TMT Firm of the Year Award
Bae, Kim & Lee
Bae, Kim & Lee LLC’s TMT practice group was the first Korean law firm team to focus on information technology and data regulation. Our practice has expanded rapidly with the evolution in telecom and connectivity over the past 20 years. That evolution saw a proliferation of laws governing information flows in Korea, making it a highly regulated jurisdiction in this regard. Throughout, the BKL team has been at the leading edge of Korean legal services, in every relevant area of industry, financial and data privacy regulation.
The TMT practice group includes over 100 professionals. A 50-lawyer core team specializes in telecom, broadcast and information technology, with focal areas including connectivity rules and data privacy. Added regulatory expertise is supplied by a dedicated team of former government and industry specialists. A large supporting corps of intellectual property experts focus on media-centered businesses and online services, including technology transfer and licensing issues, creative rights and trade secrets. We serve a wide spectrum of business, ranging from multinationals and local market leaders – major telecoms, broadcasters, financial institutions, online/app service providers – to mid-size innovators and fast-growing startups.
Asian Law Firm Leader of the Year
Han Kun is a leading full-service law firm in China. Over the years, Han Kun has been widely recognised as a leader in complex cross-border and domestic transactions. Its main practice areas include private equity, mergers and acquisitions, international and domestic capital markets, investment funds, asset management, competition law, banking and finance, aviation finance, foreign direct investment, compliance, private client wealth management, intellectual property and dispute resolution. Han Kun has nearly 500 professionals located in our four offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong. All our lawyers are graduates of top universities and have extensive experience in complex cross-border transactions as counsel to both Chinese and foreign clients.
Asian In-House Legal Department of the Year
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we operate as Manulife across our offices in Canada, Asia, and Europe, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States. We provide financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2020, we had more than 37,000 employees, over 118,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving almost 30 million customers. As of December 31, 2020, we had $1.3 trillion (US$943 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $31.6 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 155 years. We trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.
The Asian regional legal team of Manulife consists of five lawyers. The team assists Steven Yeo, the General Counsel and Head of Legal & Compliance Asia, in overseeing over 80 lawyers operating across 12 jurisdictions in Asia, all providing Manulife with professional legal advice. In addition to the legal function, the General Counsel is also responsible for supervising regulatory, compliance and corporate governance functions comprising over 230 professionals across Asia. Recognised by the business as trusted partner and innovator with proactive, practical and customer friendly advice, we provide a wide spectrum of professional legal, regulatory and compliance advice covering all aspects of Manulife’s businesses.
International Trade Lawyer of the Year
Eugene Lim serves as the Co-Chairman of the Tax & Trust Committee of the Law Society of Singapore and is a Board member of the Tax Academy of Singapore, the not-for-profit training arm of the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore. Eugene is ranked as a Highly Regarded Tax Practitioner for Indirect Tax and for Tax Controversies by the International Tax Review in 2020 and a Leading Lawyer for Tax by AsiaLaw Profiles in 2020. Prior to co-founding Taxise, Eugene was the head of an international firm’s Chambers & Partners band 1-ranked Tax, Trade and Wealth Management practice in Singapore and also served as the firm’s Regional Chair of Trade & Commerce and Indirect Tax Practices. Eugene was previously ranked in Chambers & Partners for International Trade: Asia; International Trade: Southeast Asia; Tax: Singapore; and in Legal 500 for Tax: Singapore.
M&A Deal of the Year: North Asia
Yulchon’s name is formed from two Chinese characters that mean, “a community of legal experts.” With more than 550 lawyers and specialists across seven practice groups and 12 industry teams, and with six overseas offices, Yulchon’s experienced professionals work together in a culture of excellence, innovation and collaboration to address the challenges our clients face. Since its founding in 1997, Yulchon has become the fastest-growing among Korea’s top law firms. Our perspective is international, and our reach is global. At Yulchon, we put the needs of our clients first, and we are proud that our success is measured by the success and satisfaction of our clients.