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Deal Awards

M&A Deal of the Year: North Asia

Gotion High-Tech’s $1.3B Strategic Cooperation with Volkswagen China
King & Wood Mallesons

Itochu’s $5.6B Acquisition of FamilyMart
Davis Polk & Wardwell 
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nakamura, Tsunoda & Matsumoto
Nishimura & Asahi
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Korean Air’s’ $1.6B Takeover of Asiana Airlines
Kim & Chang
Shin & Kim
Yoon & Yang

NTT Docomo’s $40B Take-Private
Hibiya Sogo Law Offices
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nakamura, Tsunoda & Matsumoto
Nishimura & Asahi
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Shearman & Sterling

Prudential Financial’s $1.9B Sale of Prudential Life Insurance Korea
Debevoise & Plimpton
Kim & Chang
Yulchon

Sina’s $2.6B Take-Private
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Harney Westwood & Riegels
Kirkland & Ellis
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

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

Aviva Singapore’s $2B Combination with SingLife
Allen & Gledhill
Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Latham & Watkins
Norton Rose Fulbright
Slaughter & May
TSMP Law Corp.
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Bangkok Bank’s $2.3B Acquisition of Bank Permata
Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
Linklaters
White & Case

Kimberly-Clark’s $1.2B Acquisition of Softex Indonesia
Allen & Gledhill
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Makarim & Taira S.
Maples & Calder
Soemadipradja & Taher

KKR’s $622M Investment in J.B. Chemicals
Platinum Partners
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Reliance Retail’s $3.3B Acquisition of Future Group’s Retail Assets
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Khaitan & Co
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Tesco’s $10.6B sale of Thailand and Malaysia Businesses
Adnan Sundra & Low
Allen & Overy
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters
Rahmat Lim & Partners

Finance Deal of the Year: Acquisitions

58.com’s $3.5B Leveraged Financing for Take-Private
Conyers
Fangda Partners
Harneys
JunHe
Kirkland & Ellis
Linklaters
Maples and Calder
Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Blackstone’s Financing for $2.3B Acquisition of Takeda Consumer Healthcare
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

CP Group’s Financing for $10.6B Acquisition of Tesco's Southeast Asian Business
Clifford Chance
Norton Rose Fulbright

Macquarie’s $1.4B Financing for Acquisition of Daesung Industrial Gases
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko

Standard Chartered Bank’s $339M Facilities for Aviva-SingLife Merger
Baker McKenzie
Latham & Watkins

Finance Deal of the Year: Insolvency and Restructuring

Duniatex Group’s $2.6B Debt Restructuring
Aji Wijaya & Co
Baker McKenzie
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners

IL&FS Group’s $13.5B Debt Resolution
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Jiangsu Akcome’s $1.85B Bankruptcy Restructuring
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Tiger Resources’ $271M Scheme of Arrangement
King & Wood Mallesons
Slaughter & May

Xihe Group’s $3.85B Restructuring
Allen & Gledhill
WongPartnership

Finance Deal of the Year: Projects

Changfang and Xidao Offshore Wind Project’s $3B Financing
Baker McKenzie
Lee & Li
Linklaters
Watson Farley & Williams
White & Case

Nam Kong 1 Power Co.’s $230M Financing for Hydropower Station Project
King & Wood Mallesons

Meghnaghat II Gas-Fired Power Project’s $642M Financing and Development
Baker McKenzie
Farooq & Associates

Sidrap I Windfarm’s $115M Refinancing
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Baker McKenzie
Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners
Shearman & Sterling

Udenna Corp.’s $300M Financing for Acquisition of Malampaya Gas Field Interest
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Milbank
Picazo Law
Villaraz & Angangco

Securities Deal of the Year: Debt

Indonesia’s $4.3B COVID Relief Bond
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Ginting & Reksodiputro
Hadipuranto, Hadinoto & Partners

Korea’s $1.4B Foreign Exchange Equalization Bonds
Bae, Kim & Lee
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Lee & Ko

Manila Water Company’s $500M Sustainability Bond
Dechert
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Mongolia’s $600M Sovereign Bond for Sustainable Development
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
DB&GTS
Dorsey & Whitney
Mayer Brown
Melville Erdenedalai

