Singapore



asialaw Analysis

Aviation and shipping
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. This year its insurance offering debuts in our table with a strong showing. The combination with Dentons, the largest law firm in the world, provides clients with an extensive network of global experts from over 200 offices around the world in more than 80 countries. One recent update is Dentons’ alliance with Filipino law firm, PJS Law. Partners to note include banking specialist Doreen Sim, M&A partner Eng Leng Ng, IP specialists Ai Ming Lee and I-An Lim, insurance director Edric Pan, projects expert Joo Thye Tan, disputes specialist Lawrence Teh and senior counsel Edmund Leow.


Work highlights

Acted for Pacific Radiance in its consensual debt restructuring with the E-Nav Offshore Mexico S de RL de CV, which involved inter alia the disposal of 33 vessels to E-Nav in exchange for consensual discharge of $200 million secured indebtedness.

Key clients

Bulk Trident Shipping, Enemalta, Hong Leong Finance, Pavilion Energy.

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

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 arena. 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 corporate and M&A. 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 construction team welcomed counsel Divyesh Menon from Mayer Brown and partner Vanina Sucharitkul from Herbert Smith Freehills. Capital markets specialist Yoke Ping Cheng and competition partner Dominique Lombardi retired during the research period. Investment funds specialist Carmen Lee departed for Chan & Goh, while one IP partner left for RPC 

Client feedback 

The team at Rajah & Tann is always highly responsive, consistently delivers expert and quality legal advice and, most importantly, constant assurance that they are professionals who have the backs of their clients on all transactionsBanking and finance 

Solutions oriented, quick and customer-centric.Banking and finance 

Over the years, Rajah & Tann have become increasingly progressive as a law firm. They have been focusing on talent development, which has resulted in motivated lawyers who are able to apply technical legal knowledge to their clients' businesses, to render highly valuable advice.Competition/antitrust 

Experts in what they do, they can take pragmatic positions which are consistent with the legal framework. They provide timely advice.Competition/antitrust 

R&T listened carefully to the dispute and analysed the wide spectrum of issues arisen therefrom. Its advice is always for the interest of the client. They avoided dispute and offered innovative solutions. It saves costs and time for the client.Construction 

They understand the industry and offer practical advice.Construction 

Succeeded in appeal. Top-class arguments and submission.Construction 

Very professional, prompt and active advisory. Spot-on teamwork.Corporate and M&A 

Broad experience, practice-based approach.Corporate and M&A 

Some teams at Rajah & Tann stand out. Such as, the corporate team led by Evelyn Wee, who is very experienced and commercial in M&A transaction, with a good understanding of the commercial needs of the client and an ability to keep her cool no matter the situation; the employment team led by Kala Anandarajah, who provides excellent practical advice combined with a good understanding of the commercial goals of the client; and the TMT team led by Ben Cheong, who is able to assist clients with analysing complex intellectual property situations with pragmatic advice in a short period of time.Corporate and M&A 

Their success depended on the flexible and practical attitude over their assistance by the leaders of the competition law team, Kala Anandarajah and Dominique Lombardi. In addition, they are very responsive. It went so well, which benefited our client and also created a name for their practice.Corporate and M&A 

Knowledge, experience and client focus.Dispute resolution 

Market leaders, client-oriented, well regarded in Singapore.Dispute resolution 

Responded to me promptly, managed expectations and took a balanced view.Dispute resolution 

They have a deep bench of experienced lawyers and have the largest network in southeast Asia.Dispute resolution 

They tailor solutions to each client.Insurance 

Comprehensive and clear advice with a commercial angle.Insurance 

A team of extremely skilled and competent lawyers who understand our business and the regulatory environment and market we operate in. They are quick to respond and provide commercially viable and practical advice without fudging.Insurance 

Highly responsive, gave sharp and balanced advice that was clear, practical and readily applicable to the circumstances.Labour and employment 

R&T have the strongest wet shipping practice in Singapore and, with their sister firm in Malaysia, are able to straddle the two jurisdictions in which we work. Their communication is clear, direct and modern.Oil and gas 

It is very customer-centric. They own the client's problem and their advice format matches commercial requirements. – Privacy and data protection 

R&T provides good-quality service at a very good pace and at very reasonable costs. We've also been working with them for a while now, and they are very commercial and understand our needs very well. – Private equity 

Reliability, commitment and leadership when managing a file. Rajah & Tann speedily assembles a competent team on short notice and possesses deep knowledge in the field of specialty.Real estate 

High level of professionalism with a can-do attitude. Very accountable and adopt a client-first approach and this really shows through across all teams. R&T will always be our number one choice law firm and we will opt to use them throughout the region wherever they have offices.Real estate 

R&T partners are highly competent, responsive, multi-disciplinary, fun to work with and provide commercially sensible and practical advice.Restructuring and insolvency 

Positive approach, motivated, knowledgeable and supportive.Restructuring and insolvency 

They think out of the box, analyse the matter and provide solutions.Shipping 

Speedy and practical advice.Shipping 

Able to understand the client's intention and expectations, striking a balance of achieving the client's commercial goals and at the same time safeguarding the client's interest.Shipping 

They think outside the box and have very strong and very well substantiated tax legal opinions.Tax 

Good knowledge on the GST and are able to provide the strengths and weaknesses of the case.Tax 

Communication is excellent, they provide expertise, good counsel and in-depth knowledge of the topic.Tax 

Rajah & Tann had a thorough knowledge of the GST law in Singapore.Tax 

Commercially oriented advice that balances between legality and practicality.Technology and telecommunications

Dedi Ahmad

Detailed, practical advice with reasonable fees. 

Kala Anandarajah

Kala is very passionate about her work and CSR activities. Kala makes it a point to understand her client's business thoroughly in order to provide highly practical legal advice. In addition, she has been building a team of lawyers who have a very progressive mindset and understand the client's needs fully. 

Kala is a veteran lawyer with years of experience under her belt. She is a guru in competition law in Singapore and beyond. I trust her advice. She takes pains to understand your business in order to calibrate the risks. ChatGPT can tell you what the law says but Kala will customise it to suit your business. 

Kala listens well and understands the nuances of the circumstances. She is able to maintain a clear objectivity, and at the same time provides her opinion based on a well-balanced assessment of the relevant facts. 

Patrick Ang

Highly competent, responsive, fun to work with and offers commercially sensible and practical advice and solutions. 

Jainil Bhandari  

Jainil is extremely bright, has great knowledge of the areas of law within which he operates, and is very personable and easy to deal with. 

Shemane Chan 

Proactive, very knowledgeable and good communications. 

Benjamin Cheong 

Benjamin has proven time and again to be adaptable and he understands the commercial structure and interests when providing legal advice. 

He has great customer engagement; he owns the customer's problem. 

Beng Chye Chua 

Great communication skills, extremely client-focused, technically strong and able to generate creative solutions. 

Norman Ho 

Responsible manager with deep industry knowledge that takes on tight timelines and leadership. 

Xin Mei Lee 

Xin Mei is our go-to lawyer for highly structured and complex leveraged and acquisition financings. She is a high-calibre and top-tier legal talent with an extremely astute mind. She is always able to grasp quickly the nuances in highly complex transactions and is extremely knowledgeable on both legal and commercial issues. She is extremely dedicated, always responsive and highly reliable you can always count on her to deliver high-quality work even under compressed deadlines. She is also highly personable, connects well with her clients and demonstrates great leadership. She is solution-oriented and is always patient in taking the time to explain concepts to clients.  

Solutions-oriented, quick and customer-centric. 

Kah Wah Leong 

Able to listen and understand the client's position well enough, and provides sound legal and commercial solutions. 

Murali Pillai 

Murali is an extremely skilled, competent and intuitive lawyer. He is able to catch on to the issues very quickly and provide clear, sensible, practical and commercially viable solutions and advice. He also has excellent interpersonal skills and is able to be empathetic and a good listener. 

Avinash Pradhan 

Impressed by his knowledge and skills. Top-class lawyer in construction cases. 

Vikna Rajah

Very kind man who is very well educated, experienced, responsive and gives you the feeling he will do everything he can to help the case to a successful solution. 

Very good tax knowledge and he is able to apply it to actual business transactions. 

We appreciate his communications and depth of knowledge. 

Vikna was able to advise on the best arguments to take at various stages of litigation. 

Chee Siong Sim 

Chee Siong's client relationship is very good, always responsive and accessible. He is very creative and offers innovative solutions all the time. I am very impressed by his advice and work. 

Lip San Soh 

Has industry knowledge and picks up quickly on issues. Able to articulate advice clearly. 

Zixiang Sun

Zixiang is very client oriented and understands our needs well. He's very communicative and also brings to the table a wealth of expertise and knowledge about the industry. 

Kevin Tan 

Kevin Tan is an excellent lawyer. He is extremely bright, commercially savvy, responsive to clients needs, and adept at handling complex legal issues while keeping our interests at the forefront of any legal strategy. He was crucial to achieving a great result for us. 

Responsive, thinks well in his responses. 

Kevin is a first-rate lawyer, far above the rest. I found he was able to provide pinpoint solutions each and every time. 

Kevin is a very clear-thinking lawyer, who is extremely well-prepared and researched for his dispute resolution cases. He is also very eloquent in court and is able to respond very quickly and pick apart witnesses in cross-examination.

Kendall Tan 

Provides solutions as problems arise, thinks out of the box. 

Elaine Tay 

Responsive and thorough. Client-focussed and a problem-solver. 

Benjamin Tay 

My go-to lawyer for all deals where possible. 

Bala V 

Warmth and people skills. 

Ying Shuang Wang 

Practical and commercial. 

Desmond Wee 

Easy and approachable, very knowledgeable and always available. Listens carefully and closely and derives the crux of the matter sharply and quickly. Always spot on, he’s a great counsel. 

Evelyn Wee 

Evelyn has been a star among the R&T team. She is very experienced and commercial in M&A transactions with a good understanding of the commercial needs of the client and an ability to keep her cool no matter the situation. She has excellent negotiation skill and is in control of every situation.


Work highlights 

Advising multiple banks on the suspected massive fraud by Agritrade International 

Acting for the owners of M/V Alnic MC in its dispute arising from a collision with USS John S McCain in the westbound lane of the Singapore traffic separation scheme 

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 moves up a notch in the IP table for its growing practice, and debuts for shipping. 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, Probin Dass and David Chan for dispute resolution and insolvency. 

Client feedback 

Easy to deal with and good professional legal advice given. Able to add value to the transaction and requests.Banking and finance  

High level of professionalism and always approachable to provide their advice to our financing structures, sometimes even on a pro bono basis.Banking and finance 

Timelines are met, advice is provided in a holistic manner, drafting languages are easy to understand and they are familiar with our company’s processes.Banking and finance 

Approachable and efficient turnaround with prompt follow-ups. Transactions are always completed on schedule and lawyers are pre-emptive.Banking and finance 

They are always responsive and provide sound and clear advice for execution of the transaction.Banking and finance 

Responsive and willing to commit resources.Capital markets 

Can be relied upon for quick, solid legal advice, which is sometimes surprisingly hard to come across when dealing with other jurisdictions. In particular, their legal analysis is technically excellent.Dispute resolution 

Open, clear, prompt and uses initiative.Restructuring and insolvency 

Strong insolvency and restructuring track record and team.Restructuring and insolvency 

Timely and quick responses with good advisory analysis.Shipping

Paul Goh 

Responsive, forward thinking and fast. 

Clement Khoo 

Professionalism and always keen to share and advise. 

Extremely responsive, sound knowledge of the banking sector and structuring transactions, willing to go the extra mile to assist in completion under tight timelines. 

Stanley Lim 

Approachable and always available to give legal advice. Follows up closely on transaction and is always pre-emptive on any potential issues that may arise. 

Moses Lin 

Approachable and available with relevant knowledge. 

Daniel Tan 

Just an excellent all-round lawyer, he is responsive and technically very sound. 

Quick to respond, understands all relevant issues and deals with them systematically and comprehensively. 

Driven and provides legally feasible solutions in complex situations. 

Pearlyn Xie 

Responsive, and willing to provide advice and solutions. 


Work highlights 

Acted for Teekay Group of companies against IM Skaugen and its Singapore subsidiary, in respect of unpaid hire and damages for repudiation of charterparties of vessels. 

Represented HSBC to enforce its loan facilities extended to Hin Leong 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’s clients include corporations as well as market participants and stakeholders. In the past year, the shipping team was busy on more than two dozen deals involving nearly 50 vessels. These matters included ship financing, and sale and leaseback transactions, with a total deal size for 2022 of close to $2 billion.  

Chien Herr Lee is the main partner for corporate and M&A, while Jonathan Tan and Leon Low lead its banking and finance practice.  

Client feedback 

Asia Practice has been on the bank's panel of approved counsels for over 10 years and has fostered very good day-to-day work relations with the credit admin department of our Singapore branch. The firm has also rendered legal support and guidance to the bank's Bangkok head office for various loan and security documentation, and structuring.Banking and finance 

Jonathan Tan 

Over the past 10 years Jonathan has fostered a very good day-to-day working relationship with our Singapore branch and has been available to guide us though many issues on short notice. 


Work highlights 

Acted for a major domestic airline operator in connection with the sale and leaseback of six of its aircrafts to various lessors.  

Advised CMB Financial Leasing on an operating lease transaction of more than 10 vessels worth more than $250 million chartered by affiliated companies of the Shandong Shipping Corporation. 

Represented various Korean lenders providing financing to a Korean global logistics company in relation to more than a dozen of its various Singapore-flagged vessels. 

Acted for a major Chinese state-owned bank in relation to a $155 million financing transaction for the acquisition of two Very Large Ethane Carriers (VLECs). 

CMS Holborn Asia

CMS Holborn Asia houses a number of renowned specialist lawyers, such as construction experts Kelvin Aw and Lynette Chew, employment director Lakshanthi Fernando, as well as IP and TMT-focused Sheena Jacob. The firm is particularly known for its sector focus across technology, healthcare, life science, media, consumer goods and services and infrastructure. The firm climbs up a notch in the banking and finance table this year, reaping the benefits from having seasoned partner Daniel Tan join from Clifford Chance two years earlier. The disputes team welcomed partner Jonathan Warne from CMS London last summer.

Client feedback

“Excellent transaction management with a strong understanding of projects and finance.” – Banking and finance

“Extremely effective advocates, very well prepared and commercially sensible.” – Dispute resolution

“CMS partners in the construction and engineering dispute resolution practice are leading domain experts and highly skilled in all aspects of preparation for arbitrations, especially in the engagement with and instruction of independent experts.” – Dispute resolution

“Responsive and thorough in their advice.” – Energy

Kelvin Aw

“He is thoughtful about a client's case and anticipates upcoming risks in each case. Provides a clear case strategy from start to finish. Always gets it right on the key issues.”

Asya Jamaludin

“Very well prepared, excellent advocate.”

Marc Rathborne

“Very communicative, good depth of knowledge in the subject area, able to provide insight on regulatory issues as well as nuanced opinions on how these contracts and regulations will affect our business. Provided thoughtful advice. Very responsive.”

Daniel Tan

“Very knowledgeable and client-focused.”


Work highlights

Advised a syndicate of lenders in connection with a $100 million working capital facility for Loc Troi Group JSC.

Acted for Dat Bike Group in Vietnam on its latest debt financing.

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

Key clients

Bank Mendes Gans, Barclays Bank

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. This year its insurance offering debuts in our table with a strong showing. The combination with Dentons, the largest law firm in the world, provides clients with an extensive network of global experts from over 200 offices around the world in more than 80 countries. One recent update is Dentons’ alliance with Filipino law firm, PJS Law. Partners to note include banking specialist Doreen Sim, M&A partner Eng Leng Ng, IP specialists Ai Ming Lee and I-An Lim, insurance director Edric Pan, projects expert Joo Thye Tan, disputes specialist Lawrence Teh and senior counsel Edmund Leow.


Work highlights

Advised the lender in the grant of a more than $1 billion bridge loan facility to SATS to finance its acquisition of Worldwide Flight Services, the world’s largest cargo handler.

Key clients

CIMB, Citibank, DBS, HSBC, ING Bank, Maybank, OCBC.

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. 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, 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. The firm welcomed banking specialist May Ng from Rajah & Tann recently.

