IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2020: shortlist revealed

Author: Lizzie Meager | Published: 21 Jan 2020
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IFLR is delighted to present the shortlist for the 2020 IFLR APAC Awards. For all deal, team and national and international firm of the year shortlists, please see below.

The IFLR APAC Awards celebrates legally innovative cross-border transactions closed in the region throughout 2019 and the firms and teams behind them. 

Winners will be announced on May 7 2020.

With much regret, we will not be holding a physical awards ceremony this year. IFLR will announce winners online and offer a series of programmes that will profile and promote winning deals, teams and firms. For more information please contact James Murray: james.murray@euromoneyasia.com.

The shortlist below is based on preliminary research, including direct written nominations and conversations with law firm partners, in-house teams, clients and others. If your team advised on one of these deals but is not listed, please contact James Wilson: james.wilson@legalmediagroup.com

DEALS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Agricultural Development Bank of China retail bond
Clifford Chance
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Linklaters

Bank of China Macau Branch SOFR bond
Allen & Overy
Jingtian & Gongcheng
JunZeJun Law Offices
Linklaters
MdME

Bharti Airtel perpetual securities
Allen & Overy
Appleby
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters

China Railway Construction Corporation securities
Baker McKenzie
DeHeng Law Offices
Clifford Chance
Jingtian & Gongcheng

Export-Import Bank of Korea cebures
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Davis Polk & Wardwell

LG Chem green bonds
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Lee & Ko
Linklaters

PTT tender offers and concurrent new bond
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners

Vietnam Prosperity MTN programme
Allen & Overy
Mayer Brown

Equity

Budweiser APAC IPO
Clifford Chance
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Fangda Partners
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Gilbert + Tobin
Kim & Chang
King & Wood Mallesons
Sullivan & Cromwell

CStone Pharmaceuticals IPO
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Fangda Partners
Jingtian & Gongcheng
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Travers Thorp Alberga

Embassy Office Parks REIT IPO
Clifford Chance
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Latham & Watkins
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
S&R Associates

ESR Cayman IPO
Baker McKenzie
Commerce & Finance Law Offices
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Global Law Office
Kanga & Co
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Shin & Kim
Walkers
White & Case

Jinxin Fertility Group IPO
Commerce & Finance Law Offices
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Fangda Partners
Paul Hastings
Shearman & Sterling
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
Tian Yuan Law Firm
William Ji & Co
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Lotte REIT IPO
Bae Kim & Lee
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Yulchon

Luckin Coffee IPO
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Jingtian & Gongcheng
King & Wood Mallesons

Shanghai Dongzheng Automotive Finance IPO
Baker McKenzie
Haiwen & Partners
Jingtian & Gongcheng
Kirkland & Ellis

High yield

Bright Scholar Education
Allen & Overy
Davis Polk & Wardwell
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons

China Grand Automotive Services exchange offers and issuance
Clifford Chance
Haiwen & Partners
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons

Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust
Allen & Gledhill
Makes & Partners
Milbank
White & Case
Witara Cakra Advocates

Medco Energi Internasional
Allen & Gledhill
Assegaf Hamza & Partners
Sidley Austin
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Widyawan & Partners

PT Adaro Indonesia
Allen & Overy
Ginting & Reksodiputro
Hendra Soenardi
Milbank

Renew Power group senior secured bonds
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Talwar Thakore & Associates

Serba Dinamik sukuk offering
Adnan Sundra & Low
Clifford Chance
Linklaters
Zaid Ibrahim & Co

VCredit Holdings
Clifford Chance
DaHui Lawyers
Harneys
Jingtian & Gongcheng
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

M&A

China Resources Enterprise and China Resources Beer - Heineken Group JV
Allen & Overy
Davis Polk & Wardwell
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
King & Wood Mallesons

Deutsche Post DHL Group – SF Holding
Clifford Chance
Dentons
Herbert Smith Freehills

eHi Car Services take-private
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Fangda Partners
Fenwick & West
Maples Group
O'Melveny & Meyers
Pillar Legal
Sheppard Mullin
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Thompson Coburn
Weil Gotshal & Manges

