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Banking & Finance | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

Asialaw Profiles
Highly Recommended law firm for Banking & Finance from 2014-2020

Kurniawan Tanzil – Distinguished Practitioner (2017-2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie – Rising Star Lawyer (2019-2020)

  • Kurniawan Tanzil: “He has great responses to our problems and provide solutions in a timely manner.”
  • Vincent Ariesta Lie: “Vincent has very good legal knowledge both in corporate transactions and projects, and corporate litigation. He is the lawyer to go to anytime we need to consult on mostly anything. Even during times when an issue is not his primary expertise, he can give very good insights and enlightenment on the issues.”

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Tier 2 law firm for Banking & Finance from 2014-2020

Lina Amran - Highly Regarded (2017-2020)
Kurniawan Tanzil - Highly Regarded (2017-2020)

  • “Excellent Jakarta-based law firm. Very responsive and collaborate in multi-jurisdictional teams very well.”
  • “They are reliable and provide excellent technical and practical advice in a difficult jurisdiction. They advise us on a broad range of issues including dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, employment law and transaction work in Indonesia.”
  • “Responsive, cost effective and good understanding of industry and regulatory issues.”
  • “Good teamwork.”
  • “The firm is very responsive and very commercial. When we need a quick response for a client, Makarim & Taira S. are always happy to oblige.”
  • “Makarim & Taira S. has provided excellent, sufficiently detailed and timely advice on our projects.”
  • “Fast response and very strong advisory capability.”
  • “Resourceful.”

Chambers Asia Pacific
Band 3 law firm for Banking & Finance from 2014-2016, and 2018-2020, Band 4 in 2017

 

Banking & Finance | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Banking and Finance 2022 – Band 3 (3 years ranked); Band 2 (10 years ranked)
Banking and Finance: Debt Capital Markets 2022 – Band 3 (3 years ranked); Band 2 (6 years ranked)

Christina Kow – Band 3 (4 years ranked)
Pamela Kung – Band 3 for 5 consecutive years

  • Interviewees attest that "they have good industry understanding" in this space.
  • Clients are impressed by the team's efficiency, noting its "fast turnaround time". This source also highlights the lawyers' "deep knowledge of financing" as a key strength, adding that "they meet clients' needs all the time".
  • Clients cite attentiveness as a key attribute, describing the team as "extremely hands-on, analytical and knowledgeable".
  • A client asserts: "They are helpful and respond to issues raised in a timely manner".
  • "Strong and dedicated solicitors who fully understand the client's needs and have a good knowledge of the sector."
  • “Jeyanthini Kannaperan is respected for her significant experience in relation to banking disputes, including securities law. Rabindra Nathan is mandated on disputes related to financial products.”

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Banking and Finance 2022 - Top Tier (10 consecutive years)
Islamic Finance 2022 - Tier 2 (4 consecutive years)

Christina Kow - Hall of Fame (2021 and 2022)
Christina Kow - Leading Individual in Banking and Finance (2014-2020)
Pamela Kung - Leading Individual in Banking and Finance (5 consecutive years)
Christina Kow - Recommended Lawyer in Islamic Finance (4 consecutive years)
Pamela Kung - Recommended Lawyer in Islamic Finance (9 consecutive years)

  • Tier 1 Firm in Dispute Practice – Head, Jeyanthini Kannaperan handles a range of banking and finance, land and corporate disputes. Rabindra S Nathan represents clients in corporate and commercial litigation, banking, insolvency litigation and international commercial litigation.

Asialaw Profiles
Banking and Finance 2021 – Highly Recommended (8 years ranked and Outstanding in 2019)

Jeyanthini Kannaperan - Distinguished Practitioner
Rabindra Nathan - Elite Practitioner
Christina Kow - Leading Individual

  • “Good sound advice and exceeds expectations in their response timings."
  • “Possessed the expertise in employment and industrial law with ability to provide practical solutions to clients.”
  • “They are very professional and went above and beyond their duties,” says a corporate director.
  • “They covered every legal aspect that was required and even helped us arrange specs in the US."

IFLR1000
Banking and Finance 2022 – Tier 2 (13 consecutive years)

Christina Kow - Highly Regarded
Pamela Kung - Highly Regarded

  • One client summarises the firm’s strengths: “Reactive, creative and hardworking: these are just some of the reasons why I would recommend the firm. The lawyers were very pragmatic and offered a range of options to solve our problems.”
  • One client recommends the firm on the strength of its lawyers: “The lawyers provide vast experience and excellent technical expertise. Upon this, the partner was wonderful to have as a member of the negotiating team because she can be reasonable, pragmatic and also firm when the situation demands it.”

Banking & Finance | Drew & Napier, Singapore

Chambers Asia Pacific and Global
Banking & Finance 2022 – Leading firm for 17 consecutive years

Pauline Chong - Band 4 Lawyer 

  • One interviewee praises Drew & Napier's "very good quality of service, and ability to deliver and understand our needs."
  • Another source describes the team as "meticulous" in its approach.
  • "It's a formidable firm with a strong resource base," a client says, adding: "The lawyers are responsive, diligent and detailed". Another praises the lawyers, calling them "very professional, reliable and target-oriented".
  • Clients report that the firm is a "very well-established and recognised name in Singapore; they're responsive and clearly a leader in this industry."
  • "Their work and turnaround time were exceptional. They far exceeded our expectations compared to our dealings with other firms in the past."
  • “Over the years, Drew & Napier has provided us with first class legal services. We have tried several international law firms operating out of Singapore but have not found one as good as Drew & Napier.”
  • “Very responsive and quick to deliver. Always ready to attend to questions and a pleasure to deal with. Solution oriented and practical in approach. Extremely reliable in terms of the research that is done to back up advice.”
  • “Clients describe the outfit as ‘an approachable and dedicated team’.”
  • “Definitely one of the best full-service firms in Singapore,” says one interviewee, adding: “Their advice is relevant and uncluttered, because they take the time to understand each deal with its specific needs.”
  • “They have knowledge and professionalism.”
  • Sources say: "An excellent practice, which is extremely pragmatic and responsive".
  • “Many high-profile firms give good technical advice but sometimes it's not very commercial – we want proactive, problem-solving solutions and this is something you get from Drew & Napier.”
  • “Clients praise the team’s ‘diligent and responsive approach – you know they’ll have everything covered’.”

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Banking & Finance 2022 – Leading firm for 11 consecutive years

Pauline Chong - Recommended Lawyer
Renu Menon - Recommended Lawyer
Benedict Teo - Recommended Lawyer
Lau Sok Hiang - Recommended Lawyer
Eleanor Pang - Recommended Lawyer

  • “The team is collaborative and well coordinated across different departments. Experienced, responsive and gives good advice”
  • “Committed, good technical knowledge, commercial and good communication skills.”
  • “The diversity of skills and knowledge of the legal eagles at Drew Napier is astounding and exudes confidence. They have the resources at hand to afford excellent service”
  • “Renu Menon has been most helpful and provides quick responses despite her punishing schedule. Advice is practical and wholesome.”
  • “Client engagement – understanding of customers’ needs and prompt replies.”
  • “Outstanding knowledge of the area of expertise.”
  • “Responsive and professional”
  • “Pauline Chong is professional, efficient, knowledgeable and helpful.”
  • “The team is highly professional in their dealings and advice. They are responsive and approachable in meeting timeline and providing solutions and alternatives to protect the interest of the bank.”
  • The firm is an “active force in acquisition finance, refinancings, project finance and receivables financing.”
  • The firm is an “active force in acquisition finance, refinancings, project finance and receivables financing.”
  • The team is ‘excellent’, ‘very professional’ and ‘runs transactions seamlessly’.
  • Drew & Napier LLC’s banking team is rated for its ‘very commercial’ approach and the ‘accessibility’ of lead partners.”
  • “Drew & Napier LLC demonstrates ‘particularly good industry and country knowledge’.”
  • Clients of Drew & Napier LLC have a "high level of confidence in the team", and note that the lawyers display "considerable business acumen".
  • “Pauline Chong is highly recommended.”

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Banking & Finance 2022 – Leading firm for 10 consecutive years

  • "Responsive, sound technical knowledge and has the ability to deliver good advice."
  • “Drew & Napier is one of the best law firms that I have the privilege to work with especially in relation to complicated financial transactions. Not only can they identify the key issues arising from the transactions, but [they] also provide the clients with innovative solutions to address those issues".
  • “We have been using Drew & Napier as our main legal counsel for more than 10 years now and have always found the firm to be thoroughly professional and the staff members assigned to us knowledgeable both in the legal aspects as well as able to advise on the commercial impact and ramifications.”
  • “Solid knowledge of local and international laws and regulations. Solid legal advice on commercial considerations from banking and legal perspectives. Solid advice on market standards from a banking perspective.”
  • “Quality advice, quick turnaround time, reasonable rates and flexible charges. Offering to teach my banking staff in legal matters and update them on the latest developments in the legal area.”
  • “Responsive, sound technical knowledge and has the ability to deliver good advice.”
    “Highly accessible, easy to work, and possesses in-depth knowledge.”
  • “Over the years, Drew & Napier has provided us with first class legal services. We have tried several international law firms operating out of Singapore but have not found one as good as Drew & Napier.”
  • “Very responsive and quick to deliver. Always ready to attend to questions and a pleasure to deal with. Solution oriented and practical in approach. Extremely reliable in terms of the research that is done to back up advice.”
  • The firm’s lawyers are praised for our “good knowledge and acumen”. Pauline Chong is commended for being “Diligent, knowledgeable and responsive.”
  • “Highly professional, responsive and knowledgeable.”
  • “Excellent legal and commercial advice on banking matters which is current and practical for business purposes.”
  • “Strong in corporate banking matters, understands trade and treasury products very well, always giving ideas for better ways of structuring financing lines, innovative in helping the find suitable solutions, and willing to walk the extra mile, clocking extra hours to rush out urgent cases.“
  • “One of the better legal professionals around, she is helpful, knowledgeable and professional in her dealings.”
  • “She is quick to respond with precise input. Use of associates for routines is very helpful in reducing the cost without compromising the quality. I could not see any weakness during our interaction.”
  • “Pauline is very detailed when she reviews documents. She brings in a local perspective and provides the best practice in the market for such documents. She gives easy to understand examples so that we can understand why certain clauses needed to be worded in a certain way. This really made my job so much easier. It is so pleasant to be working with Pauline.”
  • Renu Menon is “friendly and easy to work with,” she has “thorough knowledge and provides quick solutions.”
  • “She’s efficient, detailed and experienced in her field of work.”

asialaw Profiles
Banking and Financial Services 2022 – Highly Recommended practice for 4 consecutive years
Banking and Finance 2022 – Recommended practice for 3 consecutive years

  • “Professional and meticulous.”
  • “The firm satisfactorily review and made various recommendations and amendments. The firm has done its requested works in an excellent and responsible manner.”
  • “Prompt, solutions-oriented, knowledgeable.”
  • “While being a top tier firm in Singapore, fees were extremely reasonable and accommodating to the fact that we were a non-revenue generating start-up. The partner in charge broke down the potential issues clearly, gave us the relevant advice and offered forward-thinking considerations for us to take note. The analysis was deep, yet easy to understand, thorough and commercially practical. Legal counsel was thorough and provided us with the pros and cons of the case objectively."
  • "Able to meet tight timeline and provide clear advice."
  • "Professional and easy to work with."
  • "A very capable overall banking and finance practice."
  • "Willing to go the extra mile for the client. Innovative. Good communication skills."
  • "Professional, clear understanding of issue and ability to provide solutions."
  • "Professional, helpful and knowledgeable."

Singapore Business Review
Singapore’s 40 most influential lawyers aged 40 and under in 2015 – Benedict Teo

The Straits Times - Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022
Rated a perfect score of 5 stars for Banking & Finance in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista; 4 stars in 2021.

Capital Markets | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

Asialaw Profiles
Capital Markets 2021 – Recommended law firm for 2 consecutive years (2020 & 2021)

  • Highly Recommended law firm for Capital Markets from 2014-2019

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Capital Markets 2020 – Tier 3 law firm

  • Tier 2 law firm for Capital Markets from 2014 to 2019

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Capital Markets 2021 – Tier 3 law firm for 8 consecutive years (2014 to 2021)

  • “Excellent Jakarta-based law firm. Very responsive and collaborate in multi-jurisdictional teams very well.”
  • “Responsive, cost effective and good understanding of industry and regulatory issues.”
  • “The firm is very responsive and very commercial. When we need a quick response for a client, Makarim & Taira S. is always happy to oblige.”
  • “Makarim & Taira S. has provided excellent, sufficiently detailed and timely advice on our projects.”

Capital Markets | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia 

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Banking and Finance: Debt Capital Markets 2022 – Band 3 (3 years ranked); Band 2 (6 years ranked)

Chambers Global
Banking and Finance: Debt Capital Markets 2022 – Band 3 (3 years ranked)

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Capital Markets 2022 – Leading firm for 7 consecutive years 

  • Shearn Delamore & Co has a solid reputation of being one of the leading firms in Malaysia,” says one client. The firm has been a preferred firm for an established collection of domestic investment banks, with one peer noting that “the historical nature of the practices ensures the firm’s steady work flow”.

Asialaw Profiles
Capital Markets 2022 – Recognised for 3 consecutive years

  • Previously Recommended (3 years ranked) and Highly Recommended (4 years ranked)
  • “Good sound advice and exceeds expectations in their response timings.”
  • “Possessed the expertise in employment and industrial law with ability to provide practical solutions to clients.”
  • “They are very professional and went above and beyond their duties,” says a corporate director. “They covered every legal aspect that was required and even helped us arrange specs in the US.”

Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Christina Kow – Leading Individual for Capital Markets (2013 & 2014)

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Capital Markets 2019 – Tier 3 for 3 years 

Who’s Who Legal
Pamela Kung – National Leader: Capital Markets (2021)

Capital Markets | Drew & Napier, Singapore 

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Capital Markets 2022 – Leading firm for 11 consecutive years

Steven Lo – Recommended lawyer
Gary Wan – Recommended lawyer
Petrus Huang – Recommended lawyer for 6 years
Renu Menon – Recommended lawyer
Ron Cheng – Recommended lawyer for 2 years
Sin Boon Ann – Recommended lawyer for 2 consecutive years, previously Leading Individual for 13 consecutive years from 2006 to 2018

  • Sources say: “In particular, they have a strong sense of responsibility for the project and a strong sense of social responsibility. Based on this, they often bring us more resources so we can succeed in almost every project and gain more. This is why we have chosen D&N firm for many years despite the many options we have.”
  • “They are very knowledgeable and provide an excellent service, with the appropriate imagination to think out of the box when necessary.”
  • “[The team] understands our business needs... demonstrated an excellent understanding of laws and practice to help the client to plan its corporate goal by providing a specific and concise legal road map.”
  • “The team works as a whole, from a multi-facet angle and provide its clients a holistic total solution.”
  • “The team is quite responsive to clients’ needs and makes time for clients no matter how late it is. The team is very collaborative and pulls in different teams of expertise to work together with the client and ensures constant communication and monitoring of the progress of the projects.”
  • “They are always attentive and committed to assist clients 24/7. They are creative, productive and always come up with solution for clients’ problems.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific and Global
Capital Markets 2022 – Leading firm for 14 consecutive years

Sin Boon Ann – Leading individual for 9 consecutive years from 2011 to 2019

  • Clients note that: “They are familiar with capital markets transactions and are therefore able to provide effective solutions having assessed the problems faced by the company. They are also able to pre-empt certain issues before they arise, giving the company sufficient time to resolve them.”
  • “A group of very talented lawyers with valuable and insightful advice, especially on the current business environment. They provide very detailed guidance and solutions.”
  • “They perform their tasks with a high level of expertise,” says another source.
  • “They are capable of providing technically sound and commercially viable advice to the company in a timely manner. The team is very responsive in addressing the issues the company might be faced with and provides value-adding advice from all commercial angles.”
  • “Without exception their work is timely, efficient and of top quality. Full marks for client service, they're always available and personable.”

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Capital Markets 2022 – Leading firm for 17 consecutive years

Sin Boon Ann – Highly Regarded for 5 consecutive years, previously Leading Lawyer from 2011 to 2017
Petrus Huang – Notable Practitioner for 5 consecutive year

  • Clients commended: “The work is of the highest quality.”
  • “Excellent. The law firm understands legal and commercial requirements.”
  • “It provides the full range of legal services to the clients. It is resourceful in helping the clients arrive at effective solutions in a timely manner when handling corporate work. The team exhibits a strong understanding of the business and provides value-added solutions.”
  • "The lawyers who worked on our files in addition to being technically very strong, they approach a challenge by employing a '360 thought process', delivering a comprehensive solution that works legally and commercially. "
  • "Professionalism, knowledgeable with problem-solving abilities and dependable."

Asialaw Profiles
Capital Markets 2022 – Highly Recommended for 10 consecutive years

  • “Drew & Napier is a well-established firm with a very professional and dedicated team who work tirelessly to meet client expectation,” remarks a client.
  • “It provides a full range of legal services and value-added advice and solutions to the client. Very resourceful and great working team.”
  • Sin Boon Ann is respected for his “commitment, skill and dedication”.
  • “Quick turnaround time, practical advice.”
  • A client is “very satisfied with the quality, professionalism and timeliness of the work offered by Drew & Napier.”

Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Capital Markets 2022

Petrus Huang – Distinguished Practitioner for 4 consecutive years

  • “All ongoing consultation, specifically capital market.”
  • Grace is commended by a client for her “excellent works. She helps us manage the timeline well to tie in the corporate goals of each corporate action. Very resourceful. Great team.”

Best Lawyers International: Singapore
Sin Boon Ann – Endorsed lawyer in Capital Markets Law and Corporate Law in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers International

China Desk | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

Asialaw Profiles
Corporate/M&A 2014 - 2020 – Highly Recommended firm for 6 consecutive years

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2015 - 2020 – Tier 2 firm for 5 consecutive years

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Corporate/M&A 2014 – 2020 – Tier 2 firm for 6 consecutive years

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2020 – Band 3 firm; and Band 4 from 2015 - 2019

Asian Legal Business
Corporate/M&A 2018 - 2019 – Tier 2 firm

China Desk | Shearn Delamore Co., Malaysia

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2018 - 2020 – Band 1 for 2 consecutive years
Dispute Resolution 2009 - 2020 – Band 1 for 11 consecutive years
Private Wealth Law – Band 1

Yee Mei Ken – Leaders in their Field in Dispute Resolution

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2018 - 2020 – Top Tier firm for 2 consecutive years
Dispute Resolution 2009 - 2020 – Top Tier firm or 11 consecutive years

Yee Mei Ken – Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution for 2 consecutive years; Recommended Lawyer in Dispute Resolution for 3 consecutive years

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Corporate/M&A 2018 - 2020 – Top Tier firm for 2 consecutive years

Asialaw Profiles
Corporate/M&A 2018 - 2020 – Outstanding firm for 2 consecutive years
Dispute Resolution 2015 - 2020 – Outstanding firm for 5 consecutive years

Nicholas Tan has also been ranked and recognised in several renowned legal publications as follows:

  • Chambers and Partners Global (2020) – Up and Coming in Corporate/M&A
  • Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific (2020) – Up and Coming in Corporate/M&A
  • The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2019 and 2020) – Recommended Lawyer in Corporate/M&A
  • The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific (2019) – Recommended Lawyer in Projects and Energy
  • Client Choice Awards (2019) – Individual Winner for M&A for Malaysia Jurisdiction
  • Asia Business Law Journal (2019) – one of Malaysia’s top 100 lawyers
  • IFLR 1000 (2018, 2019 and 2020) – Rising Star in M&A
  • Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards (2018) – “Young Lawyer of the Year” finalist

The Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific (2020) noted that Nicholas “has a growing market reputation, advising domestic and foreign clients on acquisitions, disposals and joint venture”.

He has been described by a client as “Highly competent and very experienced and knowledgeable. He is also very approachable and able to perform excellently even in a challenging environment.” in IFLR1000 (2019).

China Desk | Drew & Napier, Singapore

ALB China Law Awards 2021
China Practice, Asian Law Firm of the Year, winner of this award for 3 consecutive years. Sole winner of the award since its inauguration in 2019

This award recognises the top law firm headquartered in Asia with China expertise, excluding China-based law firms. We were singled out for our strong track record of acting in complex matters related to China.

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

Corporate/M&A 2022 – Leading practice for 17 consecutive years

Capital Markets 2022 – Leading firm for 17 consecutive years

Wu Geng – Notable Practitioner for 5 consecutive years in the field of Capital Markets

Restructuring & Insolvency 2022 – Tier 1 practice for 15 consecutive years

Julian Kwek - Restructuring & Insolvency 2022 – Highly Regarded Individual for 5 consecutive years

  • A client commended Julian as an “excellent” lawyer in all respects. He is also “responsive to client needs.”

  • Julian is regarded as “extremely intelligent”, “hard-working” and “creative”.

  • “Julian has always been very responsive and able to provide excellent advice and suggestions on not just legal issues but also the commercial implications arising,” according to a client’s feedback.

  • Julian’s “strongest point is his uncanny ability to look beyond just the legal perspective and also provided excellent advice on the commercial implications.”

  • “I deal a lot with Julian Kwek and his team. I am very impressed with Julian's commitment and professionalism. The team is not there only to provide legal advice, but more importantly they can always come out with an outside the box solution to address those risks and concerns that the clients might have,” says a client.

Chambers Global 2021

International & Cross-Border Capabilities 2021 – Leading firm for 3 consecutive years

  • The firm maintains close links to local counsel practices across the region and internationally. The team is accustomed to playing a co-ordinating role on matters throughout ASEAN, and is frequently sought out by international firms to work on the local or regional elements of substantial international mandates.
  • Chambers Global says that “The firm has especially well-developed international capabilities in the contentious arena. The team is very active in international arbitration, cross-border investigations, contentious and transactional IP and regulatory work across the South-East Asian region, India and China. The team often acts for Indian clients on inbound disputes relating to South-East Asian investments.”

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: Domestic Firms - Foreign Expert (China) 

Randolph Khoo – Leading Individual for 4 consecutive years

  • 'meticulous, systematic and detail-oriented approach to every issue presented before him.'
  • ‘The firm has especially well-developed international capabilities in the contentious arena. The team is very active in international arbitration, cross-border investigations, contentious and transactional IP and regulatory work across the South-East Asian region, India and China. The team often acts for Indian clients on inbound disputes relating to South-East Asian investments.'
  • ‘Randolph Khoo has a diverse practice encompassing international arbitration, commercial litigation and family law. He is experienced in advising Chinese clients on corporate disputes.’
  • ‘He offers nearly three decades of international arbitration experience, which includes particularly extensive engagement with the Chinese market.’
  • ‘Randolph Khoo heads the firm's Greater China desk and is a highly experienced arbitration counsel. He is especially noted for his expertise advising on China-related arbitrations, including those run under CIETAC rules.’
  • ‘Singapore-based Randolph Khoo leads the firm's Greater China and India dispute resolution desks. He has extensive international arbitration experience, with particular experience in cases involving Chinese parties brought before CIETAC and SIAC’

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

International Arbitration 2021 – Tier 2 practice for 6 consecutive years

Randolph Khoo – Dispute Resolution 2021 – Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years; International Arbitration 2021 – Recommended lawyer for 3 years

Restructuring & Insolvency 2021 – Tier 1 practice for 10 consecutive years

Julian Kwek – Recommended Lawyer for 6 consecutive years

Corporate/M&A 2019

Julian Kwek – Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years

  • Clients described Julian Kwek as “absolutely first-class”, “committed and professional” with the “uncanny ability to look beyond the legal aspects and provide invaluable advice on commercial implications.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific

Dispute Resolution: Litigation – Singapore 2022 – Band 1 for 16 consecutive years

Restructuring/Insolvency 2022 – Restructuring & Insolvency – Band 1 for 15 consecutive years

Julian Kwek – Leading Individual for 14 consecutive years

  • ‘He is a deal maker, with a China and Indonesia focus.’

  • ‘uncanny ability to look beyond just the legal side of things and can point out the commercial implications of a particular course of action.’

Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Private Wealth Law 2021 Indonesia (Expertise based abroad)

Julian Kwek – Leading Individual for 5 consecutive years

  • Julian Kwek's practice is broad-ranging, and includes private equity, cross-border M&A and joint venture matters. He works with both Indonesian clients and wealthy inward investors.
  • Julian Kwek helps high net worth families to reorganise offshore holding structures and businesses, as well as assisting with immigration and citizenship applications. He also advises on tax efficiency and complying with the Common Reporting Standard.

Competition Law | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

Asialaw Profiles
Competition & Antitrust 2020 – Highly Recommended Firm for 4 consecutive years

  • “Makarim is a good firm – they provide timely and practical advice.”
  • “The advisory opinion has covered all the questions. The work was done in a timely manner. They are very professional.”
  • “The attorneys at the firm are responsive, helpful and knowledgeable. We have been very pleased with their assistance.”

Asia Business Law Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in Indonesia

Lia Alizia - Indonesia’s A-List Lawyer for 3 consecutive years

Competition Law | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Antitrust and Competition 2022 - Top Tier for 5 consecutive years

Anand Raj - Leading Individual for 5 consecutive years
K. Shanti Mogan - Recommended Lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Lilien Wong - Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years (2020 and 2021)

  • Anand Raj’s advocacy skills make him a force to reckon with when challenging the decisions of the local Competition law regulator.” - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022

asialaw Profiles
Competition/Antitrust 2022 – Highly Recommended
Competition/Antitrust 2021 – Outstanding for 5 consecutive years and Highly Recommended for 3 consecutive years: 2014-2016

Anand Raj - Elite Practitioner for 3 consecutive years; Leading Lawyer for 5 consecutive years (2015-2019)

  • “Shearn had a sound reputation and has been in practice for a very long time, very established.” - Asialaw Profiles 2022

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Competition/Antitrust 2022 – Spotlight Table

Anand Raj – Band 1 Leading Individual for 7 consecutive years

  • One client notes that "they have a good reputation and their partners are leaders."
  • “Anand Raj of Shearn Delamore & Co is recognised by market sources as a leading figure, with extensive experience of MyCC investigations and compliance matters. His expertise includes horizontal agreements and compliance audits, with clients remarking that he is "very knowledgeable and responsive to queries." He advises clients from sectors such as finance and shipping.” - Chambers Asia Pacific 2018-2019

asialaw’s Client Service Excellence
Competition/Anti-trust 2021 – Best Overall Firm

Global Competition Review
Competition 2021 – Elite Firm and GCR 100 Firm for 5 consecutive years

  • “Raj is a well-known competition star within Malaysia, but his expertise extends throughout South East Asia.” - Global Competition Review 2020
  • “Shearn Delamore’s competition star is Anand Raj. He is a popular speaker at conferences and in-house antitrust compliance training sessions, and his influence extends beyond the country’s borders and into the broader region... The firm boasts investigation experience before Malaysia’s Competition Commission (MyCC) that few other practices can match.” - Global Competition Review 2019

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Competition/Antitrust 2022 - Highly Recommended Firm for 3 consecutive years

K. Shanti Mogan - Litigation Star (2021)

Who’s Who Legal

Anand Raj – National Leader (Southeast Asia) (2021); Global Leader for 3 consecutive years (2019 - 2021), Expert (2013-2018)

Global Law Expert
Competition 

Anand Raj – Competition Lawyer of the Year for Malaysia Jurisdiction (2018-2019)

Asian-MENA Counsel
In-House Community Firm of the Year in Anti-Trust / Competition for 4 years (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016)

Competition Law | Drew & Napier, Singapore

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Competition/Antitrust 2022 - Band 1 practice for 9 consecutive years

Lim Chong Kin – Band 1 Leading Individual for 9 consecutive years
Dr Corinne Chew - Band 3 Leading Individual for 2 consecutive years; Up & Coming Individual for 3 consecutive years (2018-2020)

  • “in-depth expertise across different areas of competition law, such as corporate, litigation and regulatory.”
  • The team "provides practical and commercially oriented advice" and has been praised for its "very sharp analysis".

The Asia Pacific Legal 500
Antitrust and Competition 2021 - Tier 1 practice for 5 consecutive years

Lim Chong Kin - Leading Individual for 5 consecutive years
Dr Corinne Chew - Leading Individual for 5 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC - Recommended Lawyer

  • "They offer very pragmatic and practical advice."
  • "The ‘excellent’ team at Drew & Napier LLC provides a ‘terrific’ service in matters ranging from merger control, notifications and reviews to investigations and compliance support. Lim Chong Kin and Corinne Chew have ‘excellent legal knowledge and in-depth understanding of the regulator’. The team also includes ‘superb litigator’ Cavinder Bull SC...."
  • Corinne Chew… holds up the competition practice and leads the team in terms of legal strategies and practical wisdom.”

