Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2017: winners announced

The best female lawyers from across the region, gathered at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong on November 9 to celebrate the advancement of women in the legal profession in the seventh annual Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards.

Archana Kotecha of Liberty Asia began the evening with a keynote speech to an audience of in-house and private practitioners. The attendees had gathered to celebrate the achievements of law firms and in-house individuals and teams setting the standard in female-friendly working practices, and women leading the field in practice areas across Asia.

In the firm categories, King & Wood Mallesons received the prize for best international firm China practice, and the prizes for best in-house teams were awarded to Hong Kong Jockey Club and Tencent. WongPartnership and Baker & McKenzie received the best national and international firm for women in business law awards respectively.

A full list of winners is detailed below.




Best in banking and finance

Indri Guritno, Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners


Best in capital markets

Christine Chen, King & Wood Mallesons


Best in competition and antitrust

Jun Won Hyun, Kim & Chang


Best in compliance and regulatory

Kristi Swartz, Bryan Cave


Best in dispute resolution

Rebecca Chew, Rajah & Tann


Best in energy and natural resources

Clarinda Tjia-Dharmadi, Latham & Watkins


Best in insolvency and restructuring

Kelly Naphtali, Kirkland & Ellis


Best in IP litigation

Kherk Ying Chew, Wong & Partners


Best in labour and employment

Samantha Cornelius and Emma Pugh, Linklaters          


Best in M&A and private equity

Julie Gao, Skadden


Best in offshore

Kate Hodson, Ogier


Best in patent and trade mark prosecution

Jihyun Kim, Bae Kim & Lee


Privacy and data protection

Gabriela Kennedy, Mayer Brown JSM


Best in real estate

Tan Shijie, Rajah & Tann


Best in shipping

Madeline Leong, Watson Farley & Williams


Best in structured finance

Anne-Marie Neagle, King & Wood Mallesons


Best in tax

Yvonne Beh, Wong & Partners


Best in TMT

Jeanette Chan, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison


Best in transfer pricing

Il Young Cho, Bae Kim & Lee




Rising star: Corporate

Helena Kim, Latham & Watkins

Rising star: Finance Jacqueline Zheng, Ropes & Gray


Rising star: IP

Nina Fitzgerald, Deacons


Rising star: Litigation

Venna Cheng, Mayer Brown JSM


Rising star: Tax

Leah Ranie, King & Wood Mallesons






Abrahams Davidson & Co


China – PRC firm

Jingtian & Gongcheng


China – international firm

Hogan Lovells


Hong Kong – independent firm




Hong Kong – international firm

White & Case




Cyril Armachand Mangaldas



SSEK Legal Consultants



Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison



Wong & Partners


New Zealand




Kabraji & Talibuddin



Quisumbing Torres





South Korea

Bae Kim & Lee


Sri Lanka

FJ & G de Saram



LCS & Partners



Baker McKenzie



Tilleke & Gibbins




Best gender diversity initiative by national firm

Russell McVeagh


Best gender diversity initiative by international firm

Lipman Karas


Best firm for diversity by national firm

Gilbert + Tobin


Best firm for diversity by international firm

Bryan Cave


Most innovative firm


Best international firm China practice

King & Wood Mallesons


Best national firm mentoring programme
Lee & Ko



Best international firm mentoring programme

Latham & Watkins


Best national firm for work-life balance



Best international firm for work-life balance

Lipman Karas


Best firm for pro bono work



Best national firm for talent management

Tilleke & Gibbins



Best international firm for talent management

White & Case


Best national firm for women in business law



Best international firm for women in business law

Baker McKenzie



Outstanding practitioner award

Xu Ping, King & Wood Mallesons


Lifetime achievement award

Suet-Fern Lee, Morgan Lewis Stamford


In-house team of the year (under 50 lawyers)

Hong Kong Jockey Club

In-house team of the year (over 50 lawyers)


Asialaw In-house award
Jaclyn Jhin, CLSA



International Financial Law Review in-house award
Stephanie Sheng, Goldman Sachs


International Tax Review in-house award
Ceecee Zhang, Tesla China


Managing IP in-house award

Min Gao, Adidas