Any firm or individual with an office in China or Hong Kong can submit an entry, as long as the nominee meets the criteria for the relevant category. Joint entries are also welcome, where appropriate.

There is a strict limit of one entry per organization per Deal, Firm and Lawyer category. For the firm and lawyer prizes, the submissions are required to focus on three specific matters to support the nomination. The period covered by these awards is from June 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020. While initiatives, deals or cases may have commenced before that time, the focus of the entry must be within the stated period.


Submission process

Entries must be submitted using the awards’ online portal. Email submissions will NOT be accepted. Any entry that exceeds the stated word limits will be automatically disqualified. While we encourage you to use the online forms, you may upload your entry as an attachment.

Advice on how to put together a submission

Your submission should demonstrate how you have excelled against all the criteria. The weakest part of many entries last year was the failure to include clear evidence of achievement or explanation of why the matter was significant, innovative or ground breaking. The judges will be harsh on entries that do not include clear statements of objectives and targets supported by evidence that these targets were reached.


Please do not submit confidential matters for consideration. In particular, Deals of the Year nominations with any confidential element will be disqualified without exception. However, if you would like certain aspects of your entry for Firm or Lawyer nominations to remain confidential, please mark these sections clearly and we will not publish this information without your permission.

Supporting material

There is a strict limit of one piece of supporting material per entry. It is not obligatory to include supporting material.