Established in 2015, the Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC) was designed to handle international, high-value commercial disputes. Cases are heard by eminent international judges from around the world. Judgments by the SICC are enforceable through the Hague Convention on Choice of Court Agreements and other reciprocal agreements.
Drew & Napier’s stellar track record in dispute resolution makes us the preferred choice for cutting edge disputes work. Our SICC expertise has been recognised by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 edition, which highlighted that “The Drew disputes team is relentlessly at the forefront of big-ticket disputes and has appeared in over half the cases before SICC.”
Drew has represented clients from several countries in SICC disputes, including US, Indonesia, China, Dubai (UAE), Australia, and Singapore. Our SICC experience also spans several different sectors.
Here are just a few of the SICC cases that we are involved in:
- BCBC Singapore Pte Ltd and Anor v PT Bayan Resources TBK and Anor (first case heard at the SICC) - Representing PT Bayan Resources Tbk and Bayan International Pte Ltd in a billion dollar dispute between parties from Indonesia and Australia. The dispute arose from alleged breaches of a joint venture agreement for the application of a patented technology to produce and sell upgraded coal from East Kalimantan in Indonesian Borneo. This cross-border dispute has spilled over to the Australian courts and involves Australian, Indonesian and Singapore business interests. The case is before The Honourable Justice Quentin Loh, International Judge Sir Vivian Ramsey and International Judge Anselmo Reyes.
- Macquarie Bank Ltd v Graceland Industry Pte Ltd – Representing Graceland Industry, a subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned enterprise, against a commodities swap claim brought by Macquarie Bank. Macquarie’s claim relates to an agreement purportedly entered into between parties in respect of a derivative swap transaction under an unsigned ISDA Master Agreement. The trial was heard before International Judge Sir Henry Bernard Eder.
- Bachmeer Capital Limited v Ong Chih Ching and Others - Representing KOP Properties Pte Ltd and others against a Hong Kong company in a dispute involving a large scale property development in China. The case is before International Judge Sir Vivian Ramsey.
- Sheila Kazzaz and Ahmed Kazzaz v Standard Chartered Bank and Others - Representing individuals based in Dubai against Standard Chartered Bank and its officers in a dispute involving the provision of financial services. The case is before International Judge Anselmo Reyes.
- Michael A Baker (executor of the Estate of Chantal Burnison, deceased) v BCS Business Consulting Services Pte Ltd, Marcus Weber and Renslade Holdings Limited - Acting for the Estate of a high net worth individual from the United States (“US”). She was one of the inventors of a chemical compound that is an ingredient in skincare products. This compound is supplied to a well-known US skincare product company that is listed on the NYSE. The action concerns claims of breach of trust and fiduciary duties against a Singapore company, a Swiss individual and a Hong Kong company. The case is before The Honourable Justice Quentin Loh, International Judge Carolyn Berger and International Judge Dominique T. Hascher.
Drew’s CEO, Cavinder Bull, SC, was part of the committee that developed the framework for the establishment of the SICC and assisted with the drafting of the first set of Rules and Practice Directions for the SICC.
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 2021 – Ranked Tier 1 for 22 consecutive years
Hall of Fame:
Cavinder Bull, SC
Jimmy Yim, SC – 20 consecutive years
Siraj Omar, SC – 3 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 running)
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 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
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC