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The COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely disrupted the normal functioning of many economies, is arguably one of the primary drivers of digital adoption across Southeast Asia and propelled explosive growth in a number of digital sectors, in particular, e-Commerce and financial services (digital payments). Indonesia (as the largest digital economy market in Southeast Asia) and Singapore (as a regional hub for unicorns setting up their headquarters) are two jurisdictions that have seen the majority of investment inflows in H1 2020, according to the e-Conomy SEA 2020 report published by Google, Temasek and Bain.
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In the past year we saw a sharp increase in high-value disputes work with numerous industries under stress. In particular, there has been a significant increase in cross-border, joint venture disputes coming out of developing countries in the region.
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Big Four Singapore firm Drew & Napier has undergone something of a metamorphosis over the past year, with lateral hires, the setting up of a regional network, and a greater emphasis on technology. CEO Cavinder Bull SC talks to Asian Legal Business about the changes, and shares plans for what’s ahead.
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Singapore Big Four law firm Drew & Napier has entered into a collaboration with financial advisory firm Vanda Global Capital to facilitate efficient access to strategic advisory and legal services for companies in Singapore and around the world.
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Rajah & Tann is representing Singapore’s Hin Leong Trading, one of Asia’s top oil traders, in its negotiations to restructure some $3.85 billion of debt it owes to 23 creditors, which are being advised by fellow Big Four firm Drew & Napier.
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Singapore Big Four law firm Drew & Napier has become the latest law firm in the city-state to establish a regional network after setting up Drew Network Asia (DNA), which also counts Malaysia’s Shearn Delamore & Co. and Indonesia’s Makarim & Taira S as members.
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Singapore Big Four law firm Drew & Napier is set to welcome back litigation and arbitration specialist Siraj Omar SC. Omar will join Drew along with a team of eight lawyers from UK firm RPC’s local joint venture in Singapore on July 1.
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Singapore Big Four law firm Drew & Napier has welcomed back Ong Sim Ho, the firm’s former head of tax and private client services, as an equity partner in Singapore from his eponymous boutique tax practice.
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Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow has expanded in Singapore with the hire of Kenny Kwan, formerly the head of the capital markets practice at Drew & Napier, and arbitration partner Ashish Chugh, who joins from K&L Gates.
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Davinder Singh SC, probably Singapore’s most celebrated litigator, has left Big Four firm Drew & Napier after 37 years. He will set up a new firm, where he will be joined by Drew directors Jaikanth Shankar and Pardeep Singh Khosa.