Singapore



asialaw Analysis

Aviation and shipping
JLex

Established in July 2019, JLex is headed by Joseph Tan and Joanna Poh specialising in commercial disputes with particular focus on shipping and international trade. The firm often receives instructions from foreign solicitors to act in Singapore litigation cases. Tan regularly acts as arbitrator in international arbitrations seated in Singapore and Hong Kong and speaks at various conferences involving maritime and international trade matters

Client feedback 

Commercially minded in their approach.” – Shipping 

They are very professional.” – Shipping

Joseph Tan 

Contactable, commercial-minded. 

Very detailed. 


Work highlights 

Acted for China Coal Solution (Singapore) in the Singapore Court of Appeal on a case to determine the extent of the doctrine of subject to contract’. 

Acted for SP PowerAssets in a claim against the owner of a jackup rig for damage to an undersea cable tunnel caused by the negligent mooring of the jackup rig 

Key clients 

Bary Commodities, Global Projects Services, Ishima, Orient Asia MaritimeUltro International  

Niru & Co

Niru & Co is known for its shipping practice, active in both litigation and advisory work. The firm often deals with substantial ship collision cases as well as major oil pollution cases. Apart from shipping, the firm also advises on aviation matters including work injury claims, freight forwarders’ liability issues and so on. It has Malaysian associated office Suflan T H Liew & Partners 

Client feedback 

Efficiency and timely manner. – Dispute resolution 

Follow up summary of our discussions. Keep us posted with the developments. Provide meaningful advice on the approach, with our target objectives in mind. Act with our interest in mind. – Dispute resolution 

The firm was very meticulous towards details and possible loopholes. The firm was also able to communicate with clients in a way that is very detailed yet keeping their language  easy to understand. – Dispute resolution 

Niru and Co provides proactive and practical legal approaches to address legal issues and the matter in hand. Treating customers  friendly and respectfully. – Insurance 

Extremely committed, reliable and professional. – Shipping 

Positively details and meticulously organised. – Shipping 

Teck Huat Liew 

Very good communication skills. Unique ability to simplify complexed legal matters for us businessman to digest and decide upon. 

In-depth knowledge and responsive to our industry requirement. 

Niru Pillai 

Expert knowledge practical approaches positive relationship with the professionals. 

Alex Yeo 

Alex was very meticulous towards details and possible loopholes. He was also able to communicate with clients in a way that is very detailed yet keeping the language  easy to understand. 

Listens well, provides good advice, acts with our interest in mind, patient and reachable. 

Alex was very meticulous towards details and possible loopholes. He was also able to communicate with clients in a way that is very detailed yet keeping the language easy to understand. 


Work highlights 

Represented Swiss bank Banque Cantonale de Geneve in a claim against the defendant for breach of bailee’s duty and/or conversion of cargo that was shipped aboard the vessel Kronviken. 

Acted for the plaintiff Trans Asian Shipping Services in a claim against the defendant for negligence and breach of duty. 

Oon & Bazul

Oon & Bazul is active in banking and finance, dispute resolution and restructuring and insolvency, beyond its longstanding forte in shipping. Notably, the firm climbs into the ‘Highly Recommended’ tier for restructuring and insolvency after a momentous year being involved in many of the jurisdiction’s high-profile and high-value unwindings. Its lawyers have in-depth knowledge and an intimate understanding across various sectors, including financial services, trusts and securities, insurance, and oil and gas. In particular, the firm has extensive expertise handling matters related to trade finance, commodities, banking, commercial disputes and cross-border fraud. Key partners include Bazul Ashhab, Kelly Yap, Chi Yen Ting, Yi Wayn Ng and Meiyen Tan. The general disputes team was significantly boosted by the arrivals of partner Benedict Eoon from Covenant Chambers and partners Priscilla Lua and Jerald Foo from Clifford Chance.

Client feedback 

“They are responsive and cooperative.” – Banking and finance

“We value their responsiveness and clarity of communication.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good set-up and infrastructural support for case management.” – Dispute resolution

“I appreciate their hard work, responsiveness and value for money.” – Dispute resolution

“Positive attributes include their expertise, ability to understand issues and provide commercial solutions and reasonable costs.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide quick and direct advice.” – Dispute resolution

“Partners and associates are very competent, they are well prepared and research well.” – Energy

“The lawyers are articulate, supportive and professional on meeting requirements.” – Regulatory

“Good technical knowledge, good team, easy to work with, practical and commercial.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Diplomatic and knowledgeable advisory services.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Extremely responsive to client timelines with a positive, calm, ’can do‘ attitude. A fantastic mixture of legal and important practical advice. They also work really well to support in-house counsel. It feels very much like a team approach and you know you are in good, steady, knowledgeable hands.” – Shipping

Bazul Ashhab

“Excellent responsiveness, knowledge of the business of the client and good value for money.”

Jerald Foo

“He is very responsive and attentive, has a good eye for detail, which is fundamental for dispute resolution. He is very competent with a high level of expertise in dispute resolution.”

“Very responsive and knowledgeable.”

Keith Han

“Easy to talk to and a quick thinker.”

“A good advocate, good strategist.”

Meiyen Tan

“Easy to work with, good communicator and practical.”

“Provides knowledgeable, timely and practical advice and solutions.”

Ng Yi Wayn

“Responsive communications and colleague referrals.”

“Extremely professional and knowledgeable, but also approachable and supportive.”

Prakaash Silvam

“Certainly perspicacious, he has a wide breadth of prior experience that helps on case framing. He is likable, personable, approachable, helpful and very capable.”

“Prakaash combines strong legal knowledge, strong legal skills and good client management. I have no issue putting him in front of our traders and management, as I know he is respectful of my role but also understands the business, the trader mindset and how we operate.”

Ting Chi Yen

“Responsive, helpful and cooperative.”


Work highlights 

Defending Winson Oil in proceedings brought against it in relation to misdelivered cargo.

Representing petrochemical trading group, Integra Petrochemicals on bringing an application in the Singapore Court to release the arrested vessel by relying on a string of old English authorities.

Acting for Innovek, a bunker barge operator, to overturn the first instance judgment in the landmark Court of Appeal decision of The Luna [2021] SGCA 84.

Key clients

Adidaya Energy Mandiri, Navig8 Chemical Tankers 4 Incorporation, Ocean Light Shipping, Visa Resources

PDLegal

Litigation specialist firm PDLegal represents foreign public-listed companies, multinational corporations, SMEs and private individuals at all levels in the Singapore courts, covering a broad spectrum of contentious matters. The firm is also experienced in the full range of shipping and admiralty work. Peter Doraisamy, Andrew Lee Weiming and Gerard Quek are key members of the firm. The firm welcomed disputes specialist and partner Cathryn Neo from Ashurst earlier this year. It established its India desk in 2021 with the hiring of partner Lakshman Shankar, a veteran Indian-qualified lawyer, from Dua Associates in India.

Client feedback

“We value how detailed the lawyers are and their strategy.” – Dispute resolution

“The lawyers are empathic, able to look at various angles from the client's viewpoint and understand our perspective before wrapping in the technical argument to augment the case.”– Dispute resolution

“Responsive and quick in actions. They gave us their full-time attention.” – Insurance

“Fast and responsive.” – Restructuring and insolvency

Andrew Lee Weiming

“Very quick to respond to clients and he listens.”

“Passionate about the work and responsible.”

“We value Mr Lee's passion and also his legal duty in assisting us to either win the case or dismiss the case to avoid unnecessary spending of time and monies by our firm.”

Kyle Peters

“Proactive, reliable and responsive.”

Peter Doraisamy

“He has very good knowledge and is highly strategic.”

“He is a skilled orator and is able to use simple examples to explain complex arguments.”

 

Work highlights

Acting for owners of SOV Southern Star, a DP3 vessel, in a suit against the bareboat charterers who wrongfully failed to pay charterhire.

Advised shipowners in a grounding incident on the Eauripik atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Rajah & Tann

Rajah & Tann is arguably the most visible among Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms in the Southeast Asian market. It occupies the top tier across an array of practice areas and sectors with well-established teams in both the transactional and contentious markets. The firm has outstanding experience in complex and high-value cross-border matters, closely working with its R&T Asia network with specialised industry expertise. The firm has a traditional strength in dispute resolution backed by the largest litigation practice in Singapore with seven senior counsels. This year the firm proves its dominance again with its ascension into the ‘Outstanding’ tier for banking and finance, capital markets and investment funds. Key names include Angela Lim for banking and finance, Kim Huat Chia for capital markets and corporate and M&A, Kala Anandarajah for competition, Francis Xavier and Andre Yeap for dispute resolution, Arnold Tan for investment funds, Patrick Ang and Eng Beng Lee for restructuring and insolvency, and Rajesh Sreenivasan for technology and telecommunications. The funds group welcomed partner Zixiang Sun from Simmons & Simmons earlier this year.

Client feedback

“After many years of working on our cases, Rajah & Tann is able to tighten our contractual terms, advise us on loan structure and has a high level of success in our litigation cases.” – Banking and finance

“Professional, pragmatic and reasonable fees.”– Banking and finance

“Professional, in-depth knowledge and responsive” – Capital markets

“Provided deep insights of the local regulation and helped us communicate with regulators. The responses to requests from us or our client have been always prompt and professional.” – Capital markets

“Rajah & Tann understood the worldwide legal situation about big cartel investigation cases very well to move very swiftly for our client. Thanks to this reaction our client escaped from the burden of huge fines.” – Competition/antitrust

“In-depth grasp and meaningful guidance on country-specific regulatory issues.” – Corporate and M&A

“Rajah & Tann provides very practical advice and is always available for us to ask questions, no matter what time. They show their experience when they can provide us with workarounds whenever parties reach a deadlock.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provide practical and business-friendly solutions. They are tremendous value for money. We have access to top-tier legal talent. They are focused on building long-term relationships with their clients.” – Corporate and M&A

“An impressive law firm with an extensive network across ASEAN.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have an impressive network across ASEAN and are great sector leaders.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are very organised, efficient and keep their eye on the ball at all times. Proverbial wisdom is not to fight a war on two fronts, but this dispute had three fronts and Adrian [Wong], Leong Hao [Ang] and Wayne [Yeo] were excellent generals ensuring not just brilliant strategic hits, but also boring basics like evidence gathering was done early.” – Dispute resolution

“We appreciate that they work closely with the client, provide clear insights of the problem and have a solution-oriented approach.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive to detail, reliable advice and trustworthy.” – Dispute resolution

“They think in the best interests of the client. They are swift yet calculated in their responses.” – Dispute resolution

“Clarity of logic and execution.” – Dispute resolution

“There is a team of highly skilled and competent partners in dispute resolution such as Murali Pillai, Luo Qinghui, Andrea Tan, Elaine Tay and Regina Liew They are able to understand commercial concerns and take them into account when providing advice or when drafting and reviewing contracts. They are also practical, focused, clear and articulate.” – Insurance

“Very approachable, and open to ideas and feedback. Contactable 24/7.” – Insurance

“They are very knowledgeable about insurance regulations in Singapore, and provide very commercial and practical advice. The team is also very responsive with excellent client management skills.” – Insurance

“They have good sector knowledge, are commercial and responsive.” – Investment funds

“Very instructive and practical advice, we managed to achieve our aims with clarity and promptness.” – Labour and employment

“Our two partners at Rajah & Tann, Murali Pillai and Qinghui Luo, were experienced in their field, professional in their dealings with all parties involved, systematic in their approach, and responsive and approachable at all times. Particularly helpful were their guidance and ultimately our alignment on the best approach to protect the firm. An absolute pleasure to work with.” – Labour and employment

“Very professional and prompt advice given, can always rely on them regardless of the time of the day.” – Oil and gas

“Knowledgeable with an extensive network to tap.” – Oil and gas

“They are value for money, have the right balance of commerciality and legal input. They understand our requirements and flex points well and can give pertinent, useful input on both the minutiae as well as the big picture.” – Private equity

“They give fast responses, have a dedicated team and produce high-quality work.” – Private equity

“Strong legal expertise, combined with organic cross-border capabilities and resources.” – Private equity

“Reliable, prompt and accommodating on fee budgets.” – Regulatory

“Always contactable and willing to find solutions in a timely and comprehensive manner.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“We value their understanding of key insurance issues, practical experience of dealing with complex casualties, and accessibility to the partner dealing with the work.” – Shipping

“Value for money and impressive skill sets of the lawyers.” – Shipping

“They have enough strengths in all aspects. They have had full of knowledge of any case from a legal and shipping perspective. In addition, they also pay attention to commercial awareness between our client and the opponent.” – Shipping

Adrian Wong

“Sharp, concise, clear-minded and creative in his argument of case.”

“Clarity of logic and execution.”

Adrian Wong, Ang Leong Hao and Wayne Yeo

“Excellent teamwork with sensible layering that enables them to be very agile and efficient.”

Arnold Tan

“Acknowledged market leader in Singapore, he is friendly, helpful, and has good commercial understanding.”

“He is pragmatic and to the point.”

Bala Vellayappan

“Amazing lawyer to work with. He is practical and very knowledgeable. He is also humble at the same time. He is reliable and provides valuable insights all the time.”

Benjamin Liew

“He is extremely responsive, succinct and precise in rendering advice. He provides value-add services in dealing with ad hoc queries without charge.”

Brian Ng

“He knows the issues and what to focus on, particularly for a financial sponsor or private equity fund-related work.”

Chua Beng Chye

“Good knowledge and the leading expert in his field for HP law and collections.”

Chua Choon King

“Provides legally sound practical advice. He has good connections within the industry. He has been able to provide ’out-of-the-box‘ solutions to overcome challenges due to industry connections.”

Danny Lim

“A go-to guy, he provides very careful and measured advice. He is very responsive and able to pay attention whenever required.”

Elizabeth Teo

“Contactable at any time, she is a comprehensive and practical solution provider.”

Favian Tan

“He is very responsive and quick to resolve issues by providing innovative solutions that are win-win. He has the ability to distil complex legal issues in a clear and concise manner, while at all times focusing on the ultimate commercial objective of the parties.”

Gregory Vijayendran

“Attentive to detail, great knowledge of the law, able to strategise approaches to the case and has a calming assurance.”

Jainil Bhandari

“Jainil is extremely easy to deal with and has a quiet confidence in the way that he works.”

Jonathan Yuen

“Articulate, knowledgeable and offers practical solutions.”

Kala Anandarajah

“She is a very smart business lawyer who represents the firm's attitude which I described here before.”

Kelvin Poon

“In-depth knowledge of the law, a positive approach to problems, and solution-oriented.”

Lee Xin Mei

“We value her knowledge, she is professional and responsive.”

Leong Kah Wah

“He is clear and concise in his advice. He will tell you what matters and what does not, cut out the emotions in disputes and has been able to get the best outcomes in all my cases handled by him. I do not go to anyone else.”

“He has a lot of experiences about main shipping matters for Korean shipping clients. So he can always lead to the most efficient way to solve the problem when there is an unfortunate accident and legal disputes.”

Mark Cheng

“Good problem-solver and engaging.”

Murali Pillai

“He is very experienced in his field, professional in dealings with all parties involved and systematic in his approach. He is responsive and approachable.”

“He is highly skilled and competent. He is very responsive despite a very busy schedule. Murali always makes time for clients, which is very appreciated. He remains calm and unfazed no matter the situation. He is also able to connect well with all levels of stakeholders from his corporate client.”

Nathanael Lin

“Very dependable, and offers good and sound advice.”

“Easy to talk to and can relate clearly to what the client wants.”

Patrick Ang

“He is a leading practitioner in insolvency and restructuring and dispute resolution.”

Philip Yeo

“Philip is highly dedicated to his work and always responds in a timely manner. He possesses strong legal knowledge in the field of investment management and private equity.”

“Responsive, professional, detailed, good technical skills, and pragmatic.”

Sandy Foo

“Very responsive, commercially minded and helpful. A leader in her field.”

Simon Goh

“He is responsive and has deep expertise.”

Sun Zixiang

“Client-centric, focused and driven to achieve good outcomes for the client while not being over-zealous. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of private equity funds work and the various legal and regulatory considerations surrounding the sector.”

Toh Kian Sing

“He is the undisputed king of maritime law.”

Tracy-Anne Ang

“Highly experienced and always willing to spend time to explain rationales and concepts.”

Wang Ying Shuang

“Very approachable. Open to new ideas. Contactable 24/7.”

“Ying Shuang is very knowledgeable about the insurance sector in Singapore and has been a joy to work with. She provides advice that is legally sound and commercially practical, and is one of our organisation's trusted advisers.”

Wee Hann Lim

“He is customer-centric and solution-oriented. He’s also super-experienced and collaborative.”

“Wee Hann is an exceptional lawyer who is always putting the needs of the clients first.”

“Wee Hann is fantastic lawyer who has a broad skillset, which he tailors to the needs of his clients.”


Work highlights

Advising multiple banks on the suspected massive fraud by Agritrade International.

Acting for the owners of MV Alnic MC in its dispute arising from a collision with USS John S McCain in the westbound land of the Singapore Traffic Separation Scheme.

Key clients

DBS Bank, ING Bank, Natixis, Phillips 66 International Trading

Banking and finance
Asia Practice

Asia Practice is a corporate and finance-focused firm with experience in the projects and shipping space. The firm climbs up one tier in the banking and finance table this year. The firm’s clients include corporations as well as market participants and stakeholders. Lee Chien Herr is the main partner for corporate and M&A, while Jonathan Tan and Leon Low lead its banking and finance practice.

Client feedback 

“The firm has always provided quick, value-for-money services and is comparatively cheaper than other bigger law firms while delivering quality advisory services.” – Banking and finance

“The law firm always provides prompt, reliable legal advice to support our bank at very affordable rates in today’s very competitive market. They have a firm grasp of the local legal and regulatory environment as well as industry practices relevant to their area of competence.” – Banking and finance.

Jonathan Tan

“He is down-to-earth, always available and able to assist us in impromptu calls and meetings.”

“Down-to-earth and approachable, always willing to render help and solutions to us.”


Work highlights 

Acted for various lessors and lenders in three transactions for the sale and leaseback of a total of five aircraft for a leading international airline.

Advised a syndicate of banks in Singapore in connection with an enlarged receivables finance facility of up to $320 million for a major international bunker fuel supplier, to support its working capital requirements and trading activities.

Represented an affiliate of one of the world’s largest independent owners of marine containers in a $220 million syndicated term loan refinancing for existing facilities in relation to marine container acquisitions.

Acted for a major Thai bank in connection with trade facilities in an aggregate amount of more than $120 million to various borrowers, secured by various properties in Singapore, to support their general trading activities.

CHP Law

CHP Law is a young, full-service firm with ties to CNPLaw, its senior consultant being Colin Ng. The team is active in corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, intellectual property, real estate, labour and private client matters. The firm is helmed by managing partner Christopher Huang and includes seven senior lawyers including directors Richway Ponnampalam, Randall Perera and Arthur Yap. The IP team was boosted by the joining of director Dixon Soh from the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore last summer.


Work highlights

Acted for an individual lender in the loan of funds to help the purchaser in the purchase of the completed property with a registered mortgage in favour of the said lender against the completed property.

Representing a multi-family office in the creation of a variable capital company and multiple sub-funds with investment strategies covering a wide breadth of investment space.

CMS Holborn Asia

CMS Holborn Asia is rapidly expanding in Singapore with the arrival of renowned lawyers in the market. Leading figures include construction specialist Kelvin Aw as well as IP and TMT focus Sheena Jacob. The firm is particularly known for its sector focus across technology, healthcare, life sciences, media, consumer goods and services and infrastructure. Its banking practice was launched in early 2021 with the arrival of seasoned finance partner Daniel Tan from Clifford Chance.

Client feedback

“Knowledgeable, commercial, reliable and quick.” – Banking and finance

“Responsive and reacts positively to short deadlines. Provides comprehensive analysis.” – Banking and finance

“They truthfully provided legal opinions and legal advice to us. They did especially splendidly on providing rational and practical legal advice to the client.” – Dispute resolution

“Great at managing the client relationship. Clear written advice. Solid experience in the construction, oil and gas sectors.” – Dispute resolution

“The CMS team, under the construction disputes team, headed by Lynette [Chew] and Kelvin [Aw] always have their client's interest at heart. They help me balance between costs and benefit outcomes forthrightly even if it means less fees for the firm as a consequence of the advice. Lynette led a team who defended a claim at the High Court and Court of Appeal in Singapore. It was a very difficult appeal but the team did a brilliant job with tenacity. The team took the time to explain procedural and evidential difficulties for certain points but advised on strategies around this which worked brilliantly.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide timely, cost-efficient service in managing our trademark portfolio. They are very responsive, providing clear advice and instruction.” – Intellectual property

“They have exceptional response time to meet the demanding needs of a changing and dynamic media business. Their advice is always concise and delivered with knowledge of how media businesses operate in APAC.” – Media and entertainment

Asya Jamaludin

“Great industry knowledge and client engagement.”

Daniel Tan

“Knowledgeable, commercial and reliable.”

“Good availability, senior oversight and attention, and open to ideas.”

Denise Loh

“Denise is very responsive and provides clear and concise advice and counsel.”

Sheena Jacob

“Acts as an extended trusted business partner for the legal department. Always responsive and offers practical solutions in the challenging regulatory environment. She has the ability to balance risk and the need to do business.”

Lynette Chew

“Lynette often spends time, including non-billable time, at the outset and initial stages of the instruction to fully understand the client's issues and case before jumping into a prescriptive course of action that starts incurring exorbitant legal costs for the client. Her advice is often insightful and honest. This is much appreciated from the client perspective. When we need to proceed to full trials, Lynette and her team are always fully prepared for a good fight when the fight is necessary. Her attention to details and cross-examination skills for factual and expert witnesses were impeccable. It shows the high level of preparation she and the team undertake for the trial, including understanding the client's commercial issues and business realities.”

 

Work highlights

Advised the lenders on the $150 million refinancing of a secured syndicated facility for Interflour Group.

Acted for LaSalle Investment Management Asia in connection with the amendment and restatement of its loan to Tuas South Avenue.

Advised Alliance to End Plastic Waste on a secured loan facility to Mr Green Africa Kenya.

Key clients

Blue Leaf Energy Asia, Robust International, Wilhelmsen Ahrenkiel Ship Management

CNPLaw

CNPLaw, formerly known as Colin Ng & Partners, is active in all major practice areas including banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, investment funds and private equity. The firm has experience in advising companies in the real estate and technology and telecommunication sectors, particularly active in blockchain and cryptocurrency. Min-Li Tan, Pradeep Singh, Lisa Theng and Bill Jamieson are key contacts.

Client feedback

“We appreciate the level of detail and the quick response time. The partner is able to address and rectify the issues.” – Capital markets

“Very supportive and informative.” – Corporate and M&A

“Commercial approach, they understand the business aspects well, not just the legal aspect. Competitively priced.” – Investment funds

Amit Dhume

“Positive, cheerful, confident, knowledgeable, creative, and offering a high-touch client service.”

Ge Xiaomeng

“Very supportive and informative.”

Low Wee Siong

“Responsive and able to communicate effectively on issues. Very knowledgeable in the capital markets and able to provide effective solutions.”

Tan Min-Li

“I have worked with Min-Li on a number of transactions over the past few years. She is extremely reliable, attentive, innovative and solution-driven lawyer. She has demonstrated a unique ability to understand the capital markets deeply and provide thoughtful legal, risk, strategic and structural analysis and advice for a transaction.  Her values run deeper than a transaction and the fees. She is respected by the bankers and the other party and its counsel. Her ability to lead and steer the discussion in her client’s favour and yet leave a win-win position on the table is well appreciated.”


Work highlights 

Advised a domestic private capital solutions firm, as the lender offering a term loan facility of $20 million to a borrower incorporated in Singapore.

Advised all parties, including a global manufacturer of industrial manipulators, to a loan and debt resettlement arrangement.

Key clients

Kokubu Group

Drew & Napier

As one of Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms, Drew & Napier possesses a diverse roster of lawyers offering an extensive range of legal services in Singapore and across the region. This year it makes gains in numerous rankings tables, moving up a tier in the energy, infrastructure, construction and corporate and M&A categories. The firm remains a dispute resolution powerhouse with a deep bench of top advocates including Jimmy Yim and Cavinder Bull. Disputes and insolvency lawyer Siraj Omar, construction specialist Christopher Chong and elite tax practitioner Ong Sim Ho further reinforce the team. Other key names to note include Pauline Chong for finance, Petrus Huang for capital markets, Chong Kin Lim for competition and technology, Steven Lo for corporate and M&A, Tony Yeo for IP, and Sushil Nair and Blossom Hing for restructuring and insolvency. Consultant Gary Pryke is another well-known practitioner in the corporate and finance space.

Client feedback 

“Comprehensive and meticulous in rendering legal advice on the finance documents.” – Aviation

“Commercial and practical advice, prompt responses, and clarity of explanation.” – Banking and finance

“The firm is professional in dealing with the bank’s lawyer and able to provide us with the legal advice.” – Banking and finance

“Prompt, practical and responsive.” – Banking and finance

“Fast, quick, number one in litigation, and they give prompt replies.” – Banking and finance

“Experienced and efficient. Organised with a clear action plan.” – Banking and finance

“They are knowledgeable and provide a different perspective.” – Capital markets

“Able to provide clear, succinct and actionable advice.” – Construction

“Extremely effective and efficient.” – Construction

“Fast, quick responses and able to provide alternative solutions.” – Construction

“Responsive, accommodating to the client, commercially minded, with an appropriately staffed team.” – Corporate and M&A

“Able to understand our objectives and also distil key legal issues into an easy to understand form.” – Corporate and M&A

“The corporate M&A team was dependable, responsive and professional in their advice. They were able to identify pitfalls and suggest innovative solutions during the negotiation of S&P agreement.” – Corporate and M&A

“We value their intellect, insights, responsiveness in dealing with complex situations, breadth and depth of knowledge.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, efficient and provides to-the-point advice and work.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their response is prompt and advice is sound and clear.” – Corporate and M&A

“The team is creative and attentive to details.” – Corporate and M&A

“Professional and skilful, and quite familiar with our industry characteristics so that they could figure out a strategic proposal. Always provide prompt feedback.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have a dedicated and experienced professional team that creates a successful outcome.” – Dispute resolution

“Customer-focused.” – Dispute resolution

“They go a long way to understand the nuances of the business which gives them the edge in any kind of dispute resolution process.” – Dispute resolution

“Great legal advice and extremely responsive. They think around issues and provide answers which are not obvious to their peers. The team is very personable.” – Dispute resolution

“Sincere and very responsive.” – Dispute resolution

“We value Drew & Napier’s experience, depth of both legal and commercial knowledge, and understanding of a client’s needs and wants. How it utilises all of these attributes to aggressively yet reasonably pursues the client’s interests is class-leading. Hence it has a stellar and fearsome reputation amongst its peers and the courts, giving its clients an advantage.” – Dispute resolution

“Reliable and efficient.” – Dispute resolution

“Prompt responses, very practical and commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide timely, commercially useful and clear advice. They are also very user-friendly, and are proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. They know arbitration and court work well. They are also very professional, polished, and give a very high quality of service.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent advocates that obtained great results.” – Dispute resolution

“Able to provide insights to the issue and propose next steps and attached consequences, including providing legal obligations arising from the claims.” – Dispute resolution

“Quick to act, knowledgeable and compassionate.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive, responsive, diligent, accurate and resourceful.” – Dispute resolution

“Very hands-on and smart.” – Dispute resolution

“Yuet Min and her team are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and responsive. She provides sound advice, novel solutions and has secured some great results for the client. She is clearly a future leader in the Singapore dispute resolution landscape.” – Dispute resolution

“They are thorough, balanced in risk assessment, hard-working, persistent and results-driven.” – Dispute resolution

“It is a comprehensive full-service firm with depth of expertise in a range of critical areas that are indispensable for our day-to-day operations, whether during a growth cycle or a downward trend, such as construction, corporate, insolvency and restructuring, security of payment matters and dispute resolution. With Christopher Chong at the helm of its construction practice, which is core to us, Drew & Napier has been our trusted go-to firm on a regular, consistent basis for some years now, with the full intention on our part to continue this relationship for a long time to come.” – Dispute resolution

“Consistently high level of effectiveness, professional and well organised.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent teamwork and positive thinking.” – Dispute resolution

“They go deep into the root of the problems. They can engage linear and lateral thinking, and have good knowledge of laws. They have good people skills, preparing clients and witnesses well before trials.” – Dispute resolution

“Very good knowledge of the law, markets in Asia , cultures and mentalities, very service-oriented and competent.” – Dispute resolution

“Knowledge and professionalism.” – Dispute resolution

“Well regarded in Singapore, sound commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They have represented us in dispute resolution and have a very professional team.” – Dispute resolution

“They exercise professionalism in providing advisory services in corporate contracts and dispute resolution.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier provide sound advice that is practical and well researched on the law. Their counsel prepare meticulously for court hearings and have a thorough knowledge of the court documents.” – Dispute resolution

“They are reliable and responsive, and thorough in reviewing documents and evidence, and work in a timely manner, seeking instructions and making recommendations where helpful. They also cross-examine witnesses effectively and expose discrepancies and untruths told in court.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier was highly professional throughout the engagement and was very responsive as and when we sought advice during the course of the arbitration. We felt that we got value for money based on the service that they provided. In essence, the team that we worked with was very attentive to our needs and provided legal advice that was spot on.” – Dispute resolution

“Efficient and effective.” – Dispute resolution

“Proactive and very attentive to client's needs.” – Dispute resolution

“Brilliant international arbitration lawyers in technical cross-border infrastructure disputes.” – Infrastructure

“They make an effort to incorporate your views and concerns. This builds trust and confidence in the team and firm.” – Insurance

“They provide prompt assistance, practical advice and are very knowledgeable on the subject-matter.” – Insurance

“They possess technical abilities to dissect even the most complex of legal issues, and advocacy skills if and where the need arises.” – Insurance

“Drew & Napier continues to provide top-shelf legal service and advice. They always think globally while providing local advice. They focus on the client's objectives and needs, and tailor the advice accordingly. They have a large pool of highly talented attorneys which they can leverage when looking at the best approach in handling contentious IP matters.” – Intellectual property

“They were transparent about costs and were punctual with all our Zoom meetings.” – Intellectual property

“They have expertise of Singapore law in relation to intellectual property. They provided strong support in Singapore litigation for the client who is not familiar with the laws in the country.” – Intellectual property

“Clear explanations, expertise and management skills.” – Intellectual property

“Creative and attentive.” – Intellectual property

“Meryl and her team were excellent strategists who understood our bottom lines and gave us reliable legal advice accordingly.” – Intellectual property

“The IP team led by Tony Yeo is always prompt and efficient in its response. It gives clear legal advice and is transparent in its costs estimates.”– Intellectual property

“They provide advice based on Singapore law, responsively and thoroughly.” – Investment funds

“Drew & Napier provides well-researched and sound advice on Singapore law and keeps the client well informed of each stage of the matter. The firm also makes itself readily available to answer queries.” – Oil and gas

“Proactive, responsive, timely and solutions-oriented.” – Privacy and data protection

“Drew & Napier is a law firm that places high priority on the integrity, chain of custody and handling of electronic evidence. The firm has high appreciation of the volatility, integrity, interpretation and value of electronic evidence when litigating disputes/resolutions for their clients. It not only places high priority on integrity and chain of custody of electronic evidence but also on circumstance surrounding the electronic evidence. This even includes the ambient information around electronic evidence – circumstance issues like how the evidence was created, situation under which it was created and distributed, and parties who have handled the electronic data, including metadata information.” – Private client

“They are a committed team willing to explore all angles and willing to work through nights to ensure the final draft is excellent before submitting.” – Private client

“They provide sharp and incisive advice, and have a highly responsive integrated offering. They are able to get inputs from other disciplines.” – Private equity

“Very responsive and technically sound.” – Real estate

“Creative and attentive to details.” – Real estate

“Very detailed and able to distil the key issues for us.” – Real estate

“Highly professional and efficient.” – Real estate

“Full-service law firm that thinks outside the box. It understands commercial realities of the transactions because their partners also serve in industrial and business associations so they know how the law and business interact.” – Real estate

“Clear, concise and value-added advice.” – Regulatory

“Extremely commercial and competent. They are able to grasp issues affecting not just the legal position but also address the commercial, political and reputational concerns of the client.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The team is brilliantly led by Blossom Hing. Blossom and her team are highly cohesive and easy to work with. They have great experience and are very strong lawyers.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The Drew & Napier lawyers with whom I have worked most closely are Sushil Nair and Julian Kwek, the co-heads of the restructuring group. Both are extremely hard-working, smart and creative – and I have seen them achieve excellent results for their clients in every matter where I have had the privilege of working with them. I also have worked closely with Blossom Hing, Chan Wei Meng and Mohan Gopalan, and, as with Mr. Nair and Mr. Kwek, I have always been impressed with the first-rate quality of their work and their dedication to helping their clients work through and emerge from difficult times.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Drew & Napier’s tax team is clear and concise in their responses to general or specific issues.” – Tax

“The team has an experienced senior tax partner.” – Tax

“Good sense of commercial realities.” – Tax

“Drew & Napier is very professional, competent and ethical.” – Tax

Allister Tan

“He is able to explain legal technicalities so that you can understand. He is able to provide solutions to help us with our issues.”

“Very responsive, practical and hands-on.”

“He's a technical expert in the sparse world of insurance disputes, and a trusted adviser who balances commercial needs with the legal position.”

Benedict Teo

“Very knowledgeable, sincere and responsive.”

“Responsive and commercially minded when providing legal advice.”

“Responsive and practical.”

“Commercially sound, practical and gives clear explanations.”

Blossom Hing

“She is super-responsive and sharp with an amazing work ethic. She is always available to address any concerns I have. I trust her implicitly. She is extremely competent and commercial. A pleasure to work with.”

“She is an outstanding leader of her team and has unbelievable experience of restructuring issues. Blossom is creative and thinks outside the box. She is supported by a very strong team.”

Christopher Chong

“Christopher Chong is a singularly exceptional practitioner, who is all-rounded in terms of legal depth of knowledge, commercial acumen, client responsiveness, innovation and unmatched local knowledge. His dedication to his craft and in assisting us to find sensible, practical and mutually beneficial solutions is close to peerless. Chris is backed by a solid team that, whether as a whole or individually, are more than capable of pulling their own weight and delivering value to us in the context of the role they play. We must mention director Kelvin Teo, and senior associates Nicole Toh and Josh Tan.”

“Excellent advocate in international commercial arbitrations.”

“He has an in-depth knowledge of the industrial sector, is up to date in new trends and technologies of the industry.”

David Alfred

“Great understanding of the issue and seeks to clarify when information not clear.”

Fiona Chew

“Compassionate, good listener, actively provides meaningful solutions, attentive, accurate, humble and diligent.”

Gary Wan

“Experienced, effective and affable. Able to solve issues with a calm attitude.”

Grace Morgan

“Professional with high ethics for the client’s best interest.”

Jared Chen

“He is extremely responsive and gives very practical advice.”

“He is a good listener and pays attention to details. He makes copious notes, which suggests a keen interest in the subject-matter and building a source of permanent notes.”

Javier Yeo

“Knowledgeable and has expertise in laws regarding intellectual property. Provides strong support in the litigation.”

Jon Nair

“Responsive and gives clear advice.”

Joshua Chin

“Outstanding. Very proficient in his knowledge. Able to understand problems very well and come up with creative solutions. Provides excellent advice. Very responsive and is able to attend to the smallest details.”

Julian Kwek

“Julian is an intelligent and creative problem-solver who always makes sure to understand his clients' objectives and concerns in developing effective strategies in their complicated cross-border restructuring matters.”

Keith Lam

“Responsive and has a good understanding of the issues.”

Kelvin Tan

“Kelvin takes responsibility for his lawyers and their work. He is pleasant and effective in court trials as a senior litigation lawyer, and he and his team are not only legally competent, but practical and helpful in meeting our needs in their advice and solutions offered.”

Kelvin Teo

“Very knowledgeable about the law and the legal system. Able to provide clear guidance on the relevant issues.”

Lau Sok Hiang

“Ability to communicate the issues well to the client.”

“Creative and attentive to details.”

Lim Chong Kin

“Proactive, client- and solutions-focused, quick, knowledgeable, experienced and capable.”

Mahesh Rai

“Strong knowledge of laws in India and good knowledge of the country’s legal infrastructure.”

“His personal approach to a transaction goes a long way.”

“Always approachable, a patient listener, has sound industry knowledge, excellent knowledge of law and always provides practical solutions.”

“He listens well and is a great tactician.”

“Excellent, thorough, and balanced risk management and advice.”

“Creative solutions and very focused.”

“Quick, efficient and super-understanding of the matter and case file.”

“Mahesh Rai leads a disputes team that is well versed in both blockchain technology nuances and traditional commercial and financial litigation and arbitration. His domain knowledge in blockchain, fintech and technology makes him brutally effective in disputes regarding these matters, more than the other top-ranked disputes teams in Singapore. This is a very key differentiator. The team is very meticulous and has great attention to detail, and catches both technology-related and more typical factual nuances of cases. Mr Rai himself is a very forceful and cunning cross-examiner in court, and has a commanding presence that allows him to take control of court proceedings, even against senior counsels and litigators much more senior than him. He is also extremely responsive, and he and his team readily respond to queries even at 11pm or on a Sunday. Finally, he gives straightforward, practical, concise, commercial and very concrete recommendations when asked for options, including cost considerations. He will not give theoretical or abstract answers, and will not give tentative or timid recommendations that do not allow a client to visualise a concrete course of action. He even advised on a personal matter for one of my friends, a senior executive in a large blockchain company, and my friend gave glowing positive feedback, that he felt very reassured and confident on a personal level, in addition to getting clear advice on the legal issues.”

Mahesh Rai and Don Loo

“Mahesh Rai and Don Loo of Drew & Napier have sound knowledge and expertise in disputes relating to telecom towers industry. They are spot on their turnaround time. Both of them have an eye for details.”

Meryl Koh

“She is meticulous and will analyse the pros, cons and costs of each option for you so you can make the most informed decision for your company.”

Ong Sim Ho

“Great client management and good options to manage costs.”

Paras Lalwani

“Very clear, sound legal advice and very client-friendly.”

Pauline Chong

“Ability to work within deadlines and meticulous in the details.”

“Professional, helpful and reliable.”

“She is professional and responsive.”

Rakesh Kirpalani

“He is fluent in both English and Chinese and quite familiar with our industry practice, and works in a highly effective way. He always bestows skilful and valuable advice.”

“He is a very detailed person.”

“Very dynamic and thoughtful lawyer. Takes the time to listen and understand the problem. He proposes solutions that follow the law and have a high chance of success.”

“Prompt, effective and driven.”

Randolph Khoo

“Randolph is a very good advocate. Has a very thorough knowledge of his brief. He is excellent at cross-examining witnesses and is nimble at adapting his approach and cross-examination strategy to suit the witness that is giving evidence.”

“He always remains professional and customer-oriented.”

Jimmy Yim

“SC Jimmy Yim and his team are outstanding. They take pains to understand and provide a holistic approach to the resolution of disputes. Their legal strategies leave no stone unturned. Their eagerness to use cutting-edge methodology and technology to drill at details is commendable.”

“He is a great lawyer.”

“He is a powerful leader of his team and very knowledgeable.”

“Very professional and up to date with legal advances, always has a good strategic approach.”

“Intelligent, high EQ, very efficient and analytical.”

“His experience and depth of knowledge of both the legal aspects and commercial realities of a case are faultless. He is extremely quick to grasp and identify the issues of the case, the client’s problems and difficulties, and manages all aspects of a case brilliantly. In his preparation for trial and appeal, he was thorough, detailed and meticulous. Beyond a lawyer-client association, he also develops a personal and heartfelt relationship with his clients.”

Seraphina Ho

“Fast turnaround and sound in knowledge.”

Shu Yan Woo

“She has been instrumental in our trial, appeals and judgments.”

Siraj Omar

“He provides timely, commercially useful and clear advice. He is also very user-friendly, and is proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. He knows arbitration and court work well. He and his team are also very professional, polished and give a very high quality of service.”

Sok Hiang Lau

“Responsive, going extra miles to help the client, responsible and has a good approach.”

Soo Lih Ho

“Very responsive and communicative to clients.”

Steven Lo

“Steven is a veteran of the industry, a brilliant legal practitioner and can be trusted to handle the most complex of situations.”

Tan Teng Sen

“Teng Sen is a consummate lawyer who combines intellect, wisdom and insights, and who is able to understand various stakeholders, enabling clients to formulate strategy and tactics with great effectiveness.”

“Teng Sen followed through the M&A process diligently with excellent support from his team. He had a good grasp of our needs and was able to develop a coherent strategy.”

“Impeccable deal leadership. Covers the strategic issues and knows the details. Able to rope in appropriate resources and expertise from rest of his firm to support.”

“He is a strong negotiator, commercially minded and has a good base of legal knowledge. He is able to understand client positions and concerns and advise on negotiating positions.”

“Able to understand our objectives and distil key legal issues for us to understand easily.”

“His response time is very good and he always meets deadlines. His advice is practical.”

“Responsive, efficient and provides precise advice.”

Timothy Oen

“Fast and reliable.”

Tony Yeo

“Tony Yeo quickly grasps the highly technical and legal issues presented to him and distils them into something which is easy to understand. He has a great attention to detail and hones in on the chink in the armour to bring the greatest outcome for the client.”

“He made the way forward very clear.”

“Supportive and gives clear explanations.”

“Creative and attentive to details.”

“Very warm and approachable. Responsible with sound legal advice.”

“Tony Yeo, as Drew's IP managing partner, has always been warm and approachable with a good business sense and sound legal advice.”

Vanessa Chiam

“Responsive and helpful.”

Sharon Ki

“Responsive and helpful.”

Wendell Wong

“He is confident and calm, has good communications and is quick thinking on his feet. He has the ability to see the big picture and possesses deep legal knowledge.”

“He is always there when we need emergency help even with very tough timelines and in a different field. We have worked through many nights with his team and they are very supportive! He and his team are always ready to take up the challenges, they have worked through nights to meet the dateline, and ensuring that the work they submit is excellent.”

Julian Kwek

“Demonstrates professional knowledge and technical capability.”

Wilson Koh

“Wilson is highly composed even in the most adverse of situations and is a lawyer you want in your corner. He is also very clinical and prompt in the delivery of legal advice and we enjoyed working with him tremendously.”

Yang Shi Yong

“YSY has wide-ranging experience of various taxes across industries. He is able to understand the tax issues and able to clarify and break it down systematically in finding a solution.”

Yuet Min Foo

“She is an excellent lawyer. She understood all the technical issues and plotted the way forward.”

“Yuet Min and her team are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and responsive. She provides sound advice, novel solutions and has secured some great results for the client. She is clearly a future leader in the Singapore dispute resolution landscape.”

“Excellent advocate who gives excellent advice. She obtained great results for us.”

 

Work highlights 

Advising Heliconia Capital Management on the restructuring of an investment into Pacific International Lines.

Key clients

Bank of China, Citibank, DBS Bank, Far East Organization Centre, Guthrie GTS, ICBC, Overseas Union Enterprise, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS, Woori Bank

JurisAsia

JurisAsia is a boutique firm that specialises in corporate and M&A and general commercial transactions. Its intellectual property practice has been fairly active in the past year. It has an exclusive association with international law firm Gowling. The firm’s offering includes M&As, foreign direct investment, joint ventures, venture capital and private equity investments, fund management and capital markets advice, with a particular focus on Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Vietnam. Tan Choon Leng is the key contact.

Client feedback

“Fast responses and accommodating.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are always available to help, are creative, concise and supportive. Lawyers have a very positive attitude.” – Corporate and M&A

Choon Leng Tan

“He’s the best lawyer I ever met: practical, quick, innovative and concise.”

Vincent Tan

“Vincent offers quick responses and can give commercial feedback on the deal.”


Work highlights

Advised Claret Capital Partners, a UK-based private credit fund with a focus on providing growth financing to innovative businesses, on its financing facility to Una Brands.

Key clients

Geeq Corporation

QED Law Corporation

QED Law Corporation is a banking and finance focused boutique law firm. It handles a significant body of structured financing, real estate financing, acquisition financing, project financing as well as regulatory and advisory work. The firm is increasingly involved in the structuring of financing transactions particularly with cross-border elements, complex shareholding and asset-holding structuresSusan Kong, Marilyn Goh and Linda Cai are core members of the firm.  

Client feedback 

Hard-working, cooperative and swift. Awareness of the time zone difference. – Banking and finance 

The lawyers are very responsive, careful and business-oriented. – Corporate and M&A 

Annabelle Wang 

Annabelle is very professional. She definitely manages her time very good, which allows her to respond to our queries in time. It is very important for us as we are in a timezone which is -5 hours to Singapore. Her advice is always clear and thoughtful.” 


Work highlights 

All the deals submitted during the research period remain strictly confidential. However, the firm has been busy acting for clients in various term loan facility and refinancing matters. 

Rajah & Tann

Rajah & Tann is arguably the most visible among Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms in the Southeast Asian market. It occupies the top tier across an array of practice areas and sectors with well-established teams in both the transactional and contentious markets. The firm has outstanding experience in complex and high-value cross-border matters, closely working with its R&T Asia network with specialised industry expertise. The firm has a traditional strength in dispute resolution backed by the largest litigation practice in Singapore with seven senior counsels. This year the firm proves its dominance again with its ascension into the ‘Outstanding’ tier for banking and finance, capital markets and investment funds. Key names include Angela Lim for banking and finance, Kim Huat Chia for capital markets and corporate and M&A, Kala Anandarajah for competition, Francis Xavier and Andre Yeap for dispute resolution, Arnold Tan for investment funds, Patrick Ang and Eng Beng Lee for restructuring and insolvency, and Rajesh Sreenivasan for technology and telecommunications. The funds group welcomed partner Zixiang Sun from Simmons & Simmons earlier this year.

Client feedback

“After many years of working on our cases, Rajah & Tann is able to tighten our contractual terms, advise us on loan structure and has a high level of success in our litigation cases.” – Banking and finance

“Professional, pragmatic and reasonable fees.”– Banking and finance

“Professional, in-depth knowledge and responsive” – Capital markets

“Provided deep insights of the local regulation and helped us communicate with regulators. The responses to requests from us or our client have been always prompt and professional.” – Capital markets

“Rajah & Tann understood the worldwide legal situation about big cartel investigation cases very well to move very swiftly for our client. Thanks to this reaction our client escaped from the burden of huge fines.” – Competition/antitrust

“In-depth grasp and meaningful guidance on country-specific regulatory issues.” – Corporate and M&A

“Rajah & Tann provides very practical advice and is always available for us to ask questions, no matter what time. They show their experience when they can provide us with workarounds whenever parties reach a deadlock.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provide practical and business-friendly solutions. They are tremendous value for money. We have access to top-tier legal talent. They are focused on building long-term relationships with their clients.” – Corporate and M&A

“An impressive law firm with an extensive network across ASEAN.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have an impressive network across ASEAN and are great sector leaders.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are very organised, efficient and keep their eye on the ball at all times. Proverbial wisdom is not to fight a war on two fronts, but this dispute had three fronts and Adrian [Wong], Leong Hao [Ang] and Wayne [Yeo] were excellent generals ensuring not just brilliant strategic hits, but also boring basics like evidence gathering was done early.” – Dispute resolution

“We appreciate that they work closely with the client, provide clear insights of the problem and have a solution-oriented approach.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive to detail, reliable advice and trustworthy.” – Dispute resolution

“They think in the best interests of the client. They are swift yet calculated in their responses.” – Dispute resolution

“Clarity of logic and execution.” – Dispute resolution

“There is a team of highly skilled and competent partners in dispute resolution such as Murali Pillai, Luo Qinghui, Andrea Tan, Elaine Tay and Regina Liew They are able to understand commercial concerns and take them into account when providing advice or when drafting and reviewing contracts. They are also practical, focused, clear and articulate.” – Insurance

“Very approachable, and open to ideas and feedback. Contactable 24/7.” – Insurance

“They are very knowledgeable about insurance regulations in Singapore, and provide very commercial and practical advice. The team is also very responsive with excellent client management skills.” – Insurance

“They have good sector knowledge, are commercial and responsive.” – Investment funds

“Very instructive and practical advice, we managed to achieve our aims with clarity and promptness.” – Labour and employment

“Our two partners at Rajah & Tann, Murali Pillai and Qinghui Luo, were experienced in their field, professional in their dealings with all parties involved, systematic in their approach, and responsive and approachable at all times. Particularly helpful were their guidance and ultimately our alignment on the best approach to protect the firm. An absolute pleasure to work with.” – Labour and employment

“Very professional and prompt advice given, can always rely on them regardless of the time of the day.” – Oil and gas

“Knowledgeable with an extensive network to tap.” – Oil and gas

“They are value for money, have the right balance of commerciality and legal input. They understand our requirements and flex points well and can give pertinent, useful input on both the minutiae as well as the big picture.” – Private equity

“They give fast responses, have a dedicated team and produce high-quality work.” – Private equity

“Strong legal expertise, combined with organic cross-border capabilities and resources.” – Private equity

“Reliable, prompt and accommodating on fee budgets.” – Regulatory

“Always contactable and willing to find solutions in a timely and comprehensive manner.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“We value their understanding of key insurance issues, practical experience of dealing with complex casualties, and accessibility to the partner dealing with the work.” – Shipping

“Value for money and impressive skill sets of the lawyers.” – Shipping

“They have enough strengths in all aspects. They have had full of knowledge of any case from a legal and shipping perspective. In addition, they also pay attention to commercial awareness between our client and the opponent.” – Shipping

Adrian Wong

“Sharp, concise, clear-minded and creative in his argument of case.”

“Clarity of logic and execution.”

Adrian Wong, Ang Leong Hao and Wayne Yeo

“Excellent teamwork with sensible layering that enables them to be very agile and efficient.”

Arnold Tan

“Acknowledged market leader in Singapore, he is friendly, helpful, and has good commercial understanding.”

“He is pragmatic and to the point.”

Bala Vellayappan

“Amazing lawyer to work with. He is practical and very knowledgeable. He is also humble at the same time. He is reliable and provides valuable insights all the time.”

Benjamin Liew

“He is extremely responsive, succinct and precise in rendering advice. He provides value-add services in dealing with ad hoc queries without charge.”

Brian Ng

“He knows the issues and what to focus on, particularly for a financial sponsor or private equity fund-related work.”

Chua Beng Chye

“Good knowledge and the leading expert in his field for HP law and collections.”

Chua Choon King

“Provides legally sound practical advice. He has good connections within the industry. He has been able to provide ’out-of-the-box‘ solutions to overcome challenges due to industry connections.”

Danny Lim

“A go-to guy, he provides very careful and measured advice. He is very responsive and able to pay attention whenever required.”

Elizabeth Teo

“Contactable at any time, she is a comprehensive and practical solution provider.”

Favian Tan

“He is very responsive and quick to resolve issues by providing innovative solutions that are win-win. He has the ability to distil complex legal issues in a clear and concise manner, while at all times focusing on the ultimate commercial objective of the parties.”

Gregory Vijayendran

“Attentive to detail, great knowledge of the law, able to strategise approaches to the case and has a calming assurance.”

Jainil Bhandari

“Jainil is extremely easy to deal with and has a quiet confidence in the way that he works.”

Jonathan Yuen

“Articulate, knowledgeable and offers practical solutions.”

Kala Anandarajah

“She is a very smart business lawyer who represents the firm's attitude which I described here before.”

Kelvin Poon

“In-depth knowledge of the law, a positive approach to problems, and solution-oriented.”

Lee Xin Mei

“We value her knowledge, she is professional and responsive.”

Leong Kah Wah

“He is clear and concise in his advice. He will tell you what matters and what does not, cut out the emotions in disputes and has been able to get the best outcomes in all my cases handled by him. I do not go to anyone else.”

“He has a lot of experiences about main shipping matters for Korean shipping clients. So he can always lead to the most efficient way to solve the problem when there is an unfortunate accident and legal disputes.”

Mark Cheng

“Good problem-solver and engaging.”

Murali Pillai

“He is very experienced in his field, professional in dealings with all parties involved and systematic in his approach. He is responsive and approachable.”

“He is highly skilled and competent. He is very responsive despite a very busy schedule. Murali always makes time for clients, which is very appreciated. He remains calm and unfazed no matter the situation. He is also able to connect well with all levels of stakeholders from his corporate client.”

Nathanael Lin

“Very dependable, and offers good and sound advice.”

“Easy to talk to and can relate clearly to what the client wants.”

Patrick Ang

“He is a leading practitioner in insolvency and restructuring and dispute resolution.”

Philip Yeo

“Philip is highly dedicated to his work and always responds in a timely manner. He possesses strong legal knowledge in the field of investment management and private equity.”

“Responsive, professional, detailed, good technical skills, and pragmatic.”

Sandy Foo

“Very responsive, commercially minded and helpful. A leader in her field.”

Simon Goh

“He is responsive and has deep expertise.”

Sun Zixiang

“Client-centric, focused and driven to achieve good outcomes for the client while not being over-zealous. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of private equity funds work and the various legal and regulatory considerations surrounding the sector.”

Toh Kian Sing

“He is the undisputed king of maritime law.”

Tracy-Anne Ang

“Highly experienced and always willing to spend time to explain rationales and concepts.”

Wang Ying Shuang

“Very approachable. Open to new ideas. Contactable 24/7.”

“Ying Shuang is very knowledgeable about the insurance sector in Singapore and has been a joy to work with. She provides advice that is legally sound and commercially practical, and is one of our organisation's trusted advisers.”

Wee Hann Lim

“He is customer-centric and solution-oriented. He’s also super-experienced and collaborative.”

“Wee Hann is an exceptional lawyer who is always putting the needs of the clients first.”

“Wee Hann is fantastic lawyer who has a broad skillset, which he tailors to the needs of his clients.”


Work highlights 

Acted for arrangers Citigroup Global Markets Singapore, BofA Securities and DBS Bank in relation to a $1.05 billion credit financing involving Singapore and the US.

Advised BPH Propco on its $633 million green loan financing for the acquisition of OUE Bayfront.

Key clients

BoC, BNP Paribas, CIMB Group Holdings, DBS Bank, HSBC, MUFG Bank, OUE Commercial REIT

Shook Lin & Bok (Singapore)

Shook Lin & Bok works with an impressive roster of clients, including major banks, multinational corporations and private equity investors, on large transactions locally and across the region. The firm is highly active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution and restructuring and insolvency. It is also skilled in advising on real-estate finance, particularly on the lender side. This year the firm is bolstered into the top tier for its banking and finance work, and ascends into the ‘Highly Recommended’ tier for capital markets and private equity. Key lawyers include Kai Zee Liew for banking and finance, Marilyn See for capital markets, David Chong for corporate and M&A, and Sarjit Singh Gill and David Chan for dispute resolution and insolvency.

Client feedback 

“Efficient and speedy turnaround time.” – Banking and finance

“Fast turnaround and great positive attitude.” – Banking and finance

“Heritage firm that now has stellar corporate partners in Dayne Ho and Chua Shi Ying with outstanding commercial nous and technical excellence.” – Corporate and M&A

“We appreciate the personal attention of the partner, responsiveness and reasonable fees.” – Corporate and M&A

“Honest, trustworthy, solid communications, and finishes the projects on time.” – Investment funds

“Guided us on a steep learning curve.” – Media and entertainment

“They are creative, client-focused, efficient, detail-oriented, and keep to deadlines.” – Real estate

“Very commercial views and advice, presented in a concise manner which makes it easy for the client to assess and make a decision on.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The team provides concise legal advice that is easy for the client to understand and grounded in commercial principles.” – Restructuring and insolvency

David Chan

“He commands the meeting room and provides legal advice with commercial considerations.”

“He is highly responsive and provides insightful advice that is commercially grounded. He offers innovative options to clients.”

Dayne Ho

“Clients need look no further than Dayne Ho for a lawyer with the rarest mixture of excellent commercial sense and brilliant technical ability. He sees the sticking points in any transaction earlier than others and solves them immediately. Clients are always ahead in the power curve because of his almost prescient analysis and brilliant negotiation skills.”

May Loo

“She is client-focused and comes up with creative solutions to break a deadlock. She is responsive and hard-working, calm under pressure.”

Ng Yeow Khoon

“Knowledgeable with speedy turnaround time.”

Stanley Lim

“Knowledgeable and client-centric.”

“Creative, communicative and speedy. He worked well with my team.”

Tan Woon Hum

“He is professional, has rich experience, highly efficient and trustworthy.”

“Strategic counsel and wise insight.”

Tan Zhi Ming

“Good knowledge of the legal aspects and able to meet the deadlines given. Positive attitude to always make the deal viable for all parties.”

Teo Mae Shaan

“Very good client relationship management. She is extremely helpful and responsive, with strong technical expertise on Singapore law.”

 

Work highlights 

Acted for four banks including SMBC and UOB on their $2 billion sustainability-linked revolving credit facility for Changi Airport Group.

Advised DBS Bank on its grant of a green loan for the acquisition and refurbishment of Robinson 112.

Key clients

BigPay, HSBC, Malayan Banking, OCBC

Stephenson Harwood

Stephenson Harwood has a noted aviation and maritime practice, and a well-regarded banking and finance offering. It is part of the Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance, which includes a formal relationship between Stephenson Harwood and Virtus Law. The firm’s aviation finance experience includes leasing, lessor financings and complex structured financings for household name aviation sector clients. Gregory Xu is a key contact, with Pedram Norton being another name to note.


Work highlights

Acted for Golden Equator Capital and other investors in connection with its loan to Agritrade Resources.

Represented ABN AMRO, acting out of its head office in Amsterdam, in relation to a senior secured multi-currency revolving and term loan to Peacock Asset Company.

Key clients

ADB, Axis Bank, Bank of China, ICICI Bank, MUFG Bank, OCP, TransAsia Private Capital, Venturra Capital

TSMP Law Corporation

TSMP Law Corporation is especially well known for its work in corporate and M&A and dispute resolution. The firm also specialises in corporate real-estate financing, in particular in land acquisition financing and land development financing. This year the firm climbs into the ‘Highly Recommended’ tier in the banking and finance, and construction categories. The firm not only acts for various major corporations and financial institutions but also is frequently sought out by different regulatory bodies. Senior counsel Shen Yi Thio, corporate lawyer Stefanie Yuen Thio, construction specialists Melvin Chan and Derek Loh and labour expert Ian Lim are key figures at the firm. Jennifer Chia and Adrian Tan are other names to note for banking and finance and IP, respectively.

Client feedback

“We appreciate their client focus, practical and commercial approach to legal documents, and the solutions-driven approach.” – Banking and finance

“Willing to address novel issues.” – Banking and finance

“They are very responsible, reliable and provide good advice. They are always available when I need them.” – Banking and finance

“Very good understanding of the client’s position and objectives.” – Dispute resolution

“Fast response time.” – Dispute resolution

“I appreciate their high integrity and professionalism. They are meticulous.” – Dispute resolution

“Strong technical ability with commercially sensible advice.” – Dispute resolution

“The team is quick and effective. They are responsive and give solid advice. Their strength is in affidavits in dispute resolution, especially in civil legal matters.” – Dispute resolution

“They are responsive, responsible and have subject-knowledge expertise, which are key attributes in litigation.” – Dispute resolution

“They are able to work seamlessly with various departments to efficiently deliver a comprehensive solution.” – Dispute resolution

“Responsive and diligent.” – Dispute resolution

“Speed, accuracy, professional and responsive.” – Labour and employment

“We value their responsiveness, and experience and familiarity with complex employment disputes.” – Labour and employment

“Professional, efficient and responsive.” – Real estate

“Can-do attitude.” – Real estate

“Lawyers are always responsive.” – Real estate

“Strong presence in Singapore, reliable and extensive experience with complex restructuring and disputes.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Clear, commercial advice.” – Restructuring and insolvency

Felicia Tan

“Excellent understanding of the client’s position and objectives.”

“Good response time, practical advice, and not too legally conservative.”

“Excellent client management and service. Innovative with commercially sensible solutions backed by legal basis.”

“Easy to work with, she is engaging and bright.”

Ian Lim

“Very responsive, able to navigate and offer solutions to complex legal disputes. He is thorough, and has very strong client management and social skills.”

“Extremely calm with high integrity. Very responsive to answer my queries.”

Jennifer Chia

“Highly approachable, knowledgeable and professional.”

“Jennifer is very knowledgeable in her field of work. She is always available when we need her and provides outstanding advice.”

“She is responsive and has a can-do attitude.”

June Ho

“She is technically sound and unafraid to admit if she is not familiar and will ask questions till she is clear on the issue.”

Kelvin Koh

“He thinks deeply, is meticulous and commercial, which allows him to develop effective solutions.”

“Excellent advice, accommodating and client-friendly.”

“Has depth of legal knowledge across fields, coupled with practical, effective legal solutions to client's needs.”

Kwoh Ji Wei

“Responsive, patient and understanding. Good bonding and building up the relationship with clients in managing legal issues.”

Stef Yuen

“Responsive and solutions-driven.”

 

Work highlights

Acted for China Construction Bank Singapore on its syndicated loan of up to $300 million to Halcyon Agri Corporation.

Assisted Clifford Capital on its $100 million senior revolving credit facility to Floatel.

Key clients

DBS Bank, INEOS Styrolution APAC, Mizuho Bank, OCBC, Oxley Holdings, UOB

Withers KhattarWong

Withers KhattarWong is regularly sought out by high-profile private clients and banks for its expertise in financing, dispute resolution, tax and corporate matters. The firm’s funds practice is growing backed by its established tax advisory team. This year the firm moves up in multiple rankings, indicating the consistent growth and stability of its teams. The managing partner Deborah Barker is a key figure. Other lawyers to note include Shashi Nathan for disputes, Jonathan Kok for IP and TMT, and Eric Roose for tax. Last year it welcomed banking and finance specialist Chen Guan Feng from Morgan Lewis Stamford.

Client feedback

Leong Chuo Ming

“Savvy and provides practical solutions.”

Erlene Tan

“Positive attitude, highly organised and diligent. Easy to communicate with and thorough in ensuring all issues are put to bed properly.”


Work highlights 

Advised China CITIC Bank International as documentation agent in a cross-border loan to April International Enterprise.

Representing borrower TuasOne in the restructuring of the over $600 million project financing facilities to finance the project costs and working capital of Singapore's largest waste-to-energy plant.

Key clients

Accial Capital Management, DBS Bank, Everstone Capital Asia, HSBC, Malayan Banking, RHB Bank, Standard Chartered Bank

Capital markets
Aquinas Law Alliance

Aquinas Law Alliance’s corporate finance practice covers a wide range of capital markets work. It is active in primary listings, de-listings, privatisations and secondary offerings. The firm also regularly advises on ongoing listing compliance and transfer listings. This year it debuts in the dispute resolution and technology tables. Joint managing partners Kok Meng Lim and Aloysius Wee are key contacts at the firm for transactional work. The disputes quarter is headed by Cephas Yee and Mark Cham Shan Jie. Highly praised Joshua Tan is another name to note for his technology expertise. Corporate partner Sean Lee joined last year from BlackOak.

Client feedback 

“They are responsive, experienced in the sector, and consider pros and cons on different approaches. They are well trusted and have balanced and honest views.” – Corporate and M&A

“Timely and efficient, and going above and beyond the support required from most legal service providers. Advice provided is always clear, actionable and incisive.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good commercial knowledge, proactive, timely response, willing to go the last mile.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are highly responsive, professional, and produce high quality work. They hit timescales and are cost-effective for SMEs. I have referred them to six other potential clients.” – Dispute resolution

“Professional.” – Dispute resolution

“Practical and quick turnaround. Open to ideas.” – Dispute resolution

“Their work is detailed.” – Dispute resolution

“Provide clear, practical and commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They grasp issues quickly and draft succinct documents. They have good attention to detail, are thorough and have quick response times. They manage client expectations in terms of both case management and fees. The pricing is competitive.” – Dispute resolution

“I was intimidated by another lawyer, so I found Cephas from Aquinas. They made it easier for me to understand the law. Also it wasn’t about the money, I was stuck in a situation and Cephas really went out of his way to help me even though I’m really a small one-off client.” – Intellectual property

“They provide advice that is clear, concise and collaborative, taking into account nuances and risks that I would not have foreseen. Aquinas has acted as a champion and guardian of my company’s brand values.” – Intellectual property

“Excellent knowledge of the law, communicative and good judgement on settling negotiations.” – Investment funds

“Very experienced in start-up funding rounds, explains legal concepts very clearly, very capable in terms of helping start-up founders, and very high EQ during negotiations.” – Media and entertainment

“We had a red flag in one of our contracts being pushed by the angel investor. They made us realise that this is a bad idea and that really saved a big percentage of the founders’ shareholding.” – Private equity

“Expert knowledge and understanding in the technology industry. Provides comprehensive advisory service for early-stage start-ups from general corporate affairs to fundraising.” – Private equity

 

Mark Cham

“Professional and patient.”

Joshua Tan

“Great communicator, good problem-solver and very responsive.”

“Highly responsive, professional, customer-focused, trustworthy and open.”

“He is a very capable lawyer that is very good at clear and friendly communication with founders.”

“Joshua Tan, a partner at Aquinas Law Alliance, was extremely proactive in addressing and highlighting any potential risks for us during the entire transaction. He was also highly responsive during the entire deal and assisted us in obtaining the most optimal deal structure.”

“The biggest help he gave us was to make us realise that our angel investor had a non-diluting policy which would have harmed us a lot in the future.”

“Joshua is compassionate and concise. He is also a great coach and meticulous. Most critically he is about five steps ahead of the situation and strategic in his approach to offering advice on all our matters.”

“Excellent communication and client relationship management skills.”

“Joshua is highly responsive, enthusiastic in terms of helping his customers, and can be trusted to give strong legal guidance when needed.”

“Joshua is extremely knowledgeable in handling crypto-related cases. He is highly responsive, gives a nuanced risk assessment in terms of his legal guidance, and has been consistent in his support for our requirements.”

“We value his responsiveness and accountability. Joshua was always contactable and consistently delivered on all deadlines in a very time-sensitive transaction. He has excellent commercial sense. Joshua, beyond his legal expertise, was very well versed in commercial issues pertaining to the technology investment space.”

“Communicative and adept at settling negotiations.”

“I appreciate his depth of knowledge in the client’s business. He is very start-up friendly and gives creative solutions and comprehensive advisory for risk management.”

Lim Kok Meng

“Good commercial knowledge and able to apply it, offers good solutions to problems, proactive and hungry.”

Cephas Yee

“Sincere, altruistic and knowledgeable.”

“Goes above and beyond.”

“He understands the client's goals may not have anything to do with the legal standards that are in play.”

“Cephas has good knowledge and is very detailed.”

“Cephas gives clear, practical advice. He is very responsive and understands what is important to our business.”

“He is good at understanding issues quickly. He gives very good strategic advice. He has quick response times, good knowledge, is empathetic, and you feel he is on your side and there to help.”


Work highlights 

Acted for AGV Group on structuring options in a debt capitalisation exercise involving more than 20 creditors.

Represented China Sky Chemical Fibre Corporation on the structuring of a transfer listing exercise and on various applications to the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading.

Advised China Star Food Group on its private placement exercise.

Key clients

Camsing Healthcare, China Haida Group, TTJ Holdings, V2Y Corporation

Bird & Bird ATMD

Bird & Bird ATMD upholds its ‘Outstanding’ ranking with a strong intellectual property practice and expertise in the technology and telecommunications sector. Lorraine Tay and Alban Kang are key figures for IP. The firm is also active in capital markets, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, energy and labour and employment. This year it moves up in the energy table, and debuts in the construction and private equity categories. Marcus Chow, Sandra Seah and Beng Chai Tay are the main corporate partners at the firm. Jonathan Choo is a dispute resolution lawyer particularly active in international arbitration and Seow Hui Goh focuses on labour and employment.

Client feedback 

“Extremely pragmatic and commercial, excellent attention to detail, but does not belabour legal points unnecessarily.” – Aviation

“Commercially sound while providing solid legal advice and willing to go the extra mile.” – Aviation

“Responsive, practical and commercial-oriented.” – Capital markets

“Proactive and responsible.” – Capital markets

“Responsive with the ability to anticipate and identify potential issues. Has the ability to propose solutions.” – Capital markets

“Fast and logical responses.” – Competition/antitrust

“Highly responsive and can devise value-adding solutions to commercial issues.” – Corporate and M&A

“The firm's legal documents are sophisticated and can capture most legal issues that we need to mitigate or prevent. When there is an issue, they are quick to provide solutions.” – Corporate and M&A

“Staff are timely, dedicated, professional, responsive and client-oriented.” – Corporate and M&A

“Prompt and completed the work within the schedule.” – Corporate and M&A

“Professional and efficient.” – Corporate and M&A

“Very professional, work effectively within time frame.” – Corporate and M&A

“It has comprehensive in-depth knowledge of the energy industry and thus is in position to provide good advice” – Energy

“The partner is helpful and turnaround time is quick. Great service.” – Intellectual property

“They are very responsive and the team has demonstrated in past projects their ability to deliver commercially sensible legal advice at very competitive fee quotes.” – Intellectual property

“Responsive, understands our business and our needs.” – Privacy and data protection

“Fast, reliable and a trusted partner.” – Private equity

“Completed the task promptly.” – Regulatory

Chua Lijun

“Receptive, fast responses and good knowledge of the relevant law and good understanding of the issues.”

Goh Seow Hui

“We value her professionalism, compassion for clients and humility.”

“Seow Hui did an outstanding job of understanding the client's needs. She advised me what was best for the client. She handled the case so swiftly to settle it amicably and moved on. I am impressed by her professionalism to take ownership after [another] lawyer left the firm. She took the responsibility of closing it. I am pleased with her customer service and compassion.”

Jeremy Tan

“Responsive, great attention to detail, he is client and results oriented.”

Jolie Giouw

“Highly responsive, she identifies the key issues quickly and comes out with solutions. We have always been impressed.”

“Excellent service-oriented mindset, has strong commercial acumen and able to advise well on the law.”

“Responsive and experienced. Able to provide prompt and quality advice and solutions.”

Lawrence Wong

“Communicates well to solve all the requirements requested by the SGX in Singapore.”

Leo Fattorini

“Leo is responsive, accessible and user-friendly. With counterparts he comes across very well without compromising our position.”

Leo is responsive, accessible and user-friendly.”

“He has industry-wide knowledge of the Asian region, and is commercially savvy when it comes to negotiating with external parties.”

“Fast turnaround time and knowledgeable.”

Marcus Chow

“Marcus is knowledgeable in early-stage transactions and he is always available to the team to provide an opinion.”

“He is very smart and has extensive knowledge in venture capital investment as well as M&A.”

“Listens to what the client wants, and provides accurate suggestions and solutions.”

“Responsive, responsible and is able to communicate effectively with people of all levels.”

“Very commercial and good understanding of the client's needs.”

“Responsive, has ability to propose innovative solutions, and has good client relationship management.”

“Provides in-depth knowledge and advice to the board, resolving issues with advance steps taken.”

“Marcus was very responsive and can be depended on to deliver sound pragmatic advice, even outside of regular office hours. He is also quick to understand the commercial issues at hand, and propose solutions to address these issues.”

Sandrea Seah

“Very helpful and exhibits very good in-depth industrial knowledge. Gives very sound advice.”

“Professional, good listener, understands issues quickly and timely in responses.”

 

Work highlights 

Advised SenseTime Group on its $700 million IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Acted for Viu International on its proposed listing in the US.

Representing Hyphen Group on its proposed listing via an acquisition by special purpose acquisition company, Provident Acquisition Corporation.

Key clients

JEP Holdings, LS 2 Holdings, Starburst Holdings, United Global, United Overseas Bank

CNPLaw

CNPLaw, formerly known as Colin Ng & Partners, is active in all major practice areas including banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, investment funds and private equity. The firm has experience in advising companies in the real estate and technology and telecommunication sectors, particularly active in blockchain and cryptocurrency. Min-Li Tan, Pradeep Singh, Lisa Theng and Bill Jamieson are key contacts.

Client feedback

“We appreciate the level of detail and the quick response time. The partner is able to address and rectify the issues.” – Capital markets

“Very supportive and informative.” – Corporate and M&A

“Commercial approach, they understand the business aspects well, not just the legal aspect. Competitively priced.” – Investment funds

Amit Dhume

“Positive, cheerful, confident, knowledgeable, creative, and offering a high-touch client service.”

Ge Xiaomeng

“Very supportive and informative.”

Low Wee Siong

“Responsive and able to communicate effectively on issues. Very knowledgeable in the capital markets and able to provide effective solutions.”

Tan Min-Li

“I have worked with Min-Li on a number of transactions over the past few years. She is extremely reliable, attentive, innovative and solution-driven lawyer. She has demonstrated a unique ability to understand the capital markets deeply and provide thoughtful legal, risk, strategic and structural analysis and advice for a transaction.  Her values run deeper than a transaction and the fees. She is respected by the bankers and the other party and its counsel. Her ability to lead and steer the discussion in her client’s favour and yet leave a win-win position on the table is well appreciated.”


Work highlights 

Advised International Press Softcom in relation to a voluntary conditional offer for all the issued and paid-up ordinary shares in the capital of the company.

Key clients

Intrepid E-Commerce Services, Silverlake Axis, Tenderfresh Group, Transit-Mixed Concrete

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson is one of Singapore’s largest full-service firms, stacked with notable partners who are experts in their fields. The firm has stellar banking, construction, disputes, competition and technology and telecommunications practices. Partners to note include banking specialist Doreen Sim, M&A partner Eng Leng Ng, intellectual property specialists Ai Ming Lee and I-An Lim, projects expert Joo Thye Tan, disputes specialist Lawrence Teh and senior counsel Edmund Leow. Last year, at the beginning of 2021, its former managing director Philip Jeyaretnam was appointed the Supreme Court Judicial Commissioner. Antitrust specialist Nicole Teo left for an in-house role at Shell, while capital markets partners Zhi Hao Loy and Eunice Yao left for firms Persistence and Hamilton Locke, respectively. The construction group welcomed partner Reuben Peter from Allen & Gledhill and partner Weilin Chua departed for Citi as its associate GC. Corporate specialist Tony Toh joined the team from Venture Corporation. Disputes partner Chia Ming Lee left for Ascendant Law, while R&I specialist Debby Lim arrived from BlackOak.

Client feedback

Jen Wei Loh

“She is very quick on her feet and well experienced in dealing with counterparties.”


Work highlights

Acted for Prometheus as the issuer of security tokens on the security token trading platform operated by ICHX Tech and on its investment of the proceeds into the trust, Mapletree Europe Income Trust.

Key clients

Boustead Projects, Digo Corporation, HSBC Institutional Trust Services, Pacific Radiance

Drew & Napier

As one of Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms, Drew & Napier possesses a diverse roster of lawyers offering an extensive range of legal services in Singapore and across the region. This year it makes gains in numerous rankings tables, moving up a tier in the energy, infrastructure, construction and corporate and M&A categories. The firm remains a dispute resolution powerhouse with a deep bench of top advocates including Jimmy Yim and Cavinder Bull. Disputes and insolvency lawyer Siraj Omar, construction specialist Christopher Chong and elite tax practitioner Ong Sim Ho further reinforce the team. Other key names to note include Pauline Chong for finance, Petrus Huang for capital markets, Chong Kin Lim for competition and technology, Steven Lo for corporate and M&A, Tony Yeo for IP, and Sushil Nair and Blossom Hing for restructuring and insolvency. Consultant Gary Pryke is another well-known practitioner in the corporate and finance space.

Client feedback 

“Comprehensive and meticulous in rendering legal advice on the finance documents.” – Aviation

“Commercial and practical advice, prompt responses, and clarity of explanation.” – Banking and finance

“The firm is professional in dealing with the bank’s lawyer and able to provide us with the legal advice.” – Banking and finance

“Prompt, practical and responsive.” – Banking and finance

“Fast, quick, number one in litigation, and they give prompt replies.” – Banking and finance

“Experienced and efficient. Organised with a clear action plan.” – Banking and finance

“They are knowledgeable and provide a different perspective.” – Capital markets

“Able to provide clear, succinct and actionable advice.” – Construction

“Extremely effective and efficient.” – Construction

“Fast, quick responses and able to provide alternative solutions.” – Construction

“Responsive, accommodating to the client, commercially minded, with an appropriately staffed team.” – Corporate and M&A

“Able to understand our objectives and also distil key legal issues into an easy to understand form.” – Corporate and M&A

“The corporate M&A team was dependable, responsive and professional in their advice. They were able to identify pitfalls and suggest innovative solutions during the negotiation of S&P agreement.” – Corporate and M&A

“We value their intellect, insights, responsiveness in dealing with complex situations, breadth and depth of knowledge.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, efficient and provides to-the-point advice and work.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their response is prompt and advice is sound and clear.” – Corporate and M&A

“The team is creative and attentive to details.” – Corporate and M&A

“Professional and skilful, and quite familiar with our industry characteristics so that they could figure out a strategic proposal. Always provide prompt feedback.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have a dedicated and experienced professional team that creates a successful outcome.” – Dispute resolution

“Customer-focused.” – Dispute resolution

“They go a long way to understand the nuances of the business which gives them the edge in any kind of dispute resolution process.” – Dispute resolution

“Great legal advice and extremely responsive. They think around issues and provide answers which are not obvious to their peers. The team is very personable.” – Dispute resolution

“Sincere and very responsive.” – Dispute resolution

“We value Drew & Napier’s experience, depth of both legal and commercial knowledge, and understanding of a client’s needs and wants. How it utilises all of these attributes to aggressively yet reasonably pursues the client’s interests is class-leading. Hence it has a stellar and fearsome reputation amongst its peers and the courts, giving its clients an advantage.” – Dispute resolution

“Reliable and efficient.” – Dispute resolution

“Prompt responses, very practical and commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide timely, commercially useful and clear advice. They are also very user-friendly, and are proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. They know arbitration and court work well. They are also very professional, polished, and give a very high quality of service.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent advocates that obtained great results.” – Dispute resolution

“Able to provide insights to the issue and propose next steps and attached consequences, including providing legal obligations arising from the claims.” – Dispute resolution

“Quick to act, knowledgeable and compassionate.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive, responsive, diligent, accurate and resourceful.” – Dispute resolution

“Very hands-on and smart.” – Dispute resolution

“Yuet Min and her team are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and responsive. She provides sound advice, novel solutions and has secured some great results for the client. She is clearly a future leader in the Singapore dispute resolution landscape.” – Dispute resolution

“They are thorough, balanced in risk assessment, hard-working, persistent and results-driven.” – Dispute resolution

“It is a comprehensive full-service firm with depth of expertise in a range of critical areas that are indispensable for our day-to-day operations, whether during a growth cycle or a downward trend, such as construction, corporate, insolvency and restructuring, security of payment matters and dispute resolution. With Christopher Chong at the helm of its construction practice, which is core to us, Drew & Napier has been our trusted go-to firm on a regular, consistent basis for some years now, with the full intention on our part to continue this relationship for a long time to come.” – Dispute resolution

“Consistently high level of effectiveness, professional and well organised.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent teamwork and positive thinking.” – Dispute resolution

“They go deep into the root of the problems. They can engage linear and lateral thinking, and have good knowledge of laws. They have good people skills, preparing clients and witnesses well before trials.” – Dispute resolution

“Very good knowledge of the law, markets in Asia , cultures and mentalities, very service-oriented and competent.” – Dispute resolution

“Knowledge and professionalism.” – Dispute resolution

“Well regarded in Singapore, sound commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They have represented us in dispute resolution and have a very professional team.” – Dispute resolution

“They exercise professionalism in providing advisory services in corporate contracts and dispute resolution.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier provide sound advice that is practical and well researched on the law. Their counsel prepare meticulously for court hearings and have a thorough knowledge of the court documents.” – Dispute resolution

“They are reliable and responsive, and thorough in reviewing documents and evidence, and work in a timely manner, seeking instructions and making recommendations where helpful. They also cross-examine witnesses effectively and expose discrepancies and untruths told in court.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier was highly professional throughout the engagement and was very responsive as and when we sought advice during the course of the arbitration. We felt that we got value for money based on the service that they provided. In essence, the team that we worked with was very attentive to our needs and provided legal advice that was spot on.” – Dispute resolution

“Efficient and effective.” – Dispute resolution

“Proactive and very attentive to client's needs.” – Dispute resolution

“Brilliant international arbitration lawyers in technical cross-border infrastructure disputes.” – Infrastructure

“They make an effort to incorporate your views and concerns. This builds trust and confidence in the team and firm.” – Insurance

“They provide prompt assistance, practical advice and are very knowledgeable on the subject-matter.” – Insurance

“They possess technical abilities to dissect even the most complex of legal issues, and advocacy skills if and where the need arises.” – Insurance

“Drew & Napier continues to provide top-shelf legal service and advice. They always think globally while providing local advice. They focus on the client's objectives and needs, and tailor the advice accordingly. They have a large pool of highly talented attorneys which they can leverage when looking at the best approach in handling contentious IP matters.” – Intellectual property

“They were transparent about costs and were punctual with all our Zoom meetings.” – Intellectual property

“They have expertise of Singapore law in relation to intellectual property. They provided strong support in Singapore litigation for the client who is not familiar with the laws in the country.” – Intellectual property

“Clear explanations, expertise and management skills.” – Intellectual property

“Creative and attentive.” – Intellectual property

“Meryl and her team were excellent strategists who understood our bottom lines and gave us reliable legal advice accordingly.” – Intellectual property

“The IP team led by Tony Yeo is always prompt and efficient in its response. It gives clear legal advice and is transparent in its costs estimates.”– Intellectual property

“They provide advice based on Singapore law, responsively and thoroughly.” – Investment funds

“Drew & Napier provides well-researched and sound advice on Singapore law and keeps the client well informed of each stage of the matter. The firm also makes itself readily available to answer queries.” – Oil and gas

“Proactive, responsive, timely and solutions-oriented.” – Privacy and data protection

“Drew & Napier is a law firm that places high priority on the integrity, chain of custody and handling of electronic evidence. The firm has high appreciation of the volatility, integrity, interpretation and value of electronic evidence when litigating disputes/resolutions for their clients. It not only places high priority on integrity and chain of custody of electronic evidence but also on circumstance surrounding the electronic evidence. This even includes the ambient information around electronic evidence – circumstance issues like how the evidence was created, situation under which it was created and distributed, and parties who have handled the electronic data, including metadata information.” – Private client

“They are a committed team willing to explore all angles and willing to work through nights to ensure the final draft is excellent before submitting.” – Private client

“They provide sharp and incisive advice, and have a highly responsive integrated offering. They are able to get inputs from other disciplines.” – Private equity

“Very responsive and technically sound.” – Real estate

“Creative and attentive to details.” – Real estate

“Very detailed and able to distil the key issues for us.” – Real estate

“Highly professional and efficient.” – Real estate

“Full-service law firm that thinks outside the box. It understands commercial realities of the transactions because their partners also serve in industrial and business associations so they know how the law and business interact.” – Real estate

“Clear, concise and value-added advice.” – Regulatory

“Extremely commercial and competent. They are able to grasp issues affecting not just the legal position but also address the commercial, political and reputational concerns of the client.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The team is brilliantly led by Blossom Hing. Blossom and her team are highly cohesive and easy to work with. They have great experience and are very strong lawyers.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The Drew & Napier lawyers with whom I have worked most closely are Sushil Nair and Julian Kwek, the co-heads of the restructuring group. Both are extremely hard-working, smart and creative – and I have seen them achieve excellent results for their clients in every matter where I have had the privilege of working with them. I also have worked closely with Blossom Hing, Chan Wei Meng and Mohan Gopalan, and, as with Mr. Nair and Mr. Kwek, I have always been impressed with the first-rate quality of their work and their dedication to helping their clients work through and emerge from difficult times.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Drew & Napier’s tax team is clear and concise in their responses to general or specific issues.” – Tax

“The team has an experienced senior tax partner.” – Tax

“Good sense of commercial realities.” – Tax

“Drew & Napier is very professional, competent and ethical.” – Tax

Allister Tan

“He is able to explain legal technicalities so that you can understand. He is able to provide solutions to help us with our issues.”

“Very responsive, practical and hands-on.”

“He's a technical expert in the sparse world of insurance disputes, and a trusted adviser who balances commercial needs with the legal position.”

Benedict Teo

“Very knowledgeable, sincere and responsive.”

“Responsive and commercially minded when providing legal advice.”

“Responsive and practical.”

“Commercially sound, practical and gives clear explanations.”

Blossom Hing

“She is super-responsive and sharp with an amazing work ethic. She is always available to address any concerns I have. I trust her implicitly. She is extremely competent and commercial. A pleasure to work with.”

“She is an outstanding leader of her team and has unbelievable experience of restructuring issues. Blossom is creative and thinks outside the box. She is supported by a very strong team.”

Christopher Chong

“Christopher Chong is a singularly exceptional practitioner, who is all-rounded in terms of legal depth of knowledge, commercial acumen, client responsiveness, innovation and unmatched local knowledge. His dedication to his craft and in assisting us to find sensible, practical and mutually beneficial solutions is close to peerless. Chris is backed by a solid team that, whether as a whole or individually, are more than capable of pulling their own weight and delivering value to us in the context of the role they play. We must mention director Kelvin Teo, and senior associates Nicole Toh and Josh Tan.”

“Excellent advocate in international commercial arbitrations.”

“He has an in-depth knowledge of the industrial sector, is up to date in new trends and technologies of the industry.”

David Alfred

“Great understanding of the issue and seeks to clarify when information not clear.”

Fiona Chew

“Compassionate, good listener, actively provides meaningful solutions, attentive, accurate, humble and diligent.”

Gary Wan

“Experienced, effective and affable. Able to solve issues with a calm attitude.”

Grace Morgan

“Professional with high ethics for the client’s best interest.”

Jared Chen

“He is extremely responsive and gives very practical advice.”

“He is a good listener and pays attention to details. He makes copious notes, which suggests a keen interest in the subject-matter and building a source of permanent notes.”

Javier Yeo

“Knowledgeable and has expertise in laws regarding intellectual property. Provides strong support in the litigation.”

Jon Nair

“Responsive and gives clear advice.”

Joshua Chin

“Outstanding. Very proficient in his knowledge. Able to understand problems very well and come up with creative solutions. Provides excellent advice. Very responsive and is able to attend to the smallest details.”

Julian Kwek

“Julian is an intelligent and creative problem-solver who always makes sure to understand his clients' objectives and concerns in developing effective strategies in their complicated cross-border restructuring matters.”

Keith Lam

“Responsive and has a good understanding of the issues.”

Kelvin Tan

“Kelvin takes responsibility for his lawyers and their work. He is pleasant and effective in court trials as a senior litigation lawyer, and he and his team are not only legally competent, but practical and helpful in meeting our needs in their advice and solutions offered.”

Kelvin Teo

“Very knowledgeable about the law and the legal system. Able to provide clear guidance on the relevant issues.”

Lau Sok Hiang

“Ability to communicate the issues well to the client.”

“Creative and attentive to details.”

Lim Chong Kin

“Proactive, client- and solutions-focused, quick, knowledgeable, experienced and capable.”

Mahesh Rai

“Strong knowledge of laws in India and good knowledge of the country’s legal infrastructure.”

“His personal approach to a transaction goes a long way.”

“Always approachable, a patient listener, has sound industry knowledge, excellent knowledge of law and always provides practical solutions.”

“He listens well and is a great tactician.”

“Excellent, thorough, and balanced risk management and advice.”

“Creative solutions and very focused.”

“Quick, efficient and super-understanding of the matter and case file.”

“Mahesh Rai leads a disputes team that is well versed in both blockchain technology nuances and traditional commercial and financial litigation and arbitration. His domain knowledge in blockchain, fintech and technology makes him brutally effective in disputes regarding these matters, more than the other top-ranked disputes teams in Singapore. This is a very key differentiator. The team is very meticulous and has great attention to detail, and catches both technology-related and more typical factual nuances of cases. Mr Rai himself is a very forceful and cunning cross-examiner in court, and has a commanding presence that allows him to take control of court proceedings, even against senior counsels and litigators much more senior than him. He is also extremely responsive, and he and his team readily respond to queries even at 11pm or on a Sunday. Finally, he gives straightforward, practical, concise, commercial and very concrete recommendations when asked for options, including cost considerations. He will not give theoretical or abstract answers, and will not give tentative or timid recommendations that do not allow a client to visualise a concrete course of action. He even advised on a personal matter for one of my friends, a senior executive in a large blockchain company, and my friend gave glowing positive feedback, that he felt very reassured and confident on a personal level, in addition to getting clear advice on the legal issues.”

Mahesh Rai and Don Loo

“Mahesh Rai and Don Loo of Drew & Napier have sound knowledge and expertise in disputes relating to telecom towers industry. They are spot on their turnaround time. Both of them have an eye for details.”

Meryl Koh

“She is meticulous and will analyse the pros, cons and costs of each option for you so you can make the most informed decision for your company.”

Ong Sim Ho

“Great client management and good options to manage costs.”

Paras Lalwani

“Very clear, sound legal advice and very client-friendly.”

Pauline Chong

“Ability to work within deadlines and meticulous in the details.”

“Professional, helpful and reliable.”

“She is professional and responsive.”

Rakesh Kirpalani

“He is fluent in both English and Chinese and quite familiar with our industry practice, and works in a highly effective way. He always bestows skilful and valuable advice.”

“He is a very detailed person.”

“Very dynamic and thoughtful lawyer. Takes the time to listen and understand the problem. He proposes solutions that follow the law and have a high chance of success.”

“Prompt, effective and driven.”

Randolph Khoo

“Randolph is a very good advocate. Has a very thorough knowledge of his brief. He is excellent at cross-examining witnesses and is nimble at adapting his approach and cross-examination strategy to suit the witness that is giving evidence.”

“He always remains professional and customer-oriented.”

Jimmy Yim

“SC Jimmy Yim and his team are outstanding. They take pains to understand and provide a holistic approach to the resolution of disputes. Their legal strategies leave no stone unturned. Their eagerness to use cutting-edge methodology and technology to drill at details is commendable.”

“He is a great lawyer.”

“He is a powerful leader of his team and very knowledgeable.”

“Very professional and up to date with legal advances, always has a good strategic approach.”

“Intelligent, high EQ, very efficient and analytical.”

“His experience and depth of knowledge of both the legal aspects and commercial realities of a case are faultless. He is extremely quick to grasp and identify the issues of the case, the client’s problems and difficulties, and manages all aspects of a case brilliantly. In his preparation for trial and appeal, he was thorough, detailed and meticulous. Beyond a lawyer-client association, he also develops a personal and heartfelt relationship with his clients.”

Seraphina Ho

“Fast turnaround and sound in knowledge.”

Shu Yan Woo

“She has been instrumental in our trial, appeals and judgments.”

Siraj Omar

“He provides timely, commercially useful and clear advice. He is also very user-friendly, and is proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. He knows arbitration and court work well. He and his team are also very professional, polished and give a very high quality of service.”

Sok Hiang Lau

“Responsive, going extra miles to help the client, responsible and has a good approach.”

Soo Lih Ho

“Very responsive and communicative to clients.”

Steven Lo

“Steven is a veteran of the industry, a brilliant legal practitioner and can be trusted to handle the most complex of situations.”

Tan Teng Sen

“Teng Sen is a consummate lawyer who combines intellect, wisdom and insights, and who is able to understand various stakeholders, enabling clients to formulate strategy and tactics with great effectiveness.”

“Teng Sen followed through the M&A process diligently with excellent support from his team. He had a good grasp of our needs and was able to develop a coherent strategy.”

“Impeccable deal leadership. Covers the strategic issues and knows the details. Able to rope in appropriate resources and expertise from rest of his firm to support.”

“He is a strong negotiator, commercially minded and has a good base of legal knowledge. He is able to understand client positions and concerns and advise on negotiating positions.”

“Able to understand our objectives and distil key legal issues for us to understand easily.”

“His response time is very good and he always meets deadlines. His advice is practical.”

“Responsive, efficient and provides precise advice.”

Timothy Oen

“Fast and reliable.”

Tony Yeo

“Tony Yeo quickly grasps the highly technical and legal issues presented to him and distils them into something which is easy to understand. He has a great attention to detail and hones in on the chink in the armour to bring the greatest outcome for the client.”

“He made the way forward very clear.”

“Supportive and gives clear explanations.”

“Creative and attentive to details.”

“Very warm and approachable. Responsible with sound legal advice.”

“Tony Yeo, as Drew's IP managing partner, has always been warm and approachable with a good business sense and sound legal advice.”

Vanessa Chiam

“Responsive and helpful.”

Sharon Ki

“Responsive and helpful.”

Wendell Wong

“He is confident and calm, has good communications and is quick thinking on his feet. He has the ability to see the big picture and possesses deep legal knowledge.”

“He is always there when we need emergency help even with very tough timelines and in a different field. We have worked through many nights with his team and they are very supportive! He and his team are always ready to take up the challenges, they have worked through nights to meet the dateline, and ensuring that the work they submit is excellent.”

Julian Kwek

“Demonstrates professional knowledge and technical capability.”

Wilson Koh

“Wilson is highly composed even in the most adverse of situations and is a lawyer you want in your corner. He is also very clinical and prompt in the delivery of legal advice and we enjoyed working with him tremendously.”

Yang Shi Yong

“YSY has wide-ranging experience of various taxes across industries. He is able to understand the tax issues and able to clarify and break it down systematically in finding a solution.”

Yuet Min Foo

“She is an excellent lawyer. She understood all the technical issues and plotted the way forward.”

“Yuet Min and her team are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and responsive. She provides sound advice, novel solutions and has secured some great results for the client. She is clearly a future leader in the Singapore dispute resolution landscape.”

“Excellent advocate who gives excellent advice. She obtained great results for us.”

 

Work highlights 

Acted for Tam Jai International, a Hong Kong-based food and beverage company, on its $135 million IPO on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange

Key clients

Air Products and Chemicals, Astaka Holdings, Broadway Industrial Group, CSE Global, China Mining International, Haidilao International Holding, Lonza Group, OCBC Bank, Sarine Technologies

Duane Morris & Selvam

Duane Morris & Selvam provides a range of legal services to assist clients in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, construction and dispute resolution. The firm is regularly instructed by Korean, Chinese and Indian companies on various banking and regulatory matters. Key figures include Jamie Benson for capital markets, Leon Yee for corporate and M&A, and Sarbjit Singh Chopra for dispute resolution. The firm welcomed litigation and arbitration director Clement Tan from Singapore’s state courts.


Work highlights 

Acted for the president of India and Life Insurance Corporation of India in relation to its India IPO. This will be the largest IPO in Indian history.

Represented Elara Capital, IIFL Securities, Motilal Oswal Investment Advisors, and Yes Securities on the QIP of Union Bank of India.

Advised ICICI Securities, Nomura and UBS on Sansera Engineering’s IPO.

Key clients

Ambit Private, Arvind Fashions, Axis Capital, Equirus Capital

Rajah & Tann

Rajah & Tann is arguably the most visible among Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms in the Southeast Asian market. It occupies the top tier across an array of practice areas and sectors with well-established teams in both the transactional and contentious markets. The firm has outstanding experience in complex and high-value cross-border matters, closely working with its R&T Asia network with specialised industry expertise. The firm has a traditional strength in dispute resolution backed by the largest litigation practice in Singapore with seven senior counsels. This year the firm proves its dominance again with its ascension into the ‘Outstanding’ tier for banking and finance, capital markets and investment funds. Key names include Angela Lim for banking and finance, Kim Huat Chia for capital markets and corporate and M&A, Kala Anandarajah for competition, Francis Xavier and Andre Yeap for dispute resolution, Arnold Tan for investment funds, Patrick Ang and Eng Beng Lee for restructuring and insolvency, and Rajesh Sreenivasan for technology and telecommunications. The funds group welcomed partner Zixiang Sun from Simmons & Simmons earlier this year.

Client feedback

“After many years of working on our cases, Rajah & Tann is able to tighten our contractual terms, advise us on loan structure and has a high level of success in our litigation cases.” – Banking and finance

“Professional, pragmatic and reasonable fees.”– Banking and finance

“Professional, in-depth knowledge and responsive” – Capital markets

“Provided deep insights of the local regulation and helped us communicate with regulators. The responses to requests from us or our client have been always prompt and professional.” – Capital markets

“Rajah & Tann understood the worldwide legal situation about big cartel investigation cases very well to move very swiftly for our client. Thanks to this reaction our client escaped from the burden of huge fines.” – Competition/antitrust

“In-depth grasp and meaningful guidance on country-specific regulatory issues.” – Corporate and M&A

“Rajah & Tann provides very practical advice and is always available for us to ask questions, no matter what time. They show their experience when they can provide us with workarounds whenever parties reach a deadlock.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provide practical and business-friendly solutions. They are tremendous value for money. We have access to top-tier legal talent. They are focused on building long-term relationships with their clients.” – Corporate and M&A

“An impressive law firm with an extensive network across ASEAN.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have an impressive network across ASEAN and are great sector leaders.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are very organised, efficient and keep their eye on the ball at all times. Proverbial wisdom is not to fight a war on two fronts, but this dispute had three fronts and Adrian [Wong], Leong Hao [Ang] and Wayne [Yeo] were excellent generals ensuring not just brilliant strategic hits, but also boring basics like evidence gathering was done early.” – Dispute resolution

“We appreciate that they work closely with the client, provide clear insights of the problem and have a solution-oriented approach.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive to detail, reliable advice and trustworthy.” – Dispute resolution

“They think in the best interests of the client. They are swift yet calculated in their responses.” – Dispute resolution

“Clarity of logic and execution.” – Dispute resolution

“There is a team of highly skilled and competent partners in dispute resolution such as Murali Pillai, Luo Qinghui, Andrea Tan, Elaine Tay and Regina Liew They are able to understand commercial concerns and take them into account when providing advice or when drafting and reviewing contracts. They are also practical, focused, clear and articulate.” – Insurance

“Very approachable, and open to ideas and feedback. Contactable 24/7.” – Insurance

“They are very knowledgeable about insurance regulations in Singapore, and provide very commercial and practical advice. The team is also very responsive with excellent client management skills.” – Insurance

“They have good sector knowledge, are commercial and responsive.” – Investment funds

“Very instructive and practical advice, we managed to achieve our aims with clarity and promptness.” – Labour and employment

“Our two partners at Rajah & Tann, Murali Pillai and Qinghui Luo, were experienced in their field, professional in their dealings with all parties involved, systematic in their approach, and responsive and approachable at all times. Particularly helpful were their guidance and ultimately our alignment on the best approach to protect the firm. An absolute pleasure to work with.” – Labour and employment

“Very professional and prompt advice given, can always rely on them regardless of the time of the day.” – Oil and gas

“Knowledgeable with an extensive network to tap.” – Oil and gas

“They are value for money, have the right balance of commerciality and legal input. They understand our requirements and flex points well and can give pertinent, useful input on both the minutiae as well as the big picture.” – Private equity

“They give fast responses, have a dedicated team and produce high-quality work.” – Private equity

“Strong legal expertise, combined with organic cross-border capabilities and resources.” – Private equity

“Reliable, prompt and accommodating on fee budgets.” – Regulatory

“Always contactable and willing to find solutions in a timely and comprehensive manner.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“We value their understanding of key insurance issues, practical experience of dealing with complex casualties, and accessibility to the partner dealing with the work.” – Shipping

“Value for money and impressive skill sets of the lawyers.” – Shipping

“They have enough strengths in all aspects. They have had full of knowledge of any case from a legal and shipping perspective. In addition, they also pay attention to commercial awareness between our client and the opponent.” – Shipping

Adrian Wong

“Sharp, concise, clear-minded and creative in his argument of case.”

“Clarity of logic and execution.”

Adrian Wong, Ang Leong Hao and Wayne Yeo

“Excellent teamwork with sensible layering that enables them to be very agile and efficient.”

Arnold Tan

“Acknowledged market leader in Singapore, he is friendly, helpful, and has good commercial understanding.”

“He is pragmatic and to the point.”

Bala Vellayappan

“Amazing lawyer to work with. He is practical and very knowledgeable. He is also humble at the same time. He is reliable and provides valuable insights all the time.”

Benjamin Liew

“He is extremely responsive, succinct and precise in rendering advice. He provides value-add services in dealing with ad hoc queries without charge.”

Brian Ng

“He knows the issues and what to focus on, particularly for a financial sponsor or private equity fund-related work.”

Chua Beng Chye

“Good knowledge and the leading expert in his field for HP law and collections.”

