SICC Expertise

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.

Accolades

Asian Legal Business Southeast Asia Law Awards

Regional Litigation Law Firm of the Year 2018 – 2nd consecutive year
Singapore Litigation Law Firm of the Year 2018 – 13th consecutive year, sole winner since inception of the awards

Asialaw & Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2018

National Law Firm of the Year – Singapore
Disputes Star of the Year, Singapore - Cavinder Bull, SC

The Asia Pacific Legal 500

Dispute Resolution 2018 – Ranked Tier 1 for 19 consecutive years

Leading Individuals:       
Jimmy Yim, SC – 17 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC – 10 consecutive years

Recommended lawyers:
Randolph Khoo
Tony Yeo
Wendell Wong
Gary Low
Blossom Hing
Chia Voon Jiet

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

For the 12th successive year, Drew & Napier has the most number of recommended lawyers in Dispute Resolution.

Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global

Dispute Resolution: Litigation: Singapore 2019 – Ranked Band 1 for 13 consecutive years

Leading Individuals:       
Jimmy Yim, SC – Band 3 (6 years running)
Cavinder Bull, SC – Band 1 (9 years running)
Randolph Khoo – Band 4 (2 years running)

Recognised Practitioners:
Kelvin Tan
Blossom Hing

"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 for 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 2018 edition

Commercial and Transactions – Tier 1

 “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 2018

Recommended individuals:
Cavinder Bull, SC

Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2019 edition)

Recommended individuals:

Bet-the-company Litigation

Cavinder Bull, SC

Litigation

Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC
Blossom Hing

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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