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IFLR Asia Best Lawyers 2020

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IFLR Asia Best Lawyers 2020 presents Asia's top legal practitioners, according to market data, peer review and client feedback

IFLR Asia Best Lawyers 2020 recognises the top individual legal practitioners who have received the highest and most consistent praise from their peers and clients. It is the most definitive list of the best of the best in the Asia-Pacific region.

These market lawyers were identified using the 2000+ submissions to the IFLR1000 2021 rankings, backed up with an analysis of deal data, written submissions for individual lawyers and interviews with peers and clients over a four month period.  

Catherine Chen - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Catherine Chen is an experienced practitioner at PRC law firm Zhong Lun. She acts for a range of private equity and venture capital clients on fund establishment, investments, equity raises, M&A and capital markets matters across industries such as education, healthcare, energy, media and financial services.

In recent times, Chen has assisted in fund raising and provided legal fund structuring advice on IDG Capital’s tourism industry fund, Cathay Capital’s new energy fund, and Lilly Asia Ventures’ biomedical funds. She has also taken the lead for her clients in various funding rounds for CStone Pharmaceuticals, Curon and Everest Medicine.

Victor Chang - LCS & Partners

Interview

Victor Chang is partner and head of the cross-border group at Taiwanese law firm LCS & Partners. He is a highly experienced transactional lawyer who is routinely engaged on M&A, private equity and fund formation mandates across the technology and healthcare industries.

Chang recently acted for Quaser Machine Tools on its $95 million acquisition of Winbro Group; Bora Pharmaceutical on its acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s Canadian facility in Mississauga; and internet platform Sea on its $1.35 billion offering of American depositary shares.

Charles Li - Han Kun

Charles Li is a highly experienced and active transactional partner at Chinese law firm Han Kun, where he routinely handles M&A and private equity deals, corporate restructuring mandates, and equity and debt financings across the technology and telecommunications, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods industries.

In the past year, he took the lead in acting as PRC counsel to Heineken in forming a strategic partnership with China Resources. He also acted on joint-ventures, disposals and acquisitions in the logistics, financial services, electronics, media and real estate sectors; and assisted his clients in various investments and funding rounds.

Li was also active advising underwriters and issuers on their overseas listings in Hong Kong SAR and New York, such as Futu Holdings' offering of American depository shares and Hevol Services Group's Hong Kong IPO. He also advised Tencent Holdings in its $6 billion bond issue and advised on the issuance of convertible notes.

Zhang Jiping - Haiwen & Partners

Interview

Zhang Jiping is a seasoned practitioner who heads of Haiwen & Partners’ M&A team. With prior experience working at US law firms, Zhang has become an expert in handling M&A, foreign direct investment, capital markets and project financing mandates.

He has recently been busy advising companies and banks in their investments and acquisitions across the insurance, healthcare and consumer goods industries. Jiping has also been preoccupied advising issuers and underwriters in their listings in Hong Kong SAR and New York.

Sandra Lu - Llinks Law Offices

Interview

Sandra Lu is a partner at Llinks Law Offices. She has expertise in retail funds, private funds and asset management and routinely handles these matters for Chinese banks, insurance companies, securities firms and trust companies.

Lu has been active in the development of the global investment capability of Chinese FMCs and has been advising Hong Kong fund managers in their mutual recognition fund (MRF) applications with the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC).

Recently, she advised Broad Investment Management on setting up a new fund management company; JPMorgan Funds (Asia) on gaining CSRC authorisation for its Northbound MRF; and Aberdeen Standard Asset Management (Shanghai) Company in its Qualified Domestic Limited Partnership (QDLP) licence application.

Guanxiong Wu - Tian Yuan Law Firm

Guanxiong Wu is a partner and head of Tian Yuan Law Firm’s education team. He is a highly experienced practitioner routinely engaged in investment funds, equity capital markets and private equity mandates.

Over the past year, Wu has worked on several technology company listings on Shanghai Stock Exchange’s Star Market and Shenzhen Stock Exchange’s GEM board; and he advised Genshuixue Education on its listing on the New York Stock Exchange.

Wu’s funds practice has also been active as he helped initiate the Rmb2.5 billion CICC Capital education industry fund project, and advised China Asset Management on the first reported science and technology innovation board theme fund.

Janice Lin - Tsar & Tsai

Interview

Janice Lin is a highly experienced partner at Tsar & Tsai routinely engaged in M&A, joint ventures, IPOs and financing mandates across the high-tech, manufacturing, retail, energy and financial services industries.

