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M&A Firm of the Year (Medium-sized deal under $500M)

Han Kun Law Offices

Han Kun is a leading full-service law firm in China. Over the years, Han Kun has been widely recognized as a leader in complex corss-border and domestic transactions. Our main practice areas include private equity, mergers and acquisitions, international and domestic capital markets, investment funds, assets management, Antitrust/Competition, banking and finance, aviation finance, foreign direct investment, compliance, private client wealth management, intellectual property and dispute resolution. As of today, we have over 400 lawyers located in the four offices of the firm in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. All our lawyers are graduates of top universities and speak at least a foreign language. Many have worked outside of China and have extensive experience in complex cross-border transactions as counsel to both Chinese and foreign clients.

Asian Law Firm of the Year

Jingtian & Gongcheng

M&A Deal of the Year: North Asia

Merger of Yahoo Japan and Line Corp.
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Kim & Chang
Latham & Watkins
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Shearman & Sterling
Simpson Thacher & Barlett
White & Case

M&A Deal of the Year: South & Southeast Asia

PT Medco Energi Internasional’s Acquisition of Ophir Energy
Adnan Kelana Haryanto & Hermanto
Chandler MHM
DFDL Sidley Austin
Nishimura & Asahi
Zaid Ibrahim & Co

Securities Deal of the Year: Debt

LG Chem’s Green Bond Offer
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Lee & Ko

Securities Deal of the Year: Equity

Alibaba’s Hong Kong Listing
Fangda Partners
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
King & Wood Mallesons
Maples Group
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Private Equity Deal of the Year

GIC’s investment into GMR Airports
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
L&L Partners
Nishith Desai Associates
Shardul Amarchand
Vaish Associates

TMT Deal of the Year

Joint Venture Between IronNet Cybersecurity and Ensign InfoSecurity
Drew & Napier

Finance Deal of the Year: Acquisitions

GPSC Financing for the Acquisition of GLOW Energy
Norton Rose Fulbright
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners

Finance Deal of the Year: Insolvency and Restructuring

China Singyes Solar Technologies’ Debt Restructuring
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
DLA Piper
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown

Finance Deal of the Year: Projects

PT Pertamina EP Cepu’s Gas Field Development Project
Latham & Watkins

Energy and Infrastructure Project of the Year

Yunlin Offshore Wind Project
Blanke Meier Evers
Lee & Li
Tsar & Tsai
White & Case

IPO Lawyer of the Year

Li He, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Private Equity Lawyer of the Year

Yunbak Chung, Kim & Chang

Investment Funds Lawyer of the Year

Adam Furber, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

TMT Lawyer of the Year

Stella Cramer, Norton Rose Fulbright

Energy and Infrastructure Lawyer of the Year

Hun Ko, Lee & Ko

International Trade Lawyer of the Year

Tatman Savio, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Data Privacy Lawyer of the Year

Tae Uk Kang, Bae, Kim & Lee

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC was founded in 1980 and is one of the premier law firms in South Korea. The Seoul-based BKL provides market-leading legal services in every practice area it covers, including corporate/M&A, capital markets, finance, dispute resolution, antitrust, tax, IP, employment, real estate, TMT, maritime and insurance. With over 650 attorneys and other professionals located throughout its offices in Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Yangon and Dubai, BKL has a diverse mix of Korean attorneys, foreign attorneys, tax advisers, industry experts, former government officials and other specialists in various practice areas. The firm advises a broad range of clients, such as Korean conglomerates and government organizations, major international financial institutions and multinational corporations. 

Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year

Zhao Ye, Jingtian & Gongcheng

Private Client Lawyer of the Year

Paul Jebely, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

M&A Firm of the Year (Large deal $500M or above)

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Securities Firm of the Year

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Finance Firm of the Year

White & Case

Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills

Intellectual Property Firm of the Year

Fangda Partners

Private Client Firm of the Year


Shipping Firm of the Year

Watson Farley & Williams

Offshore Law Firm of the Year

Maples Group

New Asian Office of the Year

Jingtian & Gongcheng's Hong Kong office

Asian Alternative Legal Service Offering of the Year


Asian Diversity Initiative of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills’ Shared Parental Leave in Asia

Asian Pro Bono Initiative of the Year

Mayer Brown’s NGO Marketplace

Asian Technology and Innovation Initiative of the Year

Norton Rose Fulbright’s NRF SYKE Offering

Asian In-House Legal Department of the Year

Marriott APAC Legal Team

General Counsel of the Year

Sea Hun Oh, Hyundai Heavy Industries

International Law Firm Leader of the Year

Milton Cheng, global chair, Baker McKenzie

Asian Law Firm Leader of the Year

Yong Seok Ahn, managing partner, Lee & Ko

International Law Firm of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills

Asian Law Firm of the Year

Jingtian & Gongcheng