Chua Choon King

“Provides legally sound practical advice. He has good connections within the industry. He has been able to provide ’out-of-the-box‘ solutions to overcome challenges due to industry connections.”

Danny Lim

“A go-to guy, he provides very careful and measured advice. He is very responsive and able to pay attention whenever required.”

Elizabeth Teo

“Contactable at any time, she is a comprehensive and practical solution provider.”

Favian Tan

“He is very responsive and quick to resolve issues by providing innovative solutions that are win-win. He has the ability to distil complex legal issues in a clear and concise manner, while at all times focusing on the ultimate commercial objective of the parties.”

Gregory Vijayendran

“Attentive to detail, great knowledge of the law, able to strategise approaches to the case and has a calming assurance.”

Jainil Bhandari

“Jainil is extremely easy to deal with and has a quiet confidence in the way that he works.”

Jonathan Yuen

“Articulate, knowledgeable and offers practical solutions.”

Kala Anandarajah

“She is a very smart business lawyer who represents the firm's attitude which I described here before.”

Kelvin Poon

“In-depth knowledge of the law, a positive approach to problems, and solution-oriented.”

Lee Xin Mei

“We value her knowledge, she is professional and responsive.”

Leong Kah Wah

“He is clear and concise in his advice. He will tell you what matters and what does not, cut out the emotions in disputes and has been able to get the best outcomes in all my cases handled by him. I do not go to anyone else.”

“He has a lot of experiences about main shipping matters for Korean shipping clients. So he can always lead to the most efficient way to solve the problem when there is an unfortunate accident and legal disputes.”

Mark Cheng

“Good problem-solver and engaging.”

Murali Pillai

“He is very experienced in his field, professional in dealings with all parties involved and systematic in his approach. He is responsive and approachable.”

“He is highly skilled and competent. He is very responsive despite a very busy schedule. Murali always makes time for clients, which is very appreciated. He remains calm and unfazed no matter the situation. He is also able to connect well with all levels of stakeholders from his corporate client.”

Nathanael Lin

“Very dependable, and offers good and sound advice.”

“Easy to talk to and can relate clearly to what the client wants.”

Patrick Ang

“He is a leading practitioner in insolvency and restructuring and dispute resolution.”

Philip Yeo

“Philip is highly dedicated to his work and always responds in a timely manner. He possesses strong legal knowledge in the field of investment management and private equity.”

“Responsive, professional, detailed, good technical skills, and pragmatic.”

Sandy Foo

“Very responsive, commercially minded and helpful. A leader in her field.”

Simon Goh

“He is responsive and has deep expertise.”

Sun Zixiang

“Client-centric, focused and driven to achieve good outcomes for the client while not being over-zealous. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of private equity funds work and the various legal and regulatory considerations surrounding the sector.”

Toh Kian Sing

“He is the undisputed king of maritime law.”

Tracy-Anne Ang

“Highly experienced and always willing to spend time to explain rationales and concepts.”

Wang Ying Shuang

“Very approachable. Open to new ideas. Contactable 24/7.”

“Ying Shuang is very knowledgeable about the insurance sector in Singapore and has been a joy to work with. She provides advice that is legally sound and commercially practical, and is one of our organisation's trusted advisers.”

Wee Hann Lim

“He is customer-centric and solution-oriented. He’s also super-experienced and collaborative.”

“Wee Hann is an exceptional lawyer who is always putting the needs of the clients first.”

“Wee Hann is fantastic lawyer who has a broad skillset, which he tailors to the needs of his clients.”


Work highlights 

Acted for Bridgetown 2 Holdings on its $1.78 billion merger with PropertyGuru and listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Advised Nanyang Technological University on the establishment of an MTN programme and issuance of sustainability-linked notes due 2036.

Key clients

AEM Holdings, Citigroup Capital Markets, Credit Suisse Singapore, Hong Leong Asia Investments, Koh Brothers Eco Engineering, Metech International, SAC Capital Private, Startree Investments, TML Holdings

RHTLaw Asia

RHTLaw Asia has strong industry sector specialisms including consumer goods and services, real estate, and technology and telecommunications. The firm is sought after by internationally renowned brands, public and private companies, major financial institutions, innovators and high net-worth individuals. It is also well placed in handling cross-border mandates due to its network of offices across the region, including in China, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. ErwaBarre and Roderick Martin are key figures for corporate and capital markets, and dispute resolution, respectively.  

Client feedback 

The firm is very responsive, effective and provides alerts on pending matters, thereby facilitating our IP related activities. – Intellectual property 

Excellent customer service and strong fundamental knowledge on areas of concern. – Intellectual property 

Rizwi Wun 

Rizwi is not a 9-5 attorney. He considers and provides innovative approaches to problem-solving. 

Great communication skills.


Work highlights 

Advised on listing Legion Consortium on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. The firm also helped the client with compliance and analysis on its business operation and structure.  

Key clients 

Matex International, Starnova 

Shook Lin & Bok (Singapore)

Shook Lin & Bok works with an impressive roster of clients, including major banks, multinational corporations and private equity investors, on large transactions locally and across the region. The firm is highly active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution and restructuring and insolvency. It is also skilled in advising on real-estate finance, particularly on the lender side. This year the firm is bolstered into the top tier for its banking and finance work, and ascends into the ‘Highly Recommended’ tier for capital markets and private equity. Key lawyers include Kai Zee Liew for banking and finance, Marilyn See for capital markets, David Chong for corporate and M&A, and Sarjit Singh Gill and David Chan for dispute resolution and insolvency.

Client feedback 

“Efficient and speedy turnaround time.” – Banking and finance

“Fast turnaround and great positive attitude.” – Banking and finance

“Heritage firm that now has stellar corporate partners in Dayne Ho and Chua Shi Ying with outstanding commercial nous and technical excellence.” – Corporate and M&A

“We appreciate the personal attention of the partner, responsiveness and reasonable fees.” – Corporate and M&A

“Honest, trustworthy, solid communications, and finishes the projects on time.” – Investment funds

“Guided us on a steep learning curve.” – Media and entertainment

“They are creative, client-focused, efficient, detail-oriented, and keep to deadlines.” – Real estate

“Very commercial views and advice, presented in a concise manner which makes it easy for the client to assess and make a decision on.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The team provides concise legal advice that is easy for the client to understand and grounded in commercial principles.” – Restructuring and insolvency

David Chan

“He commands the meeting room and provides legal advice with commercial considerations.”

“He is highly responsive and provides insightful advice that is commercially grounded. He offers innovative options to clients.”

Dayne Ho

“Clients need look no further than Dayne Ho for a lawyer with the rarest mixture of excellent commercial sense and brilliant technical ability. He sees the sticking points in any transaction earlier than others and solves them immediately. Clients are always ahead in the power curve because of his almost prescient analysis and brilliant negotiation skills.”

May Loo

“She is client-focused and comes up with creative solutions to break a deadlock. She is responsive and hard-working, calm under pressure.”

Ng Yeow Khoon

“Knowledgeable with speedy turnaround time.”

Stanley Lim

“Knowledgeable and client-centric.”

“Creative, communicative and speedy. He worked well with my team.”

Tan Woon Hum

“He is professional, has rich experience, highly efficient and trustworthy.”

“Strategic counsel and wise insight.”

Tan Zhi Ming

“Good knowledge of the legal aspects and able to meet the deadlines given. Positive attitude to always make the deal viable for all parties.”

Teo Mae Shaan

“Very good client relationship management. She is extremely helpful and responsive, with strong technical expertise on Singapore law.”

 

Work highlights 

Advised DBS Bank and UOB as arrangers and Intertrust Singapore as notes trustee on the establishment of the $1 billion notes programme by Perpetual Asia and the issuance of $55 million 7% notes due 2031.

Key clients

Aspial Corporation, Chip Eng Seng Corporation, CIMB Bank, Dignari Capital Partners

TSMP Law Corporation

TSMP Law Corporation is especially well known for its work in corporate and M&A and dispute resolution. The firm also specialises in corporate real-estate financing, in particular in land acquisition financing and land development financing. This year the firm climbs into the ‘Highly Recommended’ tier in the banking and finance, and construction categories. The firm not only acts for various major corporations and financial institutions but also is frequently sought out by different regulatory bodies. Senior counsel Shen Yi Thio, corporate lawyer Stefanie Yuen Thio, construction specialists Melvin Chan and Derek Loh and labour expert Ian Lim are key figures at the firm. Jennifer Chia and Adrian Tan are other names to note for banking and finance and IP, respectively.

Client feedback

“We appreciate their client focus, practical and commercial approach to legal documents, and the solutions-driven approach.” – Banking and finance

“Willing to address novel issues.” – Banking and finance

“They are very responsible, reliable and provide good advice. They are always available when I need them.” – Banking and finance

“Very good understanding of the client’s position and objectives.” – Dispute resolution

“Fast response time.” – Dispute resolution

“I appreciate their high integrity and professionalism. They are meticulous.” – Dispute resolution

“Strong technical ability with commercially sensible advice.” – Dispute resolution

“The team is quick and effective. They are responsive and give solid advice. Their strength is in affidavits in dispute resolution, especially in civil legal matters.” – Dispute resolution

“They are responsive, responsible and have subject-knowledge expertise, which are key attributes in litigation.” – Dispute resolution

“They are able to work seamlessly with various departments to efficiently deliver a comprehensive solution.” – Dispute resolution

“Responsive and diligent.” – Dispute resolution

“Speed, accuracy, professional and responsive.” – Labour and employment

“We value their responsiveness, and experience and familiarity with complex employment disputes.” – Labour and employment

“Professional, efficient and responsive.” – Real estate

“Can-do attitude.” – Real estate

“Lawyers are always responsive.” – Real estate

“Strong presence in Singapore, reliable and extensive experience with complex restructuring and disputes.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Clear, commercial advice.” – Restructuring and insolvency

Felicia Tan

“Excellent understanding of the client’s position and objectives.”

“Good response time, practical advice, and not too legally conservative.”

“Excellent client management and service. Innovative with commercially sensible solutions backed by legal basis.”

“Easy to work with, she is engaging and bright.”

Ian Lim

“Very responsive, able to navigate and offer solutions to complex legal disputes. He is thorough, and has very strong client management and social skills.”

“Extremely calm with high integrity. Very responsive to answer my queries.”

Jennifer Chia

“Highly approachable, knowledgeable and professional.”

“Jennifer is very knowledgeable in her field of work. She is always available when we need her and provides outstanding advice.”

“She is responsive and has a can-do attitude.”

June Ho

“She is technically sound and unafraid to admit if she is not familiar and will ask questions till she is clear on the issue.”

Kelvin Koh

“He thinks deeply, is meticulous and commercial, which allows him to develop effective solutions.”

“Excellent advice, accommodating and client-friendly.”

“Has depth of legal knowledge across fields, coupled with practical, effective legal solutions to client's needs.”

Kwoh Ji Wei

“Responsive, patient and understanding. Good bonding and building up the relationship with clients in managing legal issues.”

Stef Yuen

“Responsive and solutions-driven.”

 

Work highlights 

Acted for issuer Mooreast Holdings on its IPO.

Advised mm2 on its proposed spinoff of its cinema business on SGX Catalist.

Key clients

AnnAik, Credit Suisse, Logos SE Asia, Maybank Kim Eng Securities

Competition/antitrust
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson is one of Singapore’s largest full-service firms, stacked with notable partners who are experts in their fields. The firm has stellar banking, construction, disputes, competition and technology and telecommunications practices. Partners to note include banking specialist Doreen Sim, M&A partner Eng Leng Ng, intellectual property specialists Ai Ming Lee and I-An Lim, projects expert Joo Thye Tan, disputes specialist Lawrence Teh and senior counsel Edmund Leow. Last year, at the beginning of 2021, its former managing director Philip Jeyaretnam was appointed the Supreme Court Judicial Commissioner. Antitrust specialist Nicole Teo left for an in-house role at Shell, while capital markets partners Zhi Hao Loy and Eunice Yao left for firms Persistence and Hamilton Locke, respectively. The construction group welcomed partner Reuben Peter from Allen & Gledhill and partner Weilin Chua departed for Citi as its associate GC. Corporate specialist Tony Toh joined the team from Venture Corporation. Disputes partner Chia Ming Lee left for Ascendant Law, while R&I specialist Debby Lim arrived from BlackOak.

Client feedback

Jen Wei Loh

“She is very quick on her feet and well experienced in dealing with counterparties.”


Work highlights

Advised Denka Chemical Holdings Asia on competition laws, in particular on its vertical relationships with its distributors, on preparing an internal competition compliance manual, and conducting a competition compliance training session.

Key clients

Gojek Singapore, Singapore Poultry Hub, Tech Data Corporation, Tolaram Group

Drew & Napier

As one of Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms, Drew & Napier possesses a diverse roster of lawyers offering an extensive range of legal services in Singapore and across the region. This year it makes gains in numerous rankings tables, moving up a tier in the energy, infrastructure, construction and corporate and M&A categories. The firm remains a dispute resolution powerhouse with a deep bench of top advocates including Jimmy Yim and Cavinder Bull. Disputes and insolvency lawyer Siraj Omar, construction specialist Christopher Chong and elite tax practitioner Ong Sim Ho further reinforce the team. Other key names to note include Pauline Chong for finance, Petrus Huang for capital markets, Chong Kin Lim for competition and technology, Steven Lo for corporate and M&A, Tony Yeo for IP, and Sushil Nair and Blossom Hing for restructuring and insolvency. Consultant Gary Pryke is another well-known practitioner in the corporate and finance space.

Client feedback 

“Comprehensive and meticulous in rendering legal advice on the finance documents.” – Aviation

“Commercial and practical advice, prompt responses, and clarity of explanation.” – Banking and finance

“The firm is professional in dealing with the bank’s lawyer and able to provide us with the legal advice.” – Banking and finance

“Prompt, practical and responsive.” – Banking and finance

“Fast, quick, number one in litigation, and they give prompt replies.” – Banking and finance

“Experienced and efficient. Organised with a clear action plan.” – Banking and finance

“They are knowledgeable and provide a different perspective.” – Capital markets

“Able to provide clear, succinct and actionable advice.” – Construction

“Extremely effective and efficient.” – Construction

“Fast, quick responses and able to provide alternative solutions.” – Construction

“Responsive, accommodating to the client, commercially minded, with an appropriately staffed team.” – Corporate and M&A

“Able to understand our objectives and also distil key legal issues into an easy to understand form.” – Corporate and M&A

“The corporate M&A team was dependable, responsive and professional in their advice. They were able to identify pitfalls and suggest innovative solutions during the negotiation of S&P agreement.” – Corporate and M&A

“We value their intellect, insights, responsiveness in dealing with complex situations, breadth and depth of knowledge.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, efficient and provides to-the-point advice and work.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their response is prompt and advice is sound and clear.” – Corporate and M&A

“The team is creative and attentive to details.” – Corporate and M&A

“Professional and skilful, and quite familiar with our industry characteristics so that they could figure out a strategic proposal. Always provide prompt feedback.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have a dedicated and experienced professional team that creates a successful outcome.” – Dispute resolution

“Customer-focused.” – Dispute resolution

“They go a long way to understand the nuances of the business which gives them the edge in any kind of dispute resolution process.” – Dispute resolution

“Great legal advice and extremely responsive. They think around issues and provide answers which are not obvious to their peers. The team is very personable.” – Dispute resolution

“Sincere and very responsive.” – Dispute resolution

“We value Drew & Napier’s experience, depth of both legal and commercial knowledge, and understanding of a client’s needs and wants. How it utilises all of these attributes to aggressively yet reasonably pursues the client’s interests is class-leading. Hence it has a stellar and fearsome reputation amongst its peers and the courts, giving its clients an advantage.” – Dispute resolution

“Reliable and efficient.” – Dispute resolution

“Prompt responses, very practical and commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide timely, commercially useful and clear advice. They are also very user-friendly, and are proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. They know arbitration and court work well. They are also very professional, polished, and give a very high quality of service.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent advocates that obtained great results.” – Dispute resolution

“Able to provide insights to the issue and propose next steps and attached consequences, including providing legal obligations arising from the claims.” – Dispute resolution

“Quick to act, knowledgeable and compassionate.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive, responsive, diligent, accurate and resourceful.” – Dispute resolution

“Very hands-on and smart.” – Dispute resolution

“Yuet Min and her team are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and responsive. She provides sound advice, novel solutions and has secured some great results for the client. She is clearly a future leader in the Singapore dispute resolution landscape.” – Dispute resolution

“They are thorough, balanced in risk assessment, hard-working, persistent and results-driven.” – Dispute resolution

“It is a comprehensive full-service firm with depth of expertise in a range of critical areas that are indispensable for our day-to-day operations, whether during a growth cycle or a downward trend, such as construction, corporate, insolvency and restructuring, security of payment matters and dispute resolution. With Christopher Chong at the helm of its construction practice, which is core to us, Drew & Napier has been our trusted go-to firm on a regular, consistent basis for some years now, with the full intention on our part to continue this relationship for a long time to come.” – Dispute resolution

“Consistently high level of effectiveness, professional and well organised.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent teamwork and positive thinking.” – Dispute resolution

“They go deep into the root of the problems. They can engage linear and lateral thinking, and have good knowledge of laws. They have good people skills, preparing clients and witnesses well before trials.” – Dispute resolution

“Very good knowledge of the law, markets in Asia , cultures and mentalities, very service-oriented and competent.” – Dispute resolution

“Knowledge and professionalism.” – Dispute resolution

“Well regarded in Singapore, sound commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They have represented us in dispute resolution and have a very professional team.” – Dispute resolution

“They exercise professionalism in providing advisory services in corporate contracts and dispute resolution.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier provide sound advice that is practical and well researched on the law. Their counsel prepare meticulously for court hearings and have a thorough knowledge of the court documents.” – Dispute resolution

“They are reliable and responsive, and thorough in reviewing documents and evidence, and work in a timely manner, seeking instructions and making recommendations where helpful. They also cross-examine witnesses effectively and expose discrepancies and untruths told in court.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier was highly professional throughout the engagement and was very responsive as and when we sought advice during the course of the arbitration. We felt that we got value for money based on the service that they provided. In essence, the team that we worked with was very attentive to our needs and provided legal advice that was spot on.” – Dispute resolution

“Efficient and effective.” – Dispute resolution

“Proactive and very attentive to client's needs.” – Dispute resolution

“Brilliant international arbitration lawyers in technical cross-border infrastructure disputes.” – Infrastructure

“They make an effort to incorporate your views and concerns. This builds trust and confidence in the team and firm.” – Insurance

“They provide prompt assistance, practical advice and are very knowledgeable on the subject-matter.” – Insurance

“They possess technical abilities to dissect even the most complex of legal issues, and advocacy skills if and where the need arises.” – Insurance

“Drew & Napier continues to provide top-shelf legal service and advice. They always think globally while providing local advice. They focus on the client's objectives and needs, and tailor the advice accordingly. They have a large pool of highly talented attorneys which they can leverage when looking at the best approach in handling contentious IP matters.” – Intellectual property

“They were transparent about costs and were punctual with all our Zoom meetings.” – Intellectual property

“They have expertise of Singapore law in relation to intellectual property. They provided strong support in Singapore litigation for the client who is not familiar with the laws in the country.” – Intellectual property

“Clear explanations, expertise and management skills.” – Intellectual property

“Creative and attentive.” – Intellectual property

“Meryl and her team were excellent strategists who understood our bottom lines and gave us reliable legal advice accordingly.” – Intellectual property

“The IP team led by Tony Yeo is always prompt and efficient in its response. It gives clear legal advice and is transparent in its costs estimates.”– Intellectual property

“They provide advice based on Singapore law, responsively and thoroughly.” – Investment funds

“Drew & Napier provides well-researched and sound advice on Singapore law and keeps the client well informed of each stage of the matter. The firm also makes itself readily available to answer queries.” – Oil and gas

“Proactive, responsive, timely and solutions-oriented.” – Privacy and data protection

“Drew & Napier is a law firm that places high priority on the integrity, chain of custody and handling of electronic evidence. The firm has high appreciation of the volatility, integrity, interpretation and value of electronic evidence when litigating disputes/resolutions for their clients. It not only places high priority on integrity and chain of custody of electronic evidence but also on circumstance surrounding the electronic evidence. This even includes the ambient information around electronic evidence – circumstance issues like how the evidence was created, situation under which it was created and distributed, and parties who have handled the electronic data, including metadata information.” – Private client

“They are a committed team willing to explore all angles and willing to work through nights to ensure the final draft is excellent before submitting.” – Private client

“They provide sharp and incisive advice, and have a highly responsive integrated offering. They are able to get inputs from other disciplines.” – Private equity

“Very responsive and technically sound.” – Real estate

“Creative and attentive to details.” – Real estate

“Very detailed and able to distil the key issues for us.” – Real estate

“Highly professional and efficient.” – Real estate

“Full-service law firm that thinks outside the box. It understands commercial realities of the transactions because their partners also serve in industrial and business associations so they know how the law and business interact.” – Real estate

“Clear, concise and value-added advice.” – Regulatory

“Extremely commercial and competent. They are able to grasp issues affecting not just the legal position but also address the commercial, political and reputational concerns of the client.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The team is brilliantly led by Blossom Hing. Blossom and her team are highly cohesive and easy to work with. They have great experience and are very strong lawyers.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The Drew & Napier lawyers with whom I have worked most closely are Sushil Nair and Julian Kwek, the co-heads of the restructuring group. Both are extremely hard-working, smart and creative – and I have seen them achieve excellent results for their clients in every matter where I have had the privilege of working with them. I also have worked closely with Blossom Hing, Chan Wei Meng and Mohan Gopalan, and, as with Mr. Nair and Mr. Kwek, I have always been impressed with the first-rate quality of their work and their dedication to helping their clients work through and emerge from difficult times.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Drew & Napier’s tax team is clear and concise in their responses to general or specific issues.” – Tax

“The team has an experienced senior tax partner.” – Tax

“Good sense of commercial realities.” – Tax

“Drew & Napier is very professional, competent and ethical.” – Tax

Allister Tan

“He is able to explain legal technicalities so that you can understand. He is able to provide solutions to help us with our issues.”

“Very responsive, practical and hands-on.”

“He's a technical expert in the sparse world of insurance disputes, and a trusted adviser who balances commercial needs with the legal position.”

Benedict Teo

“Very knowledgeable, sincere and responsive.”

“Responsive and commercially minded when providing legal advice.”

“Responsive and practical.”

“Commercially sound, practical and gives clear explanations.”

Blossom Hing

“She is super-responsive and sharp with an amazing work ethic. She is always available to address any concerns I have. I trust her implicitly. She is extremely competent and commercial. A pleasure to work with.”

“She is an outstanding leader of her team and has unbelievable experience of restructuring issues. Blossom is creative and thinks outside the box. She is supported by a very strong team.”

Christopher Chong

“Christopher Chong is a singularly exceptional practitioner, who is all-rounded in terms of legal depth of knowledge, commercial acumen, client responsiveness, innovation and unmatched local knowledge. His dedication to his craft and in assisting us to find sensible, practical and mutually beneficial solutions is close to peerless. Chris is backed by a solid team that, whether as a whole or individually, are more than capable of pulling their own weight and delivering value to us in the context of the role they play. We must mention director Kelvin Teo, and senior associates Nicole Toh and Josh Tan.”

“Excellent advocate in international commercial arbitrations.”

“He has an in-depth knowledge of the industrial sector, is up to date in new trends and technologies of the industry.”

David Alfred

“Great understanding of the issue and seeks to clarify when information not clear.”

Fiona Chew

“Compassionate, good listener, actively provides meaningful solutions, attentive, accurate, humble and diligent.”

Gary Wan

“Experienced, effective and affable. Able to solve issues with a calm attitude.”

Grace Morgan

“Professional with high ethics for the client’s best interest.”

Jared Chen

“He is extremely responsive and gives very practical advice.”

“He is a good listener and pays attention to details. He makes copious notes, which suggests a keen interest in the subject-matter and building a source of permanent notes.”

Javier Yeo

“Knowledgeable and has expertise in laws regarding intellectual property. Provides strong support in the litigation.”

Jon Nair

“Responsive and gives clear advice.”

Joshua Chin

“Outstanding. Very proficient in his knowledge. Able to understand problems very well and come up with creative solutions. Provides excellent advice. Very responsive and is able to attend to the smallest details.”

Julian Kwek

“Julian is an intelligent and creative problem-solver who always makes sure to understand his clients' objectives and concerns in developing effective strategies in their complicated cross-border restructuring matters.”

Keith Lam

“Responsive and has a good understanding of the issues.”

Kelvin Tan

“Kelvin takes responsibility for his lawyers and their work. He is pleasant and effective in court trials as a senior litigation lawyer, and he and his team are not only legally competent, but practical and helpful in meeting our needs in their advice and solutions offered.”

Kelvin Teo

“Very knowledgeable about the law and the legal system. Able to provide clear guidance on the relevant issues.”

Lau Sok Hiang

“Ability to communicate the issues well to the client.”

“Creative and attentive to details.”

Lim Chong Kin

“Proactive, client- and solutions-focused, quick, knowledgeable, experienced and capable.”

Mahesh Rai

“Strong knowledge of laws in India and good knowledge of the country’s legal infrastructure.”

“His personal approach to a transaction goes a long way.”

“Always approachable, a patient listener, has sound industry knowledge, excellent knowledge of law and always provides practical solutions.”

“He listens well and is a great tactician.”

“Excellent, thorough, and balanced risk management and advice.”

“Creative solutions and very focused.”

“Quick, efficient and super-understanding of the matter and case file.”

“Mahesh Rai leads a disputes team that is well versed in both blockchain technology nuances and traditional commercial and financial litigation and arbitration. His domain knowledge in blockchain, fintech and technology makes him brutally effective in disputes regarding these matters, more than the other top-ranked disputes teams in Singapore. This is a very key differentiator. The team is very meticulous and has great attention to detail, and catches both technology-related and more typical factual nuances of cases. Mr Rai himself is a very forceful and cunning cross-examiner in court, and has a commanding presence that allows him to take control of court proceedings, even against senior counsels and litigators much more senior than him. He is also extremely responsive, and he and his team readily respond to queries even at 11pm or on a Sunday. Finally, he gives straightforward, practical, concise, commercial and very concrete recommendations when asked for options, including cost considerations. He will not give theoretical or abstract answers, and will not give tentative or timid recommendations that do not allow a client to visualise a concrete course of action. He even advised on a personal matter for one of my friends, a senior executive in a large blockchain company, and my friend gave glowing positive feedback, that he felt very reassured and confident on a personal level, in addition to getting clear advice on the legal issues.”

Mahesh Rai and Don Loo

“Mahesh Rai and Don Loo of Drew & Napier have sound knowledge and expertise in disputes relating to telecom towers industry. They are spot on their turnaround time. Both of them have an eye for details.”

Meryl Koh

“She is meticulous and will analyse the pros, cons and costs of each option for you so you can make the most informed decision for your company.”

Ong Sim Ho

“Great client management and good options to manage costs.”

Paras Lalwani

“Very clear, sound legal advice and very client-friendly.”

Pauline Chong

“Ability to work within deadlines and meticulous in the details.”

“Professional, helpful and reliable.”

“She is professional and responsive.”

Rakesh Kirpalani

“He is fluent in both English and Chinese and quite familiar with our industry practice, and works in a highly effective way. He always bestows skilful and valuable advice.”

“He is a very detailed person.”

“Very dynamic and thoughtful lawyer. Takes the time to listen and understand the problem. He proposes solutions that follow the law and have a high chance of success.”

“Prompt, effective and driven.”

Randolph Khoo

“Randolph is a very good advocate. Has a very thorough knowledge of his brief. He is excellent at cross-examining witnesses and is nimble at adapting his approach and cross-examination strategy to suit the witness that is giving evidence.”

“He always remains professional and customer-oriented.”

Jimmy Yim

“SC Jimmy Yim and his team are outstanding. They take pains to understand and provide a holistic approach to the resolution of disputes. Their legal strategies leave no stone unturned. Their eagerness to use cutting-edge methodology and technology to drill at details is commendable.”

“He is a great lawyer.”

“He is a powerful leader of his team and very knowledgeable.”

“Very professional and up to date with legal advances, always has a good strategic approach.”

“Intelligent, high EQ, very efficient and analytical.”

“His experience and depth of knowledge of both the legal aspects and commercial realities of a case are faultless. He is extremely quick to grasp and identify the issues of the case, the client’s problems and difficulties, and manages all aspects of a case brilliantly. In his preparation for trial and appeal, he was thorough, detailed and meticulous. Beyond a lawyer-client association, he also develops a personal and heartfelt relationship with his clients.”

Seraphina Ho

“Fast turnaround and sound in knowledge.”

Shu Yan Woo

“She has been instrumental in our trial, appeals and judgments.”

Siraj Omar

“He provides timely, commercially useful and clear advice. He is also very user-friendly, and is proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. He knows arbitration and court work well. He and his team are also very professional, polished and give a very high quality of service.”

Sok Hiang Lau

“Responsive, going extra miles to help the client, responsible and has a good approach.”

Soo Lih Ho

“Very responsive and communicative to clients.”

Steven Lo

“Steven is a veteran of the industry, a brilliant legal practitioner and can be trusted to handle the most complex of situations.”

Tan Teng Sen

“Teng Sen is a consummate lawyer who combines intellect, wisdom and insights, and who is able to understand various stakeholders, enabling clients to formulate strategy and tactics with great effectiveness.”

“Teng Sen followed through the M&A process diligently with excellent support from his team. He had a good grasp of our needs and was able to develop a coherent strategy.”

“Impeccable deal leadership. Covers the strategic issues and knows the details. Able to rope in appropriate resources and expertise from rest of his firm to support.”

“He is a strong negotiator, commercially minded and has a good base of legal knowledge. He is able to understand client positions and concerns and advise on negotiating positions.”

“Able to understand our objectives and distil key legal issues for us to understand easily.”

“His response time is very good and he always meets deadlines. His advice is practical.”

“Responsive, efficient and provides precise advice.”

Timothy Oen

“Fast and reliable.”

Tony Yeo

“Tony Yeo quickly grasps the highly technical and legal issues presented to him and distils them into something which is easy to understand. He has a great attention to detail and hones in on the chink in the armour to bring the greatest outcome for the client.”

“He made the way forward very clear.”

“Supportive and gives clear explanations.”

“Creative and attentive to details.”

“Very warm and approachable. Responsible with sound legal advice.”

“Tony Yeo, as Drew's IP managing partner, has always been warm and approachable with a good business sense and sound legal advice.”

Vanessa Chiam

“Responsive and helpful.”

Sharon Ki

“Responsive and helpful.”

Wendell Wong

“He is confident and calm, has good communications and is quick thinking on his feet. He has the ability to see the big picture and possesses deep legal knowledge.”

“He is always there when we need emergency help even with very tough timelines and in a different field. We have worked through many nights with his team and they are very supportive! He and his team are always ready to take up the challenges, they have worked through nights to meet the dateline, and ensuring that the work they submit is excellent.”

Julian Kwek

“Demonstrates professional knowledge and technical capability.”

Wilson Koh

“Wilson is highly composed even in the most adverse of situations and is a lawyer you want in your corner. He is also very clinical and prompt in the delivery of legal advice and we enjoyed working with him tremendously.”

Yang Shi Yong

“YSY has wide-ranging experience of various taxes across industries. He is able to understand the tax issues and able to clarify and break it down systematically in finding a solution.”

Yuet Min Foo

“She is an excellent lawyer. She understood all the technical issues and plotted the way forward.”

“Yuet Min and her team are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and responsive. She provides sound advice, novel solutions and has secured some great results for the client. She is clearly a future leader in the Singapore dispute resolution landscape.”

“Excellent advocate who gives excellent advice. She obtained great results for us.”

 

Work highlights 

Assisted Refinitiv Holdings in the filing to the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore for its proposed acquisition by the London Stock Exchange Group.

Key clients

ADB BVBA, Heliconia Capital Management, Info Communications, Temasek

Rajah & Tann

Rajah & Tann is arguably the most visible among Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms in the Southeast Asian market. It occupies the top tier across an array of practice areas and sectors with well-established teams in both the transactional and contentious markets. The firm has outstanding experience in complex and high-value cross-border matters, closely working with its R&T Asia network with specialised industry expertise. The firm has a traditional strength in dispute resolution backed by the largest litigation practice in Singapore with seven senior counsels. This year the firm proves its dominance again with its ascension into the ‘Outstanding’ tier for banking and finance, capital markets and investment funds. Key names include Angela Lim for banking and finance, Kim Huat Chia for capital markets and corporate and M&A, Kala Anandarajah for competition, Francis Xavier and Andre Yeap for dispute resolution, Arnold Tan for investment funds, Patrick Ang and Eng Beng Lee for restructuring and insolvency, and Rajesh Sreenivasan for technology and telecommunications. The funds group welcomed partner Zixiang Sun from Simmons & Simmons earlier this year.

Client feedback

“After many years of working on our cases, Rajah & Tann is able to tighten our contractual terms, advise us on loan structure and has a high level of success in our litigation cases.” – Banking and finance

“Professional, pragmatic and reasonable fees.”– Banking and finance

“Professional, in-depth knowledge and responsive” – Capital markets

“Provided deep insights of the local regulation and helped us communicate with regulators. The responses to requests from us or our client have been always prompt and professional.” – Capital markets

“Rajah & Tann understood the worldwide legal situation about big cartel investigation cases very well to move very swiftly for our client. Thanks to this reaction our client escaped from the burden of huge fines.” – Competition/antitrust

“In-depth grasp and meaningful guidance on country-specific regulatory issues.” – Corporate and M&A

“Rajah & Tann provides very practical advice and is always available for us to ask questions, no matter what time. They show their experience when they can provide us with workarounds whenever parties reach a deadlock.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provide practical and business-friendly solutions. They are tremendous value for money. We have access to top-tier legal talent. They are focused on building long-term relationships with their clients.” – Corporate and M&A

“An impressive law firm with an extensive network across ASEAN.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have an impressive network across ASEAN and are great sector leaders.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are very organised, efficient and keep their eye on the ball at all times. Proverbial wisdom is not to fight a war on two fronts, but this dispute had three fronts and Adrian [Wong], Leong Hao [Ang] and Wayne [Yeo] were excellent generals ensuring not just brilliant strategic hits, but also boring basics like evidence gathering was done early.” – Dispute resolution

“We appreciate that they work closely with the client, provide clear insights of the problem and have a solution-oriented approach.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive to detail, reliable advice and trustworthy.” – Dispute resolution

“They think in the best interests of the client. They are swift yet calculated in their responses.” – Dispute resolution

“Clarity of logic and execution.” – Dispute resolution

“There is a team of highly skilled and competent partners in dispute resolution such as Murali Pillai, Luo Qinghui, Andrea Tan, Elaine Tay and Regina Liew They are able to understand commercial concerns and take them into account when providing advice or when drafting and reviewing contracts. They are also practical, focused, clear and articulate.” – Insurance

“Very approachable, and open to ideas and feedback. Contactable 24/7.” – Insurance

“They are very knowledgeable about insurance regulations in Singapore, and provide very commercial and practical advice. The team is also very responsive with excellent client management skills.” – Insurance

“They have good sector knowledge, are commercial and responsive.” – Investment funds

“Very instructive and practical advice, we managed to achieve our aims with clarity and promptness.” – Labour and employment

“Our two partners at Rajah & Tann, Murali Pillai and Qinghui Luo, were experienced in their field, professional in their dealings with all parties involved, systematic in their approach, and responsive and approachable at all times. Particularly helpful were their guidance and ultimately our alignment on the best approach to protect the firm. An absolute pleasure to work with.” – Labour and employment

“Very professional and prompt advice given, can always rely on them regardless of the time of the day.” – Oil and gas

“Knowledgeable with an extensive network to tap.” – Oil and gas

“They are value for money, have the right balance of commerciality and legal input. They understand our requirements and flex points well and can give pertinent, useful input on both the minutiae as well as the big picture.” – Private equity

“They give fast responses, have a dedicated team and produce high-quality work.” – Private equity

“Strong legal expertise, combined with organic cross-border capabilities and resources.” – Private equity

“Reliable, prompt and accommodating on fee budgets.” – Regulatory

“Always contactable and willing to find solutions in a timely and comprehensive manner.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“We value their understanding of key insurance issues, practical experience of dealing with complex casualties, and accessibility to the partner dealing with the work.” – Shipping

“Value for money and impressive skill sets of the lawyers.” – Shipping

“They have enough strengths in all aspects. They have had full of knowledge of any case from a legal and shipping perspective. In addition, they also pay attention to commercial awareness between our client and the opponent.” – Shipping

Adrian Wong

“Sharp, concise, clear-minded and creative in his argument of case.”

“Clarity of logic and execution.”

Adrian Wong, Ang Leong Hao and Wayne Yeo

“Excellent teamwork with sensible layering that enables them to be very agile and efficient.”

Arnold Tan

“Acknowledged market leader in Singapore, he is friendly, helpful, and has good commercial understanding.”

“He is pragmatic and to the point.”

Bala Vellayappan

“Amazing lawyer to work with. He is practical and very knowledgeable. He is also humble at the same time. He is reliable and provides valuable insights all the time.”

Benjamin Liew

“He is extremely responsive, succinct and precise in rendering advice. He provides value-add services in dealing with ad hoc queries without charge.”

Brian Ng

“He knows the issues and what to focus on, particularly for a financial sponsor or private equity fund-related work.”

Chua Beng Chye

“Good knowledge and the leading expert in his field for HP law and collections.”

Chua Choon King

“Provides legally sound practical advice. He has good connections within the industry. He has been able to provide ’out-of-the-box‘ solutions to overcome challenges due to industry connections.”

Danny Lim

“A go-to guy, he provides very careful and measured advice. He is very responsive and able to pay attention whenever required.”

Elizabeth Teo

“Contactable at any time, she is a comprehensive and practical solution provider.”

Favian Tan

“He is very responsive and quick to resolve issues by providing innovative solutions that are win-win. He has the ability to distil complex legal issues in a clear and concise manner, while at all times focusing on the ultimate commercial objective of the parties.”

Gregory Vijayendran

“Attentive to detail, great knowledge of the law, able to strategise approaches to the case and has a calming assurance.”

Jainil Bhandari

“Jainil is extremely easy to deal with and has a quiet confidence in the way that he works.”

Jonathan Yuen

“Articulate, knowledgeable and offers practical solutions.”

Kala Anandarajah

“She is a very smart business lawyer who represents the firm's attitude which I described here before.”

Kelvin Poon

“In-depth knowledge of the law, a positive approach to problems, and solution-oriented.”

Lee Xin Mei

“We value her knowledge, she is professional and responsive.”

Leong Kah Wah

“He is clear and concise in his advice. He will tell you what matters and what does not, cut out the emotions in disputes and has been able to get the best outcomes in all my cases handled by him. I do not go to anyone else.”

“He has a lot of experiences about main shipping matters for Korean shipping clients. So he can always lead to the most efficient way to solve the problem when there is an unfortunate accident and legal disputes.”

Mark Cheng

“Good problem-solver and engaging.”

Murali Pillai

“He is very experienced in his field, professional in dealings with all parties involved and systematic in his approach. He is responsive and approachable.”

“He is highly skilled and competent. He is very responsive despite a very busy schedule. Murali always makes time for clients, which is very appreciated. He remains calm and unfazed no matter the situation. He is also able to connect well with all levels of stakeholders from his corporate client.”

Nathanael Lin

“Very dependable, and offers good and sound advice.”

“Easy to talk to and can relate clearly to what the client wants.”

Patrick Ang

“He is a leading practitioner in insolvency and restructuring and dispute resolution.”

Philip Yeo

“Philip is highly dedicated to his work and always responds in a timely manner. He possesses strong legal knowledge in the field of investment management and private equity.”

“Responsive, professional, detailed, good technical skills, and pragmatic.”

Sandy Foo

“Very responsive, commercially minded and helpful. A leader in her field.”

Simon Goh

“He is responsive and has deep expertise.”

Sun Zixiang

“Client-centric, focused and driven to achieve good outcomes for the client while not being over-zealous. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of private equity funds work and the various legal and regulatory considerations surrounding the sector.”

Toh Kian Sing

“He is the undisputed king of maritime law.”

Tracy-Anne Ang

“Highly experienced and always willing to spend time to explain rationales and concepts.”

Wang Ying Shuang

“Very approachable. Open to new ideas. Contactable 24/7.”

“Ying Shuang is very knowledgeable about the insurance sector in Singapore and has been a joy to work with. She provides advice that is legally sound and commercially practical, and is one of our organisation's trusted advisers.”

Wee Hann Lim

“He is customer-centric and solution-oriented. He’s also super-experienced and collaborative.”

“Wee Hann is an exceptional lawyer who is always putting the needs of the clients first.”

“Wee Hann is fantastic lawyer who has a broad skillset, which he tailors to the needs of his clients.”


Work highlights 

Acted for SK Hynix in the notification to the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore of its proposed acquisition of the NAND flash memory and SSD business of Intel in Singapore.

Key clients

DBS Bank, Emeritus Institute of Management, Japfa

WongPartnership (Singapore)

A formidable market leader in the full gamut of corporate and finance matters, WongPartnership comprises over 300 lawyers in eight global cities. It offers extensive experience in handling high-stakes structured finance, M&A, funds, private equity, project finance and syndicated loans. The firm also has plentiful expertise on big-ticket domestic and cross-border disputes involving corporate, construction, insolvency and regulatory matters. Key lawyers include Susan Wong for banking and finance, Ameera Ashraf for competition, Christopher Chuah for construction, Andrew Ang and Wai King Ng for corporate and M&A and private equity, Alvin Yeo for dispute resolution, and Manoj Pillay Sandrasegara for restructuring and insolvency. Besides, Chung Nian Lam, Kah Keong Low, Jenny Tsin and Dorothy Marie Ng are regarded for their work in intellectual property, investment funds, employment and real estate, respectively.

Client feedback 

“Excellent expertise and practical know-how.” – Banking and finance

“Succinct, practical, cost-effective and gives timely legal advice.” – Capital markets

“Offers very clear and practical advice.” – Competition/antitrust

“Provided detailed legal analysis and advised on practical strategy.” – Construction

“Clear analysis on the claim and detailed breakdown of the claim. Presenting the claims in chronological order. Strong rebuttal on respondent's queries and accusations.” – Construction

“Experienced, strategic, committed and responsive.” – Dispute resolution

“Lawyers are proactive and think strategically.” – Dispute resolution

“They understand the commercial perspectives to the case and provide crisp strategic advice to achieve client's objectives.” – Dispute resolution

“Creative, driven and intelligent team. Outstanding in all respects. As an example, it was crucial for us to be able to protect our substantial investment sum pending the resolution of the arbitration, as we were concerned that the investee company would spend our investment monies in the meantime, given this was the only cash the investee company had. Of all the law firms and barristers we consulted, only WongPartnership was able to think of the solution for us, and not only that, to implement it such that the entire investment sum was protected pending the resolution of the arbitration. We also succeeded in the arbitration and secured a return of the full investment sum – highly unheard of in fraud matters.” – Dispute resolution

“Team gives fairly quick responses, are able to go above and beyond the basic scope to offer insights or to help close a certain issue related to the basic scope.” – Real estate

“Responsive and accommodating to client's needs” – Real estate

“Strong technical knowledge, value-add advice and willing to go beyond their scope of services to facilitate transaction.” – Real estate

“Quality of the work is without a doubt tier one, attention to detail is excellent and nothing is missed or left to chance. Very responsive and always available to bounce ideas off.” – Real estate

“The team that we worked with in WongPartnership is very proactive. They also provide sound legal advice which provides all pros and cons on all options. Justifications for any recommendations are also on very sound footing, which we greatly appreciate.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“We value their deep technical knowledge, provision of sound commercial advice, and they always have a good set of juniors assisting besides the senior lawyers.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“They are a very supportive, proactive firm that exudes confidence in their knowledge and expertise in their field of work.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“A strong team led by Manoj Sandrasegara, very well versed in insolvency practice. Advice balanced with practical considerations. Manoj is ably supported by Tan Kai Yun, who just made partner this year.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“WP was recommended to us as a preeminent insolvency law firm in Singapore. It did not disappoint. At all times, its lawyers were most professional and demonstrated the necessary skills, experience and expertise in their field. WP lawyers are crisp and responsive communicators, strong advocates and, most significantly, astute businesspeople. We were pleased to have a team of lawyers who could easily appreciate not only the legal issues, but also the business and practical aspects of our situation in order to reach an appropriate and timely resolution. Not only would we be pleased to recommend them to others, but we would gladly hire WP again should the need arise.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“WongPartnership provides strong technical advice that is also commercially nuanced. They are leaders in Singapore and regional restructuring and insolvency markets. They are able to pivot quickly to find workable and creative solutions to the challenges at hand, and are responsive across all seniorities from senior partner to associate.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“No doubt the best in the business. No other firm in Singapore can handle matters with their rarest combination of commercial nous, technical excellence and panache. Team depth and breadth is excellent largely due to the institutionalised training and leadership of Smitha Menon. From cutting-edge advocacy to top-draw negotiating on deals, no other firm can cover the same ground as this firm.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“WongPartnership has a strong insolvency and restructuring team. The team is technically sound and provides commercially sound advice. They are able to respond to situations with workable and creative solutions.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“They are a practical, commercially orientated firm which has a culture of offering solutions instead of merely advising on risks for each option and leaving it to the client to choose. They will help in understanding the practicalities of choices which may look good on paper but are difficult or slow to implement. The entire team are consistent in this approach.” – Shipping

Ameera Ashraf

“Very clear and practical advice.”

Dorothy Marie Ng

“Trustworthy and diligent.”

Lim Wei Lee

“Intelligent, articulate and thoughtful.”

Joel Chng

“Strong technical knowledge with sound commercial advice.”

“Joel provides excellent advice to clients. He is client-focused, providing advice and solutions that are commercially sound and in line with the overall strategy.”

Josephine Choo

“She possesses great legal knowledge and is always able to provide innovative solutions to the disputes. She has good problem-solving abilities.”

Smitha Menon

“Smitha Menon is outstanding in all aspects and regarded by many as probably the youngest practitioner who is a heavyweight in the Singapore restructuring and insolvency legal sector.”

Lawrence Foo

“Lawrence Foo is very commercially focused, and his ability to cut through the flak, quickly identify critical issues and find the best solution is a huge asset. His understanding of regional markets, especially his vast experience in Indonesia, also marks him as a key player in cross-border restructurings.”

Manoj Pillai Sandrasegara

“Manoj in particular has strong business acumen, with which he skilfully negotiated with the opposing parties. He brought depth of experience to the team and was well-respected by not only our team but also the opposing party and his team. Manoj was essential to bringing our matter to a successful result.”

“Strong subject-matter knowledge with an ability to understand commercial challenges.”

Monica Chong

“She is very responsive and one of the rising stars in the market with great ability to grasp client's needs and concerns. She is a leading light in complex cross-examination.”

Monica Yip

“She is highly competent, her depth of knowledge is strong and she will go the extra distance for her client.”

Rosabel Ng

“She understands our brief to her and delivers good legal and regulatory solutions to us in a timely and cost-effective manner.”

Smitha Menon

“She is a dedicated lawyer, very proactive and passionate to come up with solutions.”

“She is solution-orientated, commercial and practical. Additionally, she is very responsive.”

“Smitha Menon, the new head of the department, is going to dominate this sphere for years to come. From wunderkind to senior stateswoman of this area of practice, Smitha is the most complete restructuring lawyer in Singapore. Peerless technical ability, no-nonsense advice, excellent advocacy and commercial sense combine into a lawyer who wins it all day for her clients. This team was built on her efforts and vision. She constantly sees new angles and trends in the practice space and clients are always ahead of the power curve as a result.”

Tan Kai Yun

“She provides valuable legal advice and recommendation which is greatly appreciated. She further provides value adds on new legal judgments and how it impacts our line of work.”

Tan Teck Howe

“He is responsive and accommodating, and provides helpful solutions to issues raised.”

“He has expansive knowledge in his field. Not a stickler to scope, able to expand his advice.”

“His knowledge of the real-estate sector is second to none. He always checks his associates' work very thoroughly before anything goes out to the client.”

Tay Peng Cheng

“Quick response and practical advice.”

Wendy Lin

“Responsive, strategic, knowledgeable and a good communicator.”

“Wendy is a masterful and smooth advocate with lightning quick reactions. She is exceptionally intelligent and has an astonishing ability to absorb and grasp copious complex facts and legal arguments and boil them down into key concepts which are easy to grasp.”

 

Work highlights 

Advising Pacific International Lines on the multi-jurisdictional merger control-related issues and filings arising from the proposed transaction with Heliconia Capital Management.

Key clients

Keppel Corporation, LOGOS China Investments, SembWaste, Uber Technologies Singapore

Construction
CMS Holborn Asia

CMS Holborn Asia is rapidly expanding in Singapore with the arrival of renowned lawyers in the market. Leading figures include construction specialist Kelvin Aw as well as IP and TMT focus Sheena Jacob. The firm is particularly known for its sector focus across technology, healthcare, life sciences, media, consumer goods and services and infrastructure. Its banking practice was launched in early 2021 with the arrival of seasoned finance partner Daniel Tan from Clifford Chance.

Client feedback

“Knowledgeable, commercial, reliable and quick.” – Banking and finance

“Responsive and reacts positively to short deadlines. Provides comprehensive analysis.” – Banking and finance

“They truthfully provided legal opinions and legal advice to us. They did especially splendidly on providing rational and practical legal advice to the client.” – Dispute resolution

“Great at managing the client relationship. Clear written advice. Solid experience in the construction, oil and gas sectors.” – Dispute resolution

“The CMS team, under the construction disputes team, headed by Lynette [Chew] and Kelvin [Aw] always have their client's interest at heart. They help me balance between costs and benefit outcomes forthrightly even if it means less fees for the firm as a consequence of the advice. Lynette led a team who defended a claim at the High Court and Court of Appeal in Singapore. It was a very difficult appeal but the team did a brilliant job with tenacity. The team took the time to explain procedural and evidential difficulties for certain points but advised on strategies around this which worked brilliantly.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide timely, cost-efficient service in managing our trademark portfolio. They are very responsive, providing clear advice and instruction.” – Intellectual property

“They have exceptional response time to meet the demanding needs of a changing and dynamic media business. Their advice is always concise and delivered with knowledge of how media businesses operate in APAC.” – Media and entertainment

Asya Jamaludin

“Great industry knowledge and client engagement.”

Daniel Tan

“Knowledgeable, commercial and reliable.”

“Good availability, senior oversight and attention, and open to ideas.”

Denise Loh

“Denise is very responsive and provides clear and concise advice and counsel.”

Sheena Jacob

“Acts as an extended trusted business partner for the legal department. Always responsive and offers practical solutions in the challenging regulatory environment. She has the ability to balance risk and the need to do business.”

Lynette Chew

“Lynette often spends time, including non-billable time, at the outset and initial stages of the instruction to fully understand the client's issues and case before jumping into a prescriptive course of action that starts incurring exorbitant legal costs for the client. Her advice is often insightful and honest. This is much appreciated from the client perspective. When we need to proceed to full trials, Lynette and her team are always fully prepared for a good fight when the fight is necessary. Her attention to details and cross-examination skills for factual and expert witnesses were impeccable. It shows the high level of preparation she and the team undertake for the trial, including understanding the client's commercial issues and business realities.”

 

Work highlights

Advising Cluny Developments on disputes arising out of a residential property development project in Singapore.

Acting for EverYondr Group on the development and construction of a hyperscale data centre in Mumbai.

Assisting Equinix Asia Pacific on the construction and development of a retail data centre in Jakarta.

Key clients

AECOM Singapore, Samsung C&T Corporation, Shenzhen CIMC-Tianda Airport Support, WSP Consulting

CNPLaw

CNPLaw, formerly known as Colin Ng & Partners, is active in all major practice areas including banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, investment funds and private equity. The firm has experience in advising companies in the real estate and technology and telecommunication sectors, particularly active in blockchain and cryptocurrency. Min-Li Tan, Pradeep Singh, Lisa Theng and Bill Jamieson are key contacts.

Client feedback

“We appreciate the level of detail and the quick response time. The partner is able to address and rectify the issues.” – Capital markets

“Very supportive and informative.” – Corporate and M&A

“Commercial approach, they understand the business aspects well, not just the legal aspect. Competitively priced.” – Investment funds

Amit Dhume

“Positive, cheerful, confident, knowledgeable, creative, and offering a high-touch client service.”

Ge Xiaomeng

“Very supportive and informative.”

Low Wee Siong

“Responsive and able to communicate effectively on issues. Very knowledgeable in the capital markets and able to provide effective solutions.”

Tan Min-Li

“I have worked with Min-Li on a number of transactions over the past few years. She is extremely reliable, attentive, innovative and solution-driven lawyer. She has demonstrated a unique ability to understand the capital markets deeply and provide thoughtful legal, risk, strategic and structural analysis and advice for a transaction.  Her values run deeper than a transaction and the fees. She is respected by the bankers and the other party and its counsel. Her ability to lead and steer the discussion in her client’s favour and yet leave a win-win position on the table is well appreciated.”


Defended Hong Soon Seng, a specialist supplier and installer of metal roof, in a high court claim by the management corporation strata title of a condominium against the developer, main contractor and specialist subcontractors for defects.

Key clients

D’Perception Singapore, Nantong Gongtai Construction, KUS Precast

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson is one of Singapore’s largest full-service firms, stacked with notable partners who are experts in their fields. The firm has stellar banking, construction, disputes, competition and technology and telecommunications practices. Partners to note include banking specialist Doreen Sim, M&A partner Eng Leng Ng, intellectual property specialists Ai Ming Lee and I-An Lim, projects expert Joo Thye Tan, disputes specialist Lawrence Teh and senior counsel Edmund Leow. Last year, at the beginning of 2021, its former managing director Philip Jeyaretnam was appointed the Supreme Court Judicial Commissioner. Antitrust specialist Nicole Teo left for an in-house role at Shell, while capital markets partners Zhi Hao Loy and Eunice Yao left for firms Persistence and Hamilton Locke, respectively. The construction group welcomed partner Reuben Peter from Allen & Gledhill and partner Weilin Chua departed for Citi as its associate GC. Corporate specialist Tony Toh joined the team from Venture Corporation. Disputes partner Chia Ming Lee left for Ascendant Law, while R&I specialist Debby Lim arrived from BlackOak.

Client feedback

Jen Wei Loh

“She is very quick on her feet and well experienced in dealing with counterparties.”


Work highlights

Defending Jurong Primewide in a suit filed by plaintiff Crescendas Bionics, which is claiming loss and damages against the client arising from delays to the construction of the project at Biopolis, as well as disputed various contractual provisions.

Key clients

Comfort Management, Kovan Treasure, Luxury Green Development, Panamericana

Drew & Napier

As one of Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms, Drew & Napier possesses a diverse roster of lawyers offering an extensive range of legal services in Singapore and across the region. This year it makes gains in numerous rankings tables, moving up a tier in the energy, infrastructure, construction and corporate and M&A categories. The firm remains a dispute resolution powerhouse with a deep bench of top advocates including Jimmy Yim and Cavinder Bull. Disputes and insolvency lawyer Siraj Omar, construction specialist Christopher Chong and elite tax practitioner Ong Sim Ho further reinforce the team. Other key names to note include Pauline Chong for finance, Petrus Huang for capital markets, Chong Kin Lim for competition and technology, Steven Lo for corporate and M&A, Tony Yeo for IP, and Sushil Nair and Blossom Hing for restructuring and insolvency. Consultant Gary Pryke is another well-known practitioner in the corporate and finance space.

Client feedback 

“Comprehensive and meticulous in rendering legal advice on the finance documents.” – Aviation

“Commercial and practical advice, prompt responses, and clarity of explanation.” – Banking and finance

“The firm is professional in dealing with the bank’s lawyer and able to provide us with the legal advice.” – Banking and finance

“Prompt, practical and responsive.” – Banking and finance

“Fast, quick, number one in litigation, and they give prompt replies.” – Banking and finance

“Experienced and efficient. Organised with a clear action plan.” – Banking and finance

“They are knowledgeable and provide a different perspective.” – Capital markets

“Able to provide clear, succinct and actionable advice.” – Construction

“Extremely effective and efficient.” – Construction

“Fast, quick responses and able to provide alternative solutions.” – Construction

“Responsive, accommodating to the client, commercially minded, with an appropriately staffed team.” – Corporate and M&A

“Able to understand our objectives and also distil key legal issues into an easy to understand form.” – Corporate and M&A

“The corporate M&A team was dependable, responsive and professional in their advice. They were able to identify pitfalls and suggest innovative solutions during the negotiation of S&P agreement.” – Corporate and M&A

“We value their intellect, insights, responsiveness in dealing with complex situations, breadth and depth of knowledge.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, efficient and provides to-the-point advice and work.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their response is prompt and advice is sound and clear.” – Corporate and M&A

“The team is creative and attentive to details.” – Corporate and M&A

“Professional and skilful, and quite familiar with our industry characteristics so that they could figure out a strategic proposal. Always provide prompt feedback.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have a dedicated and experienced professional team that creates a successful outcome.” – Dispute resolution

“Customer-focused.” – Dispute resolution

“They go a long way to understand the nuances of the business which gives them the edge in any kind of dispute resolution process.” – Dispute resolution

“Great legal advice and extremely responsive. They think around issues and provide answers which are not obvious to their peers. The team is very personable.” – Dispute resolution

“Sincere and very responsive.” – Dispute resolution

“We value Drew & Napier’s experience, depth of both legal and commercial knowledge, and understanding of a client’s needs and wants. How it utilises all of these attributes to aggressively yet reasonably pursues the client’s interests is class-leading. Hence it has a stellar and fearsome reputation amongst its peers and the courts, giving its clients an advantage.” – Dispute resolution

“Reliable and efficient.” – Dispute resolution

“Prompt responses, very practical and commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide timely, commercially useful and clear advice. They are also very user-friendly, and are proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. They know arbitration and court work well. They are also very professional, polished, and give a very high quality of service.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent advocates that obtained great results.” – Dispute resolution

“Able to provide insights to the issue and propose next steps and attached consequences, including providing legal obligations arising from the claims.” – Dispute resolution

“Quick to act, knowledgeable and compassionate.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive, responsive, diligent, accurate and resourceful.” – Dispute resolution

“Very hands-on and smart.” – Dispute resolution

“Yuet Min and her team are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and responsive. She provides sound advice, novel solutions and has secured some great results for the client. She is clearly a future leader in the Singapore dispute resolution landscape.” – Dispute resolution

“They are thorough, balanced in risk assessment, hard-working, persistent and results-driven.” – Dispute resolution

“It is a comprehensive full-service firm with depth of expertise in a range of critical areas that are indispensable for our day-to-day operations, whether during a growth cycle or a downward trend, such as construction, corporate, insolvency and restructuring, security of payment matters and dispute resolution. With Christopher Chong at the helm of its construction practice, which is core to us, Drew & Napier has been our trusted go-to firm on a regular, consistent basis for some years now, with the full intention on our part to continue this relationship for a long time to come.” – Dispute resolution

“Consistently high level of effectiveness, professional and well organised.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent teamwork and positive thinking.” – Dispute resolution

“They go deep into the root of the problems. They can engage linear and lateral thinking, and have good knowledge of laws. They have good people skills, preparing clients and witnesses well before trials.” – Dispute resolution

“Very good knowledge of the law, markets in Asia , cultures and mentalities, very service-oriented and competent.” – Dispute resolution

“Knowledge and professionalism.” – Dispute resolution

“Well regarded in Singapore, sound commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They have represented us in dispute resolution and have a very professional team.” – Dispute resolution

“They exercise professionalism in providing advisory services in corporate contracts and dispute resolution.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier provide sound advice that is practical and well researched on the law. Their counsel prepare meticulously for court hearings and have a thorough knowledge of the court documents.” – Dispute resolution

“They are reliable and responsive, and thorough in reviewing documents and evidence, and work in a timely manner, seeking instructions and making recommendations where helpful. They also cross-examine witnesses effectively and expose discrepancies and untruths told in court.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier was highly professional throughout the engagement and was very responsive as and when we sought advice during the course of the arbitration. We felt that we got value for money based on the service that they provided. In essence, the team that we worked with was very attentive to our needs and provided legal advice that was spot on.” – Dispute resolution

“Efficient and effective.” – Dispute resolution

“Proactive and very attentive to client's needs.” – Dispute resolution

“Brilliant international arbitration lawyers in technical cross-border infrastructure disputes.” – Infrastructure

“They make an effort to incorporate your views and concerns. This builds trust and confidence in the team and firm.” – Insurance

“They provide prompt assistance, practical advice and are very knowledgeable on the subject-matter.” – Insurance

“They possess technical abilities to dissect even the most complex of legal issues, and advocacy skills if and where the need arises.” – Insurance

“Drew & Napier continues to provide top-shelf legal service and advice. They always think globally while providing local advice. They focus on the client's objectives and needs, and tailor the advice accordingly. They have a large pool of highly talented attorneys which they can leverage when looking at the best approach in handling contentious IP matters.” – Intellectual property

“They were transparent about costs and were punctual with all our Zoom meetings.” – Intellectual property

“They have expertise of Singapore law in relation to intellectual property. They provided strong support in Singapore litigation for the client who is not familiar with the laws in the country.” – Intellectual property

“Clear explanations, expertise and management skills.” – Intellectual property

“Creative and attentive.” – Intellectual property

“Meryl and her team were excellent strategists who understood our bottom lines and gave us reliable legal advice accordingly.” – Intellectual property

“The IP team led by Tony Yeo is always prompt and efficient in its response. It gives clear legal advice and is transparent in its costs estimates.”– Intellectual property

“They provide advice based on Singapore law, responsively and thoroughly.” – Investment funds

“Drew & Napier provides well-researched and sound advice on Singapore law and keeps the client well informed of each stage of the matter. The firm also makes itself readily available to answer queries.” – Oil and gas

“Proactive, responsive, timely and solutions-oriented.” – Privacy and data protection

“Drew & Napier is a law firm that places high priority on the integrity, chain of custody and handling of electronic evidence. The firm has high appreciation of the volatility, integrity, interpretation and value of electronic evidence when litigating disputes/resolutions for their clients. It not only places high priority on integrity and chain of custody of electronic evidence but also on circumstance surrounding the electronic evidence. This even includes the ambient information around electronic evidence – circumstance issues like how the evidence was created, situation under which it was created and distributed, and parties who have handled the electronic data, including metadata information.” – Private client

“They are a committed team willing to explore all angles and willing to work through nights to ensure the final draft is excellent before submitting.” – Private client

“They provide sharp and incisive advice, and have a highly responsive integrated offering. They are able to get inputs from other disciplines.” – Private equity

“Very responsive and technically sound.” – Real estate

“Creative and attentive to details.” – Real estate

“Very detailed and able to distil the key issues for us.” – Real estate

“Highly professional and efficient.” – Real estate

“Full-service law firm that thinks outside the box. It understands commercial realities of the transactions because their partners also serve in industrial and business associations so they know how the law and business interact.” – Real estate

“Clear, concise and value-added advice.” – Regulatory

“Extremely commercial and competent. They are able to grasp issues affecting not just the legal position but also address the commercial, political and reputational concerns of the client.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The team is brilliantly led by Blossom Hing. Blossom and her team are highly cohesive and easy to work with. They have great experience and are very strong lawyers.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The Drew & Napier lawyers with whom I have worked most closely are Sushil Nair and Julian Kwek, the co-heads of the restructuring group. Both are extremely hard-working, smart and creative – and I have seen them achieve excellent results for their clients in every matter where I have had the privilege of working with them. I also have worked closely with Blossom Hing, Chan Wei Meng and Mohan Gopalan, and, as with Mr. Nair and Mr. Kwek, I have always been impressed with the first-rate quality of their work and their dedication to helping their clients work through and emerge from difficult times.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Drew & Napier’s tax team is clear and concise in their responses to general or specific issues.” – Tax

“The team has an experienced senior tax partner.” – Tax

“Good sense of commercial realities.” – Tax

“Drew & Napier is very professional, competent and ethical.” – Tax

Allister Tan

“He is able to explain legal technicalities so that you can understand. He is able to provide solutions to help us with our issues.”

“Very responsive, practical and hands-on.”

“He's a technical expert in the sparse world of insurance disputes, and a trusted adviser who balances commercial needs with the legal position.”

Benedict Teo

“Very knowledgeable, sincere and responsive.”

“Responsive and commercially minded when providing legal advice.”

“Responsive and practical.”

“Commercially sound, practical and gives clear explanations.”

Blossom Hing

“She is super-responsive and sharp with an amazing work ethic. She is always available to address any concerns I have. I trust her implicitly. She is extremely competent and commercial. A pleasure to work with.”

“She is an outstanding leader of her team and has unbelievable experience of restructuring issues. Blossom is creative and thinks outside the box. She is supported by a very strong team.”

Christopher Chong

“Christopher Chong is a singularly exceptional practitioner, who is all-rounded in terms of legal depth of knowledge, commercial acumen, client responsiveness, innovation and unmatched local knowledge. His dedication to his craft and in assisting us to find sensible, practical and mutually beneficial solutions is close to peerless. Chris is backed by a solid team that, whether as a whole or individually, are more than capable of pulling their own weight and delivering value to us in the context of the role they play. We must mention director Kelvin Teo, and senior associates Nicole Toh and Josh Tan.”

“Excellent advocate in international commercial arbitrations.”

“He has an in-depth knowledge of the industrial sector, is up to date in new trends and technologies of the industry.”

David Alfred

“Great understanding of the issue and seeks to clarify when information not clear.”

Fiona Chew

“Compassionate, good listener, actively provides meaningful solutions, attentive, accurate, humble and diligent.”

Gary Wan

“Experienced, effective and affable. Able to solve issues with a calm attitude.”

Grace Morgan

“Professional with high ethics for the client’s best interest.”

Jared Chen

“He is extremely responsive and gives very practical advice.”

“He is a good listener and pays attention to details. He makes copious notes, which suggests a keen interest in the subject-matter and building a source of permanent notes.”

Javier Yeo

“Knowledgeable and has expertise in laws regarding intellectual property. Provides strong support in the litigation.”

Jon Nair

“Responsive and gives clear advice.”

Joshua Chin

“Outstanding. Very proficient in his knowledge. Able to understand problems very well and come up with creative solutions. Provides excellent advice. Very responsive and is able to attend to the smallest details.”

Julian Kwek

“Julian is an intelligent and creative problem-solver who always makes sure to understand his clients' objectives and concerns in developing effective strategies in their complicated cross-border restructuring matters.”

Keith Lam

“Responsive and has a good understanding of the issues.”

Kelvin Tan

“Kelvin takes responsibility for his lawyers and their work. He is pleasant and effective in court trials as a senior litigation lawyer, and he and his team are not only legally competent, but practical and helpful in meeting our needs in their advice and solutions offered.”

Kelvin Teo

“Very knowledgeable about the law and the legal system. Able to provide clear guidance on the relevant issues.”

Lau Sok Hiang

“Ability to communicate the issues well to the client.”

“Creative and attentive to details.”

Lim Chong Kin

“Proactive, client- and solutions-focused, quick, knowledgeable, experienced and capable.”

Mahesh Rai

“Strong knowledge of laws in India and good knowledge of the country’s legal infrastructure.”

“His personal approach to a transaction goes a long way.”

“Always approachable, a patient listener, has sound industry knowledge, excellent knowledge of law and always provides practical solutions.”

“He listens well and is a great tactician.”

“Excellent, thorough, and balanced risk management and advice.”

“Creative solutions and very focused.”

“Quick, efficient and super-understanding of the matter and case file.”

“Mahesh Rai leads a disputes team that is well versed in both blockchain technology nuances and traditional commercial and financial litigation and arbitration. His domain knowledge in blockchain, fintech and technology makes him brutally effective in disputes regarding these matters, more than the other top-ranked disputes teams in Singapore. This is a very key differentiator. The team is very meticulous and has great attention to detail, and catches both technology-related and more typical factual nuances of cases. Mr Rai himself is a very forceful and cunning cross-examiner in court, and has a commanding presence that allows him to take control of court proceedings, even against senior counsels and litigators much more senior than him. He is also extremely responsive, and he and his team readily respond to queries even at 11pm or on a Sunday. Finally, he gives straightforward, practical, concise, commercial and very concrete recommendations when asked for options, including cost considerations. He will not give theoretical or abstract answers, and will not give tentative or timid recommendations that do not allow a client to visualise a concrete course of action. He even advised on a personal matter for one of my friends, a senior executive in a large blockchain company, and my friend gave glowing positive feedback, that he felt very reassured and confident on a personal level, in addition to getting clear advice on the legal issues.”

Mahesh Rai and Don Loo

“Mahesh Rai and Don Loo of Drew & Napier have sound knowledge and expertise in disputes relating to telecom towers industry. They are spot on their turnaround time. Both of them have an eye for details.”

Meryl Koh

“She is meticulous and will analyse the pros, cons and costs of each option for you so you can make the most informed decision for your company.”

Ong Sim Ho

“Great client management and good options to manage costs.”

Paras Lalwani

“Very clear, sound legal advice and very client-friendly.”

Pauline Chong

“Ability to work within deadlines and meticulous in the details.”

“Professional, helpful and reliable.”

“She is professional and responsive.”

Rakesh Kirpalani

“He is fluent in both English and Chinese and quite familiar with our industry practice, and works in a highly effective way. He always bestows skilful and valuable advice.”

“He is a very detailed person.”

“Very dynamic and thoughtful lawyer. Takes the time to listen and understand the problem. He proposes solutions that follow the law and have a high chance of success.”

“Prompt, effective and driven.”

Randolph Khoo

“Randolph is a very good advocate. Has a very thorough knowledge of his brief. He is excellent at cross-examining witnesses and is nimble at adapting his approach and cross-examination strategy to suit the witness that is giving evidence.”

“He always remains professional and customer-oriented.”

Jimmy Yim

“SC Jimmy Yim and his team are outstanding. They take pains to understand and provide a holistic approach to the resolution of disputes. Their legal strategies leave no stone unturned. Their eagerness to use cutting-edge methodology and technology to drill at details is commendable.”

“He is a great lawyer.”

“He is a powerful leader of his team and very knowledgeable.”

“Very professional and up to date with legal advances, always has a good strategic approach.”

“Intelligent, high EQ, very efficient and analytical.”

“His experience and depth of knowledge of both the legal aspects and commercial realities of a case are faultless. He is extremely quick to grasp and identify the issues of the case, the client’s problems and difficulties, and manages all aspects of a case brilliantly. In his preparation for trial and appeal, he was thorough, detailed and meticulous. Beyond a lawyer-client association, he also develops a personal and heartfelt relationship with his clients.”

Seraphina Ho

“Fast turnaround and sound in knowledge.”

Shu Yan Woo

“She has been instrumental in our trial, appeals and judgments.”

Siraj Omar

“He provides timely, commercially useful and clear advice. He is also very user-friendly, and is proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. He knows arbitration and court work well. He and his team are also very professional, polished and give a very high quality of service.”

Sok Hiang Lau

“Responsive, going extra miles to help the client, responsible and has a good approach.”

Soo Lih Ho

“Very responsive and communicative to clients.”

Steven Lo

“Steven is a veteran of the industry, a brilliant legal practitioner and can be trusted to handle the most complex of situations.”

Tan Teng Sen

“Teng Sen is a consummate lawyer who combines intellect, wisdom and insights, and who is able to understand various stakeholders, enabling clients to formulate strategy and tactics with great effectiveness.”

“Teng Sen followed through the M&A process diligently with excellent support from his team. He had a good grasp of our needs and was able to develop a coherent strategy.”

“Impeccable deal leadership. Covers the strategic issues and knows the details. Able to rope in appropriate resources and expertise from rest of his firm to support.”

“He is a strong negotiator, commercially minded and has a good base of legal knowledge. He is able to understand client positions and concerns and advise on negotiating positions.”

“Able to understand our objectives and distil key legal issues for us to understand easily.”

“His response time is very good and he always meets deadlines. His advice is practical.”

“Responsive, efficient and provides precise advice.”

Timothy Oen

“Fast and reliable.”

Tony Yeo

“Tony Yeo quickly grasps the highly technical and legal issues presented to him and distils them into something which is easy to understand. He has a great attention to detail and hones in on the chink in the armour to bring the greatest outcome for the client.”

“He made the way forward very clear.”

“Supportive and gives clear explanations.”

“Creative and attentive to details.”

“Very warm and approachable. Responsible with sound legal advice.”

“Tony Yeo, as Drew's IP managing partner, has always been warm and approachable with a good business sense and sound legal advice.”

Vanessa Chiam

“Responsive and helpful.”

Sharon Ki

“Responsive and helpful.”

Wendell Wong

“He is confident and calm, has good communications and is quick thinking on his feet. He has the ability to see the big picture and possesses deep legal knowledge.”

“He is always there when we need emergency help even with very tough timelines and in a different field. We have worked through many nights with his team and they are very supportive! He and his team are always ready to take up the challenges, they have worked through nights to meet the dateline, and ensuring that the work they submit is excellent.”

Julian Kwek

“Demonstrates professional knowledge and technical capability.”

Wilson Koh

“Wilson is highly composed even in the most adverse of situations and is a lawyer you want in your corner. He is also very clinical and prompt in the delivery of legal advice and we enjoyed working with him tremendously.”

Yang Shi Yong

“YSY has wide-ranging experience of various taxes across industries. He is able to understand the tax issues and able to clarify and break it down systematically in finding a solution.”

Yuet Min Foo

“She is an excellent lawyer. She understood all the technical issues and plotted the way forward.”

“Yuet Min and her team are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and responsive. She provides sound advice, novel solutions and has secured some great results for the client. She is clearly a future leader in the Singapore dispute resolution landscape.”

“Excellent advocate who gives excellent advice. She obtained great results for us.”

 

Work highlights 

Represented respondent DL E&C, one of Korea’s leading chaebols, in a dispute concerning an aborted L+EPC contract for the construction of the largest petrochemical plant in India and in Asia.

Key clients

Alcon Group, Amara Hotel Properties, CosmoSteel Holdings, Dragages Singapore, Essar Group, Navayo International, Novartis, SK Engineering & Construction, Thermofisher Scientific

Harry Elias Partnership

Harry Elias Partnership has offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. Built upon one of the most respected and influential litigation lawyers in the country, Harry Elias, the firm has an established reputation for its dispute resolution and family and matrimonial expertise. The firm is also notable for its construction, corporate and M&A, and intellectual property practices. Philip Fong, Justin Chia, Pearl Lim and Claudia Teo are key contacts for dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, banking, and corporate and M&A, respectively. Banking specialist Gerard Ng left the firm for Legal Ink Law Corporation last autumn, and disputes partner Weiyi Tan departed to Clyde & Co in the spring of 2022.

Client feedback 

“Professional, excellent lawyers and ambitious both locally and globally.” – Construction

“The lawyers are experienced, easy to communicate with and instruct, and very quick in turnaround.” – Dispute resolution

“They adopt a cradle-to-grave approach, give clear and precise advice and drama-free solutions, and engage in methodical litigation.” – Dispute resolution

Kok Yee Keong

“He is responsive and pragmatic.”

Yvonne Foo

“She is bright, hard-working, a good manager and very well connected. She is very loyal and inspires loyalty.”

 

Work highlights 

Continues to act as the claims specialist to project manager Surbana Jurong Consultants and superintending officer and employer, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, for the Tuas Terminal Port Project 1, which is part of the upcoming Tuas Mega Port project. The project is of national strategic importance to Singapore and the first of its kind in Singapore for decades.

Defending YTL Concrete against claims for damage caused and other losses by HSL Construction and the Public Utilities Board.

Key clients

Ministry of Health Holdings, Rich-Link Construction, SMRT Trains, Wee Hur Holdings

LIMN Law Corporation

Established in 2018, LIMN Law Corporation has a strong track record of excellence for contentious construction matters. The firm climbs into the ‘Recognised’ tier for construction this year. Key partner John Lim is an experienced litigator with specialisms in construction and engineering and infrastructure projects such as mass rapid transit projects, hotels, specialised warehouses and residential developments. Lim also has front-end drafting capability. The firm’s clientele includes established local owners, developers, contractors and consultants as well as award-winning interior design firms.


Work highlights 

Advised an owner of a flatted factory, an industrial products supplier, in a dispute with the main contractor over progress payments.

Acted for a lift installation sub-contractor in a claim against Kone, an international engineering and service company.

Representing a subsidiary proprietor in disputing the quantum of compensation pursuant to a land acquisition before the Appeals Board.

LVM Law Chambers

Founded in 2017 by senior counsel Lok Vi Ming, LVM Law Chambers is a respected, mid-sized disputes boutique offering a comprehensive range of dispute resolution services spanning commercial litigation, construction, insurance, media and telecommunications disputes, tax, mediation, real estate, regulatory and white-collar matters. The firm has been consistently instructed in high-profile cross-border cases involving China, Brazil, Europe, Japan, Malaysia, the UK and the US. It has a dedicated China desk and has been quite active for these clients in the construction, technology, infrastructure and private equity sectors. Managing director Lok Vi Ming leads an experienced team that includes construction specialist Joseph Lee. The team welcomed associate directors Yvette Anthony and Jean Chan from OC Queen Street and the Supreme Court of Singapore, respectively, within the past year. Construction arbitration specialist Joanna Seetoh moved to Harry Elias Partnership in April.

Client feedback

“They are good in the construction field and give us a lot of effective advice.” – Construction

“Good at crafting legal responses against claimants. They provided sound legal advice.” – Construction

“Quick turnaround, comprehensive and practical legal advice.” – Dispute resolution

“The solicitor team worked closely, with due prudence and excellent legal skills, and skilfully handled this difficult and complex case involving the intersection of criminal and civil law, and across multiple jurisdictions such as China, Singapore and Pakistan.” – Dispute resolution

“I have been primarily working with Jonathan Muk, Aditi Ravi, and Law May Ning at LVM and they are all very attentive to the case and very prompt in providing detailed feedback, as well as clear and strategic advice on the way forward.” – Dispute resolution

“Responsive, well informed and understands its clients’ needs” – Dispute resolution

“Efficient in terms of work, as well as costs.” – Dispute resolution

“They are one of the best solicitor teams in Singapore. They are proficient in Singapore legal procedures and related cases and can introduce briefly to customers. In the face of possible jurisdictional conflicts and law application caused by different causes of action, they can also quote from others and deal with them skilfully. They provided the most professional legal services, and requested the customer timely to confirm the documents or notify the plaintiff and court documents through e-mail. The service was never delayed. For example, just after the court trial was completed in the afternoon, an email was sent the early next morning to present the court trial.” – Dispute resolution

“LVM Law Chambers impresses me with their hands-on and commercially sensible approach to dealing with disputes. They never fail to act in the client's interests and will not only advocate, but strongly encourage settlement if it would be commercially sensible for the matter to be settled.” – Dispute resolution

Huangbin Ge

“He is the most important organiser of this case. He is mainly responsible for understanding all the cases with the client, using the referee's thinking to organise the team to defend and counter-claim. At the same time, he is proficient in Chinese law and familiar with Singapore law, providing excellent services for case management.”

Ooi Huey Hien

“Ooi Huey Hien is the most diligent solicitor in the team. She has carefully read tens of thousands of evidence documents and skilfully organised and used them. She is proficient in Singapore laws and regulations and can put forward effective legal solutions to client in a timely fashion.”

Jonathan Muk

“Quick turnaround, easily available to speak to, and gives good practical advice.”

“Jon is very hands on the case and knows it top to bottom. He doesn't rely on his juniors to feed him information as he is able to keep abreast of all the developments in the case. As such, he is able to provide direct and clear advice each time a judgement call is needed.”

“Attentive and thoughtful.”

Joseph Lee

“Intelligent, solid knowledge and understanding of the relevant laws, ability to construct complex arguments, ability to think deeply, clearly and quickly on his feet.”

“He works hard on the cases and tries to find more solutions for the tough issues.”

Joseph Lee and Lok Vi Ming

“Lok Vi Ming SC did a great job in cross-examining witnesses during the evidential hearing. Joseph Lee is very clever and a deep thinker. Both are very responsive and provided clear and strategic advice to us.”

Lok Vi Ming

“Incisive and commercial.”

“He is a great problem-solver. Despite his busy schedule, he does not fail to respond. He is pleasant and amiable, which provides comfort to those seeking his services.”

“Lok Vi Ming SC, a great litigator, generally tends to resolve disputes out of court. He is very sharp, recognising issues promptly, and assists in amiable settlements. This has significantly helped in time and cost savings as well as the reputation of clients in the professional arena. Vi Ming's turnaround time is fast, which has gained the respect of the clients he has been instructed to represent. He is not only approachable by clients but also his peers in the legal industry.” 

Waltan Pak

“Good at crafting legal statements and responses. He provided sound legal advice.”

 

Work highlights

Acted for CKR Contract Services in litigation proceedings relating to CKR’s termination from a condominium project and the employer’s subsequent call on CKR’s performance bond.

Representing LAUD Architects and one of its directors in an ongoing dispute commenced in the Singapore High Court by SH Design and Build.

Advising Geetex Enterprises Singapore in a dispute against Oxley Consortium, a subsidiary of Oxley Holdings, a leading property developer in Singapore.

Rajah & Tann

Rajah & Tann is arguably the most visible among Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms in the Southeast Asian market. It occupies the top tier across an array of practice areas and sectors with well-established teams in both the transactional and contentious markets. The firm has outstanding experience in complex and high-value cross-border matters, closely working with its R&T Asia network with specialised industry expertise. The firm has a traditional strength in dispute resolution backed by the largest litigation practice in Singapore with seven senior counsels. This year the firm proves its dominance again with its ascension into the ‘Outstanding’ tier for banking and finance, capital markets and investment funds. Key names include Angela Lim for banking and finance, Kim Huat Chia for capital markets and corporate and M&A, Kala Anandarajah for competition, Francis Xavier and Andre Yeap for dispute resolution, Arnold Tan for investment funds, Patrick Ang and Eng Beng Lee for restructuring and insolvency, and Rajesh Sreenivasan for technology and telecommunications. The funds group welcomed partner Zixiang Sun from Simmons & Simmons earlier this year.

Client feedback

“After many years of working on our cases, Rajah & Tann is able to tighten our contractual terms, advise us on loan structure and has a high level of success in our litigation cases.” – Banking and finance

“Professional, pragmatic and reasonable fees.”– Banking and finance

“Professional, in-depth knowledge and responsive” – Capital markets

“Provided deep insights of the local regulation and helped us communicate with regulators. The responses to requests from us or our client have been always prompt and professional.” – Capital markets

“Rajah & Tann understood the worldwide legal situation about big cartel investigation cases very well to move very swiftly for our client. Thanks to this reaction our client escaped from the burden of huge fines.” – Competition/antitrust

“In-depth grasp and meaningful guidance on country-specific regulatory issues.” – Corporate and M&A

“Rajah & Tann provides very practical advice and is always available for us to ask questions, no matter what time. They show their experience when they can provide us with workarounds whenever parties reach a deadlock.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provide practical and business-friendly solutions. They are tremendous value for money. We have access to top-tier legal talent. They are focused on building long-term relationships with their clients.” – Corporate and M&A

“An impressive law firm with an extensive network across ASEAN.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have an impressive network across ASEAN and are great sector leaders.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are very organised, efficient and keep their eye on the ball at all times. Proverbial wisdom is not to fight a war on two fronts, but this dispute had three fronts and Adrian [Wong], Leong Hao [Ang] and Wayne [Yeo] were excellent generals ensuring not just brilliant strategic hits, but also boring basics like evidence gathering was done early.” – Dispute resolution

“We appreciate that they work closely with the client, provide clear insights of the problem and have a solution-oriented approach.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive to detail, reliable advice and trustworthy.” – Dispute resolution

“They think in the best interests of the client. They are swift yet calculated in their responses.” – Dispute resolution

“Clarity of logic and execution.” – Dispute resolution

“There is a team of highly skilled and competent partners in dispute resolution such as Murali Pillai, Luo Qinghui, Andrea Tan, Elaine Tay and Regina Liew They are able to understand commercial concerns and take them into account when providing advice or when drafting and reviewing contracts. They are also practical, focused, clear and articulate.” – Insurance

“Very approachable, and open to ideas and feedback. Contactable 24/7.” – Insurance

“They are very knowledgeable about insurance regulations in Singapore, and provide very commercial and practical advice. The team is also very responsive with excellent client management skills.” – Insurance

“They have good sector knowledge, are commercial and responsive.” – Investment funds

“Very instructive and practical advice, we managed to achieve our aims with clarity and promptness.” – Labour and employment

“Our two partners at Rajah & Tann, Murali Pillai and Qinghui Luo, were experienced in their field, professional in their dealings with all parties involved, systematic in their approach, and responsive and approachable at all times. Particularly helpful were their guidance and ultimately our alignment on the best approach to protect the firm. An absolute pleasure to work with.” – Labour and employment

“Very professional and prompt advice given, can always rely on them regardless of the time of the day.” – Oil and gas

“Knowledgeable with an extensive network to tap.” – Oil and gas

“They are value for money, have the right balance of commerciality and legal input. They understand our requirements and flex points well and can give pertinent, useful input on both the minutiae as well as the big picture.” – Private equity

“They give fast responses, have a dedicated team and produce high-quality work.” – Private equity

“Strong legal expertise, combined with organic cross-border capabilities and resources.” – Private equity

“Reliable, prompt and accommodating on fee budgets.” – Regulatory

“Always contactable and willing to find solutions in a timely and comprehensive manner.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“We value their understanding of key insurance issues, practical experience of dealing with complex casualties, and accessibility to the partner dealing with the work.” – Shipping

“Value for money and impressive skill sets of the lawyers.” – Shipping

“They have enough strengths in all aspects. They have had full of knowledge of any case from a legal and shipping perspective. In addition, they also pay attention to commercial awareness between our client and the opponent.” – Shipping

Adrian Wong

“Sharp, concise, clear-minded and creative in his argument of case.”

“Clarity of logic and execution.”

Adrian Wong, Ang Leong Hao and Wayne Yeo

“Excellent teamwork with sensible layering that enables them to be very agile and efficient.”

Arnold Tan

“Acknowledged market leader in Singapore, he is friendly, helpful, and has good commercial understanding.”

“He is pragmatic and to the point.”

Bala Vellayappan

“Amazing lawyer to work with. He is practical and very knowledgeable. He is also humble at the same time. He is reliable and provides valuable insights all the time.”

Benjamin Liew

“He is extremely responsive, succinct and precise in rendering advice. He provides value-add services in dealing with ad hoc queries without charge.”

Brian Ng

“He knows the issues and what to focus on, particularly for a financial sponsor or private equity fund-related work.”

Chua Beng Chye

“Good knowledge and the leading expert in his field for HP law and collections.”

Chua Choon King

“Provides legally sound practical advice. He has good connections within the industry. He has been able to provide ’out-of-the-box‘ solutions to overcome challenges due to industry connections.”

Danny Lim

“A go-to guy, he provides very careful and measured advice. He is very responsive and able to pay attention whenever required.”

Elizabeth Teo

“Contactable at any time, she is a comprehensive and practical solution provider.”

Favian Tan

“He is very responsive and quick to resolve issues by providing innovative solutions that are win-win. He has the ability to distil complex legal issues in a clear and concise manner, while at all times focusing on the ultimate commercial objective of the parties.”

Gregory Vijayendran

“Attentive to detail, great knowledge of the law, able to strategise approaches to the case and has a calming assurance.”

Jainil Bhandari

“Jainil is extremely easy to deal with and has a quiet confidence in the way that he works.”

Jonathan Yuen

“Articulate, knowledgeable and offers practical solutions.”

Kala Anandarajah

“She is a very smart business lawyer who represents the firm's attitude which I described here before.”

Kelvin Poon

“In-depth knowledge of the law, a positive approach to problems, and solution-oriented.”

Lee Xin Mei

“We value her knowledge, she is professional and responsive.”

Leong Kah Wah

“He is clear and concise in his advice. He will tell you what matters and what does not, cut out the emotions in disputes and has been able to get the best outcomes in all my cases handled by him. I do not go to anyone else.”

“He has a lot of experiences about main shipping matters for Korean shipping clients. So he can always lead to the most efficient way to solve the problem when there is an unfortunate accident and legal disputes.”

Mark Cheng

“Good problem-solver and engaging.”

Murali Pillai

“He is very experienced in his field, professional in dealings with all parties involved and systematic in his approach. He is responsive and approachable.”

“He is highly skilled and competent. He is very responsive despite a very busy schedule. Murali always makes time for clients, which is very appreciated. He remains calm and unfazed no matter the situation. He is also able to connect well with all levels of stakeholders from his corporate client.”

Nathanael Lin

“Very dependable, and offers good and sound advice.”

“Easy to talk to and can relate clearly to what the client wants.”

Patrick Ang

“He is a leading practitioner in insolvency and restructuring and dispute resolution.”

Philip Yeo

“Philip is highly dedicated to his work and always responds in a timely manner. He possesses strong legal knowledge in the field of investment management and private equity.”

“Responsive, professional, detailed, good technical skills, and pragmatic.”

Sandy Foo

“Very responsive, commercially minded and helpful. A leader in her field.”

Simon Goh

“He is responsive and has deep expertise.”

Sun Zixiang

“Client-centric, focused and driven to achieve good outcomes for the client while not being over-zealous. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of private equity funds work and the various legal and regulatory considerations surrounding the sector.”

Toh Kian Sing

“He is the undisputed king of maritime law.”

Tracy-Anne Ang

“Highly experienced and always willing to spend time to explain rationales and concepts.”

Wang Ying Shuang

“Very approachable. Open to new ideas. Contactable 24/7.”

“Ying Shuang is very knowledgeable about the insurance sector in Singapore and has been a joy to work with. She provides advice that is legally sound and commercially practical, and is one of our organisation's trusted advisers.”

Wee Hann Lim

“He is customer-centric and solution-oriented. He’s also super-experienced and collaborative.”

“Wee Hann is an exceptional lawyer who is always putting the needs of the clients first.”

“Wee Hann is fantastic lawyer who has a broad skillset, which he tailors to the needs of his clients.”


Work highlights 

Advised Sanofi Manufacturing on its $638 million investment in a leading-edge production site in Singapore to supply the Asian region and complement existing manufacturing capacities in Europe and North America.

Engaged by Vim Engineering for its appeal against a high court decision in a significant dispute involving contractual conditions when making variation claims.

Shook Lin & Bok (Singapore)

Shook Lin & Bok works with an impressive roster of clients, including major banks, multinational corporations and private equity investors, on large transactions locally and across the region. The firm is highly active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution and restructuring and insolvency. It is also skilled in advising on real-estate finance, particularly on the lender side. This year the firm is bolstered into the top tier for its banking and finance work, and ascends into the ‘Highly Recommended’ tier for capital markets and private equity. Key lawyers include Kai Zee Liew for banking and finance, Marilyn See for capital markets, David Chong for corporate and M&A, and Sarjit Singh Gill and David Chan for dispute resolution and insolvency.

Client feedback 

“Efficient and speedy turnaround time.” – Banking and finance

“Fast turnaround and great positive attitude.” – Banking and finance

“Heritage firm that now has stellar corporate partners in Dayne Ho and Chua Shi Ying with outstanding commercial nous and technical excellence.” – Corporate and M&A

“We appreciate the personal attention of the partner, responsiveness and reasonable fees.” – Corporate and M&A

“Honest, trustworthy, solid communications, and finishes the projects on time.” – Investment funds

“Guided us on a steep learning curve.” – Media and entertainment

“They are creative, client-focused, efficient, detail-oriented, and keep to deadlines.” – Real estate

“Very commercial views and advice, presented in a concise manner which makes it easy for the client to assess and make a decision on.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The team provides concise legal advice that is easy for the client to understand and grounded in commercial principles.” – Restructuring and insolvency

David Chan

“He commands the meeting room and provides legal advice with commercial considerations.”

“He is highly responsive and provides insightful advice that is commercially grounded. He offers innovative options to clients.”

Dayne Ho

“Clients need look no further than Dayne Ho for a lawyer with the rarest mixture of excellent commercial sense and brilliant technical ability. He sees the sticking points in any transaction earlier than others and solves them immediately. Clients are always ahead in the power curve because of his almost prescient analysis and brilliant negotiation skills.”

May Loo

“She is client-focused and comes up with creative solutions to break a deadlock. She is responsive and hard-working, calm under pressure.”

Ng Yeow Khoon

“Knowledgeable with speedy turnaround time.”

Stanley Lim

“Knowledgeable and client-centric.”

“Creative, communicative and speedy. He worked well with my team.”

Tan Woon Hum

“He is professional, has rich experience, highly efficient and trustworthy.”

“Strategic counsel and wise insight.”

Tan Zhi Ming

“Good knowledge of the legal aspects and able to meet the deadlines given. Positive attitude to always make the deal viable for all parties.”

Teo Mae Shaan

“Very good client relationship management. She is extremely helpful and responsive, with strong technical expertise on Singapore law.”

 

Work highlights 

Acting for Ion Soc in relation to its construction contract with Shimizu Corporation.

Advising ESR Property Management relating to its construction contracts and utilities supply contracts in respect of the ESR-REIT properties.

Key clients

CT-Art Creation, Cube 2

TSMP Law Corporation

TSMP Law Corporation is especially well known for its work in corporate and M&A and dispute resolution. The firm also specialises in corporate real-estate financing, in particular in land acquisition financing and land development financing. This year the firm climbs into the ‘Highly Recommended’ tier in the banking and finance, and construction categories. The firm not only acts for various major corporations and financial institutions but also is frequently sought out by different regulatory bodies. Senior counsel Shen Yi Thio, corporate lawyer Stefanie Yuen Thio, construction specialists Melvin Chan and Derek Loh and labour expert Ian Lim are key figures at the firm. Jennifer Chia and Adrian Tan are other names to note for banking and finance and IP, respectively.

Client feedback

“We appreciate their client focus, practical and commercial approach to legal documents, and the solutions-driven approach.” – Banking and finance

“Willing to address novel issues.” – Banking and finance

“They are very responsible, reliable and provide good advice. They are always available when I need them.” – Banking and finance

“Very good understanding of the client’s position and objectives.” – Dispute resolution

“Fast response time.” – Dispute resolution

“I appreciate their high integrity and professionalism. They are meticulous.” – Dispute resolution

“Strong technical ability with commercially sensible advice.” – Dispute resolution

“The team is quick and effective. They are responsive and give solid advice. Their strength is in affidavits in dispute resolution, especially in civil legal matters.” – Dispute resolution

“They are responsive, responsible and have subject-knowledge expertise, which are key attributes in litigation.” – Dispute resolution

“They are able to work seamlessly with various departments to efficiently deliver a comprehensive solution.” – Dispute resolution

“Responsive and diligent.” – Dispute resolution

“Speed, accuracy, professional and responsive.” – Labour and employment

“We value their responsiveness, and experience and familiarity with complex employment disputes.” – Labour and employment

“Professional, efficient and responsive.” – Real estate

“Can-do attitude.” – Real estate

“Lawyers are always responsive.” – Real estate

“Strong presence in Singapore, reliable and extensive experience with complex restructuring and disputes.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Clear, commercial advice.” – Restructuring and insolvency

Felicia Tan

“Excellent understanding of the client’s position and objectives.”

“Good response time, practical advice, and not too legally conservative.”

“Excellent client management and service. Innovative with commercially sensible solutions backed by legal basis.”

“Easy to work with, she is engaging and bright.”

Ian Lim

“Very responsive, able to navigate and offer solutions to complex legal disputes. He is thorough, and has very strong client management and social skills.”

“Extremely calm with high integrity. Very responsive to answer my queries.”

Jennifer Chia

“Highly approachable, knowledgeable and professional.”

“Jennifer is very knowledgeable in her field of work. She is always available when we need her and provides outstanding advice.”

“She is responsive and has a can-do attitude.”

June Ho

“She is technically sound and unafraid to admit if she is not familiar and will ask questions till she is clear on the issue.”

Kelvin Koh

“He thinks deeply, is meticulous and commercial, which allows him to develop effective solutions.”

“Excellent advice, accommodating and client-friendly.”

“Has depth of legal knowledge across fields, coupled with practical, effective legal solutions to client's needs.”

Kwoh Ji Wei

“Responsive, patient and understanding. Good bonding and building up the relationship with clients in managing legal issues.”

Stef Yuen

“Responsive and solutions-driven.”

 

Work highlights 

Advised Diamond Glass Enterprise on its cross-appeals to the appellate division of the High Court of Singapore against the decision in its case versus Zhong Kai Construction.

Representing RSP Architects Planners & Engineers in the VisionCrest construction dispute.

Key clients

GS Engineering & Construction, Hyundai E&C, Menard Geosystems, Soletanche-Bachy, YTL Cement, YTL Power

Corporate and M&A
AEI Legal

Singapore corporate boutique AEI Legal is active in the corporate and M&A and private equity spaces with a particular focus on technology, real estate and consumer goods. Managing director Andrea Chee is a key contact.

Client feedback 

“We value their professional approach and speed. They are very thorough and diligent with their research.” – Insurance

Andrea Chee

“She is professional and diligent.”


Work highlights 

Advised Cialfo on its $60 million Series B funding round.

Acted for the founders of Air Planners on their exit to TSE-listed Senko Group Holdings.

Represented the founders of ErgoTune and EverDesk+ on their exit to Una Brands.

Assisted the founders of Basis AI on their exit to Temasek’s Aicadium.

Asia Practice

Asia Practice is a corporate and finance-focused firm with experience in the projects and shipping space. The firm climbs up one tier in the banking and finance table this year. The firm’s clients include corporations as well as market participants and stakeholders. Lee Chien Herr is the main partner for corporate and M&A, while Jonathan Tan and Leon Low lead its banking and finance practice.

Client feedback 

“The firm has always provided quick, value-for-money services and is comparatively cheaper than other bigger law firms while delivering quality advisory services.” – Banking and finance

“The law firm always provides prompt, reliable legal advice to support our bank at very affordable rates in today’s very competitive market. They have a firm grasp of the local legal and regulatory environment as well as industry practices relevant to their area of competence.” – Banking and finance.

Jonathan Tan

“He is down-to-earth, always available and able to assist us in impromptu calls and meetings.”

“Down-to-earth and approachable, always willing to render help and solutions to us.”


Work highlights 

Advised Dynacyte, a start-up primarily building a bioprocessing equipment to deploy software to make food and beverages, on its S$5 million financing round through the use of a convertible promissory note.

Assisted two major communications systems providers on their joint venture to develop markets in India and the wider South Asian region.

Represented Tier One Entertainment on its multi-million dollar pre-Series A and Series A funding.

Key clients

Aufhaven, Castlery Private, Dot Dot Fire International, Prestige Biopharma

Atlas Asia Law Corporation

Atlas Asia Law Corporation is a Singapore law firm in association with EY. The firm has a team led by two directors, Kenneth Chow and Lan Hing Liew, who are active in acquisitions, investments and divestments as well as private equity across various sectors including fintech, logistics, real estate, insurance, education and healthcare. This year the firm inches up in the corporate and M&A table, and debuts in the investment funds ranking.

Client feedback 

“Small team, highly personalised service.” – Investment funds

Emily Low

“She is incredibly hard working, detailed, very knowledgeable, and has a strong understanding of the commercial aspects, not just the legal aspects.”


Work highlights 

Acting for Intraco on its investment in the MHC Digital Group, by way of an acquisition from two individual sellers of a 51% stake in a new company to be incorporated in Singapore.

Assisted EDBI in its investment in the MiRXES group by way of subscription for shares.

Advised Biesterfeld on its proposed acquisition of GME Chemicals.

Represented Spectris group in relation to the sale to Nordson Corporation of its NDC Technologies business across various jurisdictions.

Bird & Bird ATMD

Bird & Bird ATMD upholds its ‘Outstanding’ ranking with a strong intellectual property practice and expertise in the technology and telecommunications sector. Lorraine Tay and Alban Kang are key figures for IP. The firm is also active in capital markets, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, energy and labour and employment. This year it moves up in the energy table, and debuts in the construction and private equity categories. Marcus Chow, Sandra Seah and Beng Chai Tay are the main corporate partners at the firm. Jonathan Choo is a dispute resolution lawyer particularly active in international arbitration and Seow Hui Goh focuses on labour and employment.