Over the past year, Lin has kept busy advising a consortium of 20 banks including Taiwan Life, HSBC, Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank and Cathay United Bank on the $2 billion project financing of the 376 MW Formosa 2 offshore wind project; and a consortium of 19 banks on the $3 billion financing of the 640MW WPD Yunlin offshore wind power project.

She has also been active in investments and acquisitions in renewable energy and assisted Norwegian company Kongsberg Gruppen acquire Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine for $525 million.

Hoil Yoon - Yoon & Yang

Interview

Hoil Yoon is a managing partner of Yoon & Yang in Seoul, Korea, which is one of the largest law firms in Korea, with over 440 attorneys and other professionals. His law practice concentrates on antitrust, international business transactions, and international litigation and arbitration. He has worked extensively with respect to cartels, dominance abuse, mergers and acquisitions, and unfair trade practices; distribution, pricing, and the intersection of intellectual property and antitrust; antitrust litigation; and international commercial/corporate litigation and arbitration.

Prior to establishing Yoon & Partners (a predecessor of Yoon & Yang) in 1989, Hoil practiced law in the US as a partner of Baker & McKenzie for 10 years. He served as a member of the board of directors of the Korean Bar Association, an ambassador for International Economy and Trade of the Korean government, a non-standing commissioner of the Korea Fair Trade Commission, and a judge of the Seoul Civil District Court.

Hoil was the chairman of the Asia Competition Association and the chairman of the section of antitrust law of the Seoul Bar Association. He was also a member of the competition policy advisory board of the KFTC until 2013. He was the vice chair of the international committee of the Korean Bar Association. He is a member of the ABA's section of antitrust law where he was a member of the international cartel task force and of the international task force. From 2005 to 2009 he was the chairman of the Korea Competition Forum. Since 2002 he has been serving as a non-governmental adviser to the International Competition Network.

Youdy Bun - Bun & Associates

Interview

Name partner Youdy Bun heads the banking and finance, corporate and M&A and the telecommunication practices at Bun & Associates. His vast experience includes advising an array of domestic and foreign clients on matters such as financings, acquisitions, bond issues and market entry advice. He serves as a member of the Executive Board at European Chamber of Commerce of Cambodia and also sits on the panels of several foreign banks active in Cambodia. Additionally, he has been recognised as a Market Leader by IFLR1000.

Recently, he has worked on the issue and listing of a landmark corporate bond and has also assisted the borrowers in a first of its kind financing in the natural resources space.

Prashant Gupta - Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Prashant Gupta is a partner in the firm’s corporate department, focusing primarily on capital markets transactions. He represents both issuers and underwriters in various equity and debt capital raising transactions, including initial public offerings, rights issues and QIP offerings, buy-backs, capital restructurings and pre-IPO private placements. He has advised on capital markets transactions that have raised over $50 billion globally, which include both the largest IPO and bond offerings out of India, as well as the largest secondary trade on the stock exchanges in India.

Prashant has been recently recognised by The Economic Times in the prestigious ‘ET 40 under forty’ list of India’s ‘hottest business leaders’ in 2019. He has been recognised by IFLR in the list of “Asia’s Top Lawyers” in 2019 and 2020 and in IBLJ’s A-List of India’s Top 100 Lawyers since 2018. He has been recognised by Who’s Who Legal, Chambers, IFLR1000 and Legal500 and other legal industry publications as one of the leading capital markets practitioners in India. He has been recognized among the Who’s Who Legal “Thought Leaders: Global Elite 2020” for capital markets. He is one of only three Band 1 ranked capital markets lawyers in India in Chambers Global 2020 and has been rated as a “Market Leader” by IFLR1000 in 2018-2020. Chambers Asia Pacific Guide 2019 says: “Prashant Gupta enjoys a formidable reputation in the market, with one client commenting: ‘I think he’s on top of his game now. I like his decisiveness in taking a position on Indian law. He comes across as resourceful and confident.’ His counsel is frequently sought by issuers and underwriters on equity and debt issuances.”