Best Lawyers
Competition & Antitrust Law 2022

Cavinder Bull, SC
Lim Chong Kin
Dr Corinne Chew

asialaw Profiles
Competition & Antitrust 2022 - Outstanding practice for 4 consecutive years; Highly Recommended for 5 consecutive years

  • “Drew and Napier were able to understand rapidly our business and the issues at stake, develop together in a very professional manner our strategy and tactics to raise our claim in the competition case and defend ourselves in the counter claim. The firm did go in very detailed groundwork and analysis of all components of the case and evidence to define our position in both cases.”

asialaw Leading Lawyers
Competition/Antitrust 2022

Lim Chong Kin – Elite Practitioner for 2 consecutive years
Dr Corinne Chew – Notable Practitioner for 2 consecutive years

Who's Who Legal
Competition 2020/21

Lim Chong Kin – Leading Lawyer for 14 consecutive years
Dr Corinne Chew – Future Leader 

Competition/Antitrust Lawyer of the Year 2018

Cavinder Bull, SC

Asian-MENA Counsel In-House Community Firm of the Year
Singapore Anti-Trust/Competition Firm of the Year 2016

The Guide to the World's Leading Competition & Antitrust Lawyers/ Economists
Competition law 2010 (9th ed), 2012 (10th ed), 2014 (11th ed), 2016 (12th ed)

Cavinder Bull, SC – Leading Individual
Lim Chong Kin – Leading Individual

Global Competition Review
Recognises Drew & Napier as an “Elite” law practice with an “excellent antitrust team” – 2014

Practical Law Company Which Lawyer?
Competition/Antitrust 2011/2012 – Highly Recommended practice

Cavinder Bull, SC – Endorsed Individual
Lim Chong Kin – Endorsed Individual

Corporate Services | Drew Network Asia

Our Corporate Secretarial Departments have a broad and wide corporate secretarial experience.

Shearn Delamore is amongst the oldest and first legal services providers in Malaysia to have a dedicated and full service corporate secretarial practice/department. Drew & Napier has one of the largest and most experienced corporate services departments within a law firm in Singapore and Makarim & Taira S. has a fast growing and reliable corporate services department. Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS) provides excellent and reliable corporate services to some of the biggest local and international clients in the Philippines.    

Crime | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

  • Advisory work and representation of an Indonesian company -- jointly owned by state-owned oil company and state-owned electricity company that is engaged in the geothermal industry, related to Anti-corruption Law;
  • Representation of officers of an American multinational conglomerate as witnesses during the investigation of alleged corruption case at the Indonesian National Police Force offices;
  • Advisory work for foreign law firms as well as foreign and multinational firms on Indonesian Anti-Corruption Law, Compliance Issues, Bribery Investigations, Gifts and Hospitality and Money Laundering Law;
  • Assistance to officers of a Representative Office of an American multinational conglomerate as witness during the investigation on corruption crimes allegation committed by officers of a local urea and ammonia manufacturer company;
  • Assistance to officers of a major and global semiconductor manufacturer as witness during the investigation conducted by the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission on major and high-profile electronic ID card (e-KTP) corruption cases;
  • Advisory work and assistance to a US-based major energy, technology infrastructure and industrial multinational corporation on anti-corruption investigations by a local district attorney office over purchase of a rotor by a national fertilizer manufacturing company owned by a state-owned company;
  • Advisory work and assistance to Indonesian and foreign employees and officers of many leading multinational manufacturing firms in anti-corruption investigations conducted by the offices of High Attorney, Attorney General, or the Anti-Corruption Commission concerning allegations of corruption;
  • Representation of a former president director of a state owned company in the geothermal industry as a suspect in criminal proceedings for fraud allegation;
  • Assistance to a high-level employee of a gold mining company in police investigations as a suspect for environmental criminal case related to dumping toxic waste into a bay in North Sulawesi; and
  • Representation of employees of a global food ingredients company in police investigations for allegations of anti-corruption and anti-money laundering due to sugar importation.
Drew & Napier has been outstanding in developing and implementing effective and creative strategies…in circumstances that seemed hopeless at the start.
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020

Crime | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

  • Assisted the Securities Commission and the Attorney General’s Chambers in a criminal prosecution for criminal breach of trust (section 409 Penal Code) and an alternate charge under section 87A of the Securities Industries Act 1983, to recover approximately RM26 million of company funds misappropriated by two former directors of the public listed company. Resulted in the successful conviction of both directors who were subsequently sentenced to 12 years with a fine of RM1 million and 6 years, respectively.
  • Acted as Counsel for the Public Prosecutor in Hong Kong in taking evidence of a witness in Malaysia for the purposes of a criminal trial involving allegations of money laundering that was pending at the Hong Kong Special Administration Region, Court of First Instance pursuant to the provisions of the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 2002.
  • Representing a foreign state owned company in ongoing investigation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commissions (MACC) to seize and forfeit a sum in excess of RM1 billion pursuant to provision of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Act 2001 (AMLATFPUAA 2001).
  • Defending a renowned and leading media branding and advertising agency in a forfeiture proceedings brought by MACC and the Public Prosecutor pursuant to the provisions under AMLATFPUAA 2001.
  • Defending directors of a public listed company facing charges under section 188 of the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007 for insider trading.
  • Successfully defending a public listed company and its officers from criminal charges brought by the Public Prosecutor under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons and Anti-Smuggling of Migrants Act 2007.

Crime | Drew & Napier, Singapore

The Asia-Pacific Legal 500
White-Collar Crime 2021 – Tier 2 (Debut)

Wendell Wong – Recommended Lawyer (Debut)
Mahesh Rai – Recommended Lawyer (Debut)

Who’s Who Legal
Business Crime Defence 2019

Wendell Wong – Recommended Lawyer for 7 consecutive years
Gary Low – Recommended Lawyer for 3 consecutive years

  • Wendell Wong is well regarded for his “focus on financial crime” and garners respect for his work in international investigations.
  • Recognised for his "practical and smart" approach to investigations, and is commended by sources for his "ability to anticipate regulators" concerns and find effective solutions.
  • “Wendell Wong is well known for his work in the criminal investigations space, covering anti-bribery and anti-fraud matters for major corporations.”
  • Gary Low wins accolades for his “very in-depth knowledge of the law” with sources noting his “kind and approachable nature makes it very easy to work with him”.

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
White-Collar Crime 2021 – Recommended for 3 consecutive years

The Straits Times – Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022
Rated 4 stars for Criminal Law in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista for 2 consecutive years. 

Data Compliance & Cybersecurity | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

Asialaw Profiles
IT, Telco & Media 2020 - Highly recommended for 2 consecutive years

Asia Pacific Legal 500
IT and Telecoms 2020 – Tier 2 for 3 consecutive years

Data Compliance & Cybersecurity | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

Asialaw Profiles
Technology & Telecommunications 2020 – Highly recommended firm

Asia Pacific Legal 500
TMT 2020 - Tier 3

Data Compliance & Cybersecurity | Drew & Napier, Singapore

GDR 100
Listed as one of the world’s top 100 data law firms in Global Data Review’s inaugural GDR 100 2021

  • “The firm provides a seamless and personalised service that gives you surety that the lawyers in charge are considering your matters after putting down the phone. It doesn’t attempt to bill for every bit of advice, and doesn’t give constant disclaimers to fend off liability, which is a sign of confidence. In urgent situations, its lawyers are prepared to give advice directly, without insisting upon written instructions. The firm has a wide global network which gives easy access to reputable and reliable lawyers in other jurisdictions – it has relationships with these and so isn’t just name dropping.”
  • “Whether you have a fat or lean legal budget, Chong Kin remains consistent as a true partner and far-sighted adviser. His knowledge of data protection law is impressive but, best of all, he is able to advise about the regulator’s stance and the rationale behind the law. He is also incredibly responsive and gives matters his personal attention.”

Who’s Who Legal
Data (IT, Telecoms & Media) 2020/21

Lim Chong Kin - Leading Lawyer for 3 consecutive years

Chambers Asia Pacific
TMT 2021 - Band 1 for 14 consecutive years

Lim Chong Kin - Leading Individual for 14 consecutive years

Asia Pacific Legal 500
TMT 2021 - Tier 2 for 2 consecutive years; Tier 1 for 11 consecutive years (2009-2019) 

Lim Chong Kin - Hall of Fame for 2 consecutive years; Leading Individual for 9 consecutive years

David Alfred - Recommended Lawyer

Asialaw Profiles
IT, Telco & Media 2021 - Outstanding practice for 5 consecutive years

Dispute Resolution, Arbitration & Litigation | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

asialaw Profiles
Dispute Resolution – Highly Recommended Firm (2021); Recommended for 4 years (2017 to 2020)

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Market Leading Lawyer for Dispute Resolution for 3 years

  • “Makarim is a good firm – they provide timely and practical advice.”
  • “The advisory opinion has covered all the questions. The work was done in a timely manner. They are very professional.”
  • “The attorneys at the firm are responsive, helpful and knowledgeable. We have been very pleased with their assistance.”

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Dispute Resolution in 2019 - Tier 2

Lia Alizia – Recommended Lawyer for Dispute Resolution in 2015
Rudy Andreas Halomoan Sitorus – Next Generation Lawyer for Dispute Resolution in 2019

  • “Makarim & Taira S. compromises individuals who have a strong and deep knowledge of their own field and support one another.”
  • “They respond swiftly to emails and urgent requests.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Recognised Practitioner for Dispute Resolution for 2 consecutive years

Benchmark Litigation
Dispute Resolution in 2018 – Tier 2

Lia Alizia – Litigation Star for 3 consecutive years
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Litigation Star for 2 consecutive years

  • “The firm has very sound legal advice with a strong knowledge of Indonesian law. It is very good at regular and ongoing communication. It provides sound recommendations when required.”

Asia Business Law Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in Indonesia
Lia Alizia – Indonesia’s A-List Lawyers for 3 consecutive years
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Indonesia’s A-List Lawyers for 3 consecutive years

Asian-Mena In-House Counsel
Indonesia Firm of the Year 2018 – Honourable Mention for International Arbitration

Dispute Resolution, Arbitration & Litigation | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Dispute Resolution 2022 - Band 1 (13 consecutive years)

Rabindra S. Nathan – Leading Individual for 13 years: 2010-2022
Jeyanthini Kannaperan – Leading Individual for 12 years: 2010-2015, 2017-2022
Rodney Gomez – Leading Individual for 13 years: 2010-2022
K. Shanti Mogan – Leading Individual for 9 years: 2014-2022
Dhinesh Bhaskaran – Leading Individual for 8 years: 2015-2022
Yee Mei Ken – Leading Individual for 3 years: 2020 - 2022

  • A client reports that Shearn Delamore & Co provides an "excellent" service, with "a clear winning strategy that is followed up with meticulously prepared documentation along every step of the way."
  • One client praises its "great team," commending their "excellent research work, written submissions and the manner in which they prepare for, and argue in, hearings."
  • Another source adds: "Their organisation is very well run and easy to deal with."
  • Clients are full of praise for the firm's dependable service, with one interviewee commenting: "They are very reliable, knowledgeable, efficient and hard-working, with good customer service and teamwork. They continuously update us on the status of our case."
  • Another source expresses admiration for the team, reporting that "they advise not only from a legal perspective, but also from clients' commercial points of view."
  • The team attracts strong praise from interviewees, with clients characterising the group as "very, very good" and rating Shearn Delamore "among the leading firms in Malaysia" for contentious work.
  • One source reports: "They have a good pool of experienced lawyers."
  • "Our preferred firm in respect of complex litigation."
  • "An excellent firm, I have always felt comfortable in our dealings with them."
  • Sources say: "They were very good and we were very impressed." "They did and continue to do a great job."
  • Sources say:"Definitely a Band 1 firm; they have a big team with a group of partners all ready to pick up complex issues."
  • One interviewee notes that "they have a good reputation and their partners are leaders. It is a truly full-service firm."
  • Clients praise the team for its "professionalism, expertise and good turnaround time."

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Dispute Resolution 2022 - Top Tier (13consecutive years)

Rodney Gomez – Leading Individual for 3 consecutive years: 2019-2022
Yee Mei Ken – Leading Individual for 3 consecutive years: 2019-2022
Jeyanthini Kannaperan – Recommended Lawyer for 9 years: 2011, 2012, 2015-2022
Rabindra S. Nathan – Recommended Lawyer for 5 years: 2011, 2014, 2015, 2019 and 2020
Rodney Gomez – Recommended Lawyer for 1 year: 2012
K. Shanti Mogan – Recommended Lawyer for 6 years: 2011, 2012, 2014, 2019-2021
Dhinesh Bhaskaran – Recommended Lawyer for 4 years: 2010, 2016, 2019 and 2020
Rajasingam Gothandapani – Recommended Lawyer for 6 years: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018
Nad Segaram – Recommended Lawyer for 2 years: 2010 and 2019
Yee Mei Ken – Recommended Lawyer for 3 years: 2016-2018
Jimmy Liew – Recommended Lawyer for 1 year: 2012
Lilien Wong – Recommended Lawyer and Next Generation Lawyer for 1 year: 2022

  • Shearn Delamore & Co. team provides sound legal advice, in-depth analysis of complex issues and effective & innovative solutions to various issues”
  • “The team handles arbitration constructively and pragmatically.”
  • “They have a very reliable, knowledgeable, efficient and hard-working team who help clients in understanding the various issues and suggest best solutions and way forward”
  • “Highly efficient and always available, they are very practical and sensible and easy to work with”
  • “Exceptional analysis of the law and the wider context of the case”
  • ‘excellent response times and spot-on knowledge of the law”
  • ‘reactive and commercial, and have excellent legal and procedural knowledge’
  • They provide very practical legal advice and cut through all the noise’
  • ‘The team’s knowledge, availability and turn around time for our libel matters are un-matchable’
  • ‘The strength of the firm lies in the depth of their manpower which stands out among all other legal firms. Shearn was one of the pioneer legal firms in the country and the fact that they have grown stronger year after year shows that they have kept up and are able to deliver what their clients need.’
  • ‘The firm has excellent people in dispute resolution as it relates to construction contracts. They have got in-depth, excellent knowledge of international arbitration and relevant court cases.’
  • ‘A multi-faceted team with diverse experience. Shearn is our go-to firm for matters involving property, leases, employment and disputes.’

asialaw Profiles
Dispute Resolution 2022 - Outstanding (7 consecutive years)

Rabindra S. Nathan – Elite Practitioner (3 consecutive years: 2020 to 2022)
Jeyanthini Kannaperan – Distinguished Practitioner (3 consecutive years: 2020 to 2022)
Dhinesh Bhaskaran – Notable Practitioner (2 consecutive years: 2021 to 2022)
Shanti Mogan – Notable Practitioner (2 consecutive years: 2021 to 2022)
Nik Azila Shuhada – Rising Star (7 consecutive years: 2016 to 2022)

Rabindra S. Nathan – Market Leading Lawyer (3 consecutive years: 2017 to 2019)
Jeyanthini Kannaperan – Market Leading Lawyer (3 consecutive years: 2017 to 2019)
Rodney Gomez – Market Leading Lawyer (3 consecutive years: 2017 to 2019)

Rabindra S. Nathan – Leading Individual for 4 years: 2013 to 2016
Jeyanthini Kannaperan – Leading Individual 4 years: 2013 to 2016
Rodney Gomez – Leading Individual for 4 years: 2013 to 2016
Rajasingam Gothandapani – Leading Individual for 5 years: 2015 to 2019

  • “Responsive, resourceful and practical in its advice for the subject matter. It is very engaged with its clients and the business.”
  • “The firm eschews theory and banality, delivering sound practical advice that is aligned with our business needs.”
  • “They responded well ahead of the promised time, always responsive. They have the sense towards the case, this gives us the added confidence.”
  • Shearn Delamore & Co’s “is one of the top firms in the country”, comments a disputes client.
  • "There is no faulting Shearn Delamore & Co. The firm is the standard that everyone else aspires to in this country,” says a peer.
  • One client says: “With the firm on board, a client has the assurance that it is receiving the best advice that money can buy.”
  • The firm is able to provide me the comfort and confidence in their legal expertise.”
  • “The lawyers are very professional and able to provide necessary advice within a short period of time.”
  • “Fast, professional, reasonable, reliable, great client solicitor relationship.”
  • “Ability to provide comprehensive and practical advice.”

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Commercial and Transactions 2022 - Tier 1 Firm for 5 consecutive years
White-Collar Crime 2022 - Highly Recommended Firm for 3 consecutive years
Impact Case: A & M Beauty Wellness V. Shopee Mobile Malaysia

Jeyanthini Kannaperan - Litigation Star for 2 consecutive years (2021 and 2022); Asia-Pacific’s Top 100 Women in Litigation (2021)
Rabindra S. Nathan – Litigation Star for 5 consecutive years (2018-2022)
K. Shanti Mogan - Litigation Star for 2 consecutive years (2021 and 2022)
Dhinesh Bhaskran - Litigation Star for 5 consecutive years (2018-2022)

Who’s Who Legal 

Rabindra S. Nathan – National Leader: Litigation (2021); Global Leader: Litigation (2020); Expert: Litigation (2018)
K. Shanti Mogan – National Leader: Litigation (2021); Global Leader: Litigation (2020)
Dhinesh Bhaskaran – National Leader: Litigation (2021); Global Leader: Litigation (2015; 2020)
Jimmy Liew – Future Leader: Litigation (2020)
Sathya Kumardas – Future Leader: Litigation (2020)

Asia Business Law Journal “The A-List of Malaysia’s Top 100 Lawyers”
Jeyanthini Kannaperan (2019)
Rabindra S. Nathan (2019 - 2021)
Rodney Gomez (2020 - 2021)
Dhinesh Bhaskaran (2019)
Rajasingam Gothandapani (2019 - 2021)

Dispute Resolution, Arbitration & Litigation | Drew & Napier, Singapore

Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards
Regional Litigation Law Firm of the Year 2021 – For 4th year
Singapore Litigation Law Firm of the Year 2021 – For the 16th year
International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 2021 – For the 6th year
SE Asia Law Firm of the Year 2017

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Dispute Resolution 2022 – Tier 1 for 23 consecutive years

Jimmy Yim, SC – Leading Individual for 21 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC – Listed lawyer in Hall of Fame for 2 consecutive years
Siraj Omar, SC – Leading Individual for 3 consecutive years
Randolph Khoo – Recommended Lawyer for 5 consecutive years
Blossom Hing – Recommended Lawyer for 5 consecutive years
Woo Shu Yan – Recommended Lawyer
Mahesh Rai – Next Generation Partner for 3 consecutive years
Meryl Koh – Recommended Lawyer
Kevin Lee – Recommended Lawyer
Tan Yuan Kheng – Recommended Lawyer

International Arbitration 2022 – Tier 2 for 7 consecutive years

Jimmy Yim, SC – Leading Individual for 2 consecutive years
Cavinder Bull, SC – Listed lawyer in Hall of Fame for 2 consecutive years
Siraj Omar, SC – Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Randolph Khoo – Recommended Lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Kelvin Tan – Recommended Lawyer
Christopher Chong – Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Foo Yuet Min – Recommended Lawyer
Mahesh Rai – Next Generation Partner for 3 consecutive years
Meryl Koh – Recommended Lawyer
Kelvin Teo – Next Generation Partner for 4 consecutive years
Terence Tan – Recommended Lawyer
Jonathan Yap – Recommended Lawyer
Don Loo – Recommended Lawyer
Yap En Li – Recommended Lawyer

  • “Able to react quickly and think strategically.”
  • “The firm should be commended for its effective and high quality legal representation, exemplary professional conduct from everyone regardless of rank and most distinctly, its dedication and commitment to pro bono work.”
  • “Besides its proven capabilities to solve problems in a quick and efficient manner, they are also open and transparent to go through their billings with you.”
  • “The team has in-depth knowledge of international arbitration. They are reliable and responsive to queries, even to urgent ones.”
  • “Comprehensive full-service firm with depth of expertise in a range of critical areas that are indispensable for our day-to-day operations, whether during a growth cycle or a downward trend, such as construction, corporate, insolvency & restructuring, security of payment matters and dispute resolution.”
  • “Drew & Napier LLC always provide professional and strategical advice on dispute resolution and all advices are provided with high efficiency. The law firm is rich in resources in different countries.”
  • Sources say: "First class technical and practical advice that is consistently delivered according to the timelines required.”
  • ‘The team was extremely thorough at each step of the dispute and ensured that they were always one step ahead. Their proactive attitude in managing the dispute enabled us to forecast several potential matters which could have hindered our case.’
  • ‘The intensity and dedication shown by the team working on our arbitration is unparalleled and explains why Drew & Napier is such a tough opponent to have in a dispute.’
  • ‘dispute resolution giant with a high degree of focus on international arbitration. It has an impressive mix of investor-state, construction and engineering, and commercial cases.’
  • ‘The team is “the best in town”…”business-oriented” approach, “deep knowledge” and “relevant experience”; commended for attracting “big-ticket items”, especially arbitration-related court proceedings, with senior figures in the team handling both litigation and arbitration work.’
  • Formidable player in the international arbitration scene, and is praised for its "management of expectations" and "value for money". The strength of its practice and the eminence of its senior team members has led it to be engaged in a series of major arbitrations, including a number of investor-state disputes.
  • “First-rate’ team ‘impresses with its knowledge and professionalism”; “the group’s capabilities are comparable to any top arbitration practice in the Asia Pacific region”
  • Impresses with its “creativity, stamina and level of legal work”.
  • [Drew is] “a leading firm for international arbitration in Singapore.”
  • “Clients appreciate Drew & Napier LLC’s efficiency, excellence and professionalism.”

Chambers Global and Asia-Pacific
Dispute Resolution: Litigation: Singapore 2022 – Band 1 for 16 consecutive years

Cavinder Bull, SC – Band 1 for 12 consecutive years
Jimmy Yim, SC – Band 2 for 3 consecutive years
Randolph Khoo – Band 4 for 5 consecutive years
Siraj Omar, SC – Band 4
Blossom Hing – Band 5

  • "Drew & Napier is altogether exceptional. First-class service with the brains and tactics to match."
  • "Drew & Napier is an excellent firm - they're well organised, disciplined, and their performance is good and consistent, a fantastic organisation overall."
  • Clients are superlative in their discussions of the team. They speak of its “exceptional in-depth understanding of the law” and hold it to be a go-to name, even among the top international firms.
  • Drew & Napier's team is further highlighted for being prompt and dedicated in approach and “particularly good in analysing the various legal options available”.

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: The Elite Singapore 2022 – Band 2
Dispute Resolution: Arbitration: Singapore 2021 - Band 2 (12 years ranked)

Jimmy Yim, SC – Band 4 (13 years ranked)
Cavinder Bull, SC – Band 1 (10 years running)
Mahesh Rai – Band 5

Arbitration (International): Asia-Pacific 2022 – Leading firm (15 years ranked)

Arbitration (Global): 2022

Cavinder Bull, SC – Global Market Leader in Arbitration; Band 3 (3 years ranked)
Randolph Khoo – Foreign Expert for China (3 consecutive years); Expertise Based Abroad (5 consecutive years)

  • "Drew & Napier's lawyers are very experienced" and "very capable" with respect to handling cross-border disputes.
  • "Their written work, whether legal opinions or formal filings in court or arbitration, are of an excellent quality. They are also very responsive."
  • A client, asked to identify their chief reason for selecting Drew & Napier to handle a particular matter, replied: "Outstanding expertise in complex international and cross-border disputes, including expertise in international arbitration, plus great, in-depth knowledge and expertise in matters of international law."
  • Clients endorse the department for its "good, reliable, high-quality service"
  • They also value the responsiveness, saying: “What we found that was very impressive is that they were able to get back to us on almost all issues we had in a very short period of time”.
  • Chambers says: “Formidable line-up of disputes lawyers with an established reputation for handling complex, high-value arbitration.”
  • Interviewees say: "I am always impressed with the no-nonsense, down-to-earth legal advice provided by the team."
  • One client appreciates the team's "use of good strategy" and ability to "give assurance and confidence along the way."
  • "Their reputation is well deserved: they are the top firm overall in Singapore, unlike a lot of multinational firms. They really are focused on operating from Singapore, but they work all around the world."
  • "They are among the top at their game in Singapore and they have a good network of solid friendly firms in other jurisdictions that they work very well with."
  • ‘active on both commercial and investor-state mandates on behalf of a multinational clientele and increasingly sought after for the arbitration of matters of international public law.’
  • "They are very well versed in their field, meticulous and thorough, and we're sure that their calculated actions gave us the results that we wanted to achieve."
  • "seeks innovative solutions""the firm is always updating its capabilities to meet the challenges of future requirements."
  • "The team is technically sound and commercial in its approach. I felt great ease with them handling the case and this was vindicated by a total win."
  • ‘“dedication of the team" was emphasised by a number of contributors’
  • "They were very thorough and patient when sifting through the many stacks of documents relating to the disputes, their pre-trial preparations were intensive and, most importantly, they were always available to discuss any issues we raised or were not confident about."
  • “A number of commentators regard Drew & Napier as Singapore's pre-eminent home-grown arbitration team, with one maintaining that it is ‘definitely the leading local firm in arbitration’. Another concurs: ‘Arbitration and dispute resolution are the special forte of Drew & Napier. They have demonstrated remarkable skills and abilities in handling very complex matters’."
  • “Sources point to rigorous preparation as a key reason for the practice's excellent reputation. One notes: ‘They show clarity of thought, clear strategy and the legal opinion has been well researched and is strong; preparation is thorough for the conduct of any case’."
  • "They take their cases and clients seriously and put their heart and soul into the matters they accept.”
  • "Extremely impressed: they have intellectual capacity, a very strategic mindset and a focus on the elements in which you want them to invest."
  • "I would say Drew & Napier are still a go-to firm if a client is looking for the strongest possible representation in dispute resolution."
  • "I was really impressed not just with the legal work but the adaptation of success to the clients. Extremely impressed.”
  • "Their in-depth legal and industry knowledge, business awareness and professional advice have all been of a high standard. They are equally adept at the representation of out-of-region clients in Asian-based disputes, and of Asian clients in both regional and international cases."
  • “The choice was obvious when we were considering a firm to represent us: their dispute resolution work is simply unparalleled, they’re in touch with matters arising in the China market, and the value-added service of providing arbitration-related litigation work is indispensable.”
  • “I can’t speak highly enough of them: everyone we’ve worked with from senior to junior has been incredibly professional, prompt and diligent in approach and manner.”
  • “‘World-class’ counsel Cavinder Bull SC is described by sources as ‘very easy to deal with’ and an ‘excellent advocate’ who ‘writes compelling briefs and makes superb oral presentations.’”

The Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards 20/21 (inaugural)
Litigation Team of the Year 20/21

  • “Top class litigation practice - the advocates fight fearlessly on behalf of clients. We engage Drew & Napier to do a stellar job when we anticipate a tough fight on our hands.”
  • “They are thorough, cutting edge, and always several steps ahead of the opposition and good strategic thinkers. Very commercial minded. Very user friendly, and creative litigators. I would recommend them again in a heartbeat.”

Global Arbitration Review 13th edition (2020)
Listed as one of the top 100 arbitration practices in the world since 2010

Who’s Who Legal 
Thought Leaders Global Elite Guide: Arbitration Global Elite Thought Leader 2022 – Cavinder Bull, SC 
Thought Leaders Global Elite Guide: Commercial Litigation Global Elite Thought Leader 2022 – Cavinder Bull, SC
Global Guide: Arbitration Thought Leader 2021 – Cavinder Bull SC (5 consecutive years)
Global Guide: Litigation Thought Leader 2021 – Cavinder Bull, SC (3 consecutive years)
Global Guide: Commercial Litigation Global Elite Thought Leader 2021 – Cavinder Bull, SC (2 consecutive years); Recommended Lawyer (12 consecutive years)
Global Guide: Commercial Litigation Recommended Lawyer 2021 – Jimmy Yim, SC (2 consecutive years); Siraj Omar, SC 
Global Guide: Arbitration Global Elite Thought Leader 2021 – Cavinder Bull, SC (2 consecutive years); Recommended Lawyer (5 consecutive years)
Global Guide: Commercial Litigation Future Leaders 2021 – Adam Maniam 
Global Guide: Arbitration Future Leaders 2021 – Foo Yuet Min (5 consecutive years) and Mahesh Rai (2 consecutive years)
National Guide: Southeast Asia - Litigation Recommended Lawyer 2021 – Cavinder Bull, SC; Jimmy Yim, SC; Siraj Omar, SC; Foo Yuet Min; Adam Maniam 
National Guide: Southeast Asia - Arbitration Recommended Lawyer 2021 – Cavinder Bull, SC; Jimmy Yim, SC; Siraj Omar, SC; Foo Yuet Min; Mahesh Rai

The Straits Times – Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022
Rated full marks (5 stars) for Arbitration, Mediation & Dispute Resolution in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista for 2 consecutive years

Employment | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

asialaw Profiles
Labour and Employment 2020 – Outstanding Firm for 5 consecutive years

Lia Alizia – Distinguished Practitioner for 3 consecutive years

  • “Makarim is a good firm – they provide timely and practical advice.”
  • “The advisory opinion has covered all the questions. The work was done in a timely manner. They are very professional.”
  • “The attorneys at the firm are responsive, helpful and knowledgeable. We have been very pleased with their assistance.”

