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The inaugural Japan Tax & Accounting Awards 2014 will will recognise the excellence and outstanding achievements of Japan's leading in-house tax teams, law firms and tax & accounting firms.

Asian Legal Business will publish an award list that will be part of the January 2015 edition of the ALB Magazine. The winners will be announced and posted in the ALB website and in a four page article in the February 2015 edition.

For any questions regarding nomination, please do not hesitate to contact Princess Dyanne dela Cruz at +632 789 5253 or email princessdyanne.delacruz@thomsonreuters.com

 

Award Categories

The 7 award categories for 2014 are listed below. For more information on these, or to receive a nomination form, please contact Tracy Li on tracy.li@thomsonreuters.com or call +852 2847 2046.

 

In-House Award Category

1. In-House Tax Team of the Year

Law Firm Award Categories

1. Tax Dispute Law Firm of the Year

2. Tax Dispute Lawyer of the Year

3. Tax Law Firm of the Year

Tax and Accounting Award Categories

1. Big Four Tax Team of the Year

2. Indirect Tax Team of the Year

3. International Tax Team of the Year

 

Nominations

The nomination process is now open. For more information, please email Princess Dyanne dela Cruz at princessdyanne.delacruz@thomsonreuters.com or call her at +632 789 5253.

Nominations must be received by 11 November 2014 and no further details will be accepted after this date.

 

 

 

 

Methodology

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES

 

1.   All nominations must be written in the ALB nomination form. The same must be submitted on or before 11 November 2014. ALB will not accept entries written in any other forms.

2.   Work includes any transactions/projects completed, cases handled, disputes settled and other tax services provided within the organisation or otherwise.

3.   Entries to any categories must have been completed or provided within the period of September 2013 to August 2014.

4.   Documents supplementary to the information provided in the nomination form may be submitted within the nomination period. No supplementary information will be accepted after the nomination deadline.

5.   Clients or contact persons provided in the nomination form will be contacted by ALB, as may be necessary, without prior notice to the nominating organization. It is advisable that only the names of clients whose consent for this purpose has been obtained are listed in the nomination form.

 

COMPOSITION OF JUDGING PANEL

 

The judging panel consists of the general panel and the special expertise panel. It is composed of approximately 20 reputable members from the accounting academe, in-house tax teams, law firms, tax associations or business leagues, whose identities are kept confidential prior to the awarding ceremony.

 

JUDGING PROCESS

 

The panel of judges is given one week to evaluate the accomplishments of nominees based on a research summary provided by ALB. The judges select the top three finalists for every category. A score allocated by a judge to a finalist with which or with whom he has an apparent conflict of interest is considered void.

 

The finalist in every category who obtains the highest score wins.

 

CATEGORIES

In-House Category

1.       In-House Tax Team of the Year

 

  

Specific Guidelines

 

1.      All in-house team with a physical office in Japan are qualified for in-house                  categories.

2.      All in-house teams that have responsibilities with tax issues can nominate.

3.      Innovative In-House Tax Team of the Year award category would be rewarded with their innovative nature.

  

Criteria

 

1.   Team size – it is a great factor to determine what a tax team is capable of taking on

2.   Innovation/improvement – the degree to which the work involved original or improved techniques and structures or innovative tax rules or  regulations

3.   Complexity – the degree to which the work requires intricate tax principles or advance techniques and structures

4.   Breadth – the degree to which the work spanned different jurisdictions, practice areas, parties and industries

5.   Impact/significance – the degree by which the stakeholders and community at large is affected

6.   Third-party award(s)/recognition

 

Law Firm Categories

 

1.       Tax Dispute Law Firm of the Year

2.       Tax Dispute Lawyer of the Year

3.       Tax Law Firm of the Year

 

Specific Guidelines

 

1.   All law firms with physical office in Japan are qualified for any firm categories.

2.   A law firm can nominate only one of its tax partners for Tax Dispute Lawyer of the Year. A third-party nomination is considered only when   the third-party nominee's firm has not nominated for the category.

