• LL.B. (Hons), National University of Singapore (1989)
  • Admitted to the Singapore Bar (1990)

Randolph is Deputy Managing Director of our Dispute Resolution Department, and heads the dispute resolution practices of the Greater China, India and International Trade Desk and Private Client Disputes Group.

He is keenly involved in arbitration and international disputes. Randolph has been recognised by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019 and Chambers Global 2018 as a leading practitioner in the area of dispute resolution in Singapore and China, in addition to being endorsed by Best Lawyers International 2020 for international arbitration and arbitration & mediation in Singapore.

Randolph has been praised by legal publications and clients for being especially experienced in China-related arbitrations, having advised numerous Chinese clients on high-stakes disputes, and acted as counsel in arbitrations held under CIETAC rules”; and as a “Leader of a ‘very accessible and efficient’ team, who is ’well versed in international arbitration, willing to listen and extremely business-oriented’.” (Chambers and Partners)

Randolph joined Drew & Napier in 1990 after graduating with academic prizes and topping the final examination and public international law course at the National University of Singapore.

Randolph has handled numerous matters. Here are just a few:

  1. A long civil litigation spanning five years relating to a construction company involving substantial claims of an aggregate of approximately $60 million between the parties as well as satellite litigation. Three reported decisions arose from this brief in Lim Leong Huat v Chip Hup Hup Kee Construction Pte Ltd (No 1)  [2008] 2 SLR 786; Lim Leong Huat v Chip Hup Hup Kee Construction Pte Ltd (No 2) [2009] 2 SLR(R) 318 and Lim Leong Huat v Chip Hup Hup Kee Construction Pte Ltd (No 3)  [2011] 1 SLR 657.

  2. Advised on arbitration and legal actions for a mainland Chinese distributor and a South Korean franchisor, including an action in the Shenzhen Intermediate Court, successfully attaining an extension of the franchise agreement.
  3. Disputes between Indian investors in a Singapore-incorporated company having natural resource interests in Central Asia and Africa worth over US$25 million. Involved a High Court action in Singapore and arbitration in India.

  4. Advised a Singaporean investor in arbitration proceedings before the Shanghai Arbitration Commission arising from an abortive hotel investment project and thereafter related proceedings in the Shanghai Intermediate and High Courts as well as other related proceedings in the Singapore High Court.

  5. Acting in part of a complex, multi-jurisdictional divorce family asset dispute with claims to assets worth US$12 billion, involving a discharge of injunctive relief and asset-freezing orders in conjunction with civil proceedings abroad in Russia, Switzerland and the United States and related proceedings.

Chambers Global 2018
China: Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (International Firms): Expert based abroad 

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: Foreign Expert (China) 

“His attention to detail and his ability to pinpoint and recall minute facts is amazing"

"He never fails to provide me with the clarification that I need, even at odd hours."

Chambers Asia-Pacific

Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Singapore) 2020  – Band 4 for 3 consecutive years

Randolph Khoo handles corporate and family disputes and is particularly well known for the latter. One client comments: “He has no hesitation to call it like it is, and I respect and appreciate that honesty and forthrightness that I need from an external legal adviser.”

"a sound and fierce litigator who doesn't give up"

"He is not only proactive, but would respond to all wild allegations put forth by the plaintiff with very comprehensive facts addressing the issues at large."

“Leader of a ‘very accessible and efficient’ team, who is ’well versed in international arbitration, willing to listen and extremely business-oriented’."

Randolph Khoo of Drew & Napier LLC in Singapore heads the firm's Greater China dispute resolution team and regularly represents Chinese clients in disputes administered under CIETAC and other institutional rules. He attracts particular praise for his depth of research and mastery of complex documentation.”

The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Dispute Resolution 2020 – Recommended lawyer for 3 consecutive years

International Arbitration 2020 - Recommended lawyer for 3 years

'induces lateral thinking and alternative perspectives to many issues' and has 'an amazing ability to diffuse any tension and provide clarity to legal arguments’

‘a go-to practitioner for China and Russia-related cases’

‘an outstanding lawyer’, ‘stands tall in the land of giants’

"[Randolph Khoo] argues the case very effectively"

Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2020 edition)
Arbitration and Mediation – Endorsed individual for 7 consecutive years
International Arbitration – Endorsed individual for 4 consecutive years

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2019 edition
Dispute Resolution Star - Commercial and Transactions, International Arbitration, Family and Matrimonial

“Very efficient, highly competent, sincere, hardworking, conscientious, dedicated, knowledgeable and a gentleman.”
“Randolph Khoo was very effective in putting across the arguments for our client and his submissions were appreciated by the Arbitral team. He was able to earn the appreciation of the presiding arbitrator. The team had put in excellent written submissions and the same was found convincing. Nothing could be found lacking in the efforts put in by the team of Randolph.”  

  • Primary Panel Arbitrator, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Panel Arbitrator, Law Society of Singapore Arbitration Scheme
  • Panel Arbitrator & Mediator, Asian International Arbitration Centre
  • Panel Arbitrator, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators
  • Panel Arbitrator (Foreigner), Shanghai Arbitration Commission
  • Panel Arbitrator of the Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (Shanghai International Arbitration Center)
  • Panel Arbitrator of the South China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission / Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration
  • Arbitrator, The Chinese Arbitration Association, Taipei
  • International Arbitrator, The Russian Arbitration Center of the Institute of Modern Arbitration of the Russian Federation
  • Mediator & Neutral, The Mediation & Conciliation Network
  • Member of the Panel of Neutrals under the Law Society of Singapore Neutral Evaluation and Determination Scheme
  • Fellow, Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow, Singapore Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow, Arbitrators' & Mediators' Institute of New Zealand
  • Fellow, Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow, Indian Council of Arbitration
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Society of International Law (Singapore)
  • Member, Law Society of Singapore
  • Member, Singapore Academy of Law
  • Notary Public & Commissioner for Oaths