International Arbitration

Drew & Napier’s International Arbitration Practice is renowned as a top practice in the Asia Pacific region, and is listed as one of the world’s leading practices.

We are dedicated to achieving winning outcomes for our clients no matter the jurisdiction, institution or tribunal. Each year, the aggregate quantum of our arbitration matters totals several billion dollars.

We represent clients from a diverse range of industries and countries. Many of our clients come back to us for further representation. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, foreign governments, multinational corporations and state-owned entities.

We handle all stages of the arbitral process; from strategising to the commencement of arbitration proceedings to the final evidential hearing, as well as enforcement of arbitral awards in the Singapore Courts and beyond. We are experienced in handling matters spanning a range of governing and procedural laws, from both common law and civil law traditions.

In addition, we are frequently instructed by international law firms to act as lead counsel at arbitration hearings in Hong Kong, India, London, Milan, Shanghai, Dubai and Singapore.

Our group comprises a strong core team which focuses almost exclusively in international arbitration, as well as eminent advocates who are well versed in arbitration practice. We have specialist arbitration lawyers who practise in specific industry sectors, such as building and construction, energy & utilities, finance, commodities, information technology, intellectual property, oil & gas, property and shipping, corporate joint ventures, franchising, distribution and investments. We have capability and expertise in both commercial arbitrations and investment-treaty or investor-state arbitrations.

In particular, our lawyers have significant experience in investor-state disputes, having advised and acted for both states and investors. For more details on our Public International Law Practice, please click here.

Our Experience

Our lawyers have acted for international and local clients in arbitrations before the following institutions:

  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Court of Arbitration
  • Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA)
  • Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb)
  • Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC)

In addition to acting as counsel in arbitrations, our lawyers also sit as arbitrators, giving us better perspective of cases. Some of us are also fellows or members of a number of arbitration institutions.

Cavinder is one of two Vice Presidents of the SIAC Court of Arbitration and the former Deputy Chairman of the SIAC.

Jimmy Yim, SC and Cavinder Bull, SC are on the panel of the SIAC.

Jimmy is a recommended International Arbitrator of the Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC).

Cavinder has been appointed to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and has sat as an arbitrator in ICC, LCIA, ICSID, SIAC and UNCITRAL cases. In addition, he is on the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), on the World Bank Sanctions Board, the Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group and a Member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Disciplinary Tribunal in Monaco.

Randolph has been appointed Panel Arbitrator of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Asian International Arbitration Centre, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators, Shanghai Arbitration Commission, Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration, The Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei and Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, among others.

Accolades

Based on client and market feedback, prestigious legal directories like Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and Global Arbitration Review consistently confirm our leadership with top rankings in International Arbitration.

The Asia Pacific Legal 500
International Arbitration 2019 – Band 2 for 4 consecutive years

Leading Individuals:
Cavinder Bull, SC – 7 consecutive years

Recommended Lawyers:
Jimmy Yim, SC
Randolph Khoo - 4 years
Foo Yuet Min - 2 consecutive years
Mahesh Rai - debut

‘dispute resolution giant with a high degree of focus on international arbitration. It has an impressive mix of investor-state, construction and engineering, and commercial cases.’

‘The team is “the best in town”…”business-oriented” approach, “deep knowledge” and “relevant experience”; commended for attracting “big-ticket items”, especially arbitration-related court proceedings, with senior figures in the team handling both litigation and arbitration work.’

‘Formidable player in the international arbitration scene, and is praised for its "management of expectations" and "value for money". The strength of its practice and the eminence of its senior team members has led it to be engaged in a series of major arbitrations, including a number of investor-state disputes.’

“First-rate’ team ‘impresses with its knowledge and professionalism”; “the group’s capabilities are ‘comparable to any top arbitration practice in the Asia Pacific region’”

Impresses with its “creativity, stamina and level of legal work”

[Drew is] “a leading firm for international arbitration in Singapore.”

