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Welcome to The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2019!

 
Date: Friday, 6 September 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. sharp, cocktail
Venue:  JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong - JW Marriott Ballroom   New Venue!
            Pacific Place, 88 QueenswayHong Kong 
Attire: Black Tie
 
Asian Legal Business (ALB) is proud to present the 18th Annual The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2019! These prestigious awards will pay tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams in Hong Kong and around the region. Put forth your own law firm, in-house team or other teams you have worked with in the past year to recognize their accomplishments and efforts.
 
The process will culminate in an awards ceremony in September 2019. Come and celebrate legal excellence with us! This black-tie banquet will be a night filled with thrill and entertainment, graced by illustrious members of the bench, legal associations and business circles, law firms and in-house departments and more.
 
FINALISTS REVEALEDRESERVATIONS NOW OPEN !
 
We highly encourage all local and international law firms, individuals and in-house teams to submit. Contact Caryl Aquino at mary.aquino@tr.com or call +632 982 5938. to receive the most up-to-date event information.
 

For sponsorship opportunities and audience profiles in the past awards, please contact Amantha at amantha.chia@tr.com or +65 6870 3917. 

 

AWARD CATEGORIES

A. DEAL CATEGORIES

  1. Debt Market Deal of the Year 
  2. Equity Market Deal of the Year 
  3. Finance Deal of the Year
  4. M&A Deal of the Year

 

B. INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

  1. Dealmaker of the Year
  2. Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
  3. Managing Partner of the Year
  4. The Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Award Hong Kong In-House Lawyer of the Year
  5. Woman Lawyer of the Year
  6. Taylor Root Award Young Lawyer of the Year

 

C. IN-HOUSE TEAM CATEGORIES

  1. Withers Award Construction and Real Estate In-House Team of the Year
  2. Financial Services In-House Team of the Year 
  3. Innovative In-House Team of the Year
  4. Insurance In-House Team of the Year
  5. Lewis Sanders Award Investment Banking In-House Team of the Year
  6. Manufacturing and Trade In-House Team of the Year
  7. Paul, Weiss Award Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
  8. Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year
  9. ACC HK Award Hong Kong In-House Team of the Year

 

D. LAW FIRM CATEGORIES

  1. Aviation Law Firm of the Year
  2. BDO Award Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year
  3. Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year
  4. Construction Law Firm of the Year
  5. Criminal Litigation Law Firm of the Year
  6. Deal Firm of the Year
  7. Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year
  8. Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
  9. HKGALA Award Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year
  10. Immigration Law Firm of the Year
  11. InnovativeTechnologies Law Firm of the Year
  12. Insurance Law Firm of the Year
  13. Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
  14. Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year
  15. Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
  16. International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
  17. Maritime Law Firm of the Year
  18. Offshore Law Firm of the Year
  19. PRC Law Firm, Hong Kong Office of the Year
  20. Private Wealth Law Firm of the Year
  21. Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
  22. Regulation and Investigations Law Firm of the Year
  23. Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
  24. Rising Law Firm of the Year
  25. Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
  26. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
  27. Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year 
  28. The Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Award Hong Kong Law Firm of the Year

 

 

 

                            SUBMISSION MATERIALS:                          

Research Methodology Summary

Deal Categories Submission Form

Individual Categories Submission Form 

In-House Categories Submission Form

Law Firm Categories Submission Forms

 

                            IMPORTANT DATES :                          
Opening of submissions | May 27
Deadline for submissions | June 27
Online announcement of finalists | August 5
Awards ceremony | September 6

 

                SUBMISSION INQUIRIES                       

 Mary Carousel "Caryl" Aquino

Senior Events Researcher 

Phone: +632 982 5938

Email: mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com

 

 JUDGING PANEL

Each year, ALB invites an independent judging panel of senior and expert legal industry leaders from various sectors corresponding to the diverse list of award categories. ALB is pleased to introduce some of the distinguished judges. The rest of the panel will be revealed on the evening of the awards.