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Labour and Employment 2020 – Tier 1 for 7 consecutive years

  • “Makarim & Taira S. compromises individuals who have a strong and deep knowledge of their own field and support one another.”
  • “They respond swiftly to emails and urgent requests.”
  • “The firm is very responsive and very commercial. When we need a quick response for a client, Makarim & Taira S. are always happy to oblige.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Employment 2020 – Band 2 for 7 consecutive years

Lia Alizia – Band 2 Leading Individual for 4 consecutive years

Benchmark Litigation
Labour and Employment – Tier 1 for 2 consecutive years

Lia Alizia – Litigation Star for 3 consecutive years

Asia Business Law Journal’s Top 100 Lawyers in Indonesia
Lia Alizia – Indonesia’s A-List Lawyers for 3 consecutive years

Employment | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Employment & Industrial Relations 2022 – Band 1 for 13 consecutive years

Sivabalah Nadarajah – Band 1 Leading Individual for 13 consecutive years
Vijayan Venugopal – Band 2 Leading Individual for 12 consecutive years and Band 3 Leading Individual (2010)
Raymond Low – Band 1 Leading Individual for 2 consecutive years, Band 2 Leading Individual for 7 years (2014-2019 and 2022) and Band 3 Leading Individual (2013)
Suganthi Singam – Band 4 Leading Individual for 5 consecutive years and Band 3 Leading Individual for 4 years (2011-2013 and 2022)

  • A client comments that "the knowledge of the team at Shearn Delamore & Co on employment regulations is top, but what sets them apart is their commerciality and giving us lots of options."
  • A client attests: "We appreciate that their lawyers are accessible and responsive. When we require advice on an urgent basis, Shearn Delamore & Co is always able to accommodate our requests at short notice."
  • Clients are enthusiastic regarding the team's work ethic, commenting: "They are competent, efficient and humble. They are very reliable, and above all, they always keep us updated on outstanding cases promptly."
  • Another source comments: "Their advice is accurate and good, and the turnaround time is outstanding; they exceed my expectations most of the time."
  • Clients are impressed by the team's attentiveness, reporting: "They are reliable, approachable and very responsive to our needs. They are prompt in attending to our enquiries and are flexible."
  • Other clients highlight the firm's depth of expertise, describing it as "reliable and well versed in the field of industrial relations."
  • Clients are particularly happy with the speed and quality of their service: "They are a great firm to work with. They have an excellent turnaround time and I am comfortable with their advice."
  • Other clients concur: "They adopt a very open communication and they're always helpful. They respond to us very quickly, within a day or two. They're dependable and available when we need their advice.
  • Another client adds: "The counsel and advice given is always well thought-out and sound."
  • "They provide clear, straight-to-the-point advice which is easy to comprehend."
  • "We appreciate their quick response time and they give us sound opinions."
  • Pragmatic advice: "When I need legal advice on employee relations, I go to them because the advice they give is sound and I get the results that I need."
  • Responsiveness: "They are very professional, co-operative and reliable, very reachable and fast to respond."
  • Sources say: "They definitely have a top-tier employment practice."
  • One client describes the team as "reliable and quick to respond," before going on to add that "they keep the client updated, providing regular updates on landmark court cases and holding forums on current hot topics."

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Labour and Employment 2022 - Top Tier for 13 consecutive years

Sivabalah Nadarajah – Leading Individual for 5 consecutive years
Raymond Low – Leading Individual for 4 consecutive years and Recommended Lawyer (2017)
Reena Enbasegaram – Recommended Lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Vijayan Venugopal – Recommended Lawyer (2016 and 2022)
Suganthi Singam – Recommended Lawyer for 5 consecutive years (2016-2018 and 2022)
Wong Kian Jun – Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years (2017 & 2018)

  • “provides quick advice and offers practical solutions”
  • Shearn Delamore & Co's 'talented' practice provides 'sound advice and practical solutions' across a wide range of employment matters, especially contentious ones
  • “Messrs Shearn Delamore is one of the top tier firms if not the top in many diverse fields of law. I have experience working with them for the past 20 years as a litigation lawyer and now as in house counsel. They are obviously highly knowledgeable in Employment matters and have a commercial sense which is valuable especially to our organization”
  • “Very well versed in the law and very experienced which shows in their handling of matters.”
  • “Professional, competent, strategic, collaborative and always well prepared.”
  • “The firm is engaged and well-grounded for as many years as I can look back. I have been around for the past 40 years, keeping abreast with their accomplishments and setting precedents. The source of their success is exploring all possibilities to establish unbiased views or interpretations of complex scenarios.”

asialaw Profiles
Labour and Employment 2022 – Outstanding Firm for 7 consecutive years

Sivabalah Nadarajah – Elite Practitioner for 3 consecutive years and Leading Lawyers for 7 consecutive years (2013-2019)
Vijayan Venugopal – Distinguished Practitioner for 3 consecutive years
Raymond Low – Distinguished Practitioner for 3 consecutive years and Leading Lawyers for 3 consecutive years (2017-2019)

  • “They responded well ahead of the promised time, always responsive. They have the sense towards the case, this gives us the added confidence.”
  • “They were very detailed and meticulous during preparation and trial. Quick-witted too.”
  • “Good and reliable. Always keep us informed of the progress.”
  • Shearn Delamore & Co has a “renowned reputation in handling litigation relating to employment dismissal”, says a client. Beyond disputes, the practice has “an excellent grasp of the business and operational issues thus able to provide pragmatic and sound legal advice”, adds another client
  • “The firm consistently provides not only sound but practical solutions coupled with a quick turnaround time,” says a client.
  • Shearn Delamore & Co possesses one of the largest and “best run” labour and employment practices in the country, say peers and clients. The firm continues its dominance of the market, with one market observer noting: “The depth of the labour and employment practice at the firm is hard to beat. With its reputation as a top dispute resolution practice, the lawyers there are well equipped with all the necessary experience to get the best results.”
  • “Knowledgeable, experienced and friendly.”

ALB Malaysia Law Awards
Labour and Employment 2022 - Law Firm of the Year for 4 years

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Labour and Employment 2022 - Tier 1 Firm for 5 consecutive years

Sivabalah Nadarajah – Litigation Star for 5 consecutive years (2018-2022)
Raymond Low – Litigation Star for 2 consecutive years (2021 and 2022)

Who’s Who Legal
Labour, Employment & Benefits 2021

Sivabalah Nadarajah – National Leader (Southeast Asia); Global Leader for 3 consecutive years; Expert for 4 consecutive years (2015-2018)
Vijayan Venugopal National Leader (Southeast Asia); Global Leader for 3 consecutive years; Expert for 2 consecutive years (2017-2018)
Raymond Low – National Leader (Southeast Asia); Global Leader for 2 consecutive years
Suganthi Singam – National Leader (Southeast Asia)

Employment | Drew & Napier, Singapore

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Employment 2022 – Tier 1 for 7 consecutive years

Kelvin Tan – Recommended Individual for 7 consecutive years
Lim Chong Kin – Recommended Individual for 2 consecutive years; Leading Individual for 4 consecutive years (2016-2019)
Benjamin Gaw – Recommended Individual for 8 consecutive years
Rakesh Kirpalani – Recommended Individual

  • “Legal expertise coupled with practical advice and guidance. Prompt and client-focused service.”
  • “Partners and associates have good subject matter expertise, and provide prompt service.”
  • “Prompt response. Willing to explain, clear advice given. Have comfort that full attention is given to us.”
  • Sources say Drew & Napier LLC “"distinguishes itself with its extensive knowledge of employment matters and the quality of its advice" and it "provides sound business advice that can be swiftly implemented.""
  • “Drew & Napier LLC’s "responsive and incredibly thorough" team regularly handles the employment aspects of cross-border corporate transactions and mergers between multinational companies as well as investigations and raids by the regulator... Lim Chong Kin [is] also recommended.” 
  • “Kelvin Tan is a valuable resource for contentious matters.”
  • “[Kelvin Tan] is always attuned to clients’ needs and available to discuss their concerns.”
  • “Benjamin Gaw is highly rated as a non-contentious employment specialist.”
  • “’True subject matter expert’ Benjamin Gaw is ‘practical and efficient, able to deliver timely and accurately pitched advice’"
  • “Benjamin Gaw handles non-contentious work such as data protection, immigration and post-acquisition matters. He is praised for his ‘quick turnaround time’.”
  • “Rakesh Kirpalani listens well then offers clear and lucid advice.”
  • “Rakesh Kirpalani provides expertise in technology-related employment disputes.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Employment 2021 – Band 2 for 9 consecutive years

Kelvin Tan – Band 3 for 2 consecutive years; Recognised practitioner for 3 consecutive years (2018-2020)
Benjamin Gaw – Band 3 for 2 consecutive years; Recognised practitioner in 2020

  • Drew & Napier's team consists of "very efficient and smart litigators who are able to bring their skills to bear in any employment dispute."
  • "They can always be trusted to provide pragmatic advice."
  • One client describes their working relationship with the team as "positive, because they know our business inside out. Their key strengths include great depth of knowledge on the law, as well as going beyond this and taking on challenges."
  • "Adept at bringing calm to the storm and guiding us through contentious employment matters that can get stressful in nature."
  • A client notes that "Drew & Napier is our go-to law firm because of their impeccable and commercially sound advice."
  • "The arguments they put forth are logical and I find that they are protecting our interest."
  • “Excellent client services,” adding that it is “always prompt and responsive.”
  • "They are very responsive and always answer the question. They don't just state the law like some law firms do. Instead they give you something you can actually use."
  • "Extremely professional, sound advice and very prompt in serving their clients."
  • "I am continually impressed by their thoroughness."
  • "They have a proactive approach, they respond quickly and are willing to work on international projects."
  • One client praises Kelvin for his "knowledge of employment legislation, referencing case laws around the world and applying it to our matters."
  • "Benjamin understands the issues we're trying to deal with and offers succinct advice, giving the key points."
  • Benjamin is described as "very helpful and extremely responsive".

Who's Who Legal
Global Guide: Labour & Employment 2021
Benjamin Gaw – Leading Lawyer for 9 consecutive years

National Guide: Southeast Asia – Labour, Employment & Employment 2021
Benjamin Gaw – Leading Lawyer

asialaw Profiles
Labour & Employment 2022 – Highly Recommended for 7 consecutive years

  • Client feedback: The “very responsive and thorough” team at Drew & Napier handles challenging assignments in employment and labour.
  • “Quality and practical advice understanding the business and commercial perspectives with prompt services and reasonable fees.”

asialaw Leading Lawyers
Labour and Employment 2022
Kelvin Tan – Distinguished Practitioner for 3 consecutive years

  • Kelvin is praised for being “client-focused, knowledgeable with practical solutions, accessible and responsive, understands the client's needs and expectations. His team also has the same attributes.”
  • “Kelvin has the qualities that in-house legal teams look for in external counsel: technical proficiency, thoroughness and a keen appreciation of commercial sensitivities. He delivers sound and carefully considered advice, which demonstrates a deft balance of legal technicalities and commercial strategy.”
  • “Benjamin was the most responsive and very helpful.”

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Labor and employment 2022 – Tier 2 for 2 consecutive years

Kelvin Tan – Litigation Star

  • "Rakesh Kirpalani communicates well both in English and Chinese and always provides feedback promptly. He is familiar with our industry and is quick to get the points and concerns from us.”

The Straits Times - Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022
Rated full marks (5 stars) for Employment Law in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista; 4 stars in 2021

Practical Law Company Which Lawyer? Yearbook
Labour & Employee Benefits 2009
Kelvin Tan – Leading Individual

  • “Experienced in both contentious and non-contentious employment matters with some focus on corporate labour policies and breaches of contract.”

Energy | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

Asialaw Profiles
Energy - Outstanding firm for 2 consecutive years (2019-2020) and Highly Recommended for 4 consecutive years (2015-2018)

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Elite Practitioner (2019-2020); Market Leading Lawyer (2017-2018)
Lia Alizia - Distinguished Practitioner (2019-2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie - Rising Star Lawyer (2018-2019)

  • “Advanced knowledge in the Indonesian energy sector and precise advice for corporate documents.”
  • Vincent Ariesta Lie: “Vincent has very good legal knowledge both in corporate transactions and projects, and corporate litigation. He is the lawyer to go to anytime we need to consult on mostly anything. Even during times when an issue is not his primary expertise, he can give very good insights and enlightenment on the issues.”

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Projects & Energy - Tier 1 for 4 consecutive years (2017-2020) and Tier 2 for 3 consecutive years (2014-2016)

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Leading Lawyer (2016, 2018-2019)

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Energy & Infrastructure/Project Development - Tier 2 for 6 consecutive years (2015-2020)

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Highly Regarded Lawyer (2017-2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie - Highly Regarded Lawyer (2019-2020); Notable Practitioner (2018)

  • “Excellent Jakarta-based law firm. Very responsive and collaborate in multi-jurisdictional teams very well.”
  • “They are reliable and provide excellent technical and practical advice in a difficult jurisdiction. They advise us on a broad range of issues including dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, employment law and transaction work in Indonesia.”
  • “Responsive, cost effective and good understanding of industry and regulatory issues.”
  • “Good teamwork.”
  • “The firm is very responsive and very commercial. When we need a quick response for a client, Makarim & Taira S. are always happy to oblige.”
  • “Makarim & Taira S. has provided excellent, sufficiently detailed and timely advice on our projects.”
  • “Fast response and very strong advisory capability.”
  • “Resourceful.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Projects & Energy – Band 3 in 2020 and 2014 to 2018; Band 2 in 2019

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Band 2 (2017-2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie - Up & Coming (2018-2020)

Chambers Global
Projects & Energy - Band 3 for 3 consecutive years (2018-2020)

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Band 2 (2020); Band 3 (2018-2019)
Vincent Ariesta Lie - Up & Coming (2018-2020)

Asia Business Law Journal

A-List/Top 100 Lawyers

  • Lia Alizia (2018-2020)
  • Rahayu Ningsih Hoed (2018-2020)
  • Vincent Ariesta Lie (2018-2020)

Energy | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia 

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Projects & Energy 2022 – Tier 2 for 9 consecutive years

Grace C.G. Yeoh - Recommended Lawyer for 9 consecutive years (2014-2022)
Rodney Gomez - Recommended Lawyer for 9 consecutive years (2014-2022)

Asialaw Profiles
Energy - Highly Recommended for 6 consecutive years (2017-2022); Outstanding Firm (2016) and Highly Recommended for 3 consecutive years (2013-2015)

Christina S.C. Kow - Market Leading Lawyer for 3 consecutive years (2017-2019)
Grace C.G. Yeoh - Market Leading Lawyer for 3 consecutive years (2017-2019)

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Energy 2021 – Tier 2 for 8 consecutive years
Energy 2022 – Tier 3 

Grace C.G. Yeoh - Market Leader for 6 consecutive years (2017-2022)
Rajasingam Gothandapani - Highly Regarded for 6 consecutive years (2017-2022)
Ng Swee Kee - Highly Regarded for 6 consecutive years (2017-2022)
Putri Noor Shariza Noordin - Notable Practitioner for 5 consecutive years (2018-2022)
Alexius Lee - Notable Practitioner for 5 consecutive years (2018-2022)

Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2018
Project, Energy and Infrastructure Deal of the Year (Saudi Aramco Integrated Development Project of PETRONAS)

Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2020
Project, Energy and Infrastructure Deal of the Year (Project RAPID)

Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards 2020
Project Finance Deal of the Year (Project RAPID)

Energy | Drew & Napier, Singapore

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Projects & Energy 2021 – Tier 2 for 10 consecutive years

Jimmy Yim, SC - Recommended Lawyer 
Ong Sim Ho - Recommended Lawyer 
Mahesh Rai - Recommended Lawyer 
Julian Kwek - Recommended Lawyer (2019-2020)

  • The team is “sharp, responsive” and “dedicated”.
  • Team “renowned” for their “speed and efficiency”.
  • “[Their] technical skills are top notch.”

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Project Development 2021 – Tier 2 for 4 consecutive years
Energy and Infrastructure 2017 – Tier 2 for 4 consecutive years

  • “The firm has a strong track record in projects work especially in energy.”

Asialaw Profiles
Energy 2021 – Other Notable practice

Makarim & Taira S. comprises individuals who have a strong and deep knowledge of their own field and support one another.
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2020

Funds | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

Leading publications and rating agencies have yet to introduce rankings in respect of Funds legal practice in Indonesia.

Makarim & Taira S. is noted to be a top tier firm across multiple legal practice areas by such leading publications and rating agencies. Kurniawan Tanzil and Frederick Simanjuntak are the leading lawyers in the practice area of financial services.

Funds | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

Leading publications and rating agencies have yet to introduce rankings in respect of Funds legal practice in Malaysia.

Shearn Delamore & Co is noted to be a top tier firm across multiple legal practice areas by such leading publications and rating agencies. Its Head of Financial Services Practices, Ms Christina Kow, is a leading lawyer in the practice area of Funds.

Funds | Drew & Napier, Singapore

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Investment Funds 2022 – Leading firm for 6 consecutive years

Petrus Huang - Leading Individual for 6 consecutive years
Ron Cheng - Leading Individual for 2 consecutive years, previously Recommended lawyer for 4 consecutive years

  • "Based on my experience working with Drew & Napier LLC so far, they are extremely knowledgeable about fund structures and investment vehicles. They also keep themselves up to date on the various developments within the industry. They provide professional advice and guide clients on practical issues."
  • "Drew and Napier LLC went above and beyond to provide exceptional legal services and advice to my firm. When presented with complex and unconventional cases, the team at Drew and Napier LLC were able to comprehend, navigate and provide us with tailored solutions quickly and professionally. In addition, we have received invaluable industry insight and advice from them to improve on our investment product. We have found communications and reply to be almost immediate and work delivered in a timely manner. Legal fees are transparent with all indicative fees being advised upfront. The team at Drew and Napier LLC also provides us with consistent updates on the fees throughout the cases. We are honoured to be a beneficiary of the hard work and professionalism of a truly exceptional team."
  • Sources say the team comprises "knowledgeable, professional, and dedicated corporate lawyers."
  • The team is "well versed in the local regulatory requirements as well as foreign market standards".
  • The team is commended for being “excellent”, “flexible” and “responsive”, and the firm is also "well connected within the fund industry in Singapore, South-East Asia and beyond."
  • A client notes that the team is "always responsive and commercial and can handle the straight-forward matters as well as the more complex", praises the team as a "go-to firm for all Singapore funds work".
  • ‘In particular, Ron Cheng, whom I work closely with, has demonstrated that he has a strong grasp of the legal matters for fund structures. Rather than just providing template advice, he would provide advice tailored to the client’s situation and would also highlight the practical matters which clients have to take note of. Ron is also extremely responsive and is able to put across complex legal issues to clients in a clear and concise manner.’
  • “His expertise and ability to navigate through complex and unconventional fund structures is admirable. He provides honest and insightful opinions on how we can improve on our work which we are forever grateful. I also truly admire his work ethic and how he is always there for his client even when he was on leave.”
  • Petrus Huang and Ron Cheng, who stand out for their "experience and knowledge", are strong in all aspects of funds management and private equity transactions together with regulatory regimes and related tax issues.
  • A client notes Petrus Huang as “friendly and supportive;” Ron Cheng is praised for being “highly accessible and responsive.”
  • Ron Cheng also specialises in the structuring and listing of funds, "manages a good team" and "always delivers well thought out practical advice".

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Investment Funds 2022 – Leading firm for 15 consecutive years

Petrus Huang - Leading Lawyer for 12 consecutive years

  • The team "is extremely proficient and professional in the investment management industry with thorough knowledge of the Securities and Futures Act as well as the most up-to-date trends and practices in regulatory compliance."
  • The team "will carefully consider the client's situation and offer custom commercially-viable solutions rather than template churning which might not be suited to the scenario."
  • The firm has an excellent depth of knowledge and strong bench. They are responsive and commercial.”
  • The department is known for its dedication and responsiveness, as well as its commercial outlook and focus on achieving the best solutions for its clients. The team wins praise for the quality of the work, with one client remarking: "They are efficient, dedicated to their clients, enjoyable and easy to do business with."
  • "They give us practical solutions and have a good commercial sense. They are clear with the law and explain to us what is needed."
  • Petrus Huang is well regarded for his investment funds expertise and his "extensive and comprehensive understanding of the regulatory regime in Singapore."

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Investment Funds 2022 – Leading firm for 2 years

Petrus Huang - Notable Practitioner for 2 consecutive years

  • Sources say: “Superb response and turnaround time; very good knowledge and understanding of the brief; easy to communicate and always available to discuss; very good fee structure; and approachable partners and associates.”​
  • Very high level of legal services of all kinds, as required by public companies and fund managers.
  • A client noted that Petrus Huang is "extremely knowledgeable in legal, commercial and corporate, technology, etc.," and he is a "great team player."
  • Ron Cheng is praised for being “Highly professional, responsive and knowledgeable.”

General Corporate | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

asialaw Profiles
Corporate/M&A 2014 - 2020 – Highly Recommended firm for 7 consecutive years

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Elite Practitioner (2019 - 2020); Market Leading Lawyer (2017 - 2018)
Lia Alizia – Distinguished Practitioner (2019 - 2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie – Rising Star Lawyer (2018 - 2019)

  • “Advanced knowledge in the Indonesian energy sector and precise advice for corporate documents.”

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2015 - 2020 – Tier 2 firm for 6 consecutive years

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
M&A 2014 - 2020 – Tier 2 firm for 7 consecutive years

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Highly Regarded Lawyer for 4 consecutive years (2017 - 2020)
Lina Amran – Highly Regarded Lawyer for 4 consecutive years (2017 - 2020)
Kurniawan Tanzil – Highly Regarded Lawyer for 4 consecutive years (2017 - 2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie – Highly Regarded Lawyer for 2 consecutive years (2019 - 2020); Notable Practitioner (2018)
Lia Alizia – Highly Regarded Lawyer (2020); Rising Star (2019)

  • “Excellent Jakarta-based law firm. Very responsive and collaborate in multi-jurisdictional teams very well.”
  • “They are reliable and provide excellent technical and practical advice in a difficult jurisdiction. They advise us on a broad range of issues including dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, employment law and transaction work in Indonesia.”

Asian Legal Business
M&A 2018 - 2019 – Tier 2 firm for 2 years

Yohanes Masengi – Rising Star for two consecutive years (2019 - 2020)

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A – Band 3 firm (2014 and 2020), Band 4 (2015 - 2019)

Chambers Global
Corporate/M&A 2020 – Band 3 firm

Asia Business Law Journal
A-List/Top 100 Indonesian Lawyers

Lia Alizia (2018 - 2020)
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed (2018 - 2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie (2018 - 2020)
Kurniawan Tanzil (2018 - 2019)

General Corporate | Shearn Delamore Co., Malaysia

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2022 – Band 1 for 13 consecutive years

Leading Individuals
Grace C.G. Yeoh – Band 2 for 13 consecutive years
Ng Swee Kee – Band 1 for 10 consecutive years (2008 - 2017); Band 2 for 3 consecutive years (2018 - 2020), Eminent Practitioner for 2 consecutive years (2021 and 2022)
Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan – Up and Coming (2020); Band 4 for 2 consecutive years (2021 and 2022)

Chambers Global
Corporate/ M&A 2022 – Band 1 for 13 consecutive years

Leading Individuals
Grace C.G. Yeoh – Band 2 for 13 consecutive years
Ng Swee Kee – Band 1 for 11 consecutive years (2007 – 2009, 2011 - 2018); Band 2 for 2 consecutive years (2019 - 2020); Eminent Practitioner (2021 and 2022)
Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan – Up and Coming (2020); Band 4 (2021 and 2022)

  • A client describes the team at Shearn Delamore & Co as "dedicated, quick in its turnaround time and understanding of the issues at hand, offering practical solutions."
  • Clients say: "Shearn Delamore & Co is our go-to firm when we need sound and practical legal advice that provides value-added, commercially sound and new perspectives to our deals."
  • The team's client dedication is also commended by clients, who report that there is "a sense of dealing with real people who care, have a genuine interest in the subject, and put our interests first."
  • An interviewee notes: "It is the number-one most prestigious firm in Malaysia," and adds that the lawyers are "very responsive."
  • The team's all-round capability is applauded by many, with clients noting: "They are responsive, substantively good lawyers and don't cut corners."
  • "They're my first choice of counsel in Malaysia."
  • "Responsive and proactive in advising their clients."
  • "They have a good understanding of business, are pragmatic, offer a volume of services and are tuned in to what we need."
  • Sources say: "I must say they are very good; the corporate team is strong."
  • One client praises the team for being "technically sound with a good understanding of statutory guidelines relevant to corporate exercises. They are responsive and are willing to do the extra work to complete assignments smoothly."
  • Another interviewee notes that "they always respond quickly and have shown their expertise to solve our queries."

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
M&A 2022 – Tier 1 practice for 13 consecutive years

Grace C.G. Yeoh – Market Leader for 5 consecutive years (2018 – 2022)
Ng Swee Kee – Highly Regarded Lawyer for 5 consecutive years (2018 – 2022)
Marhaini Nordin – Leading Lawyer for 3 consecutive years (2011 – 2013)
Putri Noor Shariza Noordin – Notable Practitioner for 5 consecutive years (2018 – 2022)
Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan – Rising Star for 4 consecutive years (2018 – 2021); Notable Practitioner (2022)

  • Shearn Delamore & Co is a highly reputable firm, very competent and known for its ability to perform excellently
  • Highly responsive and ready for client's instructions.”
  • The firm has deep bench strength and executes transactions well.”
  • A client praised the firm’s work as well as its “quick turnaround time and good legal and commercial input to resolving the issue”.
  • The M&A practice has been described by clients as “excellent”, “commercially astute” and “technically sound”; an overall “first class” offering.
  • "The firm is reputable and very well networked, internationally," says a client.
  • One client praises the lawyers at the firm: “They have been comprehensive and conservative in their advice, thus ensuring that we are protected from unnecessary future legal issues.”

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2022 – Top Tier for 13 consecutive years

Grace C.G. Yeoh – Recommended Lawyer; Hall of Fame (2020 - 2022); Leading Lawyer for 11 consecutive years (2010 - 2020)
Ng Swee Kee – Recommended Lawyer for 4 consecutive years (2017 - 2020); Leading Lawyer for 9 consecutive years (2007 - 2015)
Putri Noor Shariza Noordin – Recommended Lawyer for 3 years (2010, 2014 and 2015)
Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan – Recommended Lawyer for 3 consecutive years (2019 - 2021)
Marhaini Nordin – Recommended Lawyer (2020)
Michelle Wong - Recommended Lawyer (2021)
Lai Zhen Pik - Recommended Lawyer and Next Generation Lawyer (2022)

  • “Very responsive. The answers are clear and sufficiently detailed”
  • The practice is commended for its ‘response times, industry knowledge, appropriate advice, strength-in-depth, and value for money’.
  • Shearn Delamore & Co is described by some clients as ‘first choice’.
  • “Extensive experience in required areas, strong team and teamwork, extremely responsive to client’s needs.” 
  • “Stand out partner is Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan. Exemplary responsiveness to client’s requests and needs, and provision of timely and useful advice.” 

Asialaw Profiles
Corporate/M&A 2022 – Outstanding firm for 7 consecutive years (2016 - 2022)

Grace C.G. Yeoh – Elite Practitioner (2020 - 2022), Market Leading Lawyer for 3 consecutive years (2017 – 2019)
Ng Swee Kee – Distinguished Practitioner (2020), Leading Individual for 5 years (2014, 2016 – 2019)

  • Both the corporate and dispute resolution teams are very professional, fast and provide sound legal advice with a clear understanding of the client's business and requirements.”
  • Very professional team - committed to the timeline and job scope.”
  • Shearn Delamore & Co’s “team of lawyers are highly competent and have extensive experience in corporate works,” remarks a client.
  • The team is “very responsive to issues which needed to be resolved within a small window of time”, says a client.
  • Shearn Delamore provides excellent general corporate services,” says a client.

Who’s Who Legal

Ng Swee Kee – Expert for 4 consecutive years (2012 - 2015)

Expert Guides

Grace C.G. Yeoh – Leading Practitioner and Women in Business Law for 3 consecutive years (2018 - 2020)
Ng Swee Kee – Leading Practitioner for 3 consecutive years (2018 - 2020)

Asia Legal Business Journal “The A-List of Malaysia’s Top 100 Lawyers”

Grace C.G. Yeoh – Listed lawyer for 3 consecutive years (2019 - 2021)
Ng Swee Kee – Listed lawyer for 3 consecutive years (2019 - 2021)

IFLR Asia Awards 2014
M&A Deal of the Year (Fraser & Neave - Contested Takeover by TCC Assets and Thai Beverage Public Co)

Asian Legal Business: SE Asia Legal Awards 2014
Southeast Asia Deal of the Year,
Southeast Asia M&A Deal of the Year, and
Singapore M&A Deal of the Year

Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2014
M&A Deal of the Year (Saudi Aramco Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development project with Petroliam Nasional Berhad)

Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2015
Malaysia Deal Firm of the Year, co-winner with Wong & Partners (Baker & McKenzie affiliated)

Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2018
Malaysia Deal of the Year (Saudi Aramco Integrated Development Project of PETRONAS)

Asian Legal Business M&A
Tier 1 Firm in Malaysia for 3 consecutive years (2019-2021)

Asialaw Regional Awards 2019
Editor’s Choice: Impact Deal of the Year (Saudi Aramco Integrated Development Project of PETRONAS)

General Corporate | Drew & Napier, Singapore

Corporate and Transactional

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Corporate/M&A 2022 - Tier 2 firm for 17 consecutive years

  • "D&N has been a very knowledgeable, professional and progressive law firm - so much so that we retain D&N not only for our corporate, legal and investment work but also highly recommend D&N to our network of businesses.”
  • The team provides “very high level legal service,” and is “quick, efficient and very much comprehensive.”
  • The team “always provides professional advice promptly on information for the related issues. The firm pays attention to details and are supported by committed team members."

Chambers Asia-Pacific and Global
Corporate/M&A 2021 - Leading firm for 14 consecutive years

  • Clients appreciate that "the partners are directly involved in developing strategies and negotiations with counterparties," adding that the "associates are amongst the best that we have worked with."
  • “The team's client service is commonly picked out as a key strength: ‘They are very professional, easy to get along with and efficient in meeting deadlines.’"
  • "They are timely and relentless in their pursuit of providing holistic advice and guidance to their clients."
  • "Whenever something came out of left field we hadn't prepared for and we needed advice, there was always someone in the team with the right experience - really a full service shop."
  • "Exceptional ability to both anticipate issues and recommend solutions before they present."
  • "Very practical and strong advisers."

