Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2013: Winners announced

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The best female lawyers from across the region, gathered at the Conrad, Hong Kong on November 20 to celebrate the advancement of women in the legal profession at the third Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards.

Stella Lau, chairperson from the government organisation The Women's Commission, 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 setting the standard in female-friendly work practices, and women leading the field in the legal sector across Asia.

Attending guests also heard speeches from the outstanding practitioner winner, Teresa Ko of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and the lifetime achievement winner her Honourable Ms Anna Wu.

In the firm categories, Baker & McKenzie was named best international firm for women in business law, and also received the prize for best international gender diversity initiative. In other international categories, Linklaters collected the award for international gender diversity initiative. WongPartnership was the winner in the national firm for best mentoring programme and national firm for work-life balance.

A full list of winners is detailed below.


Best in banking and finance
Yvonne Ho, Allen & Overy

Best in capital markets
Benita Yu, Slaughter and May

Best in competition and antitrust
Hannah Ha, Mayer Brown JSM

Best in corporate governance
Kelly Austin, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Best in dispute resolution
Georgia Dawson, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Best in energy and natural resources
Anne Hung, Baker & McKenzie

Best in insolvency and restructuring
Helena Huang, King & Wood Mallesons

Best in IP Litigation
Charmaine Koo, Deacons

Best in labour and employment
K Lesli Ligorner, Simmons & Simmons

Best in M&A and private equity
Lee Suet Fern, Stamford Law Corporation

Best in offshore
Judy Lee, Appleby

Best in patent and trade mark prosecution
Ella Cheong, Ella Cheong Patent Design & Trademark Agents

Best in real estate
Lilian Chiang, Deacons

Best in shipping
Vivian Ang, Allen & Gledhill

Best in structured finance
Michelle Taylor, Jones Day

Best in tax
Adeline Wong, Wong & Partners

Best in TMT
Jeanette Chan, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Best in transfer pricing
Eunice Kuo, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Rising star: Corporate
Corinna Yu, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Rising star: Finance
Anna Chung, Shearman & Sterling

Rising star: IP
Anna Mae Koo, Vivien Chan & Co

Rising star: Litigation
Kim Nemirow, Ropes & Gray

Rising star: Tax
Jinghua Liu, Baker & McKenzie

Outstanding practitioner
Teresa Ko, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Lifetime achievement
Anna Wu Hung-yuk


Best firm in Australia
Gilbert + Tobin

Best firm in Brunei
Abrahams Davidson & Co

Best PRC firm in China
Grandall Law Firm

Best international firm in China

Best independent firm in Hong Kong

Best international firm in Hong Kong
King & Wood Mallesons

Best firm in India
Amarchand Mangaldas

Best firm in Indonesia
Melli Darsa & Co

Best firm in Japan
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Best firm in Malaysia
Albar & Partners

Best firm in New Zealand
Minter Ellison Rudd Watts

Best firm in Pakistan
Liaquat Merchant Associates

Best firm in Philippines

Best firm in Singapore

Best firm in South Korea
Bae Kim & Lee

Best firm in Sri Lanka
FJ & G de Saram

Best firm in Taiwan
Lee & Li

Best firm in Thailand
Chandler & Thong-ek

Best firm in Vietnam
Vision & Associates


Asialaw in-house award
Judith Crosbie-Chen, Logitech

International Financial Law Review in-house award
Karen Ip, Goldman Sachs

Managing IP in-house award
Winnie Yeung, Microsoft

International Tax Review in-house award
Tobey Hill, Citi

China Law & Practice in-house award
Carmen Kan, Bank of China

In-house team (over 50 lawyers)

In-house team (under 50 lawyers)
Citic Capital


Best gender diversity initiative by national firm
Chapman Tripp

Best gender diversity initiative by international firm

Best firm for minority women lawyers
Baker & McKenzie

Most innovative firm
Shearman & Sterling

Best international firm China practice
King & Wood Mallesons

Best national firm mentoring programme

Best international firm mentoring programme

Best national firm for work-life balance

Best international firm for work-life balance
Hogan Lovells

Best firm for pro bono work

Best national firm for talent management
Lipman Karas

Best international firm for talent management
Baker & McKenzie

Best national firm for women in business law

Best international firm for women in business law
Baker & McKenzie