 

Albert Liu
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Alibaba Group

Albert joined Alibaba in 2017 and is passionate about executing Alibaba’s globalization strategy and its core mission to make it easy to do business anywhere. Previously, Albert served as the general counsel and chief compliance officer of three U.S. publicly listed technology companies, as well as head of corporate development, marketing, human resources and business unit general manager in past roles. Albert holds dual degrees in Computer Science and Political Science from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

 

A. Bobby Ladwa
Director, Banking Legal
Barclays

Bobby is a senior Director in the Banking Legal team at Barclays covering DCM, ECM and M&A for all of Apac, including HK, China, India, Australia, Singapore and South-East Asia.

Bobby qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales (1999) and HongKong (2004), and joined Barclays in Hong Kong over 10 years ago - previously Bobby was a Solicitor at Clifford Chance for 12 years (1997-2009) specialising in Debt & Equity Capital Markets.

Bobby has worked in HongKong for 15 years, and has also worked in London, Tokyo, Singapore and Dubai - he has been on client secondments to BofA Merrill Lynch in HK, UBS in Singapore and Nakheel Properties in Dubai.

Bobby is originally from London, and educated at Cambridge University with First Class Honours in Law.

 

 

Stephen Man
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, eBay

Stephen originally hails from Canada and has been in the legal trade in Hong Kong for more than 25 years.  He is currently the APAC head of legal at eBay where he manages a team of 25 lawyers who handle the entire range of legal and regulatory matters across the region. Prior to eBay, Stephen was the head of legal for Uber in Asia from 2014 until the end of 2017.  He was the first legal hire for Uber in Asia and built up the team from one to 31 within 15 months during a very exciting period of Uber’s international growth. Before Uber Stephen worked at Yahoo from 2006 – 2014 and left as VP and Deputy General Counsel, also covering APAC.  In his private practice career Stephen spent 8 years with Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates) where his practice covered a wide range of matters including corporate, M&A, commercial, IP and technology.

Outside of work, Stephen can be found doing his best to keep up with his Generation Z daughters and trying to slow down the deterioration of his aging body.

 

Sandra Wu 
President, Association of Corporate Counsel Asia & Founding Partner and Group General Counsel, Origin X Capital

Sandra has served on the ACC Hong Kong Board of Directors since 2017 as Treasurer and was elected President in 2019. Sandra is the Founding Partner and the Group General Counsel for Origin X Capital, a venture capital and investment management firm that provides seed, venture and growth stage funding toemerging companies in FinTech & Distributed Ledger Technology. She was the former Head of Legal & Compliance and Chief Compliance Officer for Mercer Investments (HK) Limited, where she looked after the legal, regulatory and compliance needs of the investment management and advisory business units. 

During her private practice career, Sandra worked at Weil Gotshal & Manges specialising in Private Equity and Fund Formation, Kirkland & Ellis focusing on Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Hong Kong. Outside of ACC, Sandra is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce and a Mentor at The Women's Foundation in Hong Kong. She is a frequent public speaker and thought leader on the topics of blockchain and its disruptive impact on legal & financial markets and the regulation of cryptocurrencies.

Sandra holds a BCom (double major in Finance and Accounting), LL.B (First Class Honours) from the University of Sydney. She is featured on the Dean's List of Excellence for Academic Performance and is also an International Golden Key Honorary Society Scholar. Sandra is admitted as a Solicitor of the High Court of Hong Kong and Barrister & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia.

 

Lin Shi
Managing Director, Head of IPO Vetting
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited

Lin Shi is Managing Director and Head of IPO Vetting within the Listing Department of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited.  Ms. Shi joined the Listing Department in August 2013.  She also co-chairs the Diversity Network at HKEX.

Ms. Shi was a Senior Vice President covering Investment Banking Legal and General Counsel of Greater China with Bank of America Merrill Lynch from 2007 – 2012.  Before that, she worked at Allen & Overy in Hong Kong and New York and Fulbright & Jaworski.

Since 2008, Ms. Shi has served as a Director of the Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association (ACC Hong Kong) and was President from 2015 - 2019.  ACC Hong Kong is the only organization in Hong Kong representing in-house counsel run by in-house counsel. 

Ms. Shi holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Pomona College, cum laude, and a J.D. from New York University.

 

Wally Suphap
Vice President, Legal and Compliance Division, Morgan Stanley
Co-Chair & Co-Founder, Hong Kong LGBT+ Attorneys Network

Wally Suphap is Vice President in the Legal and Compliance Division of Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Wally worked in private practice as a corporate securities lawyer at international law firms, including Clifford Chance (New York), Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Hong Kong), and Latham & Watkins (Hong Kong). He is dual qualified as a Hong Kong solicitor and New York attorney-at-law.

In 2013, Wally co-founded the Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Attorneys (HKGALA) Network, the first-ever professional network in Hong Kong dedicated to the promotion of LGBT+ diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, LGBT+ pro bono and community work, and the advancement of LGBT+ rights. HKGALA has grown to a network of 55 Supporting Firms, ranging from law firms to financial institutions to corporates.

Wally was recognized as one of the Top 50 LGBT+ Future Leaders (ranked #1 in Asia and #4 globally) in the 2018 OUTstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists published in the Financial Times and was awarded the LGBT+ Inclusion Champion Award in 2017 by Community Business.

Wally holds a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Columbia College and a Juris Doctor (Parker School Certificate for Achievement in Foreign and Comparative Law) from Columbia Law School.

  

Geoffrey Mah
Head of Legal, DBS Bank (Hong Kong) 

Geoffrey is currently the Head of Legal at DBS Bank (Hong Kong), the Hong Kong subsidiary of DBS Bank Ltd.  DBS is present in 18 markets globally, and was named the ‘World’s Best Bank’ by Euromoney, Global Bank of the Year by The Banker and Best Bank in the World by Global Finance.

Geoffrey is an experienced banking lawyer with 20+ years of legal experience within the legal and banking industry in Asia.  He started his legal career as a litigator in Singapore, before moving to Hong Kong in 1997 and focusing on banking law and practice. At DBS, Geoffrey is responsible for managing DBS Hong Kong’s legal affairs.  He leads the legal team to provide legal advice and transaction support for its consumer banking, institutional banking, private banking, corporate finance, global transaction services, and treasury and markets business units.

The DBS Bank (Hong Kong) legal team was awarded Financial Services In-House Team of the Year by Asia Legal Business Awards in 2018.

Geoffrey is qualified to practice in Hong Kong, Singapore and England & Wales.

 

Simon NM Young
Professor and Associate Dean (Research)
Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong
 

Professor Simon NM Young read law at the University of Toronto (LLB) and the University of Cambridge (LLM).  He qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Ontario, Canada and practiced for the Crown Law Office-Criminal, Ministry of the Attorney General.  In 2001, he joined the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, where he teaches criminal law and evidence and is currently the Associate Dean (Research). In 2008, he was called to the Hong Kong Bar and became a member of Parkside Chambers.  He specialises in criminal law, constitutional law and human rights cases.  He is the General Editor of Archbold Hong Kong and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law.

  

Julien Chaisse
Professor, School of Law
City University of Hong Kong

Julien Chaisse is Professor at the City University of Hong Kong, School of Law. He is an award-winning scholar of international law with a focus on the regulation and development of economic globalization. He has published numerous well-regarded and widely cited books and articles, and his scholarship has been cited by international courts/tribunals, as well as U.S. Courts. 

As a leading scholar in the field of international economic law, Dr. Chaisse sits on the editorial board of several high-impact international journals. He is also an experienced arbitrator and a sought-after consultant/expert to international organizations, governments, multinational law firms, and private investors.

Dr. Chaisse is an active member of the World Economic Forum (“Global Future Council on International Trade and Investment” and “Tax and Globalization Working Group”). Dr. Chaisse is also an advisor & partner to the United Nations ARTNET on FDI, member of the Academic Forum on ISDS, and Advisory board member of the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL).

 

Steven Gallagher
Associate Professor of Practice in Law, Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning)
The Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Steven was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2006. Steven has taught Equity and Trusts, Land Law, Company Law, International Corporate Liquidation and International Corporate Governance in England and Hong Kong. In 2013, Steven introduced the Principles of Art, Antiquities, Cultural Heritage and the Law course to the LLM programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Steven has presented continuing professional development courses for solicitors in Hong Kong on many topics associated with equity, trusts, art and cultural heritage and the law. Steven’s research interests include equity and the law of trusts, cultural heritage law and legal history. 

