IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2021: register to attend

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Register now to celebrate the region’s most innovative cross-border deals, teams and firms, as chosen by our panel

IFLR is delighted to present its shortlist for the 2021 IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards.

All deal, team, national and international firm of the year shortlists are listed below. All the shortlists were carefully selected by the IFLR editorial team after months of research, interviews, analysis and deliberation. We hope they inspire.

Winners will be announced on March 25 2021. Please register for the winners’ presentation here:

Throughout the research IFLR kept a laser focus on legal innovation in the cross-border market. The shortlist reflects hard work and ingenuity, and seeks to showcase transactions that broke new ground and set new legal high-water marks in the region.

As ever, our decisions were based exclusively on innovation in cross-border deals; we have disregarded deal values, client prestige and other such aspects as much as possible. All the shortlisted deals closed during the awards review period, which was between January 1 2020 to December 31 2020.

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

IFLR will be revealing the winners on March 25 via an awards programme that will include a virtual winners’ presentation, writes ups, podcasts and other media. To find out more - and to find out about how you can promote your success - please contact Anicette Indiana: anicette.indiana@euromoneyasia.com.


DEALS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Aviva Singlife Tier 2 notes and bridge-to-bond

Allen & Gledhill

Allen & Overy

Latham & Watkins

Norton Rose Fulbright

Slaughter and May

Bank of China blue bonds

Allen & Overy

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Linklaters

Manila Water Company

Dechert

Milbank

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

Olam International Reg S SGD issuance

Clifford Chance

WongPartnership

Scentre Group hybrid note issuance

Allen & Overy

K&L Gates

Linklaters

Russell McVeagh

Sidley Austin

Singapore Airlines convertible bonds

Allen & Gledhill

WongPartnership

Star Energy Geothermal Salak green project bonds

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Clifford Chance

Hiswara Bunjamin Tandjung

King & Spalding

Lennox Patton

Mayer Brown

Milbank

Rajah & Tann

Walkers

Xero Investments convertible notes and buyback

Allens

Belly Gully

Gilbert + Tobin

Linklaters

Equity

AREIT IPO

Allen & Overy

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices

Dechert

Latham & Watkins

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos Law Offices

Big Hit Entertainment IPO

Bae Kim Lee

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Greenberg Traurig

Kim & Chang

China Merchants Securities A+H shares rights issue

Allbright Law Offices

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Harneys

King & Wood Mallesons

China Pacific Insurance GDRs and listing

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Fangda Partners

King & Wood Mallesons

Linklaters

China Yangtze Power Shanghai-London Stock Connect GDRs

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Linklaters

JunHe

King & Wood Mallesons

JD.com IPO and secondary listing

Clifford Chance

Han Kun Law Firm

Maples Group

Shihui Partners

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

KE Holdings IPO

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Han Kun Law Offices

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Maples Group

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Lufax Holding IPO

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Haiwen & Partners

Kirkland & Ellis

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Zhong Lun Law Firm

High yield

Alam Sutera Realty exchange offer

Allen & Gledhill

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Clifford Chance

Milbank

Shearman & Sterling

Widyawan & Partners

China Evergrande Group and Scenery Journey

Commerce & Finance Law Offices

King & Wood Mallesons

Maples Group

Norton Rose Fulbright

Sidley Austin

Government of Mongolia sustainable development bond

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

DB & GTS

Dorsey & Whitney

Mayer Brown

Melville Erdenedalai

Indika Energy

Allen & Gledhill

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Sidley Austin

Shearman & Sterling

Widyawan & Partners

Medco Energi Internasional

Allen & Gledhill

Allens

Argyrou & Konstantinou

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Barrow & Williams

Chandler MHM

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Cox Hallett Wilkinson