Client feedback 

“Extremely pragmatic and commercial, excellent attention to detail, but does not belabour legal points unnecessarily.” – Aviation

“Commercially sound while providing solid legal advice and willing to go the extra mile.” – Aviation

“Responsive, practical and commercial-oriented.” – Capital markets

“Proactive and responsible.” – Capital markets

“Responsive with the ability to anticipate and identify potential issues. Has the ability to propose solutions.” – Capital markets

“Fast and logical responses.” – Competition/antitrust

“Highly responsive and can devise value-adding solutions to commercial issues.” – Corporate and M&A

“The firm's legal documents are sophisticated and can capture most legal issues that we need to mitigate or prevent. When there is an issue, they are quick to provide solutions.” – Corporate and M&A

“Staff are timely, dedicated, professional, responsive and client-oriented.” – Corporate and M&A

“Prompt and completed the work within the schedule.” – Corporate and M&A

“Professional and efficient.” – Corporate and M&A

“Very professional, work effectively within time frame.” – Corporate and M&A

“It has comprehensive in-depth knowledge of the energy industry and thus is in position to provide good advice” – Energy

“The partner is helpful and turnaround time is quick. Great service.” – Intellectual property

“They are very responsive and the team has demonstrated in past projects their ability to deliver commercially sensible legal advice at very competitive fee quotes.” – Intellectual property

“Responsive, understands our business and our needs.” – Privacy and data protection

“Fast, reliable and a trusted partner.” – Private equity

“Completed the task promptly.” – Regulatory

Chua Lijun

“Receptive, fast responses and good knowledge of the relevant law and good understanding of the issues.”

Goh Seow Hui

“We value her professionalism, compassion for clients and humility.”

“Seow Hui did an outstanding job of understanding the client's needs. She advised me what was best for the client. She handled the case so swiftly to settle it amicably and moved on. I am impressed by her professionalism to take ownership after [another] lawyer left the firm. She took the responsibility of closing it. I am pleased with her customer service and compassion.”

Jeremy Tan

“Responsive, great attention to detail, he is client and results oriented.”

Jolie Giouw

“Highly responsive, she identifies the key issues quickly and comes out with solutions. We have always been impressed.”

“Excellent service-oriented mindset, has strong commercial acumen and able to advise well on the law.”

“Responsive and experienced. Able to provide prompt and quality advice and solutions.”

Lawrence Wong

“Communicates well to solve all the requirements requested by the SGX in Singapore.”

Leo Fattorini

“Leo is responsive, accessible and user-friendly. With counterparts he comes across very well without compromising our position.”

Leo is responsive, accessible and user-friendly.”

“He has industry-wide knowledge of the Asian region, and is commercially savvy when it comes to negotiating with external parties.”

“Fast turnaround time and knowledgeable.”

Marcus Chow

“Marcus is knowledgeable in early-stage transactions and he is always available to the team to provide an opinion.”

“He is very smart and has extensive knowledge in venture capital investment as well as M&A.”

“Listens to what the client wants, and provides accurate suggestions and solutions.”

“Responsive, responsible and is able to communicate effectively with people of all levels.”

“Very commercial and good understanding of the client's needs.”

“Responsive, has ability to propose innovative solutions, and has good client relationship management.”

“Provides in-depth knowledge and advice to the board, resolving issues with advance steps taken.”

“Marcus was very responsive and can be depended on to deliver sound pragmatic advice, even outside of regular office hours. He is also quick to understand the commercial issues at hand, and propose solutions to address these issues.”

Sandrea Seah

“Very helpful and exhibits very good in-depth industrial knowledge. Gives very sound advice.”

“Professional, good listener, understands issues quickly and timely in responses.”

 

Work highlights 

Advised Ingram Micro on its $7.2 billion acquisition by Platinum Equity.

Acted for KludeIn I Acquisition Corporation on its merger with Near Intelligence Holdings.

Assisted Blockchain.com Group Holdings’ cash and stock acquisition of Altonomy.

Key clients

90 Seconds, CurrencyFair, EV Growth, LYS Energy Solutions, Treis Asia

CHP Law

CHP Law is a young, full-service firm with ties to CNPLaw, its senior consultant being Colin Ng. The team is active in corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, intellectual property, real estate, labour and private client matters. The firm is helmed by managing partner Christopher Huang and includes seven senior lawyers including directors Richway Ponnampalam, Randall Perera and Arthur Yap. The IP team was boosted by the joining of director Dixon Soh from the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore last summer.


Work highlights

Advised an SGX-listed company in the offshore-marine industry in the sale of its subsidiary operating company in the US.

Acted for the shareholders of a leading food and beverage business on its 100% acquisition by a private equity fund.

CMS Holborn Asia

CMS Holborn Asia is rapidly expanding in Singapore with the arrival of renowned lawyers in the market. Leading figures include construction specialist Kelvin Aw as well as IP and TMT focus Sheena Jacob. The firm is particularly known for its sector focus across technology, healthcare, life sciences, media, consumer goods and services and infrastructure. Its banking practice was launched in early 2021 with the arrival of seasoned finance partner Daniel Tan from Clifford Chance.

Client feedback

“Knowledgeable, commercial, reliable and quick.” – Banking and finance

“Responsive and reacts positively to short deadlines. Provides comprehensive analysis.” – Banking and finance

“They truthfully provided legal opinions and legal advice to us. They did especially splendidly on providing rational and practical legal advice to the client.” – Dispute resolution

“Great at managing the client relationship. Clear written advice. Solid experience in the construction, oil and gas sectors.” – Dispute resolution

“The CMS team, under the construction disputes team, headed by Lynette [Chew] and Kelvin [Aw] always have their client's interest at heart. They help me balance between costs and benefit outcomes forthrightly even if it means less fees for the firm as a consequence of the advice. Lynette led a team who defended a claim at the High Court and Court of Appeal in Singapore. It was a very difficult appeal but the team did a brilliant job with tenacity. The team took the time to explain procedural and evidential difficulties for certain points but advised on strategies around this which worked brilliantly.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide timely, cost-efficient service in managing our trademark portfolio. They are very responsive, providing clear advice and instruction.” – Intellectual property

“They have exceptional response time to meet the demanding needs of a changing and dynamic media business. Their advice is always concise and delivered with knowledge of how media businesses operate in APAC.” – Media and entertainment

Asya Jamaludin

“Great industry knowledge and client engagement.”

Daniel Tan

“Knowledgeable, commercial and reliable.”

“Good availability, senior oversight and attention, and open to ideas.”

Denise Loh

“Denise is very responsive and provides clear and concise advice and counsel.”

Sheena Jacob

“Acts as an extended trusted business partner for the legal department. Always responsive and offers practical solutions in the challenging regulatory environment. She has the ability to balance risk and the need to do business.”

Lynette Chew

“Lynette often spends time, including non-billable time, at the outset and initial stages of the instruction to fully understand the client's issues and case before jumping into a prescriptive course of action that starts incurring exorbitant legal costs for the client. Her advice is often insightful and honest. This is much appreciated from the client perspective. When we need to proceed to full trials, Lynette and her team are always fully prepared for a good fight when the fight is necessary. Her attention to details and cross-examination skills for factual and expert witnesses were impeccable. It shows the high level of preparation she and the team undertake for the trial, including understanding the client's commercial issues and business realities.”

 

Work highlights

Advised Ecommerce Enablers on its Series E fundraising.

Acted as Singapore counsel for Zomato on its $100 million investment in Blinkit.

Assisting Gupshup on its acquisition of Knowlarity Communications Holdings and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Unique Business Communications.

Key clients

Cleartrip, NCS, NomuPay, Singapore Telecommunications

CNPLaw

CNPLaw, formerly known as Colin Ng & Partners, is active in all major practice areas including banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, investment funds and private equity. The firm has experience in advising companies in the real estate and technology and telecommunication sectors, particularly active in blockchain and cryptocurrency. Min-Li Tan, Pradeep Singh, Lisa Theng and Bill Jamieson are key contacts.

Client feedback

“We appreciate the level of detail and the quick response time. The partner is able to address and rectify the issues.” – Capital markets

“Very supportive and informative.” – Corporate and M&A

“Commercial approach, they understand the business aspects well, not just the legal aspect. Competitively priced.” – Investment funds

Amit Dhume

“Positive, cheerful, confident, knowledgeable, creative, and offering a high-touch client service.”

Ge Xiaomeng

“Very supportive and informative.”

Low Wee Siong

“Responsive and able to communicate effectively on issues. Very knowledgeable in the capital markets and able to provide effective solutions.”

Tan Min-Li

“I have worked with Min-Li on a number of transactions over the past few years. She is extremely reliable, attentive, innovative and solution-driven lawyer. She has demonstrated a unique ability to understand the capital markets deeply and provide thoughtful legal, risk, strategic and structural analysis and advice for a transaction.  Her values run deeper than a transaction and the fees. She is respected by the bankers and the other party and its counsel. Her ability to lead and steer the discussion in her client’s favour and yet leave a win-win position on the table is well appreciated.”


Work highlights 

Acted for the majority founder-shareholders of Eagle Eye Centre on their divestment of a majority equity stake in EEC to Health Management International.

Advised CITIC Telecom International on its amalgamation with Pacific Internet.

Collyer Law

Collyer Law is a boutique Singapore law firm founded by veteran corporate lawyers with a particular focus on representing emerging growth companies and the innovation economy. It has developed sector-focused groups such as fintech, life sciences and health tech, e-commerce, digital media and sharing economy. The firm is led by managing director Azmul Haque and director Vincent Bu.


Work highlights

Advised Veative Labs and its founders, in relation to the sale and purchase of all intellectual property.

Acted for Fitsurge, a franchise of two F45 studios in Singapore, in connection with its sale of business to SMV Health & Fitness.

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson is one of Singapore’s largest full-service firms, stacked with notable partners who are experts in their fields. The firm has stellar banking, construction, disputes, competition and technology and telecommunications practices. Partners to note include banking specialist Doreen Sim, M&A partner Eng Leng Ng, intellectual property specialists Ai Ming Lee and I-An Lim, projects expert Joo Thye Tan, disputes specialist Lawrence Teh and senior counsel Edmund Leow. Last year, at the beginning of 2021, its former managing director Philip Jeyaretnam was appointed the Supreme Court Judicial Commissioner. Antitrust specialist Nicole Teo left for an in-house role at Shell, while capital markets partners Zhi Hao Loy and Eunice Yao left for firms Persistence and Hamilton Locke, respectively. The construction group welcomed partner Reuben Peter from Allen & Gledhill and partner Weilin Chua departed for Citi as its associate GC. Corporate specialist Tony Toh joined the team from Venture Corporation. Disputes partner Chia Ming Lee left for Ascendant Law, while R&I specialist Debby Lim arrived from BlackOak.

Client feedback

Jen Wei Loh

“She is very quick on her feet and well experienced in dealing with counterparties.”


Work highlights

Acted for Webtoon Entertainment on its $30 million acquisition of a 10% equity stake in the share capital of Tap Future Information Corporation, which is the sole shareholder of Singapore-incorporated company, Singapore New Reading Technology.

Key clients

DB&B Holdings, Educrest, Frasers Property, Keppel Corporation, Maersk Tankers, Mobile Telesystems Public JSC, Qanvast, SK Global Entertainment, Think & Learn Private

Drew & Napier

As one of Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms, Drew & Napier possesses a diverse roster of lawyers offering an extensive range of legal services in Singapore and across the region. This year it makes gains in numerous rankings tables, moving up a tier in the energy, infrastructure, construction and corporate and M&A categories. The firm remains a dispute resolution powerhouse with a deep bench of top advocates including Jimmy Yim and Cavinder Bull. Disputes and insolvency lawyer Siraj Omar, construction specialist Christopher Chong and elite tax practitioner Ong Sim Ho further reinforce the team. Other key names to note include Pauline Chong for finance, Petrus Huang for capital markets, Chong Kin Lim for competition and technology, Steven Lo for corporate and M&A, Tony Yeo for IP, and Sushil Nair and Blossom Hing for restructuring and insolvency. Consultant Gary Pryke is another well-known practitioner in the corporate and finance space.

Client feedback 

“Comprehensive and meticulous in rendering legal advice on the finance documents.” – Aviation

“Commercial and practical advice, prompt responses, and clarity of explanation.” – Banking and finance

“The firm is professional in dealing with the bank’s lawyer and able to provide us with the legal advice.” – Banking and finance

“Prompt, practical and responsive.” – Banking and finance

“Fast, quick, number one in litigation, and they give prompt replies.” – Banking and finance

“Experienced and efficient. Organised with a clear action plan.” – Banking and finance

“They are knowledgeable and provide a different perspective.” – Capital markets

“Able to provide clear, succinct and actionable advice.” – Construction

“Extremely effective and efficient.” – Construction

“Fast, quick responses and able to provide alternative solutions.” – Construction

“Responsive, accommodating to the client, commercially minded, with an appropriately staffed team.” – Corporate and M&A

“Able to understand our objectives and also distil key legal issues into an easy to understand form.” – Corporate and M&A

“The corporate M&A team was dependable, responsive and professional in their advice. They were able to identify pitfalls and suggest innovative solutions during the negotiation of S&P agreement.” – Corporate and M&A

“We value their intellect, insights, responsiveness in dealing with complex situations, breadth and depth of knowledge.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, efficient and provides to-the-point advice and work.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their response is prompt and advice is sound and clear.” – Corporate and M&A

“The team is creative and attentive to details.” – Corporate and M&A

“Professional and skilful, and quite familiar with our industry characteristics so that they could figure out a strategic proposal. Always provide prompt feedback.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have a dedicated and experienced professional team that creates a successful outcome.” – Dispute resolution

“Customer-focused.” – Dispute resolution

“They go a long way to understand the nuances of the business which gives them the edge in any kind of dispute resolution process.” – Dispute resolution

“Great legal advice and extremely responsive. They think around issues and provide answers which are not obvious to their peers. The team is very personable.” – Dispute resolution

“Sincere and very responsive.” – Dispute resolution

“We value Drew & Napier’s experience, depth of both legal and commercial knowledge, and understanding of a client’s needs and wants. How it utilises all of these attributes to aggressively yet reasonably pursues the client’s interests is class-leading. Hence it has a stellar and fearsome reputation amongst its peers and the courts, giving its clients an advantage.” – Dispute resolution

“Reliable and efficient.” – Dispute resolution

“Prompt responses, very practical and commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide timely, commercially useful and clear advice. They are also very user-friendly, and are proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. They know arbitration and court work well. They are also very professional, polished, and give a very high quality of service.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent advocates that obtained great results.” – Dispute resolution

“Able to provide insights to the issue and propose next steps and attached consequences, including providing legal obligations arising from the claims.” – Dispute resolution

“Quick to act, knowledgeable and compassionate.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive, responsive, diligent, accurate and resourceful.” – Dispute resolution

“Very hands-on and smart.” – Dispute resolution

“Yuet Min and her team are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and responsive. She provides sound advice, novel solutions and has secured some great results for the client. She is clearly a future leader in the Singapore dispute resolution landscape.” – Dispute resolution

“They are thorough, balanced in risk assessment, hard-working, persistent and results-driven.” – Dispute resolution

“It is a comprehensive full-service firm with depth of expertise in a range of critical areas that are indispensable for our day-to-day operations, whether during a growth cycle or a downward trend, such as construction, corporate, insolvency and restructuring, security of payment matters and dispute resolution. With Christopher Chong at the helm of its construction practice, which is core to us, Drew & Napier has been our trusted go-to firm on a regular, consistent basis for some years now, with the full intention on our part to continue this relationship for a long time to come.” – Dispute resolution

“Consistently high level of effectiveness, professional and well organised.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent teamwork and positive thinking.” – Dispute resolution

“They go deep into the root of the problems. They can engage linear and lateral thinking, and have good knowledge of laws. They have good people skills, preparing clients and witnesses well before trials.” – Dispute resolution

“Very good knowledge of the law, markets in Asia , cultures and mentalities, very service-oriented and competent.” – Dispute resolution

“Knowledge and professionalism.” – Dispute resolution

“Well regarded in Singapore, sound commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They have represented us in dispute resolution and have a very professional team.” – Dispute resolution

“They exercise professionalism in providing advisory services in corporate contracts and dispute resolution.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier provide sound advice that is practical and well researched on the law. Their counsel prepare meticulously for court hearings and have a thorough knowledge of the court documents.” – Dispute resolution

“They are reliable and responsive, and thorough in reviewing documents and evidence, and work in a timely manner, seeking instructions and making recommendations where helpful. They also cross-examine witnesses effectively and expose discrepancies and untruths told in court.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier was highly professional throughout the engagement and was very responsive as and when we sought advice during the course of the arbitration. We felt that we got value for money based on the service that they provided. In essence, the team that we worked with was very attentive to our needs and provided legal advice that was spot on.” – Dispute resolution

“Efficient and effective.” – Dispute resolution

“Proactive and very attentive to client's needs.” – Dispute resolution

“Brilliant international arbitration lawyers in technical cross-border infrastructure disputes.” – Infrastructure

“They make an effort to incorporate your views and concerns. This builds trust and confidence in the team and firm.” – Insurance

“They provide prompt assistance, practical advice and are very knowledgeable on the subject-matter.” – Insurance

“They possess technical abilities to dissect even the most complex of legal issues, and advocacy skills if and where the need arises.” – Insurance

“Drew & Napier continues to provide top-shelf legal service and advice. They always think globally while providing local advice. They focus on the client's objectives and needs, and tailor the advice accordingly. They have a large pool of highly talented attorneys which they can leverage when looking at the best approach in handling contentious IP matters.” – Intellectual property

“They were transparent about costs and were punctual with all our Zoom meetings.” – Intellectual property

“They have expertise of Singapore law in relation to intellectual property. They provided strong support in Singapore litigation for the client who is not familiar with the laws in the country.” – Intellectual property

“Clear explanations, expertise and management skills.” – Intellectual property

“Creative and attentive.” – Intellectual property

“Meryl and her team were excellent strategists who understood our bottom lines and gave us reliable legal advice accordingly.” – Intellectual property

“The IP team led by Tony Yeo is always prompt and efficient in its response. It gives clear legal advice and is transparent in its costs estimates.”– Intellectual property

“They provide advice based on Singapore law, responsively and thoroughly.” – Investment funds

“Drew & Napier provides well-researched and sound advice on Singapore law and keeps the client well informed of each stage of the matter. The firm also makes itself readily available to answer queries.” – Oil and gas

“Proactive, responsive, timely and solutions-oriented.” – Privacy and data protection

“Drew & Napier is a law firm that places high priority on the integrity, chain of custody and handling of electronic evidence. The firm has high appreciation of the volatility, integrity, interpretation and value of electronic evidence when litigating disputes/resolutions for their clients. It not only places high priority on integrity and chain of custody of electronic evidence but also on circumstance surrounding the electronic evidence. This even includes the ambient information around electronic evidence – circumstance issues like how the evidence was created, situation under which it was created and distributed, and parties who have handled the electronic data, including metadata information.” – Private client

“They are a committed team willing to explore all angles and willing to work through nights to ensure the final draft is excellent before submitting.” – Private client

“They provide sharp and incisive advice, and have a highly responsive integrated offering. They are able to get inputs from other disciplines.” – Private equity

“Very responsive and technically sound.” – Real estate

“Creative and attentive to details.” – Real estate

“Very detailed and able to distil the key issues for us.” – Real estate

“Highly professional and efficient.” – Real estate

“Full-service law firm that thinks outside the box. It understands commercial realities of the transactions because their partners also serve in industrial and business associations so they know how the law and business interact.” – Real estate

“Clear, concise and value-added advice.” – Regulatory

“Extremely commercial and competent. They are able to grasp issues affecting not just the legal position but also address the commercial, political and reputational concerns of the client.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The team is brilliantly led by Blossom Hing. Blossom and her team are highly cohesive and easy to work with. They have great experience and are very strong lawyers.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The Drew & Napier lawyers with whom I have worked most closely are Sushil Nair and Julian Kwek, the co-heads of the restructuring group. Both are extremely hard-working, smart and creative – and I have seen them achieve excellent results for their clients in every matter where I have had the privilege of working with them. I also have worked closely with Blossom Hing, Chan Wei Meng and Mohan Gopalan, and, as with Mr. Nair and Mr. Kwek, I have always been impressed with the first-rate quality of their work and their dedication to helping their clients work through and emerge from difficult times.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Drew & Napier’s tax team is clear and concise in their responses to general or specific issues.” – Tax

“The team has an experienced senior tax partner.” – Tax

“Good sense of commercial realities.” – Tax

“Drew & Napier is very professional, competent and ethical.” – Tax

Allister Tan

“He is able to explain legal technicalities so that you can understand. He is able to provide solutions to help us with our issues.”

“Very responsive, practical and hands-on.”

“He's a technical expert in the sparse world of insurance disputes, and a trusted adviser who balances commercial needs with the legal position.”

Benedict Teo

“Very knowledgeable, sincere and responsive.”

“Responsive and commercially minded when providing legal advice.”

“Responsive and practical.”

“Commercially sound, practical and gives clear explanations.”

Blossom Hing

“She is super-responsive and sharp with an amazing work ethic. She is always available to address any concerns I have. I trust her implicitly. She is extremely competent and commercial. A pleasure to work with.”

“She is an outstanding leader of her team and has unbelievable experience of restructuring issues. Blossom is creative and thinks outside the box. She is supported by a very strong team.”

Christopher Chong

“Christopher Chong is a singularly exceptional practitioner, who is all-rounded in terms of legal depth of knowledge, commercial acumen, client responsiveness, innovation and unmatched local knowledge. His dedication to his craft and in assisting us to find sensible, practical and mutually beneficial solutions is close to peerless. Chris is backed by a solid team that, whether as a whole or individually, are more than capable of pulling their own weight and delivering value to us in the context of the role they play. We must mention director Kelvin Teo, and senior associates Nicole Toh and Josh Tan.”

“Excellent advocate in international commercial arbitrations.”

“He has an in-depth knowledge of the industrial sector, is up to date in new trends and technologies of the industry.”

David Alfred

“Great understanding of the issue and seeks to clarify when information not clear.”

Fiona Chew

“Compassionate, good listener, actively provides meaningful solutions, attentive, accurate, humble and diligent.”

Gary Wan

“Experienced, effective and affable. Able to solve issues with a calm attitude.”

Grace Morgan

“Professional with high ethics for the client’s best interest.”

Jared Chen

“He is extremely responsive and gives very practical advice.”

“He is a good listener and pays attention to details. He makes copious notes, which suggests a keen interest in the subject-matter and building a source of permanent notes.”

Javier Yeo

“Knowledgeable and has expertise in laws regarding intellectual property. Provides strong support in the litigation.”

Jon Nair

“Responsive and gives clear advice.”

Joshua Chin

“Outstanding. Very proficient in his knowledge. Able to understand problems very well and come up with creative solutions. Provides excellent advice. Very responsive and is able to attend to the smallest details.”

Julian Kwek

“Julian is an intelligent and creative problem-solver who always makes sure to understand his clients' objectives and concerns in developing effective strategies in their complicated cross-border restructuring matters.”

Keith Lam

“Responsive and has a good understanding of the issues.”

Kelvin Tan

“Kelvin takes responsibility for his lawyers and their work. He is pleasant and effective in court trials as a senior litigation lawyer, and he and his team are not only legally competent, but practical and helpful in meeting our needs in their advice and solutions offered.”

Kelvin Teo

“Very knowledgeable about the law and the legal system. Able to provide clear guidance on the relevant issues.”

Lau Sok Hiang

“Ability to communicate the issues well to the client.”

“Creative and attentive to details.”

Lim Chong Kin

“Proactive, client- and solutions-focused, quick, knowledgeable, experienced and capable.”

Mahesh Rai

“Strong knowledge of laws in India and good knowledge of the country’s legal infrastructure.”

“His personal approach to a transaction goes a long way.”

“Always approachable, a patient listener, has sound industry knowledge, excellent knowledge of law and always provides practical solutions.”

“He listens well and is a great tactician.”

“Excellent, thorough, and balanced risk management and advice.”

“Creative solutions and very focused.”

“Quick, efficient and super-understanding of the matter and case file.”

“Mahesh Rai leads a disputes team that is well versed in both blockchain technology nuances and traditional commercial and financial litigation and arbitration. His domain knowledge in blockchain, fintech and technology makes him brutally effective in disputes regarding these matters, more than the other top-ranked disputes teams in Singapore. This is a very key differentiator. The team is very meticulous and has great attention to detail, and catches both technology-related and more typical factual nuances of cases. Mr Rai himself is a very forceful and cunning cross-examiner in court, and has a commanding presence that allows him to take control of court proceedings, even against senior counsels and litigators much more senior than him. He is also extremely responsive, and he and his team readily respond to queries even at 11pm or on a Sunday. Finally, he gives straightforward, practical, concise, commercial and very concrete recommendations when asked for options, including cost considerations. He will not give theoretical or abstract answers, and will not give tentative or timid recommendations that do not allow a client to visualise a concrete course of action. He even advised on a personal matter for one of my friends, a senior executive in a large blockchain company, and my friend gave glowing positive feedback, that he felt very reassured and confident on a personal level, in addition to getting clear advice on the legal issues.”

Mahesh Rai and Don Loo

“Mahesh Rai and Don Loo of Drew & Napier have sound knowledge and expertise in disputes relating to telecom towers industry. They are spot on their turnaround time. Both of them have an eye for details.”

Meryl Koh

“She is meticulous and will analyse the pros, cons and costs of each option for you so you can make the most informed decision for your company.”

Ong Sim Ho

“Great client management and good options to manage costs.”

Paras Lalwani

“Very clear, sound legal advice and very client-friendly.”

Pauline Chong

“Ability to work within deadlines and meticulous in the details.”

“Professional, helpful and reliable.”

“She is professional and responsive.”

Rakesh Kirpalani

“He is fluent in both English and Chinese and quite familiar with our industry practice, and works in a highly effective way. He always bestows skilful and valuable advice.”

“He is a very detailed person.”

“Very dynamic and thoughtful lawyer. Takes the time to listen and understand the problem. He proposes solutions that follow the law and have a high chance of success.”

“Prompt, effective and driven.”

Randolph Khoo

“Randolph is a very good advocate. Has a very thorough knowledge of his brief. He is excellent at cross-examining witnesses and is nimble at adapting his approach and cross-examination strategy to suit the witness that is giving evidence.”

“He always remains professional and customer-oriented.”

Jimmy Yim

“SC Jimmy Yim and his team are outstanding. They take pains to understand and provide a holistic approach to the resolution of disputes. Their legal strategies leave no stone unturned. Their eagerness to use cutting-edge methodology and technology to drill at details is commendable.”

“He is a great lawyer.”

“He is a powerful leader of his team and very knowledgeable.”

“Very professional and up to date with legal advances, always has a good strategic approach.”

“Intelligent, high EQ, very efficient and analytical.”

“His experience and depth of knowledge of both the legal aspects and commercial realities of a case are faultless. He is extremely quick to grasp and identify the issues of the case, the client’s problems and difficulties, and manages all aspects of a case brilliantly. In his preparation for trial and appeal, he was thorough, detailed and meticulous. Beyond a lawyer-client association, he also develops a personal and heartfelt relationship with his clients.”

Seraphina Ho

“Fast turnaround and sound in knowledge.”

Shu Yan Woo

“She has been instrumental in our trial, appeals and judgments.”

Siraj Omar

“He provides timely, commercially useful and clear advice. He is also very user-friendly, and is proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. He knows arbitration and court work well. He and his team are also very professional, polished and give a very high quality of service.”

Sok Hiang Lau

“Responsive, going extra miles to help the client, responsible and has a good approach.”

Soo Lih Ho

“Very responsive and communicative to clients.”

Steven Lo

“Steven is a veteran of the industry, a brilliant legal practitioner and can be trusted to handle the most complex of situations.”

Tan Teng Sen

“Teng Sen is a consummate lawyer who combines intellect, wisdom and insights, and who is able to understand various stakeholders, enabling clients to formulate strategy and tactics with great effectiveness.”

“Teng Sen followed through the M&A process diligently with excellent support from his team. He had a good grasp of our needs and was able to develop a coherent strategy.”

“Impeccable deal leadership. Covers the strategic issues and knows the details. Able to rope in appropriate resources and expertise from rest of his firm to support.”

“He is a strong negotiator, commercially minded and has a good base of legal knowledge. He is able to understand client positions and concerns and advise on negotiating positions.”

“Able to understand our objectives and distil key legal issues for us to understand easily.”

“His response time is very good and he always meets deadlines. His advice is practical.”

“Responsive, efficient and provides precise advice.”

Timothy Oen

“Fast and reliable.”

Tony Yeo

“Tony Yeo quickly grasps the highly technical and legal issues presented to him and distils them into something which is easy to understand. He has a great attention to detail and hones in on the chink in the armour to bring the greatest outcome for the client.”

“He made the way forward very clear.”

“Supportive and gives clear explanations.”

“Creative and attentive to details.”

“Very warm and approachable. Responsible with sound legal advice.”

“Tony Yeo, as Drew's IP managing partner, has always been warm and approachable with a good business sense and sound legal advice.”

Vanessa Chiam

“Responsive and helpful.”

Sharon Ki

“Responsive and helpful.”

Wendell Wong

“He is confident and calm, has good communications and is quick thinking on his feet. He has the ability to see the big picture and possesses deep legal knowledge.”

“He is always there when we need emergency help even with very tough timelines and in a different field. We have worked through many nights with his team and they are very supportive! He and his team are always ready to take up the challenges, they have worked through nights to meet the dateline, and ensuring that the work they submit is excellent.”

Julian Kwek

“Demonstrates professional knowledge and technical capability.”

Wilson Koh

“Wilson is highly composed even in the most adverse of situations and is a lawyer you want in your corner. He is also very clinical and prompt in the delivery of legal advice and we enjoyed working with him tremendously.”

Yang Shi Yong

“YSY has wide-ranging experience of various taxes across industries. He is able to understand the tax issues and able to clarify and break it down systematically in finding a solution.”

Yuet Min Foo

“She is an excellent lawyer. She understood all the technical issues and plotted the way forward.”

“Yuet Min and her team are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and responsive. She provides sound advice, novel solutions and has secured some great results for the client. She is clearly a future leader in the Singapore dispute resolution landscape.”

“Excellent advocate who gives excellent advice. She obtained great results for us.”

 

Work highlights 

Acted for Evercore Asia (Singapore)the independent financial adviser to Frasers Commercial Trust (FCOT), in FCOT’s proposed merger with Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust by way of a trust scheme of arrangement. 

Key clients 

FWD Group, RHB Investment BankSheares Healthcare Group, Tuan Sing HoldingsWongnai Media  

Eng and Co

Eng and Co, PwC Legal’s member firm in Singapore, provides corporate and commercial legal services to financial institutions, corporates, funds and private clients. This year it moves up a rank in the corporate and M&A category. Founding partner Rachel Eng, who has nearly 30 years of corporate experience, offers clients a one-stop service covering the capital markets, corporate and M&A, investment funds and labour and employment.

Client feedback

“My experience was all very positive.” – Corporate and M&A


Work highlights 

Advised Singapore Press Holdings on its $150 million sale of SgCarMart to Toyota Financial Services Singapore.

Acted for vendor Prerna Jhunjhunwala on her sale of shares in Paddington Enterprises to private equity firm, Affirma Capital.

Represented the vendors on their sale of shares in BHS Kinetic to private equity firm, AIGF Capital.

Harry Elias Partnership

Harry Elias Partnership has offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. Built upon one of the most respected and influential litigation lawyers in the country, Harry Elias, the firm has an established reputation for its dispute resolution and family and matrimonial expertise. The firm is also notable for its construction, corporate and M&A, and intellectual property practices. Philip Fong, Justin Chia, Pearl Lim and Claudia Teo are key contacts for dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, banking, and corporate and M&A, respectively. Banking specialist Gerard Ng left the firm for Legal Ink Law Corporation last autumn, and disputes partner Weiyi Tan departed to Clyde & Co in the spring of 2022.

Client feedback 

“Professional, excellent lawyers and ambitious both locally and globally.” – Construction

“The lawyers are experienced, easy to communicate with and instruct, and very quick in turnaround.” – Dispute resolution

“They adopt a cradle-to-grave approach, give clear and precise advice and drama-free solutions, and engage in methodical litigation.” – Dispute resolution

Kok Yee Keong

“He is responsive and pragmatic.”

Yvonne Foo

“She is bright, hard-working, a good manager and very well connected. She is very loyal and inspires loyalty.”

 

Work highlights 

Advised Aura Singapore in relation to the establishment and follow-on $7 million investment into Aura Vietnam Dental Fund 2.

Acted for Tanglin Cars on the ongoing sale of its 40% shareholding in Performance Premium Selection to Performance Motors.

Key clients

Canadian Solar, Coastal Drilling, Intertrust, Pana Harrison, Sun Venture Group

JurisAsia

JurisAsia is a boutique firm that specialises in corporate and M&A and general commercial transactions. Its intellectual property practice has been fairly active in the past year. It has an exclusive association with international law firm Gowling. The firm’s offering includes M&As, foreign direct investment, joint ventures, venture capital and private equity investments, fund management and capital markets advice, with a particular focus on Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China and Vietnam. Tan Choon Leng is the key contact.

Client feedback

“Fast responses and accommodating.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are always available to help, are creative, concise and supportive. Lawyers have a very positive attitude.” – Corporate and M&A

Choon Leng Tan

“He’s the best lawyer I ever met: practical, quick, innovative and concise.”

Vincent Tan

“Vincent offers quick responses and can give commercial feedback on the deal.”


Work highlights

Advised Rimkus Consulting Group on its £104 million acquisition of Capital Consulting International, a global consultancy of delay, quantum and technical experts advising the insurance and construction industries.

Acting for Annamite Resources Holdings, a French-based precious and base metals mineral exploration company in relation to its proposed investment into a copper and gold mineral prospecting and exploration company in Laos.

Represented Hangry, the leading Indonesian cloud kitchen company, in relation to the investment by a Singapore-based venture debt firm, InnoVen Capital.

Oon & Bazul

Oon & Bazul is active in banking and finance, dispute resolution and restructuring and insolvency, beyond its longstanding forte in shipping. Notably, the firm climbs into the ‘Highly Recommended’ tier for restructuring and insolvency after a momentous year being involved in many of the jurisdiction’s high-profile and high-value unwindings. Its lawyers have in-depth knowledge and an intimate understanding across various sectors, including financial services, trusts and securities, insurance, and oil and gas. In particular, the firm has extensive expertise handling matters related to trade finance, commodities, banking, commercial disputes and cross-border fraud. Key partners include Bazul Ashhab, Kelly Yap, Chi Yen Ting, Yi Wayn Ng and Meiyen Tan. The general disputes team was significantly boosted by the arrivals of partner Benedict Eoon from Covenant Chambers and partners Priscilla Lua and Jerald Foo from Clifford Chance.

Client feedback 

“They are responsive and cooperative.” – Banking and finance

“We value their responsiveness and clarity of communication.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good set-up and infrastructural support for case management.” – Dispute resolution

“I appreciate their hard work, responsiveness and value for money.” – Dispute resolution

“Positive attributes include their expertise, ability to understand issues and provide commercial solutions and reasonable costs.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide quick and direct advice.” – Dispute resolution

“Partners and associates are very competent, they are well prepared and research well.” – Energy

“The lawyers are articulate, supportive and professional on meeting requirements.” – Regulatory

“Good technical knowledge, good team, easy to work with, practical and commercial.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Diplomatic and knowledgeable advisory services.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Extremely responsive to client timelines with a positive, calm, ’can do‘ attitude. A fantastic mixture of legal and important practical advice. They also work really well to support in-house counsel. It feels very much like a team approach and you know you are in good, steady, knowledgeable hands.” – Shipping

Bazul Ashhab

“Excellent responsiveness, knowledge of the business of the client and good value for money.”

Jerald Foo

“He is very responsive and attentive, has a good eye for detail, which is fundamental for dispute resolution. He is very competent with a high level of expertise in dispute resolution.”

“Very responsive and knowledgeable.”

Keith Han

“Easy to talk to and a quick thinker.”

“A good advocate, good strategist.”

Meiyen Tan

“Easy to work with, good communicator and practical.”

“Provides knowledgeable, timely and practical advice and solutions.”

Ng Yi Wayn

“Responsive communications and colleague referrals.”

“Extremely professional and knowledgeable, but also approachable and supportive.”

Prakaash Silvam

“Certainly perspicacious, he has a wide breadth of prior experience that helps on case framing. He is likable, personable, approachable, helpful and very capable.”

“Prakaash combines strong legal knowledge, strong legal skills and good client management. I have no issue putting him in front of our traders and management, as I know he is respectful of my role but also understands the business, the trader mindset and how we operate.”

Ting Chi Yen

“Responsive, helpful and cooperative.”


Work highlights

Acted for digital trust and safety product company Sift Science on its acquisition of Keyless, a pioneer in passwordless and multi-factor authentication.

Advised Trail Mix Ventures as the lead investor in the $2.2 million funding round for Plentina, a Philippines-based start-up.

Represented Indonesian food and beverage chain Kopi Kenangan in closing a $96 million Series C funding round.

Key clients

Boku, Fishawack Health, GeoPost

Rajah & Tann

Rajah & Tann is arguably the most visible among Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms in the Southeast Asian market. It occupies the top tier across an array of practice areas and sectors with well-established teams in both the transactional and contentious markets. The firm has outstanding experience in complex and high-value cross-border matters, closely working with its R&T Asia network with specialised industry expertise. The firm has a traditional strength in dispute resolution backed by the largest litigation practice in Singapore with seven senior counsels. This year the firm proves its dominance again with its ascension into the ‘Outstanding’ tier for banking and finance, capital markets and investment funds. Key names include Angela Lim for banking and finance, Kim Huat Chia for capital markets and corporate and M&A, Kala Anandarajah for competition, Francis Xavier and Andre Yeap for dispute resolution, Arnold Tan for investment funds, Patrick Ang and Eng Beng Lee for restructuring and insolvency, and Rajesh Sreenivasan for technology and telecommunications. The funds group welcomed partner Zixiang Sun from Simmons & Simmons earlier this year.

Client feedback

“After many years of working on our cases, Rajah & Tann is able to tighten our contractual terms, advise us on loan structure and has a high level of success in our litigation cases.” – Banking and finance

“Professional, pragmatic and reasonable fees.”– Banking and finance

“Professional, in-depth knowledge and responsive” – Capital markets

“Provided deep insights of the local regulation and helped us communicate with regulators. The responses to requests from us or our client have been always prompt and professional.” – Capital markets

“Rajah & Tann understood the worldwide legal situation about big cartel investigation cases very well to move very swiftly for our client. Thanks to this reaction our client escaped from the burden of huge fines.” – Competition/antitrust

“In-depth grasp and meaningful guidance on country-specific regulatory issues.” – Corporate and M&A

“Rajah & Tann provides very practical advice and is always available for us to ask questions, no matter what time. They show their experience when they can provide us with workarounds whenever parties reach a deadlock.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provide practical and business-friendly solutions. They are tremendous value for money. We have access to top-tier legal talent. They are focused on building long-term relationships with their clients.” – Corporate and M&A

“An impressive law firm with an extensive network across ASEAN.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have an impressive network across ASEAN and are great sector leaders.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are very organised, efficient and keep their eye on the ball at all times. Proverbial wisdom is not to fight a war on two fronts, but this dispute had three fronts and Adrian [Wong], Leong Hao [Ang] and Wayne [Yeo] were excellent generals ensuring not just brilliant strategic hits, but also boring basics like evidence gathering was done early.” – Dispute resolution

“We appreciate that they work closely with the client, provide clear insights of the problem and have a solution-oriented approach.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive to detail, reliable advice and trustworthy.” – Dispute resolution

“They think in the best interests of the client. They are swift yet calculated in their responses.” – Dispute resolution

“Clarity of logic and execution.” – Dispute resolution

“There is a team of highly skilled and competent partners in dispute resolution such as Murali Pillai, Luo Qinghui, Andrea Tan, Elaine Tay and Regina Liew They are able to understand commercial concerns and take them into account when providing advice or when drafting and reviewing contracts. They are also practical, focused, clear and articulate.” – Insurance

“Very approachable, and open to ideas and feedback. Contactable 24/7.” – Insurance

“They are very knowledgeable about insurance regulations in Singapore, and provide very commercial and practical advice. The team is also very responsive with excellent client management skills.” – Insurance

“They have good sector knowledge, are commercial and responsive.” – Investment funds

“Very instructive and practical advice, we managed to achieve our aims with clarity and promptness.” – Labour and employment

“Our two partners at Rajah & Tann, Murali Pillai and Qinghui Luo, were experienced in their field, professional in their dealings with all parties involved, systematic in their approach, and responsive and approachable at all times. Particularly helpful were their guidance and ultimately our alignment on the best approach to protect the firm. An absolute pleasure to work with.” – Labour and employment

“Very professional and prompt advice given, can always rely on them regardless of the time of the day.” – Oil and gas

“Knowledgeable with an extensive network to tap.” – Oil and gas

“They are value for money, have the right balance of commerciality and legal input. They understand our requirements and flex points well and can give pertinent, useful input on both the minutiae as well as the big picture.” – Private equity

“They give fast responses, have a dedicated team and produce high-quality work.” – Private equity

“Strong legal expertise, combined with organic cross-border capabilities and resources.” – Private equity

“Reliable, prompt and accommodating on fee budgets.” – Regulatory

“Always contactable and willing to find solutions in a timely and comprehensive manner.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“We value their understanding of key insurance issues, practical experience of dealing with complex casualties, and accessibility to the partner dealing with the work.” – Shipping

“Value for money and impressive skill sets of the lawyers.” – Shipping

“They have enough strengths in all aspects. They have had full of knowledge of any case from a legal and shipping perspective. In addition, they also pay attention to commercial awareness between our client and the opponent.” – Shipping

Adrian Wong

“Sharp, concise, clear-minded and creative in his argument of case.”

“Clarity of logic and execution.”

Adrian Wong, Ang Leong Hao and Wayne Yeo

“Excellent teamwork with sensible layering that enables them to be very agile and efficient.”

Arnold Tan

“Acknowledged market leader in Singapore, he is friendly, helpful, and has good commercial understanding.”

“He is pragmatic and to the point.”

Bala Vellayappan

“Amazing lawyer to work with. He is practical and very knowledgeable. He is also humble at the same time. He is reliable and provides valuable insights all the time.”

Benjamin Liew

“He is extremely responsive, succinct and precise in rendering advice. He provides value-add services in dealing with ad hoc queries without charge.”

Brian Ng

“He knows the issues and what to focus on, particularly for a financial sponsor or private equity fund-related work.”

Chua Beng Chye

“Good knowledge and the leading expert in his field for HP law and collections.”

Chua Choon King

“Provides legally sound practical advice. He has good connections within the industry. He has been able to provide ’out-of-the-box‘ solutions to overcome challenges due to industry connections.”

Danny Lim

“A go-to guy, he provides very careful and measured advice. He is very responsive and able to pay attention whenever required.”

Elizabeth Teo

“Contactable at any time, she is a comprehensive and practical solution provider.”

Favian Tan

“He is very responsive and quick to resolve issues by providing innovative solutions that are win-win. He has the ability to distil complex legal issues in a clear and concise manner, while at all times focusing on the ultimate commercial objective of the parties.”

Gregory Vijayendran

“Attentive to detail, great knowledge of the law, able to strategise approaches to the case and has a calming assurance.”

Jainil Bhandari

“Jainil is extremely easy to deal with and has a quiet confidence in the way that he works.”

Jonathan Yuen

“Articulate, knowledgeable and offers practical solutions.”

Kala Anandarajah

“She is a very smart business lawyer who represents the firm's attitude which I described here before.”

Kelvin Poon

“In-depth knowledge of the law, a positive approach to problems, and solution-oriented.”

Lee Xin Mei

“We value her knowledge, she is professional and responsive.”

Leong Kah Wah

“He is clear and concise in his advice. He will tell you what matters and what does not, cut out the emotions in disputes and has been able to get the best outcomes in all my cases handled by him. I do not go to anyone else.”

“He has a lot of experiences about main shipping matters for Korean shipping clients. So he can always lead to the most efficient way to solve the problem when there is an unfortunate accident and legal disputes.”

Mark Cheng

“Good problem-solver and engaging.”

Murali Pillai

“He is very experienced in his field, professional in dealings with all parties involved and systematic in his approach. He is responsive and approachable.”

“He is highly skilled and competent. He is very responsive despite a very busy schedule. Murali always makes time for clients, which is very appreciated. He remains calm and unfazed no matter the situation. He is also able to connect well with all levels of stakeholders from his corporate client.”

Nathanael Lin

“Very dependable, and offers good and sound advice.”

“Easy to talk to and can relate clearly to what the client wants.”

Patrick Ang

“He is a leading practitioner in insolvency and restructuring and dispute resolution.”

Philip Yeo

“Philip is highly dedicated to his work and always responds in a timely manner. He possesses strong legal knowledge in the field of investment management and private equity.”

“Responsive, professional, detailed, good technical skills, and pragmatic.”

Sandy Foo

“Very responsive, commercially minded and helpful. A leader in her field.”

Simon Goh

“He is responsive and has deep expertise.”

Sun Zixiang

“Client-centric, focused and driven to achieve good outcomes for the client while not being over-zealous. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of private equity funds work and the various legal and regulatory considerations surrounding the sector.”

Toh Kian Sing

“He is the undisputed king of maritime law.”

Tracy-Anne Ang

“Highly experienced and always willing to spend time to explain rationales and concepts.”

Wang Ying Shuang

“Very approachable. Open to new ideas. Contactable 24/7.”

“Ying Shuang is very knowledgeable about the insurance sector in Singapore and has been a joy to work with. She provides advice that is legally sound and commercially practical, and is one of our organisation's trusted advisers.”

Wee Hann Lim

“He is customer-centric and solution-oriented. He’s also super-experienced and collaborative.”

“Wee Hann is an exceptional lawyer who is always putting the needs of the clients first.”

“Wee Hann is fantastic lawyer who has a broad skillset, which he tailors to the needs of his clients.”


Work highlights 

Acted for Cuscaden Peak on its competing takeover acquisition offer for all the issued ordinary shares in the capital of SGX-listed Singapore Press Holdings by way of a scheme of arrangement.

Represented DBS Trustee in its capacity as a trustee of Mapletree North Asia Commercial Trust (MNACT) on the proposed merger of Mapletree Commercial Trust (MCT) and MNACT by way of an acquisition by MCT of all issued and paid-up units of MNACT held by unit-holders by way of a trust scheme of arrangement.

Key clients

GIC Realty, Hi-P International, Startree Investments, Sunseap Group

RHTLaw Asia

RHTLaw Asia has strong industry sector specialisms including consumer goods and services, real estate, and technology and telecommunications. The firm is sought after by internationally renowned brands, public and private companies, major financial institutions, innovators and high net-worth individuals. It is also well placed in handling cross-border mandates due to its network of offices across the region, including in China, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. ErwaBarre and Roderick Martin are key figures for corporate and capital markets, and dispute resolution, respectively.  

Client feedback 

The firm is very responsive, effective and provides alerts on pending matters, thereby facilitating our IP related activities. – Intellectual property 

Excellent customer service and strong fundamental knowledge on areas of concern. – Intellectual property 

Rizwi Wun 

Rizwi is not a 9-5 attorney. He considers and provides innovative approaches to problem-solving. 

Great communication skills.


Work highlights 

Acted for Dyna-Mac Offshore Engineering (Shanghai), an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Dyna-Mac Holdings, in a joint venture project with China Merchants Heavy Industry Holdings to incorporate a joint venture company in China.  

Acted for Yihua Lifestyle Technology on various legal proceedings in connection with the judical management of its Singapore subsidiary including an unprecedented application under 227R of the Companies Act. 

Key clients 

Duisburger HafenGeopostObvio Health  

Rubicon Law

Rubicon Law is a new corporate boutique firm set up in April 2020. The firm has particular expertise in local and cross-border mergers and acquisitions and fundraising transactions. Its key clients include start-up companies, SMEs, venture capital and private equity firms as well as public, listed companies. It is predominantly an independent Singapore law firm, but enjoys strong informal networks with other law firms around the region, namely in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and the PRC. Shiao Ning Lam is the founder and key figure at the firm.


Work highlights 

Advised key sellers being the majority shareholders of Niometrics and also the company in the sale of 100% of the shares in it to Mobileum, a portfolio company of Audax Private Equity.

Acted for AlphaBeta, a Singapore-based strategy and economics consultancy company and its founder on the sale of all the business to Access Partnership, a global technology public policy firm.

Represented the shareholders of a Dialyss, a Singapore pharmaceutical company, on the sale of their company to a European healthcare group.

Key clients

Medici, Tonik Financial

Shook Lin & Bok (Singapore)

Shook Lin & Bok works with an impressive roster of clients, including major banks, multinational corporations and private equity investors, on large transactions locally and across the region. The firm is highly active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution and restructuring and insolvency. It is also skilled in advising on real-estate finance, particularly on the lender side. This year the firm is bolstered into the top tier for its banking and finance work, and ascends into the ‘Highly Recommended’ tier for capital markets and private equity. Key lawyers include Kai Zee Liew for banking and finance, Marilyn See for capital markets, David Chong for corporate and M&A, and Sarjit Singh Gill and David Chan for dispute resolution and insolvency.

Client feedback 

“Efficient and speedy turnaround time.” – Banking and finance

“Fast turnaround and great positive attitude.” – Banking and finance

“Heritage firm that now has stellar corporate partners in Dayne Ho and Chua Shi Ying with outstanding commercial nous and technical excellence.” – Corporate and M&A

“We appreciate the personal attention of the partner, responsiveness and reasonable fees.” – Corporate and M&A

“Honest, trustworthy, solid communications, and finishes the projects on time.” – Investment funds

“Guided us on a steep learning curve.” – Media and entertainment

“They are creative, client-focused, efficient, detail-oriented, and keep to deadlines.” – Real estate

“Very commercial views and advice, presented in a concise manner which makes it easy for the client to assess and make a decision on.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The team provides concise legal advice that is easy for the client to understand and grounded in commercial principles.” – Restructuring and insolvency

David Chan

“He commands the meeting room and provides legal advice with commercial considerations.”

“He is highly responsive and provides insightful advice that is commercially grounded. He offers innovative options to clients.”

Dayne Ho

“Clients need look no further than Dayne Ho for a lawyer with the rarest mixture of excellent commercial sense and brilliant technical ability. He sees the sticking points in any transaction earlier than others and solves them immediately. Clients are always ahead in the power curve because of his almost prescient analysis and brilliant negotiation skills.”

May Loo

“She is client-focused and comes up with creative solutions to break a deadlock. She is responsive and hard-working, calm under pressure.”

