Drew & Napier LLC’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 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), Vietnam.
Cavinder has been appointed to the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and has sat as an arbitrator in ICC, LCIA, ICSID, SIAC and UNCITRAL cases. He was a recent member on the inaugural Disciplinary Tribunal of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). In addition, Cavinder is on the Governing Board of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA), on the World Bank Sanctions Board, and the Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group.
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.
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 2021 – Tier 2 for 6 consecutive years
Hall of Fame:
Cavinder Bull, SC
Jimmy Yim, SC
Randolph Khoo – 3 consecutive years
Siraj Omar, SC
Next Generation Lawyers:
Mahesh Rai – 2 consecutive years
‘Drew & Napier LLC always provides professional and strategical advice on international arbitration and quite familiar with the rules and regulations of ICC and SIAC. All advice is provided with high efficiency. The law firm is rich in resources in different countries.’
‘Key factor that stands out from other for Drew and Napier is that the team possesses/acquires in-depth knowledge of the business and the process followed in the business which is related to the dispute.’
‘Thorough knowledge of the trade and the matter, exceptional preparedness for presenting the matter and mastery in explanation its witness and cross-examining other witnesses.‘
‘Very impressive international arbitration team capable of handling high stakes complex multi-jurisdictional disputes.’
Sources say: ‘First class technical and practical advice that is consistently delivered according to the timelines required.”
‘The team was extremely thorough at each step of the dispute and ensured that they were always one step ahead. Their proactive attitude in managing the dispute enabled us to forecast several potential matters which could have hindered our case.’
‘The intensity and dedication shown by the team working on our arbitration is unparalleled and explains why Drew & Napier is such a tough opponent to have in a dispute.’
‘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 and Chambers Global
Domestic Firms (Singapore) 2021 – Band 2 (12 years ranked)
Jimmy Yim, SC – Band 4 (13 years ranked)
Cavinder Bull, SC – Band 1 (10 years running)
Arbitration (International): Asia-Pacific 2021 – Leading firm (14 years ranked)
Arbitration (Global): 2021
Cavinder Bull, SC – Global Market Leader in Arbitration; Band 4 (2 years ranked)
Randolph Khoo – Foreign Expert for China / Expertise Based Abroad
A client, asked to identify their chief reason for selecting Drew & Napier to handle a particular matter, replied: “Outstanding expertise in complex international and cross-border disputes, including expertise in international arbitration, plus great, in-depth knowledge and expertise in matters of international law.”
They also value the responsiveness, saying: “What we found that was very impressive is that they were able to get back to us on almost all issues we had in a very short period of time”.
Chambers says: “Formidable line-up of disputes lawyers with an established reputation for handling complex, high-value arbitration.”
Interviewees say: "I am always impressed with the no-nonsense, down-to-earth legal advice provided by the team."
One client appreciates the team's "use of good strategy" and ability to "give assurance and confidence along the way."
"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 13th edition (2020)
Listed as one of the top 100 arbitration practices in the world since 2010
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
Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards
International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 2020 – For the 5th year
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
Asian Legal Business Super 50 Disputes Lawyers 2021
Top 50 disputes lawyers in the region:
Jimmy Yim, SC
Who's Who Legal
Arbitration Thought Leader 2020 – Cavinder Bull SC (4 consecutive years)
Arbitration 2021 – Cavinder Bull, SC (9 consecutive years)
Arbitration Future Leaders 2021 – Foo Yuet Min (5 consecutive years) and Mahesh Rai (2 consecutive years)
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.”
“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 2020 edition
International Arbitration – Tier 1 (4 consecutive years)
Identified as Dispute Resolution Stars:
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC
Siraj Omar, SC
“Professional approach to all stages of the arbitration process.” (2021 edition)
“They are responsive and immediately look into the problems and provide possible solutions at hand.” (2019 edition)
“The professionalism and friendliness of Drew & Napier is noticeable.” (2018 edition)
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), Drew is "renowned for its dispute resolution expertise and its ability to manage contentious cases in India from afar". The firm’s lawyers “are extremely industrious and understand the practicalities, nuances and challenges of dealing with the Indian market”. Foo Yuet Min and Jimmy Yim are also highly recommended. Peers say the firm offers “exceptional service” on both contentious and non-contentious matters. A client appreciates Mahesh Rai’s proficiency and knowledge of Indian legal matters. Cavinder Bull “is spectacular and in a very elite league”,
In the 2018 issue of IBLJ, 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”.