 

Cindy Tong
General Counsel & Head of Compliance, AXA Asia

Cindy is the Regional General Counsel and Head of Compliance for AXA Asia.  She oversees the legal and compliance function for AXA in seven jurisdictions including Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.  Her Regional team is responsible for all mergers, acquisitions and partnerships work for Asia.  Cindy also sits on a number of boards for AXA in Asia.

Before joining AXA in 2009, Cindy worked in the law firms of Baker & McKenzie and Linklaters in Hong Kong, where she focused her practice on China corporate work and cross-border M&A transactions. Cindy also spent 10 years in Canada, where she obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in Toronto, before moving back to Hong Kong.

 

and many more...

 

 

FINALISTS**

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INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

Dealmaker of the Year
Betty Yap, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Chai Ridgers, Harney Westwood & Riegels
Chin Yeoh, Ashurst
Fang Liu, Clifford Chance
Helena Huang, King & Wood Mallesons
Hilary Lau, Herbert Smith Freehills
Ian Ho, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Judy Lee, Appleby
Li He, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Marcia Ellis, Morrison & Foerster
Robert Ashworth, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
Allan Leung, Dentons
Chris Wong, Gall
Frederick Hui, Zhong Lun
Heidi Chui, Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Ian Mann, Harney Westwood & Riegels
Ing Loong Yang, Latham & Watkins
John Choong, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
May Tai, Herbert Smith Freehills
Nicolas Wiegand, CMS
Paul Starr, King & Wood Mallesons
Thomas So, Mayer Brown

Managing Partner of the Year
Hayden Flinn, King & Wood Mallesons
Joshua Cole, Ashurst
Justin D’Agostino, Herbert Smith Freehills
Keith Brandt, Dentons
Milton Cheng, Baker McKenzie
Nick Gall, Gall
Sharon Ser, Withers
Susheela Rivers, DLA Piper
Voon Keat Lai, Stephenson Harwood
William Robinson, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

The Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Award Hong Kong In-House Lawyer of the Year
Agnes Wong, Alipay Payment Services (HK)
Alexander Kwok, Hong Kong Airlines
Chen Leiming, Ant Financial Services Group
Iris Cheng, Shanghai Real Estate (Commercial) Holdings
Jodie Coutts, Nord Anglia Education
Michael Ting, Manulife (International)
Michelle Hung, COSCO Shipping Ports
Scarlett Cheung, Marriott International
Sharyn Ch’ang, PwC
Valda Chan, Emperor Group
Zhou Jiaxing, China International Capital Corp (Hong Kong)

Woman Lawyer of the Year
Fiona Chan, Appleby
Fiona Cumming, Allen & Overy
Gillian Elizabeth Meller, MTR Corp
Joanna Caen, Herbert Smith Freehills
Kathryn Weaver, Lewis Silkin
Kelly Austin, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Marcia Ellis, Morrison & Foerster
Michelle Hung, COSCO Shipping Ports
Mini vandePol, Baker McKenzie
Minny Siu, King & Wood Mallesons
Sharyn Ch’ang, PwC
Valda Chan, Emperor Group
Yibing Mao, Marriott International

Taylor Root Award Young Lawyer of the Year
Adam Hugill, Hugill & Ip
Daniel Lau, Ashurst
David Milligan, Norton Rose Fulbright
Eugene Low, Hogan Lovells
Geoffrey Atkins, Ropes & Gray
Jennifer Tam, Mayer Brown
Jennifer Ng, H.M. Chan & Co in association with Taylor Wessing
Katherine Liu, Stephenson Harwood
Michael Lu, King & Wood Mallesons
Simon Chapman, Herbert Smith Freehills

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IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES

Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
Ant Financial Services Group
ANZ Bank
Bank of China (Hong Kong)
Manulife Financial Asia 
State Grid Overseas Investment