De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Dentons

Jeff Leong Poon & Wong

Mayer Brown

Russin & Vecchi

Shearman & Sterling

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Venture Law

Walkers

Witara Cakra Advocates

Yida China exchange offer and consent solicitation

Commerce & Finance Law Offices

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Sidley Austin

Shearman & Sterling

Vedanta Resources

BLC Roberts & Associates

Carey Olsen

Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee

Khaitan & Co

Latham & Watkins

Linklaters

M&A

Amundi - Bank of China Wealth Management JV

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

King & Wood Mallesons

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Bitauto take-private

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Han Kun Law Offices

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Maples Group

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Zhong Lun Law Firm

CP Group / Tesco’s Thailand and Malaysia

Allen & Overy

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

DLA Piper

Linklaters

Rahmat Lim & Partners 

Fosun Pharma - BioNTech strategic alliance

Covington & Burlington

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Paul Hastings

Stephenson Harwood

Grifols / Shanghai RAAS

Grandway

Hogan Lovells

JunHe

Kirkland & Ellis

Osborne Clarke

Proskauer Rose

Kimberly-Clark Corporation / Softex Indonesia

Allen & Gledhill

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Makarim & Taira S

Maples Group

Soemadipradja & Taher

Resolution / Vinum

Ashurst

Bell Gully

Debevoise & Plimpton

King & Wood Mallesons

Singapore Life / Aviva Singapore

Allen & Gledhill

Latham & Watkins

Maples Group  

Norton Rose Fulbright

Slaughter and May

Private equity

58.com take-private

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Fangda Partners

Fenwick & West

Han Kun Law Offices

Kirkland & Ellis

Maples Group

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Bain Capital Private Equity / Nichiigakkan

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Oh-Ebashi

Ropes & Gray

White & Case

Baring Private Equity / Hexaware Technology

AZB & Partners

Kirkland & Ellis

Carlyle Group / Japan Asia Group, Kokusai Kogyo and JAG Energy

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Nishimura & Asahi

KKR / JB Chemicals

Allen & Overy

Platinum Partners

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

KKR / ESG and ESG Cheongwon

Kim & Chang

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Lone Star / Unizo Holdings

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

TMI Associates

Magnus Private Equity Fund / MagnaChip Semiconductor

Kim & Chang

Lee & Ko

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Project finance

Almaty ring road PPP

Aequitas Law Firm

Allen & Overy

Kim & Chang

White & Case

Changfang and Xidao Offshore wind farms

Baker McKenzie

Lee & Li

Linklaters

Orrick

Watson Farley & Williams

White & Case

Cleantech Solar rooftop photovoltaic project

Adnan Sundra & Low

Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow

Bun & Associates

DFDL

Norton Rose Fulbright

Hanwha Energy 3 solar projects

Kim & Chang

Nishimura & Asahi

Phu Yen solar power plant

Baker McKenzie

Chandler MHM

Clifford Chance

DFDL

Frasers Law Company

Phnom Penh power transmission line refinancing

Clifford Chance

DFDL

Sidrap Wind Farm refinancing

Allen & Overy

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Baker McKenzie

HHP Law Firm

Shearman & Sterling

Restructuring

Duniatex Group

Aji Wijaya & Co

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

BlackOak

Borrelli Walsh

Gibson Dunn

Ginting & Reksodiputro

Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners

Mehigan

Hotman Paris Hutapea

MARX & Co

Liaoning Huishan Dairy Group

JunHe

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Peking University Resources Group

Addleshaw Goddard

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

King & Wood Mallesons

Ogier

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Shanghai Huaxin Group wind-down

AllBright Law Offices

Fangda Partners

King & Wood Mallesons

Latham & Watkins

Rajah & Tann

Shook Lin & Bok

Suzlon Energy

Allen & Overy

Kirkland & Ellis

L&L Partners

Hogan Lovells

Tianqi Lithium

Allen & Overy

Barros & Errazuriz

Carey

Clayton Utz

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Global Law Office

Herbert Smith Freehills

JunHe

Latham & Watkins

White & Case

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Virgin Australia

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Clayton Utz

Herbert Smith Freehills

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Structured finance and securitisation

