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 Welcome to The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2017!

Date: Friday, 8 September 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m. sharp, cocktail
Venue:  Conrad Hong Kong - Grand Ballroom, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Attire: Black Tie

Asian Legal Business (ALB) is proud to present The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2017, now in its 16th year. These prestigious awards will pay tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams from Hong Kong and the region. Nominations will open in May, and we will accept submissions in the form of self-nominations and third-party nominations. 
 
The process will culminate in an awards ceremony on September 8, 2017. 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. 
 
Don't miss the pre-eminent legal awards in Asia! Put forth your nominations today. 
 
 
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 For law firm inquries, please contact Caryl at mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com or call +632 982 5938.
 For in-house inquries, please contact Yvonne at yvonne.lau@thomsonreuters.com or +852 2843 6547.

 

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 GUEST OF HONOUR

 

 

Peter Wong

Deputy Solicitor General, Legal Policy Division

Department of Justice, HKSAR

 

Mr. Wong obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Hong Kong (1988), the Master of Law from the University of Cambridge (1990), and the Bachelor of Social Sciences from the Open University of Hong Kong (2004). He was admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong (1992) and England and Wales (1993).

Mr. Wong joined the Legal Policy Division of the Department of Justice in 1994 (then Legal Department) and over the past 20 years, he worked or advised on policy affairs, Basic Law, human rights and international law matters.

Since August 2010, Mr. Wong assumed the post of Deputy Solicitor General (Policy Affairs). He assists the Department of Justice in the promotion of the HKSAR as a leading centre for international legal and dispute resolution services in the Asia Pacific region. He also helps promoting legislative proposals relating to Hong Kong’s legal and arbitration systems. He currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Legal Education and Training. 

 

 

 

CATEGORIES

 

 Individual Categories

1. Dealmaker of the Year 

2. Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year

3. Art Futures Award Managing Partner of the Year

4. The Macallan Fine Oak 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

 

In-House Categories

1. Construction and Real Estate In-House Team of the Year

2. Financial Services In-House Team of the Year

3. HFW Award Maritime 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. Paul, Weiss Award Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year

7. Retail and Luxury Brands In-House Team of the Year

8. Withers Award Hospitality In-House Team of the Year

9. Innovative In-House Team of the Year

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

 

Deal Categories

1. Debt Market Deal of the Year

2. Equity Market Deal of the Year

3. M&A Deal of the Year

4. Deal of the Year

 

Firm Categories

1. International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year

2. BDO Award Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year

3. Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year

4. Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year

5. Construction Law Firm of the Year

6. Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year

7. Deal Firm of the Year

8. Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year

9. Immigration Law Firm of the Year

10. Insolvency and Restructuring Law Firm of the Year

11. Insurance Law Firm of the Year

12. Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

13. Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year

14. Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year

15: Criminal Litigation Law Firm of the Year

16. Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year

17. Maritime Law Firm of the Year

18. Offshore Law Firm of the Year

19. Real Estate 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. Wealth Management Law Firm of the Year

24. PRC Firm, Hong Kong Office of the Year

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

 

  SUBMISSION PAGE

 

 (1)   Research Methodology Summary

(2) Submission Forms 

Individual Categories | In-House Categories

Deal Categories | Firm Categories

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Opening of Submissions | May 10
Deadline for Submissions | June 23
Awards Ceremony | Sept 8

 

Questions? Visit FAQ Page or contact our research team today.

 Law Firm Inquires

Caryl Aquino at mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com / +632 982 5938

In-House Team Inquires
Yvonne at yvonne.lau@thomsonreuters.com / +852 2843 6547

 

 

AMONG THE JUDGES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharyn Ch'ang

Global Counsel, PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd

Sharyn is a corporate, IP and technology lawyer with experience spanning private practice,  government, and in-house counsel roles. Based in Hong Kong, Sharyn is global counsel with  PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) having previously been PwC's first Asia regional counsel in Singapore. She  has received several industry awards, including the 2017 Asia Legal Awards “Inhouse Counsel of Distinction” award, and is recognised in the Legal 500 China-Hong Kong GC Power List.

Prior to her move to Asia, Sharyn worked in Australia, including as a partner with Ernst & Young, and solicitor with Baker & McKenzie, and Gilbert & Tobin. Earlier experience includes being IBM's first Australasian IP Counsel, and the founding National Director of IP for a government Education Department. Professional appointments include being a member of the Australian Government’s Advisory Council on Intellectual Property; Chair of the Licensing Executives Society (NSW); member of the Faculty of Law Advisory Committee for the University of Wollongong, and non-executive director of an innovative Australian software business.

 

Alice Chan

General Counsel, Prudential Corporation Asia

Alice joined PCA in February 2009 and was appointed to Prudential’s Group Leadership Team in September 2010.  PCA has insurance and asset management operations in 14 jurisdictions and around 75 in-house legal counsels.  Since joining PCA, among other things, Alice has led the legal work on major M&A projects, including the acquisition of Thanarchart Life Insurance (Thailand) and UOB Life Insurance (Singapore) and the disposal of Prudential’s life insurance businesses in Japan and Korea and its agency business in Taiwan. 

Alice has also led the legal work on major corporate projects, including the renewal of a 15-year exclusive bancassurance partnership with Standard Chartered Bank and the re-branding of PCA’s asset management business as “Eastspring Investments”.  She has also handled the establishment of Prudential’s insurance operations in Cambodia and Laos.

Alice is a qualified solicitor in Hong Kong, England and Australia. She has worked in Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok and is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.   

 

Erica Chan

General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, WALMART Asia

In her current role, Erica is responsible for overseeing all legal matters in Asia, in addition to human resources and administrative matters for the Asia office.  She works on business strategic and investment initiatives for the region. She is very supportive of the women empowerment initiatives in Walmart and is a member of the Walmart’s Global President’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. 

Prior to Walmart, Erica was with the STAR Group, where she was the General Counsel for Greater China and the General Manager of the Hong Kong Office. In her 13 years with the News Corp subsidiary, she oversaw the Chinese content acquisition and distribution, including the Fortune Star Library and Star Chinese Movies businesses. Erica has many years of experience in corporate law and operational transactions, company restructurings, intellectual property and operations in the Asia Pacific region, Middle East, US and Europe.  

In 2007, ALB awarded the STAR in-house legal team as the Best In-House Media Lawyer Team.  It also featured her in June 2016 as one of top female lawyers in Asia. She completed the Women Directorship Program organized by Hong Kong University in 2016.

 

 

Daniel H. Lee

General Counsel for Asia-Pacific, KKR

Daniel H. Lee joined KKR in 2010 as General Counsel for the Asia-Pacific region and is responsible for all legal, regulatory and compliance matters. Prior to joining KKR, Dan was a managing director at Morgan Stanley, where he was responsible for the legal coverage of private equity, real estate and infrastructure businesses across Asia. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he was with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. in Hong Kong and Seoul where he covered a broad range of businesses including derivatives and the special situations group.

In 2014, ALB awarded Dan The Macallan Fine Oak Single Malt Scotch Whisky Award Hong Kong In-House Lawyer of the Year.

 

Stephanie Sheng

Executive Director and Senior Counsel, Goldman Sachs

Stephanie Sheng is executive director and senior counsel at Goldman Sachs (Asia) in the Business Intelligence Group, advising the Asia Pacific investment banking, merchant banking and securities divisions on anti-bribery, anti-money laundering and economic sanctions regulations across a wide range of corporate transactions, as well as being responsible for internal investigations in the region.  Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Sheng was counsel at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, specializing in US securities laws, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and FCPA investigations across Silicon Valley, Shanghai and Hong Kong. 

Sheng is qualified to practice law in California and Hong Kong.  In 2017, she was selected as global Compliance Officer of the Year by C-5 Group in London.  Sheng co-heads the Family Forum of Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong, and is Chair of Women in Law Hong Kong, a legal umbrella network supporting the growth and development of women in the legal community through mentorship programs, agile working solutions, pro bono opportunities and networking events.

 

Lin Shi

President, Hong Kong Corporate Counsel Association 

Lin has served a member of ExCo since 2008 as Treasurer and was elected President in 2015. She has been focused on expanding networking opportunities with other legal professionals’ organisations such as FIDA and Bar Council and developing new and unique programs offered by HKCCA. She is re-standing for election.

Outside of HKCCA, Lin is the Joint Head of IPO Vetting in the Listing Department of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited. Ms. Shi joined the Listing Department in August 2013.

Prior to joining the HKEx, Lin 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 in New York.

Lin is member of the New York state bar. She received her B.A. from Pomona College, cum laude, and her J.D. from New York University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winnie Tam, SC

Co-Chair, Forum for Barristers and Advocates, International Bar Association

Winnie Tam, SC is the Co-Chair of the Forum for Barristers and Advocates of the International Bar Association. She was the Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association between January 2015 and January 2017. Winnie was appointed Senior Counsel of the Hong Kong Bar in 2006.  Her practice is in the civil and commercial field with an emphasis in intellectual property.  Over the years, she has accumulated extensive experience in civil litigation and dispute resolution as lead counsel, judge and arbitrator.  Her practice in international arbitration now covers both intellectual property and other civil disputes.

Winnie is also a barrister admitted to practice in England and Wales, a solicitor and advocate admitted in Singapore, and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, and an accredited mediator, a specialist panel arbitrator of the South China Institute of Arbitration, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, and CIETAC.  Her current positions in public service include memberships in the Judicial Officers Recommendation Commission, the ICAC Advisory Committee On Corruption, the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and the Board of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

 

THE SHORTLIST


 

In-House Categories

Construction and Real Estate In-House Team of the Year
China Overseas Holdings
Hongkong Land 
MTR Corporation
Shanghai Real Estate (Commercial) Holdings

Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
Bank of China (Hong Kong)

Barclays Capital Asia 
CGN Huasheng Investment 
CITIC Capital 
Citigroup 
CLSA 
DBS 
HSBC 
State Grid Overseas Investment
State Street Bank and Trust Company Group 
Sun Hung Kai Financial 
Wells Fargo

 

HFW Award Maritime In-House Team of the Year

Anglo Eastern Univan Group 
Asia Maritime Pacific

COSCO Shipping Ports 
Gard Shipping 
Steamship Mutual 
The Swedish Club 

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

CITIC Capital
Citigroup 
Goldman Sachs 
Morgan Stanley 

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

Alibaba Group 
Canon
Fox Networks Group 
Intel
Microsoft

Uber (Asia)

Retail and Luxury Brands In-House Team of the Year
Lane Crawford Joyce Group  

L'Oreal 
Starbucks

 

Withers Award Hospitality In-House Team of the Year
Hong Kong Jockey Club 
Hyatt International 
Melco Resorts & Entertainment 

Innovative In-House Team of the Year
Alibaba Group 
Canon 
CICC
CITIC Capital
COSCO Shipping Ports 
DBS 
HSBC 
Intel
Sun Hung Kai Financial 
Uber (Asia)
WeWork

ACC HK Award Hong Kong In-House Team of the Year 
China Overseas Holdings 
CICC
CITIC Capital

Citigroup
CK Hutchison 
CLSA 
COSCO Shipping Ports 
DBS

Fox Networks Group                    
Goldman Sachs
Hongkong Land 
HSBC 
Melco Resorts & Entertainment
Microsoft

Morgan Stanley
MTR Corporation
Prudential Corporation Asia

Sun Hung Kai Financial 
Uber (Asia)

 

Individual Categories

Dealmaker of the Year
Martin Tam – Baker McKenzie
Paul Chow – Davis Polk & Wardwell
Ronny Chow – Deacons 
Simon Weller – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hilary Lau – Herbert Smith Freehills
Hayden Flinn – King & Wood Mallesons
Jeanette Chan – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Katie Sudol – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Chengfei Ding – Troutman Sanders

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
Matthew Gearing – Allen & Overy
Elaine Chen – Clifford Chance
James Wadham – Davis Polk & Wardwell
Charmaine Koo – Deacons
Ian Mann – Harney Westwood & Riegels
Gareth Thomas – Herbert Smith Freehills
Barbara Chiu – King & Wood Mallesons
Chris Dobby – Hogan Lovells
Vasu Muthyala – Kobre & Kim
Heidi Chui – Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Frederick Hui – Zhong Lun

Art Futures Award Managing Partner of the Year
Milton Cheng – Baker McKenzie
Kristi L. Swartz – Bryan Cave
Nick Gall – Gall
Andrew Powner – Haldanes
Julian Copeman – Herbert Smith Freehills
Mark Chan – H.M. Chan & Co in association with Taylor Wessing
Simon Powell – Latham & Watkins
Gordon Oldham – Oldham, Li & Nie

Jeanette Chan – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Voon Keat Lai - Stephenson Harwood

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

Leiming Chen – Ant Financial
Frederick Chan – Canon
Andrew Kim – China CITIC Bank
Zhou Jiaxing  – CICC
Yong Kai Wong – CITIC Capital
Mark Hunsaker – Citigroup
Michelle Hung – COSCO Shipping Ports
Francis Chang – Fox Networks Group
Stephanie Sheng – Goldman Sachs
Fiona Phillips – HSBC
Mark Agrasut – Melco Resorts & Entertainment
Iris Cheng – Shanghai Real Estate (Commercial) Holdings
Susan Wong – Standard Chartered Bank
Maria Kiang – Wells Fargo
Wai Zee – WeWork

Woman Lawyer of the Year (In-House)

Carmen Kan - Bank of China (Hong Kong)
Jaclyn Jhin – CLSA

Michelle Hung – COSCO Shipping Ports

Stephanie Cheung – Melco Resorts & Entertainment 

Iris Cheng – Shanghai Real Estate (Commercial) Holdings

 

Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)

Naomi Moore – Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Anna-Marie Slot – Ashurst
Karen Man – Baker McKenzie
Kristi L. Swartz – Bryan Cave

Angela Chan - Clifford Chance
Bonnie Chan – Davis Polk & Wardwell
Jane McBride – Deacons
Carolyn Dong – DLA Piper
Georgia Dawson – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Andrea Randall – Gall
Kathryn Sanger – Herbert Smith Freehills
Hao-Ling Yau – Holman Fenwick Willan
Minny Siu – King & Wood Mallesons
Cathy Yeung – Latham & Watkins
Ann Ng – Maples and Calder
Gabriela Kennedy – Mayer Brown JSM
Tracy Yip – Oldham, Li & Nie
Jeanette Chan – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Katie Sudol – Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Heidi Chui – Stevenson, Wong & Co.

 

Taylor Root Award Young Lawyer of the Year
Jini Lee – Ashurst
Clinton Morrow – Charltons
David Tsai – Clifford Chance
Miranda So – Davis Polk & Wardwell
Kevin Tong – Deacons
Yan Chen – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Felix K.H. Ng – Haldanes
Paul Sephton – Harney Westwood & Riegels
William Hallatt – Herbert Smith Freehills
Jennifer Ng – H.M. Chan & Co in association with Taylor Wessing
Eugene Low – Hogan Lovells

Angie Lo – Holman Fenwick Willan
Vivian Ji – Jeffrey Mak Law Firm
Hao Zhou – King & Wood Mallesons
Amy Beckingham – Latham & Watkins
Sumit Indwar – Linklaters
Venna Cheng – Mayer Brown JSM
Jason R. Nelms – Morrison & Foerster 
Adam Scott Hugill – Oldham, Li & Nie
Mimi Yang – Ropes & Gray
Jonathan Chu – Stephenson Harwood

Rodney Teoh - Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Frederick Hui – Zhong Lun

 

 Deal Categories***

 

Debt Market Deal of the Year

 

Bank of China's Multi-currency Green Bonds

Law firms: Clifford Chance; Linklaters

Banks: Bank of China (Hong Kong); BOCI Asia; Citigroup Global Markets; HSBC; Wells Fargo Securities

 

Bank of China's One Belt, One Road Note Offering

Law firms: Clifford Chance; Jingtian & Gongcheng; JunZeJun Law Offices; Linklaters

 

China Southern Power's Senior Guaranteed Note Offering

Law firms: ETR Law Firm; Fangda Partners; Latham & Watkins; Linklaters; Mayer Brown JSM; Ogier

Banks: ANZ; Bank of China; BNY Mellon; CICC HK Securities; HSBC; J.P. Morgan; UBS AG

 

CK Hutchison's Note Offering

Law firms: Allen & Overy; Maples and Calder; Shearman & Sterling

 

Deutsche Bank's Establishment of MTN Programme  

Law Firms: Clifford Chance; Herbert Smith Freehills; Jingtian & Gongcheng; Linklaters; Maples and Calder; Zhong Lun

Banks: ANZ; Bank of China (Hong Kong); Citigroup; DBS Bank; Deutsche Bank; HSBC; ING Bank; J.P. Morgan ; Standard Chartered Bank

 

Industrial Bank's Establishment of MTN Programme

Law firms: JunHe; King & Wood Mallesons; Linklaters

Banks: Bank of America Merrill Lynch; BOC International; Citigroup Global Markets; Industrial Bank; Standard Chartered Bank

 

Li & Fung's MTN, Perpetual Securities Programme

Law firms: Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Banks: Citigroup Global Markets; HSBC

 

PRC Ministry of Finance's Sovereign Bond Issuance in HK

Law firms: Deacons; Fangda Partners; Linklaters

Banks: Agricultural Bank of China, Hong Kong Branch; Bank of China (Hong Kong); Bank of Communications, Hong Kong Branch; China Construction Bank (Asia); HSBC; ICBC (Asia); Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong)

 

Sinopec Grp Overseas Dev (2016)'s Senior Note Offering

Law firms: Conyers Dill & Pearman; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Sinopec Grp Overseas Dev (2017)'s Senior Note Offering

Law firms: Conyers Dill & Pearman; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Sri Lanka's Sovereign Bond Issuance 

Law firms: Allen & Overy; F.J. & G. de Saram; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy 

 

State Grid's Dual-Currency Note Offering

Law firms: Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Conyers Dill & Pearman; Herbert Smith Freehills; King & Wood Mallesons; Linklaters; Mayer Brown JSM

 

State Grid's MTN Programme

Law firms: Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Conyers Dill & Pearman; Herbert Smith Freehills; King and Wood Mallesons; Linklaters

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year

 

Biosensors' Privatisation

Law firms: Fangda Partners; Peter Yuen & Associates

 

BOC Aviation's Spinoff Listing 

Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Allen & Overy; Freshfileds Bruckhaus Deringer; King & Wood Mallesons; Linklaters

Banks: BNP Paribas; BOC International; Citigroup Global Markets; Goldman Sachs; Morgan Stanley

 

China Merchants Securities' IPO

Law firms: Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Jia Yuan Law Offices

Banks: J.P. Morgan; Morgan Stanley

 

China Resources Pharmaceuticals' IPO

Law firms: Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Jia Yuan Law Offices; King & Wood Mallesons

Banks: Bank of America Merrill Lynch; CCBI; CICC; Goldman Sachs & Co

 

Ctrip.com's Senior Notes and ADS Offering

Law firms: Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Jingtian & Gongcheng; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Didi's Latest Funding Round

Law firm: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Everbright Securities' HK IPO

Law firms: Clifford Chance; Grandall Law Firm; King & Wood Mallesons; Latham & Watkins

 

Guotai Junan Securities' IPO

Law Firm: Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Grandall Law Firm; Haiwen & Partners

Banks: Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Goldman Sachs; Guotai Junan Int'l; Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

 

Melco's Global ADS Offering, Share Buyback

Law firms: Latham & Watkins; White & Case

Banks: Deutsche Bank Securities; UBS Securities; Morgan Stanley

 

New World China's Privatisation

Law firms: Eversheds; Maples & Calder; Woo Kwan Lee & Lo; Dorsey & Whitney; Linklaters; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Banks: HSBC; Merrill Lynch (Asia Pacific)