Innovative In-House Team of the Year
Agile Group Holdings
Ant Financial Services Group
COSCO Shipping Ports
Emperor Group
Huobi Group
Intel
Klook
State Grid Overseas Investment
Telstra International
Uber Technologies

Lewis Sanders Award Investment Banking In-House Team of the Year
China International Capital Corp (Hong Kong)
China Merchants Securities International Co.
Citigroup Global Markets Asia
Goldman Sachs
ICBC International Holdings
Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) 

Paul, Weiss Award Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
Alipay Payment Services (HK)
Ant Financial Services Group
Klook
Telstra International
Tencent Holdings
Uber Technologies

Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year
COSCO Shipping Ports
Kerry Logistics
MTR Corp
Uber Technologies

Withers Award Construction and Real Estate In-House Team of the Year
Agile Group Holdings
Gammon Construction
Hang Lung Group
Hysan Development Co
MTR Corp
Shanghai Real Estate (Commercial) Holdings

ACC HK Award Hong Kong In-House Team of the Year
Ant Financial Services Group 
Bank of China (Hong Kong)
China International Capital Corp (Hong Kong)
COSCO Shipping Ports
Emperor Group
Hang Lung Group
ICBC International Holdings
Klook
Marriott International
MTR Corp
Nord Anglia Education
State Grid Overseas Investment
Telstra International

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
Uber Technologies

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FIRM CATEGORIES

Aviation Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Clifford Chance
HFW
Mayer Brown
Stephenson Harwood

BDO Award Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year
Boase Cohen & Collins
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Gall
Haldanes
Jonathan Mok Legal in association with Charles Russell Speechlys
Payne Clermont Velasco
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Tanner De Witt
Withers

Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Deacons
Dentons
DLA Piper
Gall
Haldanes
Herbert Smith Freehills
K&L Gates
Mayer Brown
Oldham, Li & Nie
Stephenson Harwood
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Winston & Strawn

Construction Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Deacons
DLA Piper
HFW
K&L Gates
King & Wood Mallesons
Mayer Brown
MinterEllison
Pinsent Masons

Criminal Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Boase Cohen & Collins
Haldanes
King & Wood Mallesons
Kobre & Kim
Morley Chow Seto
Stevenson, Wong & Co.

Deal Firm of the Year
Ashurst
Baker McKenzie
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
Morrison & Foerster
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Slaughter and May

Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Boase Cohen & Collins
Gall
Hugill & Ip
Morley Chow Seto
Payne Clermont Velasco
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Swartz, Binnersley & Associates
Vivien Chan & Co.

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
DLA Piper
Herbert Smith Freehills
Pinsent Masons
Watson Farley & Williams

HKGALA Award Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Ashurst
Baker McKenzie
Boase Cohen & Collins
Dentons
Hogan Lovells
Hugill & Ip
Mayer Brown
Stephenson Harwood

Immigration Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Harvey Law Group
Hugill & Ip
Lewis Silkin

Innovative Technologies Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Davis Polk & Wardwell
King & Wood Mallesons
Henry Yu & Associates
Norton Rose Fulbright
Pinsent Masons
Swartz, Binnersley & Associates

Insurance Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Herbert Smith Freehills
HFW
Mayer Brown

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Bird & Bird
Deacons
Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu
Hogan Lovells
King & Wood Mallesons
Mayer Brown
Stephenson Harwood
Vivien Chan & Co.
Wilkinson & Grist
Winston & Strawn

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
CMS
Deacons
Dentons
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
HFW
K&L Gates
King & Wood Mallesons
Latham & Watkins
Mayer Brown
Stephenson Harwood
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Winston & Strawn
Zhong Lun

Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year
Ashurst
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Deacons
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Goodwin Procter
King & Wood Mallesons
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
Sidley Austin
Simmons & Simmons
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Bird & Bird
Deacons
DLA Piper
Gall
Herbert Smith Freehills
Lewis Silkin
Mayer Brown
Simmons & Simmons
Stephenson Harwood

Maritime Law Firm of the Year
HFW
Mayer Brown
Stephenson Harwood
Watson Farley & Williams

Offshore Law Firm of the Year
Appleby
Campbells
Carey Olsen
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Harney Westwood & Riegels
Maples Group
Mourant
Ogier
Walkers

PRC Law Firm, Hong Kong Office of the Year
Fangda Partners
Guantao
Han Kun
Jingtian & Gongcheng
JunHe
Zhong Lun

Private Wealth Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hugill & Ip
Stephenson Harwood
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Withers
Zhong Lun

Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Clifford Chance
Deacons
Mayer Brown
Paul Hastings
Ropes & Gray
Stevenson, Wong & Co.

Regulation and Investigations Law Firm of the Year
Ashurst
Gall
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Herbert Smith Freehills
Mayer Brown
Ropes & Gray
Shearman & Sterling
Stephenson Harwood
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Winston & Strawn

Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Deacons
King & Wood Mallesons
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
Stephenson Harwood
Tanner De Witt
Watson Farley & Williams

Rising Law Firm of the Year
CMS
H.M. Chan & Co in association with Taylor Wessing
Jingtian & Gongcheng
Lewis Silkin
Swartz, Binnersley & Associates

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hugill & Ip
Stephenson Harwood
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Withers
Zhong Lun

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
Ashurst
Baker McKenzie
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Deacons
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown
Morrison & Foerster
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Pinsent Masons
Ropes & Gray
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Charltons
H.M. Chan & Co in association with Taylor Wessing
Stevenson, Wong & Co.

The Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Award Hong Kong Law Firm of the Year
Ashurst
Baker McKenzie
Deacons
Dentons
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Gall
Herbert Smith Freehills
King & Wood Mallesons
Mayer Brown
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Tanner De Witt
Vivien Chan & Co.

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DEAL CATEGORIES

Debt Market Deal of the Year
Bank of China (Hong Kong)'s Issuance of Capital Securities
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Linklaters

Hang Lung Properties’ MTN Programme
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Harney Westwood & Riegels; Mayer Brown
Bank: HSBC

Hong Kong Government’s First Green Bond Issuance
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Linklaters
Banks: Bank of New York Mellon; Crédit Agricole; HSBC

iQIYI’s Convertible Senior Note Offering
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Jingtian & Gongcheng; Walkers

Issuance of “One Belt, One Road” Theme Bond
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Jingtian & Gocheng; JunZeJun; Linklaters
Bank: Bank of China

MGM China Holdings' Senior Note Offering
Law firms: DSL Lawyers; Henrique Saldanha Advogados & Notários; Herbert Smith Freehills; Maples Group; Milbank; Walkers; White & Case

People’s Bank of China’s Yuan Bill Issuances in Hong Kong
Law firms: Deacons; Linklaters
Bank: Bank of Communications Co.

Sands China’s Senior Note Offering
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Luís Cavaleiro de Ferreira, Ricardo Silva & Associates; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Slaughter and May; Walkers

Tencent’s Note Issuance Under the GMTN Programme
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Global Law Office; Han Kun; Latham & Watkins; Maples Group
Banks: Bank of China; Deutsche Bank; HSBC

The Wharf 's Medium Term Note Programme
Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Deacons; Harney Westwood & Riegels; Linklaters
Banks: BNP Paribas; DBS Bank; HSBC; Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong)

Wheelock’s Medium Term Note Programme
Law firms: Deacons; Harney Westwood & Riegels; Linklaters
Bank: HSBC

Equity Market Deal of the Year

BeiGene's Listing on HKEX
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Fangda Partners; JunHe; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Banks: Goldman Sachs (Asia); Morgan Stanley

China Tower’s HK IPO
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; King & Wood Mallesons; Zhong Lun
Banks: Bank of America Merrill Lynch; CICC; Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan

CMPort's Issuance of Shares
Law firms: JunHe; Linklaters
Banks: China Merchants Securities; CITIC Securities

Haidilao's IPO
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Conyers Dill & Pearman; Drew & Napier; Grandall; Jingtian & Gongcheng; Lee and Li; Sidley Austin
Banks: CICC; Citigroup Global Markets Asia; Goldman Sachs (Asia); UOB Kay Hian

Meituan Dianping's IPO
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Han Kun; Maples Group; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Zhong Lun

NIO's U.S. IPO
Law firms: Grandall; Han Kun; Latham & Watkins; Maples Group; Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom

Pinduoduo's U.S. IPO
Law firms: Jingtian & Gongcheng; King & Wood Mallesons; Kirkland & Ellis; Maples Group; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Shenwan Hongyuan Group's IPO
Law firms: Appleby; Clifford Chance; Grandall; King & Wood Mallesons; Latham & Watkins
Banks: CICC; Citigroup Global Markets Asia; Credit Suisse; Daiwa Capital Markets; Goldman Sachs (Asia); HSBC; ICBC International Securities; Shanghai Banking Corp

Tencent Music's IPO
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Grandall; Han Kun; Maples Group; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Davis Polk & Wardwell

WuXi AppTec’s HK IPO
Law firms: Fangda Partners; Jia Yuan; Shearman & Sterling; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Xiaomi's HK IPO
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Jingtian & Gongcheng; JunHe; Maples Group; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Banks: Goldman Sachs (Asia); Morgan Stanley


Finance Deal of the Year

ByteDance’s Financing Round
Law firms: Goodwin Procter; Maples Group; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

ChemChina’s Syndicated Term Loan Facility
Law firm: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

CMC’s Series A Round Financing
Law firms: Fangda Partners; Han Kun; Jones Day; King & Wood Mallesons; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Winston & Strawn

Credit Facility for Sands China
Law firms: DLA Piper; Campbells; Skadden, Arps, late, Meagher & Flom
Banks: Bank of China (Macau)

Dividends Recap Facility for Belle International Holdings
Law firm: Clifford Chance

Financial Arrangements for Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link
Law firm: Slaughter and May

Financing for Acquisition of Grammer
Law firms: Hengeler Mueller; Herbert Smith Freehills; JunHe; King & Wood Mallesons

Financing for Acquisition of SQM
Law firms: Allen & Overy; JunHe

Financing for KKR-led Consortium’s Acquisition of LCY Chemical
Law firms: Baker McKenzie; Lee & Li; Linklaters; Russin & Vecchi; Maples Group; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

InfraRed NF’s Financial Investment with Fullsun
Law firms: Appleby; Sidley Austin

Noble Group’s Restructuring
Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Allen & Overy; Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld; Appleby; Conyers Dill & Pearman; Clifford Chance; Kirkland & Ellis; Walkers; White & Case; WongPartnership


M&A Deal of the Year

Acquisition of Amer Sports Corp
Law firms: Bennett Jones; Choate, Hall & Stewart; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Kirkland & Ellis; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; White & Case

Baidu's Sale of Majority Stake in its Financial Services Business
Law firms:  Davis Polk & Wardwell; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

BMW Holdings’ Acquisition of 25 Per Cent Shares in Brilliance
Law firms: Allen & Overy; JunHe; Shearman & Sterling
Bank: Goldman Sachs (Asia)

Cainiao-Led Joint Venture’s Investment in Logistics Hub at HKIA
Law firm: Clifford Chance

China Literature’s Acquisition of New Classics Media
Law firms: Clifford Chance; CM Law Firm; Han Kun; Maples Group; Zhong Lun

CNOOC's Investment in Mozambique LNG Project
Law firms: Herbert Smith Freehills; White & Case

Heineken’s Strategic Partnership with China Resources
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Han Kun; King & Wood Mallesons

SoftBank Vision Fund’s Investment in Coupang
Law firms: Hughes Hubbard & Reed; Kim & Chang; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Take-Private of eHi Car Services
Law firms: Conyers Dill & Pearman; Fangda Partners; Fenwick & West; Goodwin Procter; Maples Group; O’Melveny & Meyers; Pillar Legal; Sheppard Mullin; Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom; Thompson Coburn; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

YY’s Acquisition of Bigo
Law firm: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
 

**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 Caryl at mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com.

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 WINNERS

 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES 

Dealmaker of the Year

Fang Liu, Clifford Chance

 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year

Allan Leung, Dentons

 

Managing Partner of the Year

Justin D’Agostino, Herbert Smith Freehills

 

The Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Award Hong Kong In-House Lawyer of the Year

Michael Ting, Manulife (International)

 

Woman Lawyer of the Year

Mini vandePol, Baker McKenzie

 

Taylor Root Award Young Lawyer of the Year

David Milligan, Norton Rose Fulbright

Jennifer Ng, H.M. Chan & Co in association with Taylor Wessing

 

IN-HOUSE TEAM CATEGORIES 

Financial Services In-House Team of the Year

Ant Financial

 

Innovative In-House Team of the Year

Telstra International

 

Lewis Sanders Award Investment Banking In-House Team of the Year

CICC

 

Paul, Weiss Award Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year

Tencent

 

Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year

MTR

 

Withers Award Construction and Real Estate In-House Team of the Year

Hang Lung Group

 

ACC HK Award Hong Kong In-House Team of the Year

Uber Technologies

 

LAW FIRM CATEGORIES

Aviation Law Firm of the Year

HFW

 

BDO Award Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year

Withers

 

Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year

Dentons

 

Construction Law Firm of the Year

MinterEllison

 

Criminal Litigation Law Firm of the Year

Haldanes

 

Deal Firm of the Year

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

 

Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Boase Cohen & Collins

 

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year

DLA Piper

 

HKGALA Award Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

 

Immigration Law Firm of the Year

Lewis Silkin

 

Innovative Technologies Law Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

 

Insurance Law Firm of the Year

Mayer Brown

 

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

Deacons

 

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

 

Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year

Simmons & Simmons

 

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year

Simmons & Simmons

 

Maritime Law Firm of the Year

Stephenson Harwood

 

Offshore Law Firm of the Year

Ogier

 

PRC Law Firm, Hong Kong Office of the Year

Zhong Lun

 

Private Wealth Law Firm of the Year

Withers

 

Real Estate Law Firm of the Year

Mayer Brown

 

Regulation and Investigations Law Firm of the Year

Gall

 

Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year

King & Wood Mallesons

 

Rising Law Firm of the Year

Swartz, Binnersley & Associates

 

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

 

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year

Mayer Brown

 

Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Stevenson, Wong & Co.

 

The Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Award Hong Kong Law Firm of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills

 

DEAL CATEGORIES

 

Debt Market Deal of the Year

Bank of China (Hong Kong)'s Issuance of Capital Securities

Law firms: Clifford Chance; Linklaters

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year

China Tower’s HK IPO

Law firms: Clifford Chance; Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; King & Wood Mallesons; Zhong Lun

Banks: Bank of America Merrill Lynch; CICC; Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan

 

Finance Deal of the Year

Financial Arrangements for Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong Express Rail Link

Law firm: Slaughter and May

 

M&A Deal of the Year

Take-Private of eHi Car Services

Law firms: Conyers Dill & Pearman; Fangda Partners; Fenwick & West; Goodwin Procter; Maples Group; O’Melveny & Meyers; Pillar Legal; Sheppard Mullin; Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom; Thompson Coburn; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

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SUBMISSION INQUIRIES
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ELIGIBLITY

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 in Honng Kong.

When do the submissions open? When is the deadline to submit?

The submissions will open soon. For any questions relating to submissions and deadlines, please contact mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com.

NOMINATION PROCESS AND ANNOUNCEMENT

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 The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2019? 

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. 

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Yes, you can participate in more than one market. Please note there may be specific criteria for each market; key dates for 2019 and information listed below.

ALB India Law Awards | February 27 2019 (Mumbai)
ALB Malaysia Law Awards | March 28 2019 (Kuala Lumper) 
ALB SE Asia Law Awards | April 11 2019 (Singapore) 
ALB China Law Awards | April 18 (Beijing) 
ALB Japan Law Awards | June 13 2019 (Tokyo) 
The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards | September 6 2019 (Hong Kong) 
ALB Indonesia Law Awards | October 10 2019 (Jakarta) 
ALB Philippine Law Awards | October 25 2019 (Manila) 
ALB Korea Law Awards | November 14 2019 (Seoul)

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