2018 The Asia Legal Awards
 

The Asia Legal Awards 2018: FINALISTS

Deal Awards

M&A Deal of the Year: North Asia

Alibaba’s $2.9B investment in Sun Art Retail
Clifford Chance
Fangda Partners
Herbert Smith Freehills
Reed Smith Richards Butler
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Slaughter and May

HNA's acquisition of 25% equity interest in Hilton Worldwide
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
WilmerHale

Samsung's $8B acquisition of Harman
Paul Hastings
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Dalian Wanda's sale of China assets to Sunac and R&F Properties
Sidley Austin

Toshiba Corp.’s sale of memory chip business
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Dechert
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Kim & Chang
Morrison & Foerster
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Ropes & Gray
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

M&A Deal of the Year: South Asia

Acquisition of shares Aon Holdings B.V. from Aon Global Insurance Brokers
DSK Legal
TriLegal

Fosun Pharma's acquisition of 74% stake in Gland Pharma
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Khaitan & Co
Troutman Sanders
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Nuance Communications Inc.’s $36M acquisition of mCarbon Tech Innovation
Kochhar & Co
Link Legal-India Law Services
Morrison Cohen

Temasek’s acquisition of Tata Communications data centers
Goodwin Procter
Khaitan & Co.
Latham & Watkins
TriLegal
WongPartnership

True North in Fincare Business Services Ltd.
DSK Legal
Khaitan & Co.
Platinum Partners

M&A Deal of the Year: Southeast Asia

AES Corp.'s sale of Masinloc power plant holding
Allen & Gledhill
King & Spalding
Latham & Watkins
Hunton & Williams
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Asahi Glass Thai acquisition from Solvay
Baker McKenzie
Bredin Prat
Chandler MHM
Weerawong Chinnavat & Peangpanor

Chevron's disposal of geothermal assets in Indonesia and the Philippines
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Clifford Chance
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
Linklaters
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Global Logistic Properties’ acquisition by Chinese consortium
Allen & Gledhill
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Drew & Napier
Kirkland & Ellis
Maples and Calder
Morrison & Foerster
Rajah & Tann Singapore
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Walkers
WongPartnership

Macquarie, GIC’s joint investment in Energy Development Corp.
Allen & Gledhill
Clifford Chance
Hogan Lovells
King & Wood Mallesons
Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Finance Deal of the Year: Acquisitions

$3B financing for HNA's acquisition of interest in Hilton
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Latham & Watkins
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
WilmerHale

Bain Capital's $500M financing Hugel Inc. acquisition
Lee & Ko
Kim & Chang
Maples and Calder
Ropes & Gray

Yancoal’s financing for Rio Tinto Australian assets acquisition
Allens
Baker McKenzie
Gilbert + Tobin
King & Wood Mallesons
Herbert Smith Freehills
MinterEllison
Sidley Austin

Leveraged financing for Permira's acquisition of Tricor
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters
Walkers

Mu Sigma Inc. privatization financing
Baker McKenzie
Cooley
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
J Sagar Associates
Linklaters

Finance Deal of the Year: Insolvency and Restructuring

Corporate rehabilitation of Hanjin Shipping
Kim & Chang
Moses & Singer
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Rajah & Tann Singapore
Stephenson Harwood
Watson Farley & Williams

Dongbei Special Steel Group's reorganization
King & Wood Mallesons

Mongolian Mining Corp. $800M debt restructuring
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Ropes & Gray
Walkers

PT Bumi Resources' $4.5B global debt restructuring
Aji Wijaya & Co.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Appleby
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Drew & Napier
Eversheds Sutherland
Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
King & Wood Mallesons
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Rajah & Tann Singapore
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis
Tjajo Law and Nasoetion & Atyanto
Withers

Takata Corp.’s global restructuring
Covington & Burling
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Tokyo Fuji Law Office
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Finance Deal of the Year: Projects and Assets

Air India Ltd.’s $105M Boeing aircraft bridge financing
Clifford Chance
Khaitan & Co

Karot, Pakistan $1.7B hydropower project financing
Allen & Overy
Deacons
Global Law Office
Kabraji and Talibuddin
Mourant Ozannes
Shearman & Sterling

Misaki, Okayama solar power plant financing
Kim & Chang
Nishimura & Asahi

Southern Power Generation Johor project $910M sukuk
Adnan Sundra & Low
ZICO Law

Zonergy Company Ltd. $1.5B Pakistan solar power project financing
HaidermotaBNR & Co.
King & Wood Mallesons

Securities Deal of the Year: Debt

Alibaba’s $7B investment grade notes offer
Allen & Gledhill
Fangda Partners
King & Wood Mallesons
Maples and Calder
Sullivan & Cromwell
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

China Evergrande Capital Restructuring
Commerce & Finance Law Offices
Davis Polk & Wardwell
King & Wood Mallesons
Maples and Calder
Sidley Austin