Daimler asset-backed notes

Baker McKenzie

FenXun Partners

Guotai Junan Securities loan repackaged secured notes

King & Wood Mallesons

William Fry

Heartland reverse mortgage securitisation

Allen & Overy

Clayton Utz

Norton Rose Fulbright

Slaughter and May

KAL ABS 27 securitisation programme

Jones Day

Kim & Chang

Lee & Ko

Tiang & Partners

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank covered bonds

Linklaters

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu


TEAMS OF THE YEAR

Debt and equity-linked

Allen & Overy

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Clifford Chance

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Linklaters

Latham & Watkins

Milbank

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Equity

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Clifford Chance

Latham & Watkins

Linklaters

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

High yield

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Latham & Watkins

Linklaters

Mayer Brown

Milbank

Shearman & Sterling

Sidley Austin

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

M&A

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Debevoise & Plimpton

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

King & Wood Mallesons

Latham & Watkins

Linklaters

Slaughter and May

Private equity

Kirkland & Ellis

Morrison & Foerster

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Ropes & Gray

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Project finance

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Latham & Watkins

Linklaters

Shearman & Sterling

Watson Farley & Williams

White & Case

Restructuring

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Allen & Overy

Clifford Chance

Baker McKenzie

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Structured finance and securitisation

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

King & Wood Mallesons

Jones Day

Linklaters

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Financial services regulatory

Clifford Chance

Davis Polk & Wardwell

Deacons

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Herbert Smith Freehills

King & Wood Mallesons

Latham & Watkins

Mayer Brown

Pro bono

Allen & Overy

Ashurst

Baker McKenzie

Mayer Brown

Nagashima Ohno and Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

Shearman & Sterling

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom


IN-HOUSE TEAMS OF THE YEAR

In-house debt team

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

HSBC

JP Morgan

Morgan Stanley & Co

Standard Chartered Bank

UBS

In-house equity team

Bank of America

CLSA

Credit Suisse

Goldman Sachs

Morgan Stanley

UBS


LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Regional firm

Allen & Gledhill

Han Kun Law Offices

JunHe

Kim & Chang

King & Wood Mallesons

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Ashai

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Offshore firm

Appleby

Conyers Dill & Pearman

Harneys

Maples Group

Ogier

Walkers

India practice

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Latham & Watkins

Linklaters

Kirkland & Ellis

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

China practice

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Kirkland & Ellis

Linklaters

Paul Hastings

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

US law firm

Baker McKenzie

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Mayer Brown

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Shearman & Sterling

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

International law firm

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Clifford Chance

Latham & Watkins

Linklaters

Kirkland & Ellis

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom


MOST INNOVATIVE NATIONAL LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

Australia

Allens

Ashurst

Clayton Utz

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Herbert Smith Freehills

King & Wood Mallesons

Cambodia

Bun & Associates

DFDL

R&T Sok & Heng

Hong Kong SAR

Deacons

LC Lawyers

Tanner de Witt

Woo Kwan Lee & Lo

India

AZB & Partners

Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Indus Law

Khaitan & Co

L&L Partners

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Indonesia

Assegaf Hamza & Partners

Ginting & Reksodiputro

Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners

Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung

Makarim & Taira S

Widyawan & Partners

Japan

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Nishimura & Asahi

China

There is no shortlist for China Firm of the Year and the winner will be announced on 25 March. 

China - Debt capital markets firm of the year

Commerce & Finance Law Offices

Global Law Office

Jingtian & Gongcheng

JunHe

King & Wood Mallesons

China - Equity capital markets firm year

Haiwen & Partners

Han Kun Law Offices

Jingtian & Gongcheng

JunHe

King & Wood Mallesons

China - Corporate firm of the year

Fangda Partners

JunHe

Han Kun Law Offices

King & Wood Mallesons

Zhong Lun Law Firm

Malaysia

Adnan Sundra & Low

Albar & Partners

Christopher & Lee Ong

Kadir Andri & Partners

Wong & Partners

New Zealand

Bell Gully

Chapman Tripp

MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Russell McVeagh

Simpson Grierson

Philippines

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

Quisumbing Torres

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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

Baker McKenzie

LCS & Partners

Lee and Li

Tsar & Tsai

Thailand

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Chandler MHM

Kudun & Partners

Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners

Vietnam

Allen & Overy

Frasers Law Company

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

VILAF

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