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2021 - Tier 3 firm for 4 consecutive years

  • The firm "is incredibly strong in matters involving listed companies", "is very well-coordinated, highly attentive and hands-on", with "an exceptional ability to both anticipate issues and recommend solutions".
  • "A highly professional’ corporate team, which provides advice with ‘quick turnaround times"
  • "Strong, efficient, pragmatic’ team”

Asian Legal Business 
M&A 2021 - Tier 2 firm for 10 consecutive years

Asialaw Profiles
Corporate and M&A 2022 – Recommended practice

  • “The team was able to address the issues I wanted to be addressed as well as spot issues pertinent to my case that I had not considered. Their advice was succinct and clear. The team was extremely responsive and proactive and provided timely advice.
  • “Very prompt reply, client-oriented, responsible and reliable.”
  • “Excellent technically, responsive, focused. Understand the client’s needs.”

Healthcare and Life Sciences | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

Asialaw Profiles
Corporate/M&A 2014-2020 – Highly Recommended Firm for 7 consecutive years

Lia Alizia – Distinguished Practitioner (2019/2020)
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Elite Practitioner (2019/2020)

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2015-2020 – Tier 2 for 6 consecutive years

IFLR 1000
M&A 2014-2020 – Tier 2 for 7 consecutive years

Kurniawan Tanzil – Highly Regarded Lawyer in Banking, M&A for 4 consecutive years (2017-2020)

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2020 – Band 3; Band 4 for 5 consecutive years (2015-2019)

Asian Legal Business
M&A Rankings 2018-2019 – Tier 2 for 2 consecutive years

Healthcare and Life Sciences | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Intellectual Property 2010-2020 – Tier 1 for 11 consecutive years

  • One interviewee regards it as "the standout firm in Malaysia for IP."

Dispute Resolution 2010-2020 – Tier 1 for 11 consecutive years

  • One client praises its "great team," commending their "excellent research work, written submissions and the manner in which they prepare for, and argue in, hearings."

Corporate/M&A 2010-2020 – Tier 1 for 11 consecutive years

  • "Shearn Delamore & Co is our go-to firm when we need sound and practical legal advice that provides value-added, commercially sound and new perspectives to our deals."

Tax 2010-2020 – Tier 1 for 11 consecutive years

  • "They provided good advice on how we should strategise in terms of the tax settlement process with the local authority."

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Intellectual Property 2010-2020 – Tier 1 for 11 consecutive years

  • “The firm has expertise encompassing all manner of intellectual property related legal work. With a number of senior IP practitioners, they have greater depth of knowledge and experience.”

Dispute Resolution 2010-2020 – Tier 1 for 11 consecutive years

  • “Shearn Delamore & Co. team provides sound legal advice, in-depth analysis of complex issues and effective & innovative solutions to various issues.”

Corporate/M&A 2010-2020 – Tier 1 for 11 consecutive years

  • The practice is commended for its “response times, industry knowledge, appropriate advice, strength-in-depth, and value for money”.

Tax 2010-2017, 2019 and 2020 – Tier 1; Tier 2 (2018)

  • “The team has the immense ability to understand a lot of new information within a very short period of time related to a business they were previously not familiar with.”

Asialaw Profiles
Intellectual Property 2016-2020 – Outstanding for 5 consecutive years; Highly Recommended for 3 consecutive years (2013-2015); Tier 1 for 3 consecutive years (2010-2012)

  • “A strong team with a good range of legal and technical staff at different levels of seniority. They are willing to take on hard cases and push for their clients.”

Dispute Resolution 2016-2020 – Outstanding for 5 consecutive years; Highly Recommended for 3 consecutive years (2013-2015); Tier 1 for 3 consecutive years (2010-2012)

  • “The firm eschews theory and banality, delivering sound practical advice that is aligned with our business needs.”

Corporate/M&A 2016-2020 – Outstanding for 5 consecutive years; Highly Recommended for 3 consecutive years (2013-2015); Tier 1 for 3 consecutive years (2010-2012)

  • “Very professional team - committed to the timeline and job scope.”

Tax 2017-2020 – Outstanding for 4 consecutive years; Highly Recommended for 4 consecutive years (2013-2016); Tier 1 for 3 consecutive years (2010-2012)

  • "The firm provides professional advisory service with excellent support. The firm is articulate and communicates well with Inland Revenue on behalf of the client.”

Healthcare and Life Sciences | Drew & Napier, Singapore

Who’s Who Legal
Life Sciences 
Tony Yeo – Global Elite Thought Leader for Thought Leaders Guide: Life Sciences - Patent Litigation 2022 for 2 consecutive years; Global Elite Thought Leader for Global Guide: Life Sciences - Patent Litigation 2021 for 2 consecutive years; Recommended Lawyer for Global Guide: Life Sciences 2022 for 12 consecutive years, and National Guide: Southeast Asia - Life Sciences 2021
Benjamin Gaw – Global Elite Thought Leader for Thought Leaders Guide: Life Sciences -Regulatory 2022, and Thought Leaders Guide: Life Sciences - Transactional 2022; Global Elite Thought Leader for Global Guide: Life Sciences - Regulatory 2022 for 4 consecutive years, and Global Guide: Life Sciences - Transactional 2022 for 2 consecutive years; Recommended Lawyer for Global Guide: Life Sciences 2022 for 12 consecutive years, and National Guide: Southeast Asia - Life Sciences 2021
Meryl Koh – Recommended Lawyer for Global Guide: Life Sciences - Patent Litigation 2022 for 2 consecutive years, and National Guide: Southeast Asia - Life Sciences 2021

IP
Tony Yeo – Recommended Lawyer for Global Guide: Global Guide: IP - Patents 2021 for 8 consecutive years, Global Guide: IP - Trademarks 2021 for 5 consecutive years, National Guide: Southeast Asia - Patents 2021, and National Guide: Southeast Asia - Trademarks 2021
Meryl Koh – Recommended Lawyer for Global Guide: IP - Patents 2021, and National Guide: Southeast Asia - Patents 2021

  • “Drew & Napier [is] recognised as [a] leader in [the] domestic market.”
  • “Tony Yeo enjoys a sterling reputation among peers in IP litigation and is described by sources as “a formidable and very well-regarded litigator in the IP field”.”  
  • Tony Yeo has “impressive width and depth of knowledge” and provides “practical solutions while considering client’s interests at the same time”.
  • “Tony Yeo is an authority in the sector known for his extensive experience representing pharmaceutical and biotech companies in complex litigation and enforcements.”
  • “Tony Yeo is a standout patent litigator renowned for his precise approach and careful planning in complex IP disputes.”
  • Tony Yeo is “an excellent IP litigator” with a strong reputation for his top-tier work in the life sciences.
  • Tony Yeo of Drew & Napier is a “seasoned litigator” who “stands out among the pack”. Clients commend him for being “highly engaged and hardworking” and for always “focusing on the best interest of clients”.
  • “Tony Yeo is recommended across our life sciences chapters for his wide-ranging expertise in the area.”
  • “Benjamin Gaw is “professional, calm and able to effectively manage counterparties in M&A transactions”, with sources further noting his deep regulatory understanding of the life sciences sector.”
  • “Benjamin Gaw is a top-tier lawyer, who is sought after for his expertise in M&A, joint venture transactions and restructurings.”
  • Benjamin Gaw is known as “a responsive and prompt advocate who gives clear advice and brings a calm and professional approach to matters”.
  • Benjamin is a “first-class practitioner who expertly advises on complex issues”.
  • “Benjamin Gaw is a well-regarded name in Singapore for patent disputes”.
  • Benjamin is “held in high esteem for his excellence in joint ventures and M&A transactions in the life sciences sector”.
  • “Benjamin Gaw is recognised for his dynamic corporate and commercial practice, where he excels at handling a wide range of complex matters for clients in the life sciences sector.”
  • Benjamin is praised for being “extremely well informed of the needs of life sciences clients”.
  • Benjamin Gaw of Drew & Napier is “precise, knowledgeable and extremely commercial” in his approach, and is “particularly good with biotechnology and high-tech issues associated with medical devices and medical systems.” Peers call him “efficient and always a delight to work with”.
  • “Clients “warmly endorse” Benjamin Gaw for his excellent work in the field of patent law. He is particularly well regarded for his deep knowledge life sciences and pharmaceutical regulation.”
  • “Benjamin Gaw is one of the region’s foremost lawyers in pharmaceutical and healthcare regulatory matters.”
  • Meryl Koh is praised by peers as “the lawyer you need in highly complex litigation as she focuses in to find the needle in the haystack that often wins the case”.
  • Meryl Koh is “at the top of the list for patent litigators”.
  • “Meryl Koh is a top-tier advocate in contentious corporate, domain name and patent disputes. Her impressive roster of clients spans the media, pharmaceutical and agriculture sectors.”

Asia IP Experts 
IP 
Tony Yeo – Identified as a leading IP lawyer in Singapore in 2021

IP Enforcement, Patents, and Litigation
Tony Yeo – Leading Individual for 3 consecutive years (2016-2018)

Pharma & Biotech
Tony Yeo – Leading Individual for 6 consecutive years (2013-2018)
Benjamin Gaw – Leading Individual for 5 consecutive years (2013-2017)

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Intellectual Property: Domestic 2022 – Band 1 for 15 consecutive years

Tony Yeo – Band 1 for 4 consecutive years; Band 2 for 10 consecutive years (2009 to 2018)
Meryl Koh – Band 3

  • Drew & Napier's lawyers "are meticulous and their advice is strategic".
  • "The firm is responsive to our company's needs and we are happy with the level of service."
  • “Large and established IP department in Singapore with in-depth experience in contentious IP matters across patents, designs, trade marks, copyrights, licensing, franchising and confidentiality agreements. Particularly adept at handling passing-off actions.”
  • “Deep bench of lawyers with cross-border expertise spanning China, Malaysia and the USA.”
  • Sources say the IP practice is a “powerhouse in Singapore with very talented lawyers, who think globally while acting locally.”
  • "The strength of the firm is the IP department, which is very efficient and whose turnaround time is fast."
  • The team is also praised for being “very attentive to client needs, technically strong and good at project management," and are "very good at ensuring a seamless service", adding that:
  • "They are really lovely to deal with; very hospitable and well organised. Everything you would expect from a top firm."
  • "A strong IP practice that provides sound and practical advice."
  • “The team is very responsive, knowledgeable and hard-working. Their grasp of details is impressive.”
  • “They are a very strong team, especially when it comes to contentious IP work.”

Chambers Global
International & Cross-Border Capabilities 2022 – Leading firm for 4 consecutive years

  • Global says that “The firm has especially well-developed international capabilities in the contentious arena. The team is very active in international arbitration, cross-border investigations, contentious and transactional IP and regulatory work across the South-East Asian region, India and China.”

Asian Legal Business (ALB) Magazine
Intellectual Property rankings 2021 (Singapore) – Tier 1 in the areas of Patents and Trademarks/Copyrights for 9 consecutive years
ALB South East Asia Law Awards 2019 – won Singapore Intellectual Property Firm of the Year for the second time

Tony Yeo – ALB Asia Top 15 IP Lawyers 2021

Managing Intellectual Property
World IP Survey 2021: Singapore – Leading IP Firm for 22 consecutive years
Singapore Trade Mark Prosecution and Singapore Patent Contentious Firm of the Year 2020
Singapore Trade Mark Prosecution IP Firm of the Year 2019
Singapore Prosecution IP Firm of the Year 2018
Singapore Contentious IP Firm of the Year 2014-2017
Singapore IP Firm of the Year 2013
Ranked top tiers in the following areas: Patent Contentious; Trade mark Prosecution; Trade mark Contentious
Leading firm in Patent Prosecution and Copyright & related rights
Highly recommended in IP transactions

IP Stars 2021:
Tony Yeo – Trade Mark Star for 8 consecutive years; Patent Star for 8 consecutive years 
Meryl Koh – Rising Star

  • Sources say that Drew & Napier is “definitely, a prominent team for any type of IP work”
  • “Particularly forceful in IP litigation”.
  • “They are hard-working, thorough and responsive, and understand well the client’s objectives and resolve disputes effectively and efficiently.”

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Intellectual Property 2022 – Tier 1 for 23 consecutive years

Tony Yeo – Hall of Fame for 3 consecutive years; Leading Lawyer for 10 consecutive years (2011-2020)

  • “Very professional team. With D&N the key difference is their professionalism and internal confidence in their own abilities.”
  • “D&N has always impressed me with their professionalism and efficiency. Unlike other firms, they are always timely, detailed and careful in their handling of my cases. The most important thing that sets them apart from the rest is their perseverance and innovative ideas. Somehow, they always seem to have a solution for everything, even for the most difficult and challenging cases. Their flexibility to accommodate to my tight schedule is also a very big plus point.”
  • "The team is effectively bilingual and was able to look through our curriculum and workflow documents in Chinese to identify gaps in IP compliance and security. They were also able to put together a comprehensive handbook which we use to train newcomers to our company.”
  • “Strategic and first-class lawyers. One of the best in the IP litigation arena. Possess a depth of knowledge, great commercial sense, and responsive. Consistently delivers reliable, excellent, and practical advice and work. Able to handle highly complex work.”
  • “A fantastic legal team. They work closely as one unit. Their depth of knowledge, aggressiveness in litigation strategy and business savviness is outstanding.”
  • Sources say that Drew & Napier LLC's “’very sharp team' provides 'practical business-focused advice' on all types of IP assets”.
  • Drew & Napier LLC’s "‘tenacious’ team is ‘meticulous and strategic in providing advice, seeing the big picture while drilling down into the finer points’.”
  • “Drew & Napier is the best there is when it comes to litigation.”
  • “The lawyers at Drew & Napier LLC excel in their ‘knowledge of local legislation’ and litigation.”

asialaw Profiles
Intellectual Property 2022 – Outstanding practice for 7 consecutive years; Highly recommended practice for 3 consecutive years (2013-2015)

  • “The lawyers are meticulous and preemptive in building the litigation case and explain your options clearly to you.”
  • “The lawyers are able to advise on different options to approach the dispute and try to settle it in the most appropriate manner.”
  • “The firm provides timely and good service as well as practical advice to suit our needs and is able to do so at a reasonable fee.”
  • “Very good at thinking outside the box, efficient, frank and clear advice, always has the client's goals in mind to meet the objective.”
  • Sources say that “the quality of work and service is excellent – a notch above most of the other premier law firms.”
  • “Highly competent on the technical aspect of the deal, practical and commercial, not pedantic and responsive.”
  • “The IP team at Drew & Napier provides very high quality of work…They are timely in their responses and strategic in thinking and very knowledgeable in their specialist fields.”
  • “Provides reliable services in a cost-efficient manner.”

asialaw Leading Lawyers
Intellectual Property 2022
Tony Yeo – Elite Practitioner for 5 consecutive years

  • “Tony Yeo is truly an excellent lawyer. When he understands the issue, he comes up with creative solutions from his depth of knowledge in IP and general law. He is the person to go to when you have a high-value complex IP case. You know you are in safe hands with Tony.”
  • Tony Yeo was recommended by his client as someone who has “great depth of knowledge. Very Savvy. Fantastic litigator.”
  • “Benjamin was the most responsive and very helpful.”
  • “Meryl has shown her integrity and delivers professionalism objectively, enabling us to call for the right decision based on her careful thoughts and views.”
  • “Meryl is great at listening to your worries and giving you advice in accordance with your company's objectives.”
  • “Meryl is very helpful and detailed in analysing the situation to come up with the most suitable solution for the issue. She is able to calm and reassure the client about the situation to reduce the stressful situation.”

IAM Patent 1000
Litigation 2021 – Gold band for 8 consecutive years
Prosecution 2021 – Silver band for 2 consecutive years; Recommended for 6 consecutive years (2014 - 2019)
Transactions 2021 – Recommended for 3 consecutive years

2021 Endorsed Individuals:
Tony Yeo – Gold band for Litigation for 3 consecutive years; Recommended for 5 consecutive years (2014 - 2018)
Meryl Koh – Silver band for Litigation; Bronze band in 2020

  • “They are the best IP lawyers I have ever worked with.”
  • “You know they are giving 110% to everything they do for you.”
  • “The venerable Drew & Napier LLC pairs a strong patent prosecution practice with a litigation side universally hailed as one of the market’s very best.”
  • “Not only are they the best in their field, these subject matter experts are responsive and commercially savvy.”
  • Sources say that Drew & Napier is a “highly respected litigation practice throughout Southeast Asia”.
  • “Not only are they the best in their field, these subject matter experts are responsive and commercially savvy.”
  • Sources say that Drew & Napier LLC remains “one of the best” at what it does. With its “tremendously hardworking” team offering “sensible commercial advice” and applying “great strategic thinking” to every patent matter, it is a one-stop shop that “you can trust, always feeling that your case is in safe hands”.
  • Drew & Napier’s “enviable share of the Singaporean patent prosecution market and its frequent appearances in the courtroom are testament to the trust accorded it by both Singaporean and foreign clients…”
  • “On an equal footing with the big global legal brands”, local player Drew & Napier casts a long shadow on Singapore’s patent landscape.”

IAM Global Leaders (2021 Edition)
Tony Yeo – Identified as one of Singapore’s foremost patent experts

IAM Strategy 300: The World's Leading IP Strategists 2021
Tony Yeo – Named as one of the preeminent IP strategists in the world 

Asia IP
Intellectual Property 2021 – Tier 1 for 10 consecutive years
Singapore Trade Mark Firm of the Year 2012-2016, 2018, 2020
Singapore Patent Firm of the Year 2017-2019
Patent Prosecution – Tier 1
Patent Contentious – Tier 1
Trade Mark Prosecution – Tier 1
Trade Mark Contentious – Tier 1
Copyright – Tier 1

  • “They have solid teams who are dedicated and passionate about what they do and are savvy in providing strategic legal advice.”
  • Sources say that “Drew & Napier is a go-to firm for contentious IP work”

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Intellectual Property 2021 – Tier 1 for 3 consecutive years

Tony Yeo – Litigation Star in Intellectual Property 2021 for 2 consecutive years; Dispute Resolution Star in Intellectual Property 2019)=

  • “Vast experience and practical advice to the client in addition to great knowledge about the law.”
  • “Advice from the firm was professional, creative and productive.”
  • A client commented, “I appreciate having reminders before all renewals, proceeding and etc. They tackle issues with prompt decisions.”

The Straits Times - Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022
Rated full marks (5 stars) for Intellectual Property Law in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista for 2 consecutive years

ILO Client Choice Awards
Tony Yeo – Winner of the Singapore Healthcare & Life Sciences Award 2013

India Desk | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia 

Chambers Asia-Pacific

Karen Abraham - Leading Lawyer (2010-2020)
Rajasingam Gothandapani - Leading Lawyer (2011-2020)

Asialaw Profiles

Karen Abraham - Elite Practitioner (2020); Market Leading Lawyer (2017-2019); Leading Lawyer (2013-2016)
Rajasingam Gothandapani- Leading Lawyer (2015, 2016-2019)

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific

Karen Abraham - Hall of Fame; Leading Lawyer (2010-2020)
Rajasingam Gothandapani - Recommended Lawyer (2010, 2012-2013, 2015, 2017-2018)

India Desk | Drew & Napier, Singapore 

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A (Desk based Abroad in Singapore) – India 2018 for 6 consecutive years

  • “This Singapore firm has expertise in structuring India-focused funds and handling venture capital investments into the country. The firm also advises on cross-border acquisitions and joint ventures for both Indian and international clients.”

Dispute Resolution (Desk based Abroad in Singapore) – India 2019 for 3 consecutive years

  • Clients commented that the team is “able to navigate through and grasp Indian proceedings very quickly.”

Chambers Global 
International & Cross-Border Capabilities 2019 – Leading firm

  • “The firm has especially well-developed international capabilities in the contentious arena. The team is very active in international arbitration, cross-border investigations, contentious and transactional IP and regulatory work across the South-East Asian region, India and China. The team often acts for Indian clients on inbound disputes relating to South-East Asian investments.”

Indian Business Law Journal

Deals of the Year 2018 awards – two deals which Drew was involved in were identified as among the top 50 landmark deals in 2018 involving Indian parties. The deals - Sindicatum Renewable Energy’s Triple-tranche Green Bond Offering and Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart - were selected for their size, novelty and complexity.

Drew has been highlighted as a “Regional and Specialist firm" for India work in the annual survey published in August 2020. We have been listed for the past 7 years.

Asian Legal Business India Law Awards 2019
India Practice - Asian Law Firm of the Year 2019

Infrastructure & Construction | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

asialaw Profiles 2021 edition
Highly Recommended for Construction & Real Estate from 2014 to 2021
Outstanding for Project & Infrastructure from 2019 to 2021
Highly Recommended from 2015 to 2018

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed identified as an Elite Practitioner (2019 to 2021) and a Market Leading Lawyer (2017 to 2018)
Lia Alizia – Distinguished Practitioner (2019 to 2021)
Vincent Ariesta Lie – Rising Star Lawyer (2018-2021)

  • “They can always provide flexibility and sound judgements.”
  • “Advanced knowledge in the Indonesian energy sector and precise advice for corporate documents.”
  • Heru Mardijarto: “He is very knowledgeable and approachable. He builds up good relationships with clients.”
  • Vincent Ariesta Lie: “Vincent has very good legal knowledge both in corporate transactions and projects, and corporate litigation. He is the lawyer to go to anytime we need to consult on mostly anything. Even during times when an issue is not his primary expertise, he can give very good insights and enlightenment on the issues.”

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Tier 1 for Real Estate from 2014 to 2020
Tier 1 for Projects & Energy from 2017 to 2020; Tier 2 from 2014 to 2016

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Leading Individual (2016 to 2016, 2018 to 2019)
Yohanes Masengi – Next Generation Lawyer (2019)

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Tier 2 for Energy & Infrastructure/Project Development from 2015 to 2020

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Highly Regarded Lawyer (2017 to 2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie – Highly Regarded Lawyer (2019 to 2020); Notable Practitioner (2018)

  • “Excellent Jakarta-based law firm. Very responsive and collaborate in multi-jurisdictional teams very well.”
  • “They are reliable and provide excellent technical and practical advice in a difficult jurisdiction. They advise us on a broad range of issues including dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, employment law and transaction work in Indonesia.”
  • “Responsive, cost effective and good understanding of industry and regulatory issues.”
  • “Good teamwork.”
  • “The firm is very responsive and very commercial. When we need a quick response for a client, Makarim & Taira S. are always happy to oblige.”
  • “Makarim & Taira S. has provided excellent, sufficiently detailed and timely advice on our projects.”
  • “Fast response and very strong advisory capability.”
  • “Resourceful.”
Chambers Asia-Pacific
Band 1 for Real Estate in 2014, Band 2 from 2015 to 2016 and 2018 to 2020, and Band 3 in 2017
Band 3 for Projects & Energy from 2014 to 2020; Band 2 in 2019
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Band 2 (2017 to 2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie – Up & Coming (2018 to 2020)
Chambers Global
Band 3 for Projects & Energy from 2018 to 2020
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Band 2 (2020); Band 3 (2018 to 2019)
Vincent Ariesta Lie – Up & Coming (2018 to 2020)
Asia Business Law Journal A-List/Top 100 Lawyers
Lia Alizia (2018 to 2020)
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed (2018 to 2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie (2018 to 2020)
Kurniawan Tanzil (2018-2019)

 

Infrastructure & Construction | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Construction 2022 – Top Tier (13 consecutive years)

Rodney Gomez – Recommended Lawyer (7 years ranked)

  • “Shearn Delamore & Co has diverse areas of practice and are able to provide excellent legal services and advice to us.”
  • “Their advice and solutions have been brilliant and enabled us in making decisions for complex situations”

asialaw Profiles
Construction 2022 – Outstanding (5 consecutive years)
Infrastructure 2022 – Recommended (6 consecutive years)

Rodney Gomez – Distinguished Practitioner in Construction (3 consecutive years)
Rodney Gomez – Leading Lawyer in Infrastructure (3 years ranked)

  • Their commercial acumen is very good and would always try to make the deal work for both sides,” says an in-house counsel. “They don’t waste clients’ time and always give their suggestion on how things work.”

IFLR1000
Infrastructure 2021 – Tier 2 (8 consecutive years)

Putri Noor Shariza Noordin - Notable Practitioner (4 consecutive years)
Alexius Lee – Notable Practitioner (4 consecutive years)

Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 
Project, Energy and Infrastructure Deal of the Year (Project RAPID) 2020

Asian Legal Business South East Asia Law Awards
Project Finance Deal of the Year (Project Rapid) 2020

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Construction 2022 - Tier 1 Firm (2 consecutive years); Tier 2 Firm (2020)

Rodney Gomez – Litigation Star (2 consecutive years)

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Projects, Infrastructure & Energy – Band 2 (2 years ranked)

Rodney Gomez – Band 3 (7 consecutive years) and Band 2 (4 years ranked) for Construction in 2020

  • Technical ability: "I was strongly recommended to work with Shearn Delamore and I have never had reason to consult an alternative firm."
  • "They have good bench strength and depth."

Who’s Who Legal
Construction 2021

Rodney Gomez – National Leader (Southeast Asia); Global Leader for 3 consecutive years

Infrastructure & Construction | Drew & Napier, Singapore

asialaw Profiles
Construction 2019 to 2022 – Recommended firm (4 consecutive years)
Construction & Real Estate 2013 to 2018 – Highly Recommended firm (6 consecutive years)
Infrastructure 2017 to 2022 – Recommended firm (6 consecutive years)

Christopher Chong – Identified as a Distinguished Practitioner for Construction 2022 (3 consecutive years)

  • “Christopher Chong is a first class international arbitration practitioner supported by a strong team.”
  • Mahesh has “deep understanding of Singapore law and appreciation of practical problems in multijurisdiction litigations.”
  • Mahesh possesses “strong knowledge of Indian laws.”
  • Mahesh “demonstrates commitment and responsiveness to queries at all hours. A very driven individual who has sensible commercial solutions. A capable lawyer who delivers results we ask for.”
  • “Mahesh is a first-rate litigator with a good eye for detail. He grasps issues quickly, was accessible and was excellent in providing commercial solutions to our problems.”
  • “Mahesh is an excellent disputes lawyer and a master strategist with a deserved reputation for solving complex issues. He was very user friendly, commercially-minded and was one of the best lawyers my company has worked with.”
  • “The level of legal advice and general client service that I received while working with Mahesh Rai's team was outstanding. My queries were answered promptly and with great attention to detail. Not only did the team closely monitor the progress of the settlement discussions, but it had also taken it upon itself to supervise and check the drafts that came back from the Indonesian law firm instructed by us to advise on Indonesian law queries pertaining to the transaction. Our management and I have been very pleased with the standard of service received from D&N.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Construction 2022 – Band 4 (2 consecutive years)
Construction 2020 – Noted Practitioner (2 consecutive years)

Christopher Chong – Band 2 for Construction 2022; Band 3 in 2020 and 2021; Leading Lawyer in 2019

  • Drew & Napier is an "impressive team with extensive experience in construction and infrastructure law and the disputes that arise out of major projects."
  • “A market commentator praises Drew & Napier's attention to detail and says it is "an extremely efficient firm that provides excellent services."”
  • A client remarks, "We are very happy with their performance. Their legal strategy is sound and they deliver on tight timelines. They are particularly good at analysing various available legal options and communicating those to us so that we can take considered decisions."
  • “The team made themselves available and were always on point, with a very good understanding of the whole process."
  • "Christopher Chong is a construction law expert and an excellent strategist when it comes to resolving complex multi-party disputes on major infrastructure projects. When projects go south, you want him on your team."
  • "Christopher is pragmatic and quick on his feet”.
  • Christopher is "a very sound construction lawyer".
  • A client praised Christopher for his "knowledge and practical experience," added that "he is excellent and has a very bright mind".

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Construction 2022 – Tier 3; Tier 4 in 2021

Christopher Chong – Recommended Lawyer (2 consecutive years)
Mahesh Rai – Recommended Lawyer (2 consecutive years)
Jimmy Yim SC – Recommended Lawyer
Cavinder Bull SC – Recommended Lawyer
Kelvin Teo – Next Generation Partner
(4 consecutive years)
Don Loo – Recommended Lawyer
Nicole Toh – Recommended Lawyer
Josh Tan – Recommended Lawyer

  • “The Rolls Royce of the Singapore Market – can’t get any better.”
  • “Drew & Napier’s construction & engineering practice is first-rate in the projects disputes area. “
  • “Comprehensive full-service firm with depth of expertise in a range of critical areas that are indispensable for our day-to-day operations, whether during a growth cycle or a downward trend, such as construction, corporate, insolvency & restructuring, security of payment matters and dispute resolution. Drew & Napier has been our trusted go-to firm on a regular, consistent basis for some years now with full intention on our part to continue this relationship for a long time to come.”
  • “For an international conglomerate operating subsidiaries in Singapore, we need (and expect) that practitioners have an international perspective and at the same time is in tune with the local pulse and practices. Excellent legal work aside, the Drew & Napier team excels in bringing in-depth local on-the-ground knowledge to the table, conveyed in a matter that an international client would readily understand and appreciate. Their knowledge, responsiveness, and efficiency in matters, is something that other firms can only aspire to."
  • “Drew & Napier LLC is “renowned” for real estate and construction, advising on the contentious and non-contentious aspects of construction, engineering and related insurance issues."
  • "Drew & Napier LLC has broad and deep expertise in both contentious and non-contentious real estate and construction matters.”

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Construction – Tier 2 
Christopher Chong – Litigation Star for Construction 2022 (3 consecutive years)
Mahesh Rai – Future Star for Construction 2022

A client commented that Drew & Napier has an “excellent dispute resolution practice. Very professional and service oriented. They are able to anticipate and identify issues and offer sound and practical ways out of a situation.”

Christopher has “impressive ability to cut through complex fact scenarios and get to the heart of the issues. Provides strategic and commercial advice.”