FWD Group / SCB Life Assurance
Baker McKenzie
Linklaters
Slaughter and May

Nippon Paint Holdings / DuluxGroup
Clayton Utz
Gilbert + Tobin
Nishimura & Asahi
Simpson Grierson

NWS Holdings / FTLife Insurance
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Dentons
Jingtian & Gongchen
Sullivan & Cromwell
Walkers

PTTEP / Murphy Oil's Malaysian oil and gas operations
Adnan Sundra & Low
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Higgs & Johnson
Jones Day
McKinney Bancroft & Hughes
Skrine

Udenna Corporation - China Telecommunications Corporation
Milbank
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles
Shearman & Sterling
V&A Law
WongPartnership

Private equity

Blackstone /Ayumi Pharmaceutical
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Consortium / Dinghao Electronics Plaza
Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
DLA Piper
Global Law Office
King & Wood Mallesons
Milbank
Paul Hastings

ICG Strategic Equity / Affirma Capital
Allen & Overy
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
Clifford Chance
Collins Newman
Fikry Gunawan Law Firm
Khaitan & Co
Lee & Ko
Maples Group
Taylor Wessing
Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie
VILAF
Walkers

KKR / LCY Chemical
Baker McKenzie
Lee & Li
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

New Frontier Corporation / Family Healthcare
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Fangda Partners
Global Law Office
Hughes Hubbard & Reed
Kirkland & Ellis
Paul Hastings
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Weil Gotshal & Manges
Winston & Strawn

Ping An / TutorGroup
Allen & Overy
Charltons
Conyers Dill & Pearman
King & Wood Mallesons
Morrison & Foerster
Shanghai Lang Yue Law Firm
Sullivan & Cromwell
Tsar & Tsai

TPG and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board / Dream Cruises
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Ince & Co
Linklaters
Ropes & Gray
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Warburg Pincus / Converge ICT Solutions
Latham & Watkins
Milbank
Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De los Angeles

Project finance

Azure rooftop solar financing
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Herbert Smith Freehills

Formosa 2 (Hai Neng) Offshore Wind Project
Clifford Chance
Lee & Li
Linklaters
Tsar & Tsai

Jambaran-Tiung Biru Gas Field
Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro
Latham & Watkins
Milbank
Umbra

Mong Duong 2 refinancing
Allen & Overy
NautaDutilh
Shearman & Sterling
Shin & Kim
VILAF

Port of Melbourne refinancing
Allen & Overy
King & Wood Mallesons

Project RAPID
Milbank
Shearman & Sterling
White & Case

Super Six Wind Projects
Hairdermota & Co
Kabraji & Tallibuddin
RIAA Barker Gillette
Shearman & Sterling

Yunlin offshore wind farm
Lee & Li
Linklaters
Tsar & Tsai
White & Case

Restructuring

Akebono Brake Industry Turnaround ADR
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi

China Agrotech (Da Yu Financial)
Harneys
Michael Li & Co
Ropes & Gray
Vincent TK Cheung Yap & Co

China Singyes Solar Technologies
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Harneys
Kirkland & Ellis

Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction
Bae Kim & Lee
Kim & Chang
V&A Law Center

Kimberley Hotel
Allen & Overy
Harneys
Simon Reid-Kay & Associates
Tanner De Witt
Wilkinson & Grist
Woo Kwan Lee & Lo

Maxpower Group
Clifford Chance
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
King & Spalding
Linklaters
Umbra

Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal
Allens Linklaters
Ashurst
Baker McKenzie

Structured finance and securitisation

ANZ Banking Group Sonia-linked covered bond
Ashurst
Clifford Chance
King & Wood Mallesons

Bank of America Merrill Lynch / Jayaswal Neco Industries
AZB & Partners
Juris Corp
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Brookfield / East West Pipelines
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Trilegal

Far East Horizon and China Resources ABN
King & Wood Mallesons

First Coast Re II catastrophe bonds
DLA Piper
Emmet Marvin and Martin
Mayer Brown
Rajah & Tann Singapore

He Cui 2019 Phase I non-performing asset securitisation
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Jianyuan 2019-2 RMBS
Zhong Lun Law Firm

PeopleFund P2P loan securitisation
Dentons
Shin & Kim


TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Mayer Brown

Equity

Baker McKenzie
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Latham & Watkins
Paul Hastings
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

High yield

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Milbank
Shearman & Sterling
Sidley Austin
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

M&A

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Dentons
Herbert Smith Freehills
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Slaughter and May
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Private equity

Allen & Overy
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Milbank
Paul Hastings
Ropes & Gray
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Project finance

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Milbank
Shearman & Sterling
White & Case

Restructuring

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Harneys
Kirkland & Ellis
Ropes & Gray
Tanner de Witt

Structured finance and securitisation

Ashurst
Clifford Chance
Dentons
King & Wood Mallesons
Mayer Brown
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Shin & Kim
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Financial services regulatory

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Deacons
Herbert Smith Freehills
King & Wood Mallesons
Kirkland & Ellis
Mayer Brown

Pro bono

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Mayer Brown
Herbert Smith Freehills
Kim & Chang
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm


IN-HOUSE TEAMS OF THE YEAR

In-house debt team

BofA Securities
Bank of China
Citigroup
Credit Suisse
HSBC
JP Morgan
Standard Chartered Bank

In-house equity team

China International Capital Corporation
Citigroup Global Markets
Credit Suisse
Goldman Sachs
HSBC
Merrill Lynch
Morgan Stanley
UBS

LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Regional firm

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Fangda Partners
Jingtian & Gongcheng
King & Wood Mallesons
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Offshore firm

Appleby
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Harneys
Maples Group
Walkers

India practice

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Sidley Austin
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

China practice

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Kirkland & Ellis
Paul Hastings
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

US law firm

Baker McKenzie
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Milbank
Shearman & Sterling
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

International law firm

Allen & Overy
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Milbank
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

MOST INNOVATIVE NATIONAL LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Australia

Allens Linklaters
Ashurst Australia
Clayton Utz
Gilbert + Tobin
King & Wood Mallesons

Hong Kong SAR

Charltons
Deacons
Michael Li & Co
Tanner de Witt
Woo Kwan Lee & Lo

India

AZB & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Khaitan & Co
S&R Associates
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Indonesia

Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro
Assegaf Hamza & Partners
Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Makes & Partners
Umbra

Japan

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi

China - mainland

Debt capital markets firm of the year

Han Kun
Jingtian & Gongchen
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Equity capital markets firm year

Commerce & Finance Law Offices
Fangda Partners
Haiwen & Partners
Jingtian & Gongchen
King & Wood Mallesons

Corporate firm of the year

Fangda Partners
Global Law Office
JunHe
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Malaysia

Adnan Sundra & Low
Albar & Partners
Kadir Andri & Partners
Rahmat Lim & Partners
Zaid Ibrahim & Co

Myanmar

Allen & Gledhill Myanmar
Rajah & Tann NK Legal Myanmar
Tilleke & Gibbins

New Zealand

Bell Gully
Buddle Findlay
Chapman Tripp
Russell McVeagh
Simpson Grierson

Pakistan

Hairdermota & Co
Kabraji & Talibuddin
RIAA Barker Gillette

Philippines

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
V&A Law

Singapore

Allen & Gledhill
Drew & Napier
Rajah & Tann Singapore
Shook Lin & Bok
WongPartnership

South Korea

Bae Kim & Lee
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Shin & Kim
Yulchon

Taiwan

LCS & Partners
Lee &Li
Lexcel Law Offices
Tsar & Tsai

Thailand

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Linklaters
Tilleke & Gibbins
Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners

Vietnam

Allen & Overy Vietnam
Frontier Law & Advisory
VILAF
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