Ng Yeow Khoon

“Knowledgeable with speedy turnaround time.”

Stanley Lim

“Knowledgeable and client-centric.”

“Creative, communicative and speedy. He worked well with my team.”

Tan Woon Hum

“He is professional, has rich experience, highly efficient and trustworthy.”

“Strategic counsel and wise insight.”

Tan Zhi Ming

“Good knowledge of the legal aspects and able to meet the deadlines given. Positive attitude to always make the deal viable for all parties.”

Teo Mae Shaan

“Very good client relationship management. She is extremely helpful and responsive, with strong technical expertise on Singapore law.”

 

Work highlights 

Acted for Advance Intelligence Group on its $418 million Series D fundraising.

Advised Atome Financial and Advance Intelligence Group on the commercial partnership between Standard Chartered Bank and Atome Financial.

Key clients

Medlab Asset Management, Pathology Asia Holdings, SES Holdings, Tianjin Zhongxin Pharmaceutical Group Corporation

TLB Law

TLB focuses on commercial and corporate transactions, capital markets and corporate reorganisations involving both private and public companies, non-profit organisations and entrepreneurs. Due to the founder’s long track record of experience as an in-house counsel at a telecoms company, the firm has deep expertise in the telecommunications industry. Clients seek out the team for advice on the financial and emerging technologies space, as the lawyers are well versed in blockchain technologies and crypto-tokens, as well as related services and the attendant legal and regulatory implications. Philippe Taverne and Mathilde Broustau are key contacts. They are qualified to practice Singapore, French and UK law.


Work highlights 

Advised Appletree Distribution Singapore on the selling of its subsidiaries in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar to cosmetic group Yves Rocher.

Advised Ho Tram on its acquisition of a Hong Kong company and on holding land use rights in Vietnam.

Advised All Wise Holdings in relation to its fundraising and restructuring.

Key clients

Triple-A, Emeraud Holdings, Filhet Allard Maritime, Institutional Lending Exchange

TSMP Law Corporation

TSMP Law Corporation is especially well known for its work in corporate and M&A and dispute resolution. The firm also specialises in corporate real-estate financing, in particular in land acquisition financing and land development financing. This year the firm climbs into the ‘Highly Recommended’ tier in the banking and finance, and construction categories. The firm not only acts for various major corporations and financial institutions but also is frequently sought out by different regulatory bodies. Senior counsel Shen Yi Thio, corporate lawyer Stefanie Yuen Thio, construction specialists Melvin Chan and Derek Loh and labour expert Ian Lim are key figures at the firm. Jennifer Chia and Adrian Tan are other names to note for banking and finance and IP, respectively.

Client feedback

“We appreciate their client focus, practical and commercial approach to legal documents, and the solutions-driven approach.” – Banking and finance

“Willing to address novel issues.” – Banking and finance

“They are very responsible, reliable and provide good advice. They are always available when I need them.” – Banking and finance

“Very good understanding of the client’s position and objectives.” – Dispute resolution

“Fast response time.” – Dispute resolution

“I appreciate their high integrity and professionalism. They are meticulous.” – Dispute resolution

“Strong technical ability with commercially sensible advice.” – Dispute resolution

“The team is quick and effective. They are responsive and give solid advice. Their strength is in affidavits in dispute resolution, especially in civil legal matters.” – Dispute resolution

“They are responsive, responsible and have subject-knowledge expertise, which are key attributes in litigation.” – Dispute resolution

“They are able to work seamlessly with various departments to efficiently deliver a comprehensive solution.” – Dispute resolution

“Responsive and diligent.” – Dispute resolution

“Speed, accuracy, professional and responsive.” – Labour and employment

“We value their responsiveness, and experience and familiarity with complex employment disputes.” – Labour and employment

“Professional, efficient and responsive.” – Real estate

“Can-do attitude.” – Real estate

“Lawyers are always responsive.” – Real estate

“Strong presence in Singapore, reliable and extensive experience with complex restructuring and disputes.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Clear, commercial advice.” – Restructuring and insolvency

Felicia Tan

“Excellent understanding of the client’s position and objectives.”

“Good response time, practical advice, and not too legally conservative.”

“Excellent client management and service. Innovative with commercially sensible solutions backed by legal basis.”

“Easy to work with, she is engaging and bright.”

Ian Lim

“Very responsive, able to navigate and offer solutions to complex legal disputes. He is thorough, and has very strong client management and social skills.”

“Extremely calm with high integrity. Very responsive to answer my queries.”

Jennifer Chia

“Highly approachable, knowledgeable and professional.”

“Jennifer is very knowledgeable in her field of work. She is always available when we need her and provides outstanding advice.”

“She is responsive and has a can-do attitude.”

June Ho

“She is technically sound and unafraid to admit if she is not familiar and will ask questions till she is clear on the issue.”

Kelvin Koh

“He thinks deeply, is meticulous and commercial, which allows him to develop effective solutions.”

“Excellent advice, accommodating and client-friendly.”

“Has depth of legal knowledge across fields, coupled with practical, effective legal solutions to client's needs.”

Kwoh Ji Wei

“Responsive, patient and understanding. Good bonding and building up the relationship with clients in managing legal issues.”

Stef Yuen

“Responsive and solutions-driven.”

 

Work highlights 

Acted for Credit Suisse as the sole financial adviser to Singapore Press Holdings on the company’s proposed acquisition by Keppel Pegasus.

Assisted Credit Suisse in relation to Apricus Global’s voluntary condition general offer for Boardroom.

Key clients

Datapulse Technology, Logos Group, mm2 Asia, Morgan Stanley Asia

Withers KhattarWong

Withers KhattarWong is regularly sought out by high-profile private clients and banks for its expertise in financing, dispute resolution, tax and corporate matters. The firm’s funds practice is growing backed by its established tax advisory team. This year the firm moves up in multiple rankings, indicating the consistent growth and stability of its teams. The managing partner Deborah Barker is a key figure. Other lawyers to note include Shashi Nathan for disputes, Jonathan Kok for IP and TMT, and Eric Roose for tax. Last year it welcomed banking and finance specialist Chen Guan Feng from Morgan Lewis Stamford.

Client feedback

Leong Chuo Ming

“Savvy and provides practical solutions.”

Erlene Tan

“Positive attitude, highly organised and diligent. Easy to communicate with and thorough in ensuring all issues are put to bed properly.”


Work highlights 

Acted as Singapore counsel to EverSource Capital in the CDC Group's $70 million investment into the Green Growth Equity Fund, India’s first dedicated climate change fund.

Key clients

Altara Ventures, Altrui Investment Management, Ant Group, Binance, EDB New Ventures, Kejora Capital, Wallex Technologies

Wong Tan & Molly Lim

Wong Tan & Molly Lim offers legal services to clients with international business interests and is focused on capital markets, M&A, banking and finance, and general commercial and corporate law. Beng Hong Ong and Swee Gek Tan are key contacts for both banking and finance, and capital markets. Partner Philip Ling helms the dispute resolution practice. The firm debuts in the corporate and M&A, and dispute resolution tables this year. Firm founder Molly Lim departed last summer. She was awarded with the senior counsel designation at the beginning of 2022.

Client feedback

“They give quick responses and are familiar with my company and jurisdiction.” – Corporate and M&A

“Acting as our co-counsel, the DR team of Wong Tan & Molly Lim shows its sharp-minded, devoted and professional characters. They are good at communicating with clients from different cultures and thinking in the shoes of a business profession. The case came out with a good result.” – Dispute resolution

“They are team players, handle clients well, and are a pleasure to co-counsel with.” – Dispute resolution

“Provides reliable, sensible solutions. It is cost effective too.” – Dispute resolution

“They are attentive, reactive and professional. A legal team my company and I can count on.” – Regulatory

Chua Cheng Yew

“One of the lead counsel in the team. He offers sensible advice and timely feedback.”

Lee Yuan and Ong Beng Hong

“They are very knowledgeable, attentive and reliable.”

Philip Ling

“Erudite and experienced lawyer.”

“Extremely reliable, he has a strong commercial approach to his cases.”

Tan Swee Gek

“Quick responses and familiar with us as a client.”


Work highlights

Acting for Asia Vets Holdings, on its $45 million acquisition of fintech company AlDigi Holdings.

Advised Advanced Holdings, a company listed on the Catalist Board of the SGX-ST, in connection with the $6 million sale of shares in Guided Wave group.

Yuen Law

Yuen Law is a boutique legal practice offering services ranging from dispute resolution to corporate and commercial, real estate, family law and private wealth. The firm is especially active in fundraising and venture capital investment for SMEs and start-ups. Last year, the firm advised on more than 30 corporate and M&A-related transactions, and over 120 contentious matters. Its corporate department is led by the managing partner Samuel Yuen and is supported by senior director Kevin Chua, while its disputes group is helmed by Amos Cai.

Client feedback  

“Excellent case analysis on the dispute, clear explanation of the arbitration process and targets in the process. Demonstrated the best adversary pleadings and well-prepared arguments.” – Construction

“They solve the problem.” – Construction

“They offer practical and realistic advice with regards to courses of action and possible outcomes. They provide detailed legal documentation, closely follow up on matters relating to our case, have dedicated staff assigned to our case, and the assigned partner is experienced in dealing with construction industry cases.” – Construction

“We value their professionalism. They treated every case professionally despite the type and value of the case.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good quality of advice, timely responses and they collaborate well with the client.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are trustworthy, give good professional advice and are very prompt in their service.” – Corporate and M&A

“They do their due diligence, pay attention to detail, and are professional.” – Dispute resolution

“Professional and very patient to guide us along the way and explain to us the events that unfolded. Very reassuring for first timers in legal disputes like ours.” – Dispute resolution

“They are very knowledgeable and will always think and act from the client's point of view and interest. They are very professional in their advice and discharging their duties.” – Dispute resolution

“They explain the pros and cons and do not push you to pursue one legal course of action.” – Private client

“They are efficient, working even outside office hours, fighting for my legal rights despite being pressured by other party. They are cost-effective and were able to advise me at every stage of the proceedings to achieve a winning outcome.” – Private client

“Yuen Law was able to provide me with useful legal advice within a short turnaround time.” – Real estate

“They provide constant follow-ups and are responsive to texts. They are available to provide professional advice.” – Regulatory

Amos Cai

“I appreciate his professionalism, patience, empathy and deep expertise in the subject matter.”

“Patient and clear in explaining.”

“Excellent client service skills and advice.”

“Very knowledgeable, professional, assuring and positive.”

“Responsive to text and available to provide professional advice. Even if he is unavailable, his associate, Ms Denise Yong, will step in to advise.”

“Amos has in-depth experience with regards to disputes in the construction industry and has consistently given practical and realistic advice with regards to actions and their outcomes.”

Amos Cai and Denise Yong

“Best value for money, able to achieve winning outcome despite dirty tactics played by other party. They spoke up for me and fought for a winning outcome despite my being in a disadvantaged position.”

“They are very knowledgeable in their profession, and they give very relevant and practical advice to aid us in our decision-making.”

Denise Yong

“She is highly knowledgeable and able to understand our request and perspective clearly.”

Joyslyn Long

“Very responsive.”

Keyun Tian

“She is able to provide useful legal advice within a short turnaround time.”

“Keyun is the most kind, gentle, resilient, caring, assertive, hard-working, reliable and honest lawyer that I have ever worked with.”

 

Work highlights 

Acted for a payment solutions provider on its $103 million acquisition of Diners Club and its subsidiary DinersPay.

Advised BSL Corporation on its acquisition of shares in SD Unify.

Represented Hao Da, a Singapore construction company, on its acquisition of a peer in the same market.

Key clients

Citystate Travel Holdings, Jordan Huebner Asia, Making Sense Learning Centre

Dispute resolution
Advocatus Law

Advocatus Law celebrated its 10th year anniversary in 2019. Led by Christopher Daniel, the firm has built strong track record in dispute resolution across a wide spectrum of laws including professional negligence, employment, misrepresentation, and fiduciary duties. The firm is also active in the areas of corporate and commercial law, private client services and restructuring and insolvency.  


Work highlights 

Advised a director of a company on a dispute commenced by the judicial managers of the company, against the ex-director and directors for breaches of fiduciary duty, and fraudulent trading. 

Aldgate Chambers

Aldgate Chambers is a boutique disputes firm that has been active at all levels of court. It works with domestic and international clients, and has experience representing other law firms and lawyers in disciplinary tribunal hearings. The firm is helmed by managing director Kenneth Pereira and director Francine Lai.


Work highlights

Acted for a lawyer in a disciplinary tribunal proceeding in which the lawyer had nine charges against him by the Law Society.

Aquinas Law Alliance

Aquinas Law Alliance’s corporate finance practice covers a wide range of capital markets work. It is active in primary listings, de-listings, privatisations and secondary offerings. The firm also regularly advises on ongoing listing compliance and transfer listings. This year it debuts in the dispute resolution and technology tables. Joint managing partners Kok Meng Lim and Aloysius Wee are key contacts at the firm for transactional work. The disputes quarter is headed by Cephas Yee and Mark Cham Shan Jie. Highly praised Joshua Tan is another name to note for his technology expertise. Corporate partner Sean Lee joined last year from BlackOak.

Client feedback 

“They are responsive, experienced in the sector, and consider pros and cons on different approaches. They are well trusted and have balanced and honest views.” – Corporate and M&A

“Timely and efficient, and going above and beyond the support required from most legal service providers. Advice provided is always clear, actionable and incisive.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good commercial knowledge, proactive, timely response, willing to go the last mile.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are highly responsive, professional, and produce high quality work. They hit timescales and are cost-effective for SMEs. I have referred them to six other potential clients.” – Dispute resolution

“Professional.” – Dispute resolution

“Practical and quick turnaround. Open to ideas.” – Dispute resolution

“Their work is detailed.” – Dispute resolution

“Provide clear, practical and commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They grasp issues quickly and draft succinct documents. They have good attention to detail, are thorough and have quick response times. They manage client expectations in terms of both case management and fees. The pricing is competitive.” – Dispute resolution

“I was intimidated by another lawyer, so I found Cephas from Aquinas. They made it easier for me to understand the law. Also it wasn’t about the money, I was stuck in a situation and Cephas really went out of his way to help me even though I’m really a small one-off client.” – Intellectual property

“They provide advice that is clear, concise and collaborative, taking into account nuances and risks that I would not have foreseen. Aquinas has acted as a champion and guardian of my company’s brand values.” – Intellectual property

“Excellent knowledge of the law, communicative and good judgement on settling negotiations.” – Investment funds

“Very experienced in start-up funding rounds, explains legal concepts very clearly, very capable in terms of helping start-up founders, and very high EQ during negotiations.” – Media and entertainment

“We had a red flag in one of our contracts being pushed by the angel investor. They made us realise that this is a bad idea and that really saved a big percentage of the founders’ shareholding.” – Private equity

“Expert knowledge and understanding in the technology industry. Provides comprehensive advisory service for early-stage start-ups from general corporate affairs to fundraising.” – Private equity

 

Mark Cham

“Professional and patient.”

Joshua Tan

“Great communicator, good problem-solver and very responsive.”

“Highly responsive, professional, customer-focused, trustworthy and open.”

“He is a very capable lawyer that is very good at clear and friendly communication with founders.”

“Joshua Tan, a partner at Aquinas Law Alliance, was extremely proactive in addressing and highlighting any potential risks for us during the entire transaction. He was also highly responsive during the entire deal and assisted us in obtaining the most optimal deal structure.”

“The biggest help he gave us was to make us realise that our angel investor had a non-diluting policy which would have harmed us a lot in the future.”

“Joshua is compassionate and concise. He is also a great coach and meticulous. Most critically he is about five steps ahead of the situation and strategic in his approach to offering advice on all our matters.”

“Excellent communication and client relationship management skills.”

“Joshua is highly responsive, enthusiastic in terms of helping his customers, and can be trusted to give strong legal guidance when needed.”

“Joshua is extremely knowledgeable in handling crypto-related cases. He is highly responsive, gives a nuanced risk assessment in terms of his legal guidance, and has been consistent in his support for our requirements.”

“We value his responsiveness and accountability. Joshua was always contactable and consistently delivered on all deadlines in a very time-sensitive transaction. He has excellent commercial sense. Joshua, beyond his legal expertise, was very well versed in commercial issues pertaining to the technology investment space.”

“Communicative and adept at settling negotiations.”

“I appreciate his depth of knowledge in the client’s business. He is very start-up friendly and gives creative solutions and comprehensive advisory for risk management.”

Lim Kok Meng

“Good commercial knowledge and able to apply it, offers good solutions to problems, proactive and hungry.”

Cephas Yee

“Sincere, altruistic and knowledgeable.”

“Goes above and beyond.”

“He understands the client's goals may not have anything to do with the legal standards that are in play.”

“Cephas has good knowledge and is very detailed.”

“Cephas gives clear, practical advice. He is very responsive and understands what is important to our business.”

“He is good at understanding issues quickly. He gives very good strategic advice. He has quick response times, good knowledge, is empathetic, and you feel he is on your side and there to help.”


Work highlights

Acted for the owner of a jet services company in relation to claims regarding a purported breach of a lien of a private aircraft.

Represented Kong Hoo Private in claims against a broker which had worked with various parties to deliver fraudulent standby letters of credit.

Representing JE Synergy Engineering against two of its former employees in relation to bribes taken in relation to a $28 million construction contract.

Key clients

Entrexchange Investments, Hwa Aik Engineering, Secretlab SG

 
Bird & Bird ATMD

Bird & Bird ATMD upholds its ‘Outstanding’ ranking with a strong intellectual property practice and expertise in the technology and telecommunications sector. Lorraine Tay and Alban Kang are key figures for IP. The firm is also active in capital markets, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, energy and labour and employment. This year it moves up in the energy table, and debuts in the construction and private equity categories. Marcus Chow, Sandra Seah and Beng Chai Tay are the main corporate partners at the firm. Jonathan Choo is a dispute resolution lawyer particularly active in international arbitration and Seow Hui Goh focuses on labour and employment.

Client feedback 

“Extremely pragmatic and commercial, excellent attention to detail, but does not belabour legal points unnecessarily.” – Aviation

“Commercially sound while providing solid legal advice and willing to go the extra mile.” – Aviation

“Responsive, practical and commercial-oriented.” – Capital markets

“Proactive and responsible.” – Capital markets

“Responsive with the ability to anticipate and identify potential issues. Has the ability to propose solutions.” – Capital markets

“Fast and logical responses.” – Competition/antitrust

“Highly responsive and can devise value-adding solutions to commercial issues.” – Corporate and M&A

“The firm's legal documents are sophisticated and can capture most legal issues that we need to mitigate or prevent. When there is an issue, they are quick to provide solutions.” – Corporate and M&A

“Staff are timely, dedicated, professional, responsive and client-oriented.” – Corporate and M&A

“Prompt and completed the work within the schedule.” – Corporate and M&A

“Professional and efficient.” – Corporate and M&A

“Very professional, work effectively within time frame.” – Corporate and M&A

“It has comprehensive in-depth knowledge of the energy industry and thus is in position to provide good advice” – Energy

“The partner is helpful and turnaround time is quick. Great service.” – Intellectual property

“They are very responsive and the team has demonstrated in past projects their ability to deliver commercially sensible legal advice at very competitive fee quotes.” – Intellectual property

“Responsive, understands our business and our needs.” – Privacy and data protection

“Fast, reliable and a trusted partner.” – Private equity

“Completed the task promptly.” – Regulatory

Chua Lijun

“Receptive, fast responses and good knowledge of the relevant law and good understanding of the issues.”

Goh Seow Hui

“We value her professionalism, compassion for clients and humility.”

“Seow Hui did an outstanding job of understanding the client's needs. She advised me what was best for the client. She handled the case so swiftly to settle it amicably and moved on. I am impressed by her professionalism to take ownership after [another] lawyer left the firm. She took the responsibility of closing it. I am pleased with her customer service and compassion.”

Jeremy Tan

“Responsive, great attention to detail, he is client and results oriented.”

Jolie Giouw

“Highly responsive, she identifies the key issues quickly and comes out with solutions. We have always been impressed.”

“Excellent service-oriented mindset, has strong commercial acumen and able to advise well on the law.”

“Responsive and experienced. Able to provide prompt and quality advice and solutions.”

Lawrence Wong

“Communicates well to solve all the requirements requested by the SGX in Singapore.”

Leo Fattorini

“Leo is responsive, accessible and user-friendly. With counterparts he comes across very well without compromising our position.”

Leo is responsive, accessible and user-friendly.”

“He has industry-wide knowledge of the Asian region, and is commercially savvy when it comes to negotiating with external parties.”

“Fast turnaround time and knowledgeable.”

Marcus Chow

“Marcus is knowledgeable in early-stage transactions and he is always available to the team to provide an opinion.”

“He is very smart and has extensive knowledge in venture capital investment as well as M&A.”

“Listens to what the client wants, and provides accurate suggestions and solutions.”

“Responsive, responsible and is able to communicate effectively with people of all levels.”

“Very commercial and good understanding of the client's needs.”

“Responsive, has ability to propose innovative solutions, and has good client relationship management.”

“Provides in-depth knowledge and advice to the board, resolving issues with advance steps taken.”

“Marcus was very responsive and can be depended on to deliver sound pragmatic advice, even outside of regular office hours. He is also quick to understand the commercial issues at hand, and propose solutions to address these issues.”

Sandrea Seah

“Very helpful and exhibits very good in-depth industrial knowledge. Gives very sound advice.”

“Professional, good listener, understands issues quickly and timely in responses.”

 

Work highlights 

Acted for a global software supplier in a dispute with its customer, including delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Representing Retrospect Investment, Permenpronic Technologies and its main shareholder in a series of Singapore court proceedings involving minority oppression and conspiracy and issues relating to buy-out of client’s shares.

Acting for Voltas in multiple Singapore court proceedings against various sub-contractors arising out of multiple government infrastructural projects.

Represented Greenbay Marine in an action involving breach of confidence and breach of contract.

Key clients

ICOP Construction, Oracle Corporation Singapore, Roche Singapore

Braddell Brothers

Founded in 1883, Braddell Brothers is one of Singapore’s oldest independent law practices that exclusively focuses on dispute resolution. The firm regularly advises financial institutions, high net-worth individuals and clients in the energy, real estate and healthcare sectors. Apart from counsel work, the partners are presently handling five arbitration cases as arbitrator seated in various forums around the region. Edmund Kronenburg and Angelia Thng are key contacts at the firm. The team was bolstered by the arrival of partner Joanna Chew from Clyde & Co Clasis last year.


Work highlights 

Acting as co-counsel to a Russian party in a billion-dollar arbitration over a Vietnamese power plant project.

Represented Chinese and Singaporean parties in a sizeable Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) arbitration over 26 cases of alleged warehouse fraud.

Representing a Korean company in an SIAC IP-related arbitration.

Key clients

Autodesk, BASF, Ericsson Telecommunications, Garuda, Hyundai Engineering, JSC Power Machines, Lippo Group, OSO Group, Wondershare Technology

CHP Law

CHP Law is a young, full-service firm with ties to CNPLaw, its senior consultant being Colin Ng. The team is active in corporate and commercial, dispute resolution, intellectual property, real estate, labour and private client matters. The firm is helmed by managing partner Christopher Huang and includes seven senior lawyers including directors Richway Ponnampalam, Randall Perera and Arthur Yap. The IP team was boosted by the joining of director Dixon Soh from the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore last summer.


Work highlights

Acted for an established Singapore construction company in an Singapore International Arbitration Centre arbitration against a government-linked company.

CMS Holborn Asia

CMS Holborn Asia is rapidly expanding in Singapore with the arrival of renowned lawyers in the market. Leading figures include construction specialist Kelvin Aw as well as IP and TMT focus Sheena Jacob. The firm is particularly known for its sector focus across technology, healthcare, life sciences, media, consumer goods and services and infrastructure. Its banking practice was launched in early 2021 with the arrival of seasoned finance partner Daniel Tan from Clifford Chance.

Client feedback

“Knowledgeable, commercial, reliable and quick.” – Banking and finance

“Responsive and reacts positively to short deadlines. Provides comprehensive analysis.” – Banking and finance

“They truthfully provided legal opinions and legal advice to us. They did especially splendidly on providing rational and practical legal advice to the client.” – Dispute resolution

“Great at managing the client relationship. Clear written advice. Solid experience in the construction, oil and gas sectors.” – Dispute resolution

“The CMS team, under the construction disputes team, headed by Lynette [Chew] and Kelvin [Aw] always have their client's interest at heart. They help me balance between costs and benefit outcomes forthrightly even if it means less fees for the firm as a consequence of the advice. Lynette led a team who defended a claim at the High Court and Court of Appeal in Singapore. It was a very difficult appeal but the team did a brilliant job with tenacity. The team took the time to explain procedural and evidential difficulties for certain points but advised on strategies around this which worked brilliantly.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide timely, cost-efficient service in managing our trademark portfolio. They are very responsive, providing clear advice and instruction.” – Intellectual property

“They have exceptional response time to meet the demanding needs of a changing and dynamic media business. Their advice is always concise and delivered with knowledge of how media businesses operate in APAC.” – Media and entertainment

Asya Jamaludin

“Great industry knowledge and client engagement.”

Daniel Tan

“Knowledgeable, commercial and reliable.”

“Good availability, senior oversight and attention, and open to ideas.”

Denise Loh

“Denise is very responsive and provides clear and concise advice and counsel.”

Sheena Jacob

“Acts as an extended trusted business partner for the legal department. Always responsive and offers practical solutions in the challenging regulatory environment. She has the ability to balance risk and the need to do business.”

Lynette Chew

“Lynette often spends time, including non-billable time, at the outset and initial stages of the instruction to fully understand the client's issues and case before jumping into a prescriptive course of action that starts incurring exorbitant legal costs for the client. Her advice is often insightful and honest. This is much appreciated from the client perspective. When we need to proceed to full trials, Lynette and her team are always fully prepared for a good fight when the fight is necessary. Her attention to details and cross-examination skills for factual and expert witnesses were impeccable. It shows the high level of preparation she and the team undertake for the trial, including understanding the client's commercial issues and business realities.”

 

Work highlights

Acting for an international financial institution in relation to high-profile trade credit and commodity-related claims, with overall creditor claims valued at more than $2 billion.

Advising Vietjet on threatened insolvency proceedings in Singapore and the UK.

Defending one of the world’s largest beauty companies from substantial commercial and criminal claims.

Coleman Street Chambers

Coleman Street Chambers was founded in 2011 as a dispute resolution boutique with a focus on high-value commercial litigation and arbitration, and criminal litigation. It has a high win and settlement rate in court and through mediations. Its clients largely comprise offshore and onshore SMEs. Director Daniel Chia Jin Chong and associate director Vickie Tan Lin Yin are the key contacts.


Work highlights

Advised four defendants, including Big Bus Singapore City Sightseeing and Singapore Ducktours, on a claim and counterclaim against two foreign companies in an intellectual property suit.

Acted for Shanghai Afute Food and Beverage Management on an intellectual property claim and unlawful conspiracy matter, and two defendants in counterclaim in a misrepresentation claim.

Key clients

Certis CISCO Aviation, Citiponics, Exim & Mfr Holdings, Primustech

Covenant Chambers

Established in 2016, Covenant Chambers prides itself on offering its disputes-related services at a lower cost than the largest domestic firms, but still maintaining high-calibre advice and director involvement. It has been recognised by the Singapore government as being a pioneering local law firm with the SmartLaw Singapore Law Practice recognition scheme. Managing director Ee Yan Lee and director Ronald Wong are the main contacts. Associate directors Zheng Feng Lim and Benedict Eoon left last year for Fervent Chambers and Oon & Bazul, respectively.

Client feedback

“Professional, balanced, responsive and presented both sides of the coin at all times for us as the client to make an objective call.” – Competition/antitrust

“Passionate, professional and most importantly, they work with heart.” – Private client

Ronald Wong

“Concise, clear, humble and instils confidence.”

Wilbur Lua

“Professional, with deep insights into cases. Works with heart and is level-headed.”


Work highlights

Acted for Kelington Engineering, the Singapore subsidiary of Kelington Group Berhad, in a suit against its ex-country manager following the latter’s breach of a letter of appointment. This dispute concerns the applicability and relevance of the doctrine of penalty clauses in the context of fixed-term employment contracts, and is the first of its kind in Singapore.

Defended Systematic Airconditioning and its director-shareholder in a dispute against the other director-shareholder of the company in relation to allegedly unpaid dividends by the client.

Acted for a travel company, Raffles Air, on its suit against three directors of the said company on the ground of breach of fiduciary duties, breach of trust and unlawful means conspiracy.

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson is one of Singapore’s largest full-service firms, stacked with notable partners who are experts in their fields. The firm has stellar banking, construction, disputes, competition and technology and telecommunications practices. Partners to note include banking specialist Doreen Sim, M&A partner Eng Leng Ng, intellectual property specialists Ai Ming Lee and I-An Lim, projects expert Joo Thye Tan, disputes specialist Lawrence Teh and senior counsel Edmund Leow. Last year, at the beginning of 2021, its former managing director Philip Jeyaretnam was appointed the Supreme Court Judicial Commissioner. Antitrust specialist Nicole Teo left for an in-house role at Shell, while capital markets partners Zhi Hao Loy and Eunice Yao left for firms Persistence and Hamilton Locke, respectively. The construction group welcomed partner Reuben Peter from Allen & Gledhill and partner Weilin Chua departed for Citi as its associate GC. Corporate specialist Tony Toh joined the team from Venture Corporation. Disputes partner Chia Ming Lee left for Ascendant Law, while R&I specialist Debby Lim arrived from BlackOak.

Client feedback

Jen Wei Loh

“She is very quick on her feet and well experienced in dealing with counterparties.”


Work highlights

Successfully represented PNG Sustainable Development Program by having the plaintiff’s claim struck out in relation to payment of its long-term fund for control over the client’s assets of $1.65 billion.

Key clients

Bulat Utemuratov, Engine Holdings Asia, HEA Water Engineering

Drew & Napier

As one of Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms, Drew & Napier possesses a diverse roster of lawyers offering an extensive range of legal services in Singapore and across the region. This year it makes gains in numerous rankings tables, moving up a tier in the energy, infrastructure, construction and corporate and M&A categories. The firm remains a dispute resolution powerhouse with a deep bench of top advocates including Jimmy Yim and Cavinder Bull. Disputes and insolvency lawyer Siraj Omar, construction specialist Christopher Chong and elite tax practitioner Ong Sim Ho further reinforce the team. Other key names to note include Pauline Chong for finance, Petrus Huang for capital markets, Chong Kin Lim for competition and technology, Steven Lo for corporate and M&A, Tony Yeo for IP, and Sushil Nair and Blossom Hing for restructuring and insolvency. Consultant Gary Pryke is another well-known practitioner in the corporate and finance space.

Client feedback 

“Comprehensive and meticulous in rendering legal advice on the finance documents.” – Aviation

“Commercial and practical advice, prompt responses, and clarity of explanation.” – Banking and finance

“The firm is professional in dealing with the bank’s lawyer and able to provide us with the legal advice.” – Banking and finance

“Prompt, practical and responsive.” – Banking and finance

“Fast, quick, number one in litigation, and they give prompt replies.” – Banking and finance

“Experienced and efficient. Organised with a clear action plan.” – Banking and finance

“They are knowledgeable and provide a different perspective.” – Capital markets

“Able to provide clear, succinct and actionable advice.” – Construction

“Extremely effective and efficient.” – Construction

“Fast, quick responses and able to provide alternative solutions.” – Construction

“Responsive, accommodating to the client, commercially minded, with an appropriately staffed team.” – Corporate and M&A

“Able to understand our objectives and also distil key legal issues into an easy to understand form.” – Corporate and M&A

“The corporate M&A team was dependable, responsive and professional in their advice. They were able to identify pitfalls and suggest innovative solutions during the negotiation of S&P agreement.” – Corporate and M&A

“We value their intellect, insights, responsiveness in dealing with complex situations, breadth and depth of knowledge.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, efficient and provides to-the-point advice and work.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their response is prompt and advice is sound and clear.” – Corporate and M&A

“The team is creative and attentive to details.” – Corporate and M&A

“Professional and skilful, and quite familiar with our industry characteristics so that they could figure out a strategic proposal. Always provide prompt feedback.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have a dedicated and experienced professional team that creates a successful outcome.” – Dispute resolution

“Customer-focused.” – Dispute resolution

“They go a long way to understand the nuances of the business which gives them the edge in any kind of dispute resolution process.” – Dispute resolution

“Great legal advice and extremely responsive. They think around issues and provide answers which are not obvious to their peers. The team is very personable.” – Dispute resolution

“Sincere and very responsive.” – Dispute resolution

“We value Drew & Napier’s experience, depth of both legal and commercial knowledge, and understanding of a client’s needs and wants. How it utilises all of these attributes to aggressively yet reasonably pursues the client’s interests is class-leading. Hence it has a stellar and fearsome reputation amongst its peers and the courts, giving its clients an advantage.” – Dispute resolution

“Reliable and efficient.” – Dispute resolution

“Prompt responses, very practical and commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide timely, commercially useful and clear advice. They are also very user-friendly, and are proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. They know arbitration and court work well. They are also very professional, polished, and give a very high quality of service.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent advocates that obtained great results.” – Dispute resolution

“Able to provide insights to the issue and propose next steps and attached consequences, including providing legal obligations arising from the claims.” – Dispute resolution

“Quick to act, knowledgeable and compassionate.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive, responsive, diligent, accurate and resourceful.” – Dispute resolution

“Very hands-on and smart.” – Dispute resolution

“Yuet Min and her team are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and responsive. She provides sound advice, novel solutions and has secured some great results for the client. She is clearly a future leader in the Singapore dispute resolution landscape.” – Dispute resolution

“They are thorough, balanced in risk assessment, hard-working, persistent and results-driven.” – Dispute resolution

“It is a comprehensive full-service firm with depth of expertise in a range of critical areas that are indispensable for our day-to-day operations, whether during a growth cycle or a downward trend, such as construction, corporate, insolvency and restructuring, security of payment matters and dispute resolution. With Christopher Chong at the helm of its construction practice, which is core to us, Drew & Napier has been our trusted go-to firm on a regular, consistent basis for some years now, with the full intention on our part to continue this relationship for a long time to come.” – Dispute resolution

“Consistently high level of effectiveness, professional and well organised.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent teamwork and positive thinking.” – Dispute resolution

“They go deep into the root of the problems. They can engage linear and lateral thinking, and have good knowledge of laws. They have good people skills, preparing clients and witnesses well before trials.” – Dispute resolution

“Very good knowledge of the law, markets in Asia , cultures and mentalities, very service-oriented and competent.” – Dispute resolution

“Knowledge and professionalism.” – Dispute resolution

“Well regarded in Singapore, sound commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They have represented us in dispute resolution and have a very professional team.” – Dispute resolution

“They exercise professionalism in providing advisory services in corporate contracts and dispute resolution.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier provide sound advice that is practical and well researched on the law. Their counsel prepare meticulously for court hearings and have a thorough knowledge of the court documents.” – Dispute resolution

“They are reliable and responsive, and thorough in reviewing documents and evidence, and work in a timely manner, seeking instructions and making recommendations where helpful. They also cross-examine witnesses effectively and expose discrepancies and untruths told in court.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier was highly professional throughout the engagement and was very responsive as and when we sought advice during the course of the arbitration. We felt that we got value for money based on the service that they provided. In essence, the team that we worked with was very attentive to our needs and provided legal advice that was spot on.” – Dispute resolution

“Efficient and effective.” – Dispute resolution

“Proactive and very attentive to client's needs.” – Dispute resolution

“Brilliant international arbitration lawyers in technical cross-border infrastructure disputes.” – Infrastructure

“They make an effort to incorporate your views and concerns. This builds trust and confidence in the team and firm.” – Insurance

“They provide prompt assistance, practical advice and are very knowledgeable on the subject-matter.” – Insurance

“They possess technical abilities to dissect even the most complex of legal issues, and advocacy skills if and where the need arises.” – Insurance

“Drew & Napier continues to provide top-shelf legal service and advice. They always think globally while providing local advice. They focus on the client's objectives and needs, and tailor the advice accordingly. They have a large pool of highly talented attorneys which they can leverage when looking at the best approach in handling contentious IP matters.” – Intellectual property

“They were transparent about costs and were punctual with all our Zoom meetings.” – Intellectual property

“They have expertise of Singapore law in relation to intellectual property. They provided strong support in Singapore litigation for the client who is not familiar with the laws in the country.” – Intellectual property

“Clear explanations, expertise and management skills.” – Intellectual property

“Creative and attentive.” – Intellectual property

“Meryl and her team were excellent strategists who understood our bottom lines and gave us reliable legal advice accordingly.” – Intellectual property

“The IP team led by Tony Yeo is always prompt and efficient in its response. It gives clear legal advice and is transparent in its costs estimates.”– Intellectual property

“They provide advice based on Singapore law, responsively and thoroughly.” – Investment funds

“Drew & Napier provides well-researched and sound advice on Singapore law and keeps the client well informed of each stage of the matter. The firm also makes itself readily available to answer queries.” – Oil and gas

“Proactive, responsive, timely and solutions-oriented.” – Privacy and data protection

“Drew & Napier is a law firm that places high priority on the integrity, chain of custody and handling of electronic evidence. The firm has high appreciation of the volatility, integrity, interpretation and value of electronic evidence when litigating disputes/resolutions for their clients. It not only places high priority on integrity and chain of custody of electronic evidence but also on circumstance surrounding the electronic evidence. This even includes the ambient information around electronic evidence – circumstance issues like how the evidence was created, situation under which it was created and distributed, and parties who have handled the electronic data, including metadata information.” – Private client

“They are a committed team willing to explore all angles and willing to work through nights to ensure the final draft is excellent before submitting.” – Private client

“They provide sharp and incisive advice, and have a highly responsive integrated offering. They are able to get inputs from other disciplines.” – Private equity

“Very responsive and technically sound.” – Real estate

“Creative and attentive to details.” – Real estate

“Very detailed and able to distil the key issues for us.” – Real estate

“Highly professional and efficient.” – Real estate

“Full-service law firm that thinks outside the box. It understands commercial realities of the transactions because their partners also serve in industrial and business associations so they know how the law and business interact.” – Real estate

“Clear, concise and value-added advice.” – Regulatory

“Extremely commercial and competent. They are able to grasp issues affecting not just the legal position but also address the commercial, political and reputational concerns of the client.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The team is brilliantly led by Blossom Hing. Blossom and her team are highly cohesive and easy to work with. They have great experience and are very strong lawyers.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The Drew & Napier lawyers with whom I have worked most closely are Sushil Nair and Julian Kwek, the co-heads of the restructuring group. Both are extremely hard-working, smart and creative – and I have seen them achieve excellent results for their clients in every matter where I have had the privilege of working with them. I also have worked closely with Blossom Hing, Chan Wei Meng and Mohan Gopalan, and, as with Mr. Nair and Mr. Kwek, I have always been impressed with the first-rate quality of their work and their dedication to helping their clients work through and emerge from difficult times.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Drew & Napier’s tax team is clear and concise in their responses to general or specific issues.” – Tax

“The team has an experienced senior tax partner.” – Tax

“Good sense of commercial realities.” – Tax

“Drew & Napier is very professional, competent and ethical.” – Tax

Allister Tan

“He is able to explain legal technicalities so that you can understand. He is able to provide solutions to help us with our issues.”

“Very responsive, practical and hands-on.”

“He's a technical expert in the sparse world of insurance disputes, and a trusted adviser who balances commercial needs with the legal position.”

Benedict Teo

“Very knowledgeable, sincere and responsive.”

“Responsive and commercially minded when providing legal advice.”

“Responsive and practical.”

“Commercially sound, practical and gives clear explanations.”

Blossom Hing

“She is super-responsive and sharp with an amazing work ethic. She is always available to address any concerns I have. I trust her implicitly. She is extremely competent and commercial. A pleasure to work with.”

“She is an outstanding leader of her team and has unbelievable experience of restructuring issues. Blossom is creative and thinks outside the box. She is supported by a very strong team.”

Christopher Chong

“Christopher Chong is a singularly exceptional practitioner, who is all-rounded in terms of legal depth of knowledge, commercial acumen, client responsiveness, innovation and unmatched local knowledge. His dedication to his craft and in assisting us to find sensible, practical and mutually beneficial solutions is close to peerless. Chris is backed by a solid team that, whether as a whole or individually, are more than capable of pulling their own weight and delivering value to us in the context of the role they play. We must mention director Kelvin Teo, and senior associates Nicole Toh and Josh Tan.”

“Excellent advocate in international commercial arbitrations.”

“He has an in-depth knowledge of the industrial sector, is up to date in new trends and technologies of the industry.”

David Alfred

“Great understanding of the issue and seeks to clarify when information not clear.”

Fiona Chew

“Compassionate, good listener, actively provides meaningful solutions, attentive, accurate, humble and diligent.”

Gary Wan

“Experienced, effective and affable. Able to solve issues with a calm attitude.”

Grace Morgan

“Professional with high ethics for the client’s best interest.”

Jared Chen

“He is extremely responsive and gives very practical advice.”

“He is a good listener and pays attention to details. He makes copious notes, which suggests a keen interest in the subject-matter and building a source of permanent notes.”

Javier Yeo

“Knowledgeable and has expertise in laws regarding intellectual property. Provides strong support in the litigation.”

Jon Nair

“Responsive and gives clear advice.”

Joshua Chin

“Outstanding. Very proficient in his knowledge. Able to understand problems very well and come up with creative solutions. Provides excellent advice. Very responsive and is able to attend to the smallest details.”

Julian Kwek

“Julian is an intelligent and creative problem-solver who always makes sure to understand his clients' objectives and concerns in developing effective strategies in their complicated cross-border restructuring matters.”

Keith Lam

“Responsive and has a good understanding of the issues.”

Kelvin Tan

“Kelvin takes responsibility for his lawyers and their work. He is pleasant and effective in court trials as a senior litigation lawyer, and he and his team are not only legally competent, but practical and helpful in meeting our needs in their advice and solutions offered.”

Kelvin Teo

“Very knowledgeable about the law and the legal system. Able to provide clear guidance on the relevant issues.”

Lau Sok Hiang

“Ability to communicate the issues well to the client.”

“Creative and attentive to details.”

Lim Chong Kin

“Proactive, client- and solutions-focused, quick, knowledgeable, experienced and capable.”

Mahesh Rai

“Strong knowledge of laws in India and good knowledge of the country’s legal infrastructure.”

“His personal approach to a transaction goes a long way.”

“Always approachable, a patient listener, has sound industry knowledge, excellent knowledge of law and always provides practical solutions.”

“He listens well and is a great tactician.”

“Excellent, thorough, and balanced risk management and advice.”

“Creative solutions and very focused.”

“Quick, efficient and super-understanding of the matter and case file.”

“Mahesh Rai leads a disputes team that is well versed in both blockchain technology nuances and traditional commercial and financial litigation and arbitration. His domain knowledge in blockchain, fintech and technology makes him brutally effective in disputes regarding these matters, more than the other top-ranked disputes teams in Singapore. This is a very key differentiator. The team is very meticulous and has great attention to detail, and catches both technology-related and more typical factual nuances of cases. Mr Rai himself is a very forceful and cunning cross-examiner in court, and has a commanding presence that allows him to take control of court proceedings, even against senior counsels and litigators much more senior than him. He is also extremely responsive, and he and his team readily respond to queries even at 11pm or on a Sunday. Finally, he gives straightforward, practical, concise, commercial and very concrete recommendations when asked for options, including cost considerations. He will not give theoretical or abstract answers, and will not give tentative or timid recommendations that do not allow a client to visualise a concrete course of action. He even advised on a personal matter for one of my friends, a senior executive in a large blockchain company, and my friend gave glowing positive feedback, that he felt very reassured and confident on a personal level, in addition to getting clear advice on the legal issues.”

Mahesh Rai and Don Loo

“Mahesh Rai and Don Loo of Drew & Napier have sound knowledge and expertise in disputes relating to telecom towers industry. They are spot on their turnaround time. Both of them have an eye for details.”

Meryl Koh

“She is meticulous and will analyse the pros, cons and costs of each option for you so you can make the most informed decision for your company.”

Ong Sim Ho

“Great client management and good options to manage costs.”

Paras Lalwani

“Very clear, sound legal advice and very client-friendly.”

Pauline Chong

“Ability to work within deadlines and meticulous in the details.”

“Professional, helpful and reliable.”

“She is professional and responsive.”

Rakesh Kirpalani

“He is fluent in both English and Chinese and quite familiar with our industry practice, and works in a highly effective way. He always bestows skilful and valuable advice.”

“He is a very detailed person.”

“Very dynamic and thoughtful lawyer. Takes the time to listen and understand the problem. He proposes solutions that follow the law and have a high chance of success.”

“Prompt, effective and driven.”

Randolph Khoo

“Randolph is a very good advocate. Has a very thorough knowledge of his brief. He is excellent at cross-examining witnesses and is nimble at adapting his approach and cross-examination strategy to suit the witness that is giving evidence.”

“He always remains professional and customer-oriented.”

Jimmy Yim

“SC Jimmy Yim and his team are outstanding. They take pains to understand and provide a holistic approach to the resolution of disputes. Their legal strategies leave no stone unturned. Their eagerness to use cutting-edge methodology and technology to drill at details is commendable.”

“He is a great lawyer.”

“He is a powerful leader of his team and very knowledgeable.”

“Very professional and up to date with legal advances, always has a good strategic approach.”

“Intelligent, high EQ, very efficient and analytical.”

“His experience and depth of knowledge of both the legal aspects and commercial realities of a case are faultless. He is extremely quick to grasp and identify the issues of the case, the client’s problems and difficulties, and manages all aspects of a case brilliantly. In his preparation for trial and appeal, he was thorough, detailed and meticulous. Beyond a lawyer-client association, he also develops a personal and heartfelt relationship with his clients.”

Seraphina Ho

“Fast turnaround and sound in knowledge.”

Shu Yan Woo

“She has been instrumental in our trial, appeals and judgments.”

Siraj Omar

“He provides timely, commercially useful and clear advice. He is also very user-friendly, and is proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. He knows arbitration and court work well. He and his team are also very professional, polished and give a very high quality of service.”

Sok Hiang Lau

“Responsive, going extra miles to help the client, responsible and has a good approach.”

Soo Lih Ho

“Very responsive and communicative to clients.”

Steven Lo

“Steven is a veteran of the industry, a brilliant legal practitioner and can be trusted to handle the most complex of situations.”

Tan Teng Sen

“Teng Sen is a consummate lawyer who combines intellect, wisdom and insights, and who is able to understand various stakeholders, enabling clients to formulate strategy and tactics with great effectiveness.”

“Teng Sen followed through the M&A process diligently with excellent support from his team. He had a good grasp of our needs and was able to develop a coherent strategy.”

“Impeccable deal leadership. Covers the strategic issues and knows the details. Able to rope in appropriate resources and expertise from rest of his firm to support.”

“He is a strong negotiator, commercially minded and has a good base of legal knowledge. He is able to understand client positions and concerns and advise on negotiating positions.”

“Able to understand our objectives and distil key legal issues for us to understand easily.”

“His response time is very good and he always meets deadlines. His advice is practical.”

“Responsive, efficient and provides precise advice.”

Timothy Oen

“Fast and reliable.”

Tony Yeo

“Tony Yeo quickly grasps the highly technical and legal issues presented to him and distils them into something which is easy to understand. He has a great attention to detail and hones in on the chink in the armour to bring the greatest outcome for the client.”

“He made the way forward very clear.”

“Supportive and gives clear explanations.”

“Creative and attentive to details.”

“Very warm and approachable. Responsible with sound legal advice.”

“Tony Yeo, as Drew's IP managing partner, has always been warm and approachable with a good business sense and sound legal advice.”

Vanessa Chiam

“Responsive and helpful.”

Sharon Ki

“Responsive and helpful.”

Wendell Wong

“He is confident and calm, has good communications and is quick thinking on his feet. He has the ability to see the big picture and possesses deep legal knowledge.”

“He is always there when we need emergency help even with very tough timelines and in a different field. We have worked through many nights with his team and they are very supportive! He and his team are always ready to take up the challenges, they have worked through nights to meet the dateline, and ensuring that the work they submit is excellent.”

Julian Kwek

“Demonstrates professional knowledge and technical capability.”

Wilson Koh

“Wilson is highly composed even in the most adverse of situations and is a lawyer you want in your corner. He is also very clinical and prompt in the delivery of legal advice and we enjoyed working with him tremendously.”

Yang Shi Yong

“YSY has wide-ranging experience of various taxes across industries. He is able to understand the tax issues and able to clarify and break it down systematically in finding a solution.”

Yuet Min Foo

“She is an excellent lawyer. She understood all the technical issues and plotted the way forward.”

“Yuet Min and her team are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and responsive. She provides sound advice, novel solutions and has secured some great results for the client. She is clearly a future leader in the Singapore dispute resolution landscape.”

“Excellent advocate who gives excellent advice. She obtained great results for us.”

 

Work highlights 

Representing Impresa Pizzarotti as the claimant in an investor-state arbitration administered under the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Convention, between a global construction company and Morocco. The dispute arises out of the construction of several tunnels under the Kasbah des Oudayas, an ancient fortress which is also a UNESCO world heritage site.

Key clients

Amara Hotel Properties, CNPC, Dragages Singapore, Daelim Industrial Company, Government of Laos, Keppel Smit Towage, Roy Hill Holdings, Super Sea Cable Networks

Duane Morris & Selvam

Duane Morris & Selvam provides a range of legal services to assist clients in banking and finance, capital markets, corporate and M&A, construction and dispute resolution. The firm is regularly instructed by Korean, Chinese and Indian companies on various banking and regulatory matters. Key figures include Jamie Benson for capital markets, Leon Yee for corporate and M&A, and Sarbjit Singh Chopra for dispute resolution. The firm welcomed litigation and arbitration director Clement Tan from Singapore’s state courts.


Work highlights 

Acted for an established Korean logistics and shipping company in a case against former employees for embezzlement.

Representing Hyundai Corporation in the Singapore High Court on its $9 million action against a metal trading company in Singapore for fraud and conspiracy to defraud.