Who’s Who Legal
Christopher Chong – Thought Leader for Thought Leaders Guide: Construction 2021
Christopher Chong – Leading Lawyer for Global Guide: Construction 2022 (5 consecutive years)
Christopher Chong – Leading Lawyer for National Guide: Southeast Asia - Construction 2021

  • Christopher earns praise for his “unparalleled strategic mindset and commercial outlook”.
  • Christopher’s “high quality, clear and effective arguments and drafting” are considered to be “a delight to behold”.

Best Lawyers International: Singapore
Christopher Chong – Endorsed individual for Construction Law 2023 (3 consecutive years)
Jimmy Yim SC – Endorsed individual for Construction Law 2023 (9 consecutive years)

Legal Media Group Expert Guides
Christopher Chong – Identified as an expert for Construction 2020

“The team has depth of experience and gives solid commercial advice. It is also very helpful for the client that the team is very responsive with short turn around times (even during the lock down period)”.
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2021

Insurance | Drew Network Asia

The DNA Insurance Practice Group has handled a number of significant matters, including the following:

  • Instructed by insurers to act for a leading University in defending a cross-border trade secret and conspiracy claim commenced in the United States. Depositions were conducted in Singapore and a database expert from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was retained.
  • Successfully defended a claim by the insurer agent based on tort of conspiracy to fabricate evidence to induce and/or procure breach of contract.
  • Advised a European headquartered financial institution on various insurance policies and the issues arising from the assignment of such policies.
  • Represented a Dubai-based family in the Singapore International Commercial Court in a cross-border dispute involving the alleged mis-selling of a universal life insurance policy with premium financing.

Intellectual Property | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

asialaw Profiles
Intellectual Property in 2020 - Notable Firm

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

  • “Excellent Jakarta-based law firm. Very responsive and collaborate in multi-jurisdictional teams very well.”
  • “They are reliable and provide excellent technical and practical advice in a difficult jurisdiction. They advise us on a broad range of issues including dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, employment law and transaction work in Indonesia.”
  • “Responsive, cost effective and good understanding of industry and regulatory issues.”
  • “Good teamwork.”
  • “The firm is very responsive and very commercial. When we need a quick response for a client, Makarim & Taira S. are always happy to oblige.”
  • “Makarim & Taira S. has provided excellent, sufficiently detailed and timely advice on our projects.”
  • “Fast response and very strong advisory capability.”
  • “Resourceful.”

Asian Legal Business
IP Rankings 2018-2019 – Tier 3 law firm for 2 consecutive years

Asia Business Law Journal
Lia Alizia A-List/Top 100 Lawyers for 3 consecutive years (2018-2020)
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed A-List/Top 100 Lawyers for 3 consecutive years (2018-2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie A-List/Top 100 Lawyers for 3 consecutive years (2018-2020)

Intellectual Property | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Intellectual Property 2022 – Band 1 for 13 consecutive years

Karen Abraham – Band 1 Leading Individual for 3 consecutive years
Indran Shanmuganathan – Band 2 Leading Individual for 3 consecutive years
Timothy Siaw – Band 3 Leading Individual for 13 consecutive years

  • A source describes Shearn Delamore & Co as "very responsive."
  • One interviewee regards it as "the standout firm in Malaysia for IP."
  • A client highlights the team's "high level of professionalism, promptness in handling enquiries and providing updates on cases they are handling."
  • Another client reports it is "a very competent firm which is always responsive and good value."
  • Clients commend the team's proactivity, describing its lawyers as "responsible, dedicated and efficient."
  • Sources also applaud the firm's overall resources, noting that it has "a strong team of people, with a fair amount of depth."
  • Clients heap praise on the department, noting the quality of the service provided: "They are excellent at keeping us up to date on the progress of things - we never have to chase them for information."
  • Another interviewee commends the quality of their work: "They give well thought-out and detailed assessments when requested."
  • One client says: "They are professional, client service-oriented and the fees are reasonable."
  • A further client states: "For a firm of their stature, it is definitely value for money," while another enthuses that the firm's value is "more than just monetary. It's the amount of effort - they want to win for you."
  • "A well-established and well-respected firm, with many international customers who are pleased with their performance."
  • "Their arguments were good and their communications clear."
  • Sources say: "Indisputably number one, they have a good client base and are strong in litigation."
  • A source reports that they are "very knowledgeable, experienced and prompt in responding to enquiries and taking action. They keep us updated on the progress of matters and are accessible. They provide excellent client service."
  • A client appreciates that the firm works with "speed, practicality and commerciality, and is willing to work within our corporate processes."

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Intellectual Property 2022 - Top Tier for 13 consecutive years

Karen Abraham – Hall of Fame (2020 - 2022); Recommended Lawyer (2021 and 2022); Leading Lawyer for 11 consecutive years
Timothy Siaw – Leading Lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Indran Shanmuganathan – Leading Lawyer for 2 consecutive years; Recommended Lawyer for 3 years
Jyeshta Mahendran – Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years (2020 and 2021)
Janet Toh – Recommended Lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Michelle Loi – Recommended Lawyer for 3 consecutive years

  • “The firm has expertise encompassing all manner of intellectual property related legal work.”
  • “The firm has expertise encompassing all manner of intellectual property related legal work. With a number of senior IP practitioners, they have greater depth of knowledge and experience.”
  • “Their advice is timely and cost-effective and they always take their client’s business needs into account.”
  • "The IP team that we work with at Shearn Delamore & Co are very co-operative, knowledgeable, professional and accessible. Irrespective who we work with, the level of service is excellent and consistent. They are a very reliable and proactive team".
  • "Shearn Delamore & Co has long been recognized as one of the best- if not the best – IP firms in Malaysia. Amongst their clients are international and Malaysian leaders covering all sectors. For patents, copyright and trademarks, you will not find a firm with the level of competence and sophistication to manage local work, but also complex multi-jurisdictional enforcement projects".
  • "Strong IP knowledge, particularly with patents, and awareness of life sciences field".
  • ‘You will not find another firm with the sophistication to manage local work, and complex multi-jurisdictional enforcement projects.’
  • “A very professional and structured team”
  • “A very strong team in Malaysia’s premier IP firm. Great depth at all levels, with a huge range of expertise across many areas of technology and IP rights.”
  • “An important criteria that we look for as a global academic institution is professionalism. Shearn Delamore provides exceptionally professional service with providing good counsel on IP matters. Shearn Delamore has a very good image besides being reputable and reliable in Malaysia.”
  • “The firm provides excellent, cost-effective advice and service in the Malaysian market. They know the market extremely well, and are always searching for a business-friendly solution. They are extremely responsive, and as noted, good listeners, trying to find out exactly what the client wants and taking steps to make it happen.”

asialaw Profiles
Intellectual Property 2022 – Outstanding for 6 consecutive years

Karen Abraham – Elite Practitioner for 3 consecutive years and Leading Lawyers for 8 years
Indran Shanmuganathan Distinguished Practitioner for 3 consecutive years and Leading Lawyers (2017 - 2019)
Timothy Siaw Distinguished Practitioner for 3 consecutive years 
Jyeshta Mahendran Leading Lawyer

Asialaw Regional Awards 
Indran Shanmuganathan – Outstanding Practitioner in Malaysia (2019)

  • “A strong team with a good range of legal and technical staff at different levels of seniority. They are willing to take on hard cases and push for their clients.”
  • “Shearn Delamore does an outstanding job. They are on top of our trademark issues in Malaysia, advising us of possible issues in a timely manner so that we can properly protect our trademark portfolio. Their advice is business-conscious, timely, and easy to follow.”
  • “The patent specialists are professional and good at what they do.”
  • “The firm provides quality and practical advice at a competitive price. Lawyers are very knowledgeable and are leading practitioners in the industry. The firm may be able to invest more in legal tech, as global law firms have done.”
  • “The firm eschews theory and banality, delivering sound practical advice that is aligned with our business needs.”
  • “Very efficient, providing sound advice. The lawyers are accessible when required and are very prompt in their responses including updates.”
  • “Its IP team has a good reputation and has been around for a long time,” says one rival partner.
  • “The IP practice is fully established, with easily accessible partners and a reliable infrastructure in terms of their IT system and support staff,” says another client.
  • “Shearn Delamore & Co is a premier, first class IP practice in the country,” declares one market observer.
  • “We have worked with this firm for over 10 years and they have a thorough understanding of our company and its history and continue to provide appropriate advice in a very timely manner,” says a multinational client.
  • “It has a strong team at all levels, from partners to associates, with good knowledge of IP, pharmaceuticals and technology.”

Managing Intellectual Property
Global Awards
Malaysian Intellectual Property Firm of the Year 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013

Intellectual Property Survey
Malaysia Leading Intellectual Property Firm in Trademark Contentious and Patent Contentious for 2 consecutive years (2010-2013)
Malaysia Leading Intellectual Property Firm in Patent Prosecution for 4 consecutive years (2010-2013)

IP Stars
First Tier
Firm in Patent Contentious and Patent Prosecution for 8 consecutive years (2014-2021)
First Tier Firm in Trade Mark Contentious/Copyright and Trade Mark Prosecution for 9 consecutive years (2014-2022)
First Tier Firm in Copyright for 4 consecutive years (2014-2017)
Recommended Firm in Copyright for 2 consecutive years (2018-2019)
Highly Recommended Firm in Copyright (2020 and 2021)

Asia Awards
Malaysia Prosecution Law Firm of the Year 2018
National Award: Patent Contentious Firm of the Year in Malaysia 2020
National Award: Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year in Malaysia 2020

Karen Abraham – IP Stars-Trademark Star for 5 consecutive years (2018-2022)
Indran Shanmuganathan – IP Stars-Trademark Star; IP Stars- Patent Star for 5 consecutive years (2018-2022)
Timothy Siaw – IP Stars-Trademark Star for 3 consecutive years (2020-2022); IP Stars- Patent Star for 4 consecutive years (2018-2022)
Michelle Loi – IP Stars-Trademark Star for 2 consecutive years (2021 and 2022)
Raghuram Supramanium – IP Stars –Rising Star (2021)
Sim Sook Eng – IP Stars –Rising Star (2021)

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Intellectual Property – Tier 1 for 4 consecutive years (2019-2022)

Karen Abraham Litigation Star (2022)
Indran Shanmuganathan Litigation Star for 3 consecutive years (2020-2022)

Asia IP
Malaysia Patents Firm of the Year 2010 – 2013, 2015, 2018, 2019 and 2021
Malaysia Trademarks Firm of the Year 2013, 2014 and 2016
Malaysia Copyright Firm of the Year for 2 consecutive years (2016-2017)
Trademark Survey – Tier 1 for Trademark Prosecution and Trademark Contentious for 8 consecutive years (2014-2021)
Copyright Survey – Tier 1 for Copyright for 9 consecutive years (2014-2022)
Patent Survey – Tier 1 for Patent Prosecution and Patent Contentious for 6 consecutive years (2015-2020)

Karen Abraham – Best 50 “IP Expert” in Malaysia (2020 and 2021)
Indran Shanmuganathan – Best 50 “IP Expert” in Malaysia (2021)
Timothy Siaw – Best 50 “IP Expert” in Malaysia (2018 and 2021)
Jyeshta Mahendran – Best 50 “IP Expert” in Malaysia (2015, 2017, 2019–2021)
Janet Toh – Best 50 “IP Expert” in Malaysia (2021)

World Trademark Review 1000
Rated ‘Gold’ Firm of the Year in IP Sector for 10 consecutive years (2012–2022)

Karen Abraham – Gold Tier for Enforcement and Litigation for 3 consecutive years (2022)
Indran Shanmuganathan – Gold Tier for Enforcement and Litigation for 3 consecutive years (2022)
Timothy Siaw – Silver Tier for Enforcement and Litigation for 3 consecutive years (2022)
Michelle Loi – Silver Tier for Enforcement and Litigation for 3 consecutive years (2022)
Jyeshta Mahendran – Recommended for Prosecution and Strategy for 3 consecutive years (2022)
Janet Toh – Recommended for Prosecution and Strategy, Transaction for 3 consecutive years (2022)

WTR Global Leaders 2019 - 2021: Private Practice
Karen Abraham
Indran Shanmuganathan

  • Shearn Delamore & Co owes its pre-eminence to its “rich experience, sterling track record and total professionalism” and the ease with which clients can access its lawyers. One of the top IP advocates in the country, Indran Shanmuganathan is a top choice for landmark litigation. He often teams up with fellow litigator Michelle Loi, who currently presides over the Licensing Executives Society Malaysia. Timothy Siaw is an authority on life sciences and patents with superb expertise in franchising and anti-counterfeiting; he is vice-chair of the International Technology Association’s e-commerce law committee. Janet Toh is a specialist in franchising, advertising, regulatory approvals for food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, while Jyeshta Mahendran is a versatile adviser who often works with the corporate team on transactions. Finally, “highly experienced brands lawyer” Karen Abraham steers the IP practice with a steady hand."

IAM Patent 1000
Litigation and Transactions 2019 - 2021 – Gold Tier Firm 
Prosecution 2019 - 2021 – Recommended Firm 

Timothy Siaw –  IAM Global Leaders (2020); Highly Recommended for Litigation and Transactions (2020 and 2021); Recommended for Litigation and Transactions (2019); Recommended for Prosecution (2019 and 2020)
Indran Shanmuganathan – Recommended for Litigation and Transactions (2019 and 2021)

  • “Foremost among its team of technically qualified practitioners is internet and e-commerce guru Timothy Siaw. A deft drafter, he is also routinely called upon to supply complex patent licensing and infringement analyses.”
  • “Indran Shanmuganathan is a contentious ace who works on the firm’s hardest-hitting courtroom instructions. Recently, he has been busy advising pharmaceutical giant Merck Sharp and Dohme before the High Court in a complex and wide-reaching action that looks set to make its way to the very top of the Malaysian chain of justice.”

Who’s Who Legal 2021
Karen Abraham – Global Leader for Trademarks for 3 consecutive years; Global Leader for Patent for 3 consecutive years; National Leader (Southeast Asia) in Trademarks and Patents (2021)
Jyeshta Mahendran – Global Leader for Trademarks for 3 consecutive years; National Leader (Southeast Asia) in Trademarks (2021)
Timothy Siaw – Global Leader for Patent for 3 consecutive years; National Leader (Southeast Asia) in Patents (2021)

Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards
Intellectual Property 2021 - Law Firm of the Year

Asian Legal Business Intellectual Property
Patents and Copyright/Trademarks 2021 - Tier 1 Firm for 2 consecutive years

Asia Business Law Journal “The A-List of Malaysia’s Top 100 Lawyers” 2021
Karen Abraham - One of Malaysia’s Top 100 Lawyers for 3 consecutive years
Indran Shanmuganathan - One of Malaysia’s Top 100 Lawyers for 2 consecutive years

In-House Community
Intellectual Property 2021 - Malaysia Firm of the Year

Intellectual Property | Drew & Napier, Singapore

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Intellectual Property: Domestic 2022 – Band 1 for 15 consecutive years

Tony Yeo – Band 1 for 4 consecutive years; Band 2 for 10 consecutive years (2009 to 2018)
Yvonne Tang – Band 3
Meryl Koh – Band 3
Morris John – Senior Statesman for 8 consecutive years(2014 to 2021)

  • Drew & Napier's lawyers "are meticulous and their advice is strategic".
  • "The firm is responsive to our company's needs and we are happy with the level of service."
  • “Large and established IP department in Singapore with in-depth experience in contentious IP matters across patents, designs, trade marks, copyrights, licensing, franchising and confidentiality agreements. Particularly adept at handling passing-off actions.”
  • “Deep bench of lawyers with cross-border expertise spanning China, Malaysia and the USA.”
  • Sources say the IP practice is a "powerhouse in Singapore with very talented lawyers, who think globally while acting locally". 
  • "Aone-stop shop for legal matters in Singapore and a real powerhouse of a firm in South-East Asia."
  • "The strength of the firm is the IP department, which is very efficient and whose turnaround time is fast."
  • The team is also praised for being "very attentive to client needs, technically strongand good at project management," and are "very good at ensuring a seamless service", adding that:
  • "They are really lovely to deal with; very hospitable and well organised. Everything you would expect from a top firm."
  • "A strong IP practice that provides sound and practical advice."
  • “The team is very responsive, knowledgeable and hard-working. Their grasp of details is impressive.”
  • “They are a very strong team, especially when it comes to contentious IP work.”

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Intellectual Property 2022 – Tier 1 for 23 consecutive years

Tony Yeo – Hall of Fame for 3 consecutive years; Leading Lawyer for 10 consecutive years
Yvonne Tang – Recommended Lawyer for 5 consecutive years
Lim Siau Wen – Recommended Lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Meryl Koh – Next Generation Lawyer for 6 consecutive years
Javier Yeo – Rising Star

  • “Very professional team. With D&N the key difference is their professionalism and internal confidence in their own abilities.”
  • “D&N has always impressed me with their professionalism and efficiency. Unlike other firms, they are always timely, detailed and careful in their handling of my cases. The most important thing that sets them apart from the rest is their perseverance and innovative ideas. Somehow, they always seem to have a solution for everything, even for the most difficult and challenging cases. Their flexibility to accommodate to my tight schedule is also a very big plus point.”
  • "The team is effectively bilingual and was able to look through our curriculum and workflow documents in Chinese to identify gaps in IP compliance and security. They were also able to put together a comprehensive handbook which we use to train newcomers to our company.”
  • “Strategic and first-class lawyers. One of the best in the IP litigation arena. Possess a depth of knowledge, great commercial sense, and responsive. Consistently delivers reliable, excellent, and practical advice and work. Able to handle highly complex work."
  • "A fantastic legal team. They work closely as one unit. Their depth of knowledge, aggressiveness in litigation strategy and business savviness is outstanding."
  • Sources say that Drew & Napier LLC's “’very sharp team' provides 'practical business-focused advice' on all types of IP assets”.
  • Drew & Napier LLC’s ‘tenacious’ team is ‘meticulous and strategic in providing advice, seeing the big picture while drilling down into the finer points’.”
  • “Drew & Napier is the best there is when it comes to litigation.”
  • “The lawyers at Drew & Napier LLC excel in their ‘knowledge of local legislation’ and litigation.
  • “Tony Yeo and Meryl Koh are sharp and appropriately aggressive lawyers whom you will want on your side. Possessing good commercial sense and great depth of knowledge as subject matter experts, they will be able to value-add by strategising approaches for the best outcomes. First-class lawyers.”
  • Tony Yeo is a “fantastic strategist and a great litigator”.
  • Meryl Koh is noted for “her great eye for detail, as well as an ability to see the big picture”.
  • “[Cecelia] is flexible in responding to clients’ needs.”

Chambers Global
International & Cross-Border Capabilities 2022 – Leading Firm for 4 consecutive years

  • Chambers Global says that “The firm has especially well-developed international capabilities in the contentious arena. The team is very active in international arbitration, cross-border investigations, contentious and transactional IP and regulatory work across the South-East Asian region, India and China.”

Asian Legal Business (ALB) Magazine
Intellectual Property rankings 2021 (Singapore) – Tier 1 in the areas of Patents and Trademarks/Copyrights for 9 consecutive years
ALB South East Asia Law Awards 2019 – won Singapore Intellectual Property Firm of the Year for the second time

Tony Yeo – ALB Asia Top 15 IP Lawyers 2021

Managing Intellectual Property
World IP Survey 2021: Singapore – Leading IP Firm for 22 consecutive years
Singapore Trade Mark Prosecution and Singapore Patent Contentious Firm of the Year 2020
Singapore Trade Mark Prosecution IP Firm of the Year 2019
Singapore Prosecution IP Firm of the Year 2018
Singapore Contentious IP Firm of the Year 2014-2017
Singapore IP Firm of the Year 2013
Ranked top tiers in the following areas: Patent Contentious; Trade mark Prosecution; Trade mark Contentious
Leading firm in Patent Prosecution and Copyright & related rights
Highly recommended in IP transactions

IP Stars 2021:
Tony Yeo – Trade Mark Star for 8 consecutive years; Patent Star for 8 consecutive years
Yvonne Tang – Trade Mark Star for 3 consecutive years; Top 250 Women in IP 2020 for 2 consecutive years
Lim Siau Wen – Trade Mark Star for 4 consecutive years; Top 250 Women in IP in 2019
Meryl Koh – Rising Star

  • Sources say that Drew & Napier is “definitely, a prominent team for any type of IP work”
  • “Particularly forceful in IP litigation”.
  • “They are hard-working, thorough and responsive, and understand well the client’s objectives and resolve disputes effectively and efficiently.”

Asia IP
Intellectual Property 2021 – Tier 1 for 10 consecutive years
Singapore Trade Mark Firm of the Year (2012-2016, 2018, 2020)
Singapore Patent Firm of the Year for 3 consecutive years (2017-2019)
Patent Prosecution – Tier 1
Patent Contentious – Tier 1
Trade Mark Prosecution – Tier 1
Trade Mark Contentious – Tier 1
Copyright – Tier 1

  • “They have solid teams who are dedicated and passionate about what they do and are savvy in providing strategic legal advice.”
  • Sources say that “Drew & Napier is a go-to firm for contentious IP work”

Asia IP Experts 2021 Endorsed Individuals:
Tony Yeo 
Yvonne Tang

Asia IP Experts 2018 Endorsed Individuals:
Tony Yeo – Patents, Enforcement, Litigation, Pharma & Biotech
Lim Siau Wen – Trade Mark

2016 Endorsed Individuals:
Cecelia Girvin – Patents, Trade Mark, Copyright, Litigation
Morris John – Patents, Trade Mark, Copyright, Litigation

asialaw Profiles
Intellectual Property 2022 – Outstanding practice for 7 consecutive years; Highly recommended practice for 3 consecutive years (2013-2015)

Tony Yeo – Elite Practitioner for 5 consecutive years

  • “The lawyers are meticulous and preemptive in building the litigation case and explain your options clearly to you.”
  • “The lawyers are able to advise on different options to approach the dispute and try to settle it in the most appropriate manner.”
    “The firm provides timely and good service as well as practical advice to suit our needs and is able to do so at a reasonable fee.”
    “Very good at thinking outside the box, efficient, frank and clear advice, always has the client's goals in mind to meet the objective.”
  • Sources say that “the quality of work and service is excellent – a notch above most of the other premier law firms.”
  • “Highly competent on the technical aspect of the deal, practical and commercial, not pedantic and responsive.”
  • “The IP team at Drew & Napier provides very high quality of work…They are timely in their responses and strategic in thinking and very knowledgeable in their specialist fields.”
  • “Provides reliable services in a cost-efficient manner.”

Who’s Who Legal
Tony Yeo – Global Elite Thought Leader for Thought Leaders Guide: Life Sciences - Patent Litigation 2022 for 2 consecutive years
Tony Yeo – Global Elite Thought Leader for Global Guide: Life Sciences - Patent Litigation 2021 for 2 consecutive years
Tony Yeo – Recommended Lawyer for Global Guide: Life Sciences 2022 for 12 consecutive years; Global Guide: IP - Patents 2021 for 8 consecutive years; Global Guide: IP - Trademarks 2021 for 5 consecutive years; National Guide: Southeast Asia - Life Sciences 2021; National Guide: Southeast Asia - Patents 2021; National Guide: Southeast Asia - Trademarks 2021
Meryl Koh – Recommended Lawyer for Global Guide: IP - Patents 2021; Global Guide: Life Sciences 2022 - Patent Litigation for 2 consecutive years; National Guide: Southeast Asia - Patents 2021; National Guide: Southeast Asia - Life Sciences 2021
Cecelia Girvin – Recommended Lawyer for Trademarks 2017

  • “Tony Yeo enjoys a sterling reputation among peers in IP litigation and is described by sources as “a formidable and very well-regarded litigator in the IP field”.”
  • Tony Yeo has “impressive width and depth of knowledge” and provides “practical solutions while considering client’s interests at the same time”.
  • “Tony Yeo is an authority in the sector known for his extensive experience representing pharmaceutical and biotech companies in complex litigation and enforcements.”
  • “Tony Yeo is a standout patent litigator renowned for his precise approach and careful planning in complex IP disputes.”
  • Tony Yeo is “an excellent IP litigator” with a strong reputation for his top-tier work in the life sciences.
  • Tony Yeo is held to be a “subject matter expert” who is “meticulous and strategic in his approach” to trademark issues.
  • Tony Yeo of Drew & Napier is as “seasoned litigator” who “stands out among the pack”. Clients commend him for being “highly engaged and hardworking” and for always “focusing on the best interest of clients”.
  • “Tony Yeo is recommended across our life sciences chapters for his wide-ranging expertise in the area.”
  • Clients say Tony is a “formidable litigator” who is “extremely knowledgeable in IP matters”.
  • Tony impresses with his “ability to balance commercial considerations with effective legal strategies”.
  • Tony Yeo of Drew & Napier is “an extremely skilled litigator and strategist” who impresses clients with “his depth of knowledge of the subject matter”.
  • Meryl Koh is praised by peers as “the lawyer you need in highly complex litigation as she focuses in to find the needle in the haystack that often wins the case”.
  • Meryl Koh is “at the top of the list for patent litigators”.
  • “Meryl Koh is a top-tier advocate in contentious corporate, domain name and patent disputes. Her impressive roster of clients spans the media, pharmaceutical and agriculture sectors.”

World Trade Mark Review 1000
Enforcement and Litigation 2022 – Gold band for 5 consecutive years; ranked top tier for 5 consecutive years (2013-2017)
Prosecution and Strategy 2022 – Gold band for 10 consecutive years
Top Trade Mark filer in Singapore 2020

2022 Endorsed Individuals:
Tony Yeo – Gold band in Enforcement and Litigation (3 consecutive years); Recommended Lawyer for Enforcement and Litigation (2018 and 2019)
Yvonne Tang – Silver band in Enforcement and Litigation (3 consecutive years); Silver band in Prosecution and Strategy (3 consecutive years); Recommended Lawyer for Transactions (3 consecutive years); Recommended Lawyer for Prosecution and Strategy (2018 and 2019)
Lim Siau Wen – Silver band in Enforcement and Litigation (3 consecutive years); Silver band in Prosecution and Strategy (3 consecutive years); Recommended Lawyer for Transactions (3 consecutive years); Recommended Lawyer for Prosecution and Strategy (2018 and 2019)
Meryl Koh – Bronze band in Enforcement and Litigation (3 consecutive years)
Ruby Tham – Bronze band in Prosecution and Strategy (3 consecutive years); ronze band in Enforcement and Litigation

2018 Endorsed Individual:
Ceceila Girvin – Prosecution and Strategy

  • “Drew & Napier’s number is called when there are complex trademark problems to solve; indeed, the ensemble has put in performances with éclat in numerous landmark litigations… the firm maintains a brilliant line up of experts who, collectively, can handle absolutely anything thrown their way.”
  • “The balance in the team is amazing – to be so strong at both ends of the trademark scene is exceptional."
  • The firm is also praised for its “willingness to leave the comfort zone to experiment with novel strategies.”

World Trademark Review Global Leaders (2021 Edition)
Tony Yeo – Identified as one of Singapore’s foremost trademark experts for 2 consecutive years

IAM Patent 1000
Litigation 2021 – Gold band for 8 consecutive years
Prosecution 2021 – Silver band for 2 consecutive years; Recommended for 6 consecutive years (2014 - 2019)
Transactions 2021 – Recommended for 3 consecutive years

2021 Endorsed Individuals:
Tony Yeo – Gold band for Litigation for 3 consecutive years; Recommended for 5 consecutive years (2014 - 2018)
Yvonne Tang – Silver band for Prosecution for Prosecution for 2 consecutive years and Recommended in 2019; Recommended for Transactions for 2 consecutive years
Lim Siau Wen – Silver band for Prosecution for Prosecution for 2 consecutive years and Recommended in 2019; Recommended for Transactions for 2 consecutive years
Meryl Koh - Silver band for Litigation; Bronze band in 2020
Cecelia Girvin – Recommended for Prosecution (2018)

  • “They are the best IP lawyers I have ever worked with.”
  • “You know they are giving 110% to everything they do for you.”
  • “The venerable Drew & Napier LLC pairs a strong patent prosecution practice with a litigation side universally hailed as one of the market’s very best.”
  • Sources say that Drew & Napier is a “highly respected litigation practice throughout Southeast Asia”
  • “Not only are they the best in their field, these subject matter experts are responsive and commercially savvy.”
  • Drew & Napier’s “enviable share of the Singaporean patent prosecution market and its frequent appearances in the courtroom are testament to the trust accorded it by both Singaporean and foreign clients…”
  • “On an equal footing with the big global legal brands”, local player Drew & Napier casts a long shadow on Singapore’s patent landscape.

IAM Global Leaders (2021 Edition)
Tony Yeo – Identified as one of Singapore’s foremost patent experts

IAM Strategy 300: The World's Leading IP Strategists 2021
Tony Yeo – Named as one of the preeminent IP strategists in the world

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Intellectual Property 2021 – Tier 1 for 3 consecutive years

Endorsed individuals:
Tony Yeo – Litigation Star in Intellectual Property 2021 (2 consecutive years); Dispute Resolution Star in Intellectual Property 2019)
Lim Siau Wen – Recommended (2019)

  • “Vast experience and practical advice to the client in addition to great knowledge about the law.”
  • “Advice from the firm was professional, creative and productive.”
  • A client commented, “I appreciate having reminders before all renewals, proceeding and etc. They tackle issues with prompt decisions.”

