Asia awards 2017: winners revealed

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 2 Mar 2017
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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 debt and equity-linked, securitisation and structured finance team and China practice during tonight’s ceremony at the Island Shangri-La Hotel.

Clifford Chance had a successful evening too, winning private equity team and appearing on four winning deals.

Davis Polk & Wardwell was also celebrating after scooping the most innovative US firm award while Shearman & Sterling took home high-yield and project finance teams of the year.

Loh Boon Chye of the Singapore Exchange won the market reform award for his instrumental role in the SGX’s consultations on dual class share structures and for leading the successful launch of SGX Bond Pro and SGX Index Edge. Hubert Yang of Goldman Sachs picked up the in-house contribution award for his active role in industry consultations and initiatives.

Baker McKenzie won M&A team of the year while also involved in the category’s deal of the year. King & Wood Mallesons was crowned regional firm of the year.

Elsewhere, on the in-house side, Deutsche Bank took home the debt team award and Morgan Stanley won the equity team.

The awards were supported by Pathfinders which ensures that the most vulnerable children born in Hong Kong, and their migrant mothers, are respected and protected.

Congratulations to all the winners. See below for the full list:

International firm of the year


Most innovative US firm of the year

Davis Polk & Wardwell

China practice of the year


Regional firm of the year

King & Wood Mallesons

Debt & equity-linked

China Yangtze Power dual currency exchangeable bond
Clifford Chance
Dentons Beijing Offices
Tian Yuan Law Firm

Team of the year: Linklaters


Postal Savings Bank of China Hong Kong IPO
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Haiwen & Partners
King & Wood Mallesons

Team of the year: Davis Polk & Wardwell

High yield

Studio City
Kirkland & Ellis
Henrique Saldanha A&N
Manuela António
Maples and Calder
White & Case

Team of the year: Shearman & Sterling


Foxconn's takeover of Sharp
Baker McKenzie
Nishimura & Asahi

Team of the year: Baker McKenzie

Private equity

MBK Partners, TPG acquisition / Wharf's telecom unit
Clifford Chance
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Private equity: Clifford Chance

Project finance

Central Java IPP financing
Ali Budiarjo Nugroho Reksodiputro (ABNR)
Hendra Soenardi
Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy
Mochtar Karuwin & Komar
Shearman & Sterling

Project finance: Shearman & Sterling


Kaisa Group restructuring
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown JSM
O'Melveny & Myers
Mourant Ozannes
Ropes & Gray
Tanner de Witt

Team of the year: Mayer Brown JSM

Structured finance and securitisation

Bank of China green covered notes
Clifford Chance
Jingtian & Gongcheng
JunZeJun Law Offices
King & Wood Mallesons

Team of the year: Linklaters

Financial services regulatory

Team of the year: Herbert Smith Freehills

National Law Firm of the Year

Australia – Allens
China – Zhong Lun Law
Hong Kong – Deacons
India – Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Indonesia – Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro
Japan – Nishimura & Asahi
Korea – Kim & Chang
Malaysia – Wong & Partners
Myanmar – DFDL
New Zealand – Russell McVeagh
Philippines - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Singapore –Allen & Gledhill
Taiwan – Lee and Li
Thailand – Weerawong C&P
Vietnam – YKVN

Debt & equity-linked in-house team of the year

Deutsche Bank

Equity in-house team of the year

Morgan Stanley

Pro bono team of the year

DLA Piper

Offshore firm of the year





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