2019 Shortlist

Deal Awards

M&A Deal of the Year: North Asia

CGN Energy’s acquisition of Brazilian wind power company
Clifford Chance
Eversheds Sutherland

Sale of CJ HealthCare to Korea Kolmar
Kim & Chang
Shin & Kim

Diageo’s investment in Sichuan Shuijingfang
Allen & Overy
Haiwen & Partners
Junhe

Sale of Toshiba Memory Corp
Dechert
Kim & Chang
Morrison & Foerster
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Ropes & Gray

SK Telecom’s acquisition of ADT Caps
Kim & Chang
Latham & Watkins
Lee & Ko

Takeda Pharmaceutical’s acquisition of Shire
Davis Polk Wardwell
Linklaters
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Slaughter and May
Sullivan & Cromwell 
 

M&A Deal of the Year: South Asia

Merger of Bharti Infratel and Indus Towers
AZB & Partners
Bharucha & Partners
Nishith Desai & Associates
S&R Associates
Slaughter and May

Hindalco Industries’ acquisition of Aleris Corp
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson
Latham & Watkins

IHH Healthcare’s investment in Fortis
Allen & Gledhill
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Khaitan & Co
Trilegal

Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart
Allen & Gledhill
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Dentons Rodyk
Drew & Napier
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian
Hogan Lovells
Khaitan & Co
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Trilegal
WongPartnership
 

M&A Deal of the Year: Southeast Asia

Gojek’s acquisition of RUMA
Ginting & Reksodiputro
Oentoeng Suria & Partners

Grab’s acquisition of Uber Southeast Asia business
Allen & Gledhill
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Hughes Hubbard & Reed
Morrison & Foerster
Rahmat Lim & Partners
SSEK Indonesian Legal Consultants  
Walkers
Weerawong C&P
Zaid Ibrahim & Co

Privatization of OldTown Bhd.
Allen & Gledhill
Rahmat Lim & Partners

Rio Tinto's sale of Grasberg copper mine
Ashurst
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners
Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
Oentoeng Suria & Partners

Thai Beverage’s privatization of Saigon Beer
Weerawong C&P
 

Finance Deal of the Year: Acquisitions

Financing for Geely's investment in Daimler
Allen & Overy
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Debt financing for KKR’s acquisition of LCY Chemical Corp
Baker McKenzie
Lee & Li
Linklaters
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Financing for Saigon Beer privatization
Clifford Chance
Weerawong C&P

JBIC loan for Takeda Pharmaceutical’s acquisition Shire
Linklaters
Nishimura & Asahi 
White & Case

Financing for Tianqi Lithium’s acquisition of SQM
Allen & Overy
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Latham & Watkins
Nishimura & Asahi 
White & Case
Zhong Lun Law Firm
 

Finance Deal of the Year: Insolvency and Restructuring

Ezion Holdings’ debt restructuring
Allen & Gledhill
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Morgan Lewis Stamford
Rajah & Tann
WongPartnership

Maxpower Group restructuring
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Linklaters
UMBRA

Debt restructuring of Nam Cheong group
Allen & Gledhill
Drew & Napier
Rahmat Lim & Partners
Rajah & Tann
Skrine

Noble Group restructuring
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Allen & Gledhill
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
HFW
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Morgan Lewis Stamford
Walkers
White & Case
WongPartnership

Prayagraj Power Generation restructuring
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
 

Finance Deal of the Year: Projects

Financing for Eastern Indonesian renewable energy project
ABNR
Assegaf Hamzah and Partners
Baker & MacKenzie
DLA Piper
Hendra Soenardi
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Shearman & Sterling

Gulf Green Chana's biomass power project financing
Baker McKenzie
Norton Rose Fulbright

Financing for Formosa 1 offshore wind farm
Clifford Chance
Lee & Li
Linklaters

Financing for Jakarta-Bandung high speed rail project
Ashurst
Guantao Law Firm
Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners
Oentoeng Suria & Partners

Refinancing facility for PT Medco E&P
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
Nishimura & Asahi 
 

Securities Deal of the Year: Debt

China Conch Venture convertible environmental bond
Commerce & Finance
Linklaters
Jingtian & Gongcheng
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

