China Law & Practice Awards 2017: Nominations open

May 8, 2017
We are inviting submissions for the 11th annual China Law & Practice Awards, which will honor the nation's top law firms, lawyers and legal departments at the Park Hyatt on September 14. Nomination deadline is June 23

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China Law & Practice, in association with The American Lawyer, The Asian Lawyer and Legal Week, is inviting nominations for the 11th annual China Law & Practice Awards, where the top lawyers, law firms, and in-house teams in the PRC will gather to celebrate their most stellar achievements of the year.

Complex domestic and cross-border acquisitions and disputes and the increasing need for innovative regulatory solutions with both local and global applicability all make China one of the most vibrant, demanding, and competitive legal environments in the world.

As China’s most renowned ceremony for the legal elite, the China Law & Practice Awards honor the best work in and out of the nation. Across our coverage of practice areas and disciplines we intend to identify the biggest and most important commercial legal matters that involved lawyers and parties in the PRC.

This contest will be open to all firms with offices in mainland China. The nomination deadline is June 23, 2017. Winners will be revealed at a dinner gala held on September 14, 2017 at the Park Hyatt, Beijing.

Please view all entry criteria and templates HERE and submit your nominations HERE.

And as the jurisdiction’s most prestigious and expansive legal awards, the China Law & Practice Awards carry a comprehensive set of Firm of the Year and Lawyer of the Year categories that span the most sought-after areas of expertise. We will also focus on specific transactions and credit all of those involved. Seven deals are up for grabs, including DCM, ECM, Energy, Finance, M&A, Outbound and TMT.

Grand prizes include the Most Innovative Firm of the Year, International Firm of the Year and China Firm of the Year. See the full list of award categories below.

We will also be honoring four In-house Teams of the Year, and invite law firms to make submissions based on exceptional work undertaken by General Counsel and their teams in Asia.

Among the big winners in 2016 were Zhong Lun Law Firm, which scooped the ultimate China Law Firm of the Year award, and Baker & McKenzie, feted the International Law Firm of the Year. Tencent, Anbang, 3M and BNP Paribas were awarded as China’s best in-house legal departments.

All decisions will be made by the editorial staff of China Law & Practice, The Asian Lawyer, The American Lawyer, and Legal Week. ALM’s award-winning publications have long been known for their journalistic merit and absolute commitment to editorial independence and integrity. These awards will fall squarely in that tradition.

For enquiries, please contact the CLP bureau chief at or +852 3103 1053.


Full List of 2017 Awards Categories



Deals will be defined broadly to encompass any business combination, purchase or disposal involving a target or buyer based in the PRC. They must be innovative. Please nominate a maximum of one deal per category. All deals will be published—confidential deals will be disqualified. Deals must have closed between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017.

Debt and Equity-linked Equity Finance M&A Projects & Energy Telecommunications, Media & Technology Outbound



Winners in these categories will be recognized for the quality of their work across the breadth of our categories. Each firm award will be given to both an international firm and a China firm.

Banking & Finance Capital Markets Competition Dispute Resolution Healthcare & Life Sciences Insurance Intellectual Property Labor & Employment M&A Private Equity & Venture Capital Projects & Energy Real Estate Regulatory & Compliance Shipping & Aviation Tax Telecommunications, Media & Technology Trade  Up-and-Coming (China firms only)



Firms from the following jurisdictions will be selected based on their ability, depth and diversity of China-related work.

Hong Kong Macau Taiwan Japan Korea Offshore



Leading Chinese law firms that are based in, and best represent, the following PRC regions will be selected.

East China North China South China West and Central China



These awards will be given to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding work and contribution to their practice area over the past year.

China Dealmaker International Dealmaker Competition Dispute Resolution Intellectual Property Labor & Employment Private Client Real Estate & Construction Regulatory & Compliance Tax Rising Star (Top Lawyer Under 40)



Recognizes deals or initiatives that best honor the spirit of pro bono and social responsibility during the period. Consideration will be given to all law firm initiatives that aspire to a higher professional calling, including pro bono work, environmental stewardship, diversity programs, responsible contracting, philanthropy and volunteer work. Special attention will be given to entries that demonstrate a high-level, focused, and creative effort to use the unique skills of lawyers throughout a law firm’s office and practice network to benefit the less fortunate in local communities around the country.

Pro Bono Initiative of the Year



These awards will be given to the best corporate in-house legal/compliance teams that have been doing outstanding work in China. We welcome both self-nominations and recommendations by law firms.

Chinese Company  International Company  Chinese Financial Institution  International Investment Bank


GRAND PRIZES (No additional submissions necessary)

Grand prizes will be awarded to the best overall firm that reflects the following categories’ values. Separate submissions for these prizes are not required, but we will accept supporting information. The criteria of judgment will include regulatory and commercial novelty, complexity and significance.

Most Innovative Firm China Firm International Firm