 

PSBC's HK IPO

Law firms: Clifford Chance; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Haiwen & Partners; King & Wood Mallesons

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

 

SoftBank's Monetization of Alibaba Stake

Law firms: Latham & Watkins; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sullivan & Cromwell

 

ZTO Express' US IPO

Law firm: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize)

 

ARA Asset's Acquisition of Century Link

Law firms: Baker McKenzie; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer;
Zhong Lun

 

CGNPC's Investment in Hinkley Point C

 

Law firms: Allen & Overy; Ashurst; Clifford Chance; Herbert Smith FreehillsSlaughter and May

 

China Molybdenum's Acquisition of Freeport-McMoRan's TF Holdings Stake

Law firm: Davis Polk & Wardwell

 

China Resources Beer's Acquisition of SABMiller's Snow Stake

Law firms: Davis Polk Wardwell; Fangda Partners; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Sullivan & Cromwell; Zhong Lun

  

CICC’s Acquisition of China Investment Securities

Law firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Haiwen & Partners

 

Citic, Carlyle's Acquisition of McDonald's Franchise in HK, China

Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Kirkland & Ellis

 

Huarong Int'l, JAC Capital's Acquisition of NXP Standard Products Business

Law firms: Jingtian & Gongcheng; Walkers

 

Ping An’s Acquisition of Stake in AutoHome

Law firms: King & Wood Mallesons; Paul Hastings; Sullivan & Cromwell; Zhong Lun

 

Privatisation of Intime Retail

Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Luk and Partners

 

Sale of Melco Crown's Shares to Melco Int'l Dev

Law firms: Advogados e Notários; Appleby; Ashurst; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Latham & Watkins; Manuela Antonio Law Office; Maples and Calder; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles; Walkers; White & Case

Banks: Deutsche Bank Securities; Deutsche Bank, London Branch; Morgan Stanley & Co; Morgan Stanley & Co International; UBS Securities; UBS, London Branch

 

Tencent's Acquisition of China Music Corp

Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Fangda Partners; Han Kun Law Offices; Maples and Calder; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom 

 

Vedanta - Cairn India Merger

Law firms: Ashurst; Khaitan & Co

 

Wal-Mart Stores - JD.com's Strategic Alliance

Law firms: Han Kun Law Offices; Orrick Herrington Sutcliffe

Bank: Morgan Stanley

 

M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)

 

Apex Technology's Acquisition of Lexmark

Law firm: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

China Overseas' Acquisition of CITIC’s Chinese Residential Property Assets

Law firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Jingtian & Gongcheng; JunHe

 

Chinese Consortium's Acquisition of Playtika

Law firms: Allen & Overy; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Fenwick & West; Sayenko Kharenko; Sorainen; Stikeman Elliott; Yigal Arnon & Co

 

Cinda’s Acquisition of Nanyang Commercial Bank

Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Zhong Lun

Banks: Morgan Stanley; UBS AG Hong Kong

Consortium's Acquisition of DUET Group

Law firms: Allens; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; King & Wood Mallesons; Linklaters; Woo Kwan Lee & Lo

 

Didi's Acquisition of Uber's China Operations

Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Fangda Partners; Han Kun Law Offices; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Travers Thorp Alberga; Walkers

 

Midea Group's Takeover of KUKA

Law firms: Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Harney Westwood & Riegels; Herbert Smith Freehills

 

Qihoo 360's Take-Private Transaction

Law firms: Conyers Dill & Pearman; Fangda Partners; Kirkland & Ellis; Peter Yuen & Associates; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Tsinghua's Acquisition of Majority Stake in HP's H3C

Law Firms: Allen & Overy; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Deal of the Year

(To be announced on the night)

 

***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 organisations. 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 Aquino.

