IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2020: shortlist revealed

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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

Shin & Kim

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

White & Case

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 / United 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

Ashurst

AZB & Partners

Khaitan & Co

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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