2017 Asia Legal Awards
 

The Asia Legal Awards 2017 – Entry criteria

Eligibility
Any firm or individual with an office in Asia can submit an entry, as long as the nominee meets the criteria for the relevant category. Joint entries are also welcome, where appropriate.

There is a strict limit of one entry per organization per category for the Firms and Lawyers of the Year, and two entries per category for the Deals of the Year
.

For the firm and lawyer prizes, the submissions are required to focus on
three specific matters to support the nomination. The period covered by these awards is from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016
. While initiatives, deals or cases may have commenced before that time, the focus of the entry must be within the stated period. 

Submission process
Entries must be submitted using the awards’ online portal. Email submissions will NOT be accepted.

Any entry that exceeds the stated word limits will be automatically disqualified. 
While we encourage you to use the online forms, you may upload your entry as an attachment.

Advice on how to put together a submission
Your submission should demonstrate how you have excelled against all the criteria. The weakest part of many entries last year was the failure to include clear evidence of achievement or explanation of why the matter was significant, innovative or ground breaking. The judges will be harsh on entries that do not include clear statements of objectives and targets supported by evidence that these targets were reached.

Confidentiality
Please do not submit confidential matters for consideration. In particular, deals with any confidential element will be disqualified without exception.
However, if you would like certain aspects of your entry for firm or lawyer nominations to remain confidential, please mark these sections clearly and we will not publish this information without your permission.

Supporting material
There is a strict limit of one piece of supporting material per entry. It is not obligatory to include supporting material.

Entry criteria – Category breakdown

Deals of the Year

Deals are divided into the following categories:

  • M&A Deal of the Year: North Asia
  • M&A Deal of the Year: South Asia
  • M&A Deal of the Year: Southeast Asia
  • M&A Deal of the Year: Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Finance Deal of the Year: Acquisitions
  • Finance Deal of the Year: Projects
  • Finance Deal of the Year: Restructuring & Insolvency
  • Securities Deal of the Year: Debt
  • Securities Deal of the Year: Equity

M&A will be defined broadly to encompass any business combination, purchase or disposal involving a target or buyer based in Asia. A Finance deal will be eligible if it involves an Asia-based borrower or lender, or banking under relevant laws of any Asian jurisdiction. A Securities deal will be eligible if it involves the sale of securities to international investors by an Asian issuer or on an Asian exchange.

The judging committee will expect to see evidence of: 

  1. Legal expertise and innovation 

  2. Regulatory/commercial strategy and solutions

  3. Teamwork and efficiency

  4. Client satisfaction 

  5. Contribution to the field, industry or legislation

The number of submissions is limited to two deals per category. There is no minimum transaction value requirement. All deals must be announced or completed between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

Each entry must name the lead lawyer(s) at every law firm involved in the matter. Please also include the name or names of the lead in-house lawyers on each side, with contact information.

Please fill out the following table. All fields must be completed. Shortlisted deals will be published—any deals with confidential or incomplete details will be automatically disqualified:

Deal category

 

Deal name

 

Date announced/completed

 

Size/value (incl. USD)

 

Lead partner(s)

 

All other firms involved and their role (local & international)

 

Deal summary & significance
(Max. 600 words)

 


Firms of the Year

Entries for this award should focus on three work highlights that have a significant Asian regulatory element and set new standards in the delivery of high-level legal services and solutions, thereby demonstrating the firm’s market-leading position. Please summarize the key features, importance and creativity of each matter, outlining the team’s or lead lawyer’s role.

Firms of the Year awards include:

  • M&A Firm of the Year
  • Finance Firm of the Year
  • Securities Firm of the Year
  • Investment Funds Firm of the Year
  • Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year
  • Compliance / Investigations Firm of the Year
  • Competition Firm of the Year
  • Intellectual Property Firm of the Year
  • Employment Firm of the Year 
  • Energy Firm of the Year
  • TMT Firm of the Year
  • Offshore Law Firm of the Year

The judging committee will expect to see evidence of: 

  1. Legal expertise and innovation 

  2. Regulatory/commercial strategy and solutions

  3. Industry knowledge and experience

  4. Teamwork and efficiency

  5. Client satisfaction 

  6. Contribution to the field, industry or legislation

Please fill out the following table. All fields must be completed. The three transactions, cases or other matters must have executed between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016:

Firm category

 

Key members of team

 

Three (3) relevant matters

(Max. 900 words total)

 

Winning qualities
(Max. 500 words)

 

Referees

 


Lawyers of the Year

Entries for this award should focus on three work highlights that have a significant Asian regulatory element and set new standards in the delivery of high-level legal services and solutions, thereby demonstrating the individual’s market-leading position. Please summarize the key features, importance and creativity of each matter, outlining the lawyer’s role.

Lawyer of the Year awards include:

  • M&A Lawyer of the Year
  • Finance Lawyer of the Year
  • Securities Lawyer of the Year
  • Investment Funds Lawyer of the Year
  • Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
  • Compliance / Investigations Lawyer of the Year
  • Competition Lawyer of the Year
  • Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year
  • Employment Lawyer of the Year 
  • Energy Lawyer of the Year
  • TMT Lawyer of the Year
  • Private Client Lawyer of the Year

The judging committee will expect to see evidence of: 

  1. Legal expertise and innovation 

  2. Regulatory/commercial strategy and solutions

  3. Industry knowledge and experience

  4. Leadership and efficiency

  5. Client satisfaction 

  6. Contribution to the field, industry or legislation

Please fill out the following table. All fields must be completed. The three transactions, cases or other matters must have executed between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016:

Lawyer category

 

Lawyer name

 

Position at firm

 

Three (3) relevant matters

(Max. 900 words total)

 

Winning qualities
(Max. 500 words)

 

Recommend an individual at another firm and why

 

Referees

 


Asian CSR Initiative of the Year

This recognizes projects 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, volunteer work, and adherence to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. 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 region.

Any international, national or local project implemented in Asia that reflects these values is welcome. Please also provide an appropriate written reference that illustrates the success of the initiative(s).

In-House Counsel of Distinction

Six awards will be given to the best legal/compliance team leaders or general counsel at a corporate or financial institution in Asia who have been doing outstanding work. Self-nominations are welcome, as are submissions from law firms wishing to recommend an exceptional in-house legal professional.

Please explain why the legal counsel deserves to win the award. Include an overview of the major projects executed and leadership attributes displayed during the stated period, and how specific regulatory and commercial challenges were overcome through creative means.

The judging committee will expect to see evidence of:

  1. Strategic vision

  2. Legal expertise and innovation

  3. Industry knowledge and experience

  4. Troubleshooting and regulatory/commercial solutions

  5. Leadership and a commitment to employee and team development

  6. Client satisfaction

  7. Contribution to the success of the business

  8. Contribution to the wider community

Please be sure to also describe the nominee’s role, areas of responsibility and reporting line, as well as the size and structure of the legal team.

The limit is 800 words.


Grand Prize: In-House Legal Department of the Year

This award goes to the best in-house legal department at a corporate or financial institution in Asia that has been doing outstanding work. Self-nominations from heads of legal are welcome, as are submissions from law firms wishing to recommend an exceptional team.

Please explain why the department deserves to win the award. Include an overview of the major projects executed and teamwork attributes displayed during the stated period, and how specific regulatory and commercial challenges were overcome through creative means.

The judging committee will expect to see evidence of:

  1. Strategic vision

  2. Legal expertise and innovation

  3. Industry knowledge and experience

  4. Troubleshooting and regulatory/commercial solutions

  5. Employee and team development

  6. Client satisfaction

  7. Contribution to the success of the business

  8. Teamwork and efficiency

Please be sure to also describe the size and structure of the legal department, the scope of responsibilities and concrete examples of how the team has helped the company achieve its strategic objectives.

The limit is 800 words.


Grand Prize: Asian/International Law Firm Leader of the Year

These prizes go to two Asia-based managing partners each at a local and international law firm who have displayed excellence in leadership, commitment to the group’s members, as well as stability or growth in headcount, level of services, and jurisdictional and practice area coverage. Efforts to launch unique projects, initiatives or alliances that deliver a competitive advantage for the firm will be especially considered.

Submissions are not required for these categories.


Grand Prize: Asian/International Law Firm of the Year

These ultimate prizes each go to a local and international law firm that have successfully demonstrated the ability to deliver cutting-edge legal services and solutions for clients in the region, an unmatched strength, distribution and market-leading position of key partners and teams, and an exceptional performance in the Asian legal business market all year round.

Submissions are not required for these categories.

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