2 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – SEPTEMBER 2023 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM Asian Legal Business is available by subscription. Please visit for details. Asian Legal Business has an audited average circulation of 11,402 as of 30 September 2016.Copyright is reserved throughout. No part of this publication can be reproduced in whole or part without the express permission of the editor. Contributions are invited, but copies of work should be kept, as Asian Legal Business can accept no responsibility for loss. MCI (P) 003/02/2023 issn 0219 – 6875 KDN PPS 1867/10/2015(025605) Thomson Reuters 18 Science Park Drive Singapore 118229 / T (65) 6775 5088 / F (65) 6333 0900 10/F, Cityplaza 3, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong / T (852) 3762 3269 Navigating choppy waters In the ever-evolving world of mergers and acquisitions, the landscape can be as unpredictable as a tempestuous sea. In the current issue of ALB Asia, we proudly present our annual ranking of the top M&A law firms in the region. This year, more than ever, our ranking serves as a tribute to the legal luminaries who have deftly steered their clients through the stormy waters of dealmaking in a remarkably challenging environment. 2023 has indeed been a year unlike any other in recent memory. The global economic climate has been marked by uncertainty, with geopolitical tensions, supply chain disruptions, and the ongoing effects of the pandemic casting a shadow of unpredictability over the business world. In such turbulent seas, M&A activity has seen a slowdown, making each deal all the more precious and each legal strategist all the more essential. Our ranking seeks to shine a spotlight on those law firms and their dedicated teams who have risen to the occasion, demonstrating resilience, adaptability, and unwavering commitment to their clients. Whether facilitating cross-border transactions, advising on regulatory intricacies, or negotiating complex agreements, these legal professionals have showcased exceptional prowess in turning challenges into opportunities. While the volume of deals may have decreased, the significance of the ones that do transpire is magnified. The lawyers and law firms featured in this year’s ranking have proven themselves as true captains of the M&A world, guiding their clients’ ships safely to their destinations amid choppy seas. As we navigate these uncertain times together, we commend the top M&A law firms for their unwavering commitment to their clients and for helping to shape the future of business in Asia. We hope that this issue inspires and informs, providing valuable perspectives on the M&A landscape in the year that has tested us all. RANAJIT DAM Managing Editor, Asian Legal Business, Thomson Reuters HEAD OF LEGAL MEDIA BUSINESS, ASIA & EMERGING MARKETS Amantha Chia MANAGING EDITOR Ranajit Dam ASIA JOURNALIST Sarah Wong ASIA WRITER Nimitt Dixit RANKINGS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS EDITOR Wang Bingqing COPY & WEB EDITOR Rowena Muniz SENIOR DESIGNER John Agra TRAFFIC/CIRCULATION MANAGER Rozidah Jambari SALES MANAGERS Hiroshi Kaneko Japan (81) 3 4520 1192 Jonathan Yap Indonesia, Singapore (65) 6973 8914 Krupa Dalal India, Middle East, Singapore (91) 22 6189 7087 Romulus Tham Southeast Asia (65) 6973 8248 Steffi Yang South and West China (86) 010 5669 2041 Steven Zhao China Key Accounts (86) 10 6627 1360 Yvonne Cheung China Key Accounts, Hong Kong and Korea (852) 2847 2003 SENIOR EVENTS MANAGER Julian Chiew SENIOR EVENTS MANAGER, AWARDS Tracy Li