China Eastern Airlines Tokyo Pro-Bond Market Listing
Baker McKenzie
Commerce & Finance
Huiye Law Firm
Linklaters
Nishimura & Asahi 

Edra Energy’s sukuk offer
Rahmat Lim & Partners

Korea Housing Finance Corp.’s social covered bond
Kim & Chang
Linklaters
Shin & Kim

PLN's senior notes and concurrent tender offers
Linklaters
Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners
Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandung
Shearman & Sterling

Vinpearl's guaranteed exchangeable bonds
Allen & Overy
Latham & Watkins
YKVN
 

Securities Deal of the Year: Equity

Haier's D-Shares Listing in Frankfurt
Clifford Chance
King & Wood Mallesons
Linklaters
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Zhong Lun Law Firm

IPO of SoftBank’s telecom business
Anderson Mori
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Mori Hamada
Sullivan & Cromwell

iQiyi’s Nasdaq listing
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Han Kun Law Offices
Jingtian & Gongcheng
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Walkers

Sime Darby plantation and property arm listing
Norton Rose Fulbright

Vinhomes Initial Equity Offering
Allen & Overy
Latham & Watkins
VILAF
YKVN

Xiaomi’s Hong Kong IPO
Clifford Chance
Jingtian & Gongcheng
JunHe
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
 

Private Equity Deal of the Year

Ant Financial' series c financing
Allen & Overy
Appleby
Fangda Partners
Goodwin Procter
King & Wood Mallesons
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown
Morrison & Foerster
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Sullivan & Cromwell
Walkers
White & Case

Carlyle’s sale of ADT Caps
Kim & Chang
Latham & Watkins
Lee & Ko

HKBN's acquisition of WTT
Clifford Chance
Latham & Watkins
Shearman & Sterling

JD Logistics series A financing
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Han Kun Law Offices
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Shihui Partners

KKR's acquisition of Hitachi Kokusai Electric
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nishimura & Asahi
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Torikai Law Office

PAG-Joyson Safety acquisition of Takata
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi 
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
 

Energy and Infrastructure Project of the Year

Air Products’ China gasification joint venture
AllBright Law Offices
Han Kun Law Offices

X-Elio’s sale of Japanese solar power projects to DT Energy
Morrison & Foerster
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

India’s First National Highway
Baker McKenzie
Bharucha & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
HSA Advocates

Jakarta-Bandung high speed rail project
Ashurst
Guantao Law Firm
Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners
Oentoeng Suria & Partners

West Java LNG-to-power project
Allen & Overy
Ginting & Reksodiputro
Mayer Brown
Shearman & Sterling
Widyawan & Partners
 

TMT Deal of the Year

360 Technology’s A-share reverse takeover
Commerce & Finance
Grandway Law Offices

Alibaba’s acquisition of Ele.me
DLA Piper
Fangda Partners
Han Kun Law Offices
Morrison & Foerster
Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett

Grab’s acquisition of Uber Southeast Asia business
Allen & Gledhill
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Hughes Hubbard & Reed
Morrison & Foerster
Rahmat Lim & Partners
SSEK Indonesian Legal Consultants  
Zaid Ibrahim & Co

Naspers’ disposal of Tencent shares
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
 
Toyota Motor’s Grab investment
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Hughes Hubbard & Reed
 
Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart
Allen & Gledhill
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Dentons Rodyk
Drew & Napier
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian
Hogan Lovells
Khaitan & Co
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Trilegal
WongPartnership

Individual Awards

M&A Lawyer of the Year

Sang Gon Kim, Lee & Ko
Stephanie Keen, Hogan Lovells
He Kan, JunHe
Marcia Ellis, Morrison & Foerster
Peng Yu, Ropes & Gray
Ian Ho, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
 

Finance Lawyer of the Year

L. Viswanathan, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Richard Perks, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Indri Pramitaswari Guritno, Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners
Nelson Zhou, JunHe
Myoung Chul Kwak, Lee & Ko
 

Securities Lawyer of the Year

Yash Ashar, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Mengyu Lu, Sidley Austin
Alan Cannon, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Julie Gao, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
William Jia, Zhong Lun Law Firm
 