  

Firm Categories

Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year 

Baker McKenzie
Bird & Bird
Deacons
Dentons
DLA Piper
Eversheds
Haldanes
Herbert Smith Freehills
Latham & Watkins
Mayer Brown JSM
MinterEllison
Oldham, Li & Nie
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Zhong Lun

Construction Law Firm of the Year
Berwin Leighton Paisner
Clyde & Co
Deacons
DLA Piper
Hogan Lovells

Holman Fenwick Willan
King & Wood Mallesons
Mayer Brown JSM
MinterEllison
Pinsent Masons

Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Boase Cohen & Collins
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hogan Lovells
Linklaters
Mayer Brown JSM
Pinsent Masons
Stephenson Harwood

Criminal Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Boase Cohen & Collins
Deacons
Haldanes
Kobre & Kim
Morley Chow Seto

Payne Clermont Velasco Solicitors
Stevenson, Wong & Co.

Deal Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Deacons
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Kirkland & Ellis
King & Wood Mallesons
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Stevenson, Wong & Co.

Walkers

Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Boase Cohen & Collins
Bryan Cave
FitzGerald Lawyers

Gall
Morley Chow Seto

Payne Clermont Velasco Solicitors
Tanner De Witt

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper
Herbert Smith Freehills
King & Wood Mallesons
Linklaters
Pinsent Masons

Immigration Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Harvey Law Group
Lewis Silkin
Oldham, Li & Nie

Insolvency and Restructuring Law Firm of the Year
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Deacons
DLA Piper
Gall
Hogan Lovells
Kirkland & Ellis
Kobre & Kim
Linklaters

Mayer Brown JSM
Ropes & Gray
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Tanner De Witt

Insurance Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Clyde & Co
Deacons
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Holman Fenwick Willan
Mayer Brown JSM
RPC

 Stephenson Harwood

 

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Bird & Bird
Deacons
DLA Piper
FitzGerald Lawyers
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown JSM
Morrison & Foerster
Oldham, Li & Nie
Stephenson Harwood

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Berwin Leighton Paisner
Bird & Bird
Clifford Chance
Deacons
DLA Piper
FitzGerald Lawyers
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Holman Fenwick Willan
King & Wood Mallesons
Latham & Watkins
Mayer Brown JSM
MinterEllison
Peter Yuen & Associates in association with Fangda Partners
Pinsent Masons
RPC
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Stephenson Harwood

Stevenson, Wong & Co. 

Zhong Lun

Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper
Kirkland & Ellis
King & Wood Mallesons
Morrison & Foerster
Ropes & Gray
Sidley Austin
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Bird & Bird
Deacons
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Gall
Herbert Smith Freehills
Lewis Silkin
Mayer Brown JSM
Oldham, Li & Nie
Pinsent Masons

Stephenson Harwood
Tanner De Witt

Maritime Law Firm of the Year
Bryan Cave
DLA Piper
Holman Fenwick Willan
Mayer Brown JSM
Reed Smith Richards Butler
RPC

Stephenson Harwood
Watson Farley & Williams

BDO Award Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year
Berwin Leighton Paisner
Boase Cohen & Collins
Gall
Haldanes
Payne Clermont Velasco Solicitors

Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Tanner De Witt
Withers

Offshore Law Firm of the Year
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Harney Westwood & Riegels
Maples and Calder
Ogier
Walkers

PRC Firm, Hong Kong Office of the Year
Fangda Partners
Guantao  
Haiwen & Partners
JunHe
Zhong Lun

Real Estate Law Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deacons
DLA Piper
King & Wood Mallesons
Mayer Brown JSM
Paul Hastings
Stevenson, Wong & Co.

Rising Law Firm of the Year
FitzGerald Lawyers
H.M. Chan & Co in association with Taylor Wessing
Lewis Silkin
RPC
Sincere Wong & Co. 

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper
Herbert Smith Freehills
Stephenson Harwood
Withers
Zhong Lun

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Deacons
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Haldanes
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown JSM
Morrison & Foerster
O’Melveny & Myers
Paul Hastings
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Peter Yuen & Associates in association with Fangda Partners

Pinsent Masons
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

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

Sincere Wong & Co.

