2016 Asia Legal Awards
 

The Awards Categories

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Four Seasons in Hong Kong on February 23. Below are the finalists. 

M&A Deal of the Year: North Asia

Nikkei’s $1.3 billion acquisition of FT

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Qihoo360’s $9 billion LBO

Fangda Partners
Jun He Law Offices

Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Tesco’s $6.4 billion Homeplus sale

Bae, Kim & Lee
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Paul Hastings
Ropes & Gray
Yulchon

Tokio Marine’s $7.5 billion acquisition of HCC Insurance

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Sullivan & Cromwell
Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Universal Studios’ $3.3 billion Beijing theme park

Davis Polk & Wardwell
Haiwen & Partners
Jun He Law Offices
Loeb & Loeb
Paul Hastings
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Zhong Lun Law Firm

 

M&A Deal of the Year: South Asia

Alibaba’s $575 million investment in Paytm

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Trilegal

American Towers’ $1.4 billion acquisition of Viom

AZB & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Axiata’s $1.37 billion acquisition of NCell

Davis Polk & Wardwell
Duane Morris & Selvam
Morrison & Foerster

Life Insurance’s $1.4 billion acquisition of Indian Oil shares

Baker & McKenzie
Khaitan & Co

Softbank, Foxconn & Alibaba’s $500 million investment in Snapdeal

IndusLaw
Kochhar & Co
Morrison & Foerster

 

M&A Deal of the Year: Southeast Asia

AEV/CRH’s $1.3 billion acquisition of Lafarge’s Philippines cement & aggregates business

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Sidley Austin

CGN Power’s $2.3 billion acquisition of 1MDB’s energy assets

Herbert Smith Freehills
Norton Rose Fulbright
Rahmat Lim & Partners
Skrine

CMA CGM’s $2.4 billion acquisition of Neptune Orient

Allen & Gledhill
WongPartnership
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

GIC & GLP’s $8.1 billion acquisition of IndCor

Morrison & Foerster
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Temasek & JTC subsidiaries’ $3.6 billion merger

Allen & Gledhill
WongPartnership

 

M&A Lawyer of the Year

Cyril Shroff – Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Julie Gao – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Katie Sudol – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Ri Bong Han – Bae, Kim & Lee

Wai King Ng – WongPartnership

 

M&A Team of the Year

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Paul Hastings

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Finance Deal of the Year: Banking

Brookfield’s acquisition of Candor

Hogan Lovells

ChemChina-Pirelli acquisition financing

Chiomenti Studio Legale
Clifford Chance
Hogan Lovells
Jun He Law Offices
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Pedersoli e Associati

Gener8 Maritime’s $964 million ship financing

Lee & Ko
Watson Farley & Williams

HSBC’s China securitization

King & Wood Mallesons

Resorts World Sentosa’s $1.58 billion loan

Allen & Gledhill
Rajah & Tann

 

Finance Deal of the Year: Insolvency and Restructuring

Cheung Kong Holdings/Hutchison Whampoa

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Guantao Law Firm
Linklaters
Maples and Calder
Woo Kwan Lee & Lo

China Shanshui Cement

Chiu & Partners
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Harney Westwood & Riegels
K&L Gates
Kirkland & Ellis
Maples and Calder
Mayer Brown JSM
Ogier

Kaisa

Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown JSM
Sidley Austin

PT Berlian Laju Tanker

Allen & Gledhill
Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reskodiputro
Arias B. & Associates
Ashurst
Clifford Chance
Drew & Napier
Harney Westwood & Riegels
Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Holland & Knight
Mayer Brown JSM
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Morrison & Foerster
Oentoeng Suria & Partners
Quahe Woo & Palmer
Rahmat Lim & Partners
Ropes & Gray
Stephenson & Harwood
Watson Farley & Williams

Studio City

Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Finance Deal of the Year: Projects

Airport railroad private participation project

Bae, Kim & Lee
Lee & Ko
Sechang & Co
Sejullaw

Hai Duong thermal project

Guantao Law Firm
King & Wood Mallesons
Watson Farley & Williams

Mactan-Cebu International Airport

Hogan Lovells
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

PAU Ammonia

Mayer Brown JSM
O’Melveny & Myers
Rajah & Tann

Shah Deniz II

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Andreas Neocleous & Co
Farara Kerins
Harney Westwood & Riegels
Koushos Korfiotis Papacharalambous
Norton Rose Fulbright
Van Doorne
Walkers

 

Finance Team of the Year

Hogan Lovells

King & Wood Mallesons

Kirkland & Ellis

Lee & Ko

White & Case

 

Finance Lawyer of the Year

Daniel French – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

David Irvine – Kirkland & Ellis

Jun (Jack) Wang – King & Wood Mallesons

Scott Farrell – King & Wood Mallesons

Yeo Kyoon Yoon – Lee & Ko

 

IPO of the Year

Dali Foods IPO

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Jingtian & Gongcheng
King & Wood Mallesons
Maples and Calder
Shearman & Sterling

Guotai Junan IPO

Haiwen & Partners

HTSC IPO

Commerce & Finance Law Offices
Clifford Chance
King & Wood Mallesons
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Japan Post IPO

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Sullivan & Cromwell

JASIF IPO

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Shearman & Sterling
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor
White & Case

 

Securities Deal of the Year: Debt

Bank of China’s $3.55 billion four currency bond

Clifford Chance
Kinstellar
Linklaters

Delhi International Airport’s $289 million high-yield bond

AZB & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Link Legal India Law Services
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Republic of Indonesia’s $2 billion sukuk bond

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Clifford Chance
Thamrin & Rachman Law Firm
White & Case

Republic of Korea’s $465 million panda bond

Bae, Kim & Lee
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Global Law Office
Kim & Chang
King & Wood Mallesons
Linklaters

Petronas’ $5 billion conventional/sukuk bond

Adnan Sundra & Low
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Kadir Andri & Partners
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

 

Securities Deal of the Year: Equity

Sony’s $2.4 billion common stock issue

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Sullivan & Cromwell

Chongbang’s $920 million capital fundraising

Appleby
Baker & McKenzie
Deacons
Jones Day
Zhong Lun Law Firm

HDFC Bank’s $1.65 billion QIP & ADR

AZB & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Managaldas

Haitong Securities’ $4.3 billion H-share placement

Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Grandall Law Firm
Norton Rose Fulbright

PT Hanjaya Mandala’s $1.4 billion rights issue

Clifford Chance
Hadipturanto Hadinoto & Partners
Latham & Watkins
Mochtar Karuwin Komar

 

Securities Lawyer of the Year

Cathy Yeung – Latham & Watkins

Jin Duk Han – Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Teresa Ko – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Tori Ishiguro – Mori Hamada Matsumoto

Yash J. Ashar – Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

 

Securities Team of the Year

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Clifford Chance

Davis Polk & Wardwell

King & Wood Mallesons

Shearman & Sterling

 

Dispute of the Year: Intellectual Property

Andreas Stihl AG & Co. trade dress dispute

Wan Hui Da Law Firm & Intellectual Property Agency

Baraclude patent litigation

Kim & Chang

Blizzard Entertainment and Shanghai EaseNet Network Technology v. Chengdu Qiyou Limited, Beijing Fenbo Times Internet Technology Co., Ltd and Guangzhou Dongjing Computer Technology Co., Ltd

Hogan Lovells
Shanghai Jie Hua Law Firm

I-Admin (Singapore) Pte Ltd v. Hong Ying Ting and Ors

Allen & Gledhill

Pfizer v. Hanmi

Yulchon

 

Dispute of the Year: Arbitration

Consortium of international oil companies v. PetroVietnam

Shearman & Sterling
YKVN

Government of Laos v. Sanum Investments Ltd.

Drew & Napier

Government of Mongolia and MonAtom v. Khan Resources

Hogan Lovells

PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd. v. Independent State of Papua New Guinea

WongPartnership

Shanghai Electric Group Co. v. PT Merak Energi Indonesia

Drew & Napier

 

Dispute of the Year: Litigation

Bayer Cropscience ex parte bank orders

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Korail v. Dream Hub

Bae Kim & Lee
Yulchon

RBS v TT International

Rajah & Tann

Wongs’ investment in China Kingstone

Latham & Watkins

 

Disputes Lawyer of the Year

Edwin Tong – Allen & Gledhill

Philip Jeyaretnam – Rodyk & Davidson

Tony Dongwook Kang – Bae, Kim & Lee

Vijayendra Pratap Singh – Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Yong Sang Kim – Kim & Chang

 

Disputes Team of the Year

Allen & Gledhill

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Hogan Lovells

Kim & Chang

Lee & Ko

 

Regulatory/Compliance Lawyer of the Year

Catherine Palmer – Latham & Watkins

Gary Jun Gao – Zhong Lun Law Firm

Kelly Austin – Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Leon Liu – MWE China Law Offices

Patrick Sinclair – Ropes & Gray

 

Regulatory/Compliance Team of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills

Hogan Lovells

Kim & Chang

Sidley Austin

Zhong Lun Law Firm

 

Private Client Lawyer of the Year

Bock Eng Sim – WongPartnership

Mary Hutton – Withers

Peter Ni – Zhong Lun Law Firm

Richard Weisman – Baker & McKenzie

Vikna Rajah – Rajah & Tann

 

Offshore Law Firm of the Year

Appleby

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Harney Westwood & Riegels

Maples and Calder

Walkers

 

Asian CSR Initiative of the Year

Allen & Gledhill

DLA Piper

Kim & Chang

MWE China Law Offices

Zhong Lun

 

Asian Law Firm Leader of the Year

Lee Eng Beng – Rajah & Tann

Zia Mody – AZB & Partners

Sai Ree Yun – Yulchon

Stuart Fuller – King & Wood Mallesons

Wu Peng – Zhong Lun

 

International Law Firm Leader of the Year

David Zhang – Kirkland & Ellis

Elaine Lo – Mayer Brown JSM

Milton Cheng – Baker & McKenzie

Peter Godwin – Herbert Smith Freehills

Robert Ashworth – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

 

Grand Prizes to be announced on the night:

M&A Deal of the Year

Finance Deal of the Year

Securities Deal of the Year

Dispute of the Year

International Law Firm of the Year

Asian Law Firm of the Year