39 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – AUGUST 2023 ALB JAPAN LAW AWARDS 2023 “This distinction, far from being mine alone, reflects the collective dedication of our lawyers, and each member of our firm, to excellence in the service of our clients,” Kaneko said. “It is a testament to their hard work, integrity, and sense of shared mission. Together, we will continue to deliver the kind of legal services that contribute to the sustainable growth of Japanese industry.” The Rising Law Firm of the Year award went to southgate. “We were delighted to receive the first-ever Rising Law Firm of the Year award at this year’s Japan ALB Awards ceremony. This award builds on the Boutique Law Firm of the Year award we won previously as recognition of our growth as a powerhouse in cross-border transactional work in the seven years since our founding,” said attorney Eric Marcks. Jacky Scanlan-Dyas, a partner at Hogan Lovells, was honoured with Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm). “It is a testament to the strength of our top-tier M&A practice here on the ground in Japan, and awards like these are not possible without our team’s outstanding effort over the past year,” she said. Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu received the Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year and the Private Equity Law Firm of the Year awards. “We extend our sincere gratitude to all our clients for choosing us to handle their most demanding and critical projects. We remain committed to providing services tailored to the complex and diverse business needs of our clients worldwide,” said partners Yoshihisa Watanabe and Makoto Ohnuma.“ Meanwhile, the ESG and Sustainability Law Firm of the Year award went to Atsumi & Sakai. “This would serve as a testament to our firm’s dedication and commitment to create value and contribute to building a sustainable and better society for all,” said Yuri Suzuki, a partner and the firm’s chief sustainability officer. “We will continue to serve our community as part of the social infrastructure, and will strive to deliver innovative and outstanding legal services to assist our clients.” Within the in-house categories, SoftBank received the top prize of Japan In-House Team of the Year. “Every member of our global SoftBank Group Legal team fully deserves this fantastic recognition of the tremendous value they add. We will continue to provide our internal business teams with the very best advice we can on how our Group can achieve its goals,” said Tim Mackey, head of the legal department. Two prestigious individual awards, In-House Lawyer of the Year and Woman Lawyer of the Year (InHouse), went to Mari Hiraizumi, general counsel Japan at GlaxoSmithKline. “This is truly one of the highlights of my 25-year career as an attorney and 16-year career as an in-house counsel. This would not have been possible without all the support provided to me and my team members,” she said. Managing Partner of the Year Keiko Kaneko, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year Nishimura & Asahi Foreign Lawyer of the Year Keiji Hatano, Sullivan & Cromwell ESG and Sustainability Law Firm of the Year Atsumi & Sakai Boutique Law Firm of the Year Catherine O’Connell Law Rising Law Firm of the Year Southgate WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM