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Welcome to the ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2021!
 

ALB'S VIRTUAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Date:  Friday, 10 September 2021, 8 pm (GMT+8)       
                                                                                   

Asian Legal Business proudly presents the 20th annual ALB Hong Kong Law Awards – the pre-eminent legal awards and ALB's biggest and longest-running awards in Asia. These prestigious awards will pay tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams in the region. 

FINALISTS IS ANNOUNCED! CHECK OUT AT THE FINAILSTS TAB.

Contact Harmony Tam at +852 3462 7767 or harmony.tam@thomsonreuters.com for submission inquiries.
Contact Amantha Chia at amantha.chia@tr.com or +65 6973 8258 for sponsorship opportunities.

CATEGORIES

DEAL CATEGORIES

1. Debt Market Deal of the Year 
2. Equity Market Deal of the Year 
3. Finance Deal of the Year
4. M&A Deal of the Year

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

1. Dealmaker of the Year 
2. Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
3. In-House Lawyer of the Year 
4. Managing Partner of the Year 
5. Woman Lawyer of the Year - Law Firm
6. Woman Lawyer of the Year - In-House
7. Young Lawyer of the Year - Law Firm
8. Young Lawyer of the Year - In-House

IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES

1. Compliance and Risk Management In-House Team of the Year
2. Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
3. Withers Award Innovative In-House Team of the Year 
4. Investment Banking In-House Team of the Year
5. Haldanes Award MNC In-House Team of the Year
6. Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year 
7. Hong Kong In-House Team of the Year

FIRM CATEGORIES

1. Aviation Law Firm of the Year
2. Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year 
3. Construction Law Firm of the Year 
4. Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year
5. Criminal Litigation Law Firm of the Year
6. Deal Firm of the Year
7. Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year
8. Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
9. Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
10. Immigration Law Firm of the Year
11. Innovative Technologies Law Firm of the Year
12. Insurance Law Firm of the Year
13. Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
14. International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
15. Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year
16. Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year 
17. Maritime Law Firm of the Year 
18. Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year
19. Offshore Law Firm of the Year
20. PRC Law Firm, Hong Kong Office of the Year
21. Private Wealth Law Firm of the Year
22. Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 
23. Regulation and Investigations Law Firm of the Year 
24. Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year 
25. Rising Law Firm of the Year
26. Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year 
27. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
28. Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year
29. Hong Kong Law Firm of the Year

           SUBMISSION FORMS          

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED

           IMPORTANT DATES          

Opening of submissions – May 10, Monday
Deadline for submissions – June 18, Friday
Announcement of finalists – July 30
Virtual awards ceremony – September 10, Friday

           SUBMISSION INQUIRIES          

Harmony Tam
Events Researcher
Phone: +852 3462 7767
Email: harmony.tam@thomsonreuters.com

JUDGING PANEL

Each year, ALB invites an independent judging panel of senior and expert legal industry leaders from various sectors corresponding to the diverse list of award categories. ALB is pleased to introduce some of the distinguished judges. The rest of the panel will be revealed on the evening of the virtual awards.

Alison Tsai
Alison Tsai
Legal Counsel, Asia Pacific
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group

Alison is Asia Pacific Legal Counsel at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and oversees and manages all legal issues affecting the Group in Asia Pacific. Alison advises and works closely with other departments to advance Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s long-term business objectives while protecting its legal rights and interests, in particular working with Development to sign new hotel management deals for the group.

Alison also chairs Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council and co-chairs Women in Law Hong Kong.
Alison is a Hong Kong and New York qualified solicitor and is conversant in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and basic Korean.

James Kong
James Kong
Managing Director, Head of Legal and Compliance
Mizuho Securities Asia Limited

The Mizuho Financial Group is a global financial institution with total assets of over US$2.1 trillion, which provides banking, trust banking, securities and other financial services. Mizuho Securities Asia is the principal securities and investment-banking arm of the Mizuho Financial Group in Asia ex Japan.

James joined Mizuho Securities Asia in 2014 as a member of its Executive Committee and the Head of Legal and Compliance, covering Global Markets, Global Syndication and Global Investment Banking businesses. Prior to joining Mizuho, James held similar positions with other financial institutions covering proprietary investments, derivatives, equities and fixed income sales and trading, restructuring and advisory matters. James was previously a corporate finance lawyer in private practice and is qualified in England and Wales, Hong Kong and Australia (NSW). He holds a Master of Laws in Compliance and Regulations and is an alumnus of Macquarie University, the University of Hong Kong and Harvard Business School.

Sharyn Chang
Sharyn Ch'ang

Global Counsel, PwC
Vice President, ACC Hong Kong

Sharyn is Global Counsel for PwC, based in Hong Kong. She is the 2020 winner of the Asian Legal Business Hong Kong In-house Lawyer of the Year, and the 2021 winner of the Asia Legal Awards ACC Outstanding Achievement Award for her contribution to the Hong Kong in-house legal community.

Sharyn started her career in Australia, in an innovative profession-leading legal technology role and was then appointed as the first female Associate to Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG, President of the New South Wales Court of Appeal. After joining Baker McKenzie as a solicitor, Sharyn was persuaded to move in-house to IBM as their first Australasian IP attorney. She has enjoyed a career since then spanning private practice, in-house roles and public sector appointments in Sydney, Singapore and Hong Kong. 

Career highlights include being a partner at EY, and senior legal positions with Gilbert & Tobin, Silicon Graphics and Deloitte. Sharyn was also the foundation director in a public sector IP policy and external relations role representing 9,600 Australian educational institutions, has been a non-executive director of an Australian software engineering company, Chair of the Licensing Executives Society (NSW); and Ministerial appointee to the Australian government's Advisory Council on Intellectual Property.

Sharyn is Vice-President of ACC Hong Kong, and has been an active leader and mentor in the Hong Kong in-house legal profession for almost a decade.

Jeremy Lee

Jeremy Lee
Head of Legal and Compliance, Asia
Bouygues Construction

Jeremy is the Head of Legal and Compliance of the Bouygues Construction Group in Asia managing a diverse team of legal and commercial experts across 13 different legal jurisdictions with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry, property development, facilities management, engineering and energies sector.

Jeremy and his team have been recognised in Legal500 GC Powerlist - Hong Kong Teams in 2018 and 2019.

In addition, to his core responsibilities, Jeremy also serves as a Board Director of various companies within the Bouygues Construction Group as well as a member of the Group Legal Committee.

Jeremy is an active contributor to the wider legal community and has over 20 years of diverse international experience in Multi-Jurisdictional Legal/Risk Management, Corporate/Commercial Law, Complex Negotiation, Strategic Planning, Merger and Acquisitions, Arbitration, Construction Law, Dispute Resolution, and Risk Assessment.

Joe Sevack
Joe Sevack
General Counsel and Head of Legal, Evolution-U

Joe is the General Counsel and Head of Legal at Evolution-U and a Managing Director of BC&D Advisors.  He has over 25 years of experience advising banks, sponsors, borrowers and issuers on complex debt and equity financings and restructurings, buyers and sellers on mergers and acquisitions and investments, and companies, financial institutions and funds on structuring and governance issues, regulatory compliance and interactions with regulators.  Joe has regularly been recognized by his clients and peers as a leading lawyer in major industry publications, and has practiced at several leading firms including Cravath Swaine & Moore, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Paul Hastings and Troutman Pepper. 


Julien Chaisse
Professor, School of Law
City University of Hong Kong

Julien Chaisse is Professor at the City University of Hong Kong, School of Law. He is an award-winning scholar of international law with a focus on the regulation and development of economic globalization. He has published numerous well-regarded and widely cited books and articles, and his scholarship has been cited by international courts/tribunals, as well as U.S. Courts. 

As a leading scholar in the field of international economic law, Dr. Chaisse sits on the editorial board of several high-impact international journals. He is also an experienced arbitrator and a sought-after consultant/expert to international organizations, governments, multinational law firms, and private investors.

Dr. Chaisse is an active member of the World Economic Forum (“Global Future Council on International Trade and Investment” and “Tax and Globalization Working Group”). Dr. Chaisse is also an advisor & partner to the United Nations ARTNET on FDI, member of the Academic Forum on ISDS, and Advisory board member of the Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL).

Jane Lee
Jane Lee
Head of Legal, Enterprise Risk Management
Prudential Hong Kong

Insurance lawyer with 20 years pqe split into equal halves of private practice (litigation) and in-house (legal & regulatory) experience. 

 

and many more...

FINALISTS**

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Individual Categories

Dealmaker of the Year
Betty Yap, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Grace Pengpeng Yan, Guantao
Hank Lo, Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Jonathan Stone, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Kay Ian Ng, Sullivan & Cromwell
Li He, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Marcia Ellis, Morrison & Foerster
Nicholas Chan, Jingtian & Gongcheng
Siqi Fu, Tian Yuan Law Firm

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
Charmaine Koo, Deacons
Chris Wong, Gall
Ing Loong Yang, Latham & Watkins
Ivan Ng, Stephenson Harwood
John Choong, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Martin Rogers, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Matthew Hodgson, Allen & Overy
Melody Chan, White & Case
Shaun Wu, Paul Hastings
Susanne Harris, Mayer Brown

In-House Lawyer of the Year
Adam Hornung, Hillhouse Capital
Daniel H. Lee, KKR
Danny Kan Ka Ho, Ping An Group
Edward Tung, ORI Capital
Jane Yin, Fosun Hani
Jiaxing Zhou, China International Capital Corp (Hong Kong)
Julie Prickett, AXA Hong Kong
Michelle Hung, COSCO SHIPPING Ports
Nicholas Rushgrove, The Carlyle Group
Yong Kai Wong, CITIC Capital

Managing Partner of the Year
Alan Chiu, ELLALAN
Antony Sassi, RPC
Betty Yap, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Gordon D. Oldham, Oldham, Li & Nie
Grace Pengpeng Yan, Guantao
Hank Lo, Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Jean-François Harvey, Harvey Law Group
Keith Brandt, Dentons
Lorna Xin Chen, Shearman & Sterling

Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)
Caroline McNally, Gall
Cynthia Chung, Deacons
Gabriela Kennedy, Mayer Brown
Heidi Chui, Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Kate Hodson, Ogier
Katherine Liu, Stephenson Harwood
Lorna Xin Chen, Shearman & Sterling
Marcia Ellis, Morrison & Foerster
Melody Chan, White & Case
Miranda So, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Rita Ku, Withers
Teresa Ko, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Woman Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
Irene Cheung, Luk Fook Holdings (International)
Jamie He, The Carlyle Group

Michelle Hung, COSCO SHIPPING Ports

Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)
Amelia Polisano, Harvey Law Group
Amita Haylock, Mayer Brown
Eloise Matsui, Stephenson Harwood
Frankie Tam, Eversheds Sutherland
Janice Chew, JC Legal
Joanne Lau, Allen & Overy
Marcus Pollard, Linklaters
Peiwen Chen, White & Case
Rachael Shek, Clyde & Co
Stephen Shi, Latham & Watkins
Sunny Hathiramani, Tanner De Witt

Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
Edward Tung, ORI Capital
Jannie Chan, McDonald's Hong Kong
Natalie Li Chun Lei, Ping An Group
Serena Lim, Ant Group
Vince He, ZA Tech

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In-House Categories

Compliance and Risk Management In-House Team of the Year
Ant Group
COSCO SHIPPING Ports
Fosun Hani
LF Logistics
Link Asset Management
McDonald’s Hong Kong
Ping An Group
State Grid Overseas Investment
TI Fluid Systems

Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
Ant Group
Ares SSG Capital Management
AXA Hong Kong
CITIC Capital
Fosun Hani
Ping An Group
State Grid Overseas Investment
The Carlyle Group

ZA International

Withers Award Innovative In-House Team of the Year
Ant Group
AXA Hong Kong
COSCO SHIPPING Ports
HSBC
Klook
Marriott International
Ping An Group
State Grid Overseas Investment
TI Fluid Systems
ZA International

Investment Banking In-House Team of the Year
China International Capital Corp (Hong Kong)
CLSA
Goldman Sachs
ICBC International

Haldanes Award MNC In-House Team of the Year
AXA Hong Kong
BASF
Luk Fook Holdings (International)
Marriott International
Ping An Group

Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
Ant Group
eBay
Ping An Group
ZA International

Hong Kong In-House Team of the Year
Ant Group
AXA Hong Kong
China International Capital Corp (Hong Kong)
COSCO SHIPPING Ports
Emperor Group
Hong Kong Disneyland
HSBC
Klook
LF Logistics
Link Asset Management
Marriott International
Ping An Group

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Firm Categories

Aviation Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Clyde & Co
HFW
Stephenson Harwood
Watson Farley & Williams

Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Clifford Chance
Deacons
Dentons
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
K&L Gates
Mayer Brown
Oldham, Li & Nie
Paul Hastings
Stephenson Harwood
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Tanner De Witt
Zhong Lun

Construction Law Firm of the Year
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Clyde & Co
Deacons
HFW
K&L Gates
King & Wood Mallesons
Mayer Brown
MinterEllison
Pinsent Masons

Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Boase Cohen & Collins
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hogan Lovells
Hugill & Ip
Mayer Brown
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Stephenson Harwood

Criminal Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Boase Cohen & Collins
Haldanes
Robertsons
Stevenson, Wong & Co.

Deal Firm of the Year
Charltons
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Goodwin Procter
Han Kun
JunHe
Kirkland & Ellis
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Morrison & Foerster
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Ropes & Gray
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Sullivan & Cromwell

Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Boase Cohen & Collins
CMS
Gall
Hugill & Ip
JC Legal
Payne Clermont Velasco
RPC
Stevenson, Wong & Co.

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Clyde & Co
JunHe
Pinsent Masons
White & Case

Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year
Bird & Bird
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Goodwin Procter
Jingtian & Gongcheng
Kirkland & Ellis
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Morrison & Foerster
Paul Hastings
Sidley Austin
Tian Yuan Law Firm
White & Case

Immigration Law Firm of the Year
Harvey Law Group
Hugill & Ip
Lewis Silkin

Innovative Technologies Law Firm of the Year
Clifford Chance
ELLALAN
King & Wood Mallesons
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Stephenson Harwood
Tanner De Witt

Insurance Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Boase Cohen & Collins
Clyde & Co
CMS
Deacons
Mayer Brown
RPC

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Bird & Bird
Clifford Chance
CMS
Deacons
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown
Stephenson Harwood
Wanhuida Intellectual Property
Wilkinson & Grist

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
CMS
Dentons
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
King & Wood Mallesons
Latham & Watkins
Mayer Brown
Pinsent Masons
Stephenson Harwood
Tanner De Witt
Zhong Lun

Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Deacons
Goodwin Procter
King & Wood Mallesons
Kirkland & Ellis
Morrison & Foerster
Ropes & Gray
Shearman & Sterling
Sidley Austin
Simmons & Simmons
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Stephenson Harwood

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Bird & Bird
Clifford Chance
Deacons
Dentons
Hugill & Ip
Lewis Silkin
Mayer Brown
Oldham, Li & Nie
RPC
Simmons & Simmons
Stephenson Harwood
Tanner De Witt

Maritime Law Firm of the Year
Clyde & Co
CMS
HFW
Ince
Reed Smith
Stephenson Harwood
Watson Farley & Williams

Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year
Boase Cohen & Collins
Deacons
Gall
Haldanes
Hugill & Ip
Oldham, Li & Nie
Payne Clermont Velasco
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Tanner De Witt
Withers

Offshore Law Firm of the Year
Appleby
Campbells
Carey Olsen
Conyers
Harney Westwood & Riegels
Maples Group
Mourant
Ogier
Walkers

PRC Law Firm, Hong Kong Office of the Year
DHH Law Firm
Guantao
Haiwen & Partners
Han Kun
Jingtian & Gongcheng
JunHe
Tian Yuan Law Firm
Zhong Lun

Private Wealth Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Charles Russell Speechlys
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Hugill & Ip
Squire Patton Boggs
Stephenson Harwood
Tanner De Witt
Withers
Zhong Lun

Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Bryan Cave Leighton Painser
Deacons
King & Wood Mallesons
Mayer Brown
Paul Hastings
Proskauer Rose
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Stephenson Harwood
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Wilkinson & Grist
Withers

Regulation and Investigations Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
King & Wood Mallesons
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
Paul Hastings
Ropes & Gray
RPC
Stephenson Harwood
Steptoe & Johnson
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Tanner De Witt
White & Case

Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
GALL
King & Wood Mallesons
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
Oldham, Li & Nie
Ropes & Gray
Stephenson Harwood
Tanner De Witt

Rising Law Firm of the Year
Charles Russell Speechlys
CMS
ELLALAN
H.M. Chan & Co in association with Taylor Wessing
Hauzen
Hugill & Ip
JC Legal
LC Lawyers
Lewis Silkin
Tang & Co. in association with Helmsman

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
Baker McKenzie
Charles Russell Speechlys
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Hugill & Ip
Oldham, Li & Nie
Squire Patton Boggs
Stephenson Harwood
Withers
Zhong Lun

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
Ashurst
Baker McKenzie
Bird & Bird
Clifford Chance
CMS
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Jingtian & Gongcheng
King & Wood Mallesons
Latham & Watkins
Mayer Brown
Morrison & Foerster
Norton Rose Fulbright
Pinsent Masons
RPC

Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Charltons
CMS
H.M. Chan & Co in association with Taylor Wessing
Hugill & Ip
JC Legal
Jingtian & Gongcheng
Stevenson, Wong & Co.

Hong Kong Law Firm of the Year
Charltons
Clifford Chance
Clyde & Co
Deacons
ELLALAN
King & Wood Mallesons
Mayer Brown
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Stevenson, Wong & Co.
Tanner De Witt
Withers

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Deal Categories

Debt Market Deal of the Year

AIA Group's Securities Offering
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Debevoise & Plimpton

Airport Authority Hong Kong’s Debut Perpetual Capital Securities
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Linklaters
Banks: BOC; BOCI; HSBC; Merrill Lynch; Mizuho Securities; SCB; UBS

Alibaba's SEC-registered Senior Notes Offering
Law firm: Sullivan & Cromwell

Bank of China's Issuance of First Dual-Currency Climate Transition Bonds
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Jingtian & Gongcheng
Banks: Agricultural Bank of China; BNP Paribas; BOC; BOCI; China Minsheng Bank; Crédit Agricole CIB; CTBC Bank; DBS; HSBC; SCB

CK Hutchison's Notes Issuance
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Maples Group; Shearman & Sterling

CNPC's Offshore Bond Issuance
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; JunHe; Zhonglun W&D Law Firm

Contemporary Ruiding Development's Debut Bond Offering
Law firms: Global Law Office; King & Wood Mallesons; Linklaters; Ogier; Paul Hastings
Banks: BOC; CCB; China CITIC Bank; China Everbright Bank; CMB; China Minsheng Bank; Citigroup; HSBC; ICBC; Merrill Lynch; SCB; SPDB

Haidilao's Issuance of Offshore Bond
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Conyers; Haiwen & Partners; Jingtian & Gongcheng; Sidley Austin
Banks: CICC; CMB; Credit Suisse; Morgan Stanley

HKSAR Government's Issuance of Multi-Tranche Green Bonds
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Linklaters
Banks: BNP Paribas; Citigroup; Crédit Agricole CIB; HSBC; J.P. Morgan; SCB

Jardine Matheson's Issuance of Guaranteed Bonds
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Conyers; Linklaters

MGM China's Senior Notes Offering
Law firms: DSL Lawyers; Henrique Saldanha Advogados & Notarios; Herbert Smith Freehills; Milbank; Maples Group; Porter Hedges; Walkers; White & Case

Republic of Indonesia's Sovereign Bond Issuance
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung; Mayer Brown

Restructuring of Toys “R” Us
Law firms: Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Kirkland & Ellis; Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Tencent Music's SEC-registered Notes Offering
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Han Kun; Latham & Watkins; Maples Group; Zhong Lun

Tencent's GMTN Offering
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Han Kun; Latham & Watkins; Maples Group; Shihui Partners

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year

Baidu's Secondary Listing on HKEX
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Haiwen & Partners; King & Wood Mallesons; Maples Group; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Bilibili's Secondary Listing on HKEX
Law firms: AnJie Law Firm; Clifford Chance; Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Tian Yuan Law Firm

Cathay Pacific's Rights Issuance
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Clifford Chance; DLA Piper; Linklaters; Slaughter and May
Bank: Goldman Sachs

China Bohai Bank's Listing on HKEX
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Haiwen & Partners; Paul Hastings

China Merchants Securities' A+H Shares Rights Issuance
Law firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; King & Wood Mallesons

China Yangtze Power's Shanghai-London Stock Connect GDR Issuance
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Baker McKenzie; JunHe; King & Wood Mallesons; Linklaters
Banks: BofA Securities; CICC; Citigroup; CLSA; Credit Suisse; Goldman Sachs; Huatai Financial; Morgan Stanley; UBS

Huazhu Group’s Global Offering and Secondary Listing on HKEX
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Conyers; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Jingtian & Gongcheng; JunHe

JD Health's HK IPO
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Han Kun; Maples Group; Shihui Partners; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

JD Logistics' HK IPO
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Han Kun; Maples Group; Shihui Partners; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Banks: BofA Securities; Goldman Sachs; Haitong International

JOINN Laboratories' Global Offering
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Sullivan & Cromwell
Banks: BofA Securities; CICC; CLSA

New Oriental's Secondary Listing on HKEX
Law firms: Conyers; Herbert Smith Freehills; Jia Yuan Law Offices; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Tian Yuan Law Firm

SMIC's IPO and A Shares Listing on Shanghai Stock Exchange
Law firms: AllBright Law Offices; Conyers; Fangda Partners; Slaughter & May
Banks: CICC; Haitong Securities

Tigermed's HK IPO
Law firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Yum China's Secondary Listing on HKEX
Law firms: Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Jingtian & Gongcheng; Sidley Austin; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Banks: ABCI; AMTD Global Markets; BOCI; CICC; CLSA; CMB; Citigroup Global Markets; HSBC; ICBC; UBS

 

Finance Deal of the Year

Blackstone Group's Debt Financing
Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Corrs Chambers Westgarth; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Minter Ellison; Walkers; WongPartnership

CAPCO's Syndicated Energy Transition Loan Facilities
Law firms: King & Wood Mallesons; Norton Rose Fullbright

CNCE Group's Syndicated Facility
Law firms: Ashurst; Clifford Chance; Fangda Partners

Financing for 58.com's Privatization
Law firms: Conyers; Fangda Partners; JunHe; Kirkland & Ellis; Maples Group; Linklaters; Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Bank: Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

Financing for China Yangtze Power's Acquisition of Sempra Energy's Peruvian Businesses
Law firms: J & A Garrigues Perú S.Civil de R.L.; JunHe; Mayer Brown

Financing for Harbin Pharmaceutical's Acquisition of GNC
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Jorge Neto Valente; JunHe; King & Wood Mallesons; Latham & Watkins; Milbank; White & Case

Financing for Project STAR II Construction and Expansion in Brazil
Law firms: Al Tamimi & Company; Appleby; Mayer Brown; Zaid Ibrahim & Co.; Zaid Ibrahim & Co.

Financing for Sina's Privatization
Law Firms: JunHe, King & Wood Mallesons; Norton Rose Fullbright
Banks: Bank of Shanghai; China Merchants Bank; Fubon Bank; Ping An Bank

Financing for Tianqi Lithium
Law firms: Carey Abogados; Clayton Utz; Global Law Office; Guerrero Olivos; JunHe; Latham & Watkins; White & Case; Zhong Lun
Bank: China CITIC Bank

Upsize of Loan for Acquisition of Cityplaza Three and Four
Law firms: Mayer Brown; White & Case
Banks: SCB; UOB

 

M&A Deal of the Year

Alibaba's Investment in Farfetch
Law firms: Latham & Watkins; Ropes & Gray; Slaughter and May

Baidu's Acquisition of JOYY
Law firms: CM Law Firm; Han Kun; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Chongqing Brewery's Major Assets Restructuring
Law firm: JunHe
Bank: CICC

CITIC Capital's Acquisition of GNC
Law firms: Clifford Chance; JunHe; Latham & Watkins; Milbank; White & Case

CK Asset's Acquisition of Four European Infrastructure Entities from Li Ka Shing Foundation
Law firms: Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Guantao Law Firm

Danone's Sale of Shares in Mengniu Dairy
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Herbert Smith Freehills

Gaw's Acquisiton of Cityplaza One
Law firms: Baker McKenzie; Mayer Brown

Grab's Business Combination with Altimeter Growth
Law firms: Cooley; Hughes Hubbard and Reed; Morrison & Foerster; Ropes & Gray; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; WilmerHale

Greenland Hong Kong's Acquisition of Guangzhou Greenland
Law firms: JunHe; Morrison & Foerster
Bank: BOCI

MBK Partners' Acquisition of China's CAR Inc.
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Conyers; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Fangda Partners; Kirkland & Ellis; Sullivan & Cromwell; T&D Associates; Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Banks: Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan

Merger of Axiata and Telenor
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Ping An's Acquisition of Shionogi
Law firms: Haiwen & Partners; Morrison & Foerster; Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners

Privatization of 58.com
Law firms: Conyers; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Fangda Partners; Fenwick & West; Han Kun; JunHe; King & Wood Mallesons; Kirkland & Ellis; Linklaters; Maples Group; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Weil, Gotshal & Manges; Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Bank: Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

Privatization of China Biologic Products
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Haiwen & Partners; JunHe; Kirkland & Ellis; Latham & Watkins; Maples Group; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

SoftBank's Sale of Arm to NVIDIA
Law firms: Hogan Lovells; Latham & Watkins; Morrison & Foerster

 

**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 organizations. 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 Harmony at harmony.tam@thomsonreuters.com.