Wealth Management Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Herbert Smith Freehills
Stephenson Harwood
Withers

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

(To be announced on the awards night)

 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

 

Dealmaker of the Year

Jeanette Chan – Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year

Gareth Thomas – Herbert Smith Freehills

 

Art Futures Award Managing Partner of the Year

Simon Powell – Latham & Watkins

 

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

Mark Hunsaker – Citigroup

 

Woman Lawyer of the Year (In-House)

Carmen Kan - Bank of China (Hong Kong)

 

Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)

Gabriela Kennedy – Mayer Brown JSM

 

Taylor Root Award Young Lawyer of the Year

Miranda So – Davis Polk & Wardwell

Mimi Yang – Ropes & Gray

 

 

IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES

 

Construction and Real Estate In-House Team of the Year

Hongkong Land

 

Financial Services In-House Team of the Year

Citigroup

 

HFW Award Maritime In-House Team of the Year

COSCO Shipping Ports

 

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

Goldman Sachs

 

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

Microsoft

 

Retail and Luxury Brands In-House Team of the Year

Lane Crawford Joyce Group  

 

Withers Award Hospitality In-House Team of the Year

Hyatt International

 

Innovative In-House Team of the Year

Uber (Asia)

 

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

Hongkong Land

 

FIRM CATEGORIES

 

Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills

 

Construction Law Firm of the Year

Pinsent Masons

 

Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

 

Criminal Litigation Law Firm of the Year

Haldanes

 

Deal Firm of the Year

Clifford Chance

 

Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Gall

 

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year

Linklaters

 

Immigration Law Firm of the Year

Harvey Law Group

 

Insolvency and Restructuring Law Firm of the Year

Mayer Brown JSM

 

Insurance Law Firm of the Year

Mayer Brown JSM

 

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

Bird & Bird

 

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

 

Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year

Sidley Austin

 

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year

Mayer Brown JSM

 

Maritime Law Firm of the Year

Holman Fenwick Willan

 

BDO Award Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year

Withers

 

Offshore Law Firm of the Year

Harney Westwood & Riegels

 

PRC Firm, Hong Kong Office of the Year

Zhong Lun

 

Real Estate Law Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

 

Rising Law Firm of the Year

RPC

 

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

 

Technology, Media and Telecommunications

Law Firm of the Year

Hogan Lovells

 

Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Charltons

 

Wealth Management Law Firm of the Year

Withers

 

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

Mayer Brown JSM

 

DEAL CATEGORIES

 

Debt Market Deal of the Year

Bank of China's One Belt, One Road Note Offering

Law firms: Clifford Chance; Jingtian & Gongcheng; JunZeJun Law Offices; Linklaters

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year

PSBC's HK IPO

Law firms: Clifford Chance; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Haiwen & Partners; King & Wood Mallesons

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

 

M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize)

Citic, Carlyle's Acquisition of McDonald's Franchise in HK, China

Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Kirkland & Ellis

 

M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)

Didi's Acquisition of Uber's China Operations

Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Fangda Partners; Han Kun Law Offices; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Traverse Thorp Alberga: Walkers

 

Deal of the Year

Didi's Acquisition of Uber's China Operations

Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Fangda Partners; Han Kun Law Offices; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Traverse Thorp Alberga: Walkers

 

 

 

 

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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. The full list of award categories and nomination forms can be found at http://www.legalbusinessonline.com/awards/hongkong-lawawards-2017

Is self-nomination permitted?

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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 on September 8, 2017 in Hong Kong.

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

The submissions will open in May 10. The final deadline to submit will be in Mid June. For any questions relating to submissions and deadlines, please contact mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com.

NOMINATION PROCESS AND ASSESSMENT 

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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. 

Who will be on the judging panel for The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2017? 

There will be an independent judging panel of at least 30 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. 

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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; key dates for 2017 and information listed below.

Malaysia Law Awards | April 6 2017 (Kuala Lumpur)

SSQ ALB China Law Awards | April 20 2017 (Beijing)

SE Asia Law Awards | May 18 2017 (Singapore)

Japan Law Awards | June 7 2017 (Tokyo)

The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards | September 8 2017 (Hong Kong)

Philippine Law Awards | October 6 2017 (Manila)

Indonesia Law Awards | October 26 2017 (Jakarta)

Korea Law Awards | November 16 2017 (Seoul) 

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