Gurbani & Co


78 Shenton Way

+65 6336 7727

+65 6336 0110

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Managing Director: Mr R Govin
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Number of lawyers: 10
Number of directors: 2
Languages: English, Chinese (Mandarin), Malay, Tamil

Gurbani & Co LLC 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 Director with a dedicated team of lawyers and staff.

Gurbani & Co LLC 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 commercial arbitration, litigation, and corporate practice. 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 LLC's directors 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 associate law firms in many jurisdictions, including ASEAN countries, China, India, UK, and the USA, in various cross-border legal matters.

Gurbani & Co LLC 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 vessels, 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 LLC has always been consistently ranked every year as a recommended law firm in various international legal directories, including Chambers, Legal 500, Asialaw Profiles.


  • Shipping and maritime (contentious and non-contentious)
  • International arbitration, dispute resolution and litigation
  • Insurance (general insurance and marine insurance)
  • Corporate and commercial ventures (including cross-border investments), setting up family offices and investments, incorporation of new businesses and companies for foreign and domestic clients
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Banking and finance
  • International trade
  • Commodities
  • Insolvency
  • Labour and employment
  • Enforcement of awards/judgments and debt recovery