Client feedback

“Highly professional, responsive and approachable.” – Banking and finance

“They understand the concerns, are responsive and provide solutions.” – Banking and finance

“Always focused on protecting its client's interests.” – Banking and finance

“I appreciate their knowledge of the matter and prompt actions.” – Capital markets

“DN has strong, in-depth knowledge of competition law and is able to provide practical advice in a timely manner.” – Competition/antitrust

“Profound expertise, swift responses, and regularly updates clients through newsletters.” – Competition/antitrust

“Responsive and business-pragmatic. Makes effort to understand the client's requirements. Reasonable fees charged for work.” – Construction

“Knowledgeable, professional and supportive of small businesses.” – Corporate and M&A

“The team is capable of looking beyond the legal aspects and putting into the perspectives of the different stakeholders. They provided value-added service and are indeed great partners for business owners.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, quick and commercially minded.” – Corporate and M&A

“I liked their flexibility while providing good coverage on the necessary work for this deal.” – Corporate and M&A

“Communication and ability to distil facts into easy to understand terms. They are also very good at highlighting the possible issues with the transaction.” – Corporate and M&A

“Sound in legal knowledge and able to provide alternative solutions.” – Corporate and M&A

“Very detailed analysis of the law. Very prompt advice.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep legal expertise coupled with pragmatism.” – Dispute resolution

“Took the additional effort to understand the case, including the case notes, did a walkthrough of the cause of the matter, looked out for the true cause of the matter before forming their own conclusions prior to advising on the appropriate steps to take.” – Dispute resolution

“First and foremost, they advise you if it makes sense to fight or not to fight. As per Sun Tzu, that's the most important and fundamental question. Drew doesn't shy away from a fight to maximise value for the client but they are also very mindful if it makes sense to fight to begin with! They then ask you what you want to achieve and give you good counsel in a clear and transparent way. As a busy CEO, this is exactly what I need, and Drew does this very well.” – Dispute resolution

“Very collaborative. Sharp thinkers who understand the issues, even when they are new areas.” – Dispute resolution

“Quick to respond, thoughtful legal work and diligent” – Dispute resolution

“They have sound industry knowledge and expertise in handling arbitration under SIAC rules. They can provide quick and practical solutions for commercial disputes. Two lawyers, Mahesh Rai and Don Loo exhibit excellent legal acumen.” – Dispute resolution

“They have a completely hands-on approach to matters.” – Dispute resolution

“They’re all excellent, promptly engaging legal advice at all times. They are all brilliant lawyers.” – Dispute resolution

“Without doubt, the best litigation outfit in Singapore. Timely, reasoned, commercial and effective.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier were very proactive and responsive. They were able to foresee the plaintiff's arguments and prevent them.” – Dispute resolution

“They make robust argument and provide effective litigation strategies.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier has come up with a very creative solution in respect of entering documents into evidence, by knowing well the procedure of the proceeding.” – Dispute resolution

“It is commercially savvy and understanding of client needs.” – Dispute resolution

“Practical and concise legal advice was rendered.” – Dispute resolution

“I like all these: responsiveness, access to partners and commerciality of the advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They are very focused and committed. From day one they created a clear strategy which led us to win our case against the claimants. The team members involved have taken accountability. The deliverables during ongoing arbitration were outstanding.” – Dispute resolution

“We had a complex and difficult claim that required attention to detail and clever advocacy. Blossom's team was able to combine the disparate facts into a coherent claim that allowed us to achieve our aims against the defendant.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellence in advocacy, excellence in knowledge of law, practical advice, timeliness, responsiveness, commercial sensitivity. Most impressive aspect is their ability to work around our confidentiality and commercial concerns.” – Dispute resolution

“They are responsive and their advice is well thought out, succinct and clearly backed by years of experience in litigation. They are also happy to accept feedback and consider the legal opinions of their clients' in-house teams.” – Dispute resolution

“Experienced, strategic and responsive” – Dispute resolution

“Their experience, customer service and legal expertise are exceptional. They have the ability to lead with the local lawyers and the clients. The legal advice they have provided is practical and tailored for the specific legal disputes. They work tirelessly for any urgent matters without hesitating a bit, even if it takes the entire night. Despite the differences between the two jurisdictions, their cooperation on the matters has been top-notch. We have learnt so much from them in terms of their knowledge, practice, attitude, management, leadership, professionalism and customer service skills.” – Dispute resolution

“Strategic in solving the key issues and meticulous on detail.” – Dispute resolution

“The partner and team are very knowledgeable, working in a very detailed and precise manner. They have a strong understanding of the law and how to apply it. Great team.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier is very meticulous, and even minor emails are professionally written, well structured, and well thought out. They also learn fast, and quickly accumulated domain knowledge regarding the blockchain industry where we operate, and adjacent fields of law such as US securities law as applied to blockchain disputes. They are also extremely responsive, replying on urgent messages even at 11pm.” – Dispute resolution

“We appreciate its commerciality and technical analysis.” – Dispute resolution

“Professional and timely advice.” – Dispute resolution

“Wide areas of expertise and prompt advice.” – Energy

Great detailed analysis and recommendation on appropriate and specific course of action.” – Insurance

“They are good with technical advice.” – Insurance

“They do a good job at looking at things from the client's perspective, and are able to find commercial solutions for risks they identify.” – Insurance

“Siau Wen Lim and Xuan Lang Teo from Drew & Napier represented us and have acted professionally to assist to resolve trademark issues with Starbucks. Their expertise in IP field is highly commendable and eventually the issue has been resolved with a positive outcome.” – Intellectual property

“They take the time to understand the business challenges and try to work on practical solutions.” – Intellectual property

“Very prompt.” – Intellectual property

“Advice is technically sound and well-considered.” – Intellectual property

“Lawyers have a good knowledge of Singapore law and are responsive.” – Investment funds

“Prompt, thorough and responsive.” – Labour and employment

“Their IT legal team has deep knowledge and rich experience. Very responsive even on the weekend when our business is running. Very client-oriented.” – Privacy and data protection

“Superior staff who provide considered advice and diligent execution.” – Private client

“The firm was able to comprehend the complexity of a first-of-its-kind strategy from a fund manager's perspective and comes up with an innovative solution.” – Private equity

“Good at the completion of transactions despite the tight timeline.” – Real estate

“They are easily approachable. They explain matters easily and guide us. They are not typically commercial, they fully understand client issues and look at everything holistically before coming out with any suggestions.” – Regulatory

“Drew partners are highly competent, responsive and provide commercially sensible advice.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Deep experience.” – Tax

“Experienced lawyers who know the ITBR requirement and advise clients on the appeal strategy and provide practical advice on the approach to the appeal. Legal submissions are well prepared and clear and concise. They value the relationship with clients.” – Tax

“Drew & Napier's team, and Chong Kin Lim in particular, are deep experts in the tech and telecom space. They provide crisp guidance that we can share rapidly with our internal business clients. They also proactively monitor the horizon, and they let us know in advance about legal/regulatory developments that may impact us. Finally, they are fantastically responsive and literally never late in getting us the information we request.” – Technology and telecommunications

David Alfred

“He is very knowledgeable, prompt, able to offer solutions, understands business concerns, practical, and has a good network with regulators.”

Cavinder Bull

“An outstanding lawyer; thorough understanding of client's needs.”

Ron Cheng

“Knowledgeable and able to understand and meet the client's needs.”

“Ron has been extremely meticulous when it comes to his work. He ensures that he covers all angles and risks that the fund may encounter locally or abroad. Ron is able to understand complex problems and comes up with innovative solutions and structure.”

Corinne Chew

“Corinne is always willing to help and provides thoughtful advice in a timely manner.”

“Profound legal knowledge with excellent communication skills”

Voon Jiet Chia

“Voon Jiet is highly competent, responsive and offers commercially sensible and practical advice and solutions.”

Desmond Chng

“He is very responsive, and good at giving a quick (often immediate) indication of what the solution to a problem might be, and whether or not it actually warrants detailed research or formal legal advice. This is very much appreciated from a client's point of view.”

Andrew Chua

“He is attentive and responsive, able to relate to the case and provide insights and share best practices, and at the same time highlight potential issues or ideas from past cases and experiences.”

Benjamin Gaw

“Knowledgeable, professional, available, has a positive attitude and is attentive to client's needs.”

Blossom Hing

“She has a good team and allows her team to take the lead with client communication at the right time while also stepping in when necessary. She asks the right questions to elicit the necessary information from the client.”

“Blossom is an outstanding litigation and arbitration partner. Blossom is creative and very strategic in her thinking and tactics - based on her vast experience of litigation and arbitration. Blossom has done a great job in building a team to support her.”

“My ’go to’ contact is Blossom Hing, who is one of the most experienced and accomplished litigation and arbitration partners in Singapore. Blossom heads a great team that is growing in experience and competence.”

Soo Lih Ho

“Approachable.”

Seraphina Ho

“Efficient.”

Rakesh Kirpalani

“Rakesh is clear in his counsel and incredibly responsive.”

“He helps our company to handle our legal issues and we are satisfied with his work.”

“He possesses a strong spirit to win for the client. He has a client-centric approach and is an expert at IT and data security.”

Meryl Koh

“Highly responsive and takes a keen interest to know the client's business and challenges faced. She has a can-do attitude and willing to go the extra mile for the client. Does not discriminate client based on fee earned.”

“Thorough, empathetic and forward-looking.”

Samuel Koh

“Very responsive. A critical thinker who challenges outcomes to ensure they are robust.”

Man Er Kong

“Kong is qualified and brilliant at what she does. Very reliable and flexible. In terms of advocacy skills, Kong is astonishing. Kong is very patient towards the clients and has the deep understanding of the law. Further, Kong respects the time and is responsive. Case management is top-notch as well. We have obtained grand knowledge when we discuss the interpretation and the conflicts of law.”

“Intelligent, sharp, efficient and effective.”

Julian Kwek

“Problem solver and provides practical solutions.”

Keith Lam

“Keith is professional and responsive.”

Sok Hiang Lau

“She is proactive and provides solutions to difficult issues.”

“Lau Sok Hiang is a very careful and meticulous lawyer. She very much stressed getting the documents right, in the sense that it will not invite queries or challenges.”

Chong Kin Lim

“Prompt, knowledgeable and responsive.”

“He has incredible relationships in his peer network. Deep expertise and incredibly responsive.”

Shumin Lin

“Very knowledgeable in the areas that she practises and provides very clear and detailed analysis of the law.”

“Has a quick grasp of issues. Keen attention to detail without losing sight of the broad strategy.”

Adam Maniam

“Adam's approach is extremely customer-oriented, he takes the initiative to take a crash-course on the customer's industry in order to come up with creative solutions. He's sharp and straightforward.”

“He is D&N personified. Altogether exceptional in terms of service, advocacy, attention to client's concerns and knowledge of the law. He’s a brilliant lawyer. In my opinion better than some senior counsel.”

“My opinion of the firm has been formed by Adam and his mentor.”

“Appreciate his knowledge, adherence to timelines, and that he understands the sensitivity of the matter.”

Pei Tong Ng

“Ability to share a holistic view on the situation and advise accordingly and to the needs of the client.”

Sim Ho Ong

“Very familiar with IRAS.”

Mahesh Rai

“Mahesh possesses excellent legal acumen. This coupled with his sound industry knowledge helps him deliver quick and practical legal advice. Mahesh communicates well and is friendly in nature.”

“He has a complete knowledge of the field and goes all out to understand the nuances of the business.”

“Both from a personal and professional point of view, I found Mahesh to be someone impressive and genuine. He has great analytical skills, is able to listen well, and is very good in communication, as I often saw him carrying himself so well in the court or in any kind of joint discussions. He provides me as a client with great consideration, tending to the needs of my case in the best way. Mahesh also always comes up with great strategy, showing his creativity as a veteran lawyer.”

“Mahesh is a very hands-on partner, has a close grasp of all the strategic issues and drills down into factual issues. He has a very commercial, practical mindset and is always ready to offer a recommendation and not just a set of options, and a practical recommendation that addresses both legal and broader strategic concerns. He is also clearly a strong mentor because we have been impressed even by the juniors on his team, when Mahesh is not present.”

Teng Sen Tan

“Teng Sen is a seasoned corporate lawyer and provides value-added services to the business owner. He's adept at corporate financing works and compliance matters and is a great partner for us.”

“Very experienced corporate partner who is commercially minded. He gives practical advice.”

“Excellent legal knowledge and communications.”

Allister Tan

“Brilliant lawyer and eager to help always.”

“Very knowledgeable, communicates well to ensure client understands the specifics of the issues. Guides client to the most rationale decision.”

“Fast and sound technical advice.”

“Commercial nous.”

Evelyn Tan

“Well-versed with contract law and court processes, meticulous and pays attention to detail.”

Benedict Teo

“Commercially savvy and he puts clients’ interests first.”

“Ben is extremely responsive and very experienced. I have appreciated his sound legal advice, and sharp legal acumen in handling the cases on our behalf. I also appreciate that he makes himself available to speak to the business representatives when needed.”

“Benedict is experienced and provides good strategic advice. His team provides good, detailed work and manages timelines well. Much to recommend, not much to criticise.”

“Responsive, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure client's requirements are met fully.”

“He is a very experienced trusted adviser and sounding board. He is commercial, responsive, insightful, and he really knows the market and knows his stuff.”

Xuan Lang Teo

“Xuan Lang has been efficient in handling our case and always provides valuable alternative options for our consideration. This is helpful as it leaves no stone unturned, which may increase the probability to succeed in the proceedings.”

“Xuan Lang is extremely sharp and thorough. He is able to distil the key issues in a dispute to achieve the most efficient and favourable outcomes for us. He has deep foresight while bearing in mind commercial realities and practical considerations. All advice from him is extremely well-thought-out and backed up by firm legal foundations. An expert in IP law, he is able to explain and argue complicated legal concepts with clarity and punch.”

Shi Yong Yang

“Provides timely responses and to-the-point advice.”

“He listens to the client and approaches the solution holistically.”

Jonathan Yap

“Jonathan is a hard-working attorney focused on delivering quality work and superior results. He has great communication skills and ensures that his clients remain happy with his services.”

Tony Yeo

“Very prompt and understanding.”

Jimmy Yim

“He is efficient, eloquent and communicates well. He is also knowledgeable and responsive.”

“Jimmy Yim is well known in Singapore and an excellent lawyer with a strong personality. He was able to turn around a case we had lost and win the case for our company.”

“Jimmy Yim was efficient, eloquent and understood the issues well. Very good courtroom manner and pleasant to deal with.”


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 Enterprises, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS, Woori Bank.

Helmsman

Helmsman excels at shipping law, but it also has growing banking, employment and general disputes practices. 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, Helmsman 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. Recently, the firm welcomed senior disputes specialists, director Una Khng and counsel Benjamin Bala, from the Supreme Court of Singapore and TSMP Law Corporation respectively.  

Client feedback 

Helmsman acted quickly and provided an excellent and useful memo. In particular, I appreciated the proactive approach where we were given advice on specific documents and questions to pursue to gain more understanding of the relevant facts.Dispute resolution 

They are available whatever the time is and react super-fast in an efficient manner. Very accurate on their points. They give us the feeling of having a dedicated lawyer in charge of our matters, which does help a lot when it comes to understanding.Shipping 

Cheap, fast and good.Shipping 

Zhida Chen 

Intelligent and commercially minded. 

Una Khng 

She demonstrated high legal skills, was pragmatic in terms of providing useful advice, and good in communications. 

Maureen Poh 

She gave immediate answers to any questions, whatever the time was. Available to travel overseas for assistance in commercial deals. She always kept a positive attitude to come out on top of any issue. She gives the right advice with a permanent very good mood.


Work highlights 

Advised Trafigura in respect of advance payments of up to $80 million granted to Valeura Energy Asia. 

Assisted a Chinese institutional bank as the lender to China Hainan Rubber Industry. 

Represented ship leasing company CSSC, on a series of three sale and leaseback arrangements for three newbuild vessels valued at more than $100 million.

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 arena. 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 corporate and M&A. 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 construction team welcomed counsel Divyesh Menon from Mayer Brown and partner Vanina Sucharitkul from Herbert Smith Freehills. Capital markets specialist Yoke Ping Cheng and competition partner Dominique Lombardi retired during the research period. Investment funds specialist Carmen Lee departed for Chan & Goh, while one IP partner left for RPC 

Client feedback 

The team at Rajah & Tann is always highly responsive, consistently delivers expert and quality legal advice and, most importantly, constant assurance that they are professionals who have the backs of their clients on all transactionsBanking and finance 

Solutions oriented, quick and customer-centric.Banking and finance 

Over the years, Rajah & Tann have become increasingly progressive as a law firm. They have been focusing on talent development, which has resulted in motivated lawyers who are able to apply technical legal knowledge to their clients' businesses, to render highly valuable advice.Competition/antitrust 

Experts in what they do, they can take pragmatic positions which are consistent with the legal framework. They provide timely advice.Competition/antitrust 

R&T listened carefully to the dispute and analysed the wide spectrum of issues arisen therefrom. Its advice is always for the interest of the client. They avoided dispute and offered innovative solutions. It saves costs and time for the client.Construction 

They understand the industry and offer practical advice.Construction 

Succeeded in appeal. Top-class arguments and submission.Construction 

Very professional, prompt and active advisory. Spot-on teamwork.Corporate and M&A 

Broad experience, practice-based approach.Corporate and M&A 

Some teams at Rajah & Tann stand out. Such as, the corporate team led by Evelyn Wee, who is very experienced and commercial in M&A transaction, with a good understanding of the commercial needs of the client and an ability to keep her cool no matter the situation; the employment team led by Kala Anandarajah, who provides excellent practical advice combined with a good understanding of the commercial goals of the client; and the TMT team led by Ben Cheong, who is able to assist clients with analysing complex intellectual property situations with pragmatic advice in a short period of time.Corporate and M&A 

Their success depended on the flexible and practical attitude over their assistance by the leaders of the competition law team, Kala Anandarajah and Dominique Lombardi. In addition, they are very responsive. It went so well, which benefited our client and also created a name for their practice.Corporate and M&A 

Knowledge, experience and client focus.Dispute resolution 

Market leaders, client-oriented, well regarded in Singapore.Dispute resolution 

Responded to me promptly, managed expectations and took a balanced view.Dispute resolution 

They have a deep bench of experienced lawyers and have the largest network in southeast Asia.Dispute resolution 

They tailor solutions to each client.Insurance 

Comprehensive and clear advice with a commercial angle.Insurance 

A team of extremely skilled and competent lawyers who understand our business and the regulatory environment and market we operate in. They are quick to respond and provide commercially viable and practical advice without fudging.Insurance 

Highly responsive, gave sharp and balanced advice that was clear, practical and readily applicable to the circumstances.Labour and employment 

R&T have the strongest wet shipping practice in Singapore and, with their sister firm in Malaysia, are able to straddle the two jurisdictions in which we work. Their communication is clear, direct and modern.Oil and gas 

It is very customer-centric. They own the client's problem and their advice format matches commercial requirements. – Privacy and data protection 

R&T provides good-quality service at a very good pace and at very reasonable costs. We've also been working with them for a while now, and they are very commercial and understand our needs very well. – Private equity 

Reliability, commitment and leadership when managing a file. Rajah & Tann speedily assembles a competent team on short notice and possesses deep knowledge in the field of specialty.Real estate 

High level of professionalism with a can-do attitude. Very accountable and adopt a client-first approach and this really shows through across all teams. R&T will always be our number one choice law firm and we will opt to use them throughout the region wherever they have offices.Real estate 

R&T partners are highly competent, responsive, multi-disciplinary, fun to work with and provide commercially sensible and practical advice.Restructuring and insolvency 

Positive approach, motivated, knowledgeable and supportive.Restructuring and insolvency 

They think out of the box, analyse the matter and provide solutions.Shipping 

Speedy and practical advice.Shipping 

Able to understand the client's intention and expectations, striking a balance of achieving the client's commercial goals and at the same time safeguarding the client's interest.Shipping 

They think outside the box and have very strong and very well substantiated tax legal opinions.Tax 

Good knowledge on the GST and are able to provide the strengths and weaknesses of the case.Tax 

Communication is excellent, they provide expertise, good counsel and in-depth knowledge of the topic.Tax 

Rajah & Tann had a thorough knowledge of the GST law in Singapore.Tax 

Commercially oriented advice that balances between legality and practicality.Technology and telecommunications

Dedi Ahmad

Detailed, practical advice with reasonable fees. 