Best Lawyers International: Singapore (2022 Edition)
Intellectual Property 2022
Morris John – Leading Individual for 14 consecutive years; Lawyer of the Year (2016 edition)

The Straits Times - Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022
Rated full marks (5 stars) for Intellectual Property Law in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista for 2 consecutive years

The Asian Lawyer
Emerging Markets Awards 2015

Investigations & Crisis Management | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

  • Represented a European luxury car manufacturer and a well-known mobile phone manufacturer in an investigation by the US Department of Justice in relation to alleged violation of the FCPA;
  • Represented an internationally renowed tableware and home lifestyle manufacturer in an investigation involving fraud, theft, collusion and mismanagement by senior employees;
  • Represented a US car manufacturer in the investigation of alleged violations of the company’s code of conduct and non-competition clause, including the dismissal of senior officers of the company.
  • Represented a subsidiary of a European furniture company in the conduct of internal investigations for fraud, theft and mismanagement, followed by the closure of the company;
  • Representation of US oil and gas companies in various investigations of alleged violations of the company’s hand book and good conduct and providing trainings on anti-bribery, collusion and corruption to its employees in various places in Indonesia;
  • Represented the shareholders (European companies) in investigating misconduct by a director of their subsidiary (a medical equipment company) in Indonesia resulting in the termination of the individual from his directorship;
  • Represented a USA based manufacturing company in investigating misconduct by employees of its subsidiary in Indonesia and a vendor related to license applications;
  • Represented and acted for the shareholders of a manufacturing company and a European based company in an investigation based on information provided by a whistleblower related to fraud and conflicts of interest by the local company’s senior officers, including in the termination of all the parties involved in the case. The investigation also involved information tracing at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights;
  • Represented a Japanese company in the investigation of outsourced employees related to reimbursement fraud; and
  • Representation of a multinational corporation in the preparation of the company’s hand book and manuals for their operations in Indonesia and thereafter providing trainings to the employees. Our Indonesian office is a member of TRACE.

Investigations & Crisis Management | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

  • Acted as Counsel for the Public Prosecutor in Hong Kong in taking the evidence of a witness in Malaysia for the purposes of a criminal trial involving allegations of money laundering that was pending at the Hong Kong Special Administration Region, Court of First Instance pursuant to the provisions of the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 2002;
  • Acted for both local and foreign financial institutions and multinationals in investigations and enforcement actions against their employees for fraud and conspiracy, where tracing actions and multi-jurisdictional proceedings were involved;
  • Represented a Malaysian manufacturing company in investigations by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) in respect of exports to the European Union; and
  • Represented institutional and individual clients in investigation and subsequent asset forfeiture proceedings instituted by the Public Prosecutor and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission pursuant to the provisions under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing And Proceeds Of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.

Investigations & Crisis Management | Drew & Napier, Singapore

Chambers Asia Pacific - Corporate Investigations/Anti-Corruption 2020
Wendell Wong - Recognised Practitioner

Who’s Who Legal
Investigations 2019

Wendell Wong – Recommended Lawyer for 6 consecutive years
Chia Voon Jiet – Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years (Future leaders section)
Mahesh Rai – Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years (Future leaders section)

  • Wendell Wong is well-regarded for his “focus on financial crime” and garners respect for his work in international investigations.
  • Chia Voon Jiet is an “intelligent and shrewd practitioner” according to observers who praise his ability to handle issues ranging from corporate fraud to regulatory investigations.
  • Mahesh Rai is “truly a leader in this area” … He provides specialist insight into disputes in the telecommunications and energy sectors.

Business Crime Defence 2018

Wendell Wong – Recommended Lawyer for 7 consecutive years
Gary Low – Recommended Lawyer for 3 consecutive years

Mergers & Acquisitions | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

Asialaw Profiles
Highly Recommended law firm for Corporate/M&A from 2014-2020

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Elite Practitioner (2019-2020); Market Leading Lawyer (2017-2018)
Lia Alizia – Distinguished Practitioner (2019-2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie – Rising Star Lawyer (2018-2019)

  • “Advanced knowledge in the Indonesian energy sector and precise advice for corporate documents.”
  • Vincent Ariesta Lie: “Vincent has very good legal knowledge both in corporate transactions and projects, and corporate litigation. He is the lawyer to go to anytime we need to consult on mostly anything. Even during times when an issue is not his primary expertise, he can give very good insights and enlightenment on the issues.”

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Tier 2 law firm for Corporate/M&A from 2015-2020

  • Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Leading Individual (2016-2016, 2018-2019)
    Lia Alizia - Leading Individual (2015)

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Tier 2 law firm for M&A from 2014-2020

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Highly Regarded (2017-2020)
Lina Amran - Highly Regarded (2017-2020)
Kurniawan Tanzil - Highly Regarded (2017-2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie - Highly Regarded (2019-2020); Notable Practitioner (2018)
Lia Alizia - Highly Regarded (2020); Rising Star (2019)

  • “Excellent Jakarta-based law firm. Very responsive and collaborate in multi-jurisdictional teams very well.”
  • “They are reliable and provide excellent technical and practical advice in a difficult jurisdiction. They advise us on a broad range of issues including dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, employment law and transaction work in Indonesia.”
  • “Responsive, cost effective and good understanding of industry and regulatory issues.”
  • “Good teamwork.”
  • “The firm is very responsive and very commercial. When we need a quick response for a client, Makarim & Taira S. are always happy to oblige.”
  • “Makarim & Taira S. has provided excellent, sufficiently detailed and timely advice on our projects.”
  • “Fast response and very strong advisory capability.”
  • “Resourceful.”

Chambers Asia Pacific
Band 3 law firm for Corporate/M&A in 2014 and 2020, Band 4 from 2015-2019

Chambers Global
Band 3 law firm for Corporate/M&A in 2020

Asian Legal Business
Tier 2 law firm in the M&A Rankings from 2018-2019

In-House Counsel Community Asian-Mena Counsel – Pacific Business Press
Indonesia Firm of the Year 2010, 2012 and 2013

Asia Business Law Journal
A-List/Top 100 Lawyers

Lia Alizia (2018-2020)
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed (2018-2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie (2018-2020)
Kurniawan Tanzil (2018-2019)

Mergers & Acquisitions | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2022 – Band 1 for 13 consecutive years

Chambers Global
Corporate/M&A 2022 – Band 1 for 13 consecutive years

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Leading Individuals
Grace C.G. Yeoh – Band 2 for 13 consecutive years
Ng Swee Kee – Band 1 for 10 consecutive years (2008 - 2017); Band 2 for 3 consecutive years (2018 - 2020), Eminent Practitioner for 2 consecutive years (2021 and 2022)
Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan – Up and Coming (2020); Band 4 for 2 consecutive years (2021 and 2022)

Chambers Global
Leading Individuals
Grace C.G. Yeoh – Band 2 for 13 consecutive years
Ng Swee Kee – Band 1 for 11 consecutive years (2007 – 2009, 2011 - 2018); Band 2 for 2 consecutive years (2019 - 2020); Eminent Practitioner (2021 and 2022)
Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan – Up and Coming (2020); Band 4 (2021 and 2022)

  • A client describes the team at Shearn Delamore & Co as "dedicated, quick in its turnaround time and understanding of the issues at hand, offering practical solutions."
  • Clients say: "Shearn Delamore & Co is our go-to firm when we need sound and practical legal advice that provides value-added, commercially sound and new perspectives to our deals."
  • The team's client dedication is also commended by clients, who report that there is "a sense of dealing with real people who care, have a genuine interest in the subject, and put our interests first."
  • An interviewee notes: "It is the number-one most prestigious firm in Malaysia," and adds that the lawyers are "very responsive."
  • The team's all-round capability is applauded by many, with clients noting: "They are responsive, substantively good lawyers and don't cut corners."
  • "They're my first choice of counsel in Malaysia."
  • "Responsive and proactive in advising their clients."
  • "They have a good understanding of business, are pragmatic, offer a volume of services and are tuned in to what we need."
  • Sources say: "I must say they are very good; the corporate team is strong."
  • One client praises the team for being "technically sound with a good understanding of statutory guidelines relevant to corporate exercises. They are responsive and are willing to do the extra work to complete assignments smoothly."
  • Another interviewee notes that "they always respond quickly and have shown their expertise to solve our queries."

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

M&A 2022 – Tier 1 practice for 13 consecutive years

Grace C.G. Yeoh – Market Leader for 5 consecutive years (2018 – 2022)
Ng Swee Kee – Highly Regarded Lawyer for 5 consecutive years (2018 – 2022)
Marhaini Nordin – Leading Lawyer for 3 consecutive years (2011 – 2013)
Putri Noor Shariza Noordin – Notable Practitioner for 5 consecutive years (2018 – 2022)
Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan – Rising Star for 4 consecutive years (2018 – 2021); Notable Practitioner (2022)

  • Shearn Delamore & Co is a highly reputable firm, very competent and known for its ability to perform excellently
  • Highly responsive and ready for client's instructions.”
  • The firm has deep bench strength and executes transactions well.”
  • A client praised the firm’s work as well as its “quick turnaround time and good legal and commercial input to resolving the issue”.
  • The M&A practice has been described by clients as “excellent”, “commercially astute” and “technically sound”; an overall “first class” offering.
  • "The firm is reputable and very well networked, internationally," says a client.
  • One client praises the lawyers at the firm: “They have been comprehensive and conservative in their advice, thus ensuring that we are protected from unnecessary future legal issues.”

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2022 - Top Tier for 13 consecutive years

Grace C.G. Yeoh – Recommended Lawyer; Hall of Fame (2020 - 2022); Leading Lawyer for 11 consecutive years (2010 - 2020)
Ng Swee Kee – Recommended Lawyer for 4 consecutive years (2017 - 2020); Leading Lawyer for 9 consecutive years (2007 - 2015)
Putri Noor Shariza Noordin – Recommended Lawyer for 3 years (2010, 2014 and 2015)
Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan – Recommended Lawyer for 3 consecutive years (2019 - 2021)
Marhaini Nordin – Recommended Lawyer (2020)
Michelle Wong - Recommended Lawyer (2021)
Lai Zhen Pik - Recommended Lawyer and Next Generation Lawyer (2022)

  • “Very responsive. The answers are clear and sufficiently detailed”
  • The practice is commended for its ‘response times, industry knowledge, appropriate advice, strength-in-depth, and value for money’.
  • Shearn Delamore & Co is described by some clients as ‘first choice’.
  • “Extensive experience in required areas, strong team and teamwork, extremely responsive to client’s needs.” 
  • “Stand out partner is Nicholas Tan Choi Chuan. Exemplary responsiveness to client’s requests and needs, and provision of timely and useful advice.” 

Asialaw Profiles
Corporate/M&A 2022 – Outstanding firm for 7 consecutive years (2016 - 2022)

Grace C.G. Yeoh – Elite Practitioner (2020 - 2022), Market Leading Lawyer for 3 consecutive years (2017 – 2019)
Ng Swee Kee – Distinguished Practitioner (2020), Leading Individual for 5 years (2014, 2016 – 2019)

  • Both the corporate and dispute resolution teams are very professional, fast and provide sound legal advice with a clear understanding of the client's business and requirements.”
  • Very professional team - committed to the timeline and job scope.”
  • Shearn Delamore & Co’s “team of lawyers are highly competent and have extensive experience in corporate works,” remarks a client.
  • The team is “very responsive to issues which needed to be resolved within a small window of time”, says a client.
  • Shearn Delamore provides excellent general corporate services,” says a client.

Who’s Who Legal

Ng Swee Kee – Expert for 4 consecutive years (2012 - 2015)

Expert Guides

Grace C.G. Yeoh – Leading Practitioner for 3 consecutive years (2018 - 2020)
Ng Swee Kee – Leading Practitioner for 3 consecutive years (2018 - 2020)

Asia Legal Business Journal “The A-List of Malaysia’s Top 100 Lawyers”

Grace C.G. Yeoh (3 consecutive years: 2019 - 2021)
Ng Swee Kee (3 consecutive years: 2019 - 2021)

Asian Legal Business M&A
Tier 1 Firm in Malaysia for 3 consecutive years (2019-2021)

Deal Awards

Fraser & Neave - Contested Takeover by TCC Assets and Thai Beverage Public Co

  • IFLR Asia Awards 2014: M&A Deal of the Year
  • Asian Legal Business: SE Asia Legal Awards 2014
    Southeast Asia Deal of the Year
    Southeast Asia M&A Deal of the Year; and
    Singapore M&A Deal of the Year
  • Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2014
    M&A Deal of the Year

Saudi Aramco Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development project with Petroliam Nasional Berhad

  • Asialaw Regional Awards 2019
  • Editor’s Choice: Impact Deal of the Year (Saudi Aramco Integrated Development Project of PETRONAS)
  • Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2018:
  • Malaysia Deal of the Year (Saudi Aramco Integrated Development Project of PETRONAS)
    Malaysia Deal Firm of the Year
    Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards 2015
    Malaysia Deal Firm of the Year, co-winner with Wong & Partners (Baker & McKenzie affiliated)

Mergers & Acquisitions | Drew & Napier, Singapore

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Corporate/M&A 2022 – Tier 2 firm for 17 consecutive years

Gary Pryke - Highly Regarded for 5 consecutive years; Leading Lawyer from 2006 to 2017
Steven Lo - Highly Regarded for 4 consecutive years; Notable Practitioner in 2019

  • “Deep knowledge in M&A and responsive to requests.”
  • “Extremely professional, efficient and responsive given Take-over Code and Securities & Futures Act time constraints and several other issues which arose during the pre-Offer, Offer and post-Offer period.”
  • “D&N has been a very knowledgeable, professional and progressive law firm - so much so that we retain D&N not only for our corporate, legal and investment work but also highly recommend D&N to our network of businesses.”
  • “Even though they have a lot of work from many other clients, they do not hesitate to respond to our queries and sometimes ‘time-wasting questions’…. It is with the M&A team at Drew and Napier that my company has the confidence in moving forward to make deals or form ventures and undertake M&A activities knowing full well that we have the most competent and able lawyers behind us all the way.”
  • “The team from Drew & Napier in charge of our M&A work was detailed, thorough and quick in producing results. I was very satisfied with the outcome.”
  • Jon is “good at giving practical solutions in a timely manner. He was very detailed, quick to respond, and overall did a fantastic job.”
  • The team provides “very high level legal service,” and is “quick, efficient and very much comprehensive.”
  • The team “always provides professional advice promptly on information for the related issues. The firm pays attention to details and are supported by committed team members."
  • Steven Lo is “personable and able to deliver practical advice expediently”. He has a “quiet confidence blended with a sense of knowing what is important and what is negotiable.”
  • Steven also “understands client's needs, addresses issues incisively and shows a breadth of experience in handling matters.”
  • The firm’s lawyers are praised for our “good knowledge and acumen”.
  • “We have been using Drew & Napier as our main legal counsel for more than 10 years now and have always found the firm to be thoroughly professional and the staff members assigned to us knowledgeable both in the legal aspects as well as able to advise on the commercial impact and ramifications.”
  • “The team is highly competent and professional. They truly act with the client's benefit at heart…”
  • "The lawyers provide very commercial yet technically sound advice and have an eye for detail.”

Chambers Asia Pacific and Global
Corporate/M&A 2021 – Band 3

Steven Lo - Band 4 for 2 consecutive years
Gary Pryke - Senior Statespeople for 3 consecutive years

  • Gary Pryke is a seasoned practitioner with a long track record in corporate law. He is deeply experienced in advising clients on M&A and securities law, acting for domestic and foreign clients.
  • Steven Lo is hailed by clients as "a calming presence on transactions who renders advice that is strategic and practical." He is well versed in assisting both domestic and international clients with cross-border M&A and private equity deals.
  • Clients describe the firm as "responsive, reliable and able to offer an extensive range of expertise."
  • Sources describe individuals in the team as "quick to understand issues, commercially minded and pragmatic."
  • Clients appreciate that "the partners are directly involved in developing strategies and negotiations with counterparties," adding that the "associates are amongst the best that we have worked with."
  • The team's client service is commonly picked out as a key strength. “They are very professional, easy to get along with and efficient in meeting deadlines."
  • "Whenever something came out of left field we hadn't prepared for and we needed advice, there was always someone in the team with the right experience - really a full service shop."
  • Clients describe the firm as "responsive, reliable and able to offer an extensive range of expertise."
  • "They are timely and relentless in their pursuit of providing holistic advice and guidance to their clients."
  • "Exceptional ability to both anticipate issues and recommend solutions before they present."
  • "Very practical and strong advisers."
  • "Very responsive and very helpful."
  • “Offers all-round expertise in both the transactional and financing aspects of acquisitions. Enjoys a strong standing amongst private and public companies, multinational corporates and financial institutions, which it advises on a wide range of M&A deals.”
  • "They are very proficient in what they do and have a good understanding of the market."
  • Sources say: "The lawyers have a good understanding of our commercial requirements and are able to advise us on the legal aspects without losing sight of the commercial objectives."
  • "[Steven’s] knowledge and experience with public M&A is second to none," he "walks you through issues succinctly whilst finding the pragmatic and commercially sensible solution."
  • Regarded as a “brilliant lawyer” and "a very safe pair of hands", Gary is “pivotal to the firm's success and lauded by many clients for his ‘quick thinking and direct approach.’"

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2021 – Tier 3 for 4 consecutive years

Steven Lo - Recommended Lawyer
Gary Pryke - Recommended Lawyer
Jon Nair - Recommended Lawyer
Tan Teng Sen - Recommended Lawyer
Seraphina Ho - Recommended Lawyer

  • “The team is knowledgeable and responsive and works well under extreme time constraints.”
  • “Well-thought advice with an eye on commercial issues with quick turnaround times.”
  • “Responsive, hard-working, and dedicated team that seeks to achieve the client’s commercial objectives when advising on legal transactions.”
  • “Tan Teng Sen is very on the ball and provides sound advice with an eye on commercial issues.”
  • “Tan Teng Sen is very knowledgeable and is able to offer sound and practical advice.”
  • “Seraphina Ho particularly shines in her responsiveness to client’s requests and ability to work well under pressure.”
  • "The ‘highly competent’ team at Drew & Napier LLC has ‘the right balance of commercial sense and up-to-date legal knowledge’"
  • “‘A highly professional corporate team, which provides advice with ‘quick turnaround times’”
    “‘Strong, efficient, pragmatic’ team”
  • "Steven Lo has 'a razor-sharp ability to comprehend not just the technical structure but also the commercial dynamics of a takeover' and 'can steer clients in the right strategic direction'."
  • He is also noted as a "highly experienced corporate/M&A lawyer", for "providing solid advice" and for "understanding commercial issues and realities".
  • Julian is “absolutely first-class” and “commercial” and commended for his Indonesia and Malaysia expertise.
  • "Teng Sen is 'an-up-and-coming partner' who provides 'amazing response times, a meticulous approach and an ability to work well under pressure'; he is recommended as 'a counsel of choice to investment banks and financial advisers'."

Asian Legal Business
M&A 2021 - Tier 2 firm for 10 consecutive years


asialaw Profiles
Corporate and M&A 2022 - Recommended Practice 

  • “I have worked with Ron Cheng (corporate) and Rakesh Kirpanali (litigation) closely for the last year.   They are both very knowledgeable in their fields and able to give me the proper advice on both matters. They are very responsive and understands my needs and instructions.” – Corporate and M&A
  • “The team was able to address the issues I wanted to be addressed as well as spot issues pertinent to my case that I had not considered. Their advice was succinct and clear. The team was extremely responsive and proactive and provided timely advice.” –Corporate and M&A  
  • “Very prompt reply, client-oriented, responsible and reliable.” – Corporate and M&A 
  • “The firm is indeed altogether outstanding; however, there are also individuals who are also outstanding by their own merit.” – Corporate and M&A 

Corporate and M&A 2021 - Highly Recommended practice for 9 consecutive years

  • “We have been working closely with the associate director, Michael Kwan, on seeking Singapore legal advice. His research has always been solid and comprehensive and at the same time client-focused. He is always able to provide practical solutions for us to take forward the IPO exercise. Most importantly, he is always reachable even late at midnight.”
  • “Very knowledgeable on the practical application of the law and very commercial-minded.”
  • “Drew is a full-service law firm and it excels in every practice area. It is very structured with very good black letter lawyers and very good at finding solutions when the market is difficult to navigate. It's a pleasure to work with the firm.”
  • “Excellent technically, responsive, focused. Understand the client’s needs.”

asialaw Leading Lawyers
Corporate/M&A 2022 

Gary Pryke – Senior statesman
Steven Lo – Distinguished Practitioner
Tan Teng Sen - Notable Practitioner

Corporate/M&A 2021

Gary Pryke – Senior statesman 
Steven Lo – Distinguished Practitioner
Tan Teng Sen - Notable Practitioner

  • Tan Teng Sen is a “soft-spoken excellent black letter lawyer who is very good at finding solutions in a complex regulatory environment. His experience would be invaluable to any client. I note that the deal closed during the movement control order in Malaysia (when we were all working from home) when many deals stalled or were aborted.”
  • Tan Teng Sen provides “quick turnaround time, partner-level input and practical advice with an eye on the relative bargaining positions of the parties.”
  • Clients commend Steven Lo as “experienced, knowledgeable, patient, quiet confidence, committed, approachable and consultative.”
  • He is also noted as “responsive, practical, relevant, broad and strategic.”

Corporate/M&A 2018

Gary Pryke – Market Leading Lawyer
Julian Kwek – Market Leading Lawyer
Benjamin Gaw - Market Leading Lawyer

Best Lawyers 2021 Edition
Corporate M&A

Steven Lo - Recognised Lawyer
Gary Pryke - Recognised Lawyer

Who's Who Legal
Merger & Acquisition 2021


Gary Pryke - Leading Lawyer
Sin Boon Ann - Leading Lawyer

Asian-MENA Counsel ‘In House Community Firm of the Year’
Corporate and M&A Singapore Firm of the Year 2014

The Straits Times - Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022
Rated 4 stars for Mergers & Acquisitions in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista for 2 consecutive years. 

Deal Awards

Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart

  • Asian Lawyer: Asia Legal Awards 2019: TMT Deal of the Year
  • Indian Business Law Journal: Deal of the Year 2018 – Top 50 landmark deals involving Indian parties

Privatisation of Global Logistics Properties

  • Asialaw Regional Awards 2019: Editor's choice impact deals of the year
  • Asian Legal Business: SE Asia Legal Awards 2018: M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)
  • Asian Lawyer: Asia Legal Awards 2018: M&A Deal of the Year: Southeast Asia

Acquisition of Innovalues Limited by Northstar Group, implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement

  • SVCA Annual Awards 2017: Private Equity deal of the year

Takeover of STATS ChipPAC Ltd by Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics Technology

  • Singapore Business Review Business Ranking Awards 2015: Deal of the Year
  • ALB Innovative List 2016: Top 10 Firms in Asia

Fraser & Neave Contested Takeover

  • IFLR Asia Awards 2014: M&A Deal of the Year
  • Asian Legal Business: SE Asia Legal Awards 2014: Southeast Asia Deal of the Year, Southeast Asia M&A Deal of the Year and Singapore M&A Deal of the Year
  • Financial Times Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2014: Highly Recommended in the Corporate & Commercial category for Asia Pacific Headquartered firms
  • Asian-MENA Counsel: Deals of the Year 2013

Matrimonial, Wills & Probate | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

Asialaw Profiles
Dispute Resolution 2021 - Highly Recommended Firm; Recommended in 2017 to 2020

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Market Leading Lawyer for Dispute Resolution for 3 years

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Dispute Resolution 2020 - Tier 2; Tier 3 in 2018, and Tier 4 from 2014-2017

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Leading Individual (2016, 2018-2019)
Lia Alizia - Leading Individual (2015)

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Restructuring and Insolvency 2020 - Tier 2 Law Firm for 7 consecutive years

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed - Highly Regarded Lawyer (2017-2020)
Lia Alizia - Highly Regarded Lawyer (2020); Rising Star (2019)

  • “Excellent Jakarta-based law firm. Very responsive and collaborate in multi-jurisdictional teams very well.”
    “They are reliable and provide excellent technical and practical advice in a difficult jurisdiction. They advise us on a broad range of issues including dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, employment law and transaction work in Indonesia.”
  • “Responsive, cost effective and good understanding of industry and regulatory issues.”
  • “Good teamwork.”
  • “The firm is very responsive and very commercial. When we need a quick response for a client, Makarim & Taira S. are always happy to oblige.”
  • “Makarim & Taira S. has provided excellent, sufficiently detailed and timely advice on our projects.”
  • “Fast response and very strong advisory capability.”
  • “Resourceful.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Dispute Resolution - Recognised Practitioner for 2 consecutive years (2019-2020); Notable Firm in 2018

Benchmark Litigation
Tier 1 in 2019, Tier 2 in 2018

In-House Counsel Community Asian-Mena Counsel – Pacific Business Press
Indonesia Firm of the Year for Restructuring and Insolvency 2018
Honourable Mention for International Arbitration 2018

Asia Business Law Journal
A-List/Top 100 Lawyers

  • Lia Alizia (2018-2020)
  • Rahayu Ningsih Hoed (2018-2020)
  • Vincent Ariesta Lie (2018-2020)
  • Kurniawan Tanzil (2018-2019)

Matrimonial, Wills & Probate | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Dispute Resolution 2020 - Band 1 for 11 consecutive years
Private Wealth Law – Band 1

Yee Mei Ken - “Leaders in their Field” in Dispute Resolution

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Dispute Resolution - Top Tier for 11 consecutive years

Yee Mei Ken – Leading Individual for 2 consecutive years and Recommended Lawyer for 3 consecutive years

Asialaw Profiles
Dispute Resolution 2021 - Outstanding for 6 consecutive years

Matrimonial, Wills & Probate | Drew & Napier, Singapore

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Randolph Khoo – Dispute Resolution: Litigation - Band 4 for 5 consecutive years

Asian Legal Business Southeast Asia Law Awards 2021
Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 
Private Wealth and Family Law - Tier 1 for 6 consecutive years

Randolph Khoo – Recommended lawyer

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific 2021 Edition
Family and Matrimonial - Tier 2

Randolph Khoo – Dispute Resolution Star for 3 consecutive years

The Straits Times – Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022
Rated full marks (5 stars) for Family Law in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista; 4 stars in 2021

Doyle’s Guide Leading Family & Divorce Law Firms – Singapore 2020 - Second Tier

Doyle’s Guide Leading Family & Divorce Law Lawyers – Singapore 2020

Johnson Loo - Recommended

 

Private Wealth | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

asialaw Profiles and Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Corporate/M&A 2021 – Highly Recommended law firm for 7 consecutive years (2014 to 2021)

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Elite Practitioner (2019-2021) and Market Leading Lawyer (2017-2018)
Lia Alizia – Distinguished Practitioner (2019-2021)
Vincent Ariesta Lie – Rising Star Lawyer (2018-2019, 2021)

  • “Advanced knowledge in the Indonesian energy sector and precise advice for corporate documents.”

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Corporate/M&A 2020 – Tier 2 law firm for 5 consecutive years (2015-2020)

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
M&A 2021 – Tier 2 law firm for 7 consecutive years (2014 to 2021)

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Highly Regarded Lawyers for 3consecutive years (2017-2020)
Lina Amran – Highly Regarded Lawyers for 3consecutive years (2017-2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie – Highly Regarded Lawyers for 2 consecutive years (2019-2020); previously a Notable Practitioner (2018)
Lia Alizia – Highly Regarded Lawyers (2020); previously a Rising Star (2019)

  • “Excellent Jakarta-based law firm. Very responsive and collaborate in multi-jurisdictional teams very well.”
  • “They are reliable and provide excellent technical and practical advice in a difficult jurisdiction. They advise us on a broad range of issues including dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, employment law and transaction work in Indonesia.”

Asian Legal Business
Tier 2 law firm in the M&A Rankings, 2018-2019

Chambers Asia-Pacific / Global
Corporate/M&A 2020 – Band 3

  • Band 3 law firm for Corporate/M&A in 2014 and 2020, Band 4 from 2015-2019

Asia Business Law Journal
Lia Alizia – Listed as one of the A-List/Top 100 Indonesian Lawyers (2018-2020)
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Listed as one of the A-List/Top 100 Indonesian Lawyers (2018-2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie – Listed as one of the A-List/Top 100 Indonesian Lawyers (2018-2020)

Hilton King recently returned to legal practice with Makarim & Taira S. after 8 years as General Counsel with an Indonesian family private equity business, which invested in a diverse range of businesses. He first commenced legal practice in Indonesia 1989 and is among Indonesia’s most experienced commercial legal practitioners. Hilton King’s recognitions (in prior years) include being named by:

  • Legal 500 Asia-Pacific as a Leading Individual in Corporate / M&A, and Projects and Energy
  • Asialaw as Leading Lawyer for General Corporate Practice
  • IFLR 1000’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers as a Leading lawyer
  • Global Counsel 3000 as a Recommended Company and Corporate Transactions Practitioner in Indonesia
  • Chambers Asia (Indonesian chapter) as a Band 1 Leading Individual in the sector of Projects & Natural Resources
Drew & Napier is a powerhouse in Singapore with very talented lawyers, who think globally while acting locally.
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019

Private Wealth | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

Chambers High Net Worth
Private Wealth Law 2021 – Band 1 Firm for 6 consecutive years (2016-2021)

  • The firm is “excellent at bonds and trusts.” It is also noted for its tax expertise.

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Tax 2021 – Band 1 for 12 consecutive years (2009-2021)

Irene Yong – Leading Individual 

  • “Leading tax group, widely sought after by clients for its wealth of experience across the spectrum of tax matters.”
  • An interviewee indicates that the team is "diligent in ensuring that our tax matters are attended to and we are constantly kept in the loop about any updates."
  • Another interviewee praises the team's "strength in strategising its approach."

