Drew Singer
Registered Foreign Lawyer | Hong Kong
Drew Singer

Drew Singer represents public and private companies, ultra-high net worth individuals, governments, and multilateral organizations in complex transactions, such as corporate acquisitions, PPPs, IPOs, and refinancings, among others, in more than a dozen countries worldwide. Mr. Singer has broad experience with M&A, Capital Market, and Projects & Infrastructure matters. He has also assisted clients with international commercial and licensing disputes before regulators, arbitrators, and courts. As the Pro Bono Coordinator for the Hong Kong office, he actively engages in pro bono work, focusing on a variety of global topics, including refugee and human trafficking issues as well as reproductive rights.

Prior to joining Dechert, Mr. Singer was a Registered Foreign Lawyer in the Hong Kong office of an international law firm. He began his legal career as the law clerk to the Honorable Judge Florence Y. Pan in the District of Columbia.

Capital Markets 

  • A major Hong Kong-based diversified financial services group in its corporate restructuring and US$600 million deSPAC transaction on Nasdaq.
  • AREIT in conjunction with its ₱ 13.5 billion initial public offering on the Philippine Stock Exchange. This transaction was the first REIT listing in the Philippines and was awarded "Best of South East Asia" by FinanceAsia Achievement Awards 2020, "Equity Market Deal of the Year" by ALB Philippine Law Awards 2020, "Best IPO" in the Philippines by The Asset Country Awards 2020 as well as "Equity Deal of the Year" by IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2021.
  • Manila Water Company, Inc. on its debut issuance of US$500 million 4.375% Senior Sustainability Notes to be listed on the Singapore Exchange.  This transaction was the first ASEAN sustainability bond by a corporate issuer out of the Philippines and was awarded "Best Sustainability Bond - Corporate" in the Philippines by The Asset Country Awards 2020.
  • D.M. Wenceslao and Associates, Incorporated (“DMWAI”), a Philippine real estate and property development group, in connection with the company’s ₱ 8 billion initial public offering on the Philippine Stock Exchange.
  • A NYSE-listed, Chinese property development company as Inspector of Elections at its Annual General Meeting 2018.
  • Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd., one of China's leading fabless semiconductor companies that provides comprehensive portable multimedia and mobile internet system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for portable consumer electronics, as representation of special committee of independent directors in a management buyout and going-private transaction by a consortium of investors led by its former CEO.
  • GEM Global Yield LLC SCS in connection with its SGD135 million investment in Vending Machines International Pte Ltd, a Singapore-based eco-tech business.
  • A Malaysian gas and oil industry joint venture in its issuance of additional share capital necessary to maintain its regulatory license in Malaysia.
  • A Dutch human resources company in sale of the APAC portion of its global employee hiring platform to an Indian purchaser.
  • An American private equity fund in potential acquisition of oil and gas assets offshore Brunei.

Banking & Finance

  • Global Emerging Markets on multiple financing transactions, pursuant to Share Subscription Facility agreements with listed companies in Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea and Myanmar.
  • A privately held real estate investment management firm through corporate restructuring and connected financing to enable the restructuring.
  • Ted Baker PLC, a UK fashion retailer, in connection with the refinancing of its existing credit facilities.
  • The Hong Kong branch of a French bank on sub-participation of its interest in a syndicated loan.

Projects & Infrastructure

  • Asian Development Bank in connection with a project, "Improving for Legal Framework for PPP in Kazakhstan".
  • Asian Development Bank and the Kazakh KPPF in connection with the proposed approx. US$500 million Turkestan Highway Network Public-Private Partnership Project. 
  • Asian Development Bank in connection with a proposed framework for small-hydropower PPP projects in Kyrgyzstan.
  • A multi-lateral development bank, as part of a broader consortium of experts, to support Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Energy in its efforts to revitalize the country’s heating supply systems by preparing a new legislative framework governing the generation, distribution, and supply of heat.
  • A water services subsidiary of a Philippines conglomerate in review of bidding documentation for water services project in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Global Disputes
  • An international investment bank in dispute before Taiwanese court regarding alleged improper sub-participation of its interest in a syndicated loan.
  • An Indonesian oil and gas company in ongoing arbitration before the LCIA in conjunction with disputed Indonesian tax liabilities.  
  • A Philippines property firm in dispute against a former-JV partner before a tribunal formed under the rules of the SIAC.  A confidential settlement was ultimately reached.
  • An Indonesian oil and gas drilling products company in its application for reinstatement of its suspended and terminated product licenses from the American Petroleum Institute. 
  • A US-based NGO to develop its strategy and legal positions with a multi-jurisdictional research project to map sexual and reproductive health rights across Latin America.
  • A Kenya-based NGO, with multi-jurisdictional comparative law research on veterans’ rights and benefits to inform the NGO’s potential commentary on Kenya’s recent veterans law reform.
  • Justice Centre Hong Kong on the creation of a Country of Origin memorandum in support of a Cameroonian woman accused of witchcraft.
  • Justice Centre Hong Kong on the creation of a Country of Origin memorandum in support of an Eritrean man who avoided compulsory national military service.
  • Justice Centre Hong Kong on the collection of corporate documents from the Gambian Companies Registry in support of a refugee from Gambia.
  • Justice Centre Hong Kong on the creation of a Country of Origin memorandum in support of a political activist from Pakistan-controlled Kashmir threatened due to his association with a certain political party.
  • Justice Centre Hong Kong on the creation of a Country of Origin memorandum in support of a Liberian former child soldier who had been human trafficked throughout Africa and the Middle East.
  • Justice Centre Hong Kong on the creation of a Country of Origin memorandum in support of an Indonesian domestic worker who was the victim of domestic abuse and human trafficking.
  • Justice Centre Hong Kong on the creation of a Country of Origin memorandum in support of a homosexual man from Tanzania.
  • Justice Centre Hong Kong on the creation of a Country of Origin memorandum in support of an Egyptian man threatened due to his political speech.
  • Lawyers without Borders in conjunction with a regional survey of Southeast Asian countries to identify regional patterns of human trafficking.
Services Industries
    • Cornell University, B.A., 2012, cum laude
    • Cornell Law School, J.D., 2015, cum laude
    • Registered Foreign Lawyer, Hong Kong
    • New York
    • Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Honorable Florence Y. Pan