Tencent Music’s $800M Debut SEC-Registered Notes
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Han Kun Law Offices
Latham & Watkins
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Securities Deal of the Year: Equity

AREIT’s $253M IPO in the Philippines
Allen & Overy
Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz
Dechert
Latham & Watkins
Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos Law Offices

Big Hit Entertainment’s $820M IPO on Korea Exchange
Bae, Kim & Lee
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Greenberg Traurig
Kim & Chang

China Pacific Insurance’s $2B Listing on London Stock Exchange
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Linklaters

JD.com’s $4.3B Hong Kong Secondary Listing
Clifford Chance
Han Kun Law Offices
Shihui Partners
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Ninebot’s $290M CDR Listing on STAR Market
Zhong Lun Law Firm

SembCorp Marine’s $1.57B Renounceable Rights Issue
Allen & Gledhill
Clifford Chance
TSMP Law Corp.
WongPartnership

Private Equity Deal of the Year

Affinity Equity Partners and Baring’s $1B Investment in Shinhan Financial Group
Bae, Kim & Lee
Shin & Kim
Yulchon

Bain Capital’s $1.2B Leveraged Tender Offer for Nichiigakkan
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners
Ropes & Gray
White & Case

Carlyle’s $490M Acquisition of 20% in Piramal Pharma
AZB & Partners
Covington & Burling
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
White & Case

China Biologic Products’ $4.76B Take-Private
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton 
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Fangda Partners
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Harney Westwood & Riegels
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham Watkins
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

KKR and Rakuten’s $1.6B Acquisition of Seiyu Stakes
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Nishimura & Asahi
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Macquarie-Led Consortium's $2.3B Acquisition of 88% of AirTrunk
Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper
Gilbert + Tobin
Hogan Lovells
King & Wood Mallesons
Norton Rose Fulbright

TMT Deal of the Year

Huya and DouYu’s $6B Merger
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton 
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Haiwen & Partners
Han Kun Law Offices
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Walkers
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Establishment of China Unified Broadcasting Network
Fangda Partners
Shu Jin Law Firm

Jio PLatforms’ $20B Fundraising
AZB & Partners
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Kirkland & Ellis
Nishith Desai Associates
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

SK Broadband’s $840M Acquisition of T-Broad
Bae, Kim & Lee
Lee & Ko
Yulchon

T-Map Mobility’s $910M Establishment and Joint Venture with Uber
Bae, Kim & Lee
Herbert Smith Freehills
KL Partners
Shin & Kim

Toyota and NTT’s $3.66B Smart City Platform Collaborations
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


Individual Awards

IPO Lawyer of the Year

  • Benjamin Carale, Latham & Watkins
  • Christopher Wong, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • King Wang Li, Tian Yuan Law Firm
  • Grace Lai, Drew & Napier
  • Myoung Jae Chung, Kim & Chang
  • Paloma Wang, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
     

Private Equity Lawyer of the Year

  • Ian Ho, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Je Won Lee, Lee & Ko
  • Jiangshan Tang, Haiwen & Partners
  • Sidharth Bhasin, Shearman & Sterling
  • Tsuyoshi Imai, Ropes & Gray
     

Energy and Infrastructure Lawyer of the Year

  • Bill Yu, JunHe
  • Hun Ko, Lee & Ko
  • Martin David, Baker McKenzie
  • Nick Kouvaritakis, Mayer Brown
  • Tomohiro Sato, Nishimura & Asahi
     

International Trade Lawyer of the Year

  • Eugene Lim, Taxise Asia
  • Lindsay Zhu, Squire Patton Boggs
  • Qing Ren, Global Law Office
  • Riza Buditomo, Hadipuranto, Hadinoto & Partners
  • Young Gee Park, Lee & Ko
     

Data Privacy Lawyer of the Year

  • Gabriela Kennedy, Mayer Brown
  • Kieran Donovan, Latham & Watkins
  • Noriya Ishikawa, Nishimura & Asahi
  • Paolo Sbuttoni, Baker McKenzie
  • Susan Ning, King & Wood Mallesons
     

Private Client Lawyer of the Year

  • Caroline McNally, Gall
  • Echo Zhao, Shanghai SF Lawyers
  • Kevin Lee, Stephenson Harwood
  • Sim Ho Ong, Drew & Napier
  • Stacy Choong, Withers KhattarWong
     

Firm Awards

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

  • Bae, Kim & Lee
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Nishimura & Asahi
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
     

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

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Goodwin Procter
  • JunHe
  • Lee & Ko
  • Rahmat Lim & Partners
  • Shearman & Sterling
     

Finance Firm of the Year

  • Allen & Gledhill
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Fangda Partners
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Lee & Ko
     

Securities Firm of the Year

  • Clifford Chance
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Sidley Austin
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Zhong Lun Law Firm
     

Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year

  • Allen & Gledhill
  • Drew & Napier
  • Global Law Office
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Latham & Watkins
     

Offshore Law Firm of the Year

  • Carey Olsen
  • Maples
  • Walkers
     

Intellectual Property Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Bird & Bird
  • JunHe
  • Lee & Ko
  • Mayer Brown
  • Tilleke & Gibbins
     

Investment Funds Firm of the Year

  • Allen & Gledhill
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Cooley
  • Han Kun Law Offices
  • Shearman & Sterling
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
     

TMT Firm of the Year

  • Bae, Kim & Lee
  • Fangda Partners
  • JunHe
  • Nishimura & Asahi
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
     

Other Categories

Asian Pro Bono Initiative of the Year

  • Davis Polk, King & Wood Mallesons, Kirkland, Linklaters, Freshfields, Latham’s Legal Aid Work with Justice Centre Hong Kong
  • Hogan Lovells’ Counter Trafficking Work in Vietnam with Pacific Links Foundation
  • Shearman & Sterling’s Role on Impact Investment Exchange’s Women’s Livelihood Bond 2
  • Yulchon’s Guardianship for Crime Victims with Cognitive Disability
     

Asian Diversity Initiative of the Year

  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Fully Agile Pilot Program
  • Hugill & Ip Solicitors’ Private Screening of Movie Suk Suk
  • Mayer Brown, Sidley Austin’s LGBT+ Awareness Raising Virtual Event with Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Attorneys Network
  • Shearman & Sterling’s Women Partner/Associate Mentoring Circles
     

Asian Technology and Innovation Initiative of the Year

  • King & Wood Mallesons’ LG Crowd Multifunctional Process Improvement Team for National Australia Bank
  • Mayer Brown’s Unit Allocation Tool for Automating Property Conveyancing in Hong Kong
  • Nishimura New Normal Remote Work Optimization Project
     

Asia Alternative Legal Service Offering of the Year

  • KorumLegal
  • LOD
  • Ropes & Gray’s Insights Lab Consulting and Analytics Offering
     

Best Crisis Management of the Year

To be announced at the awards ceremony.
 


In-House Awards

In-House Legal Department of the Year

Sponsored by:

  • CITIC Capital
  • Damansara Holdings
  • Klook
  • Manulife Asia
  • Ping An Group
     

General Counsel of the Year

  • Ajai Kumar Jain, Godrej & Boyce Manufacturing
  • Auzan Syaidi Abdul Lateh, Damansara Holdings
  • Olivia Tong, KPMG China
  • Steven Yeo, Manulife Asia
  • Vincent Ng, Klook
     

ACC Outstanding Achievement Award

To be announced at the awards ceremony.


Grand Prizes

International Law Firm Leader of the Year

  • David Zemans, Managing Partner, Milbank Asia
  • Jamie Stranger, Greater China Managing Partner,  Stephenson Harwood
  • Julie Gao, Head of China, Skadden
  • Lorna Chen, Asia Managing Partner, Shearman & Sterling
  • May Tai, Asia Managing Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Asian Law Firm Leader of the Year

  • Joyce Li, Chief Executive, Han Kun Law Offices
  • Michael Han, Managing Partner, Fangda Partners
  • Seok Hoon Kang, Chief Managing Partner, Yulchon
  • Siqi Fu, Partner in Charge, Tian Yuan Law Firm Hong Kong
  • Xiaoliang Wu, Managing Partner, CM Law Firm

International Law Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie
  • Cooley
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
  • Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
     

Asian Law Firm of the Year

  • Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
  • Fangda & Partners
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Lee & Ko
  • Nishimura & Asahi