Asialaw Awards 2017

Recognising the leading national and regional firms in Asia

Awards period: July 1 2016 – June 30 2017


1. National Firms of the Year (24 jurisdictions):
For the firm that has displayed outstanding achievement in advising clients on local law matters, across a range of practice areas.

Jurisdictions covered:

AustraliaBruneiCambodiaChinaHong KongIndiaIndonesiaJapanKazakhstanLaosMacauMalaysiaMaldivesMongoliaMyanmarNew ZealandPakistanPhilippinesSingaporeSouth KoreaSri LankaTaiwanThailandVietnam

2. Practice Area Firm of the Year (18 practice areas): For the firm that has displayed outstanding achievement in advising clients on matters in the specific practice area.

Banking & Finance • Capital Markets • Competition & Antitrust • Construction & Real Estate • Corporate/M&A • Dispute Resolution & Litigation • Energy & Natural Resources • Financial Services Regulatory • Insurance • Intellectual Property • Investment Funds • IT, Telco & Media • Labour & Employment • Private Equity • Projects & Infrastructure • Restructuring & Insolvency • Shipping, Maritime & Aviation • Tax

3. Asialaw Firm of the Year: For the firm, likely to be a regional firm, that has displayed outstanding achievement, and made a substantial impact, in advising clients on matters in a range of practice areas.

4. North Asia Firm of the Year (China, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, South Korea and Taiwan): For the firm that has displayed outstanding strength in depth in local law and regional coverage in the jurisdictions of North Asia.

5. South-east Asia Firm of the Year (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam): For the firm that has displayed outstanding strength in depth in local law and regional coverage in the jurisdictions of South-east Asia.

6. South Asia Firm of the Year (India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka): For the firm that has displayed outstanding strength in depth in local law and regional coverage in the jurisdictions of South Asia.

7. Australasia Firm of the Year (Australia and New Zealand): For the firm that has displayed outstanding strength in depth in local law and regional coverage in Australia and New Zealand.

8. Asia Pro Bono Firm of the Year: For the firm that has displayed outstanding achievement in advising clients on a pro bono basis in any or a number of practice areas. This award is given for outstanding achievement in offering legal advice for no fee, on a voluntary basis and for the public good.

9. Asia Innovator of the Year Award: for the firm that has used an offline or online initiative, such as meetings, conferences, websites, weblogs or webcasts, to explain the practicalities of the law and increase the understanding of clients.

10. Best Newcomer: This will consider the work over the last 12 months of any firm that has been set up in any jurisdiction in Asia in the last five years.

11. Asialaw In-house Team of the Year: For the group that is responsible for outstanding achievement of their company’s legal function and can point to a substantial impact of that achievement on the business.

12. Asialaw In-house Counsel of the Year: For the in-house counsel that has led his department to a year of demonstrable achievement and worked toward attaining a new recognition for the legal function within the company.
13. Asialaw Lifetime Achievement Award: For the individual, chosen by the editorial staff of Asialaw, who has made a significant impact on the development of the law and legal systems in Asia, through their role in government, industry or private practice.

Methodology

As part of the research for the 2018 edition of Asialaw Profiles, in March and April 2017, companies, law firms and other legal service providers will be eligible to submit examples of their best work for consideration for national and practice area awards, and the in-house awards. See above for eligible countries and practice areas

The regional awards for Asialaw Firm of the Year, North Asia, South-east Asia, South Asia and Australasia will be judged from these submissions.

Please click on these links to submit your own firm’s information for these additional awards: best newcomer, innovation and pro bono.

Firms can make separate submissions for the regional awards covering best newcomer, innovation and pro bono.

The awards will be judged according to:

  • Innovation (Did the advice the firm gave show something more than the straightforward answer that is commonly used?)
  • Complexity (Did the matter address legal issues that were out of the ordinary and what ingenuity did the firm show to solve them?)
  • Impact (What impact did the advice have on the client? For example, did it help them take over their biggest rival? Issue equity and debt in a particular market for the first time? Win an unprecedented judgement in court?)
These awards will represent the views of the publication about the leading national and regional law firms in Asia between June 2016 and May 2017.