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 Legal 500 Asia Pacific
International Arbitration 2023 – Tier 2 for 8 consecutive years
Hall of Fame:
Cavinder Bull, SC – 3 consecutive years
Jimmy Yim, SC – 3 consecutive years
Randolph Khoo – 5 consecutive years
Siraj Omar, SC – 3 consecutive years
Christopher Chong – 3 consecutive years
Foo Yuet Min – 2 consecutive years
Tan Yuan Kheng
Chen Zhi Hui
Next Generation Lawyers:
Mahesh Rai – 4 consecutive years
Kelvin Teo – 4 consecutive years
‘Excellent client service, with legal and commercial acumen.’
‘Strong black letter and commercial advice with a good range of practitioners.’
‘D&N’s arbitration team has deep understanding of Singapore arbitration law and practice, especially the Singapore court’s actual practices, which helps the client’s assessment of the case. Also, the team members are quick and responsive to clients’ requests and questions.’
‘First-class advice. Happy to give short and informal initial assessment ahead of formal advice in order to meet timelines which can be invaluable. They were also willing to describe likelihood of success as a percentage which has been very helpful in assessing risk.’
“Able to react quickly and think strategically.”
“The team has in-depth knowledge of international arbitration. They are reliable and responsive to queries, even to urgent ones.”
‘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.”
The Legal 500 Arbitration Powerlist: Southeast Asia 2022
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC
Foo Yuet Min
Chambers Asia Pacific & Greater China Region Awards 2022
Singapore Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year
Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers Global
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: The Elite (Singapore) 2023 – Band 2 (2 years ranked)
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: Domestic Firms (Singapore) 2021 – Band 2 (12 years ranked)
Jimmy Yim, SC – Band 4 (14 years ranked)
Cavinder Bull, SC – Band 1 (11 years running)
Mahesh Rai – Band 5 (2 consecutive years)
Arbitration (International): Asia-Pacific 2023 – Leading firm (16 years ranked)
Arbitration (Global): 2022
Cavinder Bull, SC – Global Market Leader in Arbitration; Band 3 (3 years ranked)
Randolph Khoo – Foreign Expert for China (3 consecutive years); Expertise Based Abroad (5 consecutive years)
"Drew & Napier are very professional and extremely competent. They are quick to report developments and have a range of good lawyers."
"They are helpful in understanding and considering our internal needs and constraints and being able to deal with and explain the complex issues in a way that is easy to understand."
"They have significant knowledge of the Indian market and the practicalities of cross-border arbitration and litigation involving India."
"Drew & Napier's lawyers are very experienced" and "very capable" with respect to handling cross-border disputes.
"Their written work, whether legal opinions or formal filings in court or arbitration, are of an excellent quality. They are also very responsive."
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 15th edition (2022)
Listed as one of the top 100 arbitration practices in the world since 2010
Drew & Napier is “first rate, producing exceptional briefs”. (15th edition)
Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards
International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 2021 – 6th year
Singapore Managing Partner of the Year 2023 - Cavinder Bull, SC – 3rd year
Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 2023 – Cavinder Bull, SC – 3rd year
Young Lawyer of the Year 2022 – Adam Maniam (2022), Foo Yuet Min (2021), Mahesh Rai (2019)
SE Asia Law Firm of the Year 2017
Impact Deal and Case Award 2022/23: Winner – Hin Leong Trading Insolvency
Client Service Excellence Firm of the Year 2021 – Singapore
Client Service Excellence Lawyer of the Year 2021: Singapore – Jimmy Yim, SC
Asian Legal Business India Law Awards 2019 (inaugural)
India Practice, Asian Law Firm of the Year 2019
Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards
Hall of Fame award 2022 – Winner – Cavinder Bull, SC
Impact Case 2022 – Winners
Hin Leong Trading Insolvency
Prudential Assurance Company Singapore v former Group Financial Services Director/ PTMOC
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 Super 50 Disputes Lawyers
Top 50 disputes lawyers in the region:
Jimmy Yim, SC - 2021
Blossom Hing - 2021
Foo Yuet Min - 2022
Mahesh Rai - 2021 and 2022
Rakesh Kirpalani - 2022
Adam Maniam - 2022
Daniel Cai - 2021
Who's Who Legal
Thought Leaders Guide: Arbitration 2022:
Cavinder Bull SC – Thought Leader (6 consecutive years)
Thought Leaders Global Elite Guide: Arbitration 2022:
Cavinder Bull, SC – Global Elite Thought Leader (3 consecutive years)
Global Guide: Arbitration 2022:
Cavinder Bull, SC – Recommended Lawyer for 8 consecutive years
Global Guide: Arbitration Future Leaders 2022:
Foo Yuet Min (6 consecutive years)
Mahesh Rai (3 consecutive years)
National Guide: Southeast Asia - Arbitration Recommended Lawyer 2022 –
Jimmy Yim, SC (2 consecutive years)
Cavinder Bull, SC (2 consecutive years)
Siraj Omar, SC (2 consecutive years)
Foo Yuet Min (2 consecutive years)
Mahesh Rai (2 consecutive years)
Dispute Resolution 2023 – Outstanding firm for 13 consecutive years
“They have a dedicated and experienced professional team that creates a successful outcome.”
