China Law & Practice Awards 2016: Finalists announced

Jul 28, 2016
The deals, firms and lawyers that made the cut this year for China's most elite legal awards
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The China Law & Practice Awards recognize excellence across the board, and this year’s list of finalists displays a flourishing pipeline of deals and outstanding law firm performances in one of the world’s most complex and lucrative markets.

The ceremony will take place on September 21, 2016 at the Park Hyatt, Beijing. Join us for the Awards’ 10-year anniversary as we honor the past year’s most groundbreaking transactions and the region’s leading lawyers and top legal teams.

Please contact Danny Collins at dcollins@alm.com / +44 20 7766 5241 to reserve your table.

All research and judging was conducted by the editorial teams of ALM’s China Law & Practice, The Asian Lawyer/The American Lawyer and Legal Week. If your firm is missing from any of the shortlisted deals, please email kjo@alm.com explaining your role in the transaction.

Debt & Equity-linked Deal of the Year

Bank of China’s $3.55B four-currency bond
Clifford Chance
Jingtian & Gongcheng
Kinstellar
Linklaters

China Exim Bank’s $6B loan-backed MTN program
Haiwen & Partners
JunHe
Linklaters
Sidley Austin
Walkers

Greentown China’s consent, exchange and new bond offering
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Jingtian & Gongcheng
Maples and Calder
T&C Law Firm
White & Case

Ministry of Finance Rmb3B London panda bond
Herbert Smith Freehills
Linklaters

State Grid’s $2.1B dual-currency four-tranche bond
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Herbert Smith Freehills
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Linklaters

Energy & Natural Resources Deal of the Year

China Yangtze Power’s Rmb104B material asset restructuring
Dentons
Tian Yuan Law Firm

Hai Duong BOT power plant
Guantao Law Firm
King & Wood Mallesons
VILAF
Watson Farley Williams

Maamba coal power plant financing
Clifford Chance

Pakistan wind power project financing
JunHe
Kabraji & Talibuddin
Linklaters
Shearman & Sterling

Silk Road Fund’s $1.2B Russian LNG project
Baker Botts
Herbert Smith Freehills
Prolegis

Equity Deal of the Year

China Huarong Asset Management $2.5B IPO
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Haiwen & Partners
King & Wood Mallesons
Kirkland & Ellis

China Merchants Rmb12B share exchange and listing
JunHe
Shu Jin Law Firm

China Re $2B IPO
Haiwen & Partners
King & Wood Mallesons
Slaughter and May
Sullivan & Cromwell

Dali Foods $1.15B IPO
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Jingtian & Gongcheng
King & Wood Mallesons
Maples and Calder
Shearman & Sterling

Focus Media $7B backdoor listing
Fangda Partners
Jingtian & Gongcheng

Finance Deal of the Year

Bank of Dalian $2.3B restructuring financing
Guantao Law Firm
Haiwen & Partners

Beijing Enterprises-EEW €2.5B acquisition financing
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Mayer Brown JSM

Norilsk Nickels Rmb5B syndicated revolving credit facility
Hogan Lovells

Weetabix $1.3B term loan B refinancing
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters

WuXi Pharma $1.1B LBO financing
Clifford Chance
Fangda Partners
Maples and Calder
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

M&A Deal of the Year

Alibaba’s $4.4B acquisition of Suning
Fangda Partners
King & Wood Mallesons
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Sullivan & Cromwell

COSCO and China Shipping’s $15B restructuring
Commerce and Finance Law Offices
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Grandall Law Firm
Haiwen & Partners
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Paul Hastings
Slaughter and May

Ctrip and Qunar’s $3.4B merger
Commerce & Finance Law Offices
Han Kun Law Offices
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Ropes & Gray
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Walkers

HP and Tsinghua’s $4.5B partnership
Allen & Overy
AnJie Law Firm
Fangda Partners
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Zhong Lun Law Firm

JP Morgan and Tencent’s $6.9B investment in Postal Savings Bank
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Haiwen & Partners
Baker & McKenzie

Real Estate & Construction Deal of the Year

China Xintiandi’s sale of Corporate Avenue 1, 2 & 3
Allen & Overy
Baker & McKenzie
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Maples and Calder
Mayer Brown JSM

Cindat’s $571M acquisition of New York hotels
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Global Law Office
Haiwen & Partners
Haynes and Boone
Hunton & Williams
Sidley Austin

GLP’s CLF II Fund
Morrison & Foerster
Walkers
WongPartnership

Shanghai Disney Resort
Baker & McKenzie
Guantao Law Firm
Jin Mao Partners
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Zhong Lun Law Firm

TMT Deal of the Year

Bona Film $1B privatization
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Han Kun Law Offices
Kirkland & Ellis
Maples and Calder
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Shearman & Sterling
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

China Tower $36.5B restructuring
Commerce & Finance Law Offices
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Haiwen & Partners
Sullivan & Cromwell

Qihoo 360 $9.4B privatization
Broad & Bright
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Fangda Partners
Jingtian & Gongcheng
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Maples and Calder
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

WuXi Pharma $3.3B privatization
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Fangda Partners
O’Melveny & Myers
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Sullivan & Cromwell
Walkers
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Youku $5.6B privatization
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Fangda Partners
Kirkland & Ellis
O’Melveny & Myers
Shearman & Sterling
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
TransAsia Lawyers
Walkers

Outbound Deal of the Year

Bohai Leasing’s $7.6B acquisition of Avolon
Sidley Austin
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

ChemChina’s $7.8B acquisition of Pirelli
Covington & Burling
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
King & Wood Mallesons
JunHe
Pedersoli e Associati

Chinese consortium’s $1.9B acquisition of OmniVision
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Dalian Wanda’s $3.5B acquisition of Legendary
Irell & Manella
Latham & Watkins
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Sullivan & Cromwell

Aviation Firm of the Year

China:
Global Law Office
Han Kun Law Offices
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons

International:
Allen & Overy
Baker & McKenzie
Mayer Brown JSM

Banking & Finance Firm of the Year

China:
Fangda Partners
Global Law Office
JunHe
Llinks Law Offices
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Allen & Overy
Baker & McKenzie
Eversheds
Kirkland & Ellis
White & Case

Capital Markets Firm of the Year

China:
Haiwen & Partners
Jingtian & Gongcheng
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Tian Yuan Law Firm
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Herbert Smith Freehills
Kirkland & Ellis
Linklaters

Competition Firm of the Year

China:
Fangda Partners
Han Kun Law Offices
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Allen & Overy
Baker & McKenzie
Herbert Smith Freehills
Linklaters

Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year

China:
East & Concord Partners
Fangda Partners
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Kirkland & Ellis
Kobre & Kim
Linklaters

Energy Firm of the Year

China:
DaHui Lawyers
Jincheng, Tongda & Neal
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Eversheds
Herbert Smith Freehills

Healthcare & Life Sciences Firm of the Year

China:
Global Law Office
Han Kun Law Offices
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Yingke Law Firm
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Baker & McKenzie
Covington & Burling
Shearman & Sterling
Sidley Austin

Insurance Firm of the Year

China:
AnJie Law Firm
Haiwen & Partners
Jincheng, Tongda & Neal
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Allen & Overy
DLA Piper
Herbert Smith Freehills
Mayer Brown JSM

Intellectual Property Firm of the Year

China:
Chang Tsi & Partners
Fangda Partners
King & Wood Mallesons
Lifang & Partners
Wan Hui Da Law Firm

International:
Allen & Overy
Baker & McKenzie
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown JSM
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Labor & Employment Firm of the Year

China:
Fangda Partners
Global Law Office
Han Kun Law Offices
King & Wood Mallesons
River Delta Law Firm
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Baker & McKenzie
DLA Piper
Eversheds
Herbert Smith Freehills
Simmons & Simmons

M&A Firm of the Year

China:
Fangda Partners
Han Kun Law Offices
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Kirkland & Ellis
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Private Equity & Venture Capital Firm of the Year

China:
Fangda Partners
Han Kun Law Offices
Jingtian & Gongcheng
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
Clifford Chance
Kirkland & Ellis
Morrison & Foerster
Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett

Projects & Infrastructure Firm of the Year

China:
Global Law Office
Guantao Law Firm
JunHe
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Allen & Overy
Baker & McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Eversheds
Hogan Lovells

Real Estate Firm of the Year

China:
Fangda Partners
King & Wood Mallesons
Llinks Law Offices
Zhong Lun Law Firm
Yingke Law Firm

International:
Allen & Overy
Baker & McKenzie
Paul Hastings
Sidley Austin

Regulatory & Compliance Firm of the Year

China:
Fangda Partners
Global Law Office
Jingtian & Gongcheng
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Covington & Burling
Herbert Smith Freehills
Linklaters
Mayer Brown JSM
Steptoe & Johnson

Shipping & Maritime Firm of the Year

China:
Global Law Office
King & Wood Mallesons
Wang Jing & Co
Yingke Law Firm
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Herbert Smith Freehills
Mayer Brown JSM
Watson Farley & Williams

Tax Firm of the Year

China:
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Baker & McKenzie
DLA Piper

TMT Firm of the Year

China:
Fangda Partners
Global Law Office
Han Kun Law Offices
King & Wood Mallesons
TransAsia Lawyers
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown JSM
Paul Hastings
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Trade Firm of the Year

China:
Global Law Office
King & Wood Mallesons
Jincheng Tongda & Neal
JunHe
Zhong Lun Law Firm

International:
Baker & McKenzie
Covington & Burling
Sidley Austin
Steptoe & Johnson

Up-and-coming Firm of the Year

DaHui Lawyers
FenXun Partners
River Delta Law Firm
Jin Mao Partners

Hong Kong Firm of the Year

Deacons
Oldham Li & Nie
Wilkinson & Grist
Woo Kwan Lee & Lo

Macau Firm of the Year

DSL Lawyers
MdME
Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortes Advogados
Riquito Advogados

Taiwan Firm of the Year

Formosa Transnational
Formosan Brothers
Lee and Li
Tsar & Tsai

Japan Firm of the Year

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi

Korea Firm of the Year

Bae Kim & Lee
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Shin & Kim

Australia Firm of the Year

Allens
Clayton Utz
Gilbert + Tobin
Minter Ellison

Southeast Asia Firm of the Year

Allen & Gledhill
Rajah & Tann
Rodyk & Davidson
WongPartnership

Offshore Firm of the Year

Appleby
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Harney Westwood & Riegels
Maples and Calder
Walkers

East China Firm of the Year

Co-effort Law Firm (Shanghai)
Llinks Law Offices (Shanghai)
Zhejiang T&C Law Firm (Hangzhou)
Zhejiang Zeda Law Firm (Hangzhou)

North China Firm of the Year

Deheng Law Group (Qingdao)
Heng Xin Law Office (Dalian)
Jilin Gongcheng (Changchun)
Winners Law Firm (Tianjin)

South China Firm of the Year

Geenen Foreign Legal Service Center (Guangzhou)
Guangda Law Firm (Guangzhou)
Guanghe Law Firm (Shenzhen)
S&D Partners (Shenzhen)

West and Central China Firm of the Year

Help Reaching Law Firm (Xi’an)
Hubei Luojia Law Firm (Wuhan)
Solton & Partners (Chongqing)
Tahota Law Firm (Chengdu)

Pro Bono Initiatives of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Hogan Lovells
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Latham & Watkins
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Competition Lawyer of the Year

Fay Zhou (Linklaters)
Feng Yao (Broad & Bright)
Francois Renard (Allen & Overy)
Janet Hui (JunHe)
Susan Ning (King & Wood Mallesons)
Stephen Crosswell (Baker & McKenzie)