 

Criteria

 

1.   Team size – it is a great factor to determine what a tax team is capable of taking on

2.   Innovation/improvement – the degree to which the work involved original or improved techniques and structures or innovative tax rules or  regulations

3.   Complexity – the degree to which the work requires intricate tax principles or advance techniques and structures

4.   Breadth – the degree to which the work spanned different jurisdictions, practice areas, parties and industries

5.   Impact/significance – the degree by which the stakeholders and community at large is affected

6.   Third-party award(s)/recognition

 

Tax and Accounting Categories

1.       Big Four Tax Team of the Year

 

2.       Indirect Tax Team of the Year

3.       International Tax Team of the Year

  

Specific Guidelines

 

1.       Tax teams included in the Big Four (Deloitte Tohmatsu Tax Co., Ernst & Young Tax, KPMG Tax Corporation and Zeirishi-Hojin PricewaterhouseCoopers) are only qualified for the Big Four Tax Team of the Year and Big Four Tax Adviser of the Year award categories.

2.      All accounting firms with physical office in Japan are qualified for the tax and accounting categories. 

3.      Individual tax practitioners and tax teams that have practice areas in any tax and accounting categories can nominate.

 

Criteria

 

1.   Team size – to determine what a tax team is possibly capable of taking on

2.   Innovation/improvement – the degree to which the work involved original or improved techniques and structures or innovative tax rules or  regulations

3.   Complexity – the degree to which the work requires intricate tax principles or advance techniques and structures

4.   Breadth – the degree to which the work spanned different jurisdictions, practice areas, parties and industries

5.   Impact/significance – the degree by which the stakeholders and community at large is affected

 

6.   Third-party award(s)/recognition

 

KEY DATES FOR THE JAPAN TAX AWARDS 2014

29 September 2014

Opening of nominations

11 November 2014

Deadline for nominations – email

Princess Dyanne dela Cruz at

princessdyanne.delacruz@thomsonreuters.com

January 2015 

Announcement of finalists at

www.albawards.com and ALB Magazine

February 2015

Announcement of winners at the ALB website and magazine

  

 

For inquiries, you may contact:

Princess Dyanne dela Cruz

ALB Events Producer

T: (+632) 789 5253

E: princessdyanne.delacruz@thomsonreuters.com

 

Finalists

Finalists will also be published on the January 2015 edition of the ALB Magazine.

In-House Award Categories

In-House Tax Team of the Year

GE Japan Corporation Tax

Rakuten Global Tax Team

 

Law Firm Award Categories

Tax Dispute Law Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

TMI Associates

Tax Dispute Lawyer of the Year

Hideyuki Yamamoto - Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise) 

Yuki Miyazaki - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Hidehiro Utsumi - TMI Associates

Tax Law Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

DLA Piper Tokyo Partnership

Jones Day

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

 

Tax & Accounting Award Categories

Big Four Tax Team of the Year

Deloitte Tohmatsu Tax Co.

Zeirishi-Hojin PricewaterhouseCoopers (third-party nominee)

Indirect Tax Team of the Year

Sonderhoff & Einsel

Tokyo Kyodo Accounting Office

International Tax Team of the Year

Grant Thornton Taiyo Tax Corporation

Hanai & Associates

Tokyo Kyodo Accounting Office

 

2014 Winners

Asian Legal Business is proud to announce the winners of the inaugural Japan Tax Awards (winners in red, other finalists in black):

 

In-HouseTax Team of the Year

       GE Japan Corporation Tax

      Rakuten Global Tax Team  

 

Law Firm Award Categories

Tax Dispute Law Firm of the Year

     Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

     Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

     Nishimura & Asahi

     TMI Associates

  

Tax Dispute Lawyer of the Year

     Yuko Miyazaki, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

     Hideyuki Yamamoto, Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

     Hidehiro Utsumi, TMI Associates

  

Tax Law Firm of the Year

     Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

     Baker & McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

     DLA Piper Tokyo Partnership

     Jones Day

     Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

     Morrison & Foerster LLP

     Nishimura & Asahi

 

Tax & Accounting Award Categories

Big Four Tax Team of the Year

     Deloitte Tohmatsu Tax Co.

     Zeirishi-Hojin PricewaterhouseCoopers  

 

Indirect Tax Team of the Year

     Sonderhoff & Einsel

     Tokyo Kyodo Accounting Office

  

International Tax Team of the Year

     Grant Thornton Taiyo Tax Corporation

     Hanai & Associates

     Tokyo Kyodo Accounting Office

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