“They go a long way to understand the nuances of the business which gives them the edge in any kind of dispute resolution process.”
“Great legal advice and extremely responsive. They think around issues and provide answers which are not obvious to their peers. The team is very personable.”
“Sincere and very responsive.”
“We value Drew & Napier’s experience, depth of both legal and commercial knowledge, and understanding of a client’s needs and wants. How it utilises all of these attributes to aggressively yet reasonably pursues the client’s interests is class-leading. Hence it has a stellar and fearsome reputation amongst its peers and the courts, giving its clients an advantage.”
“Reliable and efficient.”
“Prompt responses, very practical and commercial advice.”
“They provide timely, commercially useful and clear advice. They are also very user-friendly, and are proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. They know arbitration and court work well. They are also very professional, polished, and give a very high quality of service.”
“Excellent advocates that obtained great results.”
“Able to provide insights to the issue and propose next steps and attached consequences, including providing legal obligations arising from the claims.”
“Quick to act, knowledgeable and compassionate.”
“Attentive, responsive, diligent, accurate and resourceful.”
“Very hands-on and smart.”
“They are thorough, balanced in risk assessment, hard-working, persistent and results-driven.”
“It is a comprehensive full-service firm with depth of expertise in a range of critical areas that are indispensable for our day-to-day operations, whether during a growth cycle or a downward trend, such as construction, corporate, insolvency and restructuring, security of payment matters and dispute resolution.
“Consistently high level of effectiveness, professional and well organised.”
“Excellent teamwork and positive thinking.”
“They go deep into the root of the problems. They can engage linear and lateral thinking, and have good knowledge of laws. They have good people skills, preparing clients and witnesses well before trials.”
“Very good knowledge of the law, markets in Asia , cultures and mentalities, very service-oriented and competent.”
“Knowledge and professionalism.”
“Well regarded in Singapore, sound commercial advice.”
“They have represented us in dispute resolution and have a very professional team.”
“They exercise professionalism in providing advisory services in corporate contracts and dispute resolution.”
“Drew & Napier provide sound advice that is practical and well researched on the law. Their counsel prepare meticulously for court hearings and have a thorough knowledge of the court documents.”
“They are reliable and responsive, and thorough in reviewing documents and evidence, and work in a timely manner, seeking instructions and making recommendations where helpful. They also cross-examine witnesses effectively and expose discrepancies and untruths told in court.”
“Drew & Napier was highly professional throughout the engagement and was very responsive as and when we sought advice during the course of the arbitration. We felt that we got value for money based on the service that they provided. In essence, the team that we worked with was very attentive to our needs and provided legal advice that was spot on.”
“Efficient and effective.”
“Proactive and very attentive to client's needs.”
“Professional and tenacious. Creative in generating results.”
“Technically sound and commercial. Advice is supported by sound legal basis.”
“Responsive, knowledgeable, good quality of advice.”
“It helped us defend ourselves and is really hard working. The lawyers can answer our questions anytime.”
“Professional, responsive, high level of competence.”
“Integrity and delivers professionalism objectively, enabling us to call for the right decision based on careful thoughts and views.”
“Swift and apposite communications. On point advice. Strong positioning for client confidence.”
“Extremely competent, comprehensive and efficient. Advice is always well considered before being presented to the client, even when requested off-the-cuff. The team is focused, diligent and, more importantly, alive to commercial considerations. A joy to work with!”
“Good advice on strategy on how to resolve the dispute. Very professional, responsive.”
“It has a strong Asian team with good Knowledge of laws in Asia and especially in India and China.”
“Personable, responsive, pragmatic, transparent, strategic.”
“Professional, committed good resources, good advice. Strong leadership from leading counsel, on time, able to anticipate issues. Putting the client first.”
“Professional conduct, knowledge, empathy, sincere honest advice.”
“It has a positive culture with good oral and written communication skills. The lawyers are good listeners which encourage all to maintain a positive outlook.”
“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 2023
Jimmy Yim, SC – Elite Practitioner (7 consecutive years)
Cavinder Bull, SC – Elite Practitioner (6 consecutive years)
Siraj Omar, SC – Distinguished Practitioner (4 consecutive years)
Randolph Khoo – Distinguished Practitioner
Wendell Wong – Distinguished Practitioner
Benedict Teo – Distinguished Practitioner
Mahesh Rai – Rising Star
Rakesh Kirpalani – Distinguished Practitioner
Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2023 edition
International Arbitration – Tier 1 for 6 consecutive years
Identified as Litigation Stars:
Jimmy Yim, SC (6 consecutive years)
Cavinder Bull, SC (6 consecutive years)
Sushil Nair (6 consecutive years)
Randolph Khoo (5 consecutive years)
Siraj Omar, SC (4 consecutive years)
Tony Yeo (5 consecutive years)
Kelvin Tan (2 consecutive years)
Wendell Wong (5 consecutive years)
Blossom Hing (6 consecutive years)
Christopher Chong (4 consecutive years)
Gary Low (5 consecutive years)
Chia Voon Jiet
Identified as Future Stars:
Benedict Teo (2 consecutive years)
Yuet Min Foo
Mahesh Rai (2 consecutive years)
Meryl Koh (2 consecutive years)
Hoon Shu Mei (2 consecutive years)
Mohan Gopalan (5 consecutive years)
“Firm excels at complex litigation with difficult issues.” (2023 edition)
“They provide exceptional legal and commercial advice. They are able to provide us with the best solutions in the context of our commercial constraints.” (2023 edition)
“Its lawyers' relationships with clients, legal and commercial knowledge, and litigation experience is among the best in Singapore.” (2023 edition)
“Thorough legal analysis and great advice on options available.” (2023 edition)
“They are tactical and focus on the main point.” (2023 edition)
“Drew & Napier masters the detail of complex projects and the impact of change and performance on the progress and completion of the works, whilst clearly distilling and presenting compelling arguments in support of the developed case theory.” (2023 edition)
“The lawyers provide excellent legal advice and understand the key issues quickly. Their team is very attentive and responsive.” (2023 edition)
“The firm is prompt and responsive, business focused and solutions oriented.” (2022 edition)
“Timely response, professional and prudent advice.” (2022 edition)
“They do litigation very well!” (2022 edition)
“Well experienced in the area and client-oriented service.” (2022 edition)
“They successfully defended our arbitral award.” (2022 edition)
“The lawyers are resourceful and well prepared. Although our schedule was tight, they were able to deliver and meet the bar in terms of my expectations.” (2022 edition)
“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 (2023 edition)
Jimmy Yim, SC (13 consecutive years)
Cavinder Bull, SC (10 consecutive years)
Siraj Omar, SC (3 consecutive years)
Randolph Khoo (10 consecutive years)
Kelvin Tan (4 consecutive years)
Chia Voon Jiet (3 consecutive years)
Cavinder Bull, SC (6 consecutive years)
LitigationJimmy Yim, SC (15 consecutive years)
Cavinder Bull, SC (13 consecutive years)
Siraj Omar, SC
Blossom Hing (10 consecutive years)
Foo Yuet Min (2 consecutive years)
Paras Lalwani (2 consecutive years)
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”.
The Straits Times – Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2023
Rated full marks (5 stars) for Arbitration, Mediation & Dispute Resolution in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2023 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista for 3 consecutive years.