Allen & Overy triumphs at IFLR Asia Awards

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Allen & Overy has won international law firm of the year at IFLR’s annual Asia Awards in Hong Kong. The firm was also involved on four deals of the year as well as winning M&A firm at last night's ceremony.

"It has been a huge year for Allen & Overy," said Tom Young, managing editor at IFLR. "The firm richly deserves being recognised as international firm of the year."

Davis Polk & Wardwell was also celebrating after winning the new high-yield team of the year award. The firm was also named financial services regulatory team and most innovative US firm.

The awards, in Hong Kong's Shangri-La hotel, saw Simpson Thacher & Bartlett win private equity team of the year while also involved in the category's deal of the year. Linklaters won debt and equity-linked team and senior associate Chihiro Sasaki scooped IFLR’s rising star award for his debt and equity-linked work.

Elsewhere in the teams of the year, Shearman & Sterling won project finance, King & Wood Mallesons won structured finance and securitisation and Hogan Lovells won restructuring.

In-house teams were rewarded too. HSBC won in-house debt and equity-linked team of the year while UBS won the equity team of the year.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch managing director Peter Siembab was presented with IFLR's outstanding in-house contribution award.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) general counsel Christopher Stephens won the third market reform award, which recognises an individual who has made the most significant contribution to market reform in the past year. Stephens’ work via ADB’s Law Justice and Development programme has been integral for the development of frontier market legal regimes.

See below for the full list of winners.

DEBT AND EQUITY-LINKED

ICBC Asia USD Basel III-compliant Tier 2 bonds
Allen & Overy
Linklaters

Team of the year: Linklaters

Rising star: Chihiro Sasaki, Linklaters

EQUITY

BTS Mass Transit Growth Infrastructure Fund IPO
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Linklaters
Weerawong Chinnavat & Peangpanor
White & Case

Team of the year: Clifford Chance

Rising star: James Hyre, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

HIGH-YIELD

Nord Anglia Holdings PIK Toggle Notes
Grandall Law Firm
Han Kun Law Offices
Latham & Watkins
Maples and Calder
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy

Team of the year: Davis Polk & Wardwell

Rising star: Andrew Yang, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy

M&A

Fraser & Neave contested takeover
Allen & Gledhill
Allen & Overy
Baker & McKenzie
Drew & Napier
Duane Morris & Selvam
Latham & Watkins
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy
Shearn Delamore & Co
Shook Lin & Bok
Stamford Law
TSMP Law Corporation
Walkers
Weerawong Chinnavat & Peangpanor
White & Case
WongPartnership

Team of the year: Allen & Overy

Rising star: Abhishek Kolay, Davis Polk & Wardwell

PRIVATE EQUITY

Focus Media take-private
Clifford Chance
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Fangda & Partners
Fried Frank
Kirkland & Ellis
Maples and Calder
Morrison & Foerster
Paul Weiss
Ropes & Gray
Shearman & Sterling
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Sullivan & Cromwell
Walkers
Weil Gotshal & Manges
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Team of the year: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Rising star: William Welty, Weil Gotshal & Manges

PROJECT FINANCE

Banten IPP
Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro
Makarim & Taira S.
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy
Shearman & Sterling

Team of the year: Shearman & Sterling

Rising star: Alfred Ng, Shearman & Sterling

RESTRUCTURING

Vinashin
Audier & Partners
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Dentons
Mayer Brown JSM
White & Case

Team of the year: Hogan Lovells

Rising star: Richard Woodworth, Allen & Overy

STRUCTURED FINANCE & SECURITISATION

BMW Financial Services ABS
Eversheds
Jones Day
Kim & Chang
Rajah & Tann
Shin & Kim
Team of the year: King & Wood Mallesons

Rising star: Kevin Tsang, Jones Day

FINANCIAL SERVICES REGULATORY TEAM OF THE YEAR
Davis Polk & Wardwell

NATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR
Australia: Herbert Smith Freehills
China: King & Wood Mallesons
Hong Kong: Woo Kwan Lee & Lo
India: Amarchand Mangaldas & Suresh A. Shroff
Indonesia: Makes & Partners
Japan: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Malaysia: Adnan Sundra & Low
Myanmar: DFDL
New Zealand: Bell Gully
Philippines: SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Singapore: Allen & Gledhill
South Korea: Kim & Chang
Taiwan: Lee and Li
Thailand: Weerawong Chinnavat & Peangpanor
Vietnam: YKVN

RISING STAR FIRMS OF THE YEAR
China: AnJie Law Firm
India: Bharucha & Partners
Indonesia: Ginting & Reksodiputro
Singapore: Asia Practice

REGIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR
Allen & Gledhill

OFFSHORE FIRM OF THE YEAR
Conyers Dill & Pearman

DEBT AND EQUITY-LINKED IN-HOUSE TEAM OF THE YEAR
HSBC

EQUITY IN-HOUSE TEAM OF THE YEAR
UBS

PRO BONO LAW FIRM
Latham & Watkins

CHINA PRACTICE OF THE YEAR
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

MOST INNOVATIVE US FIRM
Davis Polk & Wardwell

INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR
Allen & Overy