Kala Anandarajah

Kala is very passionate about her work and CSR activities. Kala makes it a point to understand her client's business thoroughly in order to provide highly practical legal advice. In addition, she has been building a team of lawyers who have a very progressive mindset and understand the client's needs fully. 

Kala is a veteran lawyer with years of experience under her belt. She is a guru in competition law in Singapore and beyond. I trust her advice. She takes pains to understand your business in order to calibrate the risks. ChatGPT can tell you what the law says but Kala will customise it to suit your business. 

Kala listens well and understands the nuances of the circumstances. She is able to maintain a clear objectivity, and at the same time provides her opinion based on a well-balanced assessment of the relevant facts. 

Patrick Ang

Highly competent, responsive, fun to work with and offers commercially sensible and practical advice and solutions. 

Jainil Bhandari  

Jainil is extremely bright, has great knowledge of the areas of law within which he operates, and is very personable and easy to deal with. 

Shemane Chan 

Proactive, very knowledgeable and good communications. 

Benjamin Cheong 

Benjamin has proven time and again to be adaptable and he understands the commercial structure and interests when providing legal advice. 

He has great customer engagement; he owns the customer's problem. 

Beng Chye Chua 

Great communication skills, extremely client-focused, technically strong and able to generate creative solutions. 

Norman Ho 

Responsible manager with deep industry knowledge that takes on tight timelines and leadership. 

Xin Mei Lee 

Xin Mei is our go-to lawyer for highly structured and complex leveraged and acquisition financings. She is a high-calibre and top-tier legal talent with an extremely astute mind. She is always able to grasp quickly the nuances in highly complex transactions and is extremely knowledgeable on both legal and commercial issues. She is extremely dedicated, always responsive and highly reliable you can always count on her to deliver high-quality work even under compressed deadlines. She is also highly personable, connects well with her clients and demonstrates great leadership. She is solution-oriented and is always patient in taking the time to explain concepts to clients.  

Solutions-oriented, quick and customer-centric. 

Kah Wah Leong 

Able to listen and understand the client's position well enough, and provides sound legal and commercial solutions. 

Murali Pillai 

Murali is an extremely skilled, competent and intuitive lawyer. He is able to catch on to the issues very quickly and provide clear, sensible, practical and commercially viable solutions and advice. He also has excellent interpersonal skills and is able to be empathetic and a good listener. 

Avinash Pradhan 

Impressed by his knowledge and skills. Top-class lawyer in construction cases. 

Vikna Rajah

Very kind man who is very well educated, experienced, responsive and gives you the feeling he will do everything he can to help the case to a successful solution. 

Very good tax knowledge and he is able to apply it to actual business transactions. 

We appreciate his communications and depth of knowledge. 

Vikna was able to advise on the best arguments to take at various stages of litigation. 

Chee Siong Sim 

Chee Siong's client relationship is very good, always responsive and accessible. He is very creative and offers innovative solutions all the time. I am very impressed by his advice and work. 

Lip San Soh 

Has industry knowledge and picks up quickly on issues. Able to articulate advice clearly. 

Zixiang Sun

Zixiang is very client oriented and understands our needs well. He's very communicative and also brings to the table a wealth of expertise and knowledge about the industry. 

Kevin Tan 

Kevin Tan is an excellent lawyer. He is extremely bright, commercially savvy, responsive to clients needs, and adept at handling complex legal issues while keeping our interests at the forefront of any legal strategy. He was crucial to achieving a great result for us. 

Responsive, thinks well in his responses. 

Kevin is a first-rate lawyer, far above the rest. I found he was able to provide pinpoint solutions each and every time. 

Kevin is a very clear-thinking lawyer, who is extremely well-prepared and researched for his dispute resolution cases. He is also very eloquent in court and is able to respond very quickly and pick apart witnesses in cross-examination.

Kendall Tan 

Provides solutions as problems arise, thinks out of the box. 

Elaine Tay 

Responsive and thorough. Client-focussed and a problem-solver. 

Benjamin Tay 

My go-to lawyer for all deals where possible. 

Bala V 

Warmth and people skills. 

Ying Shuang Wang 

Practical and commercial. 

Desmond Wee 

Easy and approachable, very knowledgeable and always available. Listens carefully and closely and derives the crux of the matter sharply and quickly. Always spot on, he’s a great counsel. 

Evelyn Wee 

Evelyn has been a star among the R&T team. She is very experienced and commercial in M&A transactions with a good understanding of the commercial needs of the client and an ability to keep her cool no matter the situation. She has excellent negotiation skill and is in control of every situation.


Work highlights 

Acted for Credit Guarantee & Investment Facility on credit guarantees that represent Singapore’s first-ever healthcare social bond 

Advised HSBC, OCBC, Qatar National Bank and RHB Bank in a market-first sustainability-linked loan in the macro environment. 

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 moves up a notch in the IP table for its growing practice, and debuts for shipping. 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, Probin Dass and David Chan for dispute resolution and insolvency. 

Client feedback 

Easy to deal with and good professional legal advice given. Able to add value to the transaction and requests.Banking and finance  

High level of professionalism and always approachable to provide their advice to our financing structures, sometimes even on a pro bono basis.Banking and finance 

Timelines are met, advice is provided in a holistic manner, drafting languages are easy to understand and they are familiar with our company’s processes.Banking and finance 

Approachable and efficient turnaround with prompt follow-ups. Transactions are always completed on schedule and lawyers are pre-emptive.Banking and finance 

They are always responsive and provide sound and clear advice for execution of the transaction.Banking and finance 

Responsive and willing to commit resources.Capital markets 

Can be relied upon for quick, solid legal advice, which is sometimes surprisingly hard to come across when dealing with other jurisdictions. In particular, their legal analysis is technically excellent.Dispute resolution 

Open, clear, prompt and uses initiative.Restructuring and insolvency 

Strong insolvency and restructuring track record and team.Restructuring and insolvency 

Timely and quick responses with good advisory analysis.Shipping

Paul Goh 

Responsive, forward thinking and fast. 

Clement Khoo 

Professionalism and always keen to share and advise. 

Extremely responsive, sound knowledge of the banking sector and structuring transactions, willing to go the extra mile to assist in completion under tight timelines. 

Stanley Lim 

Approachable and always available to give legal advice. Follows up closely on transaction and is always pre-emptive on any potential issues that may arise. 

Moses Lin 

Approachable and available with relevant knowledge. 

Daniel Tan 

Just an excellent all-round lawyer, he is responsive and technically very sound. 

Quick to respond, understands all relevant issues and deals with them systematically and comprehensively. 

Driven and provides legally feasible solutions in complex situations. 

Pearlyn Xie 

Responsive, and willing to provide advice and solutions. 


Work highlights 

Acted for HSBC on fintech loans extended to Carro Leasing and its parent company. 

Assisted Sabana Real Estate Investment Management on the sustainability-linked loans it was granted by HSBC and a syndicate of lenders. 

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

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 up a notch in the rankings for competition, IP and private equity. 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 is another name to note for banking and finance. 

Client feedback 

Professional, efficient, highly conversant and familiar with the bank's requirements.Banking and finance 

Familiarity and expertise.Banking and finance 

They are very responsive, and always meet the tight timelines.Banking and finance 

TSMP has been on our bank’s panel of advising lawyers for close to 10 years, and over the years has built up a good work relation with us for daily legal work on bilateral loan and security documents, registration of charges, structuring of facilities, etc.Banking and finance 

Solid advice, highly diligent and reliable.Corporate and M&A 

Cost-efficient, client-focused and on time.Corporate and M&A 

They are experienced, well-connected and well-versed in the capital markets. In addition, they have adequate resources to ensure the work can be completed on a timely basis.Corporate and M&A 

Can-do attitude with very business-friendly advice. Was able to respond well to tight timelines and stressful negotiations. Valued attributes include thinking out of the box, innovative ideas with the commercial end in mind.Corporate and M&A 

Capable, positive and timely.Dispute resolution 

Attention to detail, responsive and creative approach.Dispute resolution 

Very responsive and able to work under tight timeline.Real estate 

Practical and solutions-oriented.Real estate 

Provided concise and to-the-point advice on investment structure, conducted legal due diligence of the Singapore entity, reviewed transaction documents and advised on the relevant financial and investment regulations. TSMP timely reviewed and analysed the legal risks involved in the deal by leveraging deep insight and expertise in the industry.Real estate 

Melvin Chan

Keen listener with expert problem-solving skills. 

Jennifer Chia 

She is experienced, to the point and responsive. Relieved to work with a lawyer of high-level quality. 

Very responsive and enthusiastic. 

Practical and solutions-oriented. 

“Highly professional, helpful, approachable and knowledgeable. 

She is responsive, knowledgeable and able to come out with solutions to help my organisation. 

Very responsive, flexible and friendly. She gives us creative solutions. 

Over the years Jennifer has developed very good day-to-day work relations with our officers in the documentation department. She has rendered us much-valued guidance in drafting and structuring of our loan and security documents. 

“Very practical advice which we appreciate, she has unique insights into labour regulations.”

Kelvin Koh 

“He is analytical, practical, strong in legal knowledge and able to explain complex issues simply. 

Derek Loh 

Strong capabilities and communications. 

Stefanie Yuen Thio

Excellent communications and duty of care. 

She is very communicative and explains the pro and cons and recommendations in a clear manner. She gives business-friendly legal advice. 

Excellent client management and understands client concerns; proposes good solutions for dealing with risks. 


Work highlights 

Acted for YTL PowerSeraya on the financing for its acquisition of the Tuaspring power station from Hyflux 

Assisted DBS Bank and OCBC as lenders for the acquisition of 52 Lime Street via the purchase of shares of the property-owning special purpose vehicle. 

Key clients 

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

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 moves up in the technology and telecommunications table.  

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, bolstered by the expertise of arbitration specialist Steve Ngo. Highly praised Joshua Tan is another name to note for his technology expertise, while Sean Lee is a restructuring and insolvency-focused partner.

Client feedback 

Reasonable and knowledgeable in the area especially for startups. The lawyers also adopt a commercial mindset.Banking and finance 

Firstly, Aquinas Law is highly professional and takes a client-centred approach to their work. They provide tailored solutions to meet the unique needs of their clients, and their lawyers work closely with my team to understand our goals and develop a strategy to achieve them. Secondly, the firm is diligent in its work and leaves no stone unturned when preparing a case. They conduct thorough research and investigation to gather evidence and build a strong case against the debtor, which greatly increases the likelihood of success. Lastly, Aquinas Law is highly communicative and provides regular updates and progress reports to us throughout the legal process. This helps us to stay informed and confident throughout the entire process, as we know what is happening every step of the way.Dispute resolution 

Cephas and Matthew (Tan) are exceptional lawyers and worked on our case tirelessly. Both my husband and I are very grateful for their level of commitment and professionalism.Dispute resolution 

Prompt, succinct, dedicated and competent. It was truly value for money.Dispute resolution 

Prompt service, good professional advice, and the lawyers understand the industry in which we operate. Also, affordable fees.Labour and employment 

Mark Cham 

Mark is patient and demonstrates a high level of empathy towards his clients. He takes the time to listen to our concerns and understands our unique situations, which helps to build trust and rapport. Mark is also highly professional in his work. He is knowledgeable and experienced in his field, and he approaches his work with a high level of attention to detail and diligence. 

Kok Meng Lim 

Good knowledge of laws and industries. He has a strong business sense and provides innovative advice. 

Joshua Tan 

Joshua is always willing to share his experiences and expertise. He often goes above and beyond to think on behalf of the client instead of simply quoting from the law. 

He is very commercial, reasonable, approachable and knowledgeable. 

Cephas Yee 

Cephas is extremely user-friendly and responsive; he works well with sensible budget options and is always on the ball. 

Cephas is always there for us when we need his legal advice on the next course of action to move the case forward. 


Work highlights 

Acted for THC Venture on structuring options for the purpose of privatisation 

Represented Camsing Healthcare on the structuring of its proposed investment by Qiren Holdings. 

Advised Green Build Technology on its private placement exercise.  

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. This year, the firm moves up a rank in the construction and regulatory tables. The M&A team closed four takeovers in the past year and the corporate team has established a niche practice advising companies in high-growth, emerging markets like Myanmar, Indo-China and the Philippines. Min-Li Tan, Subramanian Pillai, Pradeep Singh, Lisa Theng and Bill Jamieson are key contacts.


Work highlights

Acted as the Singapore listing agent to the issuer, Braskem Netherlands Finance, in relation to the listing and quotation of its senior notes due 2033 on the Singapore Exchange.

Advised Singapore O&G in relation to a voluntary unconditional cash offer for all the issued and paid-up ordinary shares in the capital of the company.

Represented Colombia Telecomunicaciones on its $500 million senior notes due 2030 listing on the Singapore Exchange.

Key clients

Grupo Aeroméxico, GYP Properties, Raffles Education

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. This year its insurance offering debuts in our table with a strong showing. The combination with Dentons, the largest law firm in the world, provides clients with an extensive network of global experts from over 200 offices around the world in more than 80 countries. One recent update is Dentons’ alliance with Filipino law firm, PJS Law. Partners to note include banking specialist Doreen Sim, M&A partner Eng Leng Ng, IP specialists Ai Ming Lee and I-An Lim, insurance director Edric Pan, projects expert Joo Thye Tan, disputes specialist Lawrence Teh and senior counsel Edmund Leow.


Work highlights

Represented HSBC Institutional Trust Services on the issue of green fixed-rate notes due 2029 under the S$7 billion ($5.2 billion) Euro medium term securities programme established by the issuer.

Key clients

Boustead Projects, Digo Corporation, Onstar Express, Validus Capital, Vertex Venture Holdings.

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. 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, 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. The firm welcomed banking specialist May Ng from Rajah & Tann recently.

