Rakesh is the Chief Technology Officer of Drew & Napier. He has an active practice in complex commercial dispute resolution, including litigation and arbitration. He is engaged in appellate and trial advocacy at all levels of the Singapore Courts and also advises on risk management and disputes concerning technology, electronic evidence, employment, compliance with technology-related regulatory issues and cybersecurity.
He has extensive skills and knowledge in the information technology field and manages the interface between legal and technological issues for clients, regulators, judges and arbitrators.
The clients he has advised include various multi-national corporations, multi-jurisdictional private equity funds and listed companies both in Singapore and other jurisdictions.
As a student, Rakesh was a speaker on the winning team that represented NUS in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition Asia-Pacific Regional Rounds in Sydney, Australia, in April 2005 and went on to represent NUS at the World Finals in Fukuoka, Japan in October 2005 where he appeared before members of the International Court of Justice. He was also the winner of the Law Society Prize for the Best Student in Advocacy in the Postgraduate Practical Law Course in 2006.
Rakesh also teaches advocacy and coaches moot teams at the NUS Law Faculty on a voluntary basis.
Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Dispute Resolution 2021 – Recommended lawyer
International Arbitration 2021 – Recommended lawyer
Rakesh Kirpalani is a “fantastic litigator” in the realm of technology and intellectual property.
He is “a person of integrity and he always provides wise, deliberate, and prompt advice.”
“He is proficient both in English and Chinese, which makes very smooth, thorough, and clear communication. Furthermore, he is skilled in debate and has a clear mind and a wide range of knowledge.”
He “thinks very fast in the courtroom and is not fazed by any curve ball thrown at him in court.”
“Rakesh Kirpalani is an excellent lawyer as he is very detailed. Goes the extra mile to provide prompt advice when time is of the essence.”
ALB Asia Super 50 TMT Lawyer
Listed as one of the standout lawyers in the field of TMT in the region by Asian Legal Business in 2021.
"Rakesh is fast, practical and solution-basesd with the ability to achieve a good response combining technical knowledge and legal ability," says a client.
Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific (2021 edition)
“Commercial-minded, practical legal solutions. Keen understanding of clients' business needs and challenges. Thorough analysis and balanced judgment on novel issues, including useful comparisons with legal reform efforts in other common law jurisdictions.”
Global Arbitration Review 9th edition (2016)
A client praised Rakesh for his “professional and efficient service".
Singapore Business Review
Singapore’s 70 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2016 – Listed lawyer