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Welcome to the ALB Japan Law Awards 2021!
 

ALB'S VIRTUAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Date: Thursday, 30 September 2021, 8 pm (GMT+9)     
        

Asian Legal Business is proud to present the 17th Annual ALB Japan Law Awards 2021! These prestigious awards will pay tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house counsel in Japan and around the region. 

As health and safety of our participants are our priority, after careful consideration, the awards will be hosted virtually this year on 30 September 2021.

Continuous connection is especially important in these uncertain times, and we are determined to keep ALB’s commitment in delivering the finest event experience to the legal community.

Let us celebrate together ALB’s first-ever virtual awards ceremony of Japan at the comfort of our homes with our favorite food and drinks! 

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED! CHECK OUT AT THE FINALISTS TAB.

Contact Harmony Tam at harmony.tam@tr.com or +852 3462 7767 for submission inquiries.

Contact Amantha Chia at amantha.chia@tr.com or +65 6973 8258 for sponsorship opportunities.

 

CATEGORIES

DEAL CATEGORIES

1. Debt Market Deal of the Year
2. Equity Market Deal of the Year 
3. M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize) 
4. M&A Deal of the Year (Premium) 
5. Project Finance Deal of the Year
6. Real Estate Deal of the Year 
7. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

1. Dealmaker of the Year 
2. Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
3. Foreign Lawyer of the Year 
4. In-House Lawyer of the Year 
5. Managing Partner of the Year 
6. Woman Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
7. Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)
8. Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
9. Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)

IN-HOUSE TEAM CATEGORIES

1. Compliance and Risk Management In-House Team of the Year
2. Innovative In-House Team of the Year 
3. Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year 
4. Japan In-House Team of the Year

FIRM CATEGORIES

1. Antitrust and Competition Law Firm of the Year
2. Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year 
3. Boutique Law Firm of the Year 
4. Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
5. Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year 
6. International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 
7. International Deal Firm of the Year 
8. International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
9. Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year 
10. Japan Deal Firm of the Year 
11. Japan Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
12. Japan Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Year 
13. Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year 
14. Litigation Law Firm of the Year 
15. Maritime Law Firm of the Year 
16. Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year 
17. Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 
18. Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year 
19. Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year 
20. Rising Law Firm of the Year
21. Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year 
22. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
23. Japan Law Firm of the Year

  

           SUBMISSION MATERIALS          

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED

           IMPORTANT DATES          

Announcement of finalists | August 6
Awards ceremony | September 30

           SUBMISSION INQUIRIES          

Harmony Tam
Events Researcher
Phone: +852 3462 7767
Email: harmony.tam@thomsonreuters.com

 

 

JUDGING PANEL

announcement date of the judges TBC

 

FINALISTS**

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Individual Categories

Dealmaker of the Year
Alan G. Cannon - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Gavin Raftery - Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Go Hashimoto - Atsumi & Sakai
John Tessensohn - SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO
Katsumasa Suzuki - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Keiji Hatano - Sullivan & Cromwell
Ken Lebrun - Davis Polk & Wardwell
Koki Yamada - Tokyo International Law Office
Soichiro Fujiwara - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Tong Yu - Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Yo Ota - Nishimura & Asahi
Yusuke Abe - Clifford Chance

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
Chris Bailey - King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho
David Gilmore - Herbert Smith Freehills
Hiroyuki Tezuka - Nishimura & Asahi
Katsumasa Suzuki - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Koki Yanagisawa - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Masataka Hayakawa - Atsumi & Sakai
Shinsuke Yakura - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Yoshimasa Furuta - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Foreign Lawyer of the Year
Andrew Blacoe - Herbert Smith Freehills
Catherine O'Connell - Catherine O'Connell Law
Chris Bailey - King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho
Dr. Axel Kuhlmann - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Eric Roose - Withers
Gavin Raftery - Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Ian S. Scott - Atsumi & Sakai
Ing-Chian Sun - Nishimura & Asahi
Keiji Hatano - Sullivan & Cromwell

In-House Lawyer of the Year
Anna Zhang - Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning
Emi Takeda - Accenture
Hiro Kato - Inpex Corporation
Mari Hiraizumi - GSK
Mariko Toda - IP Bridge
Saburo Nakao - Dassault Systèmes
Sayo Kondo Takizawa - Blackstone
Tim Mackey - SoftBank Group
Tony Durkan - JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation
Yuichiro Watanabe - Airbnb
Yuji Igarashi - Dyson