Client feedback

“Highly professional, responsive and approachable.” – Banking and finance

“They understand the concerns, are responsive and provide solutions.” – Banking and finance

“Always focused on protecting its client's interests.” – Banking and finance

“I appreciate their knowledge of the matter and prompt actions.” – Capital markets

“DN has strong, in-depth knowledge of competition law and is able to provide practical advice in a timely manner.” – Competition/antitrust

“Profound expertise, swift responses, and regularly updates clients through newsletters.” – Competition/antitrust

“Responsive and business-pragmatic. Makes effort to understand the client's requirements. Reasonable fees charged for work.” – Construction

“Knowledgeable, professional and supportive of small businesses.” – Corporate and M&A

“The team is capable of looking beyond the legal aspects and putting into the perspectives of the different stakeholders. They provided value-added service and are indeed great partners for business owners.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, quick and commercially minded.” – Corporate and M&A

“I liked their flexibility while providing good coverage on the necessary work for this deal.” – Corporate and M&A

“Communication and ability to distil facts into easy to understand terms. They are also very good at highlighting the possible issues with the transaction.” – Corporate and M&A

“Sound in legal knowledge and able to provide alternative solutions.” – Corporate and M&A

“Very detailed analysis of the law. Very prompt advice.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep legal expertise coupled with pragmatism.” – Dispute resolution

“Took the additional effort to understand the case, including the case notes, did a walkthrough of the cause of the matter, looked out for the true cause of the matter before forming their own conclusions prior to advising on the appropriate steps to take.” – Dispute resolution

“First and foremost, they advise you if it makes sense to fight or not to fight. As per Sun Tzu, that's the most important and fundamental question. Drew doesn't shy away from a fight to maximise value for the client but they are also very mindful if it makes sense to fight to begin with! They then ask you what you want to achieve and give you good counsel in a clear and transparent way. As a busy CEO, this is exactly what I need, and Drew does this very well.” – Dispute resolution

“Very collaborative. Sharp thinkers who understand the issues, even when they are new areas.” – Dispute resolution

“Quick to respond, thoughtful legal work and diligent” – Dispute resolution

“They have sound industry knowledge and expertise in handling arbitration under SIAC rules. They can provide quick and practical solutions for commercial disputes. Two lawyers, Mahesh Rai and Don Loo exhibit excellent legal acumen.” – Dispute resolution

“They have a completely hands-on approach to matters.” – Dispute resolution

“They’re all excellent, promptly engaging legal advice at all times. They are all brilliant lawyers.” – Dispute resolution

“Without doubt, the best litigation outfit in Singapore. Timely, reasoned, commercial and effective.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier were very proactive and responsive. They were able to foresee the plaintiff's arguments and prevent them.” – Dispute resolution

“They make robust argument and provide effective litigation strategies.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier has come up with a very creative solution in respect of entering documents into evidence, by knowing well the procedure of the proceeding.” – Dispute resolution

“It is commercially savvy and understanding of client needs.” – Dispute resolution

“Practical and concise legal advice was rendered.” – Dispute resolution

“I like all these: responsiveness, access to partners and commerciality of the advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They are very focused and committed. From day one they created a clear strategy which led us to win our case against the claimants. The team members involved have taken accountability. The deliverables during ongoing arbitration were outstanding.” – Dispute resolution

“We had a complex and difficult claim that required attention to detail and clever advocacy. Blossom's team was able to combine the disparate facts into a coherent claim that allowed us to achieve our aims against the defendant.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellence in advocacy, excellence in knowledge of law, practical advice, timeliness, responsiveness, commercial sensitivity. Most impressive aspect is their ability to work around our confidentiality and commercial concerns.” – Dispute resolution

“They are responsive and their advice is well thought out, succinct and clearly backed by years of experience in litigation. They are also happy to accept feedback and consider the legal opinions of their clients' in-house teams.” – Dispute resolution

“Experienced, strategic and responsive” – Dispute resolution

“Their experience, customer service and legal expertise are exceptional. They have the ability to lead with the local lawyers and the clients. The legal advice they have provided is practical and tailored for the specific legal disputes. They work tirelessly for any urgent matters without hesitating a bit, even if it takes the entire night. Despite the differences between the two jurisdictions, their cooperation on the matters has been top-notch. We have learnt so much from them in terms of their knowledge, practice, attitude, management, leadership, professionalism and customer service skills.” – Dispute resolution

“Strategic in solving the key issues and meticulous on detail.” – Dispute resolution

“The partner and team are very knowledgeable, working in a very detailed and precise manner. They have a strong understanding of the law and how to apply it. Great team.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier is very meticulous, and even minor emails are professionally written, well structured, and well thought out. They also learn fast, and quickly accumulated domain knowledge regarding the blockchain industry where we operate, and adjacent fields of law such as US securities law as applied to blockchain disputes. They are also extremely responsive, replying on urgent messages even at 11pm.” – Dispute resolution

“We appreciate its commerciality and technical analysis.” – Dispute resolution

“Professional and timely advice.” – Dispute resolution

“Wide areas of expertise and prompt advice.” – Energy

Great detailed analysis and recommendation on appropriate and specific course of action.” – Insurance

“They are good with technical advice.” – Insurance

“They do a good job at looking at things from the client's perspective, and are able to find commercial solutions for risks they identify.” – Insurance

“Siau Wen Lim and Xuan Lang Teo from Drew & Napier represented us and have acted professionally to assist to resolve trademark issues with Starbucks. Their expertise in IP field is highly commendable and eventually the issue has been resolved with a positive outcome.” – Intellectual property

“They take the time to understand the business challenges and try to work on practical solutions.” – Intellectual property

“Very prompt.” – Intellectual property

“Advice is technically sound and well-considered.” – Intellectual property

“Lawyers have a good knowledge of Singapore law and are responsive.” – Investment funds

“Prompt, thorough and responsive.” – Labour and employment

“Their IT legal team has deep knowledge and rich experience. Very responsive even on the weekend when our business is running. Very client-oriented.” – Privacy and data protection

“Superior staff who provide considered advice and diligent execution.” – Private client

“The firm was able to comprehend the complexity of a first-of-its-kind strategy from a fund manager's perspective and comes up with an innovative solution.” – Private equity

“Good at the completion of transactions despite the tight timeline.” – Real estate

“They are easily approachable. They explain matters easily and guide us. They are not typically commercial, they fully understand client issues and look at everything holistically before coming out with any suggestions.” – Regulatory

“Drew partners are highly competent, responsive and provide commercially sensible advice.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Deep experience.” – Tax

“Experienced lawyers who know the ITBR requirement and advise clients on the appeal strategy and provide practical advice on the approach to the appeal. Legal submissions are well prepared and clear and concise. They value the relationship with clients.” – Tax

“Drew & Napier's team, and Chong Kin Lim in particular, are deep experts in the tech and telecom space. They provide crisp guidance that we can share rapidly with our internal business clients. They also proactively monitor the horizon, and they let us know in advance about legal/regulatory developments that may impact us. Finally, they are fantastically responsive and literally never late in getting us the information we request.” – Technology and telecommunications

David Alfred

“He is very knowledgeable, prompt, able to offer solutions, understands business concerns, practical, and has a good network with regulators.”

Cavinder Bull

“An outstanding lawyer; thorough understanding of client's needs.”

Ron Cheng

“Knowledgeable and able to understand and meet the client's needs.”

“Ron has been extremely meticulous when it comes to his work. He ensures that he covers all angles and risks that the fund may encounter locally or abroad. Ron is able to understand complex problems and comes up with innovative solutions and structure.”

Corinne Chew

“Corinne is always willing to help and provides thoughtful advice in a timely manner.”

“Profound legal knowledge with excellent communication skills”

Voon Jiet Chia

“Voon Jiet is highly competent, responsive and offers commercially sensible and practical advice and solutions.”

Desmond Chng

“He is very responsive, and good at giving a quick (often immediate) indication of what the solution to a problem might be, and whether or not it actually warrants detailed research or formal legal advice. This is very much appreciated from a client's point of view.”

Andrew Chua

“He is attentive and responsive, able to relate to the case and provide insights and share best practices, and at the same time highlight potential issues or ideas from past cases and experiences.”

Benjamin Gaw

“Knowledgeable, professional, available, has a positive attitude and is attentive to client's needs.”

Blossom Hing

“She has a good team and allows her team to take the lead with client communication at the right time while also stepping in when necessary. She asks the right questions to elicit the necessary information from the client.”

“Blossom is an outstanding litigation and arbitration partner. Blossom is creative and very strategic in her thinking and tactics - based on her vast experience of litigation and arbitration. Blossom has done a great job in building a team to support her.”

“My ’go to’ contact is Blossom Hing, who is one of the most experienced and accomplished litigation and arbitration partners in Singapore. Blossom heads a great team that is growing in experience and competence.”

Soo Lih Ho

“Approachable.”

Seraphina Ho

“Efficient.”

Rakesh Kirpalani

“Rakesh is clear in his counsel and incredibly responsive.”

“He helps our company to handle our legal issues and we are satisfied with his work.”

“He possesses a strong spirit to win for the client. He has a client-centric approach and is an expert at IT and data security.”

Meryl Koh

“Highly responsive and takes a keen interest to know the client's business and challenges faced. She has a can-do attitude and willing to go the extra mile for the client. Does not discriminate client based on fee earned.”

“Thorough, empathetic and forward-looking.”

Samuel Koh

“Very responsive. A critical thinker who challenges outcomes to ensure they are robust.”

Man Er Kong

“Kong is qualified and brilliant at what she does. Very reliable and flexible. In terms of advocacy skills, Kong is astonishing. Kong is very patient towards the clients and has the deep understanding of the law. Further, Kong respects the time and is responsive. Case management is top-notch as well. We have obtained grand knowledge when we discuss the interpretation and the conflicts of law.”

“Intelligent, sharp, efficient and effective.”

Julian Kwek

“Problem solver and provides practical solutions.”

Keith Lam

“Keith is professional and responsive.”

Sok Hiang Lau

“She is proactive and provides solutions to difficult issues.”

“Lau Sok Hiang is a very careful and meticulous lawyer. She very much stressed getting the documents right, in the sense that it will not invite queries or challenges.”

Chong Kin Lim

“Prompt, knowledgeable and responsive.”

“He has incredible relationships in his peer network. Deep expertise and incredibly responsive.”

Shumin Lin

“Very knowledgeable in the areas that she practises and provides very clear and detailed analysis of the law.”

“Has a quick grasp of issues. Keen attention to detail without losing sight of the broad strategy.”

Adam Maniam

“Adam's approach is extremely customer-oriented, he takes the initiative to take a crash-course on the customer's industry in order to come up with creative solutions. He's sharp and straightforward.”

“He is D&N personified. Altogether exceptional in terms of service, advocacy, attention to client's concerns and knowledge of the law. He’s a brilliant lawyer. In my opinion better than some senior counsel.”

“My opinion of the firm has been formed by Adam and his mentor.”

“Appreciate his knowledge, adherence to timelines, and that he understands the sensitivity of the matter.”

Pei Tong Ng

“Ability to share a holistic view on the situation and advise accordingly and to the needs of the client.”

Sim Ho Ong

“Very familiar with IRAS.”

Mahesh Rai

“Mahesh possesses excellent legal acumen. This coupled with his sound industry knowledge helps him deliver quick and practical legal advice. Mahesh communicates well and is friendly in nature.”

“He has a complete knowledge of the field and goes all out to understand the nuances of the business.”

“Both from a personal and professional point of view, I found Mahesh to be someone impressive and genuine. He has great analytical skills, is able to listen well, and is very good in communication, as I often saw him carrying himself so well in the court or in any kind of joint discussions. He provides me as a client with great consideration, tending to the needs of my case in the best way. Mahesh also always comes up with great strategy, showing his creativity as a veteran lawyer.”

“Mahesh is a very hands-on partner, has a close grasp of all the strategic issues and drills down into factual issues. He has a very commercial, practical mindset and is always ready to offer a recommendation and not just a set of options, and a practical recommendation that addresses both legal and broader strategic concerns. He is also clearly a strong mentor because we have been impressed even by the juniors on his team, when Mahesh is not present.”

Teng Sen Tan

“Teng Sen is a seasoned corporate lawyer and provides value-added services to the business owner. He's adept at corporate financing works and compliance matters and is a great partner for us.”

“Very experienced corporate partner who is commercially minded. He gives practical advice.”

“Excellent legal knowledge and communications.”

Allister Tan

“Brilliant lawyer and eager to help always.”

“Very knowledgeable, communicates well to ensure client understands the specifics of the issues. Guides client to the most rationale decision.”

“Fast and sound technical advice.”

“Commercial nous.”

Evelyn Tan

“Well-versed with contract law and court processes, meticulous and pays attention to detail.”

Benedict Teo

“Commercially savvy and he puts clients’ interests first.”

“Ben is extremely responsive and very experienced. I have appreciated his sound legal advice, and sharp legal acumen in handling the cases on our behalf. I also appreciate that he makes himself available to speak to the business representatives when needed.”

“Benedict is experienced and provides good strategic advice. His team provides good, detailed work and manages timelines well. Much to recommend, not much to criticise.”

“Responsive, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure client's requirements are met fully.”

“He is a very experienced trusted adviser and sounding board. He is commercial, responsive, insightful, and he really knows the market and knows his stuff.”

Xuan Lang Teo

“Xuan Lang has been efficient in handling our case and always provides valuable alternative options for our consideration. This is helpful as it leaves no stone unturned, which may increase the probability to succeed in the proceedings.”

“Xuan Lang is extremely sharp and thorough. He is able to distil the key issues in a dispute to achieve the most efficient and favourable outcomes for us. He has deep foresight while bearing in mind commercial realities and practical considerations. All advice from him is extremely well-thought-out and backed up by firm legal foundations. An expert in IP law, he is able to explain and argue complicated legal concepts with clarity and punch.”

Shi Yong Yang

“Provides timely responses and to-the-point advice.”

“He listens to the client and approaches the solution holistically.”

Jonathan Yap

“Jonathan is a hard-working attorney focused on delivering quality work and superior results. He has great communication skills and ensures that his clients remain happy with his services.”

Tony Yeo

“Very prompt and understanding.”

Jimmy Yim

“He is efficient, eloquent and communicates well. He is also knowledgeable and responsive.”

“Jimmy Yim is well known in Singapore and an excellent lawyer with a strong personality. He was able to turn around a case we had lost and win the case for our company.”

“Jimmy Yim was efficient, eloquent and understood the issues well. Very good courtroom manner and pleasant to deal with.”


Work highlights

Acted for Trendlines Group on its proposed issuance and allotment of an aggregate of new ordinary shares.

Acted for Tuan Sing in relation to its tender offer exercise for outstanding Series 004 Notes issued under its S$900 million ($663 million) multi-currency medium term note programme.

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 arena. 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 corporate and M&A. 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 construction team welcomed counsel Divyesh Menon from Mayer Brown and partner Vanina Sucharitkul from Herbert Smith Freehills. Capital markets specialist Yoke Ping Cheng and competition partner Dominique Lombardi retired during the research period. Investment funds specialist Carmen Lee departed for Chan & Goh, while one IP partner left for RPC 

Client feedback 

The team at Rajah & Tann is always highly responsive, consistently delivers expert and quality legal advice and, most importantly, constant assurance that they are professionals who have the backs of their clients on all transactionsBanking and finance 

Solutions oriented, quick and customer-centric.Banking and finance 

Over the years, Rajah & Tann have become increasingly progressive as a law firm. They have been focusing on talent development, which has resulted in motivated lawyers who are able to apply technical legal knowledge to their clients' businesses, to render highly valuable advice.Competition/antitrust 

Experts in what they do, they can take pragmatic positions which are consistent with the legal framework. They provide timely advice.Competition/antitrust 

R&T listened carefully to the dispute and analysed the wide spectrum of issues arisen therefrom. Its advice is always for the interest of the client. They avoided dispute and offered innovative solutions. It saves costs and time for the client.Construction 

They understand the industry and offer practical advice.Construction 

Succeeded in appeal. Top-class arguments and submission.Construction 

Very professional, prompt and active advisory. Spot-on teamwork.Corporate and M&A 

Broad experience, practice-based approach.Corporate and M&A 

Some teams at Rajah & Tann stand out. Such as, the corporate team led by Evelyn Wee, who is very experienced and commercial in M&A transaction, with a good understanding of the commercial needs of the client and an ability to keep her cool no matter the situation; the employment team led by Kala Anandarajah, who provides excellent practical advice combined with a good understanding of the commercial goals of the client; and the TMT team led by Ben Cheong, who is able to assist clients with analysing complex intellectual property situations with pragmatic advice in a short period of time.Corporate and M&A 

Their success depended on the flexible and practical attitude over their assistance by the leaders of the competition law team, Kala Anandarajah and Dominique Lombardi. In addition, they are very responsive. It went so well, which benefited our client and also created a name for their practice.Corporate and M&A 

Knowledge, experience and client focus.Dispute resolution 

Market leaders, client-oriented, well regarded in Singapore.Dispute resolution 

Responded to me promptly, managed expectations and took a balanced view.Dispute resolution 

They have a deep bench of experienced lawyers and have the largest network in southeast Asia.Dispute resolution 

They tailor solutions to each client.Insurance 

Comprehensive and clear advice with a commercial angle.Insurance 

A team of extremely skilled and competent lawyers who understand our business and the regulatory environment and market we operate in. They are quick to respond and provide commercially viable and practical advice without fudging.Insurance 

Highly responsive, gave sharp and balanced advice that was clear, practical and readily applicable to the circumstances.Labour and employment 

R&T have the strongest wet shipping practice in Singapore and, with their sister firm in Malaysia, are able to straddle the two jurisdictions in which we work. Their communication is clear, direct and modern.Oil and gas 

It is very customer-centric. They own the client's problem and their advice format matches commercial requirements. – Privacy and data protection 

R&T provides good-quality service at a very good pace and at very reasonable costs. We've also been working with them for a while now, and they are very commercial and understand our needs very well. – Private equity 

Reliability, commitment and leadership when managing a file. Rajah & Tann speedily assembles a competent team on short notice and possesses deep knowledge in the field of specialty.Real estate 

High level of professionalism with a can-do attitude. Very accountable and adopt a client-first approach and this really shows through across all teams. R&T will always be our number one choice law firm and we will opt to use them throughout the region wherever they have offices.Real estate 

R&T partners are highly competent, responsive, multi-disciplinary, fun to work with and provide commercially sensible and practical advice.Restructuring and insolvency 

Positive approach, motivated, knowledgeable and supportive.Restructuring and insolvency 

They think out of the box, analyse the matter and provide solutions.Shipping 

Speedy and practical advice.Shipping 

Able to understand the client's intention and expectations, striking a balance of achieving the client's commercial goals and at the same time safeguarding the client's interest.Shipping 

They think outside the box and have very strong and very well substantiated tax legal opinions.Tax 

Good knowledge on the GST and are able to provide the strengths and weaknesses of the case.Tax 

Communication is excellent, they provide expertise, good counsel and in-depth knowledge of the topic.Tax 

Rajah & Tann had a thorough knowledge of the GST law in Singapore.Tax 

Commercially oriented advice that balances between legality and practicality.Technology and telecommunications

Dedi Ahmad

Detailed, practical advice with reasonable fees. 

Kala Anandarajah

Kala is very passionate about her work and CSR activities. Kala makes it a point to understand her client's business thoroughly in order to provide highly practical legal advice. In addition, she has been building a team of lawyers who have a very progressive mindset and understand the client's needs fully. 

Kala is a veteran lawyer with years of experience under her belt. She is a guru in competition law in Singapore and beyond. I trust her advice. She takes pains to understand your business in order to calibrate the risks. ChatGPT can tell you what the law says but Kala will customise it to suit your business. 

Kala listens well and understands the nuances of the circumstances. She is able to maintain a clear objectivity, and at the same time provides her opinion based on a well-balanced assessment of the relevant facts. 

Patrick Ang

Highly competent, responsive, fun to work with and offers commercially sensible and practical advice and solutions. 

Jainil Bhandari  

Jainil is extremely bright, has great knowledge of the areas of law within which he operates, and is very personable and easy to deal with. 

Shemane Chan 

Proactive, very knowledgeable and good communications. 

Benjamin Cheong 

Benjamin has proven time and again to be adaptable and he understands the commercial structure and interests when providing legal advice. 

He has great customer engagement; he owns the customer's problem. 

Beng Chye Chua 

Great communication skills, extremely client-focused, technically strong and able to generate creative solutions. 

Norman Ho 

Responsible manager with deep industry knowledge that takes on tight timelines and leadership. 

Xin Mei Lee 

Xin Mei is our go-to lawyer for highly structured and complex leveraged and acquisition financings. She is a high-calibre and top-tier legal talent with an extremely astute mind. She is always able to grasp quickly the nuances in highly complex transactions and is extremely knowledgeable on both legal and commercial issues. She is extremely dedicated, always responsive and highly reliable you can always count on her to deliver high-quality work even under compressed deadlines. She is also highly personable, connects well with her clients and demonstrates great leadership. She is solution-oriented and is always patient in taking the time to explain concepts to clients.  

Solutions-oriented, quick and customer-centric. 

Kah Wah Leong 

Able to listen and understand the client's position well enough, and provides sound legal and commercial solutions. 

Murali Pillai 

Murali is an extremely skilled, competent and intuitive lawyer. He is able to catch on to the issues very quickly and provide clear, sensible, practical and commercially viable solutions and advice. He also has excellent interpersonal skills and is able to be empathetic and a good listener. 

Avinash Pradhan 

Impressed by his knowledge and skills. Top-class lawyer in construction cases. 

Vikna Rajah

Very kind man who is very well educated, experienced, responsive and gives you the feeling he will do everything he can to help the case to a successful solution. 

Very good tax knowledge and he is able to apply it to actual business transactions. 

We appreciate his communications and depth of knowledge. 

Vikna was able to advise on the best arguments to take at various stages of litigation. 

Chee Siong Sim 

Chee Siong's client relationship is very good, always responsive and accessible. He is very creative and offers innovative solutions all the time. I am very impressed by his advice and work. 

Lip San Soh 

Has industry knowledge and picks up quickly on issues. Able to articulate advice clearly. 

Zixiang Sun

Zixiang is very client oriented and understands our needs well. He's very communicative and also brings to the table a wealth of expertise and knowledge about the industry. 

Kevin Tan 

Kevin Tan is an excellent lawyer. He is extremely bright, commercially savvy, responsive to clients needs, and adept at handling complex legal issues while keeping our interests at the forefront of any legal strategy. He was crucial to achieving a great result for us. 

Responsive, thinks well in his responses. 

Kevin is a first-rate lawyer, far above the rest. I found he was able to provide pinpoint solutions each and every time. 

Kevin is a very clear-thinking lawyer, who is extremely well-prepared and researched for his dispute resolution cases. He is also very eloquent in court and is able to respond very quickly and pick apart witnesses in cross-examination.

Kendall Tan 

Provides solutions as problems arise, thinks out of the box. 

Elaine Tay 

Responsive and thorough. Client-focussed and a problem-solver. 

Benjamin Tay 

My go-to lawyer for all deals where possible. 

Bala V 

Warmth and people skills. 

Ying Shuang Wang 

Practical and commercial. 

Desmond Wee 

Easy and approachable, very knowledgeable and always available. Listens carefully and closely and derives the crux of the matter sharply and quickly. Always spot on, he’s a great counsel. 

Evelyn Wee 

Evelyn has been a star among the R&T team. She is very experienced and commercial in M&A transactions with a good understanding of the commercial needs of the client and an ability to keep her cool no matter the situation. She has excellent negotiation skill and is in control of every situation.


Work highlights 

Acted for Bridgetown 2 Holdings on its $1.78 billion merger with PropertyGuru and listing on the NYSE 

Advised CLSA Singapore as issue manager in the spin-off and introductory listing of Yangzijiang Financial Holding on the SGX-ST Main Board. 

Key clients 

AEM Holdings, Citigroup Global 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 is a full-service firm that has a well-respected technology practice. Its IP group has been gaining more traction, with the firm climbing up one tier in the rankings. Boasting partners that are qualified in multiple jurisdictions such as China, US, Hong Kong, Australia and Malaysia, the firm routinely handles complex cross-border transactions. The firm is organised around eight industry groups: consumer brands, healthcare and life sciences, private wealth, technology and media, construction and projects, financial institutions and technology, transportation and logistics, and education. The technology group specialises in tech infrastructure, blockchain, data processing and telecommunications. The key contacts include corporate partners Erwan Barre and Eu Jin Yang, IP partner Rizwi Wun and disputes leader Nandakumar Renganathan. The disputes also group houses senior counsel, Leslie Chew 

Client feedback 

Expertise is good, and their customer centricity is excellent.Corporate and M&A 

They can provide services in multiple jurisdictions. Intellectual property 

Knowledgeable about local laws and regulations, easy to understand.Regulatory 

Positive attributes of RHTLaw are its expertise and knowledge in the legal field and its professionalism and commitment to ethical standards. The lawyer is patient in explaining the case, the client's interest and rights, and providing appropriate advice.Real estate 

 

Sandra Han

Sandra always provided expert legal advice and guidance to my case. She is patient to understand the case and uses her knowledge and skills to analyse the legal issues. She always acts in her client's interest and respond to clients as soon as she can. 

Rizwi Wun 

He is very accommodating and tries his best to assist us with our needs for legal services. 

Quick to respond with good knowledge. 

Eu Jin Yang 

Professional approach, knowledgeable and open to ideas. Good 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 moves up a notch in the IP table for its growing practice, and debuts for shipping. 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, Probin Dass and David Chan for dispute resolution and insolvency. 

Client feedback 

Easy to deal with and good professional legal advice given. Able to add value to the transaction and requests.Banking and finance  

High level of professionalism and always approachable to provide their advice to our financing structures, sometimes even on a pro bono basis.Banking and finance 

Timelines are met, advice is provided in a holistic manner, drafting languages are easy to understand and they are familiar with our company’s processes.Banking and finance 

Approachable and efficient turnaround with prompt follow-ups. Transactions are always completed on schedule and lawyers are pre-emptive.Banking and finance 

They are always responsive and provide sound and clear advice for execution of the transaction.Banking and finance 

Responsive and willing to commit resources.Capital markets 

Can be relied upon for quick, solid legal advice, which is sometimes surprisingly hard to come across when dealing with other jurisdictions. In particular, their legal analysis is technically excellent.Dispute resolution 

Open, clear, prompt and uses initiative.Restructuring and insolvency 

Strong insolvency and restructuring track record and team.Restructuring and insolvency 

Timely and quick responses with good advisory analysis.Shipping

Paul Goh 

Responsive, forward thinking and fast. 

Clement Khoo 

Professionalism and always keen to share and advise. 

Extremely responsive, sound knowledge of the banking sector and structuring transactions, willing to go the extra mile to assist in completion under tight timelines. 

Stanley Lim 

Approachable and always available to give legal advice. Follows up closely on transaction and is always pre-emptive on any potential issues that may arise. 

Moses Lin 

Approachable and available with relevant knowledge. 

Daniel Tan 

Just an excellent all-round lawyer, he is responsive and technically very sound. 

Quick to respond, understands all relevant issues and deals with them systematically and comprehensively. 

Driven and provides legally feasible solutions in complex situations. 

Pearlyn Xie 

Responsive, and willing to provide advice and solutions. 


Work highlights 

Advised Alset International on its sale of HWH International to Nasdaq-listed Spac Alset Capital Acquisition Corp and HWH Merger Sub.  

Engaged by Yangzijiang Shipbuilding for the spin-off of its investment arm on the Singapore Exchange main board. 

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. It entered into a formal alliance with Watson Farley & Williams in 2017, lending it a unique strength in contentious and advisory work related to the maritime and international trade sectors. The disputes team has seen a rise in cases involving cryptocurrencies and NFTs. 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.  


Work highlights 

Acted for TJJ Holdings on a voluntary conditional cash offer by THC Venture of all the issued and paid up share capital in the client. 

Advised China Hainan Rubber Industry Group on its mandatory conditional cash offer of all the issued and paid up share capital of Halcyon Agri Corporation 

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. This year its insurance offering debuts in our table with a strong showing. The combination with Dentons, the largest law firm in the world, provides clients with an extensive network of global experts from over 200 offices around the world in more than 80 countries. One recent update is Dentons’ alliance with Filipino law firm, PJS Law. Partners to note include banking specialist Doreen Sim, M&A partner Eng Leng Ng, IP specialists Ai Ming Lee and I-An Lim, insurance director Edric Pan, projects expert Joo Thye Tan, disputes specialist Lawrence Teh and senior counsel Edmund Leow.


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. 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, 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. The firm welcomed banking specialist May Ng from Rajah & Tann recently.

Client feedback

“Highly professional, responsive and approachable.” – Banking and finance

“They understand the concerns, are responsive and provide solutions.” – Banking and finance

“Always focused on protecting its client's interests.” – Banking and finance

“I appreciate their knowledge of the matter and prompt actions.” – Capital markets

“DN has strong, in-depth knowledge of competition law and is able to provide practical advice in a timely manner.” – Competition/antitrust

“Profound expertise, swift responses, and regularly updates clients through newsletters.” – Competition/antitrust

“Responsive and business-pragmatic. Makes effort to understand the client's requirements. Reasonable fees charged for work.” – Construction

“Knowledgeable, professional and supportive of small businesses.” – Corporate and M&A

“The team is capable of looking beyond the legal aspects and putting into the perspectives of the different stakeholders. They provided value-added service and are indeed great partners for business owners.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, quick and commercially minded.” – Corporate and M&A

“I liked their flexibility while providing good coverage on the necessary work for this deal.” – Corporate and M&A

“Communication and ability to distil facts into easy to understand terms. They are also very good at highlighting the possible issues with the transaction.” – Corporate and M&A

“Sound in legal knowledge and able to provide alternative solutions.” – Corporate and M&A

“Very detailed analysis of the law. Very prompt advice.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep legal expertise coupled with pragmatism.” – Dispute resolution

“Took the additional effort to understand the case, including the case notes, did a walkthrough of the cause of the matter, looked out for the true cause of the matter before forming their own conclusions prior to advising on the appropriate steps to take.” – Dispute resolution

“First and foremost, they advise you if it makes sense to fight or not to fight. As per Sun Tzu, that's the most important and fundamental question. Drew doesn't shy away from a fight to maximise value for the client but they are also very mindful if it makes sense to fight to begin with! They then ask you what you want to achieve and give you good counsel in a clear and transparent way. As a busy CEO, this is exactly what I need, and Drew does this very well.” – Dispute resolution

“Very collaborative. Sharp thinkers who understand the issues, even when they are new areas.” – Dispute resolution

“Quick to respond, thoughtful legal work and diligent” – Dispute resolution

“They have sound industry knowledge and expertise in handling arbitration under SIAC rules. They can provide quick and practical solutions for commercial disputes. Two lawyers, Mahesh Rai and Don Loo exhibit excellent legal acumen.” – Dispute resolution

“They have a completely hands-on approach to matters.” – Dispute resolution

“They’re all excellent, promptly engaging legal advice at all times. They are all brilliant lawyers.” – Dispute resolution

“Without doubt, the best litigation outfit in Singapore. Timely, reasoned, commercial and effective.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier were very proactive and responsive. They were able to foresee the plaintiff's arguments and prevent them.” – Dispute resolution

“They make robust argument and provide effective litigation strategies.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier has come up with a very creative solution in respect of entering documents into evidence, by knowing well the procedure of the proceeding.” – Dispute resolution

“It is commercially savvy and understanding of client needs.” – Dispute resolution

“Practical and concise legal advice was rendered.” – Dispute resolution

“I like all these: responsiveness, access to partners and commerciality of the advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They are very focused and committed. From day one they created a clear strategy which led us to win our case against the claimants. The team members involved have taken accountability. The deliverables during ongoing arbitration were outstanding.” – Dispute resolution

“We had a complex and difficult claim that required attention to detail and clever advocacy. Blossom's team was able to combine the disparate facts into a coherent claim that allowed us to achieve our aims against the defendant.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellence in advocacy, excellence in knowledge of law, practical advice, timeliness, responsiveness, commercial sensitivity. Most impressive aspect is their ability to work around our confidentiality and commercial concerns.” – Dispute resolution

“They are responsive and their advice is well thought out, succinct and clearly backed by years of experience in litigation. They are also happy to accept feedback and consider the legal opinions of their clients' in-house teams.” – Dispute resolution

“Experienced, strategic and responsive” – Dispute resolution

“Their experience, customer service and legal expertise are exceptional. They have the ability to lead with the local lawyers and the clients. The legal advice they have provided is practical and tailored for the specific legal disputes. They work tirelessly for any urgent matters without hesitating a bit, even if it takes the entire night. Despite the differences between the two jurisdictions, their cooperation on the matters has been top-notch. We have learnt so much from them in terms of their knowledge, practice, attitude, management, leadership, professionalism and customer service skills.” – Dispute resolution

“Strategic in solving the key issues and meticulous on detail.” – Dispute resolution

“The partner and team are very knowledgeable, working in a very detailed and precise manner. They have a strong understanding of the law and how to apply it. Great team.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier is very meticulous, and even minor emails are professionally written, well structured, and well thought out. They also learn fast, and quickly accumulated domain knowledge regarding the blockchain industry where we operate, and adjacent fields of law such as US securities law as applied to blockchain disputes. They are also extremely responsive, replying on urgent messages even at 11pm.” – Dispute resolution

“We appreciate its commerciality and technical analysis.” – Dispute resolution

“Professional and timely advice.” – Dispute resolution

“Wide areas of expertise and prompt advice.” – Energy

Great detailed analysis and recommendation on appropriate and specific course of action.” – Insurance

“They are good with technical advice.” – Insurance

“They do a good job at looking at things from the client's perspective, and are able to find commercial solutions for risks they identify.” – Insurance

“Siau Wen Lim and Xuan Lang Teo from Drew & Napier represented us and have acted professionally to assist to resolve trademark issues with Starbucks. Their expertise in IP field is highly commendable and eventually the issue has been resolved with a positive outcome.” – Intellectual property

“They take the time to understand the business challenges and try to work on practical solutions.” – Intellectual property

“Very prompt.” – Intellectual property

“Advice is technically sound and well-considered.” – Intellectual property

“Lawyers have a good knowledge of Singapore law and are responsive.” – Investment funds

“Prompt, thorough and responsive.” – Labour and employment

“Their IT legal team has deep knowledge and rich experience. Very responsive even on the weekend when our business is running. Very client-oriented.” – Privacy and data protection

“Superior staff who provide considered advice and diligent execution.” – Private client

“The firm was able to comprehend the complexity of a first-of-its-kind strategy from a fund manager's perspective and comes up with an innovative solution.” – Private equity

“Good at the completion of transactions despite the tight timeline.” – Real estate

“They are easily approachable. They explain matters easily and guide us. They are not typically commercial, they fully understand client issues and look at everything holistically before coming out with any suggestions.” – Regulatory

“Drew partners are highly competent, responsive and provide commercially sensible advice.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Deep experience.” – Tax

“Experienced lawyers who know the ITBR requirement and advise clients on the appeal strategy and provide practical advice on the approach to the appeal. Legal submissions are well prepared and clear and concise. They value the relationship with clients.” – Tax

“Drew & Napier's team, and Chong Kin Lim in particular, are deep experts in the tech and telecom space. They provide crisp guidance that we can share rapidly with our internal business clients. They also proactively monitor the horizon, and they let us know in advance about legal/regulatory developments that may impact us. Finally, they are fantastically responsive and literally never late in getting us the information we request.” – Technology and telecommunications

David Alfred

“He is very knowledgeable, prompt, able to offer solutions, understands business concerns, practical, and has a good network with regulators.”

Cavinder Bull

“An outstanding lawyer; thorough understanding of client's needs.”

Ron Cheng

“Knowledgeable and able to understand and meet the client's needs.”

“Ron has been extremely meticulous when it comes to his work. He ensures that he covers all angles and risks that the fund may encounter locally or abroad. Ron is able to understand complex problems and comes up with innovative solutions and structure.”

Corinne Chew

“Corinne is always willing to help and provides thoughtful advice in a timely manner.”

“Profound legal knowledge with excellent communication skills”

Voon Jiet Chia

“Voon Jiet is highly competent, responsive and offers commercially sensible and practical advice and solutions.”

Desmond Chng

“He is very responsive, and good at giving a quick (often immediate) indication of what the solution to a problem might be, and whether or not it actually warrants detailed research or formal legal advice. This is very much appreciated from a client's point of view.”

Andrew Chua

“He is attentive and responsive, able to relate to the case and provide insights and share best practices, and at the same time highlight potential issues or ideas from past cases and experiences.”

Benjamin Gaw

“Knowledgeable, professional, available, has a positive attitude and is attentive to client's needs.”

Blossom Hing

“She has a good team and allows her team to take the lead with client communication at the right time while also stepping in when necessary. She asks the right questions to elicit the necessary information from the client.”

“Blossom is an outstanding litigation and arbitration partner. Blossom is creative and very strategic in her thinking and tactics - based on her vast experience of litigation and arbitration. Blossom has done a great job in building a team to support her.”

“My ’go to’ contact is Blossom Hing, who is one of the most experienced and accomplished litigation and arbitration partners in Singapore. Blossom heads a great team that is growing in experience and competence.”

Soo Lih Ho

“Approachable.”