JBIC's $5B government-guaranteed bond offer
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

State Grid Corp.’s $7.7B MTN and first issue
Commerce & Finance Law Offices
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Herbert Smith Freehills
King & Wood Mallesons
Linklaters

Republic of Indonesia $4B sovereign bond
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Norton Rose Fulbright
Soermadipradja & Taher

Securities Deal of the Year: Equity

General Insurance Corp. $1.7B Indian IPO
Clyde & Co
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Herbert Smith Freehills
Khaitan & Co

Japan Post Holdings' $11.6B share offer
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Mori Hamada Matsumoto
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Sullivan & Cromwell

Sea Ltd.'s U.S. IPO
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
Kirkland & Ellis
Maples and Calder
Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers
Rajah & Tann Singapore

Sisram Medical Ltd's Hong Kong IPO
Dentons
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Grandall Law Firm
Weinstock Zecler
Yigal Arnon & Co

ZhongAn Online Insurance Hong Kong IPO
Grandall Law Firm
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Han Kun Law Offices
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Private Equity Deal of the Year

CVC's disposal of SPi Global to Partners Group
Clifford Chance
Herrera Teehankee & Cabrera
JunHe
Latham & Watkins
Mourant Ozannes
Trilegal
Walkers

Hutchison Global Communications Investment $1.9B sale
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills

John Distilleries Private Limited $30M share sale
AZB & Partners
Cooley
DSK Legal
Nishith Desai Associates

Meituan-Dianping's Series C financing
Han Kun Law Offices
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Nord Anglia Education $4.3B privatization
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Maples and Calder
Ropes & Gray
Walkers
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Energy and Infrastructure Project of the Year

Goseong Hai $3.8B thermal power plant project
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko

Nghi Son 2 BOT $2.8B Coal-fired Thermal Power Plant Project
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
LVN & Associates
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
VILAF
Watson Farley & Williams

Rosneft's $19B Tuban refinery project
Dentons
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Anya & Associates
Soemadipradja & Taher

Silk Road Fund's investment in Sibur
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Herbert Smith Freehills
Ivanyan & Partners
Michael Kyprianou & Co

TerraPower and China National Nuclear Corporation joint venture
Dechert
Grandall Law Firm

TMT Deal of the Year

China Unicom $12B Mixed Ownership Reform
Commerce & Finance Law Offices
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Haiwen & Partners
Han Kun Law Offices
King & Wood Mallesons

Didi $5.5B Financing Round
Fangda Partners
Linklaters
Morrison & Foerster
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

SoftBank-Didi’s $2.2B investment in Grab
Allen & Gledhill
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Herbert Smith Freehills
Maples and Calder
Paul Weiss
Rahmat Lim & Partners
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
SSEK Indonesian Legal Consultants
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Beijing Shanhai Capital’s $500M acquisition of Analogix
Jingtian & Gongcheng
O'Melveny & Myers
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Universal Beijing Theme Park and Resort
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Haiwen & Partners
JunHe
Loeb & Loeb
Paul Hastings
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Real Estate Deal of the Year

C C Land acquisition of the Cheesegrater building in London
Berwin Leighton Paisner
Clifford Chance

Legoland Tokyo
Clifford Chance
White & Case

Link REIT's $589M acquisition Guangzhou Metropolitan Plaza mall
Allbright Law Offices
Global Law Office
JunHe
Mayer Brown JSM
Mourant Ozannes
Reed Smith Richards Butler

Mercatus Co-operative Ltd.’s $1.7B acquisition of Jurong Point
Allen & Gledhill
Dentons Rodyk

TH Real Estate's acquisition of two Florentia Village malls
Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper

Individual Awards (in last name alphabetic order)

M&A Lawyer of the Year
Robert Ashworth, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Shaolin Luo, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Jong-Hyun Park, Kim & Chang
Psyche Tai, Norton Rose Fulbright
Sungjo Yun, Bae, Kim & Lee
Zhang Shiwei, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Finance Lawyer of the Year
Chin Chuan Chen, Ashurst
Indri Pramitaswari Guritno, Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners
Yu-En Ong, Norton Rose Fulbright
Richard Perks, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Shirley Wang, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Securities Lawyer of the Year
William Barron, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Chris Lin, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Fang Liu, Clifford Chance
Hee-Gang Shin, Bae, Kim & Lee
Jason Wang, Han Kun Law Offices
Gao Xiang, Jingtian & Gongcheng

International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year
Matthew Gearing, Allen & Overy
May Tai, Herbert Smith Freehills
Nicholas Lingard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Sun Huawei, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Government Enforcement/Investigations Lawyer of the Year
Gary Gao, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Susanne Harris, Mayer Brown JSM
Han-Cheol Kang, Kim & Chang
Michael Kim, Kobre & Kim
Martin Rogers, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Kyle Wombolt, Herbert Smith Freehills

