Mahesh Rai "is always keen to think out of the box” applaud sources who commend his “great industry knowledge and level of responsiveness”.
Mahesh is director at Drew & Napier LLC, home to the most celebrated dispute resolution practice in Singapore. He is engaged as counsel in complex litigations and in international arbitrations under major institutional rules including ICC, SIAC, LCIA, UNCITRAL and VIAC.
Mahesh represents individuals and corporations in a broad spectrum of matters including fraud, investigations, oppression claims and joint venture disputes. He has handled disputes spanning sectors such as construction, infrastructure, information technology, telecommunications, oil and gas, shipping, and commodities. He has appeared on behalf of commercial entities in international arbitrations against states and state entities.
Mahesh was placed on the Supreme Court’s Young Amicus Curiae list in 2014.
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2020) recognised Mahesh as a “next generation partner” for dispute resolution and international arbitration, and as a “recommended” lawyer for projects and energy. He won the Young Lawyer of the Year Award at the 2019 Asian Legal Business SE Asia Law Awards. He is ranked in WWL Future Leaders: Arbitration (2020); WWL Future Leaders: Investigations (2018 and 2019); and Global Arbitration Review (2016). Asian Legal Business (2018) identified Mahesh as one of 40 “bright young stars” in the region under 40.
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) lists Mahesh as the regional representative for the Young Arbitrators Forum (2017–2019).
In 2012, he received an Excellence in Advocacy Award from the Singapore International Arbitration Academy.
Mahesh is also the author of the Singapore chapter of Global Investigations Review’s Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations (2017 and 2018).