Dispute Resolution 2021 – Band 1 for 12 consecutive years (2009-2021)

Yee Mei Ken – Leading Individual for 2 consecutive years 

  • One client praises its "great team," commending their "excellent research work, written submissions and the manner in which they prepare for, and argue in, hearings."
  • Another source adds: "Their organisation is very well run and easy to deal with."
  • One interviewee notes that "they have a good reputation and their partners are leaders. It is a truly full-service firm."
  • Clients praise the team for its "professionalism, expertise and good turnaround time."

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Tax 2021 – Top Tier Firm for Tax for 14 consecutive years (2007-2021)

Dispute Resolution 2021 – Top Tier for 12 consecutive years 

Yee Mei Ken – Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution for 3 consecutive years and previously Recommended Lawyer in Dispute Resolution for 3 consecutive years

asialaw Profiles
Outstanding Firm for Tax for 5 consecutive years (2017-2021)
Outstanding Firm for Dispute Resolution 2020 for 7 consecutive years (2015-2021)

World Tax
Tax Controversy 2021 – Tier 1 Firm for 3 consecutive years

Irene Yong – Identified as a “Highly Regarded Practitioner” in Indirect Tax, Tax Controversy and Women in Tax for 3 years (2019-2021)

General Corporate Tax 2021 – Tier 1 Firm for 3 consecutive years

Indirect Tax 2021 – Tier 1 Firm for 3 consecutive years

International Tax Review
Best Tax Transactional Firm (2019)
Tier 1 Leading Tax Advisory Firm (8 consecutive years)

Asia Tax Award
Malaysia Tax Disputes Firm of the Year 2020
Malaysia Tax Disputes and Litigation Firm of the Year 2018 (3 consecutive years)
Asia Tax Awards Malaysia Tax Firm of the Year 2018
Asia Tax Awards Asia Transactions Firm of the Year 2018

asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Awards
Tax Firm of the Year (2017 and 2020)

Private Wealth | Drew & Napier, Singapore

Chambers High Net Worth
Private Wealth Law 2021 – Leading firm for 6 consecutive years

Ong Sim Ho is also ranked a leading individual 

  • “Drew & Napier is one of the few firms that is all rounded and possesses the capability and in-depth knowledge to advise on both the corporate side and private wealth planning.”
  • Clients described the team as “very, very professional in their approach” with “very good, solid reputation" in the local market.
  • “Very versatile” and “very in-tune with the industry, and with what the clients, banks and trust companies are thinking; you have a melting pot of experience there.”
  • “They are a good firm, they have a good name, and they can be relied on. They're very dependable.”
  • “I think the quality is very high; it's excellent. They are very liked by their clients, they're trustworthy and very up-to-date on what's happening. They understand from the trustees' point of view what they need and what's going on. I also think their regulatory framework is a lot stronger than that of other firms. When there are any changes in rules and regulations, they're first on it too.

Private Wealth Law 2021 Indonesia (Expertise based abroad)

Julian Kwek – Leading Individual for 5 consecutive years

  • “...because he spent a lot of time in Indonesia, he is familiar with how things should be done. His grassroots expertise is very helpful in understanding the psyche of Indonesian clients and Indonesian markets.”
  • Chambers says, “Julian Kwek's practice is broad-ranging, and includes private equity, cross-border M&A and joint venture matters. He works with both Indonesian clients and wealthy inward investors”.
  • “Julian Kwek helps high net worth families to reorganise offshore holding structures and businesses, as well as assisting with immigration and citizenship applications. He also advises on tax efficiency and complying with the Common Reporting Standard.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Tax 2022 – Leading firm for 13 consecutive years

Ong Sim Ho – Band 1 Leading Individual for 12 years

  • “go-to group for tax disputes”
  • "They are very professional in their delivery of advice."
  • “Very experienced team. The lawyers are also accountants, so they are familiar with the financial workings. They are knowledgeable and you don't have to explain much.”
  • “They are professional and highly responsive, even on small matters.”
  • One market commentator notes: “They are a very strong dispute resolution firm, not just in tax disputes. They continue to do well in this space.”
  • “When auditors are questioning and matters are urgent, we can always call them for detailed legal advice.”
  • “They are spot-on in providing us with relevant tax advice.”
  • “They are well connected and successful in the marketplace. I appreciate their legal updates and occasional seminars, which are very useful.”
  • “The work was exceptional - timely, thorough and fairly priced.”
  • “They can articulate clearly complex tax concepts.” 
  • Ong Sim Ho wins a lot of praise for his flexible approach and depth of knowledge in the tax area, with one client emphasising: “The most important thing is his technical understanding and how creative he is. No one in Singapore can cut through the issues like him. He is very, very strong.”

Restructuring/Insolvency 2022 – Band 1 for 15 consecutive years

Julian Kwek – Leading Individual for 14 consecutive years

  • Julian Kwek has “impressed us with his work ethic and his extensive knowledge of Indonesia.
  • Julian Kwek is “a deal maker, with a China and Indonesia focus.
  • A client notes Julian Kwek’s “uncanny ability to look beyond just the legal side of things and can point out the commercial implications of a particular course of action.

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Tax 2022 – Leading firm for 16 consecutive years

Ong Sim Ho – Leading Individual for 13 years

  • The team is “very responsive, quick on the uptake and provides in-depth and relevant legal advice that works in real life”.
  • “Its lawyers have sharp business acumen and provide commercially practical advice.”
  • Ong Sim Ho is described as a “tax lynchpin” at the Singapore tax bar, and he is recommended for his “critical thinking”, “analytic skills” and "truly superior knowledge".
  • “Ong Sim Ho is someone we are always relying on. He usually takes a novel approach in crafting his solutions and has not failed us in a single matter brought to him in more than 15 years.”

Private Wealth 2022 – Tier 1 for 6 consecutive years

Ong Sim Ho – Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years
Seah Ching Ling – Next Generation Partner for 2 consecutive years

  • The team garnered praise for its “excellent response times and great service informed by deep industry knowledge.”
  • Sim Ho is “able to bring in his legal, finance, risk governance, and accounting perspectives to assist on various private client matter."
  • He is “a prominent name in private wealth and asset protection.”
  • Ching Ling is “very experienced and knowledgeable in the area of trusts, taxation, and charities.”
  • “She provides very pragmatic advice and does not over-complicate matters.”
  • "Seah Ching Ling is an emerging talent"

Restructuring & Insolvency 2022 – Tier 1 for 11 consecutive years

Julian Kwek – Recommended Lawyer for 7 consecutive years

Projects and Energy 2022 – Tier 2 for 11 consecutive years

Ong Sim Ho – Recommended Lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Julian Kwek – Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years (2019 to 2020)

Corporate/M&A 2019

Julian Kwek – Recommended Lawyer for 2 consecutive years

  • Clients described Julian Kwek as “absolutely first-class”, “committed and professional” with the “uncanny ability to look beyond the legal aspects and provide invaluable advice on commercial implications.”
  • Julian Kwek is “outstanding in developing and implementing effective and creative strategies” that have produced successful results in situations that seemed hopeless at the start.

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Private Client 2021 – Recommended for 3 consecutive years

Best Lawyers International: Singapore
Ong Sim Ho – Endorsed individual in the 2022 edition of Trust and Estates 

asialaw Leading Lawyers
Ong Sim Ho – Elite Practitioner for Tax, also the sole lawyer to be listed as an Elite Practitioner in the Tax practice

  • “Excellent, Ong Sim Ho is commercially attuned and provides interesting perspectives to tax issues.”

The Straits Times - Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022

Rated a perfect score of 5 stars for Inheritance & Succession, Private Wealth Management in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista; 4 stars in 2021.

 

Real Estate | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

asialaw Profiles
Construction & Real Estate 2020 – Highly Recommended Firm for 7 consecutive years

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Real Estate 2020 – Tier 1 for 7 consecutive years

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Leading Individual for 3 consecutive years

  • “Very easy to communicate with and respond in a timely manner.”
  • “Provide excellent service."

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Real Estate 2020 – Top Rank Firm for 7 consecutive years

Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Band 2 for 4 consecutive years

Real Estate | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Real Estate 2022 – Band 2 for 2 consecutive years; Spotlight Table (2020)

Sar Sau Yee – Band 2 for 2 consecutive years; Spotlight Table (2020)

  • A client comments that "they always respond quickly and have shown their expertise to solve our questions."

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Real Estate 2022 – Top Tier for 13 consecutive years

Sar Sau Yee – Recommended Lawyer for 14 consecutive years

  • “Their advice and solutions have been brilliant and enabled us in making decisions for complex situations”

Asialaw Profiles
Real Estate 2021 – Outstanding for 4 consecutive years

Sar Sau Yee – Distinguished Practitioner for 2 consecutive years; Market Leading Lawyer for 3 consecutive years (2017-2019); Leading Lawyer for 3 consecutive years (2014-2016)

  • “in-depth knowledge and expertise on real estate laws including technical knowledge, professionalism, attention to details and prompt attention and excellent service including timely delivery”

ALB Malaysia Law Awards
Real Estate Law Firm of the Year in 2014 and 2015

Real Estate | Drew & Napier, Singapore

Asian Legal Business S.E. Asia Law Awards 
Real Estate Law Firm of the Year for the second time (2017)

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Real Estate 2022 – Top Tier for 22 consecutive years

Ho Soo Lih – Recommended lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Lau Sok Hiang – Recommended lawyer for 3 consecutive years
Yeong Wai Cheong – Recommended lawyer for 6 consecutive years
April Mak – Recommended lawyer 

  • “Drew and Napier LLC are professional and their legal work is up to mark. In fact, they sometimes go above and beyond the routine to ensure that the legal matters are satisfactorily resolved for the client, even when it seems that the matter is a bit grey. They actually called up a contact in the government to clarify certain matters that were not in black and white. They are also responsive and will call the client back to update the progress.“
  • “The Drew team looks after the client’s best interests, very efficient and depth of knowledge in real estate transactions due to their experience in wide and varied types of transactions.”
  • “The real estate team is very thorough in their review of legal documents and able to distil key risks for the client. In a class of their own where it comes to looking after client interests and are also able to tap on other areas of practice to help clients where necessary.”
  • “Efficient and strong in their knowledge of conveyancing and real estate legal contracts. Get things done fast.”
  • Sources say that Drew’s Real Estate team “delivers on time and propose practical solutions”.
  • “… the ‘very commercially minded’ real estate team at Drew & Napier LLC handles transactions involving commercial, residential and industrial properties for clients such as developers and corporates”
  • "Drew & Napier LLC has broad and deep expertise in both contentious and non-contentious real estate and construction matters.”
  • “Ho Soo Lih is outstanding. He does very detailed work, leaves no gap in the entire process, 24/7 prompt response on any issue, allows the client to get total confidence. A pleasure to work with him and their fees are quite reasonable.”
  • “Lau Sok Hiang listens to the client and takes time to explain the issues clearly. She is a joy to work with. Complex negotiations move along better with Sok Hiang around.”
  • “Lau Sok Hiang is very friendly and provided good legal advice on the matter at hand.”
  • Lau Sok Hiang is praised for her “depth of knowledge, customer engagement, and timely updates. Able to explain things clearly.”
  • “We work closely with Yeong Wai Cheong, for most of our conveyancing matters. Mr Yeong is very professional and prompt in providing advice to our queries. Mr Yeong and his team maintained the same service standard despite the pandemic. Excellent!”
  • Yeong Wai Cheong is “noted for his 'depth of knowledge in the real estate area' and 'incredibly organised' approach”.

Chambers Asia Pacific
Real Estate 2022 – Band 3 for 2 consecutive years; Noted Practitioner for 4 consecutive years (2017-2020)

  • Drew & Napier's "services are consistently good and reliable".
  • A client admires the team's "prompt response and client care".
  • “The team takes a very commercial approach."

asialaw Profiles
Real Estate 2022 – Highly recommended for 5 consecutive years

  • “Sound legal strategy and strong implementation.”
  • Lau Sok Hiang is “very professional and patient.”
  • Lau Sok Hiang is “very responsive and promptly comes up with problems solving.”
  • Lau Sok Hiang is commended to be “very responsive and customer-oriented. Able to get things done with little fuss. Knowledgeable about the subject matter”.
  • Lau Sok Hiang “helped us understand the various possible risks of the loan documents presented for signing, and provided us with recommendations to amend some aspects of the same documents”.

The Straits Times - Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022
Rated 4 stars for Real Estate law (Commercial Property, Construction, Funds) in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista

Restructuring & Insolvency | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

Asia-Pacific Legal 500 
Restructuring & Insolvency 2020 – Tier 1 law firm 

Lia Alizia – Recommended lawyer
Alexandra FM Gerungan – Recommended lawyer

In-House Counsel Community Asian-Mena Counsel – Pacific Business Press
Indonesia Firm of the Year 2018 for Restructuring & Insolvency

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Restructuring & Insolvency 2021 – Tier 2 law firm for 8 consecutive years (2014 to 2021)

asialaw Profiles 
Restructuring & Insolvency 2021 – Highly Recommended

  • Previously a Recommended law firm for 7 consecutive years (2014 to 2020)

Restructuring & Insolvency | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

asialaw Profiles and asialaw Leading Lawyers 
Restructuring & Insolvency 2019 – Listed as an Outstanding Firm for 3 consecutive years
Restructuring & Insolvency 2021 – Listed as a Recommended Firm for 2 consecutive years

Jeyanthini Kannaperan – Distinguished Practitioner
Rabindra Nathan – Elite Practitioner

Asia-Pacific Legal 500 
Dispute Resolution 2020 – Listed as Tier 1 Firm

  • Head Jeyanthini Kannaperan handles a range of banking and finance, land and corporate disputes. Rabindra Nathan represents clients in corporate and commercial litigation, banking insolvency litigation and international commercial litigation.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 

  • In the 2020 edition, Chambers noted that Jeyanthini Kannaperan is respected for her significant experience in relation to banking disputes, including securities law. Rabindra Nathan is recognised for his expertise in insolvency cases.  

Asian Legal Business Malaysia Law Awards
Restructuring & Insolvency 2021 - Law Firm of the Year

Restructuring & Insolvency | Drew & Napier, Singapore

Chambers Asia-Pacific 
Restructuring & Insolvency 2022 – Band 1 for 15 consecutive years

Sushil Nair – Leading individual
Julian Kwek – Leading individual
Blossom Hing – Leading individual
Chan Wei Meng – Leading individual
Mohan Gopalan – ULeading individual

  • "The team expertly and successfully guides companies through extraordinarily complex and often intense restructurings."
  • "They have been outstanding in developing and implementing effective and creative strategies that have produced successful restructurings in circumstances that seemed hopeless at the start."
  • “Commercially driven and focused on getting different parties to work together and reach a solution.”
  • “Their reach throughout Asia is exceptional and they also know their way around other important legal centres like London and New York.”
  • “Their client service is excellent and they are practically and commercially minded. They never lose sight of the ultimate objective.”
  • “The level of service is high and they can speak Chinese to avoid misunderstanding.”
  • "They’re an excellent firm: their lawyers are always thoughtful, they have a very good understanding of the legal environment in Singapore and they're strategic, efficient and proactive.”
  • “I am very satisfied with the level of service provided by Drew & Napier, especially its in-depth understanding and knowledge of achieving amicable solutions that are acceptable to all parties in restructuring and insolvency negotiations.”
  • “The competency and efficiency is a given–but they're also able to see things from our business perspective.”

IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms 
Restructuring & Insolvency 2022 – Tier 1 for 15 consecutive years

Sushil Nair – Market leader
Julian Kwek – Highly regarded
Blossom Hing – Highly regarded
Chan Wei Meng – Highly regarded
Mohan Gopalan – Rising Star Partner
Teri Cheng – Rising Star Partner

  • “Extremely commercial and competent. Able to grasp issues affecting not just the legal position but those which relate to the commercial, political and reputational concerns of the clients.”
  • We have depended on the professional services of Drew & Napier's restructuring and insolvency team for more than 10 years and have never been disappointed. Overall, the quality of work (legal knowledge as well as an understanding of the market environment) has been outstanding. One aspect which we appreciated most is the team's ability to go beyond the legal aspects and advise us on the commercial implications.”
  • “Consistently delivers excellent results in extraordinarily complex international debt restructuring matters.”
  • “Very knowledgeable, professional and progressive law firm–so much so that we retain D&N not only for our corporate, legal and investment work but also highly recommend D&N to our network of business.”
  • “I find what makes Sushil's advice are his practicality and able to empathise with the positions of both sides so that a resolution can be found. He is also a good sounding board to explore out-of-the-box solutions."
  • Julian “had impressed us on his extensive knowledge about Singapore law as well as a good grasp of the legal environment in Indonesia. His strongest point is his uncanny ability to look beyond just the legal perspective and also provided excellent advice on the commercial implications.”
  • “Blossom Hing is the standout restructuring lawyer at the firm who has deep experience in this area.” She is “tenacious and thoughtful, energetic and creative.”
  • Wei Meng “spared no effort in examining our case from multiple perspectives, offering us multiple solutions for every problem.” He showed “great eye for detail and went well beyond their duty, coming up with many solutions that were both practical and amicable for us.”

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Restructuring & Insolvency 2022 – Tier 1 for 11 consecutive years

Sushil Nair – Hall of Fame
Julian Kwek – Recommended lawyer
Blossom Hing – Recommended lawyer
Chan Wei Meng – Recommended lawyer
Mohan Gopalan – Next generation lawyer
Mitchell Yeo – Recommended lawyer

  • The team is "one of the best" especially for more complex matters. Sushil Nair and Julian are "outstanding in developing and implementing effective and creative strategies that have produced successful debt restructurings in circumstances that seemed hopeless at the start".
  • “An established practice and is professionally run, staffed with very competent professionals that are well connected with the judicial system and the commercial world.
  • “A superb team that achieves excellent results in the most complicated cross-border restructurings – beyond what most practitioners in this area would think is possible.”
  • “They are very knowledgeable in terms of legal perspective. Not only they understand the legal aspect, they understand how to make a deal done.”
  • "Sushil Nair, stands out as an astute insolvency practitioner who is not only well versed in insolvency laws but a highly intelligent and commercial lawyer. He has an ability to see through the complexities very early and delve into the core issues. However, he is also practical and seeks to find resolution amongst the various stakeholders to ensure a successful restructuring.’"
  • "Julian is not only well versed in the legal aspects but also has the uncanny ability to look at the issues from a business perspective and offer valuable insights and recommendations. He has always been extremely responsive to our needs and works well under time pressure. He has been available literally 24/7 and always able to meet deadlines and targets."
  • Blossom Hing is a  "tenacious and strong litigator" and she "has wonderful experience in this sector having been involved in some of the biggest, most complex cases in Asia and globally."
  • "Chan Wei Meng is a well-recognised and highly respected lawyer in the insolvency sector. He played the lead role in advising us and managing all our financial restructuring matters, as well as providing advice on the appropriate financial structures for our fund-raising exercise. Wei Meng stands out for his knowledge and ability to suggest practical and viable solutions in even the most difficult situations."
  • Mohan Gopalan is a  "rising star with a lot of depth."

Global Restructuring Review
GRR 100 and GRR 30 2021 (5th edition)

Drew is listed in the top 30 ranking for 4 consecutive years in the latest 2021 edition.

In 2019 and 2018, we were listed as one of the top 20 restructuring practices in the world for two consecutive years, and we were also the world’s highest ranked Asian restructuring law firm based in Singapore/Asia.

In the inaugural GRR 100 (2017), Drew & Napier was listed as one of the top 100 restructuring practices in the world.

Mohan Gopalan – 40 Under 40, 2016 Listed lawyer 

  • “Of all the [Singapore] Big Four, they have the best team. They have a real, genuine restructuring practice. They’re a self-contained unit, tight, and their people are trained to do both transactional and dispute work, which is what is demanded of our business.”
  • “They know the oil and gas industry, and always consider and handle the matters in the interests of the clients.”
  • “I have seen first-hand the Drew & Napier team expertly and successfully guide Southeast Asian-based companies through extraordinarily complex and often intense restructurings.” 
  • Sushil and Julian are both “extremely hard-working, smart and creative”, Blossom, Wei Meng and Mohan are noted for  “the first-rate quality of their work and their dedication to helping their clients work through and emerge from difficult times”. 
  • Blossom “stands out as a highly knowledgeable and creative practitioner in the restructuring and turnaround sectors,” a client said. “In addition to having a comprehensive understanding of legal issues, [she] is able to understand, discuss and help to address financial and commercial issues that could drive a successful restructuring. That makes her almost unique in a Singapore context.”

Who’s Who Legal
Restructuring & Insolvency 2022

Sushil Nair – Recommended individual for 14 years, also a Restructuring & Insolvency Thought Leader for 5 consecutive years
Blossom Hing – Recommended individual for 6 years, also a Restructuring & Insolvency Thought Leader for 3 consecutive years
Julian Kwek – Recommended individual for 5 years
Chan Wei Meng – Recommended individual for 2 years
Mohan Gopalan – Recommended individual for 2 years

Investigations 2021

Blossom Hing – Investigations Future Leaders (2020)
Chan Wei Meng – Investigations Future Leaders for 3 consecutive years

asialaw Profiles and asialaw Leading Lawyers
Restructuring & Insolvency 2022 – Outstanding for 7 consecutive years

Sushil Nair – Elite Practitioner
Julian Kwek – Elite Practitioner
Blossom Hing – Elite Practitioner
Mohan Gopalan – Rising Star

Best Lawyers International: Singapore
Insolvency and Reorganisation Law 2021

Sushil Nair – Recommended Lawyer
Julian Kwek – Recommended Lawyer
Blossom Hing – Recommended Lawyer
Chan Wei Meng – Recommended Lawyer

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Insolvency 2021 – Tier 1 for 3 consecutive years

Sushil Nair – Dispute Resolution Star for 3 consecutive years
Blossom Hing – Dispute Resolution Star for 3 consecutive years
Mohan Gopalan – Future Star for 2 consecutive years

The Asian Lawyer Asia Legal Awards
2018 Finance Deal of the Year (Insolvency and Restructuring) – PT Bumi Resources' $4.5B global debt restructuring
2017 Finance Deal of the Year (Restructuring and Insolvency) – Pacific Andes $1.5B liquidation

IFLR Asia Awards
Restructuring Deal of the Year 2016 – The Restructuring of PT Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk
IFLR Rising Star of the Year 2016 – Restructuring: Mohan Gopalan

Singapore Business Review
Chan Wei Meng – Singapore’s 40 and under most influential lawyers 2015
Mohan Gopalan Singapore’s most promising legal luminaries aged 40 and under in 2017

The Straits Times – Singapore’s Best Law Firms
Rated full marks (5 stars) for Insolvency and restructuring in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista for 2 consecutive years. 

Tax | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

Makarim’s tax practice was officially established in 2019 in response to the market demand for trusted advisers who can guide and steer clients through the complexities of Indonesian tax law. The team has quickly gained the trust and respect of clients and been instructed on significant matters, including:

  • Acting as advisor of an international hotel chain in the tax dispute with the Tax Authority;
  • Acting as advisor of a foreign representative office in oil and gas in the tax dispute with the Tax Authority;
  • Acting as advisor of a luxury car dealer in the tax dispute with the Tax Authority; and
  • Advising clients in various taxation matters such as shareholders loans and structuring nominee arrangement and construction contracts.

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms

  • “Excellent Jakarta-based law firm. Very responsive and collaborate in multi-jurisdictional teams very well.”
  • “They are reliable and provide excellent technical and practical advice in a difficult jurisdiction. They advise us on a broad range of issues including dispute resolution, regulatory compliance, employment law and transaction work in Indonesia.”
  • “Responsive, cost effective and good understanding of industry and regulatory issues.”
  • “Good teamwork.”
  • “The firm is very responsive and very commercial. When we need a quick response for a client, Makarim & Taira S. are always happy to oblige.”
  • “Makarim & Taira S. has provided excellent, sufficiently detailed and timely advice on our projects.”
  • “Fast response and very strong advisory capability.”
  • “Resourceful.”

Asia Business Law Journal
Lia Alizia – Listed as one of the A-List / Top 100 Lawyers (2018-2020)
Rahayu Ningsih Hoed – Listed as one of the A-List / Top 100 Lawyers (2018-2020)
Vincent Ariesta Lie – Listed as one of the A-List / Top 100 Lawyers (2018-2020)
Kurniawan Tanzil – Listed as one of the A-List / Top 100 Lawyers (2018-2019)

Tax | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

International Tax Review: World Tax

Tax Controversy 2021 – Tier 1 Firm for 3 consecutive years

Anand Raj – Highly Regarded Tax Controversy Leader for 9 consecutive years
Irene Yong – Highly Regarded Tax Controversy Leader for 9 consecutive years

General Corporate Tax 2021 – Tier 1 Firm for 3 consecutive years

Indirect Tax 2021 – Tier 1 Firm for 3 consecutive years

Anand Raj – Highly Regarded Indirect Tax Leader for 5 consecutive years
Irene Yong – Highly Regarded Indirect Tax Leader for 5 consecutive years

Women in Tax 2021

Irene Yong – Highly Regarded Women in Tax Leader for 7 consecutive years

Foong Pui Chi – Recognised as Tax Counsel for 3 years

  • “Shearn Delamore & Co can offer clients the range of advice on direct and indirect tax, structuring, planning, litigation, audit and investigation matters. They are particularly well equipped to advise the oil and gas, and financial services industries.”

International Tax Review: World Transfer Pricing
Transfer Pricing 2021 – Tier 2 Firm for 3 consecutive years

International Tax Review
Top Tier Firm for Tax in 2020 for 14 consecutive years
Best Tax Transactional Firm (2019 and 2020)
Tier 1 Leading Tax Advisory Firm for 8 consecutive years

International Tax Review: Asia Tax Award
Malaysia Tax Controversy (Litigation) Firm of the Year for 5 consecutive years
Malaysia Tax Disputes Firm of the Year Award 2018 (5 consecutive years)
Asia Tax Awards Malaysia Tax Firm of the Year 2018
Asia Tax Awards Asia Transactions Firm of the Year 2018
Impact Case of the Year 2021: Majlis Daerah Hulu Selangor v United Plantations Berhad
Asia Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year 2017 — Anand Raj 

asialaw’s Client Service Excellence
Tax 2021 – Best Overall Firm

Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific
Tax 2022 - Tier 1 Firm for 3 consecutive years (2020-2022)
Tax Firm of the Year (runner-up)

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Tax 2022 – Band 1 Firm for 13 consecutive years

Anand Raj – Band 1 Leading Individual for 12 consecutive years
Irene Yong – Band 3 Leading Individual for 2 consecutive years; Recognised Practitioner (2020)

  • A source says: "Their service is excellent, preparing us upfront before trial and post-trial also."
  • "They are clear on technical matters while also addressing practical issues," notes an interviewee.
  • "Diligent in ensuring that our tax matters are attended to and we are constantly kept in the loop about any updates."
  • "strength in strategising its approach."
  • Sources are pleased with the service received by the firm, one stating: “They provided good advice on how we should strategise in terms of the tax settlement process with the local authority.
  • Sources note: “They are very responsive and knowledgeable.
  • Clients extol the firm's tactical approach to tax litigation, with one highlighting: “They were innovative in helping with arguments - they started putting strategies together, which was very helpful and enabled us to win all arguments.
  • “Superb client service, commercial and practical advice and technical soundness.
  • Sources say: “A very good group; we always feel comfortable when they represent us.
  • An interviewee indicates that the team is "diligent in ensuring that our tax matters are attended to and we are constantly kept in the loop about any updates."
  • Another interviewee praises the team's "strength in strategising its approach."

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Tax 2022 – Top Tier Firm for 16 consecutive years

Anand Raj – Leading Individuals for 5 consecutive years, previously a Recommended Lawyer for 8 years
Irene Yong – Recommended Lawyer for 5 years
Foong Pui Chi – Recommended Lawyer (2021)

  • “The tax and revenue practice at Shearn Delamore & Co attracts praise for its 'strong prowess as tax and legal practitioners in all aspects, whether legal, practical, procedural'. The group is instructed by a range of domestic, multinational and international companies, with particular expertise advising oil and gas sector clients. The team, which are 'all very hands-on' in their approach,  include practice head Goh Ka Im,  Anand Raj, and Irene Yong who all have experience handling a full range of contentious and non-contentious tax matters.”
  • “The team has the immense ability to understand a lot of new information within a very short period of time related to a business they were previously not familiar with.”
  • “Shearn Delamore & Co's ‘excellent’ practice provides ‘very practical advice’, and is especially well known for its contentious work.”
  • “Strategising approach taking into account the risks. Strong in litigation process.”
  • "Highly informative and efficient. The team not only managed to explain to us the situation and potential strategy to our best understanding, but also guided us step by step in order to resolve it."
  • "Irene Yong is extremely efficient and well informed of the topic at hand. Highly dependable and was a great support in resolving our tax issue."
  • "Excellent understanding of the business, offers intelligence advice and practical strategy."
  • "Responsive and strategic; cared to explore solutions and advised when to push, when to wait and which state to file an appeal."

Asialaw Profiles
Tax 2021 – Outstanding Firm for 5 consecutive years

Previously a Highly Recommended Firm for Tax (5 consecutive years) and First Tier Firm in Tax (4 consecutive years)

  • “The firm provides professional advisory service with excellent support. The firm is articulate and communicates well with Inland Revenue on behalf of the client.”
  • “Overall, the firm has handled my cases professionally and are able to provide good advice on how we should strategize in terms of the tax settlement process with the local tax authority.”
  • Shearn Delamore & Co’s outstanding practice “has a sound panel of lawyers experienced in tax disputes and litigation”, comments a client.
  • “The firm really deserves to be in the top tier by itself. No other outfit, short of the big four, can compare with it where tax work is concerned,” says one impressed peer.
  • Clients praise the firm’s balanced approach, with one saying: “The lawyers were very professional and always pragmatic. They give a range of options to clients and offer reasoned choices.”
  • “The team we deal with is very aggressive and clear with the actions they are going to take, explaining in detail the pros and cons of their arguments, before any decision is made and the final action recommended,” notes an accounting manager."