Private Client Lawyer of the Year
Joanna Caen, Herbert Smith Freehills
David Chee Chern Ern, Drew & Napier
Stacy Choong, Withers Worldwide       
Dawn Quek, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow  
Wu Weiyi, Jingtian & Gongcheng

Tax Lawyer of the Year
Seok Hoon Kang, Yulchon
Ong Ken Loon, Drew & Napier
Vikna Rajah, Rajah & Tann Singapore
Steven Sieker, Baker McKenzie
Yongqing Ye, King & Wood Mallesons

Firm Awards

M&A Firm of the Year
Clifford Chance
Fangda Partners
Kirkland & Ellis
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Finance Firm of the Year
Ashurst
Deacons
Kirkland & Ellis
Lee & Ko
Morgan Lewis Stamford

Investment Funds Firm of the Year
Cooley
Han Kun Law Offices
Sidley Austin
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Securities Firm of the Year
Davis Polk & Wardwell
King & Wood Mallesons
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Bae, Kim & Lee
Allen & Overy

Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Lee & Ko
Tilleke & Gibbins
WongPartnership

Competition and Trade Firm of the Year
Allen & Gledhill
Han Kun Law Offices
JunHe
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Intellectual Property Firm of the Year
Fangda Partners
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown JSM
Lee & Ko
Orrick
Yulchon

Employment Firm of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee
JunHe
River Delta Law Firm
Simmons & Simmons
WongPartnership

Energy Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Kim & Chang

Real Estate Firm of the Year
Allen & Gledhill
Lee & Ko
Mayer Brown JSM
Rajah & Tann Singapore
Zhong Lun Law Firm

TMT Firm of the Year
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Fangda Partners
Han Kun Law Offices
Paul Weiss
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Offshore Law Firm of the Year
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Maples and Calder
Walkers

Shipping and Maritime Firm of the Year
Allen & Gledhill
Lee & Ko
Morgan Lewis Stamford
Rajah & Tann Singapore
Reed Smith
Watson Farley & Williams

Aviation Firm of the Year
Clifford Chance
K&L Gates
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Stephenson Harwood
Tilleke & Gibbins

Private Client Firm of the Year
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 
Rajah & Tann Singapore 
Stephenson Harwood
Stevenson Wong & Co 
Withers Worldwide 
Zhong Lun Law Firm 

Insurance Firm of the Year
Clyde & Co
Lee & Ko
Mayer Brown JSM
Rajah & Tann Singapore

Asian Pro Bono Initiative of the Year
Allen & Overy: Project Safe in Thailand
Bae, Kim & Lee: Firefighter Support Task Force
Clifford Chance: partnership with Liberty Asia
Daly, Ho & Associates: Law of Asylum Project in Hong Kong
Hogan Lovells: $8B debt issue for Women's Livelihood Bond

Asian Diversity Initiative of the Year
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer: LGBT and Allies Network in Tokyo
Herbert Smith Freehills: diversity and inclusion initiatives across Asia Pacific offices
Hogan Lovells: Pride+

Asian Technology and Innovation Initiative of the Year
eYulchon Platform
LawMate.in
Squire Patton Boggs Global Edge employment law portal
VanillaLaw Docs

New Asian Office of the Year
Bae, Kim & Lee, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City
Han Kun Law Offices, Hong Kong
Kobre & Kim, Seoul
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Hong Kong

In-House Team Awards

In-House Team of the Year: Banking and Finance
Ant Financial
China Cinda Asset Management Co
Credit Suisse

In-House Team of the Year: Consumers and Retail
adidas Greater China
Nord Anglia Education
PepsiCo Services Asia
Sony (China)

In-House Team of the Year: Real Estate
Shanghai Real Estate (Commercial) Holdings
CITIC Capital

In-House Team of the Year: TMT
Google Korea
Lazada
Tencent
Uber Asia Pacific
 

SSQ Grand Prizes

SSQ Asian In-House Legal Department of the Year
Ant Financial
Arcadis Asia
Nissan
RedMart
Uber Asia Pacific

SSQ International Law Firm Leader of the Year
Eric Berg, White & Case Asia Pacific Head
Ik Wei Chong, Clyde & Co Asia Managing Director
Julie Gao, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Head of China
Geraint Hughes, Clifford Chance Asia Pacific Managing Partner
Gary Seib, Baker McKenzie Asia Pacific Chair

SSQ Asian Law Firm Leader of the Year
John Denton, Corrs Chambers Westgarth Chief Executive
Jae Hoon Kim, Lee & Ko Managing Partner
Cyril Shroff, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Managing Partner
Wang Junfeng, King & Wood Mallesons Global Chairman
Jonathan Zhou, Fangda Partners Management Committee Chair

SSQ International Law Firm of the Year
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Kirkland & Ellis
Herbert Smith Freehills
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

SSQ Asian Law Firm of the Year
Allen & Gledhill
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Han Kun Law Offices
Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
Lee & Ko
Zhong Lun Law Firm

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