pragmatic."
Clients appreciate that "the partners are directly involved in developing strategies and negotiations with counterparties," adding that the "associates are amongst the best that we have worked with."
“The team's client service is commonly picked out as a key strength: ‘They are very professional, easy to get along with and efficient in meeting deadlines.’"
"They are timely and relentless in their pursuit of providing holistic advice and guidance to their clients."
"Whenever something came out of left field we hadn't prepared for and we needed advice, there was always someone in the team with the right experience - really a full service shop."
"Exceptional ability to both anticipate issues and recommend solutions before they present."
"Very practical and strong advisers."
"Very responsive and very helpful."
“Offers all-round expertise in both the transactional and financing aspects of acquisitions. Enjoys a strong standing amongst private and public companies, multinational corporates and financial institutions, which it advises on a wide range of M&A deals.”
"They are very proficient in what they do and have a good understanding of the market."
Sources say: "The lawyers have a good understanding of our commercial requirements and are able to advise us on the legal aspects without losing sight of the commercial objectives."
"[Steven’s] knowledge and experience with public M&A is second to none," he "walks you through issues succinctly whilst finding the pragmatic and commercially sensible solution."
Regarded as a “brilliant lawyer” and "a very safe pair of hands", Gary is “pivotal to the firm's success and lauded by many clients for his ‘quick thinking and direct approach.’"
The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Corporate/M&A 2020 - Tier 3 firm for 3 consecutive years
Tan Teng Sen
The firm "is incredibly strong in matters involving listed companies", "is very well-coordinated, highly attentive and hands-on", with "an exceptional ability to both anticipate issues and recommend solutions".
"The ‘highly competent’ team at Drew & Napier LLC has ‘the right balance of commercial sense and up-to-date legal knowledge’"
"A highly professional’ corporate team, which provides advice with ‘quick turnaround times"
"Strong, efficient, pragmatic’ team”
"Steven Lo has 'a razor-sharp ability to comprehend not just the technical structure but also the commercial dynamics of a takeover' and 'can steer clients in the right strategic direction'."
He is also noted as a "highly experienced corporate/M&A lawyer", for "providing solid advice" and for "understanding commercial issues and realities".
Julian is “absolutely first-class” and “commercial” and commended for his Indonesia and Malaysia expertise.
"Teng Sen is 'an-up-and-coming partner' who provides 'amazing response times, a meticulous approach and an ability to work well under pressure'; he is recommended as 'a counsel of choice to investment banks and financial advisers'."
Asian Legal Business
M&A 2021 - Tier 2 firm for 10 consecutive years
Corporate and M&A 2022 - Recommended practice
“I have worked with Ron Cheng (corporate) and Rakesh Kirpanali (litigation) closely for the last year. They are both very knowledgeable in their fields and able to give me the proper advice on both matters. They are very responsive and understands my needs and instructions.” – Corporate and M&A
“The team was able to address the issues I wanted to be addressed as well as spot issues pertinent to my case that I had not considered. Their advice was succinct and clear. The team was extremely responsive and proactive and provided timely advice.” – Corporate and M&A
“Very prompt reply, client-oriented, responsible and reliable.” – Corporate and M&A
“The firm is indeed altogether outstanding; however, there are also individuals who are also outstanding by their own merit.” – Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A 2021 – Highly Recommended practice for 9 consecutive years
“We have been working closely with the associate director, Michael Kwan, on seeking Singapore legal advice. His research has always been solid and comprehensive and at the same time client-focused. He is always able to provide practical solutions for us to take forward the IPO exercise. Most importantly, he is always reachable even late at midnight.”
“Very knowledgeable on the practical application of the law and very commercial-minded.”
“Drew is a full-service law firm and it excels in every practice area. It is very structured with very good black letter lawyers and very good at finding solutions when the market is difficult to navigate. It's a pleasure to work with the firm.”
“Excellent technically, responsive, focused. Understand the client’s needs.”
asialaw Leading Lawyers
Corporate and M&A 2022
Gary Pryke – Senior Statesman
Steven Lo – Distinguished Practitioner
Tan Teng Sen - Notable Practitioner
Corporate and M&A 2020
Gary Pryke – Senior Statesman
Steven Lo – Distinguished Practitioner
Julian Kwek - Market Leading Lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Benjamin Gaw - Market Leading Lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Clients commend Steven Lo as “experienced, knowledgeable, patient, quiet confidence, committed, approachable and consultative.”
He is also noted as “responsive, practical, relevant, broad and strategic.”
Best Lawyers 2021 Edition
Who's Who Legal
Merger & Acquisition 2016
Sin Boon Ann
Asian-MENA Counsel ‘In House Community Firm of the Year’
Corporate and M&A Singapore Firm of the Year 2014
Practical Law Company Which Lawyer?
Corporate/M&A 2012 - Highly Recommended practice for 5 consecutive years
The Straits Times - Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022
Rated 4 stars for Mergers & Acquisitions in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista for 2 consecutive years.
Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart
Asian Lawyer: Asia Legal Awards 2019: TMT Deal of the Year
Indian Business Law Journal: Deal of the Year 2018 – Top 50 landmark deals involving Indian parties
Privatisation of Global Logistics Properties
asialaw Regional Awards 2019: Editor's choice impact deals of the year
Asian Legal Business: SE Asia Legal Awards 2018: M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)
Asian Lawyer: Asia Legal Awards 2018: M&A Deal of the Year: Southeast Asia
Acquisition of Innovalues Limited by Northstar Group, implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement
SVCA Annual Awards 2017: Private Equity deal of the year
Takeover of STATS ChipPAC Ltd by Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology
Singapore Business Review Business Ranking Awards 2015: Deal of the Year
ALB Innovative List 2016: Top 10 Firms in Asia
Fraser & Neave Contested Takeover
IFLR Asia Awards 2014: M&A Deal of the Year
Asian Legal Business: SE Asia Legal Awards 2014: Southeast Asia Deal of the Year, Southeast Asia M&A Deal of the Year and Singapore M&A Deal of the Year
Financial Times Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2014: Highly Recommended in the Corporate & Commercial category for Asia Pacific Headquartered firms
Asian-MENA Counsel: Deals of the Year 2013