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Firm Profile

 

A premier litigation practice – whose clients include Fortune 500 and blue chip companies as well as high profile individuals – the Group is consistently ranked as the leading litigation legal practice in Singapore by international publications. The Group handles the full range of civil and commercial claims, with specialist teams dealing with specific areas.
WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED 
Described by Chambers Asia 2011 as the “best for litigation in Singapore” and Practical Law Company as having an “unrivalled dispute resolution” practice, the firm’s prowess in this area regularly receives high praise. For the past 7 years, Drew & Napier was the sole firm placed in Tier 1 in Asia Pacific Legal 500’s assessment of Singapore firms in Dispute Resolution.
In addition, the practice also sustained its pole position in the latest issues of publications such as Chambers Global 2011, Practical Law Company’s Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2010 and Best Lawyers 2011 (Singapore). At the Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2011, the firm retained the Commercial Litigation Firm of the Year award for 7 straight years. On top of that, Drew & Napier also clinched the Asian-Counsel Firm of the Year award in Litigation for 2 years running, in 2007 and 2008 (stand-alone).
Prominent Matters Many of the firm’s matters have been highly-publicised in the local media. Some of the firm’s most high profile and/or significant matters include:
  • Successfully defended DBS Bank in a lawsuit and subsequent appeal brought by investors in relation to monetary losses totalling over $18 million suffered as a result of the collapse of Lehman Brothers bank
  • Representing Singapore ticketing agent, SISTIC, in an appeal before the Competition Appeals Board against alleged market dominance.
  • Advising Singapore’s central bank, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, in relation to the Lehman Minibond notes programme.
  • Representing an international bank in relation to more than 30 different complaints arising from investment products linked to Lehman Brothers.
  • Represented Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew in separate defamation actions against the International Herald Tribune, Far Eastern Economic Review and the Singapore Democratic Party.
OUR CAPABILITIES 
The Litigation Practice Group handles a full range of matters in court including:
• Admiralty, Shipping & International Trade
• Banking & Finance
• Building & Construction
• Civil & Commercial
• Corporate
• Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring
• Competition Law
• Constitutional Law
• Criminal Law
• Debt Recovery
• Directors’ Duties/Corporate Fraud & White Collar Crime
• Employment & Immigration
• Environmental Law
• Family & Matrimonial
• Info-Communications & Technology
• Insurance & Reinsurance
• Intellectual Property
• International & Multi-Jurisdictional
• Medical
• Real Estate
  • Asian-MENA Counsel ‘In House Community Firm of the Year’ 2011 – Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 2011/2012 Ranked standalone Tier 1 in Dispute Resolution for 7 consecutive years. For the 6th successive year, Drew & Napier has the most number of leading individuals in Dispute Resolution. It receives accolades for “responsiveness, thoroughness and range of expertise.” Leading Individuals:
Davinder Singh SC – 11 consecutive years
Jimmy Yim SC – 11 consecutive years
Indranee Rajah SC – 6 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull SC – 4 consecutive years
Hri Kumar SC – 2 consecutive years
  • Chambers Asia 2011 – Dispute Resolution: Litigation Ranked standalone Band 1 for 5 consecutive years. Chambers Asia recommends Drew & Napier as the standalone top tier litigation practice in Singapore. The firm has the most number of lawyers recommended, with one listed as “Star performer” – the top litigator in town, and also one Senior Counsel as one of only two people in Band 1. Leading Individuals: Davinder Singh SC – 5th consecutive year, Star Individual (Standalone)
Cavinder Bull SC – 5th consecutive year, Band 1 Jimmy Yim SC – 2nd consecutive year Hri Kumar SC – 2nd consecutive year Indranee Rajah SC – 2nd consecutive year
  • Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2011 At the 2011 ALB SE Asia Law Awards, Drew & Napier was crowned Commercial Litigation Firm of the Year for the 7th consecutive year, an acknowledgement of its leading position in the practice, having won it every year since the inception of the Awards.
  • Practical Law Company Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2010/11 Highly Recommended – 2nd consecutive year (category formed in 2009) Endorsed Individuals: Davinder Singh SC Jimmy Yim SC “[Davinder Singh SC] is a highly regarded litigator, with local rights of audience. Practice spans several areas including banking, insolvency, corporate and commercial, defamation and negligence. Also acts in international arbitrations both as counsel and as arbitrator.”
  • Best Lawyers International 2011 The publication ranked Senior Counsel Davinder Singh for the 3rd consecutive year in the “Bet-the-Company” category, recognising him as the top litigator in the field. Senior Counsel Jimmy Yim, Indranee Rajah and Cavinder Bull were also listed as leading individuals for the 3rd consecutive year.
Drew & Napier’s International Arbitration Group is a market leading arbitration practice. Over the last decade, as Singapore matured into one of the world’s leading centres for international arbitration, it was natural for Drew & Napier, the premier dispute resolution practice in Singapore,
to carry over our expertise into the field of arbitration in tandem with Singapore’s growth as an arbitration centre. Today, the International Arbitration Group comprises both eminent lawyers who are equally well versed in litigation and arbitration as well as a core team who specialise almost exclusively in international arbitration. In addition, we have specialist arbitration lawyers who practise in specific industry sectors, such as building & construction and shipping among others.
WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED 
The Group is recognised as one of the most established in Singapore by leading international legal directories. Most recently, Asia Pacific Legal 500 commends our ‘efficiency, excellence and professionalism’ where the ‘exceptional’ Cavinder Bull SC, won clients’ ‘highest accolades and
recommendations’, Davinder Singh SC lauded as a ‘standout’ practitioner and Indranee Rajah SC praised as ‘hugely impressive’. Asian-MENA Counsel named us ‘In House Community Firm of the Year’ 2011 for both the Singapore and Indonesia jurisdictions. Chambers Global 2011 writes
that our “reputation has continued to grow in tandem with the prominence of Singapore itself as a centre for international arbitration. Commercial arbitration forms the core workload of the practice, including contractual disputes and arbitrations involving joint venture and share purchase greements. The team’s client base includes multinational corporations, foreign governments and major Indonesian, Singaporean and Malaysian companies.”
Furthermore, Asialaw Profiles acknowledges that our arbitration work is “widely respected throughout the Southeast Asian region”, while members of the Group are praised as “one of the best around” (Who’s Who Legal), “very highly regarded” (Asia Pacific Legal 500) and having a “strong presence” (Chambers Asia) in the field, with Davinder Singh SC singled out as “the gold standard” (Chambers Asia 2009). In addition, Drew & Napier was the first Singapore law firm to receive the “International Arbitration Firm of the Year” award in the history of the Asian Legal Business SE Law awards.
OUR CAPABILITIES 
Many of our lawyers are also panel arbitrators, fellows or members of a number of these institutions. Most recently, Cavinder Bull SC was appointed Vice-President of the Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration in August 2011 – a year after he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the
Singapore International Arbitration Centre. These prestigious appointments lend weight to our position as leaders of international arbitration in Singapore.
Our lawyers have extensive experience representing numerous international and local clients in arbitrations before the following institutions:
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • China International Economic & Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) INDRANEE RAJAH Senior Counsel Deputy Managing Director
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Court of Arbitration
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA)
  • Singapore Institute of Arbitrators (SIArb) • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators (MIArb)
Many of our lawyers are also panel arbitrators, fellows or members of a number of these institutions. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, multinational corporations and foreign governments. Our experience spans numerous industries such as building & construction, finance, information technology, energy & utilities, property and shipping; and countries including Australia, Brunei, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
  • Asian-MENA Counsel ‘In House Community Firm of the Year’ 2011 – International Arbitration in Singapore and Indonesia
  • Asia Pacific Legal 500 2011/2012 Ranked Tier 1 in International Arbitration For the 7th successive year, Drew & Napier has the most number of leading individuals in Dispute Resolution. It receives accolades for “responsiveness, thoroughness and range of expertise.” Leading Individuals: Davinder Singh SC – 11 consecutive years Jimmy Yim SC – 11 consecutive years Indranee Rajah SC – 6 consecutive years Cavinder Bull SC – 4 consecutive years Hri Kumar SC – 2 consecutive years
  • Chambers Asia 2011 – Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration (Singapore) “The team has recently been handling more arbitration work, with a greater emphasis on cross-border, regional matters tried under Singapore law.” “…Davinder Singh SC is highly praised by commentators as “a formidable advocate with long-standing and excellent reputation in the market” Leading Individuals: Davinder Singh SC – Band 1 for International Arbitration (2009 and 2011)
  • Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards On 5 June 2009, Drew & Napier swept both dispute resolution prizes at the 2009 ALB SE Asia Law Awards and won 4 awards in all. The firm stands as the only one to achieve the unique double triumph of clinching both the Commercial Litigation Firm of the Year and International Arbitration Firm of the Year awards, which was also achieved in 2007. Drew & Napier is the first-ever Singapore law firm to win the International Arbitration award, a category traditionally dominated by foreign law firms in Singapore. It is also a five-time consecutive winner of the Commercial Litigation award, having won it every year since the inception of the Awards. “International arbitration practice considered by many to be head and shoulders above others in Singapore. Highly regarded Jimmy Yim SC, managing director of the firm’s dispute resolution practice, and his team were regarded highly for their excellent service, poise and ability to handle highest of high-profile international disputes.” – Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2009 On 21 June 2008, The Business Times reported that Drew & Napier was the top winner at the 2008 ALB SE Asia Law Awards walking away with 5 awards.
  • Practical Law Company Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2010/11 Highly Recommended – 2 consecutive years (category formed in 2009) Endorsed Individuals: Davinder Singh SC Jimmy Yim SC “[Davinder Singh SC] is a highly regarded litigator, with local rights of audience. Practice spans several areas including banking, insolvency, corporate and commercial, defamation and negligence. Also acts in international arbitrations both as counsel and as arbitrator.”
  • Best Lawyers 2011 Leading Individuals (Arbitration & Mediation): Davinder Singh SC, Jimmy Yim SC, Indranee Rajah SC

 

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Davinder Singh

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