22 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – JULY 2023 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM ALB ASIA SUPER 50 DISPUTES LAWYERS 2023 technological issues, simplifying complex matters for judges, arbitrators, and clients alike. Kirpalani’s proficiency extends beyond dispute resolution. As the chief technology officer of Drew & Napier, he leads the firm’s digital transformation, driving the adoption of advanced technologies and platforms that enhance efficiency and cybersecurity. Clients consistently seek Kirpalani’s counsel for legal, commercial, and technological solutions. His expertise has attracted multinational corporations, private equity funds, financial institutions, and listed companies across various jurisdictions. James Kwan partner, Hogan Lovells James Kwan is a highly respected international arbitration partner of Hogan Lovells based in Hong Kong, specialising in technology, private equity, energy, and life sciences disputes. With extensive international experience, he has successfully represented clients in arbitrations across Asia, the U.S., the Middle East, and Europe, handling cases under major institutional and ad hoc rules such as ICC, HKIAC, SIAC, CIETAC, LCIA, AAA, DIAC, and UNCITRAL. He has served as an arbitrator and rendered awards in HKIAC, ICC, and DIAC arbitrations. Kwan is also affiliated with other esteemed institutions, including CIETAC, LCIA, SHIAC, KCAB, and AIAC. As a solicitor advocate with Higher Rights of Audience, Kwan is well-positioned to represent clients before arbitral tribunals and the Hong Kong courts. He plays a vital role in leading the Greater China international arbitration practice and is a member of the firm’s international arbitration leadership team. Kwan’s expertise and contributions to the field have garnered widespread recognition. He is widely acknowledged as a leading figure in international arbitration by major legal directories, solidifying his reputation as an authority in the field. A client describes him as a very experienced lawyer who is patient with clients and has excellent legal thinking skills. Kwan’s clients say that they particularly enjoy working with him and find his attentive and amenable style very appealing. They find him an excellent and experienced disputes lawyer who is able to distil complex legal issues into easily digestible advice. One client commented, “James is a leading figure in international arbitration who knows his stuff.” Adam Maniam director of dispute resolution, Drew & Napier Adam Maniam is a highly accomplished lawyer who is a director in the dispute resolution department at Drew & Napier. With 14 years of legal experience, Maniam is a rising star of the Singapore bar, renowned for his expertise in various areas, including commercial litigation, arbitration, regulatory advice and investigations, competition law, and criminal litigation. Over his career, Maniam has handled several major cases of significant value and complexity. Notably, he successfully represented a company operating a prominent open-pit copper and gold mine in Papua New Guinea in a multi-jurisdictional dispute involving assets valued at approximately $1.48 billion. His strategic approach led to successfully striking out the plaintiffs’ claims against his client for breach of fiduciary duties and conspiracy. Maniam has also been the lead counsel representing a Singaporeincorporated holding company of an Indian company listed on the National Stock Exchange of India in a cross-border dispute with a quantum exceeding $50 million. This case was one of the many complex and high-value disputes that Maniam has handled before the Singapore Courts and arbitral tribunals, with many of his cases involving wins against Senior Counsel. In addition to his impressive commercial work, Maniam has a proven track record in criminal cases and handling complex fraud, anti-money laundering, Dominic Geiser Latham & Watkins, Hong Kong Tri Hartanto SIP Law Firm, Indonesia Rahayu Hoed Makarim & Taira S., Indonesia Pheo M. Hutabarat HHR Lawyers, Indonesia Ish Jain Regius Legal, India Jason Karas Karas So, Hong Kong Sangchul Kim Bae, Kim & Lee, South Korea Rakesh Kirpalani Drew & Napier, Singapore James Kwan Hogan Lovells, Hong Kong Winston Kwek Rajah&Tann, Singapore Philip Kwok JunHe, Hong Kong Chee Wee Lim Lim Chee Wee Partnership, Malaysia Edward Liu Haiwen & Partners, Hong Kong Net Le LNT & Partners, Vietnam Stephen Le Le & Tran, Vietnam Lance B. Lee Dentons Lee, South Korea