20 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – JUNE 2023 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM COVER STORY Image: Beautrium/ The breadth of legal talent available throughout Southeast Asia is impressive. All this talent is in full display in ALB Southeast Asia’s Top 15 Litigators 2023 ranking, which include entries from seven countries across the region. LIST AND TEXT BY ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS Drew & Napier’s Cavinder Bull, SC has been with the firm for 25 out of 28 years he has been in practice, and is currently its CEO. A graduate of Harvard Law School, he focuses on dispute resolution, arbitration, and litigation. Among the key milestones of his career, Bull has represented the Monetary Authority of Singapore in two actions for breaches of the Securities and Futures Act (SFA), which were the first time the central bank had instructed external counsel to appear for it in court. The two matters had been considered landmark decisions for subsequent actions. He had also successfully acted for the De Las Sala family members in the largest trust case ever to go to trial in Singapore, involving disputed assets estimated to be worth $800 million. Also in Singapore is Jason Chan, a senior counsel and co-head of the whitecollar and investigations practice at Allen & Gledhill. Chan has been practicing law for 20 years, and has been with Allen & Gledhill for 12 years. He represented the main defendant in the City Harvest Church case, perhaps the highest-profile criminal case in Singapore in the past decade. Thawat Damsa-ard is a partner at Tilleke & Gibbins in Thailand. A lawyer for 29 years, Damsa-ard has been with the firm for 26 of those years and focuses SUBMISSION BREAKDOWN Jurisdiction Submissions Winners India 9 4 Indonesia 8 3 Malaysia 5 1 Philippines 3 1 Singapore 10 4 Vietnam 5 1 Thailand 2 1 Total 42 15