Seraphina Ho

“Efficient.”

Rakesh Kirpalani

“Rakesh is clear in his counsel and incredibly responsive.”

“He helps our company to handle our legal issues and we are satisfied with his work.”

“He possesses a strong spirit to win for the client. He has a client-centric approach and is an expert at IT and data security.”

Meryl Koh

“Highly responsive and takes a keen interest to know the client's business and challenges faced. She has a can-do attitude and willing to go the extra mile for the client. Does not discriminate client based on fee earned.”

“Thorough, empathetic and forward-looking.”

Samuel Koh

“Very responsive. A critical thinker who challenges outcomes to ensure they are robust.”

Man Er Kong

“Kong is qualified and brilliant at what she does. Very reliable and flexible. In terms of advocacy skills, Kong is astonishing. Kong is very patient towards the clients and has the deep understanding of the law. Further, Kong respects the time and is responsive. Case management is top-notch as well. We have obtained grand knowledge when we discuss the interpretation and the conflicts of law.”

“Intelligent, sharp, efficient and effective.”

Julian Kwek

“Problem solver and provides practical solutions.”

Keith Lam

“Keith is professional and responsive.”

Sok Hiang Lau

“She is proactive and provides solutions to difficult issues.”

“Lau Sok Hiang is a very careful and meticulous lawyer. She very much stressed getting the documents right, in the sense that it will not invite queries or challenges.”

Chong Kin Lim

“Prompt, knowledgeable and responsive.”

“He has incredible relationships in his peer network. Deep expertise and incredibly responsive.”

Shumin Lin

“Very knowledgeable in the areas that she practises and provides very clear and detailed analysis of the law.”

“Has a quick grasp of issues. Keen attention to detail without losing sight of the broad strategy.”

Adam Maniam

“Adam's approach is extremely customer-oriented, he takes the initiative to take a crash-course on the customer's industry in order to come up with creative solutions. He's sharp and straightforward.”

“He is D&N personified. Altogether exceptional in terms of service, advocacy, attention to client's concerns and knowledge of the law. He’s a brilliant lawyer. In my opinion better than some senior counsel.”

“My opinion of the firm has been formed by Adam and his mentor.”

“Appreciate his knowledge, adherence to timelines, and that he understands the sensitivity of the matter.”

Pei Tong Ng

“Ability to share a holistic view on the situation and advise accordingly and to the needs of the client.”

Sim Ho Ong

“Very familiar with IRAS.”

Mahesh Rai

“Mahesh possesses excellent legal acumen. This coupled with his sound industry knowledge helps him deliver quick and practical legal advice. Mahesh communicates well and is friendly in nature.”

“He has a complete knowledge of the field and goes all out to understand the nuances of the business.”

“Both from a personal and professional point of view, I found Mahesh to be someone impressive and genuine. He has great analytical skills, is able to listen well, and is very good in communication, as I often saw him carrying himself so well in the court or in any kind of joint discussions. He provides me as a client with great consideration, tending to the needs of my case in the best way. Mahesh also always comes up with great strategy, showing his creativity as a veteran lawyer.”

“Mahesh is a very hands-on partner, has a close grasp of all the strategic issues and drills down into factual issues. He has a very commercial, practical mindset and is always ready to offer a recommendation and not just a set of options, and a practical recommendation that addresses both legal and broader strategic concerns. He is also clearly a strong mentor because we have been impressed even by the juniors on his team, when Mahesh is not present.”

Teng Sen Tan

“Teng Sen is a seasoned corporate lawyer and provides value-added services to the business owner. He's adept at corporate financing works and compliance matters and is a great partner for us.”

“Very experienced corporate partner who is commercially minded. He gives practical advice.”

“Excellent legal knowledge and communications.”

Allister Tan

“Brilliant lawyer and eager to help always.”

“Very knowledgeable, communicates well to ensure client understands the specifics of the issues. Guides client to the most rationale decision.”

“Fast and sound technical advice.”

“Commercial nous.”

Evelyn Tan

“Well-versed with contract law and court processes, meticulous and pays attention to detail.”

Benedict Teo

“Commercially savvy and he puts clients’ interests first.”

“Ben is extremely responsive and very experienced. I have appreciated his sound legal advice, and sharp legal acumen in handling the cases on our behalf. I also appreciate that he makes himself available to speak to the business representatives when needed.”

“Benedict is experienced and provides good strategic advice. His team provides good, detailed work and manages timelines well. Much to recommend, not much to criticise.”

“Responsive, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure client's requirements are met fully.”

“He is a very experienced trusted adviser and sounding board. He is commercial, responsive, insightful, and he really knows the market and knows his stuff.”

Xuan Lang Teo

“Xuan Lang has been efficient in handling our case and always provides valuable alternative options for our consideration. This is helpful as it leaves no stone unturned, which may increase the probability to succeed in the proceedings.”

“Xuan Lang is extremely sharp and thorough. He is able to distil the key issues in a dispute to achieve the most efficient and favourable outcomes for us. He has deep foresight while bearing in mind commercial realities and practical considerations. All advice from him is extremely well-thought-out and backed up by firm legal foundations. An expert in IP law, he is able to explain and argue complicated legal concepts with clarity and punch.”

Shi Yong Yang

“Provides timely responses and to-the-point advice.”

“He listens to the client and approaches the solution holistically.”

Jonathan Yap

“Jonathan is a hard-working attorney focused on delivering quality work and superior results. He has great communication skills and ensures that his clients remain happy with his services.”

Tony Yeo

“Very prompt and understanding.”

Jimmy Yim

“He is efficient, eloquent and communicates well. He is also knowledgeable and responsive.”

“Jimmy Yim is well known in Singapore and an excellent lawyer with a strong personality. He was able to turn around a case we had lost and win the case for our company.”

“Jimmy Yim was efficient, eloquent and understood the issues well. Very good courtroom manner and pleasant to deal with.”


Work highlights

Assisted the Hanwha Group on its notification to the Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore of its controlling stake acquisition of 49.3% in Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering at a takeover price of $1.5 billion.

Key clients

ADB BVBA, Chevron, Deliveroo, 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 arena. 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 corporate and M&A. 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 construction team welcomed counsel Divyesh Menon from Mayer Brown and partner Vanina Sucharitkul from Herbert Smith Freehills. Capital markets specialist Yoke Ping Cheng and competition partner Dominique Lombardi retired during the research period. Investment funds specialist Carmen Lee departed for Chan & Goh, while one IP partner left for RPC 

Client feedback 

The team at Rajah & Tann is always highly responsive, consistently delivers expert and quality legal advice and, most importantly, constant assurance that they are professionals who have the backs of their clients on all transactionsBanking and finance 

Solutions oriented, quick and customer-centric.Banking and finance 

Over the years, Rajah & Tann have become increasingly progressive as a law firm. They have been focusing on talent development, which has resulted in motivated lawyers who are able to apply technical legal knowledge to their clients' businesses, to render highly valuable advice.Competition/antitrust 

Experts in what they do, they can take pragmatic positions which are consistent with the legal framework. They provide timely advice.Competition/antitrust 

R&T listened carefully to the dispute and analysed the wide spectrum of issues arisen therefrom. Its advice is always for the interest of the client. They avoided dispute and offered innovative solutions. It saves costs and time for the client.Construction 

They understand the industry and offer practical advice.Construction 

Succeeded in appeal. Top-class arguments and submission.Construction 

Very professional, prompt and active advisory. Spot-on teamwork.Corporate and M&A 

Broad experience, practice-based approach.Corporate and M&A 

Some teams at Rajah & Tann stand out. Such as, the corporate team led by Evelyn Wee, who is very experienced and commercial in M&A transaction, with a good understanding of the commercial needs of the client and an ability to keep her cool no matter the situation; the employment team led by Kala Anandarajah, who provides excellent practical advice combined with a good understanding of the commercial goals of the client; and the TMT team led by Ben Cheong, who is able to assist clients with analysing complex intellectual property situations with pragmatic advice in a short period of time.Corporate and M&A 

Their success depended on the flexible and practical attitude over their assistance by the leaders of the competition law team, Kala Anandarajah and Dominique Lombardi. In addition, they are very responsive. It went so well, which benefited our client and also created a name for their practice.Corporate and M&A 

Knowledge, experience and client focus.Dispute resolution 

Market leaders, client-oriented, well regarded in Singapore.Dispute resolution 

Responded to me promptly, managed expectations and took a balanced view.Dispute resolution 

They have a deep bench of experienced lawyers and have the largest network in southeast Asia.Dispute resolution 

They tailor solutions to each client.Insurance 

Comprehensive and clear advice with a commercial angle.Insurance 

A team of extremely skilled and competent lawyers who understand our business and the regulatory environment and market we operate in. They are quick to respond and provide commercially viable and practical advice without fudging.Insurance 

Highly responsive, gave sharp and balanced advice that was clear, practical and readily applicable to the circumstances.Labour and employment 

R&T have the strongest wet shipping practice in Singapore and, with their sister firm in Malaysia, are able to straddle the two jurisdictions in which we work. Their communication is clear, direct and modern.Oil and gas 

It is very customer-centric. They own the client's problem and their advice format matches commercial requirements. – Privacy and data protection 

R&T provides good-quality service at a very good pace and at very reasonable costs. We've also been working with them for a while now, and they are very commercial and understand our needs very well. – Private equity 

Reliability, commitment and leadership when managing a file. Rajah & Tann speedily assembles a competent team on short notice and possesses deep knowledge in the field of specialty.Real estate 

High level of professionalism with a can-do attitude. Very accountable and adopt a client-first approach and this really shows through across all teams. R&T will always be our number one choice law firm and we will opt to use them throughout the region wherever they have offices.Real estate 

R&T partners are highly competent, responsive, multi-disciplinary, fun to work with and provide commercially sensible and practical advice.Restructuring and insolvency 

Positive approach, motivated, knowledgeable and supportive.Restructuring and insolvency 

They think out of the box, analyse the matter and provide solutions.Shipping 

Speedy and practical advice.Shipping 

Able to understand the client's intention and expectations, striking a balance of achieving the client's commercial goals and at the same time safeguarding the client's interest.Shipping 

They think outside the box and have very strong and very well substantiated tax legal opinions.Tax 

Good knowledge on the GST and are able to provide the strengths and weaknesses of the case.Tax 

Communication is excellent, they provide expertise, good counsel and in-depth knowledge of the topic.Tax 

Rajah & Tann had a thorough knowledge of the GST law in Singapore.Tax 

Commercially oriented advice that balances between legality and practicality.Technology and telecommunications

Dedi Ahmad

Detailed, practical advice with reasonable fees. 

Kala Anandarajah

Kala is very passionate about her work and CSR activities. Kala makes it a point to understand her client's business thoroughly in order to provide highly practical legal advice. In addition, she has been building a team of lawyers who have a very progressive mindset and understand the client's needs fully. 

Kala is a veteran lawyer with years of experience under her belt. She is a guru in competition law in Singapore and beyond. I trust her advice. She takes pains to understand your business in order to calibrate the risks. ChatGPT can tell you what the law says but Kala will customise it to suit your business. 

Kala listens well and understands the nuances of the circumstances. She is able to maintain a clear objectivity, and at the same time provides her opinion based on a well-balanced assessment of the relevant facts. 

Patrick Ang

Highly competent, responsive, fun to work with and offers commercially sensible and practical advice and solutions. 

Jainil Bhandari  

Jainil is extremely bright, has great knowledge of the areas of law within which he operates, and is very personable and easy to deal with. 

Shemane Chan 

Proactive, very knowledgeable and good communications. 

Benjamin Cheong 

Benjamin has proven time and again to be adaptable and he understands the commercial structure and interests when providing legal advice. 

He has great customer engagement; he owns the customer's problem. 

Beng Chye Chua 

Great communication skills, extremely client-focused, technically strong and able to generate creative solutions. 

Norman Ho 

Responsible manager with deep industry knowledge that takes on tight timelines and leadership. 

Xin Mei Lee 

Xin Mei is our go-to lawyer for highly structured and complex leveraged and acquisition financings. She is a high-calibre and top-tier legal talent with an extremely astute mind. She is always able to grasp quickly the nuances in highly complex transactions and is extremely knowledgeable on both legal and commercial issues. She is extremely dedicated, always responsive and highly reliable you can always count on her to deliver high-quality work even under compressed deadlines. She is also highly personable, connects well with her clients and demonstrates great leadership. She is solution-oriented and is always patient in taking the time to explain concepts to clients.  

Solutions-oriented, quick and customer-centric. 

Kah Wah Leong 

Able to listen and understand the client's position well enough, and provides sound legal and commercial solutions. 

Murali Pillai 

Murali is an extremely skilled, competent and intuitive lawyer. He is able to catch on to the issues very quickly and provide clear, sensible, practical and commercially viable solutions and advice. He also has excellent interpersonal skills and is able to be empathetic and a good listener. 

Avinash Pradhan 

Impressed by his knowledge and skills. Top-class lawyer in construction cases. 

Vikna Rajah

Very kind man who is very well educated, experienced, responsive and gives you the feeling he will do everything he can to help the case to a successful solution. 

Very good tax knowledge and he is able to apply it to actual business transactions. 

We appreciate his communications and depth of knowledge. 

Vikna was able to advise on the best arguments to take at various stages of litigation. 

Chee Siong Sim 

Chee Siong's client relationship is very good, always responsive and accessible. He is very creative and offers innovative solutions all the time. I am very impressed by his advice and work. 

Lip San Soh 

Has industry knowledge and picks up quickly on issues. Able to articulate advice clearly. 

Zixiang Sun

Zixiang is very client oriented and understands our needs well. He's very communicative and also brings to the table a wealth of expertise and knowledge about the industry. 

Kevin Tan 

Kevin Tan is an excellent lawyer. He is extremely bright, commercially savvy, responsive to clients needs, and adept at handling complex legal issues while keeping our interests at the forefront of any legal strategy. He was crucial to achieving a great result for us. 

Responsive, thinks well in his responses. 

Kevin is a first-rate lawyer, far above the rest. I found he was able to provide pinpoint solutions each and every time. 

Kevin is a very clear-thinking lawyer, who is extremely well-prepared and researched for his dispute resolution cases. He is also very eloquent in court and is able to respond very quickly and pick apart witnesses in cross-examination.

Kendall Tan 

Provides solutions as problems arise, thinks out of the box. 

Elaine Tay 

Responsive and thorough. Client-focussed and a problem-solver. 

Benjamin Tay 

My go-to lawyer for all deals where possible. 

Bala V 

Warmth and people skills. 

Ying Shuang Wang 

Practical and commercial. 

Desmond Wee 

Easy and approachable, very knowledgeable and always available. Listens carefully and closely and derives the crux of the matter sharply and quickly. Always spot on, he’s a great counsel. 

Evelyn Wee 

Evelyn has been a star among the R&T team. She is very experienced and commercial in M&A transactions with a good understanding of the commercial needs of the client and an ability to keep her cool no matter the situation. She has excellent negotiation skill and is in control of every situation.


Work highlights 

Acted for Entegris on antitrust aspects of its acquisition of all shares of CMC Materials, valued at $6.5 billion. 

Key clients

Cuscaden Peak, Echo Healthcare Management, HSBC, Sunseap Group. 

WongPartnership (Singapore)

A formidable market leader in the full gamut of corporate and finance matters, WongPartnership comprises more than 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, and Manoj Pillay Sandrasegara for restructuring and insolvency. In addition, Chung Nian Lam, Kah Keong Low, Jenny Tsin and Dorothy Marie Ng are regarded for their work in IP, investment funds, employment and real estate, respectively. The disputes team was bolstered by the arrival of partners Alessa Pang from Rajah & Tann and Monisha Cheong from TSMP Law Corporation. Restructuring and insolvency specialist Lawrence Foo left for an in-house post at Abaxx Exchange.  