Asialaw Leading Lawyers
Anand Raj – Elite Practitioner in Tax for 2 consecutive years (2020 & 2021), previously a Market Leading Lawyer in Tax in 2017, and a Leading Lawyer in Taxation for 6 consecutive years (2014-2019)

asialaw Awards
Asia Tax Firm of the Year (2020)

ALB SE Asia Law Awards
South East Asia Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year (2014)

In-House Community
Malaysia Firm of the Year in Taxation (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2021)

Who’s Who Legal
Anand Raj – Global Leader in Corporate Tax Advisory 2019 for 3 years, and Global Leader in Corporate Tax - Controversy 2019 and 2020

Asia Business Law Journal
Anand Raj – One of Malaysia’s top 100 Lawyers (2020)

Bloomberg Tax
Irene Yong – International Tax Contributor of the Year 2018

Tax | Drew & Napier, Singapore

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Tax 2022 – Leading firm for 13 consecutive years

Ong Ken Loon – Leading Individual for 10 consecutive years
Ong Sim Ho – Band 1 Leading Individual for for 11 years

  • “go-to group for tax disputes”
  • “Very experienced team. The lawyers are also accountants, so they are familiar with the financial workings. They are knowledgeable and you don't have to explain much.”
  • “They are professional and highly responsive, even on small matters.”
  • The team is praised for their quick turnaround time. They are prompt and responsive. A client said: When auditors are questioning and matters are urgent, we can always call them for detailed legal advice.
  • Interviewees also noted that the team is well connected and successful in the marketplace. Another said: They are spot-on in providing us with relevant tax advice.
  • They are a very strong dispute resolution firm, not just in tax disputes. They continue to do well in this space.
  • Clients also described Ken Loon as technically strong and praised her ability to empathise with clientsneeds.
  • She is sought after for her depth of experience in handling tax disputes initiated by the tax authorities. One client revealed: She is a lawyer I would go to for technical matters.
  • Ong Sim Ho wins a lot of praise for his flexible approach and depth of knowledge in the tax area, with one client emphasising: “The most important thing is his technical understanding and how creative he is. No one in Singapore can cut through the issues like him. He is very, very strong.”
  • He is praised for coming up with “very constructive ideas.” Sources also note that “his wealth of knowledge on precedents allows him to give an immediate response to any kind of question.”

Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Tax 2022 – Leading firm for 16 consecutive years

Ong Ken Loon – Hall of Fame for 3 consecutive years, previously a Leading Individual for 8 consecutive years
Ong Sim Ho – Leading Individual for for 13 years
Yang Shi Yong – Recommended lawyer for 7 consecutive years

  • The team is “very responsive, quick on the uptake and provides in-depth and relevant legal advice that works in real life.
  • “Its lawyers have sharp business acumen and provide commercially practical advice.
  • Practice head Ong Ken Loon has impressed clients with her “strong technical skills.” She is a “go-to person for any tax dispute work” and particularly rated for her “professionalism and knowledge”.
  • Ken Loon is “very experienced and knows the people working in IRAS very well including their backgrounds, the experience, how they work and how they are likely to treat your case.”
  • “She is able to read the government’s approach to tax issues and can also be a useful contact if you have a difficult issue with the government. Her advice is always practical in approach and always sound. In terms of legal research, she is an extremely conscientious lawyer who always does her homework and her numbers and she is always prepared and able to clearly explain the tax impact of the various options so that it is easy to determine which to go for.”
  • “In terms of negotiations and communications, you cannot get better than Ken Loon as she always knows how to put the arguments across and she is extremely clear and concise.”
  • “Ong Sim Ho is someone we are always relying on. He usually takes a novel approach in crafting his solutions and has not failed us in a single matter brought to him in more than 15 years.”
  • Ong Sim Ho is described as a “tax lynchpin” at the Singapore tax bar, and he is recommended for his “critical thinking”, “analytic skills” and “truly superior knowledge.”

International Tax Review World Tax
Tax 2022 – Leading firm for 13 consecutive years

Ong Ken Loon – Tax Controversy Leaders for 9 consecutive years, Women in Tax Leaders for 7 consecutive years 
Ong Sim Ho – Tax Controversy Leaders for 10 years

  • "Ong Ken Loon is a well-respected specialist in tax dispute resolution and regularly represents clients in tax tribunals and courts.”
  • “Ong Sim Ho has demonstrated very good knowledge and in-depth understanding of the Singapore income tax regulations and has provided very concise and comprehensive analysis of our tax issue.”
  • “Mr Ong, the partner, has great technical expertise, especially in unconventional matters,” said one client. “There are times when we hit a hard wall and cannot find solutions from the big accounting firms; we would go to him to get another angle on the matter.”

Best Lawyers International: Singapore
Ong Sim Ho and Ong Ken Loon are Endorsed individuals in the 2022 edition of Tax Law

asialaw Profiles
Tax 2022 – Outstanding, Previously Highly Recommended for 3 consecutive years

  • A client notes that the team “made me feel very comfortable from the onset despite being in a very challenging environment”. Another adds that the team offers “very practical tax advice”.
  • “Very knowledgeable and provides practical advice.”

asialaw Leading Lawyers
Tax 2022

Ong Sim Ho – Elite Practitioner for 3 consecutive years, the sole lawyer to be listed as an Elite Practitioner
Ong Ken Loon – Distinguished Practitioner for 3 consecutive years

  • “Excellent, Ong Sim Ho is commercially attuned and provides interesting perspectives to tax issues.”
  • Clients praised Ken Loon for being “very knowledgeable”, and she has “calm hands.”

Who’s Who Legal
Southeast Asia: Corporate Tax 2021 – Ong Sim Ho is a Leading individual
Corporate Tax: Controversy 2021 – Ong Sim Ho is a  Leading individual
Corporate Tax: Advisory 2021 – Ong Ken Loon is a  Leading individual


Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT) | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

Asialaw Profiles
IT, Telco & Media 2020 – Highly Recommended practice for 2 consecutive years

Asia Pacific Legal 500
IT and Telecoms 2020 – Tier 2 for 3 consecutive years 

Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT) | Shearn Delamore & Co., Malaysia

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
TMT 2022 – Tier 3 for 7 consecutive years

Rabindra Nathan - Recommended Lawyer (2020)
Christina Kow - Recommended Lawyer (2020 and 2022)
Karen Abraham - Recommended Lawyer (2022)
Timothy Siaw - Recommended Lawyer for 7 consecutive years
Janet Toh - Recommended Lawyer for 4 consecutive years
Ng Swee Kee - Recommended Lawyer (2020)

  • The 'commercial and proactive' telecoms, media and technology sector practice group at Shearn Delamore & Co encompasses lawyers across multiple practice areas, including IP, financial services, corporate and M&A, tax and competition, to assist clients particularly with emerging issues across technology, media and communications. Intellectual property partner Timothy Siaw heads up the group which includes Janet Toh, who frequently advises on IT contracts; corporate and M&A partner Ng Swee Kee; litigator Rabindra S Nathan and Christina Kow, who focuses on financial services regulatory and data privacy issues”.
  • “It’s strength is its breadth & depth of expertise given the diversified practice areas and the experience and credentials of its legal practitioners.”

Asialaw Profiles
Technology and Telecommunications 2021 – Highly Recommended for 5 consecutive years
Technology and Telecommunications 2022 – Recommended

Chambers Asia-Pacific
TMT 2022 – Band 3

Janet Toh – Band 3 Lawyer (2022)

  • A source commends Shearn Delamore & Co, reporting: "The breadth and depth of expertise and diversity within the firm is its biggest strength, giving us comfort that all our legal needs with be attended to by this one-stop law firm."
  • A commentator says: "The team is excellent at managing cross-border work and understands how to navigate the differences in laws well."

Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT) | Drew & Napier, Singapore

Chambers Asia-Pacific
TMT 2022 - Band 1 for 14 consecutive years

Lim Chong Kin - Leading Individual for 15 consecutive years

  • "The firm is extremely knowledgeable in the areas we have discussed. Everyone we interacted with understands the issues from a commercial point of view."
  • "It was awesome - they are so fast and very hands-on."
  • "It's not only the quality of the work, for they're really more than just a transactional firm: when we ask for something, they not only do it well, but give other advice, pointing to new directions for the company."

asialaw Profiles
IT, Telco & Media 2022 - Outstanding practice for 7 consecutive years

  • “The partners are clear-headed and gave good advice which is essential to an international arbitration like this...”
  • “Clients praise the TMT practice, which is headed by Lim Chong Kin. ‘Their TMT team is superb and knowledgeable,’ says a client, with Lim singled out for praise: ‘Lim Chong Kim’s work is consistently exceptional.’”

Asia Pacific Legal 500
TMT 2021 - Tier 2 for 2 consecutive years; Tier 1 for 11 consecutive years (2009-2019)

Lim Chong Kin - Hall of Fame for 2 consecutive years; Leading Individual for 9 consecutive years

David Alfred - Recommended Lawyer

  • 'terrific – very knowledgeable in the TMT space and very responsive'

Asian Legal Business 
Asia Top 15 TMT Lawyers 2021 
Lim Chong Kin - Named as one of Asia's Top 15 TMT Lawyers in ALB's inaugural list

asialaw Leading Lawyers
IT, Telco & Media 2022
Lim Chong Kin - Elite practitioner for 2 consecutive years

Asian-MENA Counsel In-House Community Firm of the Year
Singapore Telecommunications, Media & Technology Firm of the Year 2016

Media Law International
Media Law 2021 - Tier 1

  • "Drew & Napier 'provides a professional service on a consistent basis' say clients. The practice is distinguished for its media law specialisation and case handling that clients describe as 'above expectation.'"

Who’s Who Legal
Lim Chong Kin - Leading Lawyer (Data: IT Telecoms & Media 2020/21)
Lim Chong Kin - Leading Lawyer (Competition 2020/21)
Lim Chong Kin - Leading Lawyer (Regulatory Communications 2013)

  • "Chong Kin Lim is a 'true leader at the Singaporean competition bar', say sources, who note his 'fine sense for how to navigate the enforcement regime'."

The Straits Times - Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022
Rated a perfect score of 5 stars for Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) in the Singapore’s Best Law Firms 2022 survey by Singapore’s largest circulating broadsheet, The Straits Times, and international research company, Statista.

Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart
Asian Lawyer: Asia Legal Awards 2019 - TMT Deal of the Year

The attorneys at Makarim & Taira S. are responsive, helpful and knowledgeable. We have been very pleased with their assistance.
Asialaw Profiles 2020

Transportation | Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia

Asialaw Profiles
Infrastructure 2019 to 2020 – Outstanding firm for 2 consecutive years

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Aviation 2020 - Tier 2

Transportation | Shearn Delamore Co., Malaysia

Asialaw Profiles
Aviation and Shipping 2019 to 2020 – Highly Recommended

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Shipping 2019 and 2020

Rajasingam Gothandapani – Leading Individual

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Shipping 2010 to 2020

Rajasingam Gothandapani – Leaders in their Field

Legal Media Group Expert Guides
Shipping 2017 to 2018 - Leading Practitioner

Transportation | Drew & Napier, Singapore

Benchmark Litigation
Shipping 2018 - Tier 2

Asialaw Profiles
Infrastructure 2020 – Recommended firm for 2 consecutive years

IFLR Asia Awards 2016
Restructuring Deal of the Year – The Restructuring of PT Berlian Laju Tanker Tbk

Banking & Finance | MVGS, Philippines 

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 
Banking and Finance  – Top Tier for 5 consecutive years since 2017; Tier 2 in 2016, Tier 3 in 2015 and Tier 4 in 2014

Mark Vergara – Leading Individual for 4 consecutive years since 2018; Recommended Lawyer (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2021)
Elmer Serrano – Leading Individual for 4 consecutive years since 2018; Recommended Lawyer (2016, 2021)
Manuel Gonzalez – Recommended Lawyer (2015, 2016, 2017)
Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo – Recommended Lawyer for 8 consecutive years since 2014
Erika Paulino – Next Generation Partner for 2 consecutive years since 2020; Recommended Lawyer for 4 consecutive years since 2018

  • “MVGS’ banking practice stands out for the breadth of its work which encompasses advice on financings and refinancings, regulatory advice, and transactions in the debt capital market. It is particularly active assisting with the financing of energy projects, as well as corporate financing, while on the consumer banking side the team has advised fintech companies involved in remittances. The practice is also the retained counsel to a number of local and foreign banks in the Philippines.”
  • “The team is not only professionally cordial and warm, but absolutely dedicated to a timely resolution of concerns to close the documentation, transactions or deal”

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Banking - Tier 3 firm for 3 consecutive years since 2020; Notable firm in 2019

Elmer Serrano – Highly Regarded for 4 consecutive years since 2019
Tephanie Gandia – Rising Star for 2 consecutive years since 2021

  • “Provision of legal services with business perspective, wide range of expertise and pro client approach.”
  • “Skilled lawyer, excellent project management and business oriented”

International Financial Law Review

Elmer Serrano – Asia Best Lawyer 2021, 1 of the 2 exclusive recognized lawyers for Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and M&A in the Philippines 
Elmer Serrano – Asia Best Lawyer 2020, 1 of the 10 exclusive recognized lawyers in the Philippines 
Tephanie Gandia – Asia Future Leaders 2021, the only recognized lawyer in the Philippines

Asialaw Profiles
“Philippines Firm of the Year”  Nominee, Asialaw Awards 2021
Banking and Finance 2021 – Recommended firm
Banking and Financial Services – Recommended in Industry Sector Rankings for 2021

Leaders in Law

Elmer B. Serrano – Banking & Finance Expert of the Year in the Philippines, 2020 Global Awards

Capital Markets | MVGS, Philippines

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Capital Markets  – Top Tier for 7 consecutive years since 2015; Tier 2 in 2014

Manuel Gonzalez – Recommended Lawyer for 8 consecutive years since 2014
Mark Vergara – Recommended Lawyer (2021)
Elmer Serrano – Recommended Lawyer (2018, 2021)
Gwyneth Ong – Next Generation Partner (2021); Recommended Lawyer (2015, 2021)
Janice Co – Rising Star for 2 consecutive years since 2020; Recommended Lawyer (2021)

  • “MVGS is active in a range of capital market transactions, acting for some of the biggest banks in the Philippines as well as advising private companies. The team has recently advised on IPOs, despite the challenging conditions produced by the Covid-19 pandemic.”
  • “Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano’s lawyers have ‘practical knowledge and a proactive approach’. The ‘driven and dynamic’ Manuel Gonzalez heads the department which includes Gwyneth Ong, who is ‘diligent and very easy to work with’.”
  • “While the team is relatively young versus other law firms in the industry, the MVGS team’s work is comparable with the more established firms. In every deals that we have done with them, the team has displayed maturity and expertise. They are also very accommodating. I can call them up anytime to consult.”
  • “MVGS team members are knowledgeable and accommodating. Provides good advices to clients. During negotiations, they can defend the position or preferences of the client and provide good workarounds if necessary.”
  • “‘Very personalized service. All work is closely supervised by competent partners of the firm.”
  • “The partner in charge of our relationship fiercely aligns with and protects our interest. There is a healthy sense of trust and respect that makes working with them second nature.”

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Capital Markets: Debt 2022 - Tier 1 firm for 2 consecutive years since 2021; Tier 2 firm in 2020
Capital Markets: Equity - Tier 2 firm for 2 consecutive years since 2021

Elmer Serrano – Highly Regarded for 4 consecutive years since 2019
Tephanie Gandia – Rising Star for 2 consecutive years since 2021

  • “Knowledgeable, agile, and extensive network”
  • “Speed, quality of advice, and regulatory contacts
  • Elmer Serrano: “ Client management, legal expertise and time deliver
  • Manuel Gonzalez: “Knowledgeable, solution-oriented, and able to close deals.”

International Financial Law Review

Elmer Serrano – Asia Best Lawyer 2021, 1 of the 2 exclusive recognized lawyers for Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and M&A in the Philippines 
Elmer Serrano – Asia Best Lawyer 2020, 1 of the 10 exclusive recognized lawyers in the Philippines 
Tephanie Gandia – Asia Future Leaders 2021, the only recognized lawyer in the Philippines

Asialaw Profiles
“Philippines Firm of the Year”  Nominee, Asialaw Awards 2021
Capital Markets 2021 – Notable firm

Deal Awards
“Deal of the Year” Philippines, FinanceAsia Achievement Awards 2017 (BDO Unibank $1.2Billion Rights Offering)

Competition Law | MVGS, Philippines 

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Antitrust and Competition – Tier 3 firm in 2021

Elmer B. Serrano – Recommended Lawyer (2021)

  • “MVGS advises groups of companies and banks on pre-notification consultations, compliance issues and requests for information by the PCC. The firm was also one of the first to be instructed to act in adjudication proceedings, and has previously been invited to participate in public consultations regarding the development of the legislative framework governing merger control procedures. Head of M&A Elmer Serrano regularly advises BDO Unibank, the largest bank in the country, on various competition matters.”

Asialaw Profiles
“Philippines Firm of the Year”  Nominee, Asialaw Awards 2021
Competition/Antitrust 2021 – Notable firm (new MVGS Practice Group)

Dispute Resolution, Arbitration & Litigation | MVGS, Philippines

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Dispute Resolution: Tier 2 firm for 2 consecutive years since 2020; Tier 3 firm for 3 consecutive years from 2017 to 2019

Eduardo Martinez – Leading Individual for 2 consecutive years since 2020; Recommended Lawyer for 6 consecutive years since 2016
Reynaldo Dizon – Recommended Lawyer for 6 consecutive years since 2016
Shirley Alinea – Leading Individual for 2 consecutive years since 2020; Recommended Lawyer for 6 consecutive years since 2016
Kristine Bongcaron – Rising Star for 2 consecutive years since 2020

  • “The firm does not only limit itself to one or a few special practices, it is in almost all areas of practices (whether labour, tax or other government matters and all forms of disputes business wise or personal) without sacrificing quality or efficiency of its services because they have very good people in all levels of practices. This means you do not have to retain 2 or 3 other law offices which these days may be costly.”
  • “The most senior Dindo Martinez I rate as exceptional in terms of quality and efficiency of work, but more important us the personal closeness that he extends that makes me feel that I am in good hands. Whether he is in the country or abroad, he is always there to help with my legal challenges and unlike most lawyers, Dindo is never too busy although I know he has tons of work.”
  • ‘The team at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano is able to advise on a wide variety of major disputes, ranging from real estate and corporate matters to crime and sport-related issues. ‘Exceptional’ practice head Eduardo Martinez is a specialist in family and private client law, advising on adoption, marriage annulment and other domestic relations cases, as well as probate of will and intestate proceedings. Martinez is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution and serves as an appeals court mediator. Reynaldo Dizon leads the employment group and handles arbitration disputes between employers and employees, often involving wrongful dismissal and monetary claims. Shirley Alinea is noted for corporate rehabilitation and liquidation.”

Employment | MVGS, Philippines

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Labour and Employment 2021 – Top Tier firm; Tier 2 firm from 2018-2020; Tier 3 firm from 2016 -2017

Reynaldo Dizon – Recommended Lawyer for 6 consecutive years since 2016
Kristine Bongcaron – Recommended Lawyer in 2017

  • “The partners in the firm are extremely responsive, personable, and knowledgeable in their field. Along with expert advice, they offer a personal touch that I haven’t experience working with other law firms.”
  • “All the individuals working at MVGS that I have encountered have been professional and easy to work with.”

Energy | MVGS, Philippines 

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Projects and Energy  – Top Tier firm for 4 consecutive years since 2018; Tier 2 firm in 2017 and Tier 3 firm from 2014 to 2016

Manuel Gonzalez – Leading Individual for 3 consecutive years since 2019; Recommended Lawyer since 2015
Mark Vergara – Recommended Lawyer (2019, 2021)
Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo – Recommended Lawyer (2019)

  • “Projects is one of the key areas of practice for Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano; the team advises banks and developers on some of the region's largest infrastructure, energy and natural resources projects. Project finance is the primary focus, though the firm also assists with a variety of other issues, including bidding processes, joint ventures, drafting agreements and navigating regulatory requirements. Manuel Gonzalez leads the group and focuses on financing public-private partnership projects, having advised publicly-listed companies on winning bids for infrastructure projects. Mark Vergara, who leads the banking team, advises on project finance issues and has acted as counsel for lenders in infrastructure projects, most notably in the context of toll roads and expressways.

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Project Finance 2022 – Tier 3 firm; Notable firm (2020)
Project Development 2022 – Notable firm for 3 consecutive years since 2020

General Corporate | MVGS, Philippines 

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Corporate and M&A  – Tier 2 firm for 3 consecutive years since 2019; Tier 3 firm for 2 consecutive years since 2017

Elmer Serrano – Recommended Lawyer for 7 consecutive years since 2015
Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo – Recommended Lawyer (2021)
Tephanie Gandia – Rising Star for 2 consecutive years since 2020; Next Generation Lawyer for 3 consecutive years from 2017 to 2019; Recommended Lawyer (2018)

  • “At MVGS, ‘very reliable team head Elmer Serrano (who, for one client, is ‘the perfect partner’ regularly advises corporates on large acquisitions.”
  • “The Team not only highlights legal points but also commercial concerns that may impact current and future transactions of the subject companies”
  • “Atty Tephanie Gandia ensures that all documentations are done on a timely manner and are in order. Atty Elmer Serrano who heads the team ensures we are legally informed and advises us of the impact of each and every provision in the shareholders agreements”
  • “Manuel Z Gonzalez Gwyneth S Ong Janice L Co: All three of them, working as a team, are dedicated to their client’s goals, work tirelessly to ensure that the client’s objectives are achieved, and they are dutiful and have a keen eye for detail in the documentation of the agreements that are reached between the seller and buyer sides.”
  • “Operating a strong and varied corporate practice, Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano regularly advises foreign companies on their entry into the Philippine market, in addition to acquisitions involving both equity purchase and asset sale in various businesses. Team leader Elmer Serrano has a long history of advising major national and international banks on both corporate and finance matters. Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo manages the business formation and foreign investment practice group and also specialises in corporate reorganisation, joint ventures and dissolution.

Infrastructure & Construction | MVGS, Philippines 

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Real Estate and Construction 2021 – Top Tier firm for 2 consecutive years; Tier 2 in 2019

Mark Vergara – Recommended Lawyer
Erika Paulino – Recommended Lawyer

  • “A go-to name in the real estate sector, Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano is particularly strong in the capital markets field, advising large property companies and developers on bond and note issuances. The group also assists with various issues related to property conveyancing, including the property titling, easements, land use reclassification and conversion, and commercial leasing. Mark Vergara, who leads the banking and finance team, advises on project finance issues relating to the construction of toll roads. Erika Paulino has advised on the funding of projects to construct hotels and casinos, and is also instructed by major banks to handle real asset portfolio divestments.”
  • “The team simplifies difficult legal concepts and provides comprehensive solutions to problems. Guidance is key. They get the job done."
  • “Atty. Rosalia Alejo is very focused and sincerely cares about finding out the best solutions for our concerns. Its [sic] more than a job for her and her team.”
  • “Opinions provided are very thorough in a very efficient turnaround time. Very responsive in urgent matters.”
  • “Rosalia B. Alejo: The way she provides opinion and contracts covers not only the legal aspect but  also the commercial side.”

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Project Development 2022 – Notable firm for 3 consecutive years

Intellectual Property | MVGS, Philippines

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Intellectual Property: Top Tier firm for 3 consecutive years from 2018 to 2020; Tier 2 firm in 2016, 2017 and 2021

Shirley Alinea – Recommended Lawyer (2021)
Kristine Bongcaron – Recommended Lawyer (2021)

  • “The MVGS team is up to date with IP laws not just in the Philippines but in various countries worldwide, either directly or through liaisons, associations and contacts. It provides IP series and advice not just relevant to the Philippines but throughout countries of interest to the client."
  • “Manuel Gonzalez and Gwyneth S. Ong provide up to date and relevant legal advise that are important to the client’s IP interests and decision-making, as well as in charting the course of the company’s business.”
  • “Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano ‘is up to date with IP laws not just in the Philippines but in various countries worldwide’ and primarily focuses on trade marks, handling application and enforcement work for a number of notable companies, in addition to advising on the negotiation and review of assignment, licensing and franchising agreements between foreign multinationals and local, domestic companies. Advising on copyright matters is another area of expertise and the team assists publishing companies with drafting template agreements. Practice head Shirley Alinea is an accredited arbitrator in intellectual property matters, and has a broad contentious practice that includes various types of commercial litigation. At associate level, Kristine Bongcaron assists with the preparation of patent and trademark applications.”

Mergers & Acquisitions | MVGS, Philippines

The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific
Corporate and M&A – Tier 2 firm for 3 consecutive years since 2019; Tier 3 firm for 2 consecutive years since 2017

Elmer Serrano – Recommended Lawyer for 7 consecutive years since 2015
Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo – Recommended Lawyer (2021)
Tephanie Gandia – Rising Star for 2 consecutive years since 2020; Next Generation Lawyer for 3 consecutive years from 2017 to 2019; Recommended Lawyer (2018)

  • “The M&A Team of Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano was instrumental in bringing to successful fruition the acquisition of the client’s company. They are up to date with relevant laws and regulations; they effectively assisted in negotiating the terms and conditions of the transaction at all stages — before, during and after; they are effective in communication, both oral and written; and have ensured that the client’s interests are well-protected.”
  • “At MVGS, ‘very reliable team head Elmer Serrano (who, for one client, is ‘the perfect partner’ regularly advises corporates on large acquisitions.”
  • “The Team not only highlights legal points but also commercial concerns that may impact current and future transactions of the subject companies”
  • “Atty Tephanie Gandia ensures that all documentations are done on a timely manner and are in order. Atty Elmer Serrano who heads the team ensures we are legally informed and advises us of the impact of each and every provision in the shareholders agreements”
  • “Manuel Z Gonzalez Gwyneth S Ong Janice L Co: All three of them, working as a team, are dedicated to their client’s goals, work tirelessly to ensure that the client’s objectives are achieved, and they are dutiful and have a keen eye for detail in the documentation of the agreements that are reached between the seller and buyer sides.”

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
M&A  - Tier 3 firm for 3 consecutive years since 2020; Notable firm for 2019

Elmer B. Serrano – Highly Regarded for 4 consecutive years since 2019
Tephanie M. Gandia – Rising Star for 2 consecutive years since 2021

  • “Very thorough and responsive”
  • “Prompt, precise and reliable advice"
  • “Client management, legal expertise and timely delivery.”
  • Elmer B. Serrano: “Client management, legal expertise and timely delivery”
  • Manuel Z. Gonzalez: “Good grasp of subject, skilled communication, good problem-solving skills and sound legal advice”
  • Manuel Z. Gonzalez: “Knowledgeable, solution-oriented, and able to close deals”
  • “Very attentive, prompt and accurate advice for conflicts"

International Financial Law Review

Elmer Serrano – Asia Best Lawyer 2021, 1 of the 2 exclusive recognized lawyers for Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and M&A in the Philippines 
Elmer Serrano – Asia Best Lawyer 2020, 1 of the 10 exclusive recognized lawyers in the Philippines 
Tephanie Gandia – Asia Future Leaders 2021, the only recognized lawyer in the Philippines

Asialaw Profiles
“Philippines Firm of the Year” Nominee, Asialaw Awards 2021
Corporate and M&A 2021 – Recommended firm

Acquisition International
“M&A Law Firm of the Year - Philippines”, M&A Awards 2014
“Leading Adviser of the Year”, M&A Awards 2013

Real Estate | MVGS, Philippines 

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Real Estate and Construction 2021 – Top Tier firm for 2 consecutive years; Tier 2 in 2019

Mark Vergara – Recommended Lawyer
Erika Paulino – Recommended Lawyer

  • “A go-to name in the real estate sector, Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano is particularly strong in the capital markets field, advising large property companies and developers on bond and note issuances. The group also assists with various issues related to property conveyancing, including the property titling, easements, land use reclassification and conversion, and commercial leasing. Mark Vergara, who leads the banking and finance team, advises on project finance issues relating to the construction of toll roads. Erika Paulino has advised on the funding of projects to construct hotels and casinos, and is also instructed by major banks to handle real asset portfolio divestments.”
  • “The team simplifies difficult legal concepts and provides comprehensive solutions to problems. Guidance is key. They get the job done.”
  • “Atty. Rosalia Alejo is very focused and sincerely cares about finding out the best solutions for our concerns. Its [sic] more than a job for her and her team.”
  • “Opinions provided are very thorough in a very efficient turnaround time. Very responsive in urgent matters.”
  • “Rosalia B. Alejo: The way she provides opinion and contracts covers not only the legal aspect but  also the commercial side.”

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Project Development 2022 – Notable firm for 3 consecutive years

“They provide very practical legal advice and cut through all the noise”.
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2021

Restructuring & Insolvency | MVGS, Philippines 

IFLR 1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms
Restructuring and Insolvency - Tier 3 firm for 2022

Tax | MVGS, Philippines 

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific
Tax: Tier 2 law firm for 2021

Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo – Recommended Lawyer
Mary Elizabeth Belmonte – Recommended Lawyer

  • “Led by Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo, Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano’s tax practice handles tax planning and disputes involving national and local authorities. The practice additionally acts cross-departmentally to handle the tax aspects of transactions. The team is also increasingly active in estate planning.”