Drew & Napier



Dispute resolution

With respected litigators and senior counsels such as Jimmy Yim, Cavinder Bull and Siraj Omar in its ranks, Drew & Napier is easily Singapore’s premier litigation practice and takes a significant share of arbitration-related litigation work in the city-state. It is highly experienced in billion-dollar, complex international commercial arbitrations and landmark investor-state and investment treaty disputes. Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, foreign governments, multinational corporations and state-owned entities frequently instruct the team. The firm’s specialist dispute resolution lawyers are well versed in a diverse range of sectors such as construction and infrastructure, finance, energy and utilities, finance, commodities and technology. In the past 12 months, the cumulative value of the firm’s litigation matters exceeded $53.5 billion.

Other key litigators and disputes practitioners include family law veteran Randolph Koo, IP head Tony Yeo and eminent insolvency lawyers Sushil Nair and Blossom Hing. White-collar focused Wendell Wong and construction specialist Christopher Chong are also among the prominent lawyers. Partners Benedict Teo, Mahesh Rai, Shu Mei Hoon and Meryl Koh are rising stars in their respective fields.

The high profile demise of Hin Leong Trading features the Drew & Napier team as its judicial managers in the largest reported fraudulent trading case in the history of Singapore. The firm also successfully represented Bidzina Ivanishvili, the former prime minister of Georgia, and his family in the Court of Appeal in respect of a claim they brought against the trustee of a $1.1 billion trust.

In another case highlight, the firm advised on a matter that concerns the first known investor-state arbitration ever initiated against the Lao government. It involves a long-running and high-profile dispute between the Lao government and two investors in its gaming and casino industry, which has presently led to at least eight sets of arbitration proceedings and court actions between the parties.

The firm also represented Zillion Global and Fields Pacific before the Singapore courts against Deutsche Bank for breach of contract, breach of tortious duty of care and misrepresentation. This is one of the largest private banking claims in Singapore. The team continues to advise on one of the largest trust cases ever brought before Singapore’s courts concerning the De La Sala family legacy.

Key active clients include Bombardier Aerospace Services, CapitaLand, Citibank, DBS, Goldbell Engineering, Hin Leong Trading, Raiffeisen Bank and Super Sea Cable Networks.

Client feedback

“The firm is prompt and responsive, business focused and solutions oriented.” – Commercial and transactions

“Timely response, professional and prudent advice.” – Commercial and transactions

“They do litigation very well!” – Commercial and transactions

 “The lawyer I dealt with is caring and understanding, very professional and knowledgeable.” – Family and matrimonial

 “Well experienced in the area and client-oriented service.” – International arbitration

“They successfully defended our arbitral award.” – International arbitration

“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.” – International arbitration

Cavinder Bull

“Cavinder is one of the best lawyers I have worked with internationally. He is clear, articulate and a pleasure to brief. His team is also fully engaged and top-quality. We managed to conduct an intense, heavily fought arbitration by video-conferencing seamlessly. Drew & Napier would definitely be my firm of choice for future work in Singapore (or even commercial arbitrations outside Singapore).”

Shu Mei Hoon

“Professional, knowledgeable, understanding, organised and personable.”

Rakesh Kirpalani

“He communicates well both in English and Chinese and always provides feedback promptly. He is familiar with our industry and is quick to get the points and concerns from us.”

Meryl Koh

“Meryl is an excellent strategist and is candid at sharing her assessment of how the court will look at the charges and evidence presented. Empowering us with knowledge gave us much confidence when making decisions.”

“Meryl Koh and her team took effort to understand our case completely, presented us the various strategies we may adopt and explained the pros, cons, probable outcomes and costs of each strategy so that we could make an informed decision.”

Siraj Omar

“He is very experienced in terms of the types of transaction that we are having trouble with and also he has a great track record on cross-border disputes.”

“He gives timely and spot on advice, has commercial solutions and has successful outcomes in court.”

Benedict Teo

“Ben Teo is prompt and responsive, has good knowledge of the laws and regulations and is solutions oriented and business friendly.”

En Li Yap

“She is very clear and concise with her communications. She picks up calls and is very diligent in her work.”

Jimmy Yip

“He does litigation very well.”