The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Dispute Resolution 2021 – Next Generation Partner for 2 consecutive years
International Arbitration 2021 – Next Generation Partner for 2 consecutive years; Recommended lawyer in 2019
Projects & Energy 2021 – Recommended lawyer for 3 consecutive years
White-Collar Crime 2021 – Recommended lawyer
Construction 2021 – Recommended lawyer
“Mahesh Rai is highly regarded for construction and engineering disputes”
Sources say “Mahesh Rai was always on top of every aspect of the dispute, nothing could slip away from him. His strategic advice and sound reasoning were key in developing and framing claim.”
“wonderfully engaging to deal with and has an incredibly relaxed manner”
The Joseph Grimberg Outstanding Young Advocate Award 2021
Winner of the annual award instituted by the Singapore Academy of Law and Drew & Napier which recognises young lawyers in good standing who exhibit professional excellence, service to the profession and the bar; service to the community; and/or a reputation for or the advancement of legal ethics and professional responsibility. The award also recognises lawyers who demonstrate the same professional excellence and high ethical standards that Mr Grimberg embodied.
Asian Legal Business Asia Super 50 Disputes Lawyers 2021
Recognised as being amongst the top 50 disputes lawyers in the region
Rated “10/10” by a client, Mahesh is lauded for working “that extra 10 percent to ensure all bases are covered, and was always three steps ahead of the defendant in my High Court litigation”.
Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2019
Young Lawyer of the Year – Mahesh Rai
Asian Legal Business
Identified as one of 40 bright legal minds in the region under the age of 40 – “40 Under 40 list” (October 2018 issue)
Financial Times Innovative Lawyers APAC 2018 awards
Mahesh was commended for his commitment to pro bono advocacy, highlighting his work with HOME (Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics) and AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research) that led him to challenge laws that disadvantage migrant and refugee workers.
Who’s Who Legal
Ranked as an eminent lawyer under 45 in the respective fields:
Global Guide: Arbitration (2021 and 2020 editions)
Global Guide: Investigations (2020, 2019 and 2018 editions)
National Guide: Southeast Asia - Arbitration 2021 – Recommended Lawyer
Mahesh "is always keen to think out of the box” applaud sources who commend his “great industry knowledge and level of responsiveness”.
Mahesh Rai is "truly a leader in this area"…He provides specialist insight into disputes in the telecommunications and energy sectors.
“Mahesh is quick on his feet, pays attention to detail and is clear and concise in his explanations.”
Global Investigations Review 100 (GIR 100) 5th edition (2019)
Recognised as a leading individual for investigations. The GIR 100 identifies top 100 firms worldwide that handle complex cross-border government-led and internal investigations.
Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Dispute Resolution & Litigation 2018 – Leading lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Sources say Mahesh “demonstrates commitment and responsiveness to queries at all hours. A very driven individual who has sensible commercial solutions. A capable lawyer who delivers results we ask for.”
“Mahesh is a first-rate litigator with a good eye for detail. He grasps issues quickly, was accessible and was excellent in providing commercial solutions to our problems.”
“Mahesh is an excellent disputes lawyer and a master strategist with a deserved reputation for solving complex issues. He was very user friendly, commercially-minded and was one of the best lawyers my company has worked with.”
“To the point discussion. In-depth knowledge of the matter and the industry. Hands-on related to the approach and strategy.”
“The level of legal advice and general client service that I received while working with Mahesh Rai's team was outstanding. My queries were answered promptly and with great attention to detail. Not only did the team closely monitor the progress of the settlement discussions, but it had also taken it upon itself to supervise and check the drafts that came back from the Indonesian law firm instructed by us to advise on Indonesian law queries pertaining to the transaction. Our management and I have been very pleased with the standard of service received from D&N.”
Global Arbitration Review 9th edition (2016)
A client said Mahesh “expressed a commendable level of personal engagement and was always available to provide support, guidance and direction from start to end.”
Asia Business Law Journal
Identified as one of Singapore’s Top 100 lawyers 2019
Singapore Business Review
Singapore’s 70 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2016 – Listed lawyer
Excellence in Advocacy Award (2012)
Awarded by the Singapore International Arbitration Academy
Winner of Essex Court Chambers-Singapore Academy of Law Moot Competition for Singapore lawyers (2012)