Litigation and Investigations Lawyer of the Year

Ruixue Ran, Covington & Burling
Davinder Singh, Drew & Napier
Baek Chang-hoon, Kim & Chang
Song Pyoung-keun, Lee & Ko
Brian Burke, Shearman & Sterling
 

Energy and Infrastructure Lawyer of the Year

Santosh Janakiram, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Elvis Zhou, JunHe
Hun Ko, Lee & Ko
Ben Shorten, Shearman & Sterling
Wang Jihong, Zhong Lun Law Firm
 

Trade Lawyer of the Year

Frank Pan, Baker McKenzie
Anu Monga, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Hyun-Soo Joo, Lee & Ko
William Marshall, Tiang & Partners
Pu Lingchen, Zhong Lun Law Firm
 

Firm Awards

M&A Firm of the Year

Allen & Gledhill
AZB & Partners
Clifford Chance
Dechert
Hogan Lovells
Kim & Chang
Nishimura & Asahi
Zhong Lun Law Firm
 

Finance Firm of the Year

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Lee & Ko
Zhong Lun Law Firm
 

Investment Funds Firm of the Year

Bae, Kim & Lee
Clifford Chance
Cooley
Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian
Shearman & Sterling
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
 

Securities Firm of the Year

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Commerce & Finance
King & Wood Mallesons
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Sullivan & Cromwell
 

Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year

Drew & Napier
Gall
Herbert Smith Freehills
Kim & Chang
Winston & Strawn
 

Intellectual Property Firm of the Year

Chang Tsi & Partners
Hogan Lovells
Kim & Chang
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Tilleke & Gibbins
Yulchon
Zhong Lun Law Firm
 

TMT Firm of the Year

Bird & Bird
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian
Han Kun Law Offices
Lee & Ko
TransAsia
 

Offshore Law Firm of the Year

Appleby
Carey Olsen
Harney Westwood & Riegels
Maples and Calder
Walkers
 

Shipping Firm of the Year

Holman Fenwick Willan
Lee & Ko
Norton Rose Fulbright
Stephenson Harwood
Watson Farley & Williams
 

Private Client Firm of the Year

Han Kun Law Offices
Lee & Ko
Squire Patton Boggs
Stephenson Harwood
Withers
 

New Asian Office of the Year

Bae, Kim & Lee, Myanmar
CMS, Hong Kong
Gunderson Dettmer, Singapore
Taylor Wessing, Hong Kong
Stephenson Harwood, Myanmar
 

Other Categories

Asian Pro Bono Initiative of the Year

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer: research for same-sex marriage legalization in Japan
Lee & Ko: litigation helps civilian war veterans get national merit recognition
Mayer Brown: help refugees obtain Hong Kong employment permission
Ropes & Gray: Hong Kong lawyers Nairobi prosecutors training program
 

Asian Diversity Initiative of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills, Diversity & Inclusion Effort
Hogan Lovells, Pride+
Mayer Brown, Diversity & Inclusion Asia
 

Asian Technology and Innovation Initiative of the Year

Bird & Bird
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
LOD
 

Alternative Legal Service Offering of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills' Global Alternative Legal Services Resourcing
KorumLegal
LOD
 

In-House Award

In-House Legal Department of the Year

Ant Financial Services Group
Ernst & Young India
LG Electronics
Nord Anglia Education
Wal-Mart Asia
 

Grand prizes

International Law Firm Leader of the Year

Milton Cheng, Baker McKenzie
Miguel Zaldivar, Hogan Lovells
David Tang, K&L Gates
Julie Gao, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Bill McCormack, Shearman & Sterling
 

Asia Law Firm Leader of the Year

Sue Kench, King & Wood Mallesons
Christina Ong and Penny Goh, Allen & Gledhill
Jonathan Zhou, Fangda Partners
Cyril Shroff, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Sai Ree Yun, Yulchon
 

International Law Firm of the Year

Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Hogan Lovells
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Withers
 

Asian Law Firm of the Year

Allen & Gledhill
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
King & Wood Mallesons
Lee & Ko
Zhong Lun Law Firm