“Clients appreciate Drew & Napier LLC’s efficiency, excellence and professionalism.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific & Global
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: Domestic Firms (Singapore) 2019 - Band 2 for 7 years

Leading Individuals:
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC

Arbitration (International): Asia-Pacific 2019 - Leading firm

"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."

‘active on both commercial and investor-state mandates on behalf of a multinational clientele and increasingly sought after for the arbitration of matters of international public law.’

"They are very well versed in their field, meticulous and thorough, and we're sure that their calculated actions gave us the results that we wanted to achieve."

"seeks innovative solutions""the firm is always updating its capabilities to meet the challenges of future requirements."

"The team is technically sound and commercial in its approach. I felt great ease with them handling the case and this was vindicated by a total win."

‘“dedication of the team" was emphasised by a number of contributors’

"They were very thorough and patient when sifting through the many stacks of documents relating to the disputes, their pre-trial preparations were intensive and, most importantly, they were always available to discuss any issues we raised or were not confident about."

“A number of commentators regard Drew & Napier as Singapore's pre-eminent home-grown arbitration team, with one maintaining that it is ‘definitely the leading local firm in arbitration’. Another concurs: ‘Arbitration and dispute resolution are the special forte of Drew & Napier. They have demonstrated remarkable skills and abilities in handling very complex matters’."

Sources point to rigorous preparation as a key reason for the practice's excellentreputation. One notes: ‘They show clarity of thought, clear strategy and the legal opinion has been well researched and is strong; preparation is thorough for the conduct of any case’."

"They take their cases and clients seriously and put their heart and soul into the matters they accept."

"Extremely impressed: they have intellectual capacity, a very strategic mindset and a focus on the elements in which you want them to invest."

"I would say Drew & Napier are still a go-to firm if a client is looking for the strongest possible representation in dispute resolution."

"I was really impressed not just with the legal work but the adaptation of success to the clients. Extremely impressed."

"Their in-depth legal and industry knowledge, business awareness and professional advice have all been of a high standard. They are equally adept at the representation of out-of-region clients in Asian-based disputes, and of Asian clients in both regional and international cases."

“The choice was obvious when we were considering a firm to represent us: their dispute resolution work is simply unparalleled, they’re in touch with matters arising in the China market, and the value-added service of providing arbitration-related litigation work is indispensable.”

“I can’t speak highly enough of them: everyone we’ve worked with from senior to junior has been incredibly professional, prompt and diligent in approach and manner.”


“‘World-class’ counsel Cavinder Bull SC is described by sources as ‘very easy to deal with’ and an ‘excellent advocate’ who ‘writes compelling briefs and makes superb oral presentations.’”

Global Arbitration Review 12th edition (2019)
Listed as one of the top 100 arbitration practices in the world since 2010

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

Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards
Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 2019 - Cavinder Bull, SC
Young Lawyer of the Year 2019 – Mahesh Rai
SE Asia Law Firm of the Year 2017

Asian Legal Business India Law Awards 2019 (inaugural)
India Practice, Asian Law Firm of the Year 2019

Who's Who Legal
Arbitration Thought Leader 2019 – Cavinder Bull SC (3 consecutive years)
Arbitration 2019 – Cavinder Bull, SC (7 consecutive years)
Arbitration Future Leaders 2019 - Foo Yuet Min (3 consecutive years)

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 2019 edition
International Arbitration – Tier 1 (2 consecutive years)

Identified as Dispute Resolution Stars for International Arbitration:
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC
Randolph Khoo
Blossom Hing

“They are responsive and immediately look into the problems and provide possible solutions at hand.”

“The professionalism and friendliness of Drew & Napier is noticeable.” (2018 edition)

Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2019 edition)

Recommended individuals:

International Arbitration
Cavinder Bull, SC (Lawyer of the Year)
Randolph Khoo

Arbitration & Mediation
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC
Randolph Khoo

India Business Law Journal

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”.

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