Prashant has advised on equity and bond offerings by issuers across various industries, including Apollo Tyres, Azure Power, Amira Nature Foods, AU Small Finance Bank, Bharti Airtel, CL Educate, Coal India, DEN Networks, DLF, Dr Lals Pathlabs, Eris Lifesciences, Eros International, Federal Bank, HPCL-Mittal Energy, IDFC, IndiaMart, InterGlobe Aviation, Jubilant Foodworks, Lemon Tree Hotels, MakeMyTrip, ONGC, PVR, Power Grid Corporation, PNB Housing Finance, SBI Cards and Payments Services, S Chand & Co, Network18/TV18, TCNS Clothing, Vedanta, Varroc Engineering, Videocon d2h, and Yes Bank.

Prashant received his bachelor of arts in jurisprudence and his master’s in jurisprudence from the University of Oxford, England, and his bachelor of commerce degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi.

Shardul Shroff - Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Interview

Shardul Shroff serves as the Executive Chairman at Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co and boasts nearly four decades of experience in a variety of practice areas including banking and finance, corporate and M&A, capital markets and restructuring and insolvency. Throughout his career, he has taken part in the development of several corporate law reforms and recently served as a member of the Insolvency Law Committee. He is also a recipient of the National Law Day Award from the President of India, in recognition for his contribution to corporate law. Additionally, he has been recognised as a Market Leader by IFLR1000.

During the research period, he notable advised the committee of creditors on the landmark insolvency resolution processes of Essar Steel and Bhushan Energy.

Adrian Chair - Adnan Sundra & Low

Adrian Chair is an experienced practitioner at Malaysian firm Adnan Sundra & Low. He has expertise in various practice areas, including project finance and development, corporate and M&A, and private equity. Chair has taken on clients from an array of sectors including TMT, oil and gas, energy, financial services, utilities, and transport.

Recently, Chair advised PTT Exploration and Production in the high profile acquisition of Murphy Oil Corporation’s oil and gas assets in Malaysia. The deal stands out as one of the largest oil and gas deals in the Asian region in the past five years.

Deepak Sadasivan - Adnan Sundra & Low

Interview

Deepak Sadasivan serves as the managing partner of Malaysian firm Adnan Sundra & Low. He has extensive experience in banking and finance and capital markets matters such as Islamic finance, project finance, structured finance and derivatives. He has been recognised as a Market Leader by IFLR1000.

A recent highlight saw him advising CIMB Investment Bank on the establishment of IJM Land’s Sukuk (Islamic bond) programme in an award-winning deal. Another award-winning mandate saw Sadasivan assisting the principal advisers on establishing Zamarad Assets’ Sukuk Murabahah (deferred sale) asset-backed securitisation programme.

Elmer B Serrano - MVGS - Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Interview

Elmer B Serrano boasts over two decades of experience and heads the mergers and acquisitions practice group at Filipino law firm Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano. His expertise cover banking and finance, M&A and capital markets across a range of sectors including banking and financial services, gaming, real estate, and shipping.

During the research period, he notably advised BDO Unibank on the largest ever single Peso bond issuance by a Philippine bank to date. Another highlight saw him advising BDO Unibank in upsizing its medium-term note (MTN) programme.

Rafael Morales - Morales & Justiniano

Interview

Rafael Morales serves as the managing partner of Philippine law firm Morales & Justiniano and is recognised as a Market Leader by IFLR1000. His significant experience includes advising on matters related to banking and finance, capital markets and M&A across sectors such as real estate, banking and financial services, and energy. Prior to joining the firm, he served as the managing partner of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.

Duyen Ha Vo - VILAF

Interview

Vo Ha Duyen serves as chairperson of Vietnamese law firm VILAF. She advises clients such as issuers, foreign investors, private equity funds, fintech companies and banks on a wide range of matters including project financings, derivatives, and mergers and acquisitions. Her experience spans multiple industries including, aviation, oil and gas, energy, real estate, and pharmaceuticals.

She recently advised B Grimm Power on a large acquisition of solar projects. She also acted as counsel to the arranger on the high-value financing of the Vung Ang 2 BOT power project.

IFLR Asia Best Lawyers 2020

Name

Jurisdiction

Firm

John Schembri

Australia

Gilbert + Tobin

Peter Cook

Australia

Gilbert + Tobin

Yuen-Yee Cho

Australia

King & Wood Mallesons

Bernard Tan

Brunei

Abrahams Davidson & Co

Andrew Ong

Brunei

CCW Partnership

Colin Ong

Brunei

Dr Colin Ong Legal Services 

Sophealeak Ing

Cambodia

Bun & Associates

Youdy Bun

Cambodia

Bun & Associates

Guillaume Massin

Cambodia

DFDL 

Siphana Sok

Cambodia

SokSiphana & Associates 

Jonathan Zhou

China

Fangda Partners

Michael Han

China

Fangda Partners

Michael Qi

China

Fangda Partners

Richard Guo

China

Fangda Partners

Kevin Wang

China

Global Law Office

Lv Hongbing

China

Grandall Law Firm

Zhang Jiping

China

Haiwen & Partners

Charles Li

China

Han Kun Law Offices

Hongjiu Zhang

China

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Adam Li

China

JunHe

David Liu

China

JunHe

Fang Yi

China

JunHe

Wang Ling

China

King & Wood Mallesons

Xiaolei Yang

China

King & Wood Mallesons

Xiaolian Zhang

China

King & Wood Mallesons

Charles Qin

China

Llinks Law Offices

Sandra Lu

China

Llinks Law Offices

Guanxiong Wu

China

Tian Yuan Law Firm

Anthony Zhao

China

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Catherine Chen

China

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Chen Limin

China

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Stephen Croswell

Hong Kong SAR

Baker McKenzie

Colin Law

Hong Kong SAR

Fangda Partners

John Marsden

Hong Kong SAR

Mayer Brown

Carmelo Lee

Hong Kong SAR

Woo Kwan Lee & Lo

Ashwath Rau

India

AZB & Partners

Bahram Vakil

India

AZB & Partners

Gautam Saha

India

AZB & Partners

Varoon Chandra

India

AZB & Partners

Zia Mody

India

AZB & Partners

Cyril Shroff

India

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Yash Ashar

India

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas 

Anjan Dasgupta

India

DSK Legal

Manan Lahoty

India

IndusLaw

Amit Kapur

India

J Sagar Associates

Dina Wadia

India

J Sagar Associates

Haigreve Khaitan

India

Khaitan & Co

Mohit Saraf

India

L&L Partners

Rajiv Luthra

India

L&L Partners

Atul Sharma

India

Link Legal India Law Services

Sandip Bhagat

India

S&R Associates

Prashant Gupta

India

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Sapan Gupta

India

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Shardul Shroff

India

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Niloufer Lam

India

ZBA

Emir

Indonesia

Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro

Fikri

Indonesia

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Ibrahim

Indonesia

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Daniel

Indonesia

Ginting & Reksodiputro

Luke

Indonesia

Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners

Mita

Indonesia

Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners

David

Indonesia

Herbert Smith Freehills

Tjahjadi

Indonesia

Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung

Ira Eddymurthy

Indonesia

SSEK Legal Consultants

Michael Carl

Indonesia

SSEK Legal Consultants

Hironori Shibata

Japan

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Osamu Hirakawa

Japan

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Hiroo Atsumi

Japan

Atsumi & Sakai

Hiroshi Maeda

Japan

Atsumi & Sakai

Gavin Raftery

Japan

Baker McKenzie

Hiroshi Kondo

Japan

Baker McKenzie

Naoaki Eguchi

Japan

Baker McKenzie

Katsumasa Suzuki

Japan

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Masanori Sato

Japan

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Takahiro Kobayashi

Japan

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Fumihide Sugimoto

Japan

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Hiroki Inoue

Japan

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Jiro Mikami

Japan

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Kenichi Fujinawa

Japan

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Kohei Koikawa

Japan

Nishimura & Asahi

Walter Heiser

Laos, Thailand

DFDL 

Rui Jose da Cunha

Macau SAR

C&C Lawyers

Carlos D. Simões

Macau SAR

DSL Lawyers

Rita Martins

Macau SAR

DSL Lawyers

Manuela António

Macau SAR