* The above list will be regularly updated until final.

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WINNERS

Asian Legal Business congratulates all the finalists and winners. Here are the winners for ALB Hong Kong Law Awards 2021.

 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

Dealmaker of the Year

Kay Ian Ng, Sullivan & Cromwell

 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year

Matthew Hodgson, Allen & Overy

 

In-House Lawyer of the Year

Julie Prickett, AXA Hong Kong

 

Managing Partner of the Year

Lorna Xin Chen, Shearman & Sterling

 

Woman Lawyer of the Year (In-House)

Michelle Hung, COSCO SHIPPING Ports

 

Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)

Melody Chan, White & Case

 

Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House)

Edward Tung, ORI Capital

 

Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)

Eloise Matsui, Stephenson Harwood

 

IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES

Compliance and Risk Management In-House Team of the Year

Ant Group

 

Financial Services In-House Team of the Year

CITIC Capital

 

Withers Award Innovative In-House Team of the Year

HSBC

 

Investment Banking In-House Team of the Year

Goldman Sachs

 

Haldanes Award MNC In-House Team of the Year

AXA Hong Kong

 

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

Ping An Group

 

Hong Kong In-House Team of the Year

AXA Hong Kong

 

 

FIRM CATEGORIES

Aviation Law Firm of the Year

Clifford Chance

 

Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

 

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

Kirkland & Ellis

 

Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year

CMS

 

Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

 

Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

 

Immigration Law Firm of the Year

Harvey Law Group

 

Innovative Technologies Law Firm of the Year

Clifford Chance

 

Insurance Law Firm of the Year

Clyde & Co

 

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

Mayer Brown

 

International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year

King & Wood Mallesons

 

Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year

Deacons

 

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie         

 

Maritime Law Firm of the Year

Clyde & Co

 

Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year

Haldanes

 

Offshore Law Firm of the Year

Harney Westwood & Riegels 

 

PRC Law Firm, Hong Kong Office of the Year

JunHe

 

Private Wealth Law Firm of the Year

Withers

 

Real Estate Law Firm of the Year

Mayer Brown

 

Regulation and Investigations Law Firm of the Year

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

 

Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year

Kirkland & Ellis

 

Rising Law Firm of the Year

ELLALAN

 

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year

Squire Patton Boggs

 

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

 

Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Charltons

 

Hong Kong Law Firm of the Year

Deacons

 

DEAL CATEGORIES

Debt Market Deal of the Year

Airport Authority Hong Kong’s Debut Perpetual Capital Securities

Law firms: Allen & Overy; Linklaters
Banks: BOC; BOCI; HSBC; Merrill Lynch; Mizuho Securities; SCB; UBS

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year

JD Health's HK IPO

Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Han Kun; Maples Group; Shihui Partners; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

 

Finance Deal of the Year

Financing for 58.com's Privatization

Law firms: Conyers; Fangda Partners; Harney Westwood & Riegels; JunHe; Kirkland & Ellis; Maples Group; Linklaters; Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Bank: Shanghai Pudong Development Bank

 

M&A Deal of the Year

Gaw's Acquisiton of Cityplaza One

Law firms: Baker McKenzie; Mayer Brown; Paul Hastings

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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. 

Is self-nomination permitted?

Yes, we accept self-nominated submissions. We also accept third-party submissions, should you wish to nominate an external party or vice versa.

Is there a fee required to make a submission in the law awards?

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 in Sep 2021 in Hong Kong.

NOMINATION PROCESS AND ASSESSMENT 

How are the finalists chosen?

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. 

What are the award categories that I can take part in?

Any law firms, in-house teams or individuals may take part in multiple award categories if appropriate. The researchers reserve the right to move entries from one category to another if they feel it appropriate. The researchers’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

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

There will be an independent judging panel of at least 25 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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