Drew Network Asia (DNA), a network of premium legal firms, expanded on 1 October 2021 with the addition of prominent Philippine law firm Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS).
Formed in March 2020, DNA is an alliance of some of the most influential and well-established South East Asian law firms, namely Shearn Delamore & Co. from Malaysia, Drew & Napier LLC from Singapore and Makarim & Taira S. from Indonesia.
The addition of MVGS further expands DNA’s regional footprint in ASEAN, which now boasts more than 480 fee earners and 150 partners in four countries: Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS) is a leading full-service law firm in the Philippines established in 2007 by recognised elite lawyers Eduardo A. Martinez, Mark O. Vergara, Manuel Z. Gonzalez and Elmer B. Serrano. With the combined experience of the firm’s partners, MVGS has established itself as a highly-respected and leading law firm in the Philippines, providing a full range of excellent legal services in the areas of Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Projects & Energy, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Labour and Employment and Immigration.
Manuel Z. Gonzalez, Managing Partner of MVGS said, “We are very excited to be a pillar firm of DNA as its vision certainly aligns with MVGS. Joining the alliance enables us to expand our professional services in the region. We look forward to a great partnership with the finest lawyers in the region.”
Dhinesh Bhaskaran, Managing Partner, Shearn Delamore & Co. said, “We welcome MVGS to the DNA family and look forward to serving our clients more seamlessly now that we have a network firm in the Philippines, giving us a wider reach in the region.”
“We are delighted that MVGS has joined DNA,” said Cavinder Bull SC, CEO of Drew & Napier. “In spite of the ongoing pandemic, we have moved forward with our vision for growth, driven by our desire to meet the needs of our clients. DNA is increasingly a network of choice for any client looking to have representation of the highest quality throughout ASEAN.”
Lia Alizia, Managing Partner, Makarim & Taira S. said, “With MVGS joining DNA, we are now a stronger network than before. We believe that the combined strength and capabilities of each DNA member firm stands us in good stead with the growing competition in the region.”
DNA operates as a united collective, bringing international perspective, strong local expertise and impeccable service standards. DNA operates as a one-stop shop in handling complex and time sensitive multi-jurisdictional transactions or disputes seamlessly. While remaining independent, we operate as a “firm of firms”.
Each DNA firm has a track record of a client-focused approach, high quality legal advice, and cutting-edge solutions. All the firms consistently win client recognition and prominent accolades in the world’s most prestigious international legal publications.
About the DNA Member Firms
Shearn Delamore & Co.
Shearn Delamore & Co. is one of the oldest and largest full-service law firms in Malaysia, providing comprehensive services to domestic and international clients since 1905. The firm's Dispute Resolution, Corporate & M&A, Intellectual Property, Employment, Tax, Competition & Antitrust, Banking & Finance, Technology, Media & Telco, Infrastructure & Projects, Construction, Regulatory Compliance & Enforcement, Real Estate and Shipping practice groups have been repeatedly recognised as market leaders, with the firm being a 5-time recipient of Chambers Asia Pacific’s Malaysia Law Firm of the Year award. The firm maintains extensive global links with legal and multilateral agencies, including the World Law Group (WLG), the World Services Group (WSG), and the Employment Law Alliance (ELA).
Drew & Napier LLC
Drew & Napier, established since 1889, is one of the largest and most established, full-service law firms in Singapore, with a history spanning more than 130 years. Our Dispute Resolution practice is consistently singled out as unparalleled, achieving top tier rankings in prestigious international publications for over a decade. Our International Arbitration Practice has been similarly identified among the world’s top 100 practices by the Global Arbitration Review since 2010. We are pre-eminent in Competition & Antitrust, Corporate Insolvency & Restructuring, Intellectual Property (Patents and Trademarks), Tax and Telecommunications, Media & Technology, and have market leading practices in Mergers & Acquisitions, Banking & Finance, and Capital Markets.
Makarim & Taira S.
Founded in 1980 by two Harvard graduates, Makarim & Taira S. is one of Indonesia’s leading full-service law firms. We are a leader in both the traditional practice areas of Corporate services, Banking, Finance, Foreign Investment, Litigation, Infrastructure, and Employment, as well as emerging growth areas such as Anti-Trust/Competition, Power and Energy, Intellectual Property, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, and Fintech. To better serve our clients, we also have an international reach to prominent firms recognised globally as leading experts in the industry through the World Law Group (WLG) and the World Services Group (WSG).
Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS)
Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS) is a leading full-service law firm in the Philippines established in 2007 by recognised elite lawyers Eduardo A. Martinez, Mark O. Vergara, Manuel Z. Gonzalez and Elmer B. Serrano. With the combined experience of the firm’s partners, MVGS takes pride in having established itself as a highly-respected and leading law firm in the Philippines, providing a full range of excellent legal services in the areas of Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Projects & Energy, Intellectual Property, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Labour and Employment and Immigration.
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