Managing Partner of the Year
David Gilmore - Herbert Smith Freehills
Hiroki Inoue - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Hiroshi Kondo - Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Jon Gray - Davis Polk & Wardwell
Keiji Hatono - Sullivan & Cromwell
Kensaku Yamamoto - SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO
Masaki Hosaka - Nishimura & Asahi
Masataka Ogasawara - ZeLo
Mikiharu Mori - Tokyo International Law Office
Reiji Takahashi - Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Shinsuke Yakura - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)
Bonnie L. Dixon - Atsumi & Sakai
Catherine O'Connell - Catherine O'Connell Law
Chika Minami - ZeLo
Haruka Murata - Miura & Partners
Hikaru Oguchi - Nishimura & Asahi
Keiko Shimizu - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Minako Wakabayashi - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Natsuko Sugihara - Clifford Chance
Yaeko Hodaka - Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Woman Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
Anna Zhang - Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning
Emi Takeda - Accenture
Mari Hiraizumi - GSK
Mariko Toda - IP Bridge

Sayo Kondo Takizawa - Blackstone

Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)
Gai Matsushita - Atsumi & Sakai
Hans Menski - Clifford Chance
Hiroshi Yamauchi - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Kotaro Okada - Tokyo International Law Office
Laarni Q. Vinas - SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO
Masataka Ogasawara - ZeLo
Masayuki Atsumi - Miura & Partners
Nels Hansen - White & Case
Nirav N. Mehta - Sullivan & Cromwell
Yasuhiro Kasahara - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Yoshiyuki Asaoka - Nishimura & Asahi

Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
David Chen - Dassault Systèmes
Hiroyuki Hamai - Tokio Marine Holdings
Yuichiro Watanabe - Airbnb

 

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In-House Categories

Compliance and Risk Management In-House Team of the Year
Airbnb
Dyson
GSK
IHI Corporation

Innovative In-House Team of the Year
Accenture
Airbnb
Dyson
GSK
SoftBank Group
UiPath

WeWork Japan

Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
Airbnb
ByteDance
Dassault Systèmes
Dyson
SoftBank Group
UiPath

WeWork Japan
ZOZO

Japan In-House Team of the Year
Accenture
Airbnb
Dyson
GSK
Hitachi-Johnson Controls Air Conditioning
IHI Corporation
INPEX Corporation
Tokio Marine Holdings
Tokyo Gas
UiPath

WeWork Japan
ZOZO

 

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Firm Categories

Antitrust and Competition Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Clifford Chance
Hirayama Law Offices
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
TMI Associates
White & Case

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Clifford Chance
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Sullivan & Cromwell
TMI Associates
White & Case

Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Catherine O'Connell Law
Tokyo International Law Office
Vanguard Lawyers
ZeLo

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Clifford Chance
Herbert Smith Freehills
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
TMI Associates
White & Case

Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Morrison & Foerster
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners
SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO
TMI Associates
Vanguard Lawyers
ZeLo

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
King & Spalding Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi Jimusho

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi

International Deal Firm of the Year
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Sullivan & Cromwell

International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Morrison & Foerster
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Investment Fund Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
TMI Associates
Withers

Japan Deal Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Miura & Partners
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Southgate
Tokyo International Law Office

Japan Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Abe, Ikubo and Katayama
Atsumi & Sakai
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners
SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO
TMI Associates
ZeLo

Japan Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Year
Bird & Bird
Gleiss Lutz
JT&N
Steptoe & Johnson

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nishimura & Asahi
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
TMI Associates
Vanguard Lawyers

Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Morrison & Foerster
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
TMI Associates
Vanguard Lawyers
ZeLo

Maritime Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Nishimura & Asahi
TMI Associates

Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Tokyo International Law Office

Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Clifford Chance
Greenberg Traurig
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
TMI Associates
Withers

Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Clifford Chance
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners
SHUSAKU·YAMAMOTO
Sullivan & Cromwell

Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi

Rising Law Firm of the Year
Southgate
Tokyo International Law Office
ZeLo

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
TMI Associates
Withers

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
Atsumi & Sakai
Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Clifford Chance
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Morrison & Foerster
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Southgate
TMI Associates
ZeLo

Japan Law Firm of the Year
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Atsumi & Sakai
Clifford Chance
Miura & Partners
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Tokyo International Law Office
Withers

 

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Deal Categories

Debt Market Deal of the Year

Berkshire Hathaway's Issuance of Benchmark Global Yen Notes
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Munger, Tolles & Olson; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Development Bank of Japan's Issuance of Dual Tranche
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Clifford Chance

Financing for Bain Capital's Acquisition of Nichii Gakkan
Law firms: Ropes & Gray; White & Case

JBIC's Issuance of Government Guaranteed Bond
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Kyushu Electric Power’s Issuance of Publicly Offered Hybrid Corporate Bonds
Law firm: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Banks: Daiwa Securities; Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities; Mizuho Bank; Mizuho Securities; Nomura Securities; SMBC Nikko Securities

Loans and Preferred Stock Financing for Showa Denko’s Acquisition of Hitachi Chemical
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi

MUFG's Issuance of Partial Tender Offer for Five Tranches
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Banks: Morgan Stanley; MUFG Securities

MUFG's Senior Unsubordinated Unsecured Notes Offering
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Banks: BofA Securities; J.P. Morgan; Morgan Stanley; MUFG Securities

Nissan Motor's USD and EUR Senior Notes Offerings
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Nomura's SEC-registered Senior Notes Offering
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell
Banks: Citigroup Global Markets; Nomura Securities

SMBC Covered Bond Programme
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Linklaters
Bank: BNY Mellon

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank's Senior Notes Offering
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Linklaters; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Takeda’s Issuance of Unsecured USD and EURO Denominated Senior Notes
Law firms: Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell
Banks: BofA Securities; Merrill Lynch International; Morgan Stanley

The Metropolis of Tokyo's Bond Offering
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year

ANA Holdings' Global Offering of Common Stock
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Marunouchi International Law Office; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Banks: Goldman Sachs; SMBC

Asahi Group's Global Offering
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett

Japan Airlines' Global Offering
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Banks: Daiwa Securities; Mizuho Securities; Morgan Stanley

Japan Display’s Issuance of Shares and Warrants
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; City-Yuwa Partners; Nishimura & Asahi

Nippon Building Fund's Global Offering
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Sullivan & Cromwell

SBI Holdings' Euro Yen Convertible Bonds
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Nishimura & Asahi

SoftBank's Global Public Offering
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Sullivan & Cromwell
Banks: Crédit Agricole; Citigroup Global Markets; Daiwa Capital Markets; J.P. Morgan; Merrill Lynch International; Mizuho International; Nomura International; SMBC

SoftBank Group's Block Trade Sale of Common Stock of SoftBank Corp.
Law firm: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

SoftBank's Monetization of T-Mobile Interest
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson; Latham & Watkins; Sullivan & Cromwell

 

M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize)

Acquisition of Tokyo Dome with Mitsui Fudosan
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Shibata, Nishimura & Asahi; Suzuki & Nakada

Bain Capital’s Acquisition of Nichii Gakkan
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Kitahama Partners; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Ropes & Gray

Kyocera’s Acquisition of AVX
Law firms: Alston & Bird; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Kirkland & Ellis; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Panasonic’s Equity Investment in Blue Yonder
Law firms: Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson; Khaitan & Co; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; White & Case

Privatization of LIXIL VIVA
Law firms: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Takai & Partners

Shinsei Bank's Acquisition of UDC Finance
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Minter Ellison; Russel McVeagh; Simpson Grierson

Toshiba's Acquisition of Toshiba Plant Systems & Services
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nishimura & Asahi

 

M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)

7-Eleven’s Acquisition of Speedway
Law firms: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Nishimura & Asahi; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; White & Case

Blackstone's Acquisition of Takeda Consumer Healthcare Company
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Hitachi's Acquisition and Squeeze-out of Hitachi High-Technologies Shares
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Shearman & Sterling; Sullivan & Cromwell
Banks: Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities

Honda's Acquisition of Nissin Kogyo and Merger of Nissin Kogyo and Hitachi Automotive
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Sullivan & Cromwell
Bank: Nomura Securities

KKR and Rakuten's Acquisition of Seiyu from Walmart
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

NECs Acquisition of Avaloq
Law firms: Gleiss Lutz; Homburger; Hourani & Partners; Houthoff; Niederer Kraft Frey; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan; Tokyo International Law Office; Winston & Strawn; ZICO Law

Nitori Holdings' Competing Tender Offer for Acquisition of Shimachu's Shares
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

NTT's Acquisition of NTT Docomo
Law firms: Hibiya Sogo Law Offices; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nakamura, Tsunoda & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Shearman & Sterling
Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities; Nomura Securities

SoftBank’s Sale of Arm to NVIDIA
Law firms: Hogan Lovells Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo; Latham & Watkins; Morrison & Foerster; Nishimura & Asahi

Wuthelam Group’s Acquisition of Additional Shares in Nippon Paint Holdings
Law firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

 

Project Finance Deal of the Year

Bangladesh's Largest Independent Gas-fired Power Generation Project
Law firms: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Clifford Chance; Dr. Kamal Hossain & Associates; Farooq & Associates

Establishment of Asia-focused Renewable and Waste Investment Fund
Law firm: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Morinomiyako Biomass Power Plant
Law firms: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Nishimura & Asahi
Banks: Resona Bank; Shizuoka Bank; Shoko Chukin Bank; The Aichi Bank; The Bank of Iwate; The Bank of Yokohama; The Iyo Bank; The Yamaguchi Bank; Ugo Shinkin Bank

Mozambique LNG Project
Law firms: Latham & Watkins; White & Case

Project Finance of Waste Disposal Plants in Chiba Prefecture
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Atsumi & Sakai; Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

 

Real Estate Deal of the Year

Acquisition of MFLP's Logistics Properties
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Banks: Daiwa Securities; Nomura Securities; SMBC Nikko Securities

Blackstone's Acquisition of Daiwa House's Logistics Centers
Law firms: Morrison & Foerster; Nishimura & Asahi; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Equinix and GIC's Joint Venture
Law firms: Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise); Kirkland & Ellis; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

GLP J-REIT's Global Offering
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Sullivan & Cromwell
Banks: Citigroup Global Markets; Mizuho International; Morgan Stanley; Nomura International; SMBC

Invincible Investment Corporation's Rent Amendment for Hotel Properties
Law firm: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

JPMorgan Japan's Multifamily Fund II
Law firm: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Merger of Japan Retail Fund and MCUBS MidCity Investment
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada and Matsumoto

Merger of Star Asia Investment Corporation and Sakura Sogo REIT
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada and Matsumoto

Open-End Fund's Formation for Daiwa House's Logistics Facilities
Law firm: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Takeshiba Step-Up Project
Law firms: Mori Hamada and Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura and Asahi

 

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year

Business and Capital Alliance between NTT and Toyota
Law Firms: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

NTT's Acquisition of NTT Docomo
Law firms: Hibiya Sogo Law Offices; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nakamura, Tsunoda & Matsumoto; Nishimura & Asahi; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe; Shearman & Sterling
Banks: Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities; Nomura Securities

Hitachi's Acquisition and Squeeze-out of Hitachi High-Technologies Shares
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Shearman & Sterling; Sullivan & Cromwell
Banks: Morgan Stanley; Nomura Securities

Showa Denko’s Acquisition of Hitachi Chemical
Law firms: Chiomenti; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Kirkland & Ellis; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu; Nishimura & Asahi; Tsar & Tsai Law Firm
Banks: Bank of America; Goldman Sachs; Mizuho Financial Group

SoftBank Group's Margin Loan Financing
Law Firms: Linklaters; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Banks: Credit Suisse; JPMorgan Chase

Toshiba's Acquisition of Toshiba Plant Systems & Services
Law Firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Nishimura & Asahi; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Banks: Daiwa Securities; Goldman Sachs; Nomura

 

**COMPLETENESS AND ACCURACY OF INFORMATION

Please note that the inclusion of banks and legal advisors in the transactions essentially reflects the information provided by nominating organizations. Therefore, any omission of a party involved in any of these transactions should not be taken as a commentary on the role assumed by that party. For queries about the shortlist, please email Harmony at harmony.tam@thomsonreuters.com.

* The above list will be regularly updated until final.

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WINNERS

list of winners will be posted on 1 October, 2021

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ELIGIBILITY 

How do I know if I am eligible to make a submission? 

We highly encourage all firms, individuals and in-house teams to submit, as we have numerous award categories to choose from. We welcome both past participants and newcomers to join the submission for the awards. 

Is self-nomination permitted?

Yes, we accept self-nominated submissions. We also accept third-party submissions, should you wish to nominate an external party or vice versa.

Is there a fee required to make a submission in the law awards?

No, there is no fee payment required for you or your firm/team to make a submission. 

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

When will the finalists and winners be announced?

The shortlist of finalists will be released around 4-8 weeks prior to the awards ceremony. The winners will be exclusively announced at the awards ceremony in September 2021.

NOMINATION PROCESS AND ASSESSMENT 

How are the finalists chosen?

Asian Legal Business will compile all of the submission entries, and the ALB editorial and research teams will extensively review each submission to ensure the criteria are met in order to advance to the shortlist of finalists. We stress that this process is fair, impartial and not subject to external influences. 

How are the winners chosen? 

Once the shortlist of finalists have been announced, an independent judging panel will review and select their top three choices for the award categories they are assigned to. The scores for each award category will be tabulated, and the individual/firm/team with the highest score will be announced as the winner. 

What are the award categories that I can take part in?

Any law firms, in-house teams or individuals may take part in multiple award categories if appropriate. The researchers reserve the right to move entries from one category to another if they feel it appropriate. The researchers’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

Who will be on the judging panel for ALB Japan Law Awards? 

There will be an independent judging panel of at least 25 senior and expert legal industry leaders to review the submission materials. The judging panel will be selected on the basis of their expertise and knowledge, and will be comprised from various sectors to correspond to the diverse list of award categories. A partial list of judges’ names will be released prior to the awarding ceremony, and the remaining judges will be revealed on the evening of the awards. 

What will my contact information/my client’s information be used for?

All contact information provided will not be disclosed to external parties; and will only be seen by our ALB research team and the judges panel. We keep the information on record internally, in case we need to contact you or your client regarding any questions or discrepancies in the submission form. 

Where will my name/firm name/team name be published if we are a finalist or winner?

As a finalist and/or winner, your firm/team/individual name will be published in ALB awards materials and print magazine. For more information, please contact us.

Is my submission confidential?

Any information you submit will only be reviewed by the ALB team and independent judging panel, whose names will be published. The material submitted will only be disclosed to the above; if there is any information that is strictly confidential, please mark clearly on the nomination form. Though we do our best to maintain the security of the information you provide, any information you transmit to us is done at your own risk and Thomson Reuters is not responsible for any unauthorized transmission of information.  

SPONSORSHIP, PARTICIPATION AND OTHER 

I would like to sponsor the ALB Law Awards.

Please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or +65 6973 8258 for further details regarding sponsorship. 

I am interested in being an official partner of the ALB Law Awards, as a media/legal association.  

Please contact Mary.Aquino@thomsonreuters.com or call +632 9825 938. 

My practice area or specialty is not listed, but I would like to participate in the Awards.

Please get in touch with our ALB Law Awards research team at Mary.Aquino@thomsonreuters.com or call +632 9825 938.

Can I participate in Awards across the region?

Yes, you can participate in more than one market. Please note there may be specific criteria for each market.

Who should attend the Awards Ceremony? Can I attend?

We welcome all finalists and non-finalists to join the Awards Ceremony; please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or +65 6973 8258.

I would like to order a winner’s trophy and/or certificate (for finalists and winners).

Please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or +65 6973 8258.

How can I receive communications related to the ALB Japan Law Awards?

Please email mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com to subscribe to the ALB mailing list. 

 

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 The ALB Law Awards are the pre-eminent legal awards in Asia-Pacific, held annually in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, China and the Middle East. The Awards are comprised of months of intensive research and culminate in a black-tie Awarding Ceremony in each of the markets. We cordially invite you to take part in these prestigious awards – and celebrate legal excellence with us.

 

 

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