Key clients

AGR1, Apex Energy International, KDB, Kitchen Culture Holdings, TransAsia Private Capital

Eugene Thuraisingam

Boutique dispute resolution firm Eugene Thuraisingam specialises in high-stakes disputes and multi-jurisdictional commercial disputes including international arbitration. The firm is also known for its criminal defence capability and its regular representation of clients in public interest litigation and pro bono cases. The firm continues its ascent up the dispute resolution rankings this year, landing in the ‘Recognised’ tier, with many market peers acknowledging Eugene Thuraisingam as a lawyer of note in the criminal law space. Founder and managing partner Thuraisingam leads most of the cases while partner Suang Wijaya is quickly gaining prominence.

Client feedback 

“Exceptional problem-solving capabilities and straightforward.” – Dispute resolution

“Very technically adept and responsive.” – Dispute resolution

“They are very detailed and specific about writing their affidavits. They do not lie or manipulate the events, they truly help their clients sincerely.” – Dispute resolution

“They are very responsive and prompt, and give meticulous advice. They provide incisive and well-thought-out strategies.” – Dispute resolution

“Respectful of clients and meticulous.” – Dispute resolution

“It is professional and responsive.” – Dispute resolution

Chooi Jing Yen

“Meticulous, sharp and calm.”

Eugene Thuraisingam

“Excellent problem-solving.”

“Prompt, responsive and meticulous.”

Suang Wijaya

“He is very driven and able to present complex ideas simply.”

“He is very confident and straightforward.”

“Competent, professional and responsive.”

 

Work highlights 

Acting for one of two directors of a famous vegetarian restaurant in Singapore in a director dispute and a winding-up application against said restaurant.

Defending the chairman of Medica Group, a market leader in the distribution of medical aesthetic equipment and products, in a Singapore High Court lawsuit brought by Medica Singapore.

Acting for a former employee of Intertek against his former employer, who are seeking to enforce a purported restraint of trade clause.

Defending a former aesthetics doctor in a high-profile case involving Singapore’s first recorded patient death arising from a liposuction procedure.  

Fullerton Law Chambers

Fullerton Law Chambers is a Singapore-based disputes boutique primarily strong in corporate and commercial dispute resolution. This year it moves up in the rankings for its dispute resolution offering and debuts in the restructuring and insolvency table. The firm’s practice spans a wide range of domestic and cross-border disputes, frequently acting for blue-chip corporate clients. Alfred Lim, Edmund Eng and Wei Chern Tham are key partners at the firm.

Client feedback 

“They are very detailed and covered all angles of approach to the case I gave them.” – Dispute resolution

“The FLC legal team provided sound recommendations and advised us which approach we should be heading towards and what the possible outcomes to different approaches would be so that we could make the best decision.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive, dedicated and providing thoughtful, serious and truthful opinions. We managed to claim back the amount from the customer.” – Dispute resolution

“Prompt responses, accurate diagnosis of the situation, with actionables.” – Dispute resolution

“Responsive, knowledgeable and adaptive.” – Dispute resolution

“Edmund Eng's team at Fullerton Law Chambers is most vivacious, whose energy can be contagious. Edmund and team are insightful and provide forward-looking advice. Servicing is prompt.” – Dispute resolution

“Professional and prompt responses.” – Dispute resolution

“Cost-effective and efficient.” – Dispute resolution

“Has in-depth practical knowledge of the industry and in-depth knowledge of the laws and regulations. He has the ability to cut through the sometimes complicated transactions to assess and advise on the absolute necessary.” – Dispute resolution

“It is a young team with an impressive depth and breadth of industry knowledge and legal principles.” – Dispute resolution

Alfred Lim

“He is knowledgeable, responsible, prompt, sharp, dependable, and with an eye for detail.”

“Professional and knowledgeable. Dedicated and sharp.”

“Straight to the point, cares for the client genuinely and above all, a lawyer of 101% integrity that will only do the right thing.”

“Communicates well and goes above and beyond for his clients.”

Brinden Anandakumar

“Brinden is very friendly and he has provided very good advice in my cases. He thinks very logically and has good knowledge in law, especially the nitty-gritty sub-clauses, so he knows how to 'tackle' the opposing counsel in a good way. Brinden is also very good in analysing and breaking the issues down into sub-parts. He is also very presentable and is not afraid of dealing with counsel who might be more senior than him.”

Edmund Eng

“Insightful and forward-looking.”

“Brilliant knowledge of the industry with in-depth legal knowledge and incisive application.”

“Aggressive, incisive and meticulous. Very formidable as a litigator.”

“I instructed Mr Edmund Eng to act in a litigation matter. He epitomises speed and tenacity in litigation.”

Tham Wei Chern

“Has integrity, is positive and provides clear communications.”

“Prompt and practical advice.”

 

 

Work highlights 

Acting for a litigation trustee against the ex-chairman of one of the largest forestry companies in the world and the valuers of the company’s assets.

Acting for one of the largest banking institutions in the US in relation to email fraud.

Defending domestic optical technology company against charges of breach of the Strategic Goods (Control) Act.

Represented Hyflux on its claim against SM Investments in the Singapore High Court.

Harry Elias Partnership

Harry Elias Partnership has offices in Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei. Built upon one of the most respected and influential litigation lawyers in the country, Harry Elias, the firm has an established reputation for its dispute resolution and family and matrimonial expertise. The firm is also notable for its construction, corporate and M&A, and intellectual property practices. Philip Fong, Justin Chia, Pearl Lim and Claudia Teo are key contacts for dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, banking, and corporate and M&A, respectively. Banking specialist Gerard Ng left the firm for Legal Ink Law Corporation last autumn, and disputes partner Weiyi Tan departed to Clyde & Co in the spring of 2022.

Client feedback 

“Professional, excellent lawyers and ambitious both locally and globally.” – Construction

“The lawyers are experienced, easy to communicate with and instruct, and very quick in turnaround.” – Dispute resolution

“They adopt a cradle-to-grave approach, give clear and precise advice and drama-free solutions, and engage in methodical litigation.” – Dispute resolution

Kok Yee Keong

“He is responsive and pragmatic.”

Yvonne Foo

“She is bright, hard-working, a good manager and very well connected. She is very loyal and inspires loyalty.”

 

Work highlights 

Defended one of the two accused persons in a matter facing a total of more than 300 charges of market manipulation, unauthorised trading and cheating. Prosecutors have described this case as ”the largest market manipulation case in Singapore's history”.

Represented a client, the sales rep of a parallel car importer, on charges of misappropriation of funds.

Helmsman

Specialist shipping firm Helmsman moves up in the tables this year to a well-earned spot as a ‘Highly Recommended’ firm in shipping. It also debuted in the banking and finance, and dispute resolution tables. The firm acts for commodity traders, banks and charterers in high-value, cross-border disputes across the globe. The team also has substantial experience in the mid and downstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector, particularly in LNG shipping and chartering and LNG trade disputes. As an affiliate of Hong Kong firm Tang & Co, it houses 18 specialist fee earners, which makes it one of the biggest dedicated shipping and commodities practices in Asia. The key contacts are managing directors Ian Teo and Chong Jun Tang, and directors Maureen Poh and Lynette Koh.

Client feedback

“They provide immediate responses.” – Shipping

“Peerless dedication and commitment to providing the best possible service and legal advice to us. Extremely responsive to follow-ups. Reasonable rates combined with excellent legal advice rendered.” – Shipping

Zhida Chen

“Strong legal acumen combined with a strong commercially minded approach. The combination of both traits are very rare in the legal world.”


Work highlights

Acting for Trafigura in a dispute which arose out of the insolvency of Hin Leong Trading.

Advising Weifang JS Trading, a global chemicals trading and manufacturing company headquartered in China, in respect of court proceedings in St Lucia against the issuing bank under the letter of credit for failing to make payment against a compliant presentation of documents under the letter of credit, and a trading dispute vis-à-vis its buyers.

JTJB

JTJB, or Joseph Tan Jude Benny, has one of the most experienced and dedicated shipping practices in Singapore. The firm handles complex high-profile matters in both wet and dry shipping including trade finance, industry M&As and investments, cargo disputes, charterparties and bills of lading disputes, marine casualties, shipbuilding, marine insurance and ship finance. The firm also handles a fair number of restructuring and insolvency matters. Murali Pany, John Sze and Danny Chua are key members of the firm.

Key clients

SC Dalian, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

Client feedback

“Proactive suggestions and fast, practical advice.” – Dispute resolution

“Fast responses, helpful advice and reasonable charges.” – Shipping

“Deep knowledge of the law practice combined with advice well-honed from decades of experience.” – Shipping

“The solicitors from JTJB listen to the needs of their clients and always have good solutions.” – Shipping

Danny Chua

“Quick, experienced and personable.”

“Incisive knowledge and decisive advice.”

John Sze

“Calm under pressure. Strategic, out-of-the-box analysis and advice.”

“He has been a preferred solicitor for us on local shipping matters. He listens to what we need and want.”

“He acts in an aggressive way for his clients.”

Murali Pany

“Good knowledge and well-planned strategy.”


Work highlights

Acting for the judicial managers of Xihe Holdings and dozens of ship-owning companies in relation to the collapse of Hin Leong Trading Group.

Representing AmBank against a Singapore-listed oil and gas company, Falcon Energy Group, in respect of very significant financing provided.

Key clients

SC Dalian, Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

LVM Law Chambers

Founded in 2017 by senior counsel Lok Vi Ming, LVM Law Chambers is a respected, mid-sized disputes boutique offering a comprehensive range of dispute resolution services spanning commercial litigation, construction, insurance, media and telecommunications disputes, tax, mediation, real estate, regulatory and white-collar matters. The firm has been consistently instructed in high-profile cross-border cases involving China, Brazil, Europe, Japan, Malaysia, the UK and the US. It has a dedicated China desk and has been quite active for these clients in the construction, technology, infrastructure and private equity sectors. Managing director Lok Vi Ming leads an experienced team that includes construction specialist Joseph Lee. The team welcomed associate directors Yvette Anthony and Jean Chan from OC Queen Street and the Supreme Court of Singapore, respectively, within the past year. Construction arbitration specialist Joanna Seetoh moved to Harry Elias Partnership in April.

Client feedback

“They are good in the construction field and give us a lot of effective advice.” – Construction

“Good at crafting legal responses against claimants. They provided sound legal advice.” – Construction

“Quick turnaround, comprehensive and practical legal advice.” – Dispute resolution

“The solicitor team worked closely, with due prudence and excellent legal skills, and skilfully handled this difficult and complex case involving the intersection of criminal and civil law, and across multiple jurisdictions such as China, Singapore and Pakistan.” – Dispute resolution

“I have been primarily working with Jonathan Muk, Aditi Ravi, and Law May Ning at LVM and they are all very attentive to the case and very prompt in providing detailed feedback, as well as clear and strategic advice on the way forward.” – Dispute resolution

“Responsive, well informed and understands its clients’ needs” – Dispute resolution

“Efficient in terms of work, as well as costs.” – Dispute resolution

“They are one of the best solicitor teams in Singapore. They are proficient in Singapore legal procedures and related cases and can introduce briefly to customers. In the face of possible jurisdictional conflicts and law application caused by different causes of action, they can also quote from others and deal with them skilfully. They provided the most professional legal services, and requested the customer timely to confirm the documents or notify the plaintiff and court documents through e-mail. The service was never delayed. For example, just after the court trial was completed in the afternoon, an email was sent the early next morning to present the court trial.” – Dispute resolution

“LVM Law Chambers impresses me with their hands-on and commercially sensible approach to dealing with disputes. They never fail to act in the client's interests and will not only advocate, but strongly encourage settlement if it would be commercially sensible for the matter to be settled.” – Dispute resolution

Huangbin Ge

“He is the most important organiser of this case. He is mainly responsible for understanding all the cases with the client, using the referee's thinking to organise the team to defend and counter-claim. At the same time, he is proficient in Chinese law and familiar with Singapore law, providing excellent services for case management.”

Ooi Huey Hien

“Ooi Huey Hien is the most diligent solicitor in the team. She has carefully read tens of thousands of evidence documents and skilfully organised and used them. She is proficient in Singapore laws and regulations and can put forward effective legal solutions to client in a timely fashion.”

Jonathan Muk

“Quick turnaround, easily available to speak to, and gives good practical advice.”

“Jon is very hands on the case and knows it top to bottom. He doesn't rely on his juniors to feed him information as he is able to keep abreast of all the developments in the case. As such, he is able to provide direct and clear advice each time a judgement call is needed.”

“Attentive and thoughtful.”

Joseph Lee

“Intelligent, solid knowledge and understanding of the relevant laws, ability to construct complex arguments, ability to think deeply, clearly and quickly on his feet.”

“He works hard on the cases and tries to find more solutions for the tough issues.”

Joseph Lee and Lok Vi Ming

“Lok Vi Ming SC did a great job in cross-examining witnesses during the evidential hearing. Joseph Lee is very clever and a deep thinker. Both are very responsive and provided clear and strategic advice to us.”

Lok Vi Ming

“Incisive and commercial.”

“He is a great problem-solver. Despite his busy schedule, he does not fail to respond. He is pleasant and amiable, which provides comfort to those seeking his services.”

“Lok Vi Ming SC, a great litigator, generally tends to resolve disputes out of court. He is very sharp, recognising issues promptly, and assists in amiable settlements. This has significantly helped in time and cost savings as well as the reputation of clients in the professional arena. Vi Ming's turnaround time is fast, which has gained the respect of the clients he has been instructed to represent. He is not only approachable by clients but also his peers in the legal industry.” 

Waltan Pak

“Good at crafting legal statements and responses. He provided sound legal advice.”

 

Work highlights

Representing Chinese SOE Zonergy on its solar energy project disputes with the developer.

Acting for a Beijing-based dental surgeon in an action against a former partner. This case raises issues concerning equity and trusts law.

Acted for Biman Bangladesh Airlines to seek a declaration that the Singapore Court had no jurisdiction to hear the claimant’s claims and accordingly service of court papers be set aside.

Key clients

Deloitte & Touche, Unipec Singapore, Yihua Lifestyle Technology

Nicholas & Tan Partnership

Nicholas Narayanan established Nicholas & Tan Partnership as a specialist litigation firm in 2010Its areas of expertise include banking, corporate, real estate and IP disputes. Additionally, it is active in administrative, tort and white-collar crime cases 


Work highlights 

Successfully represented foreign listed corporation in an application for partial setting aside of an International Chamber of Commerce arbitral award, the decision for which is currently pending an appeal before the Court of Appeal.  

Acting for a client who is accused of theft of gasoil worth approximately $32.1 million from Shell Eastern Petroleum at its Pulau Bukom site. The client is one of the 14 men charged in connection with the alleged theft.  

Oon & Bazul

Oon & Bazul is active in banking and finance, dispute resolution and restructuring and insolvency, beyond its longstanding forte in shipping. Notably, the firm climbs into the ‘Highly Recommended’ tier for restructuring and insolvency after a momentous year being involved in many of the jurisdiction’s high-profile and high-value unwindings. Its lawyers have in-depth knowledge and an intimate understanding across various sectors, including financial services, trusts and securities, insurance, and oil and gas. In particular, the firm has extensive expertise handling matters related to trade finance, commodities, banking, commercial disputes and cross-border fraud. Key partners include Bazul Ashhab, Kelly Yap, Chi Yen Ting, Yi Wayn Ng and Meiyen Tan. The general disputes team was significantly boosted by the arrivals of partner Benedict Eoon from Covenant Chambers and partners Priscilla Lua and Jerald Foo from Clifford Chance.

Client feedback 

“They are responsive and cooperative.” – Banking and finance

“We value their responsiveness and clarity of communication.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good set-up and infrastructural support for case management.” – Dispute resolution

“I appreciate their hard work, responsiveness and value for money.” – Dispute resolution

“Positive attributes include their expertise, ability to understand issues and provide commercial solutions and reasonable costs.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide quick and direct advice.” – Dispute resolution

“Partners and associates are very competent, they are well prepared and research well.” – Energy

“The lawyers are articulate, supportive and professional on meeting requirements.” – Regulatory

“Good technical knowledge, good team, easy to work with, practical and commercial.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Diplomatic and knowledgeable advisory services.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Extremely responsive to client timelines with a positive, calm, ’can do‘ attitude. A fantastic mixture of legal and important practical advice. They also work really well to support in-house counsel. It feels very much like a team approach and you know you are in good, steady, knowledgeable hands.” – Shipping

Bazul Ashhab

“Excellent responsiveness, knowledge of the business of the client and good value for money.”

Jerald Foo

“He is very responsive and attentive, has a good eye for detail, which is fundamental for dispute resolution. He is very competent with a high level of expertise in dispute resolution.”

“Very responsive and knowledgeable.”

Keith Han

“Easy to talk to and a quick thinker.”

“A good advocate, good strategist.”

Meiyen Tan

“Easy to work with, good communicator and practical.”

“Provides knowledgeable, timely and practical advice and solutions.”

Ng Yi Wayn

“Responsive communications and colleague referrals.”

“Extremely professional and knowledgeable, but also approachable and supportive.”

Prakaash Silvam

“Certainly perspicacious, he has a wide breadth of prior experience that helps on case framing. He is likable, personable, approachable, helpful and very capable.”

“Prakaash combines strong legal knowledge, strong legal skills and good client management. I have no issue putting him in front of our traders and management, as I know he is respectful of my role but also understands the business, the trader mindset and how we operate.”

Ting Chi Yen

“Responsive, helpful and cooperative.”


Work highlights 

Acting for Winson Oil Trading on a suit that was brought against the defendant for their failure to effect payment pursuant to an irrevocable documentary letter of credit despite the client’s compliant presentation of documents.

Advising Taconic Capital Advisors on professional negligence claims by Dynamic Oil Trading against Deloitte & Touche in Singapore High Court proceedings.

Key clients

ICICI Bank, Universal Metal Coating Company, Wivewaters Resources, Zaftr

PDLegal

Litigation specialist firm PDLegal represents foreign public-listed companies, multinational corporations, SMEs and private individuals at all levels in the Singapore courts, covering a broad spectrum of contentious matters. The firm is also experienced in the full range of shipping and admiralty work. Peter Doraisamy, Andrew Lee Weiming and Gerard Quek are key members of the firm. The firm welcomed disputes specialist and partner Cathryn Neo from Ashurst earlier this year. It established its India desk in 2021 with the hiring of partner Lakshman Shankar, a veteran Indian-qualified lawyer, from Dua Associates in India.

Client feedback

“We value how detailed the lawyers are and their strategy.” – Dispute resolution

“The lawyers are empathic, able to look at various angles from the client's viewpoint and understand our perspective before wrapping in the technical argument to augment the case.”– Dispute resolution

“Responsive and quick in actions. They gave us their full-time attention.” – Insurance

“Fast and responsive.” – Restructuring and insolvency

Andrew Lee Weiming

“Very quick to respond to clients and he listens.”

“Passionate about the work and responsible.”

“We value Mr Lee's passion and also his legal duty in assisting us to either win the case or dismiss the case to avoid unnecessary spending of time and monies by our firm.”

Kyle Peters

“Proactive, reliable and responsive.”

Peter Doraisamy

“He has very good knowledge and is highly strategic.”

“He is a skilled orator and is able to use simple examples to explain complex arguments.”

 

Work highlights  

Acting for a beneficiary to a large estate of a deceased renowned technopreneur.

Defending a former director of a company presently in liquidation against multimillion-dollar claims arising from the failed development of a luxury island resort.

Key clients

Louis Dreyfus Company Asia, Pacific Distribution Investment Company, Rotating Offshore Solutions, Skuld P&I Club

PK Wong & Nair

PK Wong & Nair is known for its expertise in dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, and corporate and commercial law. It climbs up a tier in the labour and employment, and restructuring and insolvency tables this year. The team has a wealth of experience in a broad range of commercial disputes arising out of breaches of securities regulations, commodity trading disputes, insolvency, employment and contractual disputes, and estate claims. Seasoned litigator Suresh Nair is the main partner. Bryan Tan is an emerging names to note. This year, the firm bids adieu to two directors and an associate director to in-house roles. Associate director Noel Chua joined from an in-house capacity.

Client feedback 

“A very sharp and knowledgeable team led by Suresh Nair.” – Dispute resolution

“PK Wong & Nair is an outstanding disputes and litigation firm in Singapore. Ably led by the excellent Suresh Nair, the firm is second to none on disputes and litigation.” – Dispute resolution

“Thorough and able to fulfil deliverables on time.” – Dispute resolution

“The firm provides fair and balanced advice.” – Dispute resolution

“Very responsive and reasonable in their fees” – Labour and employment

“They have deep knowledge of the law and understand their clients well.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“They are quick to respond and provide insightful preliminary assessment.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The lawyers know the law well and are very responsive.” – Restructuring and insolvency

Suresh Nair

“He is very responsive, practical, approachable by all management and able to break down the issues for easy understanding.”

“Responsive, knowledgeable and up to date with latest developments.”

“Suresh is a fantastic advocate with the ability to persuade and convince most judges and tribunals.”

“Astute problem-solver.”

“Suresh is extremely patient and knows the jurisdiction and its laws well.”

“He is a market leader in his field. He is very thorough in his preparation for hearings and can handle complex disputes.”

“Suresh is an absolutely outstanding advocate and routinely performs to the highest advocacy standards. Beyond that, he is very commercial and pragmatic and works in a highly collaborative way with clients.”

“He is an outstanding leader of his team. A top advocate. The best in Singapore. He is innovative and creative in finding solutions for his clients. Also, he is super-friendly and easy to deal with.”

“Very accessible and personable lawyer.”

“Knows the law well and is very responsive.”

“Suresh is a fantastic advocate whose skills are second to none. He manages his team very well and has a great ability to persuade all tribunals.”

“Suresh Nair is an outstanding leader and one of the top advocates in Singapore. His team is highly cohesive and easy to work with.”


Work highlights 

Acting for World Fuel Services in a matter against CIMB Bank after it commenced proceedings. This is an important case as it explores the validity of prior offsets and assignments in insolvency.

Representing British and Malayan Trustees of unsecured notes issued by Laguna National Golf & Country Club in a matter related to a bond default. This case is significant because it involves the novel point of whether or not Laguna as issuer of the unsecured notes is entitled to vote or participate in noteholders’ meetings in its capacity as registered noteholder of certain unsecured notes it repurchased from previous noteholders but did not cancel.

Key clients

Antanium Resources, Crédit Agricole, EMC Information Systems Management

Rajah & Tann

Rajah & Tann is arguably the most visible among Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms in the Southeast Asian market. It occupies the top tier across an array of practice areas and sectors with well-established teams in both the transactional and contentious markets. The firm has outstanding experience in complex and high-value cross-border matters, closely working with its R&T Asia network with specialised industry expertise. The firm has a traditional strength in dispute resolution backed by the largest litigation practice in Singapore with seven senior counsels. This year the firm proves its dominance again with its ascension into the ‘Outstanding’ tier for banking and finance, capital markets and investment funds. Key names include Angela Lim for banking and finance, Kim Huat Chia for capital markets and corporate and M&A, Kala Anandarajah for competition, Francis Xavier and Andre Yeap for dispute resolution, Arnold Tan for investment funds, Patrick Ang and Eng Beng Lee for restructuring and insolvency, and Rajesh Sreenivasan for technology and telecommunications. The funds group welcomed partner Zixiang Sun from Simmons & Simmons earlier this year.

Client feedback

“After many years of working on our cases, Rajah & Tann is able to tighten our contractual terms, advise us on loan structure and has a high level of success in our litigation cases.” – Banking and finance

“Professional, pragmatic and reasonable fees.”– Banking and finance

“Professional, in-depth knowledge and responsive” – Capital markets

“Provided deep insights of the local regulation and helped us communicate with regulators. The responses to requests from us or our client have been always prompt and professional.” – Capital markets

“Rajah & Tann understood the worldwide legal situation about big cartel investigation cases very well to move very swiftly for our client. Thanks to this reaction our client escaped from the burden of huge fines.” – Competition/antitrust

“In-depth grasp and meaningful guidance on country-specific regulatory issues.” – Corporate and M&A

“Rajah & Tann provides very practical advice and is always available for us to ask questions, no matter what time. They show their experience when they can provide us with workarounds whenever parties reach a deadlock.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provide practical and business-friendly solutions. They are tremendous value for money. We have access to top-tier legal talent. They are focused on building long-term relationships with their clients.” – Corporate and M&A

“An impressive law firm with an extensive network across ASEAN.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have an impressive network across ASEAN and are great sector leaders.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are very organised, efficient and keep their eye on the ball at all times. Proverbial wisdom is not to fight a war on two fronts, but this dispute had three fronts and Adrian [Wong], Leong Hao [Ang] and Wayne [Yeo] were excellent generals ensuring not just brilliant strategic hits, but also boring basics like evidence gathering was done early.” – Dispute resolution

“We appreciate that they work closely with the client, provide clear insights of the problem and have a solution-oriented approach.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive to detail, reliable advice and trustworthy.” – Dispute resolution

“They think in the best interests of the client. They are swift yet calculated in their responses.” – Dispute resolution

“Clarity of logic and execution.” – Dispute resolution

“There is a team of highly skilled and competent partners in dispute resolution such as Murali Pillai, Luo Qinghui, Andrea Tan, Elaine Tay and Regina Liew They are able to understand commercial concerns and take them into account when providing advice or when drafting and reviewing contracts. They are also practical, focused, clear and articulate.” – Insurance

“Very approachable, and open to ideas and feedback. Contactable 24/7.” – Insurance

“They are very knowledgeable about insurance regulations in Singapore, and provide very commercial and practical advice. The team is also very responsive with excellent client management skills.” – Insurance

“They have good sector knowledge, are commercial and responsive.” – Investment funds

“Very instructive and practical advice, we managed to achieve our aims with clarity and promptness.” – Labour and employment

“Our two partners at Rajah & Tann, Murali Pillai and Qinghui Luo, were experienced in their field, professional in their dealings with all parties involved, systematic in their approach, and responsive and approachable at all times. Particularly helpful were their guidance and ultimately our alignment on the best approach to protect the firm. An absolute pleasure to work with.” – Labour and employment

“Very professional and prompt advice given, can always rely on them regardless of the time of the day.” – Oil and gas

“Knowledgeable with an extensive network to tap.” – Oil and gas

“They are value for money, have the right balance of commerciality and legal input. They understand our requirements and flex points well and can give pertinent, useful input on both the minutiae as well as the big picture.” – Private equity

“They give fast responses, have a dedicated team and produce high-quality work.” – Private equity

“Strong legal expertise, combined with organic cross-border capabilities and resources.” – Private equity

“Reliable, prompt and accommodating on fee budgets.” – Regulatory

“Always contactable and willing to find solutions in a timely and comprehensive manner.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“We value their understanding of key insurance issues, practical experience of dealing with complex casualties, and accessibility to the partner dealing with the work.” – Shipping

“Value for money and impressive skill sets of the lawyers.” – Shipping

“They have enough strengths in all aspects. They have had full of knowledge of any case from a legal and shipping perspective. In addition, they also pay attention to commercial awareness between our client and the opponent.” – Shipping

Adrian Wong

“Sharp, concise, clear-minded and creative in his argument of case.”

“Clarity of logic and execution.”

Adrian Wong, Ang Leong Hao and Wayne Yeo

“Excellent teamwork with sensible layering that enables them to be very agile and efficient.”

Arnold Tan

“Acknowledged market leader in Singapore, he is friendly, helpful, and has good commercial understanding.”

“He is pragmatic and to the point.”

Bala Vellayappan

“Amazing lawyer to work with. He is practical and very knowledgeable. He is also humble at the same time. He is reliable and provides valuable insights all the time.”

Benjamin Liew

“He is extremely responsive, succinct and precise in rendering advice. He provides value-add services in dealing with ad hoc queries without charge.”

Brian Ng

“He knows the issues and what to focus on, particularly for a financial sponsor or private equity fund-related work.”

Chua Beng Chye

“Good knowledge and the leading expert in his field for HP law and collections.”

Chua Choon King

“Provides legally sound practical advice. He has good connections within the industry. He has been able to provide ’out-of-the-box‘ solutions to overcome challenges due to industry connections.”

Danny Lim

“A go-to guy, he provides very careful and measured advice. He is very responsive and able to pay attention whenever required.”

Elizabeth Teo

“Contactable at any time, she is a comprehensive and practical solution provider.”

Favian Tan

“He is very responsive and quick to resolve issues by providing innovative solutions that are win-win. He has the ability to distil complex legal issues in a clear and concise manner, while at all times focusing on the ultimate commercial objective of the parties.”

Gregory Vijayendran

“Attentive to detail, great knowledge of the law, able to strategise approaches to the case and has a calming assurance.”

Jainil Bhandari

“Jainil is extremely easy to deal with and has a quiet confidence in the way that he works.”

Jonathan Yuen

“Articulate, knowledgeable and offers practical solutions.”

Kala Anandarajah

“She is a very smart business lawyer who represents the firm's attitude which I described here before.”

Kelvin Poon

“In-depth knowledge of the law, a positive approach to problems, and solution-oriented.”

Lee Xin Mei

“We value her knowledge, she is professional and responsive.”

Leong Kah Wah

“He is clear and concise in his advice. He will tell you what matters and what does not, cut out the emotions in disputes and has been able to get the best outcomes in all my cases handled by him. I do not go to anyone else.”

“He has a lot of experiences about main shipping matters for Korean shipping clients. So he can always lead to the most efficient way to solve the problem when there is an unfortunate accident and legal disputes.”

Mark Cheng

“Good problem-solver and engaging.”

Murali Pillai

“He is very experienced in his field, professional in dealings with all parties involved and systematic in his approach. He is responsive and approachable.”

“He is highly skilled and competent. He is very responsive despite a very busy schedule. Murali always makes time for clients, which is very appreciated. He remains calm and unfazed no matter the situation. He is also able to connect well with all levels of stakeholders from his corporate client.”

Nathanael Lin

“Very dependable, and offers good and sound advice.”

“Easy to talk to and can relate clearly to what the client wants.”

Patrick Ang

“He is a leading practitioner in insolvency and restructuring and dispute resolution.”

Philip Yeo

“Philip is highly dedicated to his work and always responds in a timely manner. He possesses strong legal knowledge in the field of investment management and private equity.”

“Responsive, professional, detailed, good technical skills, and pragmatic.”

Sandy Foo

“Very responsive, commercially minded and helpful. A leader in her field.”

Simon Goh

“He is responsive and has deep expertise.”

Sun Zixiang

“Client-centric, focused and driven to achieve good outcomes for the client while not being over-zealous. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of private equity funds work and the various legal and regulatory considerations surrounding the sector.”

Toh Kian Sing

“He is the undisputed king of maritime law.”

Tracy-Anne Ang

“Highly experienced and always willing to spend time to explain rationales and concepts.”

Wang Ying Shuang

“Very approachable. Open to new ideas. Contactable 24/7.”

“Ying Shuang is very knowledgeable about the insurance sector in Singapore and has been a joy to work with. She provides advice that is legally sound and commercially practical, and is one of our organisation's trusted advisers.”

Wee Hann Lim

“He is customer-centric and solution-oriented. He’s also super-experienced and collaborative.”

“Wee Hann is an exceptional lawyer who is always putting the needs of the clients first.”

“Wee Hann is fantastic lawyer who has a broad skillset, which he tailors to the needs of his clients.”


Work highlights 

Successfully represented OUE Lippo Healthcare in a landmark decision by the Court of Appeal on how the restitutionary rule should apply in a case where multiple defendants are held jointly and severally liable at trial, but only a few succeed on appeal.

Defending four directors in the first civil claim brought in Singapore by an investor against directors for breach of statutory duties, involving Eagle Hospitality Trust.

Key clients

Kroll, Prudential Assurance, PWC, Senda International Group, Siemens Energy, Vedanta Resources

RBN Chambers

RBN Chambers is an up-and-coming disputes boutique that boasts extensive expertise in complex civil, commercial and employment disputes. The firm is regularly engaged by multinationals, small and medium enterprises and private clients in both local and multi-jurisdictional disputes. The firm is led by Ramesh Nagaratnam.

Client feedback 

Mr Ramesh listens attentively, is prompt, reliable and does thorough research to understand the property law in Malaysia as I am a Singaporean. Most importantly, he makes things easy for me to understand in laymen's terms as I am unsure of many technical terms and procedures. I felt at ease when Mr Ramesh sees this case as an act of unjust enrichment. – Dispute resolution 

They were very positively engaging. They were patient in allowing me to understand and learn the processes involved. They were very upfront and clear in the ups and downsides of each action we undertook or the path we were looking to embark on. This is very essential for Clients, especially hand-holding us during this entire process, which can be quite stressful and cumbersome. – Dispute resolution

Ramesh Nagaratnam 

He listens attentively, explains in detail in laymen's terms so that it easy for me to understand, prompt, committed, thorough and reliable.” 

Very professional, well versed with the Employment Dispute laws, and innovative in thinking and strategising for positive results.” 

 


Work highlights 

Acting for a former directorthe 1st defendant, of a real estate development company in liquidation in a claim initiated by the liquidators of the company for S$65 million in the Singapore High Court 

Acted for the directors of a Singapore group of companies in the construction and engineering industry in their appeal against the decision of the Singapore High Court to dismiss their application to stay the bankruptcy proceedings to restructure the directors’ liabilities amounting to S$15 million. 

RHTLaw Asia

RHTLaw Asia has strong industry sector specialisms including consumer goods and services, real estate, and technology and telecommunications. The firm is sought after by internationally renowned brands, public and private companies, major financial institutions, innovators and high net-worth individuals. It is also well placed in handling cross-border mandates due to its network of offices across the region, including in China, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam. ErwaBarre and Roderick Martin are key figures for corporate and capital markets, and dispute resolution, respectively.  

Client feedback 

The firm is very responsive, effective and provides alerts on pending matters, thereby facilitating our IP related activities. – Intellectual property 

Excellent customer service and strong fundamental knowledge on areas of concern. – Intellectual property 

Rizwi Wun 

Rizwi is not a 9-5 attorney. He considers and provides innovative approaches to problem-solving. 

Great communication skills.


Work highlights 

Successfully represented the defendant CSDS Aircraft Sales & Leasing in setting aside a default judgment in relation to an alleged breach of contract for the sale and purchase of a Boeing-777 for the sum of approximately $6.5 million 

Shook Lin & Bok (Singapore)

Shook Lin & Bok works with an impressive roster of clients, including major banks, multinational corporations and private equity investors, on large transactions locally and across the region. The firm is highly active in banking and finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution and restructuring and insolvency. It is also skilled in advising on real-estate finance, particularly on the lender side. This year the firm is bolstered into the top tier for its banking and finance work, and ascends into the ‘Highly Recommended’ tier for capital markets and private equity. Key lawyers include Kai Zee Liew for banking and finance, Marilyn See for capital markets, David Chong for corporate and M&A, and Sarjit Singh Gill and David Chan for dispute resolution and insolvency.

Client feedback 

“Efficient and speedy turnaround time.” – Banking and finance

“Fast turnaround and great positive attitude.” – Banking and finance

“Heritage firm that now has stellar corporate partners in Dayne Ho and Chua Shi Ying with outstanding commercial nous and technical excellence.” – Corporate and M&A

“We appreciate the personal attention of the partner, responsiveness and reasonable fees.” – Corporate and M&A

“Honest, trustworthy, solid communications, and finishes the projects on time.” – Investment funds

“Guided us on a steep learning curve.” – Media and entertainment

“They are creative, client-focused, efficient, detail-oriented, and keep to deadlines.” – Real estate

“Very commercial views and advice, presented in a concise manner which makes it easy for the client to assess and make a decision on.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The team provides concise legal advice that is easy for the client to understand and grounded in commercial principles.” – Restructuring and insolvency

David Chan

“He commands the meeting room and provides legal advice with commercial considerations.”

“He is highly responsive and provides insightful advice that is commercially grounded. He offers innovative options to clients.”

Dayne Ho

“Clients need look no further than Dayne Ho for a lawyer with the rarest mixture of excellent commercial sense and brilliant technical ability. He sees the sticking points in any transaction earlier than others and solves them immediately. Clients are always ahead in the power curve because of his almost prescient analysis and brilliant negotiation skills.”

May Loo

“She is client-focused and comes up with creative solutions to break a deadlock. She is responsive and hard-working, calm under pressure.”

Ng Yeow Khoon

“Knowledgeable with speedy turnaround time.”

Stanley Lim

“Knowledgeable and client-centric.”

“Creative, communicative and speedy. He worked well with my team.”

Tan Woon Hum

“He is professional, has rich experience, highly efficient and trustworthy.”

“Strategic counsel and wise insight.”

Tan Zhi Ming

“Good knowledge of the legal aspects and able to meet the deadlines given. Positive attitude to always make the deal viable for all parties.”

Teo Mae Shaan

“Very good client relationship management. She is extremely helpful and responsive, with strong technical expertise on Singapore law.”

 

Work highlights 

Acting for HSBC against the ex-directors and ex-employee of Hin Leong Trading in claims of fraudulent misrepresentation, conspiracy by unlawful means, procurement of breach of contract and negligent misrepresentation.

Representing the independent panel of the Aljunied-Hougang Town Council against its current members and elected members of Parliament over alleged improper payments.

Key clients

Cougar Pacific, Dathena Science, Funvest Global, UTI International

Solitaire

Established in 2019, Solitaire is a dispute resolution boutique firm. It boasts an enviable client list for a firm of its size, and in its first year of operations it was able to secure a portfolio of disputes work involving $100 million. The litigation team is particularly experienced in shareholders’ disputes, breaches of directors’ duties and investment recovery work, and the practitioners have a keen focus on crisis litigation and management. Partners Nichol Yeo and Marcus Tan are the key contacts. Tan joined last year from Kelvin Chia Partnership.

Client feedback

“Professional and competent.” – Private client

Nichol Yeo

“Competent, professional and responsive.”


Work highlights

Represented Darco Water Technologies on suing its ex-CEO for breaches of fiduciary duties and employee duties for the failure to exercise due care and diligence in the Singapore High Court.

Defending Renaissance United in an employment dispute where a former executive director and CFO claimed alleged unpaid salaries and other sums totalling more than $1 million.

Key clients

Camelot, Milton Exhibits International

Tan Kok Quan Partnership

Tan Kok Quan Partnership provides legal services across a broad spectrum of industry sectors, with particular recognition for its work in dispute resolution, and restructuring and insolvency. The firm’s R&I work is so well received by the market, it is bumped up to the ‘Highly Recommended’ tier in our ranking for this area. The firm has a distinguished record of handling litigation in the banking and financial services, energy, real estate and technology sectors. Senior counsel Marina Chin and Eddee Ng are key partners for dispute resolution, while senior partner Paul Seah is a key figure for restructuring and insolvency.

Client feedback 

“They have great experience in commercial disputes, especially since they are in Singapore. They have sufficient knowledge regarding the process and methods of dispute resolution at Singapore International Mediation Centre.” – Dispute resolution

“Sound technical knowledge, good communication skills, and adept at problem-solving.” – Restructuring and insolvency

Keith Tnee

“His communication skills are so good, that he is able to simplify the legal language into a language that is easily understood by our clients.”

Paul Seah

“Sound knowledge and good at problem-solving.”


Work highlights 

Defended Asahi Entities against proceedings commenced by 6DM claiming, among other things, misrepresentation, conspiracy, and breach of implied and collateral agreement.

Advising a client, the former CEO and chairman of Kitchen Culture Holdings, in four suits concerning allegations of breach of Catalist rules, fiduciary duties, the Companies Act and the Code of Corporate Governance; wrongful termination; defamation; and conspiracy, hiring and payroll improprieties.

Key clients

Beyonics Group, SKTC, United Overseas Bank

TSMP Law Corporation

TSMP Law Corporation is especially well known for its work in corporate and M&A and dispute resolution. The firm also specialises in corporate real-estate financing, in particular in land acquisition financing and land development financing. This year the firm climbs into the ‘Highly Recommended’ tier in the banking and finance, and construction categories. The firm not only acts for various major corporations and financial institutions but also is frequently sought out by different regulatory bodies. Senior counsel Shen Yi Thio, corporate lawyer Stefanie Yuen Thio, construction specialists Melvin Chan and Derek Loh and labour expert Ian Lim are key figures at the firm. Jennifer Chia and Adrian Tan are other names to note for banking and finance and IP, respectively.

Client feedback

“We appreciate their client focus, practical and commercial approach to legal documents, and the solutions-driven approach.” – Banking and finance

“Willing to address novel issues.” – Banking and finance

“They are very responsible, reliable and provide good advice. They are always available when I need them.” – Banking and finance

“Very good understanding of the client’s position and objectives.” – Dispute resolution

“Fast response time.” – Dispute resolution

“I appreciate their high integrity and professionalism. They are meticulous.” – Dispute resolution

“Strong technical ability with commercially sensible advice.” – Dispute resolution

“The team is quick and effective. They are responsive and give solid advice. Their strength is in affidavits in dispute resolution, especially in civil legal matters.” – Dispute resolution

“They are responsive, responsible and have subject-knowledge expertise, which are key attributes in litigation.” – Dispute resolution

“They are able to work seamlessly with various departments to efficiently deliver a comprehensive solution.” – Dispute resolution

“Responsive and diligent.” – Dispute resolution

“Speed, accuracy, professional and responsive.” – Labour and employment

“We value their responsiveness, and experience and familiarity with complex employment disputes.” – Labour and employment

“Professional, efficient and responsive.” – Real estate

“Can-do attitude.” – Real estate

“Lawyers are always responsive.” – Real estate

“Strong presence in Singapore, reliable and extensive experience with complex restructuring and disputes.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Clear, commercial advice.” – Restructuring and insolvency

Felicia Tan

“Excellent understanding of the client’s position and objectives.”

“Good response time, practical advice, and not too legally conservative.”

“Excellent client management and service. Innovative with commercially sensible solutions backed by legal basis.”

“Easy to work with, she is engaging and bright.”

Ian Lim

“Very responsive, able to navigate and offer solutions to complex legal disputes. He is thorough, and has very strong client management and social skills.”

“Extremely calm with high integrity. Very responsive to answer my queries.”

Jennifer Chia

“Highly approachable, knowledgeable and professional.”

“Jennifer is very knowledgeable in her field of work. She is always available when we need her and provides outstanding advice.”

“She is responsive and has a can-do attitude.”

June Ho

“She is technically sound and unafraid to admit if she is not familiar and will ask questions till she is clear on the issue.”

Kelvin Koh

“He thinks deeply, is meticulous and commercial, which allows him to develop effective solutions.”

“Excellent advice, accommodating and client-friendly.”

“Has depth of legal knowledge across fields, coupled with practical, effective legal solutions to client's needs.”

Kwoh Ji Wei

“Responsive, patient and understanding. Good bonding and building up the relationship with clients in managing legal issues.”

Stef Yuen

“Responsive and solutions-driven.”

 

Work highlights 

Acting for Peter Tan in a $2.8 billion claim by Prudential over an alleged mass poaching of agents.

Representing Success Elegant Trading in a claim over the ownership of assets held under the name of the client with two international banks.

Key clients

Deloitte, Disney, Emerson, Facebook, IBM, KPMG, Twitter

 
Withers KhattarWong

Withers KhattarWong is regularly sought out by high-profile private clients and banks for its expertise in financing, dispute resolution, tax and corporate matters. The firm’s funds practice is growing backed by its established tax advisory team. This year the firm moves up in multiple rankings, indicating the consistent growth and stability of its teams. The managing partner Deborah Barker is a key figure. Other lawyers to note include Shashi Nathan for disputes, Jonathan Kok for IP and TMT, and Eric Roose for tax. Last year it welcomed banking and finance specialist Chen Guan Feng from Morgan Lewis Stamford.

Client feedback

Leong Chuo Ming

“Savvy and provides practical solutions.”

Erlene Tan

“Positive attitude, highly organised and diligent. Easy to communicate with and thorough in ensuring all issues are put to bed properly.”


Work highlights 

Acted for Delphinium Capital, the sole shareholder of oCap Management, in relation to a dispute involving the Wirecard entities.

Key clients

American Greenfuels Rockwood (Tennessee), Choon Hin Group, Multimedia Engineering, Richinn Technology

Wong Tan & Molly Lim

Wong Tan & Molly Lim offers legal services to clients with international business interests and is focused on capital markets, M&A, banking and finance, and general commercial and corporate law. Beng Hong Ong and Swee Gek Tan are key contacts for both banking and finance, and capital markets. Partner Philip Ling helms the dispute resolution practice. The firm debuts in the corporate and M&A, and dispute resolution tables this year. Firm founder Molly Lim departed last summer. She was awarded with the senior counsel designation at the beginning of 2022.

Client feedback

“They give quick responses and are familiar with my company and jurisdiction.” – Corporate and M&A

“Acting as our co-counsel, the DR team of Wong Tan & Molly Lim shows its sharp-minded, devoted and professional characters. They are good at communicating with clients from different cultures and thinking in the shoes of a business profession. The case came out with a good result.” – Dispute resolution

“They are team players, handle clients well, and are a pleasure to co-counsel with.” – Dispute resolution

“Provides reliable, sensible solutions. It is cost effective too.” – Dispute resolution

“They are attentive, reactive and professional. A legal team my company and I can count on.” – Regulatory

Chua Cheng Yew

“One of the lead counsel in the team. He offers sensible advice and timely feedback.”

Lee Yuan and Ong Beng Hong

“They are very knowledgeable, attentive and reliable.”

Philip Ling

“Erudite and experienced lawyer.”

“Extremely reliable, he has a strong commercial approach to his cases.”

Tan Swee Gek

“Quick responses and familiar with us as a client.”


Work highlights

Representing Heart Media in a dispute against the owner of an NFT ecosystem platform involving the minting and sale of NFTs of an international luxury brand on the Binance NFT platform.

Advising the controllers of JG Jewlry and JDM Import in a longstanding JV dispute against one of the largest diamonds and jewellery suppliers in India.

Representing a retiree against an international bank for breaching its duty of care owed to the client, resulting in significant market losses to her retirement fund.

WongPartnership (Singapore)

A formidable market leader in the full gamut of corporate and finance matters, WongPartnership comprises over 300 lawyers in eight global cities. It offers extensive experience in handling high-stakes structured finance, M&A, funds, private equity, project finance and syndicated loans. The firm also has plentiful expertise on big-ticket domestic and cross-border disputes involving corporate, construction, insolvency and regulatory matters. Key lawyers include Susan Wong for banking and finance, Ameera Ashraf for competition, Christopher Chuah for construction, Andrew Ang and Wai King Ng for corporate and M&A and private equity, Alvin Yeo for dispute resolution, and Manoj Pillay Sandrasegara for restructuring and insolvency. Besides, Chung Nian Lam, Kah Keong Low, Jenny Tsin and Dorothy Marie Ng are regarded for their work in intellectual property, investment funds, employment and real estate, respectively.

Client feedback 

“Excellent expertise and practical know-how.” – Banking and finance

“Succinct, practical, cost-effective and gives timely legal advice.” – Capital markets

“Offers very clear and practical advice.” – Competition/antitrust

“Provided detailed legal analysis and advised on practical strategy.” – Construction

“Clear analysis on the claim and detailed breakdown of the claim. Presenting the claims in chronological order. Strong rebuttal on respondent's queries and accusations.” – Construction

“Experienced, strategic, committed and responsive.” – Dispute resolution

“Lawyers are proactive and think strategically.” – Dispute resolution

“They understand the commercial perspectives to the case and provide crisp strategic advice to achieve client's objectives.” – Dispute resolution

“Creative, driven and intelligent team. Outstanding in all respects. As an example, it was crucial for us to be able to protect our substantial investment sum pending the resolution of the arbitration, as we were concerned that the investee company would spend our investment monies in the meantime, given this was the only cash the investee company had. Of all the law firms and barristers we consulted, only WongPartnership was able to think of the solution for us, and not only that, to implement it such that the entire investment sum was protected pending the resolution of the arbitration. We also succeeded in the arbitration and secured a return of the full investment sum – highly unheard of in fraud matters.” – Dispute resolution

“Team gives fairly quick responses, are able to go above and beyond the basic scope to offer insights or to help close a certain issue related to the basic scope.” – Real estate

“Responsive and accommodating to client's needs” – Real estate

“Strong technical knowledge, value-add advice and willing to go beyond their scope of services to facilitate transaction.” – Real estate

“Quality of the work is without a doubt tier one, attention to detail is excellent and nothing is missed or left to chance. Very responsive and always available to bounce ideas off.” – Real estate

“The team that we worked with in WongPartnership is very proactive. They also provide sound legal advice which provides all pros and cons on all options. Justifications for any recommendations are also on very sound footing, which we greatly appreciate.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“We value their deep technical knowledge, provision of sound commercial advice, and they always have a good set of juniors assisting besides the senior lawyers.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“They are a very supportive, proactive firm that exudes confidence in their knowledge and expertise in their field of work.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“A strong team led by Manoj Sandrasegara, very well versed in insolvency practice. Advice balanced with practical considerations. Manoj is ably supported by Tan Kai Yun, who just made partner this year.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“WP was recommended to us as a preeminent insolvency law firm in Singapore. It did not disappoint. At all times, its lawyers were most professional and demonstrated the necessary skills, experience and expertise in their field. WP lawyers are crisp and responsive communicators, strong advocates and, most significantly, astute businesspeople. We were pleased to have a team of lawyers who could easily appreciate not only the legal issues, but also the business and practical aspects of our situation in order to reach an appropriate and timely resolution. Not only would we be pleased to recommend them to others, but we would gladly hire WP again should the need arise.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“WongPartnership provides strong technical advice that is also commercially nuanced. They are leaders in Singapore and regional restructuring and insolvency markets. They are able to pivot quickly to find workable and creative solutions to the challenges at hand, and are responsive across all seniorities from senior partner to associate.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“No doubt the best in the business. No other firm in Singapore can handle matters with their rarest combination of commercial nous, technical excellence and panache. Team depth and breadth is excellent largely due to the institutionalised training and leadership of Smitha Menon. From cutting-edge advocacy to top-draw negotiating on deals, no other firm can cover the same ground as this firm.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“WongPartnership has a strong insolvency and restructuring team. The team is technically sound and provides commercially sound advice. They are able to respond to situations with workable and creative solutions.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“They are a practical, commercially orientated firm which has a culture of offering solutions instead of merely advising on risks for each option and leaving it to the client to choose. They will help in understanding the practicalities of choices which may look good on paper but are difficult or slow to implement. The entire team are consistent in this approach.” – Shipping

Ameera Ashraf

“Very clear and practical advice.”

Dorothy Marie Ng

“Trustworthy and diligent.”

Lim Wei Lee

“Intelligent, articulate and thoughtful.”

Joel Chng

“Strong technical knowledge with sound commercial advice.”

“Joel provides excellent advice to clients. He is client-focused, providing advice and solutions that are commercially sound and in line with the overall strategy.”

Josephine Choo

“She possesses great legal knowledge and is always able to provide innovative solutions to the disputes. She has good problem-solving abilities.”

Smitha Menon

“Smitha Menon is outstanding in all aspects and regarded by many as probably the youngest practitioner who is a heavyweight in the Singapore restructuring and insolvency legal sector.”

Lawrence Foo

“Lawrence Foo is very commercially focused, and his ability to cut through the flak, quickly identify critical issues and find the best solution is a huge asset. His understanding of regional markets, especially his vast experience in Indonesia, also marks him as a key player in cross-border restructurings.”

Manoj Pillai Sandrasegara

“Manoj in particular has strong business acumen, with which he skilfully negotiated with the opposing parties. He brought depth of experience to the team and was well-respected by not only our team but also the opposing party and his team. Manoj was essential to bringing our matter to a successful result.”

“Strong subject-matter knowledge with an ability to understand commercial challenges.”

Monica Chong

“She is very responsive and one of the rising stars in the market with great ability to grasp client's needs and concerns. She is a leading light in complex cross-examination.”

Monica Yip

“She is highly competent, her depth of knowledge is strong and she will go the extra distance for her client.”

Rosabel Ng

“She understands our brief to her and delivers good legal and regulatory solutions to us in a timely and cost-effective manner.”

Smitha Menon

“She is a dedicated lawyer, very proactive and passionate to come up with solutions.”

“She is solution-orientated, commercial and practical. Additionally, she is very responsive.”

“Smitha Menon, the new head of the department, is going to dominate this sphere for years to come. From wunderkind to senior stateswoman of this area of practice, Smitha is the most complete restructuring lawyer in Singapore. Peerless technical ability, no-nonsense advice, excellent advocacy and commercial sense combine into a lawyer who wins it all day for her clients. This team was built on her efforts and vision. She constantly sees new angles and trends in the practice space and clients are always ahead of the power curve as a result.”

Tan Kai Yun

“She provides valuable legal advice and recommendation which is greatly appreciated. She further provides value adds on new legal judgments and how it impacts our line of work.”

Tan Teck Howe

“He is responsive and accommodating, and provides helpful solutions to issues raised.”

“He has expansive knowledge in his field. Not a stickler to scope, able to expand his advice.”

“His knowledge of the real-estate sector is second to none. He always checks his associates' work very thoroughly before anything goes out to the client.”

Tay Peng Cheng

“Quick response and practical advice.”

Wendy Lin

“Responsive, strategic, knowledgeable and a good communicator.”

“Wendy is a masterful and smooth advocate with lightning quick reactions. She is exceptionally intelligent and has an astonishing ability to absorb and grasp copious complex facts and legal arguments and boil them down into key concepts which are easy to grasp.”

 

Work highlights 

Acting for Amazon.com NV Investment Holdings, the investment arm of Amazon.com, in Singapore International Arbitration Centre proceedings to restrain Future Retail (FRL) and its controllers, Future Coupons and 11 other parties, from selling FRL’s retail, wholesale, logistics and warehousing assets to a subsidiary of the Reliance Group. The dispute takes place against the larger backdrop of the race among Amazon, Reliance and Walmart’s Flipkart to gain market share in India’s fast-growing online market for food and groceries.

Key clients

Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels, EFG Bank, Element Six Technologies

Yuen Law

Yuen Law is a boutique legal practice offering services ranging from dispute resolution to corporate and commercial, real estate, family law and private wealth. The firm is especially active in fundraising and venture capital investment for SMEs and start-ups. Last year, the firm advised on more than 30 corporate and M&A-related transactions, and over 120 contentious matters. Its corporate department is led by the managing partner Samuel Yuen and is supported by senior director Kevin Chua, while its disputes group is helmed by Amos Cai.

Client feedback  

“Excellent case analysis on the dispute, clear explanation of the arbitration process and targets in the process. Demonstrated the best adversary pleadings and well-prepared arguments.” – Construction

“They solve the problem.” – Construction

“They offer practical and realistic advice with regards to courses of action and possible outcomes. They provide detailed legal documentation, closely follow up on matters relating to our case, have dedicated staff assigned to our case, and the assigned partner is experienced in dealing with construction industry cases.” – Construction

“We value their professionalism. They treated every case professionally despite the type and value of the case.” – Corporate and M&A

“Good quality of advice, timely responses and they collaborate well with the client.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are trustworthy, give good professional advice and are very prompt in their service.” – Corporate and M&A

“They do their due diligence, pay attention to detail, and are professional.” – Dispute resolution

“Professional and very patient to guide us along the way and explain to us the events that unfolded. Very reassuring for first timers in legal disputes like ours.” – Dispute resolution

“They are very knowledgeable and will always think and act from the client's point of view and interest. They are very professional in their advice and discharging their duties.” – Dispute resolution

“They explain the pros and cons and do not push you to pursue one legal course of action.” – Private client

“They are efficient, working even outside office hours, fighting for my legal rights despite being pressured by other party. They are cost-effective and were able to advise me at every stage of the proceedings to achieve a winning outcome.” – Private client

“Yuen Law was able to provide me with useful legal advice within a short turnaround time.” – Real estate

“They provide constant follow-ups and are responsive to texts. They are available to provide professional advice.” – Regulatory

Amos Cai

“I appreciate his professionalism, patience, empathy and deep expertise in the subject matter.”

“Patient and clear in explaining.”

“Excellent client service skills and advice.”

“Very knowledgeable, professional, assuring and positive.”

“Responsive to text and available to provide professional advice. Even if he is unavailable, his associate, Ms Denise Yong, will step in to advise.”

“Amos has in-depth experience with regards to disputes in the construction industry and has consistently given practical and realistic advice with regards to actions and their outcomes.”

Amos Cai and Denise Yong

“Best value for money, able to achieve winning outcome despite dirty tactics played by other party. They spoke up for me and fought for a winning outcome despite my being in a disadvantaged position.”

“They are very knowledgeable in their profession, and they give very relevant and practical advice to aid us in our decision-making.”

Denise Yong

“She is highly knowledgeable and able to understand our request and perspective clearly.”

Joyslyn Long

“Very responsive.”

Keyun Tian

“She is able to provide useful legal advice within a short turnaround time.”

“Keyun is the most kind, gentle, resilient, caring, assertive, hard-working, reliable and honest lawyer that I have ever worked with.”

 

Work highlights

Acted for Urs Eller in a claim for equitable compensation for breach of trust deed in relation to shares of a company.

Represented a defendant against claims for fraudulent and insolvency trading, and breach of directors’ duties. The court accepted the client’s submission that the plaintiff’s case against him was so weak that it ought to be dismissed.

Energy
Bird & Bird ATMD

Bird & Bird ATMD upholds its ‘Outstanding’ ranking with a strong intellectual property practice and expertise in the technology and telecommunications sector. Lorraine Tay and Alban Kang are key figures for IP. The firm is also active in capital markets, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, energy and labour and employment. This year it moves up in the energy table, and debuts in the construction and private equity categories. Marcus Chow, Sandra Seah and Beng Chai Tay are the main corporate partners at the firm. Jonathan Choo is a dispute resolution lawyer particularly active in international arbitration and Seow Hui Goh focuses on labour and employment.

Client feedback 

“Extremely pragmatic and commercial, excellent attention to detail, but does not belabour legal points unnecessarily.” – Aviation

“Commercially sound while providing solid legal advice and willing to go the extra mile.” – Aviation

“Responsive, practical and commercial-oriented.” – Capital markets

“Proactive and responsible.” – Capital markets

“Responsive with the ability to anticipate and identify potential issues. Has the ability to propose solutions.” – Capital markets

“Fast and logical responses.” – Competition/antitrust

“Highly responsive and can devise value-adding solutions to commercial issues.” – Corporate and M&A

“The firm's legal documents are sophisticated and can capture most legal issues that we need to mitigate or prevent. When there is an issue, they are quick to provide solutions.” – Corporate and M&A

“Staff are timely, dedicated, professional, responsive and client-oriented.” – Corporate and M&A

“Prompt and completed the work within the schedule.” – Corporate and M&A

“Professional and efficient.” – Corporate and M&A

“Very professional, work effectively within time frame.” – Corporate and M&A

“It has comprehensive in-depth knowledge of the energy industry and thus is in position to provide good advice” – Energy

“The partner is helpful and turnaround time is quick. Great service.” – Intellectual property

“They are very responsive and the team has demonstrated in past projects their ability to deliver commercially sensible legal advice at very competitive fee quotes.” – Intellectual property

“Responsive, understands our business and our needs.” – Privacy and data protection

“Fast, reliable and a trusted partner.” – Private equity

“Completed the task promptly.” – Regulatory

Chua Lijun

“Receptive, fast responses and good knowledge of the relevant law and good understanding of the issues.”

Goh Seow Hui

“We value her professionalism, compassion for clients and humility.”

“Seow Hui did an outstanding job of understanding the client's needs. She advised me what was best for the client. She handled the case so swiftly to settle it amicably and moved on. I am impressed by her professionalism to take ownership after [another] lawyer left the firm. She took the responsibility of closing it. I am pleased with her customer service and compassion.”

Jeremy Tan

“Responsive, great attention to detail, he is client and results oriented.”

Jolie Giouw

“Highly responsive, she identifies the key issues quickly and comes out with solutions. We have always been impressed.”

“Excellent service-oriented mindset, has strong commercial acumen and able to advise well on the law.”

“Responsive and experienced. Able to provide prompt and quality advice and solutions.”

Lawrence Wong

“Communicates well to solve all the requirements requested by the SGX in Singapore.”

Leo Fattorini

“Leo is responsive, accessible and user-friendly. With counterparts he comes across very well without compromising our position.”

Leo is responsive, accessible and user-friendly.”

“He has industry-wide knowledge of the Asian region, and is commercially savvy when it comes to negotiating with external parties.”

“Fast turnaround time and knowledgeable.”

Marcus Chow

“Marcus is knowledgeable in early-stage transactions and he is always available to the team to provide an opinion.”

“He is very smart and has extensive knowledge in venture capital investment as well as M&A.”

“Listens to what the client wants, and provides accurate suggestions and solutions.”

“Responsive, responsible and is able to communicate effectively with people of all levels.”

“Very commercial and good understanding of the client's needs.”

“Responsive, has ability to propose innovative solutions, and has good client relationship management.”

“Provides in-depth knowledge and advice to the board, resolving issues with advance steps taken.”

“Marcus was very responsive and can be depended on to deliver sound pragmatic advice, even outside of regular office hours. He is also quick to understand the commercial issues at hand, and propose solutions to address these issues.”

Sandrea Seah

“Very helpful and exhibits very good in-depth industrial knowledge. Gives very sound advice.”

“Professional, good listener, understands issues quickly and timely in responses.”

 

Work highlights 

Assisted the Building and Construction Authority on a template energy performance contract to accelerate the adoption of energy conservation measures for the Green Building Council.

Advising the energy regulator, Energy Market Authority of Singapore, in the implementation of Singapore's first utility-scale energy storage system.

Appointed as legal counsel to the Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Association of Singapore to help Singapore in its decarbonisation efforts and move towards a greener environment.

Key clients

Energy Market Company, FE Energy Efficiency, LYS Energy Group, SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust

Insurance
Rajah & Tann

Rajah & Tann is arguably the most visible among Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms in the Southeast Asian market. It occupies the top tier across an array of practice areas and sectors with well-established teams in both the transactional and contentious markets. The firm has outstanding experience in complex and high-value cross-border matters, closely working with its R&T Asia network with specialised industry expertise. The firm has a traditional strength in dispute resolution backed by the largest litigation practice in Singapore with seven senior counsels. This year the firm proves its dominance again with its ascension into the ‘Outstanding’ tier for banking and finance, capital markets and investment funds. Key names include Angela Lim for banking and finance, Kim Huat Chia for capital markets and corporate and M&A, Kala Anandarajah for competition, Francis Xavier and Andre Yeap for dispute resolution, Arnold Tan for investment funds, Patrick Ang and Eng Beng Lee for restructuring and insolvency, and Rajesh Sreenivasan for technology and telecommunications. The funds group welcomed partner Zixiang Sun from Simmons & Simmons earlier this year.

Client feedback

“After many years of working on our cases, Rajah & Tann is able to tighten our contractual terms, advise us on loan structure and has a high level of success in our litigation cases.” – Banking and finance

“Professional, pragmatic and reasonable fees.”– Banking and finance

“Professional, in-depth knowledge and responsive” – Capital markets

“Provided deep insights of the local regulation and helped us communicate with regulators. The responses to requests from us or our client have been always prompt and professional.” – Capital markets

“Rajah & Tann understood the worldwide legal situation about big cartel investigation cases very well to move very swiftly for our client. Thanks to this reaction our client escaped from the burden of huge fines.” – Competition/antitrust

“In-depth grasp and meaningful guidance on country-specific regulatory issues.” – Corporate and M&A

“Rajah & Tann provides very practical advice and is always available for us to ask questions, no matter what time. They show their experience when they can provide us with workarounds whenever parties reach a deadlock.” – Corporate and M&A

“They provide practical and business-friendly solutions. They are tremendous value for money. We have access to top-tier legal talent. They are focused on building long-term relationships with their clients.” – Corporate and M&A

“An impressive law firm with an extensive network across ASEAN.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have an impressive network across ASEAN and are great sector leaders.” – Corporate and M&A

“They are very organised, efficient and keep their eye on the ball at all times. Proverbial wisdom is not to fight a war on two fronts, but this dispute had three fronts and Adrian [Wong], Leong Hao [Ang] and Wayne [Yeo] were excellent generals ensuring not just brilliant strategic hits, but also boring basics like evidence gathering was done early.” – Dispute resolution

“We appreciate that they work closely with the client, provide clear insights of the problem and have a solution-oriented approach.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive to detail, reliable advice and trustworthy.” – Dispute resolution

“They think in the best interests of the client. They are swift yet calculated in their responses.” – Dispute resolution

“Clarity of logic and execution.” – Dispute resolution

“There is a team of highly skilled and competent partners in dispute resolution such as Murali Pillai, Luo Qinghui, Andrea Tan, Elaine Tay and Regina Liew They are able to understand commercial concerns and take them into account when providing advice or when drafting and reviewing contracts. They are also practical, focused, clear and articulate.” – Insurance

“Very approachable, and open to ideas and feedback. Contactable 24/7.” – Insurance

“They are very knowledgeable about insurance regulations in Singapore, and provide very commercial and practical advice. The team is also very responsive with excellent client management skills.” – Insurance

“They have good sector knowledge, are commercial and responsive.” – Investment funds

“Very instructive and practical advice, we managed to achieve our aims with clarity and promptness.” – Labour and employment

“Our two partners at Rajah & Tann, Murali Pillai and Qinghui Luo, were experienced in their field, professional in their dealings with all parties involved, systematic in their approach, and responsive and approachable at all times. Particularly helpful were their guidance and ultimately our alignment on the best approach to protect the firm. An absolute pleasure to work with.” – Labour and employment

“Very professional and prompt advice given, can always rely on them regardless of the time of the day.” – Oil and gas

“Knowledgeable with an extensive network to tap.” – Oil and gas

“They are value for money, have the right balance of commerciality and legal input. They understand our requirements and flex points well and can give pertinent, useful input on both the minutiae as well as the big picture.” – Private equity

“They give fast responses, have a dedicated team and produce high-quality work.” – Private equity

“Strong legal expertise, combined with organic cross-border capabilities and resources.” – Private equity

“Reliable, prompt and accommodating on fee budgets.” – Regulatory

“Always contactable and willing to find solutions in a timely and comprehensive manner.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“We value their understanding of key insurance issues, practical experience of dealing with complex casualties, and accessibility to the partner dealing with the work.” – Shipping

“Value for money and impressive skill sets of the lawyers.” – Shipping

“They have enough strengths in all aspects. They have had full of knowledge of any case from a legal and shipping perspective. In addition, they also pay attention to commercial awareness between our client and the opponent.” – Shipping

Adrian Wong

“Sharp, concise, clear-minded and creative in his argument of case.”

“Clarity of logic and execution.”

Adrian Wong, Ang Leong Hao and Wayne Yeo

“Excellent teamwork with sensible layering that enables them to be very agile and efficient.”

Arnold Tan

“Acknowledged market leader in Singapore, he is friendly, helpful, and has good commercial understanding.”

“He is pragmatic and to the point.”

Bala Vellayappan

“Amazing lawyer to work with. He is practical and very knowledgeable. He is also humble at the same time. He is reliable and provides valuable insights all the time.”

Benjamin Liew

“He is extremely responsive, succinct and precise in rendering advice. He provides value-add services in dealing with ad hoc queries without charge.”

Brian Ng

“He knows the issues and what to focus on, particularly for a financial sponsor or private equity fund-related work.”

Chua Beng Chye

“Good knowledge and the leading expert in his field for HP law and collections.”

Chua Choon King

“Provides legally sound practical advice. He has good connections within the industry. He has been able to provide ’out-of-the-box‘ solutions to overcome challenges due to industry connections.”

Danny Lim

“A go-to guy, he provides very careful and measured advice. He is very responsive and able to pay attention whenever required.”

Elizabeth Teo

“Contactable at any time, she is a comprehensive and practical solution provider.”

Favian Tan

“He is very responsive and quick to resolve issues by providing innovative solutions that are win-win. He has the ability to distil complex legal issues in a clear and concise manner, while at all times focusing on the ultimate commercial objective of the parties.”

Gregory Vijayendran

“Attentive to detail, great knowledge of the law, able to strategise approaches to the case and has a calming assurance.”

Jainil Bhandari

“Jainil is extremely easy to deal with and has a quiet confidence in the way that he works.”

Jonathan Yuen

“Articulate, knowledgeable and offers practical solutions.”

Kala Anandarajah

“She is a very smart business lawyer who represents the firm's attitude which I described here before.”

Kelvin Poon

“In-depth knowledge of the law, a positive approach to problems, and solution-oriented.”

Lee Xin Mei

“We value her knowledge, she is professional and responsive.”

Leong Kah Wah

“He is clear and concise in his advice. He will tell you what matters and what does not, cut out the emotions in disputes and has been able to get the best outcomes in all my cases handled by him. I do not go to anyone else.”

“He has a lot of experiences about main shipping matters for Korean shipping clients. So he can always lead to the most efficient way to solve the problem when there is an unfortunate accident and legal disputes.”

Mark Cheng

“Good problem-solver and engaging.”

Murali Pillai

“He is very experienced in his field, professional in dealings with all parties involved and systematic in his approach. He is responsive and approachable.”

“He is highly skilled and competent. He is very responsive despite a very busy schedule. Murali always makes time for clients, which is very appreciated. He remains calm and unfazed no matter the situation. He is also able to connect well with all levels of stakeholders from his corporate client.”

Nathanael Lin

“Very dependable, and offers good and sound advice.”

“Easy to talk to and can relate clearly to what the client wants.”

Patrick Ang

“He is a leading practitioner in insolvency and restructuring and dispute resolution.”

Philip Yeo

“Philip is highly dedicated to his work and always responds in a timely manner. He possesses strong legal knowledge in the field of investment management and private equity.”

“Responsive, professional, detailed, good technical skills, and pragmatic.”

Sandy Foo

“Very responsive, commercially minded and helpful. A leader in her field.”

Simon Goh

“He is responsive and has deep expertise.”

Sun Zixiang

“Client-centric, focused and driven to achieve good outcomes for the client while not being over-zealous. He has a deep knowledge and understanding of private equity funds work and the various legal and regulatory considerations surrounding the sector.”

Toh Kian Sing

“He is the undisputed king of maritime law.”

Tracy-Anne Ang

“Highly experienced and always willing to spend time to explain rationales and concepts.”

Wang Ying Shuang

“Very approachable. Open to new ideas. Contactable 24/7.”

“Ying Shuang is very knowledgeable about the insurance sector in Singapore and has been a joy to work with. She provides advice that is legally sound and commercially practical, and is one of our organisation's trusted advisers.”

Wee Hann Lim

“He is customer-centric and solution-oriented. He’s also super-experienced and collaborative.”

“Wee Hann is an exceptional lawyer who is always putting the needs of the clients first.”

“Wee Hann is fantastic lawyer who has a broad skillset, which he tailors to the needs of his clients.”


Work highlights 

Acted for a multilateral organisation in the first of its kind in Asia – the Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility.

Representing the National Parks Board in claims for injuries sustained by members of the public in Singapore due to widely reported wild boar attacks.

Key clients

AIG Insurance, China Taiping Insurance, National Parks Board, United Overseas Insurance, Singapore Electricity Transmission Company, The Britannia Steam Ship Insurance Association

WhiteFern

Led by Anparasan Kamachi, WhiteFern specialises in insurance and reinsurance law. The firm regularly acts for major insurance companies on a wide spectrum of both contentious and non-contentious matters including property and casualty, public liability, financial lines, and professional indemnity matters. This year, the firm ascends into the ’Highly Recommended‘ tier of our insurance table.

Client feedback 

“They are responsive and give timely advice. They understand insurers and their sound advice helps mitigate costs.” – Insurance

Anparasan Kamachi, Grace Tan and Tang Jin Sheng

“Great to work with, have positive outlooks and understand insurers well. They are reliable, fast to respond and curb expenses.”


Work highlights 

Acting for a real-estate salesperson and their professional indemnity insurers in relation to the standard of care that they are required to demonstrate under common law and under statutory requirements. This case is significant as it will determine a novel issue – the role of real-estate agents and the standard of care that they are required to demonstrate under common law and under statutory requirements. As it stands, there is no available case law.

Representing a statutory board, a construction company and their insurers, Indian International Insurance in a case that explores novel issues of causation.

Key clients

Allied World Assurance Company, AXA Insurance Singapore, MS First Capital Insurance, MSIG Insurance, QBE Insurance Singapore

Intellectual property
Amica Law

Amica Law is the largest boutique intellectual property firm in Singapore and is recommended for the breadth of its local and international IP expertise. The firm climbs into the top tier for IP this year for the continued demonstration of market-leading work. Its leadership are all former Allen & Gledhill IP partners. In the past year, the firm was appointed to the panels of the government’s Housing and Development Board and the Ministry of Trade and Industry’s JTC Corporation to advise on intellectual property matters. It also launched a new corporate and commercial department that complements its IP and technology offerings. Jo-Ann See, Wilson Wong, Winnie Tham, Jason Chan, Geraldine Tan and Melvin Pang are key figures at the firm. The firm welcomed director Yee-Swan Boo from Lee & Lee earlier this year.


Work highlights

Represented Element Six Technologies in a long-running patent infringement suit over synthetic diamond patents, which is now on appeal before Singapore’s apex court.

Successfully defended the operators of Luke’s Lobster lobster roll shacks against a trademark infringement and passing off action launched by the owners of Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House restaurants.

Acted for Align Technology in a trademark infringement suit in the High Court against Zenyum.

Key clients

Amazon.com, Banking Computer Services, National University of Singapore, Twitter, UOL Group

Bird & Bird ATMD

Bird & Bird ATMD upholds its ‘Outstanding’ ranking with a strong intellectual property practice and expertise in the technology and telecommunications sector. Lorraine Tay and Alban Kang are key figures for IP. The firm is also active in capital markets, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, energy and labour and employment. This year it moves up in the energy table, and debuts in the construction and private equity categories. Marcus Chow, Sandra Seah and Beng Chai Tay are the main corporate partners at the firm. Jonathan Choo is a dispute resolution lawyer particularly active in international arbitration and Seow Hui Goh focuses on labour and employment.

Client feedback 

“Extremely pragmatic and commercial, excellent attention to detail, but does not belabour legal points unnecessarily.” – Aviation

“Commercially sound while providing solid legal advice and willing to go the extra mile.” – Aviation

“Responsive, practical and commercial-oriented.” – Capital markets

“Proactive and responsible.” – Capital markets

“Responsive with the ability to anticipate and identify potential issues. Has the ability to propose solutions.” – Capital markets

“Fast and logical responses.” – Competition/antitrust

“Highly responsive and can devise value-adding solutions to commercial issues.” – Corporate and M&A

“The firm's legal documents are sophisticated and can capture most legal issues that we need to mitigate or prevent. When there is an issue, they are quick to provide solutions.” – Corporate and M&A

“Staff are timely, dedicated, professional, responsive and client-oriented.” – Corporate and M&A

“Prompt and completed the work within the schedule.” – Corporate and M&A

“Professional and efficient.” – Corporate and M&A

“Very professional, work effectively within time frame.” – Corporate and M&A

“It has comprehensive in-depth knowledge of the energy industry and thus is in position to provide good advice” – Energy

“The partner is helpful and turnaround time is quick. Great service.” – Intellectual property

“They are very responsive and the team has demonstrated in past projects their ability to deliver commercially sensible legal advice at very competitive fee quotes.” – Intellectual property

“Responsive, understands our business and our needs.” – Privacy and data protection

“Fast, reliable and a trusted partner.” – Private equity

“Completed the task promptly.” – Regulatory

Chua Lijun

“Receptive, fast responses and good knowledge of the relevant law and good understanding of the issues.”

Goh Seow Hui

“We value her professionalism, compassion for clients and humility.”

“Seow Hui did an outstanding job of understanding the client's needs. She advised me what was best for the client. She handled the case so swiftly to settle it amicably and moved on. I am impressed by her professionalism to take ownership after [another] lawyer left the firm. She took the responsibility of closing it. I am pleased with her customer service and compassion.”

Jeremy Tan

“Responsive, great attention to detail, he is client and results oriented.”

Jolie Giouw

“Highly responsive, she identifies the key issues quickly and comes out with solutions. We have always been impressed.”

“Excellent service-oriented mindset, has strong commercial acumen and able to advise well on the law.”

“Responsive and experienced. Able to provide prompt and quality advice and solutions.”

Lawrence Wong

“Communicates well to solve all the requirements requested by the SGX in Singapore.”

Leo Fattorini

“Leo is responsive, accessible and user-friendly. With counterparts he comes across very well without compromising our position.”

Leo is responsive, accessible and user-friendly.”

“He has industry-wide knowledge of the Asian region, and is commercially savvy when it comes to negotiating with external parties.”

“Fast turnaround time and knowledgeable.”

Marcus Chow

“Marcus is knowledgeable in early-stage transactions and he is always available to the team to provide an opinion.”

“He is very smart and has extensive knowledge in venture capital investment as well as M&A.”

“Listens to what the client wants, and provides accurate suggestions and solutions.”

“Responsive, responsible and is able to communicate effectively with people of all levels.”

“Very commercial and good understanding of the client's needs.”

“Responsive, has ability to propose innovative solutions, and has good client relationship management.”

“Provides in-depth knowledge and advice to the board, resolving issues with advance steps taken.”

“Marcus was very responsive and can be depended on to deliver sound pragmatic advice, even outside of regular office hours. He is also quick to understand the commercial issues at hand, and propose solutions to address these issues.”

Sandrea Seah

“Very helpful and exhibits very good in-depth industrial knowledge. Gives very sound advice.”

“Professional, good listener, understands issues quickly and timely in responses.”

 

Work highlights 

Acting for HungryPanda SG in a trademark infringement action brought by Foodpanda.

Represented Novartis Singapore in a patent infringement action brought by Millennium Pharmaceuticals and Johnson & Johnson.

Assisting Monster Energy Company in all of its trademark disputes including various trademark oppositions in the Singapore Trade Marks Registry.

Key clients

Banyan Tree Holdings, Coalition Against Piracy, Fanco Fan Marketing, Fox Networks Group, Kao Corporation, Novartis, Smart Shooter

CMS Holborn Asia

CMS Holborn Asia is rapidly expanding in Singapore with the arrival of renowned lawyers in the market. Leading figures include construction specialist Kelvin Aw as well as IP and TMT focus Sheena Jacob. The firm is particularly known for its sector focus across technology, healthcare, life sciences, media, consumer goods and services and infrastructure. Its banking practice was launched in early 2021 with the arrival of seasoned finance partner Daniel Tan from Clifford Chance.

Client feedback

“Knowledgeable, commercial, reliable and quick.” – Banking and finance

“Responsive and reacts positively to short deadlines. Provides comprehensive analysis.” – Banking and finance

“They truthfully provided legal opinions and legal advice to us. They did especially splendidly on providing rational and practical legal advice to the client.” – Dispute resolution

“Great at managing the client relationship. Clear written advice. Solid experience in the construction, oil and gas sectors.” – Dispute resolution

“The CMS team, under the construction disputes team, headed by Lynette [Chew] and Kelvin [Aw] always have their client's interest at heart. They help me balance between costs and benefit outcomes forthrightly even if it means less fees for the firm as a consequence of the advice. Lynette led a team who defended a claim at the High Court and Court of Appeal in Singapore. It was a very difficult appeal but the team did a brilliant job with tenacity. The team took the time to explain procedural and evidential difficulties for certain points but advised on strategies around this which worked brilliantly.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide timely, cost-efficient service in managing our trademark portfolio. They are very responsive, providing clear advice and instruction.” – Intellectual property

“They have exceptional response time to meet the demanding needs of a changing and dynamic media business. Their advice is always concise and delivered with knowledge of how media businesses operate in APAC.” – Media and entertainment

Asya Jamaludin

“Great industry knowledge and client engagement.”

Daniel Tan

“Knowledgeable, commercial and reliable.”

“Good availability, senior oversight and attention, and open to ideas.”

Denise Loh

“Denise is very responsive and provides clear and concise advice and counsel.”

Sheena Jacob

“Acts as an extended trusted business partner for the legal department. Always responsive and offers practical solutions in the challenging regulatory environment. She has the ability to balance risk and the need to do business.”

Lynette Chew

“Lynette often spends time, including non-billable time, at the outset and initial stages of the instruction to fully understand the client's issues and case before jumping into a prescriptive course of action that starts incurring exorbitant legal costs for the client. Her advice is often insightful and honest. This is much appreciated from the client perspective. When we need to proceed to full trials, Lynette and her team are always fully prepared for a good fight when the fight is necessary. Her attention to details and cross-examination skills for factual and expert witnesses were impeccable. It shows the high level of preparation she and the team undertake for the trial, including understanding the client's commercial issues and business realities.”

 

Work highlights 

Advising Hegen, a consumer goods company, as its global IP counsel and manager of its international patent, trademark, copyright and design portfolios.

Assisting Teradyne, a US-based developer and supplier of automatic test equipment, on the management of its patent portfolio and drafting of patent applications and patent prosecution.

Key clients

Aim Biotech, Boston Dynamics, CrimsonLogic, GETS Global, Hardhat, Kaltimex Energy, SAIS, Teva Pharmaceuticals

Drew & Napier

As one of Singapore’s ‘Big Four’ law firms, Drew & Napier possesses a diverse roster of lawyers offering an extensive range of legal services in Singapore and across the region. This year it makes gains in numerous rankings tables, moving up a tier in the energy, infrastructure, construction and corporate and M&A categories. The firm remains a dispute resolution powerhouse with a deep bench of top advocates including Jimmy Yim and Cavinder Bull. Disputes and insolvency lawyer Siraj Omar, construction specialist Christopher Chong and elite tax practitioner Ong Sim Ho further reinforce the team. Other key names to note include Pauline Chong for finance, Petrus Huang for capital markets, Chong Kin Lim for competition and technology, Steven Lo for corporate and M&A, Tony Yeo for IP, and Sushil Nair and Blossom Hing for restructuring and insolvency. Consultant Gary Pryke is another well-known practitioner in the corporate and finance space.

Client feedback 

“Comprehensive and meticulous in rendering legal advice on the finance documents.” – Aviation

“Commercial and practical advice, prompt responses, and clarity of explanation.” – Banking and finance

“The firm is professional in dealing with the bank’s lawyer and able to provide us with the legal advice.” – Banking and finance

“Prompt, practical and responsive.” – Banking and finance

“Fast, quick, number one in litigation, and they give prompt replies.” – Banking and finance

“Experienced and efficient. Organised with a clear action plan.” – Banking and finance

“They are knowledgeable and provide a different perspective.” – Capital markets

“Able to provide clear, succinct and actionable advice.” – Construction

“Extremely effective and efficient.” – Construction

“Fast, quick responses and able to provide alternative solutions.” – Construction

“Responsive, accommodating to the client, commercially minded, with an appropriately staffed team.” – Corporate and M&A

“Able to understand our objectives and also distil key legal issues into an easy to understand form.” – Corporate and M&A

“The corporate M&A team was dependable, responsive and professional in their advice. They were able to identify pitfalls and suggest innovative solutions during the negotiation of S&P agreement.” – Corporate and M&A

“We value their intellect, insights, responsiveness in dealing with complex situations, breadth and depth of knowledge.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, efficient and provides to-the-point advice and work.” – Corporate and M&A

“Their response is prompt and advice is sound and clear.” – Corporate and M&A

“The team is creative and attentive to details.” – Corporate and M&A

“Professional and skilful, and quite familiar with our industry characteristics so that they could figure out a strategic proposal. Always provide prompt feedback.” – Corporate and M&A

“They have a dedicated and experienced professional team that creates a successful outcome.” – Dispute resolution

“Customer-focused.” – Dispute resolution

“They go a long way to understand the nuances of the business which gives them the edge in any kind of dispute resolution process.” – Dispute resolution

“Great legal advice and extremely responsive. They think around issues and provide answers which are not obvious to their peers. The team is very personable.” – Dispute resolution

“Sincere and very responsive.” – Dispute resolution

“We value Drew & Napier’s experience, depth of both legal and commercial knowledge, and understanding of a client’s needs and wants. How it utilises all of these attributes to aggressively yet reasonably pursues the client’s interests is class-leading. Hence it has a stellar and fearsome reputation amongst its peers and the courts, giving its clients an advantage.” – Dispute resolution

“Reliable and efficient.” – Dispute resolution

“Prompt responses, very practical and commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They provide timely, commercially useful and clear advice. They are also very user-friendly, and are proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. They know arbitration and court work well. They are also very professional, polished, and give a very high quality of service.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent advocates that obtained great results.” – Dispute resolution

“Able to provide insights to the issue and propose next steps and attached consequences, including providing legal obligations arising from the claims.” – Dispute resolution

“Quick to act, knowledgeable and compassionate.” – Dispute resolution

“Attentive, responsive, diligent, accurate and resourceful.” – Dispute resolution

“Very hands-on and smart.” – Dispute resolution

“Yuet Min and her team are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and responsive. She provides sound advice, novel solutions and has secured some great results for the client. She is clearly a future leader in the Singapore dispute resolution landscape.” – Dispute resolution

“They are thorough, balanced in risk assessment, hard-working, persistent and results-driven.” – Dispute resolution

“It is a comprehensive full-service firm with depth of expertise in a range of critical areas that are indispensable for our day-to-day operations, whether during a growth cycle or a downward trend, such as construction, corporate, insolvency and restructuring, security of payment matters and dispute resolution. With Christopher Chong at the helm of its construction practice, which is core to us, Drew & Napier has been our trusted go-to firm on a regular, consistent basis for some years now, with the full intention on our part to continue this relationship for a long time to come.” – Dispute resolution

“Consistently high level of effectiveness, professional and well organised.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellent teamwork and positive thinking.” – Dispute resolution

“They go deep into the root of the problems. They can engage linear and lateral thinking, and have good knowledge of laws. They have good people skills, preparing clients and witnesses well before trials.” – Dispute resolution

“Very good knowledge of the law, markets in Asia , cultures and mentalities, very service-oriented and competent.” – Dispute resolution

“Knowledge and professionalism.” – Dispute resolution

“Well regarded in Singapore, sound commercial advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They have represented us in dispute resolution and have a very professional team.” – Dispute resolution

“They exercise professionalism in providing advisory services in corporate contracts and dispute resolution.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier provide sound advice that is practical and well researched on the law. Their counsel prepare meticulously for court hearings and have a thorough knowledge of the court documents.” – Dispute resolution

“They are reliable and responsive, and thorough in reviewing documents and evidence, and work in a timely manner, seeking instructions and making recommendations where helpful. They also cross-examine witnesses effectively and expose discrepancies and untruths told in court.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier was highly professional throughout the engagement and was very responsive as and when we sought advice during the course of the arbitration. We felt that we got value for money based on the service that they provided. In essence, the team that we worked with was very attentive to our needs and provided legal advice that was spot on.” – Dispute resolution

“Efficient and effective.” – Dispute resolution

“Proactive and very attentive to client's needs.” – Dispute resolution

“Brilliant international arbitration lawyers in technical cross-border infrastructure disputes.” – Infrastructure

“They make an effort to incorporate your views and concerns. This builds trust and confidence in the team and firm.” – Insurance

“They provide prompt assistance, practical advice and are very knowledgeable on the subject-matter.” – Insurance

“They possess technical abilities to dissect even the most complex of legal issues, and advocacy skills if and where the need arises.” – Insurance

“Drew & Napier continues to provide top-shelf legal service and advice. They always think globally while providing local advice. They focus on the client's objectives and needs, and tailor the advice accordingly. They have a large pool of highly talented attorneys which they can leverage when looking at the best approach in handling contentious IP matters.” – Intellectual property

“They were transparent about costs and were punctual with all our Zoom meetings.” – Intellectual property

“They have expertise of Singapore law in relation to intellectual property. They provided strong support in Singapore litigation for the client who is not familiar with the laws in the country.” – Intellectual property

“Clear explanations, expertise and management skills.” – Intellectual property

“Creative and attentive.” – Intellectual property

“Meryl and her team were excellent strategists who understood our bottom lines and gave us reliable legal advice accordingly.” – Intellectual property

“The IP team led by Tony Yeo is always prompt and efficient in its response. It gives clear legal advice and is transparent in its costs estimates.”– Intellectual property

“They provide advice based on Singapore law, responsively and thoroughly.” – Investment funds

“Drew & Napier provides well-researched and sound advice on Singapore law and keeps the client well informed of each stage of the matter. The firm also makes itself readily available to answer queries.” – Oil and gas

“Proactive, responsive, timely and solutions-oriented.” – Privacy and data protection

“Drew & Napier is a law firm that places high priority on the integrity, chain of custody and handling of electronic evidence. The firm has high appreciation of the volatility, integrity, interpretation and value of electronic evidence when litigating disputes/resolutions for their clients. It not only places high priority on integrity and chain of custody of electronic evidence but also on circumstance surrounding the electronic evidence. This even includes the ambient information around electronic evidence – circumstance issues like how the evidence was created, situation under which it was created and distributed, and parties who have handled the electronic data, including metadata information.” – Private client

“They are a committed team willing to explore all angles and willing to work through nights to ensure the final draft is excellent before submitting.” – Private client

“They provide sharp and incisive advice, and have a highly responsive integrated offering. They are able to get inputs from other disciplines.” – Private equity

“Very responsive and technically sound.” – Real estate

“Creative and attentive to details.” – Real estate

“Very detailed and able to distil the key issues for us.” – Real estate

“Highly professional and efficient.” – Real estate

“Full-service law firm that thinks outside the box. It understands commercial realities of the transactions because their partners also serve in industrial and business associations so they know how the law and business interact.” – Real estate

“Clear, concise and value-added advice.” – Regulatory

“Extremely commercial and competent. They are able to grasp issues affecting not just the legal position but also address the commercial, political and reputational concerns of the client.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The team is brilliantly led by Blossom Hing. Blossom and her team are highly cohesive and easy to work with. They have great experience and are very strong lawyers.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“The Drew & Napier lawyers with whom I have worked most closely are Sushil Nair and Julian Kwek, the co-heads of the restructuring group. Both are extremely hard-working, smart and creative – and I have seen them achieve excellent results for their clients in every matter where I have had the privilege of working with them. I also have worked closely with Blossom Hing, Chan Wei Meng and Mohan Gopalan, and, as with Mr. Nair and Mr. Kwek, I have always been impressed with the first-rate quality of their work and their dedication to helping their clients work through and emerge from difficult times.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Drew & Napier’s tax team is clear and concise in their responses to general or specific issues.” – Tax

“The team has an experienced senior tax partner.” – Tax

“Good sense of commercial realities.” – Tax

“Drew & Napier is very professional, competent and ethical.” – Tax

Allister Tan

“He is able to explain legal technicalities so that you can understand. He is able to provide solutions to help us with our issues.”

“Very responsive, practical and hands-on.”

“He's a technical expert in the sparse world of insurance disputes, and a trusted adviser who balances commercial needs with the legal position.”

Benedict Teo

“Very knowledgeable, sincere and responsive.”

“Responsive and commercially minded when providing legal advice.”

“Responsive and practical.”

“Commercially sound, practical and gives clear explanations.”

Blossom Hing

“She is super-responsive and sharp with an amazing work ethic. She is always available to address any concerns I have. I trust her implicitly. She is extremely competent and commercial. A pleasure to work with.”

“She is an outstanding leader of her team and has unbelievable experience of restructuring issues. Blossom is creative and thinks outside the box. She is supported by a very strong team.”

Christopher Chong

“Christopher Chong is a singularly exceptional practitioner, who is all-rounded in terms of legal depth of knowledge, commercial acumen, client responsiveness, innovation and unmatched local knowledge. His dedication to his craft and in assisting us to find sensible, practical and mutually beneficial solutions is close to peerless. Chris is backed by a solid team that, whether as a whole or individually, are more than capable of pulling their own weight and delivering value to us in the context of the role they play. We must mention director Kelvin Teo, and senior associates Nicole Toh and Josh Tan.”

“Excellent advocate in international commercial arbitrations.”

“He has an in-depth knowledge of the industrial sector, is up to date in new trends and technologies of the industry.”

David Alfred

“Great understanding of the issue and seeks to clarify when information not clear.”

Fiona Chew

“Compassionate, good listener, actively provides meaningful solutions, attentive, accurate, humble and diligent.”

Gary Wan

“Experienced, effective and affable. Able to solve issues with a calm attitude.”

Grace Morgan

“Professional with high ethics for the client’s best interest.”

Jared Chen

“He is extremely responsive and gives very practical advice.”

“He is a good listener and pays attention to details. He makes copious notes, which suggests a keen interest in the subject-matter and building a source of permanent notes.”

Javier Yeo

“Knowledgeable and has expertise in laws regarding intellectual property. Provides strong support in the litigation.”

Jon Nair

“Responsive and gives clear advice.”

Joshua Chin

“Outstanding. Very proficient in his knowledge. Able to understand problems very well and come up with creative solutions. Provides excellent advice. Very responsive and is able to attend to the smallest details.”

Julian Kwek

“Julian is an intelligent and creative problem-solver who always makes sure to understand his clients' objectives and concerns in developing effective strategies in their complicated cross-border restructuring matters.”

Keith Lam

“Responsive and has a good understanding of the issues.”

Kelvin Tan

“Kelvin takes responsibility for his lawyers and their work. He is pleasant and effective in court trials as a senior litigation lawyer, and he and his team are not only legally competent, but practical and helpful in meeting our needs in their advice and solutions offered.”

Kelvin Teo

“Very knowledgeable about the law and the legal system. Able to provide clear guidance on the relevant issues.”

Lau Sok Hiang

“Ability to communicate the issues well to the client.”

“Creative and attentive to details.”

Lim Chong Kin

“Proactive, client- and solutions-focused, quick, knowledgeable, experienced and capable.”

Mahesh Rai

“Strong knowledge of laws in India and good knowledge of the country’s legal infrastructure.”

“His personal approach to a transaction goes a long way.”

“Always approachable, a patient listener, has sound industry knowledge, excellent knowledge of law and always provides practical solutions.”

“He listens well and is a great tactician.”

“Excellent, thorough, and balanced risk management and advice.”

“Creative solutions and very focused.”

“Quick, efficient and super-understanding of the matter and case file.”

“Mahesh Rai leads a disputes team that is well versed in both blockchain technology nuances and traditional commercial and financial litigation and arbitration. His domain knowledge in blockchain, fintech and technology makes him brutally effective in disputes regarding these matters, more than the other top-ranked disputes teams in Singapore. This is a very key differentiator. The team is very meticulous and has great attention to detail, and catches both technology-related and more typical factual nuances of cases. Mr Rai himself is a very forceful and cunning cross-examiner in court, and has a commanding presence that allows him to take control of court proceedings, even against senior counsels and litigators much more senior than him. He is also extremely responsive, and he and his team readily respond to queries even at 11pm or on a Sunday. Finally, he gives straightforward, practical, concise, commercial and very concrete recommendations when asked for options, including cost considerations. He will not give theoretical or abstract answers, and will not give tentative or timid recommendations that do not allow a client to visualise a concrete course of action. He even advised on a personal matter for one of my friends, a senior executive in a large blockchain company, and my friend gave glowing positive feedback, that he felt very reassured and confident on a personal level, in addition to getting clear advice on the legal issues.”

Mahesh Rai and Don Loo

“Mahesh Rai and Don Loo of Drew & Napier have sound knowledge and expertise in disputes relating to telecom towers industry. They are spot on their turnaround time. Both of them have an eye for details.”

Meryl Koh

“She is meticulous and will analyse the pros, cons and costs of each option for you so you can make the most informed decision for your company.”

Ong Sim Ho

“Great client management and good options to manage costs.”

Paras Lalwani

“Very clear, sound legal advice and very client-friendly.”

Pauline Chong

“Ability to work within deadlines and meticulous in the details.”

“Professional, helpful and reliable.”

“She is professional and responsive.”

Rakesh Kirpalani

“He is fluent in both English and Chinese and quite familiar with our industry practice, and works in a highly effective way. He always bestows skilful and valuable advice.”

“He is a very detailed person.”

“Very dynamic and thoughtful lawyer. Takes the time to listen and understand the problem. He proposes solutions that follow the law and have a high chance of success.”

“Prompt, effective and driven.”

Randolph Khoo

“Randolph is a very good advocate. Has a very thorough knowledge of his brief. He is excellent at cross-examining witnesses and is nimble at adapting his approach and cross-examination strategy to suit the witness that is giving evidence.”

“He always remains professional and customer-oriented.”

Jimmy Yim

“SC Jimmy Yim and his team are outstanding. They take pains to understand and provide a holistic approach to the resolution of disputes. Their legal strategies leave no stone unturned. Their eagerness to use cutting-edge methodology and technology to drill at details is commendable.”

“He is a great lawyer.”

“He is a powerful leader of his team and very knowledgeable.”

“Very professional and up to date with legal advances, always has a good strategic approach.”

“Intelligent, high EQ, very efficient and analytical.”

“His experience and depth of knowledge of both the legal aspects and commercial realities of a case are faultless. He is extremely quick to grasp and identify the issues of the case, the client’s problems and difficulties, and manages all aspects of a case brilliantly. In his preparation for trial and appeal, he was thorough, detailed and meticulous. Beyond a lawyer-client association, he also develops a personal and heartfelt relationship with his clients.”

Seraphina Ho

“Fast turnaround and sound in knowledge.”

Shu Yan Woo

“She has been instrumental in our trial, appeals and judgments.”

Siraj Omar

“He provides timely, commercially useful and clear advice. He is also very user-friendly, and is proactive in proposing solutions that are creative and strategic in nature. He knows arbitration and court work well. He and his team are also very professional, polished and give a very high quality of service.”

Sok Hiang Lau

“Responsive, going extra miles to help the client, responsible and has a good approach.”

Soo Lih Ho

“Very responsive and communicative to clients.”

Steven Lo

“Steven is a veteran of the industry, a brilliant legal practitioner and can be trusted to handle the most complex of situations.”

Tan Teng Sen

“Teng Sen is a consummate lawyer who combines intellect, wisdom and insights, and who is able to understand various stakeholders, enabling clients to formulate strategy and tactics with great effectiveness.”

“Teng Sen followed through the M&A process diligently with excellent support from his team. He had a good grasp of our needs and was able to develop a coherent strategy.”

“Impeccable deal leadership. Covers the strategic issues and knows the details. Able to rope in appropriate resources and expertise from rest of his firm to support.”

“He is a strong negotiator, commercially minded and has a good base of legal knowledge. He is able to understand client positions and concerns and advise on negotiating positions.”

“Able to understand our objectives and distil key legal issues for us to understand easily.”

“His response time is very good and he always meets deadlines. His advice is practical.”

“Responsive, efficient and provides precise advice.”

Timothy Oen

“Fast and reliable.”

Tony Yeo

“Tony Yeo quickly grasps the highly technical and legal issues presented to him and distils them into something which is easy to understand. He has a great attention to detail and hones in on the chink in the armour to bring the greatest outcome for the client.”

“He made the way forward very clear.”

“Supportive and gives clear explanations.”

“Creative and attentive to details.”

“Very warm and approachable. Responsible with sound legal advice.”

“Tony Yeo, as Drew's IP managing partner, has always been warm and approachable with a good business sense and sound legal advice.”

Vanessa Chiam

“Responsive and helpful.”

Sharon Ki

“Responsive and helpful.”

Wendell Wong

“He is confident and calm, has good communications and is quick thinking on his feet. He has the ability to see the big picture and possesses deep legal knowledge.”

“He is always there when we need emergency help even with very tough timelines and in a different field. We have worked through many nights with his team and they are very supportive! He and his team are always ready to take up the challenges, they have worked through nights to meet the dateline, and ensuring that the work they submit is excellent.”

Julian Kwek

“Demonstrates professional knowledge and technical capability.”

Wilson Koh

“Wilson is highly composed even in the most adverse of situations and is a lawyer you want in your corner. He is also very clinical and prompt in the delivery of legal advice and we enjoyed working with him tremendously.”

Yang Shi Yong

“YSY has wide-ranging experience of various taxes across industries. He is able to understand the tax issues and able to clarify and break it down systematically in finding a solution.”

Yuet Min Foo

“She is an excellent lawyer. She understood all the technical issues and plotted the way forward.”

“Yuet Min and her team are knowledgeable, experienced, reliable and responsive. She provides sound advice, novel solutions and has secured some great results for the client. She is clearly a future leader in the Singapore dispute resolution landscape.”

“Excellent advocate who gives excellent advice. She obtained great results for us.”

 

Work highlights 

Representing IIa Technologies, an industry leader and manufacturer of lab-grown diamonds with the largest diamond-growing facility in the world, in a patent infringement suit commenced by Element Six Technologies, a subsidiary of the De Beers Group. The issues in the suit involve extremely technical and contentious and highly complex patent invalidation and infringement matters. This is one of the most complex patent infringement cases by far that the Singapore High Court has heard.

Key clients

Apple, Audi, ExxonMobil, Facebook, Instagram, Mediacorp, Novartis, PepsiCo Group, Pfizer, Qualcomm, Target Brands, Toyota