Linklaters triumphs at IFLR Asia Awards

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 11 Mar 2015
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Linklaters has won international law firm of the year at IFLR’s annual Asia Awards in Hong Kong. The firm also won China practice and debt and equity-linked firm at tonight's ceremony, and senior associate Alexandra Bidlake won the M&A rising star award.

"Linklaters has clearly had another excellent year in Asia-Pacific," said Tom Young, managing editor at IFLR. "I’d like to congratulate the firm on winning the international law firm award tonight."

Davis Polk & Wardwell was also celebrating after winning financial services regulatory team and most innovative US firm.

The awards, which supported Feeding Hong Kong, saw Jason Pan of Standard Chartered Bank win in-house contribution of the year. The Hong Kong Exchanges Group and Shanghai Stock Exchange jointly won the regulatory contribution of the year award following the opening of the landmark Hong Kong – Shanghai Stock Connect.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer won M&A team of the year while also involved in the category's deal of the year. Sullivan & Cromwell won equity team and senior associate Ken Kiyota scooped IFLR’s rising star award for his equity work.

Elsewhere in the teams of the year, Allen & Overy won project finance, King & Wood Mallesons won structured finance and securitisation and Ropes and Gray won restructuring for its strong bondholder practice. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett also earned private equity team of the year for the second consecutive year, and Jackie Kahng also won private equity rising star.

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

Standard Chartered’s head of legal DCM in Greater China, Northeast Asia, Asean and South Asia Jason Pan was presented with IFLR's outstanding in-house contribution award.

See below for the full list of winners.

DEBT AND EQUITY-LINKED

Indonesia sovereign sukuk

Allen & Overy
AZP Legal Consultants
Norton Rose Fulbright
Thamrin & Rachman Law Firm
White & Case

Team of the year: Linklaters

Rising star: Gareth Deiner, Clifford Chance

EQUITY

Alibaba IPO

Conyers Dill & Pearman
Fangda Partners
Harney Westwood & Riegels
King & Wood Mallesons
Maples and Calder
Morrison & Foerster
O'Melveny & Myers
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Sullivan & Cromwell

Team of the year: Sullivan & Cromwell

Rising star: Ken Kiyota, Sullivan & Cromwell

HIGH-YIELD

Pactera take-private financing

Clayton Utz
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Deacons
Gilbert + Tobin
Jun He Law Offices
Latham & Watkins
Maples and Calder
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Ropes and Gray
Walkers
WongPartnership
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Team of the year: Clifford Chance

Rising star: Sarah Park, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

M&A

OCBC/Wing Hang Bank

Allen & Gledhill
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Haiwen & Partners
Kirkland & Ellis
Maples and Calder
MdME
Slaughter and May
Walkers

Team of the year: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Rising star: Alex Bidlake, Linklaters

PRIVATE EQUITY

Giant Interactive LBO

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Appleby
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Fenwick & West
Grandall Legal Firm
Fangda Partners
Jun He Law Offices
Kirkland & Ellis
Linklaters
Maples and Calder
O'Melveny & Myers
Shearman & Sterling
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Walkers
Weil Gotshal & Manges
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Team of the year: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Rising star: Jackie Kahng, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

PROJECT FINANCE

Sarulla

Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro
Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow
Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Latham & Watkins
Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo
Makarim & Taira S
Maples and Calder
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy
Nahr Murdono Law Office
Walkers

Team of the year: Allen & Overy

Rising star: Tiffany Or, Ashurst

RESTRUCTURING

Suzlon FCCBs

Amarchand Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff
Hogan Lovells
Linklaters
Norton Rose Fulbright
Ropes and Gray

Team of the year: Ropes and Gray

Rising star: Phoebe KY Lo, Mayer Brown JSM

STRUCTURED FINANCE & SECURITISATION

China Driver One 2014-1

Baker & McKenzie

Llinks Law Firm

Team of the year: King & Wood Mallesons

FINANCIAL SERVICES REGULATORY TEAM OF THE YEAR

Davis Polk & Wardwell

NATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR

Australia: Gilbert + Tobin

China: Zhong Lun Law Firm

Hong Kong: Deacons

India: Luthra & Luthra

Indonesia: Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners

Japan: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Malaysia: ZICOlaw

Myanmar: DFDL

New Zealand: Chapman Tripp

Philippines: SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Singapore: Allen & Gledhill

South Korea: Kim & Chang

Taiwan: Lee and Li

Thailand: Weerawong Chinnavat & Peangpanor

Vietnam: YKVN

REGIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR

Allen & Gledhill

OFFSHORE FIRM OF THE YEAR

Maples and Calder

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

HSBC

EQUITY IN-HOUSE TEAM OF THE YEAR

Morgan Stanley

PRO BONO LAW FIRM

Baker & McKenzie

CHINA PRACTICE OF THE YEAR

Linklaters

IN-HOUSE CONTRIBUTION AWARD

Jason Pan, Standard Chartered Bank

REGULATORY CONTRIBUTION AWARD

Hong Kong Exchanges Group, Shanghai Stock Exchange

MOST INNOVATIVE US FIRM

Davis Polk & Wardwell

INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR

Linklaters