Manuela António

Frederico Rato

Macau SAR

Rato Ling Lei & Cortés

Pedro Cortés

Macau SAR

Rato Ling Lei & Cortés

João Nuno Riquito

Macau SAR

Riquito Advogados

Adrian Chair

Malaysia

Adnan Sundra & Low

Deepak Sadasivan

Malaysia

Adnan Sundra & Low

Lily Chea Li Tan

Malaysia

Albar & Partners

Christopher Lee

Malaysia

Christopher & Lee Ong

Aidham Badri Andri

Malaysia

Kadir Andri & Partners

Azman bin Othman Luk

Malaysia

Rahmat Lim & Partners

Grace Yeoh

Malaysia

Shearn Delamore & Co 

Jalalullail

Malaysia

Shook Lin & Bok

Esther Chik

Malaysia

Wong & Partners

Mei Mei

Malaysia

Zul Rafique & partners

Chris

Myanmar

SCM Legal

Edwin Vanderbruggen

Myanmar

VDB Loi

Swee Gim Cheah

Myanmar, Singapore

Kelvin Chia Yangon

Kairas Kabraji

Pakistan

Kabraji & Talibuddin

Bilal Shaukat

Pakistan

RIAA Barker Gillette 

Badaruddin

Pakistan

Vellani & Vellani

Francisco Ed Lim

Philippines

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

Rafael Morales

Philippines

Morales & Justiniano

Elmer B. Serrano

Philippines

MVGS

Monalisa Dimalanta

Philippines

Puyat Jacinto & Santos

Ramil Bugayong

Philippines

Puyat Jacinto & Santos

Dennis Quintero

Philippines

Quisumbing Torres

Jose Salvador Mirasol

Philippines

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

Agustin

Philippines

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles 

Perry Pe

Philippines

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles 

Rocky Reyes

Philippines

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Simeon Ken Ferrer

Philippines

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Andrew Lim

Singapore

Allen & Gledhill

Mei Lim

Singapore

Allen & Gledhill

Chee Wai Kok

Singapore

Allen & Gledhill 

Margaret Chin

Singapore

Allen & Gledhill 

Wei Ting Lim

Singapore

Allen & Gledhill 

Bimal Desai

Singapore

Allen & Overy

Ashok Kumar

Singapore

BlackOak

Sushil Nair

Singapore

Drew & Napier

David Zemans

Singapore

Milbank

Patrick Ang

Singapore

Rajah & Tann Singapore

Angela Lim

Singapore

Rajah & Tann Singapore 

Regina Liew

Singapore

Rajah & Tann Singapore 

Sandy Foo

Singapore

Rajah & Tann Singapore 

Bill McCormack

Singapore

Shearman & Sterling 

Andrew Ang

Singapore

WongPartnership

Christy Lim

Singapore

WongPartnership

Gail Ong

Singapore

WongPartnership

Manoj Sandrasegara

Singapore

WongPartnership

Rosabel Ng

Singapore

WongPartnership

Susan Wong

Singapore

WongPartnership

Wai King Ng

Singapore

WongPartnership

Eui Jong Chung

South Korea

Bae Kim & Lee

Chi Yong Rim

South Korea

Kim & Chang

Kyung Taek Jung

South Korea

Kim & Chang

Young Kyun Cho

South Korea

Kim & Chang

Dong Eun Kim

South Korea

Lee & Ko

Eunjai Lee

South Korea

Lee & Ko

Hun Ko

South Korea

Lee & Ko

Hyunjoo Oh

South Korea

Lee & Ko

Wonkyu Han

South Korea

Lee & Ko

Hyun Ju Helen Pak

South Korea

Shin & Kim

Sang-Hyun Lee

South Korea

Shin & Kim

Young-Ku Lee

South Korea

Shin & Kim

Hoil Yoon

South Korea

Yoon & Yang

Christopher Joon Tae Cho

South Korea

Yulchon

Hee Woong Yoon

South Korea

Yulchon

Raymond Kang

South Korea

Yulchon

Alex Chiang

Taiwan

Baker McKenzie

Victor Chang

Taiwan

LCS & Partners

Robin Chang

Taiwan

Lee and Li

George Lin

Taiwan

Lin & Partners

Janice Lin

Taiwan

Tsar & Tsai

Stephen Jaggs

Thailand

Allen & Overy

Komkrit Kietduriyakul

Thailand

Baker McKenzie

Wynn Pakdeejit

Thailand

Baker McKenzie

Jessada Sawatdipong

Thailand

Chandler MHM

Supattra Sathapornnanon

Thailand

Chandler MHM

Pichitpon Eammongkolchai

Thailand

Linklaters

Wilailuk Okanurak

Thailand

Linklaters

Passawan Navanithikul

Thailand

Somboon Rittichai Panuwat Passawan (SRPP)

Weerawong Chittmittrapap

Thailand

Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners 

Adam Moncrieff

Vietnam

Allen & Overy

Tien Bui

Vietnam

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Tony Foster

Vietnam

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Pham Ba Linh

Vietnam

Lexcomm

Duyen Ha Vo

Vietnam

VILAF

Hoai Nam Diep

Vietnam

YKVN

Duc Tran Anh

Vietnam

Allen & Overy

Mark Fraser

Vietnam

Frasers Law Company

Tran Tuan Phong

Vietnam

VILAF


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