Client feedback 

Technically very sound and reliable lawyers who provide practical advice.Banking and finance 

Responsive, thorough and good understanding of our business.Banking and finance 

They are extremely detailed and meticulous. They will even provide advice for an issue that is not squarely within their scope of engagement if they deem that it is necessary for completeness of advice.Capital markets 

Very good network of lawyers especially across the southeast Asian region that can provide responses and on-the-ground advice; very capable and responsive team led by Jia Hui and Ameera.Competition/antitrust 

Very hands-on, commercial and speedy.Competition/antitrust 

Commercial, prompt and involved.Corporate and M&A 

Innovative in structuring; always seeking to tailor solutions to suit the client's objectives.Corporate and M&A 

Professional, thorough and with high attention to detail.Corporate and M&A 

Practical and effective legal advice.Dispute resolution 

WongPartnership delivers client-friendly and high-quality legal services. They are responsive in addressing client queries. We arrived at satisfactory resolutions for the matters WongPartnership assisted us with.Dispute resolution 

Good analysis of the matter, and they gave us clear advice on the possibilities of success of the matter.Dispute resolution 

The WongP team has displayed both breadth and depth of legal expertise in the matters involving cross-border disputes, and their service and legal advice had been extremely valuable because they were our main counsel and helped to coordinate with our legal teams in BVI and China for parallel proceedings in the other jurisdictions. In addition, the team is very client-centric and responsive, they were able to respond to time-sensitive developments in the case within the day and give us legal directions on the next steps. We developed a very positive and synergistic relationship with the WongP legal team through the course of two years working with them.Dispute resolution 

Great strength in depth across the team. Dispute resolution 

Responsive and supportive of clients, and technically strong, well-researched litigation and strategic advice. Clearly experienced dispute resolution and litigation partners who worked with us. Communicates effectively, although on occasion can be quite formal and academic.Dispute resolution 

Technically excellent lawyers who are extremely responsive. Deep bench strength as well, with a talented group of senior associates and junior partners coming up the ranks.Dispute resolution 

Very client-focused and extremely responsive. Plus, they have some very smart lawyers!Dispute resolution 

An extremely intelligent and driven team.Dispute resolution 

Very responsive and well-prepared, very knowledgeable and direct.Energy 

They are responsive, clear and practical.Intellectual property 

Excellent knowledge of the entire southeast Asian region. Very responsive.Intellectual property 

Practical guidance with business-oriented advice.Intellectual property 

They are the most professional firm we've worked with, very competitive and competent. Lam Chung Nian is the senior partner in charge, he will always take time to personally respond to us.Intellectual property 

The IP team at WongPartnership provides a very strong international approach to the local area and advises clients across a broad range of matters, from registration and enforcement of IP rights to contentious copyright mandates and patent and trademark infringements.Intellectual property  

The lawyers at WongPartnership almost always have a true passion for their job. They communicate with their clients efficiently and clearly as they know how to get their important ideas across to clients formally. They are highly creative people and they make sure that the client knows and understands all relevant information regarding a subject matter so that they can make an informed decision. They are very responsive as well.Intellectual property 

Provision of sound, expert legal advice. Responsive and reliable.Private client 

Commercial, responsive and solutions-oriented. – Private equity 

WongPartnership delivers quality work and service, provides practical advice. The lawyers are responsive and display deep knowledge and expertise.Private equity 

WongPartnership is extremely responsive and their advice is always commercial.Private equity 

Highly competent and commercial, holds the highest standards of professionalism and integrity, prioritising client service and empathy.Private equity 

They are proactive, practical solutions-oriented, and prompt in responding to queries and requests for legal advisory services. Regulatory 

Responsive and attentive. Solid commercial advice.Regulatory 

They are knowledgeable, responsive and thorough.Regulatory 

Knowledgeable partners with astute business sense, especially when it comes to pragmatic advice for dealing with Singapore regulators. Competitively priced services means significantly more bang for the buck than most foreign firms.Regulatory 

A well-rounded team that's well versed in admiralty, shipping and trade law.Restructuring and insolvency 

Excellent teamwork, coordinated approach, with creativity in finding solutions.Restructuring and insolvency 

Exceptional commitment, knowledge and industry awareness, with unique insights and unrivalled practical experience. Also incredibly friendly, positive and innovative. They are a real pleasure to work with.Restructuring and insolvency 

Excellent team. Technically very strong across restructuring and special situations. Good bench depth. Good networks and they understand the players in the industry.Restructuring and insolvency 

Grounded, practical debtor-side advice.Restructuring and insolvency 

Very strong team. Excellent advice. Timely response. Good bench strength and depth of team. Full suite of legal servicesRestructuring and insolvency 

Hand-on lawyers. Easily approachable which makes them good to work with.Restructuring and insolvency 

They are fast, prompt and approachable. They are able to research and present difficult legal topics in an easy-to-understand format.Restructuring and insolvency 

Highly efficient with good client servicing.Tax 

 

Jia Hui Chan 

Responsive, highly skilled and engaging. 

 

Responsive and he has good problem-solving abilities. 

Provides practical and commercial advice. Expert on both antitrust and MAS regulatory-related questions. 

Sing Yee Chan 

She is commercial, always available and a problem solver. 

Elaine Chan

She is responsive, communicates and understands the client's needs well. 

Shi Mei Chia 

She is responsive and friendly. 

Joel Chng 

Friendly, practical and knowledgeable. 

Clayton Chong 

Exceptional analytical ability, knowledge and market awareness. Nothing is too hard and he is very responsive despite having a significant portfolio of work. A true pleasure to deal with. 

Josephine Choo 

We love her client-centric approach to our case, such as being able to break down the legal jargon into clear, easy-to-understand steps for us non-legal professionals to understand. She was also able to manage complex cross-jurisdiction issues since our case involved multiple concurrent procedures across Singapore, BVI and China. It was difficult for us to untangle and, thanks to Josephine, we were able to navigate the process well. 

She gives practical and effective legal advice. 

Sean Chou

An excellent lawyer and arbitrator. He is very easy to work with. 

A natural leader. Great subject-matter expertise. 

Very responsive, sound technical skills but commercially minded as well. Great client EQ and understands their needs. 

Sean Chou is a natural and inspirational leader. 

Mark Choy 

Solution- oriented and commercial with a hands-on approach. 

Wei Wei Goh 

Responsive and helpful. She has good local litigation and dispute resolution technical know-how and experience, and communicates well. 

Swee Yen Koh

Completely on top of her game. 

Extremely tenacious; never gives up and fights to the end for a client. 

Chung Nian Lam 

Very responsive, clear and thoughtful. 

Knows it all! 

Chung Nian really marshals his team so well, and provides fantastic advice which is suitable for the business. 

Very professional, business-minded and always takes the time to personally attend to matters. 

He is experienced, extremely service-oriented, quick and always has a practical approach to meet the client’s best interest.’ 

Chung Nian is extremely knowledgeable about his area of practice. He has great communication skills which helps in making the client understand even a complex matter easily. I would like to praise Chung Nian for his responsiveness and patience, along with his great listening skills. He is hard-working and persevering, which makes him one of the most sought-after IP lawyers in Singapore. 

Wendy Lin 

Thorough, insightful and professional. 

Masterful advocate who is extremely intelligent and very quick on her feet. She has great instincts and gets to the heart of the case right away. Amazingly, she is then able to marshal copious documents to make good that case theory. 

Kah Keong Low 

Highly reliable and responsive, has in-depth knowledge and expertise, knows the client well, and is able to provide constructive, commercial advice. 

Smitha Menon 

Great team coordinator, positive energy and personality, decisiveness. 

Easy to work with. Solution oriented. 

Rosabel Ng 

Extremely meticulous and up-to-date with the latest developments in the law. Provides innovative and technically sound solutions to complex legal issues. Understands the client's legal requirements. 

She is very proactive in engaging her clients and she listens to understand what the client's needs are and responds appropriately to them. 

Excellent overview and understanding with regard to the clearing of derivatives transactions. 

Wai King Ng 

Tremendous legal insight; his considerable experience provides enormous comfort to clients when he is present in a transaction. He has trained a strong team of lawyers to lead M&A transactions. 

Fi Ling Quak 

Fi Ling is always available and very commercial. 

Commercial, prompt, driven, and always available. 

Joel Quek 

Excellent case analysis, communication with clients, and of course personal presentation. 

Kai Yun Tan 

Very strong understanding of the law. Prompt response times. 

Shao Tong Tan 

Efficient and clear advice. 

Teck Wee Tiong 

Highly competent and likely one of the best among his peers. Very client-focused and empathetic. Willing to explore and incorporate client feedback; open and receptive to ideas.  

Sion Yoong Tian 

Responsiveness and attentiveness, with sound commercial advice. 

Stephanie Yeo 

Good technically and she understands restructuring and special situations. 

Technically very sound and she is easy to work with.


Work highlights 

Advised ContiTech Global Holdings (ContiTech) and Trelleborg on their joint application to the competition authority in Singapore relating to proposed acquisition by ContiTech of 100% of the total issued shares in Printing Solutions Sweden from Trelleborg. 

Key clients 

Keppel Corporation, LOGOS China Investments, Uber Technologies Singapore.  

Construction
CMS Holborn Asia

CMS Holborn Asia houses a number of renowned specialist lawyers, such as construction experts Kelvin Aw and Lynette Chew, employment director Lakshanthi Fernando, as well as IP and TMT-focused Sheena Jacob. The firm is particularly known for its sector focus across technology, healthcare, life science, media, consumer goods and services and infrastructure. The firm climbs up a notch in the banking and finance table this year, reaping the benefits from having seasoned partner Daniel Tan join from Clifford Chance two years earlier. The disputes team welcomed partner Jonathan Warne from CMS London last summer.

Client feedback

“Excellent transaction management with a strong understanding of projects and finance.” – Banking and finance

“Extremely effective advocates, very well prepared and commercially sensible.” – Dispute resolution

“CMS partners in the construction and engineering dispute resolution practice are leading domain experts and highly skilled in all aspects of preparation for arbitrations, especially in the engagement with and instruction of independent experts.” – Dispute resolution

“Responsive and thorough in their advice.” – Energy

Kelvin Aw

“He is thoughtful about a client's case and anticipates upcoming risks in each case. Provides a clear case strategy from start to finish. Always gets it right on the key issues.”

Asya Jamaludin

“Very well prepared, excellent advocate.”

Marc Rathborne

“Very communicative, good depth of knowledge in the subject area, able to provide insight on regulatory issues as well as nuanced opinions on how these contracts and regulations will affect our business. Provided thoughtful advice. Very responsive.”

Daniel Tan

“Very knowledgeable and client-focused.”


Work highlights

Advised Samsung C&T Corporation in a Singapore-seated ICC arbitration proceedings against its subcontractor for disputes in relation to and arising out of a mechanical and piping works subcontract at a combined-cycle power plant project in Jurong Island.

Acting for WSP Consulting in relation to disputes with the management corporation of a mixed retail and residential development located in the Orchard district, and its employers in relation to the architectural and engineering consulting services for multiple rail line, depot and station projects in Singapore.

Assisting Equinix Asia Pacific on the construction and development of a retail data centre in Jakarta.

Key clients

AECOM Singapore, Cluny Development, HPC Builders, SMM.

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. This year, the firm moves up a rank in the construction and regulatory tables. The M&A team closed four takeovers in the past year and the corporate team has established a niche practice advising companies in high-growth, emerging markets like Myanmar, Indo-China and the Philippines. Min-Li Tan, Subramanian Pillai, Pradeep Singh, Lisa Theng and Bill Jamieson are key contacts.


Work highlights

Represented AVA Global as a respondent in a construction arbitration in relation to the development of Bulim Square in a claim brought by the main contractor.

Acted for two defendants in claims by an insolvent company and its liquidator in relation to the development at Funtasy Island.

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. This year its insurance offering debuts in our table with a strong showing. The combination with Dentons, the largest law firm in the world, provides clients with an extensive network of global experts from over 200 offices around the world in more than 80 countries. One recent update is Dentons’ alliance with Filipino law firm, PJS Law. Partners to note include banking specialist Doreen Sim, M&A partner Eng Leng Ng, IP specialists Ai Ming Lee and I-An Lim, insurance director Edric Pan, projects expert Joo Thye Tan, disputes specialist Lawrence Teh and senior counsel Edmund Leow.


Work highlights

Defending Jurong Primewide in a suit filed by the 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, Singapore Island Country Club

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. 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, 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. The firm welcomed banking specialist May Ng from Rajah & Tann recently.

Client feedback

“Highly professional, responsive and approachable.” – Banking and finance

“They understand the concerns, are responsive and provide solutions.” – Banking and finance

“Always focused on protecting its client's interests.” – Banking and finance

“I appreciate their knowledge of the matter and prompt actions.” – Capital markets

“DN has strong, in-depth knowledge of competition law and is able to provide practical advice in a timely manner.” – Competition/antitrust

“Profound expertise, swift responses, and regularly updates clients through newsletters.” – Competition/antitrust

“Responsive and business-pragmatic. Makes effort to understand the client's requirements. Reasonable fees charged for work.” – Construction

“Knowledgeable, professional and supportive of small businesses.” – Corporate and M&A

“The team is capable of looking beyond the legal aspects and putting into the perspectives of the different stakeholders. They provided value-added service and are indeed great partners for business owners.” – Corporate and M&A

“Responsive, quick and commercially minded.” – Corporate and M&A

“I liked their flexibility while providing good coverage on the necessary work for this deal.” – Corporate and M&A

“Communication and ability to distil facts into easy to understand terms. They are also very good at highlighting the possible issues with the transaction.” – Corporate and M&A

“Sound in legal knowledge and able to provide alternative solutions.” – Corporate and M&A

“Very detailed analysis of the law. Very prompt advice.” – Dispute resolution

“Deep legal expertise coupled with pragmatism.” – Dispute resolution

“Took the additional effort to understand the case, including the case notes, did a walkthrough of the cause of the matter, looked out for the true cause of the matter before forming their own conclusions prior to advising on the appropriate steps to take.” – Dispute resolution

“First and foremost, they advise you if it makes sense to fight or not to fight. As per Sun Tzu, that's the most important and fundamental question. Drew doesn't shy away from a fight to maximise value for the client but they are also very mindful if it makes sense to fight to begin with! They then ask you what you want to achieve and give you good counsel in a clear and transparent way. As a busy CEO, this is exactly what I need, and Drew does this very well.” – Dispute resolution

“Very collaborative. Sharp thinkers who understand the issues, even when they are new areas.” – Dispute resolution

“Quick to respond, thoughtful legal work and diligent” – Dispute resolution

“They have sound industry knowledge and expertise in handling arbitration under SIAC rules. They can provide quick and practical solutions for commercial disputes. Two lawyers, Mahesh Rai and Don Loo exhibit excellent legal acumen.” – Dispute resolution

“They have a completely hands-on approach to matters.” – Dispute resolution

“They’re all excellent, promptly engaging legal advice at all times. They are all brilliant lawyers.” – Dispute resolution

“Without doubt, the best litigation outfit in Singapore. Timely, reasoned, commercial and effective.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier were very proactive and responsive. They were able to foresee the plaintiff's arguments and prevent them.” – Dispute resolution

“They make robust argument and provide effective litigation strategies.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier has come up with a very creative solution in respect of entering documents into evidence, by knowing well the procedure of the proceeding.” – Dispute resolution

“It is commercially savvy and understanding of client needs.” – Dispute resolution

“Practical and concise legal advice was rendered.” – Dispute resolution

“I like all these: responsiveness, access to partners and commerciality of the advice.” – Dispute resolution

“They are very focused and committed. From day one they created a clear strategy which led us to win our case against the claimants. The team members involved have taken accountability. The deliverables during ongoing arbitration were outstanding.” – Dispute resolution

“We had a complex and difficult claim that required attention to detail and clever advocacy. Blossom's team was able to combine the disparate facts into a coherent claim that allowed us to achieve our aims against the defendant.” – Dispute resolution

“Excellence in advocacy, excellence in knowledge of law, practical advice, timeliness, responsiveness, commercial sensitivity. Most impressive aspect is their ability to work around our confidentiality and commercial concerns.” – Dispute resolution

“They are responsive and their advice is well thought out, succinct and clearly backed by years of experience in litigation. They are also happy to accept feedback and consider the legal opinions of their clients' in-house teams.” – Dispute resolution

“Experienced, strategic and responsive” – Dispute resolution

“Their experience, customer service and legal expertise are exceptional. They have the ability to lead with the local lawyers and the clients. The legal advice they have provided is practical and tailored for the specific legal disputes. They work tirelessly for any urgent matters without hesitating a bit, even if it takes the entire night. Despite the differences between the two jurisdictions, their cooperation on the matters has been top-notch. We have learnt so much from them in terms of their knowledge, practice, attitude, management, leadership, professionalism and customer service skills.” – Dispute resolution

“Strategic in solving the key issues and meticulous on detail.” – Dispute resolution

“The partner and team are very knowledgeable, working in a very detailed and precise manner. They have a strong understanding of the law and how to apply it. Great team.” – Dispute resolution

“Drew & Napier is very meticulous, and even minor emails are professionally written, well structured, and well thought out. They also learn fast, and quickly accumulated domain knowledge regarding the blockchain industry where we operate, and adjacent fields of law such as US securities law as applied to blockchain disputes. They are also extremely responsive, replying on urgent messages even at 11pm.” – Dispute resolution

“We appreciate its commerciality and technical analysis.” – Dispute resolution

“Professional and timely advice.” – Dispute resolution

“Wide areas of expertise and prompt advice.” – Energy

Great detailed analysis and recommendation on appropriate and specific course of action.” – Insurance

“They are good with technical advice.” – Insurance

“They do a good job at looking at things from the client's perspective, and are able to find commercial solutions for risks they identify.” – Insurance

“Siau Wen Lim and Xuan Lang Teo from Drew & Napier represented us and have acted professionally to assist to resolve trademark issues with Starbucks. Their expertise in IP field is highly commendable and eventually the issue has been resolved with a positive outcome.” – Intellectual property

“They take the time to understand the business challenges and try to work on practical solutions.” – Intellectual property

“Very prompt.” – Intellectual property

“Advice is technically sound and well-considered.” – Intellectual property

“Lawyers have a good knowledge of Singapore law and are responsive.” – Investment funds

“Prompt, thorough and responsive.” – Labour and employment

“Their IT legal team has deep knowledge and rich experience. Very responsive even on the weekend when our business is running. Very client-oriented.” – Privacy and data protection

“Superior staff who provide considered advice and diligent execution.” – Private client

“The firm was able to comprehend the complexity of a first-of-its-kind strategy from a fund manager's perspective and comes up with an innovative solution.” – Private equity

“Good at the completion of transactions despite the tight timeline.” – Real estate

“They are easily approachable. They explain matters easily and guide us. They are not typically commercial, they fully understand client issues and look at everything holistically before coming out with any suggestions.” – Regulatory

“Drew partners are highly competent, responsive and provide commercially sensible advice.” – Restructuring and insolvency

“Deep experience.” – Tax

“Experienced lawyers who know the ITBR requirement and advise clients on the appeal strategy and provide practical advice on the approach to the appeal. Legal submissions are well prepared and clear and concise. They value the relationship with clients.” – Tax

“Drew & Napier's team, and Chong Kin Lim in particular, are deep experts in the tech and telecom space. They provide crisp guidance that we can share rapidly with our internal business clients. They also proactively monitor the horizon, and they let us know in advance about legal/regulatory developments that may impact us. Finally, they are fantastically responsive and literally never late in getting us the information we request.” – Technology and telecommunications

David Alfred

“He is very knowledgeable, prompt, able to offer solutions, understands business concerns, practical, and has a good network with regulators.”

