On May 30, the best national and regional law firms from across the region gathered at the Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong for the second annual Asialaw Regional Awards.

Kim & Chang received the biggest prize of the evening for Asia-Pacific firm of the year. It also took home trophies for Regulatory firm of the year, Insurance firm of the year and Aviation and Shipping firm of the year.

Elsewhere, Rajah & Tann had a successful evening, winning for Restructuring and Insolvency firm of the year, Laos firm of the year and taking home four Impact Deal trophies (including for its role on the Consortium acquisition of Singapore’s Global Logistics Properties).

In total, the awards recognised leading law firms across eight practice areas, seven industries and 25 jurisdictions across the region. This year, Asialaw added operational awards that were decided using objective data captured from client feedback during the 2018 research process. In deciding the winners, each firm or practitioner was given an average score using the client surveys. The award went to the firm/practitioner with the highest average score.

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Please click here to read the full methodology for the awards https://www.asialaw.com/general/awards


Australia Firm of the Year
Gilbert + Tobin

Bangladesh Firm of the Year
A S & Associates

Brunei Firm of the Year
Abrahams Davidson & Co

Cambodia Firm of the Year
Bun & Associates

China Firm of the Year
Han Kun Law Offices

Hong Kong Firm of the Year
Wilkinson & Grist

India Firm of the Year
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Indonesia Firm of the Year
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Japan Firm of the Year
Nishimura & Asahi

Kazakhstan Firm of the Year
GRATA International

Laos Firm of the Year
Rajah & Tann (Laos) Sole

Macau Firm of the Year

Malaysia Firm of the Year
Wong & Partners

Maldives Firm of the Year
Shah Hussain & Co

Mongolia Firm of the Year

Myanmar Firm of the Year

New Zealand Firm of the Year
Simpson Grierson

Pakistan Firm of the Year
RIAA Barker Gillette

Philippines Firm of the Year

Singapore Firm of the Year
Drew & Napier

South Korea Firm of the Yea
Kim & Chang

Sri Lanka Firm of the Year
FJ & G de Saram

Taiwan Firm of the Year
Lee & Li

Thailand Firm of the Year
Tilleke & Gibbins

Vietnam Firm of the Year

Client service awards and Outstanding practitioners

Client Service Award: Bangladesh

A S & Associates

Outstanding Practitioner: Bangladesh
Ferdaus Rahman
A S & Associates

Client Service Award: Cambodia

Outstanding Practitioner: Cambodia
Bun Youdy
Bun & Associates

Client Service Award: China
Han Kun Law Offices

Outstanding Practitioner: China
Charles Li
Han Kun Law Offices

Client Service Award: Hong Kong
Stevenson Wong & Co

Outstanding Practitioner: Hong Kong
Chris Wong

Client Service Award: India
AZB & Partners

Outstanding Practitioner: India
Shailendra Bhandare
Khaitan & Co

Client Service Award: Indonesia
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Outstanding Practitioner: Indonesia
Vincent Ariesta Lie
Makarim & Taira S

Client Service Award: Japan
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Outstanding Practitioner: Japan
Miki Goto
Anderson Mōri & Tomotsune

Client Service Award: Kazakhstan

Outstanding Practitioner: Kazakhstan
Sofiya Zhylkaidarova

Client Service Award: Macau
Manuela António

Outstanding Practitioner: Macau
Hugo Maia Bandeira
Manuela António

Client Service Award: Malaysia
Adnan Sundra and Low

Outstanding Practitioner: Malaysia
Indran Shanmuganathan
Shearn Delamore & Co

Client Service Award: Myanmar
Duane Morris & Selvam

Outstanding Practitioner: Myanmar
Pedro Jose F Bernardo
Kelvin Chia Partnership

Client Service Award: New Zealand
Buddle Findlay

Outstanding Practitioner: New Zealand
Stephen Langton

Client Service Award: Pakistan
RIAA Barker Gillette

Outstanding Practitioner: Pakistan
Bilal Shaukat
RIAA Barker Gillette

Client Service Award: Philippines

Outstanding Practitioner: Philippines
Aris Gulapa
Gulapa Law

Client Service Award: Singapore
Oon & Bazul

Outstanding Practitioner: Singapore
Ashok Kumar

Client Service Award: South Korea
Lee & Ko

Outstanding Practitioner: South Korea
Deok-Il Seo
Kim & Chang

Client Service Award: Taiwan
Brain Trust International Law Firm

Outstanding Practitioner: Taiwan
George Lin
Lin & Partners

Client Service Award: Thailand
Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners

Outstanding Practitioner: Thailand
Sakchai Limsiripothong
Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners

Client Service Award: Vietnam
Vina Legal

Outstanding Practitioner: Vietnam
Pham Ba Linh


Legal expertise awards

Capital Markets Firm of the Year
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year
Lee & Ko

Intellectual Property Firm of the Year
King & Wood Mallesons (China)

Labour and Employment Firm of the Year
Bae Kim & Lee

M&A Firm of the Year
Nishimura & Asahi

Regulatory Firm of the Year
Kim & Chang

Restructuring and Insolvency Firm of the Year
Rajah & Tann Singapore

Tax Firm of the Year

Industry expertise awards

Aviation and Shipping Firm of the Year
Kim & Chang

Banking and Financial Services Firm of the Year
Shin & Kim

Energy Firm of the Year
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Infrastructure Firm of the Year
King & Wood Mallesons Australia

Technology and Telecommunications Firm of the Year
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Insurance Firm of the Year
Kim & Chang

Real Estate Firm of the Year
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Editor’s choice awards

Best Newcomer of the Year

Asia-Pacific Firm of the Year
Kim & Chang


Editor’s choice impact deals of the year

Impact Deal of the Year
Consortium acquisition of Singapore's Global Logistic Properties

Allen & Gledhill, Drew & Napier, WongPartnership, Broad & Bright, Morgan Lewis Stamford, Rajah & Tann, Shook Lin & Bok

Impact Deal of the Year

KWM China, Grandall Law Firm, Pinsent Masons MPillay

Impact Deal of the Year
Noble Group restructuring

Allen & Gledhill, Morgan Lewis Stamford, WongPartnership


Impact Deal of the Year
Takeda Pharmaceutical’s acquisition of Shire

Nishimura & Asahi, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunemastsu


Impact Deal of the Year
SoftBank TSE IPO

Anderson Mori, Mori Hamada


Impact Deal of the Year
China Tower HKSE IPO

Commerce & Finance, KWM China, Zhong Lun


Impact Deal of the Year
Walmart acquisition of Flipkart

Allen & Gledhill, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Dentons Rodyk, Drew & Napier, Khaitan & Co, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, Trilegal,  WongPartnership


Impact Deal of the Year
Sea Limited NYSE IPO

Rajah & Tann Asia (Rajah & Tann Singapore, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners and Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers)


Impact Deal of the Year
Lava Jato anti-corruption and anti-competition investigations

Rajah & Tann Singapore


Impact Deal of the Year
Acquisition of 51.11% of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co


Impact Deal of the Year
Saudi Arabian Oil Company’s investment in the Refinery and Petrochemicals Integrated Development project of Petroliam Nasional Berhad

Shearn Delamore & Co, Adnan Sundra and Low


Impact Deal of the Year
Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Rail Line PPP

Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners, Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro, Oentoeng Suria & Partners, Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow, Guantao Law Firm


Impact Deal of the Year
Acquisition the wind and solar renewable energy portfolio of Equis Funds Group

Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro, Atsumi & Sakai, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners, Lee & Li, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan


Impact Deal of the Year
Government of Maldives bond issuance in Singapore
Shah Hussain & Co, Allen & Overy, Mayer Brown, Suood Anwar & Co


Impact Deal of the Year
State Grid of China financing of power transmission line in Pakistan
Akhung Forbes Hadi, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Impact Deal of the Year

Amtek Auto restructuring
Khaitan & Co, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas, Kesar Dass B & Associates

Impact Deal of the Year
Karot Hydropower Project
Kabraji & Talibuddin, Global Law Office, Deacons, Aqlaal Advocates, RIAA Barker Gillette

Impact Deal of the Year
Saudi Aramco Oil Company’s development of refinery and petrochemical complex in Vietnam