Leena has long and in-depth experience in legal matters relating to the South Asian region, primarily India. While she has spent the past 30 years practising in the areas of corporate and financial services, corporate real estate, international business transactions and tax, she is best recognised as a pioneer for developing an India-focused practice in Singapore. For the past nine years, she has been an adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS) where she co-teaches Indian Business Law.
Leena graduated from the law faculty of NUS in 1982. She joined Drew & Napier as a pupil in 1983, and took a short break in 1985 to complete her Masters degree at Cambridge University. She became a Drew partner in 1988. She was instrumental in establishing the firm’s India Desk in 1994, soon after the landmark liberalisation of India’s economy in 1991. She later headed Drew’s Corporate & Finance Department from 1998 to 1999.
Leena was appointed an Associate of the Institute of South Asian Studies in 2006 after she authored a book on the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) for the business community. She is on the FTA Panel of Advisors.
Leena is married to Professor Jeffrey Pinsler, SC.
Drew & Napier’s CEO, Mr Davinder Singh, SC said: “We are very pleased that Leena is returning to Drew & Napier. She is a highly regarded lawyer and a valuable addition to the team. Her expertise will help us grow our India practice where we see a wealth of opportunities.”
Leena said, “I am very excited to be part of Drew again. My legal career was birthed in Drew and came of age after 21 years. I look forward to working closely with a talented group of colleagues, many of whom are long-time friends, to help grow the firm’s India practice. Despite its current economic challenges, India is important for its long term resilience and the dynamism of its people and diaspora who have created an offshore economy in many countries including Singapore.”