Cavinder Bull

“An outstanding lawyer; thorough understanding of client's needs.”

Ron Cheng

“Knowledgeable and able to understand and meet the client's needs.”

“Ron has been extremely meticulous when it comes to his work. He ensures that he covers all angles and risks that the fund may encounter locally or abroad. Ron is able to understand complex problems and comes up with innovative solutions and structure.”

Corinne Chew

“Corinne is always willing to help and provides thoughtful advice in a timely manner.”

“Profound legal knowledge with excellent communication skills”

Voon Jiet Chia

“Voon Jiet is highly competent, responsive and offers commercially sensible and practical advice and solutions.”

Desmond Chng

“He is very responsive, and good at giving a quick (often immediate) indication of what the solution to a problem might be, and whether or not it actually warrants detailed research or formal legal advice. This is very much appreciated from a client's point of view.”

Andrew Chua

“He is attentive and responsive, able to relate to the case and provide insights and share best practices, and at the same time highlight potential issues or ideas from past cases and experiences.”

Benjamin Gaw

“Knowledgeable, professional, available, has a positive attitude and is attentive to client's needs.”

Blossom Hing

“She has a good team and allows her team to take the lead with client communication at the right time while also stepping in when necessary. She asks the right questions to elicit the necessary information from the client.”

“Blossom is an outstanding litigation and arbitration partner. Blossom is creative and very strategic in her thinking and tactics - based on her vast experience of litigation and arbitration. Blossom has done a great job in building a team to support her.”

“My ’go to’ contact is Blossom Hing, who is one of the most experienced and accomplished litigation and arbitration partners in Singapore. Blossom heads a great team that is growing in experience and competence.”

Soo Lih Ho

“Approachable.”

Seraphina Ho

“Efficient.”

Rakesh Kirpalani

“Rakesh is clear in his counsel and incredibly responsive.”

“He helps our company to handle our legal issues and we are satisfied with his work.”

“He possesses a strong spirit to win for the client. He has a client-centric approach and is an expert at IT and data security.”

Meryl Koh

“Highly responsive and takes a keen interest to know the client's business and challenges faced. She has a can-do attitude and willing to go the extra mile for the client. Does not discriminate client based on fee earned.”

“Thorough, empathetic and forward-looking.”

Samuel Koh

“Very responsive. A critical thinker who challenges outcomes to ensure they are robust.”

Man Er Kong

“Kong is qualified and brilliant at what she does. Very reliable and flexible. In terms of advocacy skills, Kong is astonishing. Kong is very patient towards the clients and has the deep understanding of the law. Further, Kong respects the time and is responsive. Case management is top-notch as well. We have obtained grand knowledge when we discuss the interpretation and the conflicts of law.”

“Intelligent, sharp, efficient and effective.”

Julian Kwek

“Problem solver and provides practical solutions.”

Keith Lam

“Keith is professional and responsive.”

Sok Hiang Lau

“She is proactive and provides solutions to difficult issues.”

“Lau Sok Hiang is a very careful and meticulous lawyer. She very much stressed getting the documents right, in the sense that it will not invite queries or challenges.”

Chong Kin Lim

“Prompt, knowledgeable and responsive.”

“He has incredible relationships in his peer network. Deep expertise and incredibly responsive.”

Shumin Lin

“Very knowledgeable in the areas that she practises and provides very clear and detailed analysis of the law.”

“Has a quick grasp of issues. Keen attention to detail without losing sight of the broad strategy.”

Adam Maniam

“Adam's approach is extremely customer-oriented, he takes the initiative to take a crash-course on the customer's industry in order to come up with creative solutions. He's sharp and straightforward.”

“He is D&N personified. Altogether exceptional in terms of service, advocacy, attention to client's concerns and knowledge of the law. He’s a brilliant lawyer. In my opinion better than some senior counsel.”

“My opinion of the firm has been formed by Adam and his mentor.”

“Appreciate his knowledge, adherence to timelines, and that he understands the sensitivity of the matter.”

Pei Tong Ng

“Ability to share a holistic view on the situation and advise accordingly and to the needs of the client.”

Sim Ho Ong

“Very familiar with IRAS.”

Mahesh Rai

“Mahesh possesses excellent legal acumen. This coupled with his sound industry knowledge helps him deliver quick and practical legal advice. Mahesh communicates well and is friendly in nature.”

“He has a complete knowledge of the field and goes all out to understand the nuances of the business.”

“Both from a personal and professional point of view, I found Mahesh to be someone impressive and genuine. He has great analytical skills, is able to listen well, and is very good in communication, as I often saw him carrying himself so well in the court or in any kind of joint discussions. He provides me as a client with great consideration, tending to the needs of my case in the best way. Mahesh also always comes up with great strategy, showing his creativity as a veteran lawyer.”

“Mahesh is a very hands-on partner, has a close grasp of all the strategic issues and drills down into factual issues. He has a very commercial, practical mindset and is always ready to offer a recommendation and not just a set of options, and a practical recommendation that addresses both legal and broader strategic concerns. He is also clearly a strong mentor because we have been impressed even by the juniors on his team, when Mahesh is not present.”

Teng Sen Tan

“Teng Sen is a seasoned corporate lawyer and provides value-added services to the business owner. He's adept at corporate financing works and compliance matters and is a great partner for us.”

“Very experienced corporate partner who is commercially minded. He gives practical advice.”

“Excellent legal knowledge and communications.”

Allister Tan

“Brilliant lawyer and eager to help always.”

“Very knowledgeable, communicates well to ensure client understands the specifics of the issues. Guides client to the most rationale decision.”

“Fast and sound technical advice.”

“Commercial nous.”

Evelyn Tan

“Well-versed with contract law and court processes, meticulous and pays attention to detail.”

Benedict Teo

“Commercially savvy and he puts clients’ interests first.”

“Ben is extremely responsive and very experienced. I have appreciated his sound legal advice, and sharp legal acumen in handling the cases on our behalf. I also appreciate that he makes himself available to speak to the business representatives when needed.”

“Benedict is experienced and provides good strategic advice. His team provides good, detailed work and manages timelines well. Much to recommend, not much to criticise.”

“Responsive, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure client's requirements are met fully.”

“He is a very experienced trusted adviser and sounding board. He is commercial, responsive, insightful, and he really knows the market and knows his stuff.”

Xuan Lang Teo

“Xuan Lang has been efficient in handling our case and always provides valuable alternative options for our consideration. This is helpful as it leaves no stone unturned, which may increase the probability to succeed in the proceedings.”

“Xuan Lang is extremely sharp and thorough. He is able to distil the key issues in a dispute to achieve the most efficient and favourable outcomes for us. He has deep foresight while bearing in mind commercial realities and practical considerations. All advice from him is extremely well-thought-out and backed up by firm legal foundations. An expert in IP law, he is able to explain and argue complicated legal concepts with clarity and punch.”

Shi Yong Yang

“Provides timely responses and to-the-point advice.”

“He listens to the client and approaches the solution holistically.”

Jonathan Yap

“Jonathan is a hard-working attorney focused on delivering quality work and superior results. He has great communication skills and ensures that his clients remain happy with his services.”

Tony Yeo

“Very prompt and understanding.”

Jimmy Yim

“He is efficient, eloquent and communicates well. He is also knowledgeable and responsive.”

“Jimmy Yim is well known in Singapore and an excellent lawyer with a strong personality. He was able to turn around a case we had lost and win the case for our company.”

“Jimmy Yim was efficient, eloquent and understood the issues well. Very good courtroom manner and pleasant to deal with.”


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, Banpu, China Machine New Energy Corporation, CosmoSteel Holdings, Dragages Singapore, Essar Group, Navayo International, Novartis, SK Engineering & Construction, Thermo Fisher 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, infrastructure, corporate and M&A, and intellectual property practices. Philip Fong, Justin Chia, Tan Chau Yee, Brian Law, Pearl Lim and Claudia Teo are key contacts for dispute resolution, restructuring and insolvency, intellectual property, construction, banking, and corporate and M&A, respectively. The construction and engineering group further bolstered its expertise with the hirings of two veteran specialists, Joanna Seetoh from LVM Law Chambers and Chua Ming Hao from Clyde & Co Clasis 


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 phase 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, 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 PE sectors. The firm added shipping capabilities to its growing array of specialisms, with the hiring of former Incisive Law director, Mohd Haireez. Managing director Lok Vi Ming leads an experienced team that includes construction specialists Joseph Lee and Waltan Pak. The team also welcomed the arrival of director Jean Chan from the Singapore High Court to bolster its white-collar crime and regulatory offering. Construction expert Joanna Seetoh departed last year for Harry Elias Partnership.  

Client feedback 

LVM is very proactive in providing practical solutions to the client. LVM does not only advise on the legal aspect, but they really help the client to choose the 'best' route to achieve the best outcome possible, given the commercial circumstances.Dispute resolution 

They have lawyers who are intelligent, attentive and know their specialised areas well.Dispute resolution 

The firm is able to distil complex issues to distinct bitesize chunks and tackle each of these pointedly. They have the grit and soft skills to disarm the defendants with finesse. They deliver par excellence.Dispute resolution 

The lawyers are professional and knowledgeable on the case; they were able to find the supporting evidence in the court documents to defend my case.Private client 

Responsive and experienced team, able to pull in senior counsel when required.Restructuring and insolvency 

Honest, quick and frank.Shipping 

Quick response and practical advice.Shipping

Mohd Haireez  

Able to provide quick and concise advice. 

Solid legal and sector knowledge, attentive and meticulous. 

Hard-working, efficient, brilliant and affable. 

Jonathan Muk 

Jonathan has very good legal knowledge as well as industry knowledge, to provide the client with practical advice. He is also very responsive to clients queries. 

Jonathan not only listens, he does his homework and always researches thoroughly. He is always accessible and he responds to queries promptly. He keeps tabs on costs and timeline diligently. 

Huey Hien Ooi 

Responsive, detailed and diligent. 

Michelle Yeo 

She is hardworking and well-versed in knowledge on my case. 


Work highlights 

Assisted Fajarbaru Builders to enforce the arbitral award of a Malaysian court order in Singapore against the individual defendant. 

Representing Laud Architects and one of its directors in an ongoing dispute commenced in the Singapore High Court by SH Design and Build. 

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 arena. 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 corporate and M&A. 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 construction team welcomed counsel Divyesh Menon from Mayer Brown and partner Vanina Sucharitkul from Herbert Smith Freehills. Capital markets specialist Yoke Ping Cheng and competition partner Dominique Lombardi retired during the research period. Investment funds specialist Carmen Lee departed for Chan & Goh, while one IP partner left for RPC 

Client feedback 

The team at Rajah & Tann is always highly responsive, consistently delivers expert and quality legal advice and, most importantly, constant assurance that they are professionals who have the backs of their clients on all transactionsBanking and finance 

Solutions oriented, quick and customer-centric.Banking and finance 

Over the years, Rajah & Tann have become increasingly progressive as a law firm. They have been focusing on talent development, which has resulted in motivated lawyers who are able to apply technical legal knowledge to their clients' businesses, to render highly valuable advice.Competition/antitrust 

Experts in what they do, they can take pragmatic positions which are consistent with the legal framework. They provide timely advice.Competition/antitrust 

R&T listened carefully to the dispute and analysed the wide spectrum of issues arisen therefrom. Its advice is always for the interest of the client. They avoided dispute and offered innovative solutions. It saves costs and time for the client.Construction 

They understand the industry and offer practical advice.Construction 

Succeeded in appeal. Top-class arguments and submission.Construction 

Very professional, prompt and active advisory. Spot-on teamwork.Corporate and M&A 

Broad experience, practice-based approach.Corporate and M&A 

Some teams at Rajah & Tann stand out. Such as, the corporate team led by Evelyn Wee, who is very experienced and commercial in M&A transaction, with a good understanding of the commercial needs of the client and an ability to keep her cool no matter the situation; the employment team led by Kala Anandarajah, who provides excellent practical advice combined with a good understanding of the commercial goals of the client; and the TMT team led by Ben Cheong, who is able to assist clients with analysing complex intellectual property situations with pragmatic advice in a short period of time.Corporate and M&A 

Their success depended on the flexible and practical attitude over their assistance by the leaders of the competition law team, Kala Anandarajah and Dominique Lombardi. In addition, they are very responsive. It went so well, which benefited our client and also created a name for their practice.Corporate and M&A 

Knowledge, experience and client focus.Dispute resolution 

Market leaders, client-oriented, well regarded in Singapore.Dispute resolution 

Responded to me promptly, managed expectations and took a balanced view.Dispute resolution 

They have a deep bench of experienced lawyers and have the largest network in southeast Asia.Dispute resolution 

They tailor solutions to each client.Insurance 

Comprehensive and clear advice with a commercial angle.Insurance 

A team of extremely skilled and competent lawyers who understand our business and the regulatory environment and market we operate in. They are quick to respond and provide commercially viable and practical advice without fudging.Insurance 

Highly responsive, gave sharp and balanced advice that was clear, practical and readily applicable to the circumstances.Labour and employment 

R&T have the strongest wet shipping practice in Singapore and, with their sister firm in Malaysia, are able to straddle the two jurisdictions in which we work. Their communication is clear, direct and modern.Oil and gas 

It is very customer-centric. They own the client's problem and their advice format matches commercial requirements. – Privacy and data protection 

R&T provides good-quality service at a very good pace and at very reasonable costs. We've also been working with them for a while now, and they are very commercial and understand our needs very well. – Private equity 

Reliability, commitment and leadership when managing a file. Rajah & Tann speedily assembles a competent team on short notice and possesses deep knowledge in the field of specialty.Real estate 

High level of professionalism with a can-do attitude. Very accountable and adopt a client-first approach and this really shows through across all teams. R&T will always be our number one choice law firm and we will opt to use them throughout the region wherever they have offices.Real estate 

R&T partners are highly competent, responsive, multi-disciplinary, fun to work with and provide commercially sensible and practical advice.Restructuring and insolvency 

Positive approach, motivated, knowledgeable and supportive.Restructuring and insolvency 

They think out of the box, analyse the matter and provide solutions.Shipping 

Speedy and practical advice.Shipping 

Able to understand the client's intention and expectations, striking a balance of achieving the client's commercial goals and at the same time safeguarding the client's interest.Shipping 

They think outside the box and have very strong and very well substantiated tax legal opinions.Tax 

Good knowledge on the GST and are able to provide the strengths and weaknesses of the case.Tax 

Communication is excellent, they provide expertise, good counsel and in-depth knowledge of the topic.Tax 

Rajah & Tann had a thorough knowledge of the GST law in Singapore.Tax 

Commercially oriented advice that balances between legality and practicality.Technology and telecommunications

Dedi Ahmad

Detailed, practical advice with reasonable fees. 

Kala Anandarajah

Kala is very passionate about her work and CSR activities. Kala makes it a point to understand her client's business thoroughly in order to provide highly practical legal advice. In addition, she has been building a team of lawyers who have a very progressive mindset and understand the client's needs fully. 

Kala is a veteran lawyer with years of experience under her belt. She is a guru in competition law in Singapore and beyond. I trust her advice. She takes pains to understand your business in order to calibrate the risks. ChatGPT can tell you what the law says but Kala will customise it to suit your business. 

Kala listens well and understands the nuances of the circumstances. She is able to maintain a clear objectivity, and at the same time provides her opinion based on a well-balanced assessment of the relevant facts. 

Patrick Ang

Highly competent, responsive, fun to work with and offers commercially sensible and practical advice and solutions. 

Jainil Bhandari  

Jainil is extremely bright, has great knowledge of the areas of law within which he operates, and is very personable and easy to deal with. 

Shemane Chan 

Proactive, very knowledgeable and good communications. 

Benjamin Cheong 

Benjamin has proven time and again to be adaptable and he understands the commercial structure and interests when providing legal advice. 

He has great customer engagement; he owns the customer's problem. 

Beng Chye Chua 

Great communication skills, extremely client-focused, technically strong and able to generate creative solutions. 

Norman Ho 

Responsible manager with deep industry knowledge that takes on tight timelines and leadership. 

Xin Mei Lee 

Xin Mei is our go-to lawyer for highly structured and complex leveraged and acquisition financings. She is a high-calibre and top-tier legal talent with an extremely astute mind. She is always able to grasp quickly the nuances in highly complex transactions and is extremely knowledgeable on both legal and commercial issues. She is extremely dedicated, always responsive and highly reliable you can always count on her to deliver high-quality work even under compressed deadlines. She is also highly personable, connects well with her clients and demonstrates great leadership. She is solution-oriented and is always patient in taking the time to explain concepts to clients.  

Solutions-oriented, quick and customer-centric. 

Kah Wah Leong 

Able to listen and understand the client's position well enough, and provides sound legal and commercial solutions. 

Murali Pillai 

Murali is an extremely skilled, competent and intuitive lawyer. He is able to catch on to the issues very quickly and provide clear, sensible, practical and commercially viable solutions and advice. He also has excellent interpersonal skills and is able to be empathetic and a good listener. 

Avinash Pradhan 

Impressed by his knowledge and skills. Top-class lawyer in construction cases. 

Vikna Rajah

Very kind man who is very well educated, experienced, responsive and gives you the feeling he will do everything he can to help the case to a successful solution. 

Very good tax knowledge and he is able to apply it to actual business transactions. 

We appreciate his communications and depth of knowledge. 

Vikna was able to advise on the