Asia Legal Awards 2017: Finalists announced

Jan 12, 2017
The top firms, lawyers and deals across Asia-Pacific that made the cut for this year's Asia Legal Awards, presented by sibling publication The Asian Lawyer
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We are pleased to unveil the finalists for The Asian Lawyer’s 2017 Asia Legal Awards. Winners will be announced at the dinner gala held on Wednesday, February 22 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong.

To reserve your table, please contact Richard Morris at +44 75 8687 0325 or RMorris@alm.com

For more information on the ceremony and judging process, please visit www.asialegalawards.com.

Please contact Anna Zhang at AZhang@alm.com if your firm is missing on any of the nominated deals.

 

M&A Deal of the Year: North Asia

ChemChina’s $43B acquisition of Syngenta Bärr & Karrer Clifford Chance Davis Polk & Wardwell Fangda Partners Homburger Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Didi & Uber China’s $35B merger Davis Polk & Wardwell Fangda Partners Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Han Kun Law Offices Walkers

JD & Walmart’s $1.5B partnership Han Kun Law Offices Morrison & Foerster Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

Kakao’s $1.5B acquisition of Loen Entertainment Bae, Kim & Lee Shin & Kim

Lotte’s $2.4B acquisition of Samsung’s chemical business Bae, Kim & Lee Lee & Ko

Softbank’s $31B acquisition of ARM Holdings Anderson Mori & Tomotsune Davis Polk & Wardwell Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Herbert Smith Freehills Mori Hamada & Matsumoto Morrison & Foerster Slaughter and May White & Case

 

M&A Deal of the Year: South Asia

Essar Oil’s $13B sale to Rosneft & Trafigura AZB & Partners Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Linklaters Slaughter and May

MakeMyTrip’s $2B acquisition of ibibo Appleby Cravath Swaine & Moore Latham & Watkins S&R Associates Trilegal

Nirma’s $1.1B acquisition of Lafarge India AZB & Partners Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Pinsent Masons

Tata Power’s $1.4B acquisition of Welspun Renewables AZB & Partners Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

 

M&A Deal of the Year: Southeast Asia

Alibaba’s $1B acquisition of Lazada Dechert Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Noerr Sullivan & Cromwell

Avago’s $37B acquisition of Broadcom Allen & Gledhill Latham & Watkins McDermott Will & Emery Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom WongPartnership

Jeonbuk Bank & Apro’s $134M acquisition of Phnom Penh Commercial Bank DFDL Kim & Chang

Mitsui, Behn Meyer & Myanmar Agribusiness’ JV Allen & Gledhill Allen & Gledhill (Myanmar)

Rosneft & Pertamina’s $14B partnership Dentons Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Soemadipradja & Taher

 

M&A Deal of the Year: Private Equity & Venture Capital

Brookfield’s $1B acquisition of IFC Seoul Kim & Chang Shin & Kim

KKR & Warburg’s $550M investment in GO-JEK Allen & Overy Ashurst Assegaf Hamzah & Partners Ginting & Reksodiputro Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners Latham & Watkins Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

MBK & TPG’s $1.2B acquisition of The Wharf T&T Clifford Chance Deacons Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Walkers

Xiwang Food & Primavera’s $730M acquisition of Iovate Health Goodmans Gowling WLG King & Wood Mallesons Sidley Austin Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Yokohama Rubber’s $1.2B acquisition of Alliance Tire Group AZB & Partners Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Nishimura & Asahi Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

 

M&A Lawyer of the Year

Charles Li – Han Kun Law Offices Gene Oh Kim – Kim & Chang Sang Gon Kim – Lee & Ko Dongwoo Seo – Bae, Kim & Lee Cyril Shroff – Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Xu Ping – King & Wood Mallesons

 

M&A Firm of the Year

Bae, Kim & Lee Davis Polk & Wardwell Han Kun Law Offices Kim & Chang King & Wood Mallesons Paul Hastings WongPartnership

 

Finance Deal of the Year: Acquisitions

Apex-Lexmark $2.6B financing King & Wood Mallesons Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom White & Case

ChemChina-Syngenta financing Clifford Chance Davis Polk & Wardwell Linklaters Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Hahn & Company-Ssangyong Cement $675M financing Kim & Chang Lee & Ko

Midea-Kuka $4.6B financing Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Herbert Smith Freehills

Softbank-ARM Holdings $10B financing Baker & McKenzie Davis Polk & Wardwell Morrison & Foerster Slaughter and May White & Case

VietJet’s $11.3B aircraft purchase financing Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

 

Finance Deal of the Year: Projects

Central Java $4.3B coal power project financing Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Shearman & Sterling

Myingyan $300M IPP financing Allen & Overy Mayer Brown JSM

Oyu Tolgoi $4.4B copper and gold mine project financing Farara Kerins Kaufhold & Reveillaud, Avocats Lackowicz & Hoffman LehmanLaw Mongolia Loyens & Loeff MahoneyLiotta Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Shearman & Sterling Sullivan & Cromwell VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne

SMC $435M multi-facility coal power plant financing Latham & Watkins Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Picazo Buyco SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Tengizchevroil $16B upstream expansion financing Latham & Watkins Sullivan & Cromwell

Yamal LNG $27B project financing Clifford Chance Linklaters

 

Finance Deal of the Year: Restructuring & Insolvency

Hyundai Merchant Marine $2.1B restructuring Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton Kim & Chang Lee & Ko Yulchon

Pacific Andes $1.5B liquidation Clifford Chance DLA Piper Drew & Napier Harney Westwood & Riegels Jingtian & Gongcheng Linklaters Mayer Brown JSM Rajah & Tann Walkers WongPartnership

STX O&S $1.1B rehabilitation Holman Fenwick Willan Kim & Chang Watson Farley & Williams

Winsway Enterprises $500M restructuring Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Campbells Reed Smith Richards Butler Stephenson Harwood Walkers

 

Finance Lawyer of the Year

Chin Chuan Chen – Ashurst Indri (Mita) Guritno – Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners Hun Ko – Lee & Ko Madeline Leong – Watson Farley & Williams Thomas Ng – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Jack Wang – King & Wood Mallesons Zhang Xu – DeHeng Law Offices

Finance Firm of the Year

Fangda Partners Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Hogan Lovells Kim & Chang Linklaters Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

 

Securities Deal of the Year: Debt

AP Renewables’ $225M green bond Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Bank of China’s $3B green bond Clifford Chance Linklaters

Busan Bank’s $250M coco bond Allen & Overy Bae, Kim & Lee

Geely’s $400M green bond Conyers Dill & Pearman Davis Polk & Wardwell Haiwen & Partners King & Wood Mallesons

National Bank of Canada’s Rmb4B panda bond JunHe Linklaters

Valin Mining’s $354M convertible bond Allens Ashurst Latham & Watkins Jia Yuan Law Firm King & Wood Mallesons

 

Securities Deal of the Year: Equity

BOC Aviation $1.1B IPO Allen & Gledhill Allen & Overy Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Linklaters

Cikarang Listrindo $275M IPO Assegaf Hamzah & Partners Herbert Smith Freehills Shearman & Sterling

ICICI Prudential Life $908M IPO Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Davis Polk & Wardwell S&R Associates

National Australia Bank’s CYBG demerger & $5.5B capital raising Allen & Overy Clifford Chance King & Wood Mallesons Linklaters

Postal Savings Bank $7.4B IPO Clifford Chance Davis Polk & Wardwell Haiwen & Partners King & Wood Mallesons

Samsung Biologics $2B IPO Bae, Kim & Lee Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton Lee & Ko Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

SF Logistics $6.3B backdoor listing Grandall Law Firm JunHe

 

Securities Lawyer of the Year

Bonnie Chan – Davis Polk & Wardwell Wonsik Choo – Lee & Ko William Liu – Linklaters Richard Mazzochi – King & Wood Mallesons Hee-Gang Shin – Bae, Kim & Lee Anna-Marie Slot – Ashurst

 

Securities Firm of the Year

Bae, Kim & Lee Davis Polk & Wardwell Jingtian & Gongcheng Kim & Chang Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Shearman & Sterling

Investment Funds Lawyer of the Year

Adam Furber – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Dean Moroz – Ashurst Andrew Ostrognai – Debevoise & Plimpton Eriko Sakata – Linklaters Effie Vasilopoulos – Sidley Austin

 

Investment Funds Firm of the Year

Ashurst Debevoise & Plimpton King & Wood Mallesons Sidley Austin Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year

Justin D’Agostino – Herbert Smith Freehills Swee Yen Koh –  WongPartnership Eung Young Park – Kim & Chang Thomas So – Mayer Brown JSM Pyoung Kun Song – Lee & Ko Bangwei Xu – Jingtian & Gongcheng Zhenyong Ye – JunHe Baosheng Zhang – King & Wood Mallesons

 

Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year

JunHe Kim & Chang King & Wood Mallesons Latham & Watkins Morrison & Foerster WongPartnership Yulchon

 

Compliance/Investigations Lawyer of the Year

Gary Gao – Zhong Lun Law Firm Han Cheol Kang – Kim & Chang Michael Kim – Kobre & Kim Martin Rogers – Davis Polk & Wardwell Akihisa Shiozaki – Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu Sun Shiqi – Jingtian & Gongcheng Yuet Ming Tham – Sidley Austin

 

Compliance/Investigations Firm of the Year

Davis Polk & Wardwell Kim & Chang Kobre & Kim Lee & Ko Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu Sidley Austin Zhong Lun Law Firm

 

Competition Lawyer of the Year

Kala Anandarajah – Rajah & Tann Nicholas French – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Janet Hui – JunHe Min-Ho Lee – Lee & Ko Susan Ning – King & Wood Mallesons Keumseok Oh – Bae, Kim & Lee Fay Zhou – Linklaters

 

Competition Firm of the Year

Allen & Gledhill Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer JunHe Kim & Chang Lee & Ko Linklaters Yulchon

 

Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year

Gabriela Kennedy – Mayer Brown JSM Taeck Soo Kwon – Bae, Kim & Lee Choong Jin Oh – Lee & Ko Xiang Wang – Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe Jessica Xu – JunHe

 

Intellectual Property Firm of the Year

Bird & Bird Hogan Lovells Kim & Chang Lee & Ko Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe Mayer Brown JSM

 

Employment Lawyer of the Year

Cynthia Chung – Deacons Sang-Hoon Lee – Lee & Ko Andrea Randall – Gall Jenny Tsin – WongPartnership Jennifer Van Dale – Eversheds

 

Employment Firm of the Year

Gall Lee & Ko Rajah & Tann WongPartnership Zhong Lun Law Firm

 

Energy Lawyer of the Year

Linh Doan – Watson Farley & Williams Dong Eun Kim – Lee & Ko Daniel Reinbott – Ashurst Craig Rogers – King & Wood Mallesons Stuart Salt – Linklaters

 

Energy Firm of the Year

Allen & Gledhill (Laos) Eversheds Herbert Smith Freehills King & Wood Mallesons Lee & Ko Linklaters

 

TMT Lawyer of the Year

Luke Grubb – Latham & Watkins Gabriela Kennedy – Mayer Brown JSM Mark Parsons – Hogan Lovells Kwang Hyun Ryoo – Bae, Kim & Lee David Wang – Paul Hastings Soon Yub (Samuel) Kwon – Lee & Ko

 

TMT Firm of the Year

Allen & Gledhill Bae, Kim & Lee Han Kun Law Offices Hogan Lovells Kim & Chang Lee & Ko Mayer Brown JSM

 

Private Client Lawyer of the Year

Han (Antonio) Chen – Han Kun Law Offices Radhika Gaggar – Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Richard Norridge – Herbert Smith Freehills Vikna Rajah – Rajah & Tann Xiaocheng Wang – Grandall Law Firm

 

Offshore Law Firm of the Year

Conyers Dill & Pearman Maples and Calder Walkers

 

6 In-house Counsel of Distinction

Sharyn Ch’ang – PwC Leiming Chen – Ant Financial Gladys Chun – Lazada Junghoon Kenneth Oh – LG Display Yong Kai Wong – CITIC Capital Jerry Xia – Honeywell

 

Asian CSR Initiative of the Year

Winner to be revealed on the night

 

GRAND PRIZES

In-house Legal Department of the Year

Alibaba Lazada Intel LG Chemical LG Display MTR Corporation Telstra

 

International Law Firm Leader of the Year

William Barron – Davis Polk & Wardwell Milton Cheng – Baker & McKenzie Geraint Hughes – Clifford Chance Michael Kim – Kobre & Kim Ken Segel – Morrison & Foerster Patrick Sherrington – Hogan Lovells

 

Asian Law Firm Leader of the Year

Melli Darsa – Melli Darsa & Co Masaki Hosaka – Nishimura & Asahi Sungjin Kim – Bae, Kim & Lee Lee Eng Beng – Rajah & Tann Wang Ling – King & Wood Mallesons Xiao Wei – JunHe

 

International Law Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie Davis Polk & Wardwell Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Hogan Lovells Linklaters Paul Hastings Sidley Austin

 

Asian Law Firm of the Year

Allen & Gledhill Bae, Kim & Lee Fangda Partners Kim & Chang King & Wood Mallesons Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan