Banking
& Finance

Key Partners

Pauline Chong

Head, Banking & Finance / Director, Corporate & Finance
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Benedict Teo

Head, Banking & Financial Disputes / Director, Dispute Resolution
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Maria Sagrado

Partner / Banking & Finance / Capital Markets / Healthcare & Life Sciences / Telecommunications, Media & Technology (TMT)
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Lia Alizia

Managing Partner / Intellectual Property / Employment / Banking & Finance (Litigation) / Dispute Resolution / Arbitration & Litigation / Competition Law
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Datin Jeyanthini Kannaperan

Partner / Head, Dispute Resolution / Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement / Arbitration and Mediation
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Pamela Kung

Partner / Financial Services / Energy, Natural Resources & Green Technology / Infrastructure & Projects / Private Wealth & Family Business
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Accolades

Singapore | Drew & Napier LLC

Chambers Asia Pacific and Global
Banking & Finance 2020 – Leading firm for 15 consecutive years

  • 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 Asia Pacific Legal 500
Banking & Finance 2020 – Leading firm for 9 consecutive years

Pauline Chong - Recommended Lawyer
Renu Menon - Recommended Lawyer

  • 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 2020 – Leading firm for 8 consecutive years

  • “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.”

Malaysia | Shearn Delamore & Co

Chambers Asia-Pacific
Banking and Finance 2021 – Band 3; Band 2 (10 years ranked)
Banking & Finance (Debt Capital Markets) – Band 3

Christina Kow – Band 3
Pamela Kung – Band 3

  • 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 2021 - Top Tier (9 consecutive years)

Islamic Finance 2021 - Tier 2

Christina Kow - Hall of Fame (2021)
Christina Kow - Leading Individual
Pamela Kung - Leading Individual
Christina Kow - Recommended Lawyer
Pamela Kung - Recommended Lawyer

  • 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."

Indonesia | Makarim & Taira S

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