Gurbani & Co


78 Shenton Way

+65 6336 7727

+65 6336 0110

Quick facts:

Contact: R. Govin
Number of lawyers: 11
Number of partners: 2
Languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin), Bahasa, Tamil

Gurbani & Co was founded in 1989. Joining at the inception was Mr R Govin who became a partner of the firm in 1992 and continues to lead the firm's success as Managing Partner with a dedicated team of lawyers.

In its 32 years of business, Gurbani & Co has established itself as one of the leading firms of excellence in Singapore in its main areas of practice, involving all aspects of shipping, all forms of marine and general insurance, reinsurance, international and domestic commercial arbitration, and litigation. The leading partners of this niche practice have won the support of a solid international and local commercial client base, constantly engaging it as the firm of ultimate choice.

Gurbani & Co's partners have acted as arbitrators and counsel in large-scale domestic and international institutional and ad-hoc arbitrations.

Our firm has strong networks in the insurance, maritime and international trade sectors, as well as within the international arbitral community, which enables it to service the needs of its expanding client base in an increasingly global community.

Our firm also works closely with associates in ASEAN countries, China, India, UK and the USA in various cross-border legal matters and is well-placed to deal with issues in the region.

Gurbani & Co represents multinationals, listed and private companies, banks, finance houses, shipping companies, shipowners, operators, charterers, cargo owners, freight forwarders, international commodity traders, flagstates and government owned carriers, marine cargo, insurers, hull and machinery, and war risks insurers, reinsurers, P&I insurers, FD&D associations, shipping agencies, ship repairers, bunker suppliers and others from the whole spectrum of the maritime industry.

The firm’s main areas of practice encompass, but are not limited to shipping/air/land carriage and multimodal transport and freight forwarding – it advises and represents clients in disputes arising out of bills of lading, charterparties, airway bills, freight forwarding and logistics agreements including arbitration, mediation and litigation of disputes. International and domestic trade, and commercial arbitration, mediation and litigation – cross-border enforcement of foreign and domestic arbitration awards and judgments.

The firm has acted in relation to ICC, FOSFA, GAFTA, PORAM, SIAC and SCMA arbitrations, amongst others. We act in all forms of marine and general insurance.

We also handle matters concerning negotiating/drafting/formation of commercial contracts for sale and purchase of goods, commodities, corporate joint ventures, business acquisitions and start-up of companies. Our lawyers advise and represent clients in multi-jurisdictional joint ventures and acquisitions, including assisting foreign clients in the setting up of businesses in Singapore.

Gurbani & Co is consistently ranked in various international legal directories, including Chambers, Legal 500, Asialaw Profiles where our lawyers are ranked and recommended.

  • Shipping and maritime (contentious and non-contentious)
  • Insurance (general insurance and marine insurance)
  • International trade
  • Commodities
  • Insolvency
  • International arbitration and dispute resolution
  • Corporate and commercial ventures (including cross-border investments)
  • Enforcement of awards/judgments and debt recovery