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Lawyer of the Year

Brenda Horrigan (Herbert Smith Freehills)
Dong Chungang (Jingtian & Gongcheng)
Ing Loong Yang (Latham & Watkins)
Liu Yuwu (King & Wood Mallesons)
Xing Xiusong (Global Law Office)
Yang Peiming (Llinks Law Offices)

Dispute Resolution: Litigation Lawyer of the Year

Liu Lingyun (King & Wood Mallesons)
Thomas So (Mayer Brown JSM)
Xi Zhou (JunHe)
Xu Bangwei (Jingtian & Gongcheng)
Yang Wantao (Zhong Lun Law Firm)

Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year

Allen (Jun) Wang (Yingke Law Firm)
Huang Hui (Wan Hui Da Law Firm & IP Agency)
Simon Tsi (Chang Tsi & Partners)
Xie Guanbin (Lifang & Partners)
Zhaohui (Zoe) Wang (JunHe)

Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year

Carol Zhu (Zhong Lun Law Firm)
Jiang Junlu (King & Wood Mallesons)
Jingbo (Jason) Lu (River Delta Law Firm)
Johnny Choi (DLA Piper)
Wei (Will) Huang (Han Kun Law Offices)

Private Client Lawyer of the Year

Han Chen (Han Kun Law Offices)
Peter Ni (Zhong Lun Law Firm)
Richard Norridge (Herbert Smith Freehills)
Richard Weisman (Baker & McKenzie)

Real Estate & Construction Lawyer of the Year

Bernie Liu (Llinks Law Offices)
Harry Du (King & Wood Mallesons)
Ren Yanling (Tian Yuan Law Firm)
Richard Kim (Allen & Overy)
Wang Jihong (Zhong Lun Law Firm)

Regulatory & Compliance Lawyer of the Year

Gao Jun (Gary) (Zhong Lun Law Firm)
Eric Carlson (Covington & Burling)
Philip Qu (TransAsia Lawyers)
Simon Hui (Baker & McKenzie)
Sun Shiqi (Jingtian & Gongcheng)

Tax Lawyer of the Year

David Liu (FuJae Partners)
Nancy Lai (Baker & McKenzie)
Roberta Chang (Hogan Lovells)
Tony Dong (King & Wood Mallesons)

Rising Star Lawyer of the Year

Xi Liao (Linklaters)
Xu Hui (Covington & Burling)
Zheng Lu (Baker & McKenzie)
Ying (Gloria) Xu (Han Kun Law Offices)
Yang Wang (Simpson Thacher & Bartlett)

China Dealmaker of the Year

Dafei Chen (Han Kun Law Offices)
David Yu (Llinks Law Offices)
Liu Yan (Tian Yuan Law Firm)
Wang Jihong (Zhong Lun Law Firm)
Xu Ping (King & Wood Mallesons)
Yu Yongqiang (JunHe)

International Dealmaker of the Year

Jay Ze (Eversheds)
Jeanette Chan (Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison)
Katie Sudol (Simpson Thacher & Bartlett)
Ni Jiahua (Clifford Chance)
Timothy Stratford (Covington & Burling)

In-house Team of the Year: Chinese Company

Air China
Alibaba
Baosteel
Midea
Tencent

In-house Team of the Year: Chinese Financial Institution

Anbang Insurance
CCBI
CDB
Huarong Asset Management

In-house Team of the Year: International Company

3M
Eli Lilly China
GE China
Johnson & Johnson Medical

In-house Team of the Year: International Investment Bank

BNP Paribas
Citibank
Goldman Sachs
JP Morgan

Grand Prize: Most Innovative Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Han Kun Law Offices
Fangda Partners
TransAsia Lawyers

Grand Prize: China Firm of the Year

Fangda Partners
Han Kun Law Offices
Jingtian & Gongcheng
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Grand Prize: International Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Hogan Lovells
Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Grand Prize: Firm of the Decade (10-year Anniversary Special Award)

Baker & McKenzie
Hogan Lovells
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Mayer Brown JSM
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Outstanding Achievement Award

Professor Jiang Ping