Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific Awards 2019 – winners revealed



Last night, on Thursday, September 19, Asia’s leading dispute resolution lawyers gathered at the island Shangri-La in Hong Kong to celebrate the process of litigation and disputes resolution in the legal profession.

The awards celebrated the foremost leaders in 11 practice areas and 14 jurisdictions around the region. During the evening, there were awards for disputes stars in each jurisdictions, as well as one Asia-Pacific rising star, a female lawyer of the year and one arbitration practitioner of the year.

For photos of the event, please click here.

JURISDICTIONAL AWARDS

Firm of the Year – Australia
Herbert Smith Freehills

Lawyer of the Year – Australia
Jason Betts
Herbert Smith Freehills

Firm of the Year – China
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Lawyer of the Year – China
Lijun Cao
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Firm of the Year – Hong Kong SAR
Gall

Lawyer of the Year – Hong Kong SAR
Chris Wong
Gall

Firm of the Year – India
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Lawyer of the Year – India
Rajendra Barot
AZB & Partners

Firm of the Year – Indonesia
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Lawyer of the Year – Indonesia
Eri Hertiawan
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Firm of the Year – Japan
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Lawyer of the Year – Japan
Norimitsu Arai
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Firm of the Year – Malaysia
Skrine

Lawyer of the Year – Malaysia
Cecil Abraham
Cecil Abraham & Partners

Firm of the Year – New Zealand
Buddle Findlay

Lawyer of the Year – New Zealand
Sebastian Bisley
Buddle Findlay

Firm of the Year – Philippines
Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

Lawyer of the Year – Philippines
Francisco Lim
Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

Firm of the Year – Singapore
Allen & Gledhill

Lawyer of the Year – Singapore
Alvin Yeo
WongPartnership

Firm of the Year – South Korea
Kim & Chang

Lawyer of the Year – South Korea
Jin Yeong Chung
Kim & Chang

Firm of the Year – Taiwan
Lin & Partners

Lawyer of the Year – Taiwan
George Lin
Lin & Partners

Firm of the Year – Thailand
Tilleke & Gibbins

Lawyer of the Year – Thailand
Nandana Indananda
Tilleke & Gibbins

Firm of the Year – Vietnam
YKVN

Lawyer of the Year – Vietnam
Luu Tien Dzung
YKVN

PRACTICE AREA FIRM AWARDS

Commercial & Transactions Firm of the Year
Drew & Napier

Competition/Antitrust Firm of the Year
Kim & Chang

Construction Firm of the Year
WongPartnership

Government & Regulatory Firm of the Year
Fangda Partners

Insolvency Firm of the Year
Kirkland & Ellis

Intellectual Property Firm of the Year
Fangda Partners

Labour & Employment Firm of the Year
Bae Kim & Lee

Shipping Firm of the Year
Rajah & Tann Singapore

Tax Firm of the Year
Yulchon

White Collar Crime Firm of the Year
Herbert Smith Freehills

ARBITRATION AWARDS

International Arbitration Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy

International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year
Matthew Gearing QC
Allen & Overy

BOUTIQUE FIRM OF THE YEAR

Boutique Firm of the Year
Cecil Abraham & Partners

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

International Firm of the Year
Herbert Smith Freehills

International Firm Lawyer of the Year
Matthew Gearing QC
Allen & Overy

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Rising Star of the Year
Pu (Alexandra) Yang

Female Lawyer of the Year
May Tai

Hall of Fame
Davinder Singh

MATTERS OF THE YEAR

Impact Cases of the Year
BDC proceedings against the Republic of Philippines regarding dredging contracts
Allen & Overy


City Harvest Church Breach of Trust Case
WongPartnership


Global Switch lawsuit against Arup relating to data centre power outage
Morgan Lewis Stamford


Goldilocks Investment Co Ltd v Noble Group Ltd
Allen & Gledhill


Malaysian decision to widen the test for seeking to challenge an arbitral award
Cecil Abraham & Partners


New World TMT v PrediWave
Rajah & Tann Singapore


Nitto Denko Corporation v Hutchinson Technology Incorporated
Ananda Intellectual Property


Port authority case following the insolvency of Hanjin Shipping
Rajah & Tann Singapore


Product liability disputes in Chinese courts relating to the MH370 crash
DaHui Lawyers


Re Zetta Jet Pte Lt and others (Asia Aviation Holdings Pte Ltd, intervener)
Oon & Bazul


SIPC/Addax fraud claim against Repsol
Herbert Smith Freehills


Unlicensed taxi business case against Grab
YKVN


Ansung Housing Co Ltd v People’s Republic of China

Zhong Lun Law Firm


Definition of Philips’ DVD-ROM patents as being standard essential
Anand and Anand