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
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)
  • 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.

Davinder Singh, SC is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), and Cavinder Bull, SC was the former Deputy Chairman. Cavinder is one of two Vice Presidents of the SIAC Court of Arbitration.

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

Davinder and Jimmy are recommended International Arbitrators of the Pacific International Arbitration Centre (PIAC).

Davinder is also the Vice-Chairman of the ICC Commission on Corporate Responsibility & Anti-corruption based in Paris.

Cavinder Bull, SC 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 the Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group.

Randolph Khoo has been appointed Panel Arbitrator of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, 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 2018– Band 2 for 3 consecutive years

Leading Individuals
Davinder Singh, SC – 6 consecutive years
Jimmy Yim, SC – 6 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC – 6 consecutive years

Recommended Lawyer
Foo Yuet Min - debut

‘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:
Davinder Singh, SC
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC

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

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.”

Davinder Singh, SC is an accomplished and “very well-known” arbitration counsel. Peers admire his “very impressive adaptability,” whilst clients appreciate his “strongly supportive” assistance “throughout the arbitration process.”

Cavinder Bull SC is "clearly on an upward trajectory in his practice as an international arbitration specialist." Clients say his key attributes include his "even, very reassuring manner" and "brilliant ability to grasp business issues." 

Randolph Khoo is praised by sources as the leader of a "very accessible and efficient" team, who is "well versed in international arbitration, willing to listen and extremely business-oriented."

Global Arbitration Review 11th edition (2018)
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
SE Asia Law Firm of the Year 2017

Asialaw Profiles
Dispute Resolution 2019 – Outstanding firm for 9 consecutive years

Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Dispute Resolution & Litigation 2018

Recommended Individuals:
Davinder Singh, SC – Market Leading lawyer 
Jimmy Yim, SC – Market Leading lawyer 
Cavinder Bull, SC – Market Leading lawyer 
Tony Yeo – Market Leading lawyer 
Blossom Hing – Market Leading lawyer 
Jaikanth Shankar – Leading lawyer 
Mahesh Rai – Leading lawyer

Who's Who Legal
Arbitration 2018

Recommended Individuals:
Davinder Singh, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC

Arbitration Thought Leaders 2018 – Davinder Singh SC (debut), Cavinder Bull SC (2 consecutive years)

Arbitration Future Leaders 2018 - Foo Yuet Min (2 consecutive years)

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2018 edition
International Arbitration – Tier 1

“The professionalism and friendliness of Drew & Napier is noticeable.”

Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2019 edition)

Recommended individuals:

International Arbitration
Davinder Singh, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC (Lawyer of the Year)
Randolph Khoo
Jaikanth Shankar

Arbitration & Mediation
Davinder Singh, SC (Lawyer of the Year)
Jimmy Yim, SC
Cavinder Bull, SC
Randolph Khoo

India Business Law Journal

In the India Business Law Journal (June 2015 issue), a Singapore-based client which engaged the firm on an international arbitration matter involving India-related legal issues, said to the publication:“Drew & Napier has been exceptional in their response to the complex and often time constrained requirements of various matters in dispute. They are technically excellent lawyers who also take the time to explain the complexity of the legal issues to non-lawyers.”

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