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IFLR Asia Best Lawyers 2021

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IFLR Asia Best Lawyers 2021 presents Asia's top legal practitioners, according to market data, peer review and client feedback

IFLR Asia Best Lawyers 2021 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 2022 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.  

Zhang Jiping - Haiwen & Partners (China)

Interview

Profile

As the managing partner of PRC law firm Haiwen & Partners, Zhang Jiping is recognised as one of seven exclusive lawyers for banking, debt and equity capital markets, private equity, and M&A in China. Zhang’s forte of late has been in private equity financing and the equity capital markets. In the research period, he led DCP Capital to subscribe for 187,268 shares of Chinese online tutoring platform Yuanfudao’s G-2 round for $70 million out of a total round investment of $1billion. He also led the team that advised the underwriters on China Bohai Bank’s listing on the main board of Hong Kong’s stock exchange, and the joint sponsors and underwriters on Yidu Tech’s IPO and listing on Hong Kong’s stock exchange.

Charles Li - Han Kun Law Offices (China)

Profile 

One of only 15 recognised lawyers for M&A and private equity in China, Charles Li also has expertise in incorporation and corporate restructurings, foreign direct investment, and intellectual property protection across the new economy, energy, consumer goods, healthcare, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals sectors. In the past year, Li led Baidu on its $3.6 billion acquisition of PRC domestic video-based entertainment live streaming business JOYY, which was the largest ever acquisition of an entertainment live streaming business in China. He also acted for Hillhouse Capital in its investments in Yuanfudao’s $2.2 billion Series G1 and G2 financings, which left the Chinese online tutoring platform with a post-investment valuation of $15.5 billion. 

Elmer B Serrano - MVGS - Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (Philippines)

Interview

Profile

Elmer B Serrano serves as a senior partner at Philippine law firm MVGS and also acts as the head of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice. Serrano boasts nearly three decades of experience in the M&A space; and also possess expertise in banking and finance and capital markets. He is ranked as Highly Regarded by IFLR1000 and is one of the only two lawyers recognised by IFLR Asia Best Lawyers 2021 for banking and finance, capital markets, and M&A in the Philippines.

He has acted on several notable mandates throughout his career, including a landmark issuance of peso bonds by a Philippine bank.

Pedro Cortés - Rato Ling Lei & Cortés (Macau SAR)

Interview

Profile

Senior partner Pedro Cortés is the mainstay and managing partner of Macanese firm Rato Ling Lei & Cortés and is one of only three exclusively recognised lawyers for capital markets in Macau. He has developed a strong reputation in the equity capital markets, particularly with regard to Hong Kong listings and is also active in regulatory, restructuring and gaming matters. In the past year, Cortés helped lead one company on its IPO on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE) and acted in Melkweg Holdings’ IPO on the growth enterprise market (GEM) of the HKSE. He also advised Kirin Brewery Company in restructuring the corporate structure that owns the Macau Beer Company.

João Nuno Riquito - Riquito Advogados (Macau SAR)

Interview

Profile

Market leader João Nuno Riquito is the founder and managing partner of Macanese law firm Riquito Advogados since 2005. He is one of seven exclusively recognised lawyers for banking and M&A in Macau and is also known for his expertise in real estate development, gaming, tourism, restructuring and dispute resolution. Of late, he has been particularly busy advising on matters following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, advising on capital restructuring, sub-concession and regulatory mandates in the aviation sector. 

Janice Lin - Tsar & Tsai (Taiwan)

Interview

Profile

As the exclusive recognised lawyer for project finance in Taiwan, Janice Lin has caught the windfall of the offshore wind boom in the East Asian jurisdiction. Lin is an expert in renewable energy project development, foreign investment, divestment, and energy project financing, and in the past year has also been active in M&A. For example, she led the team advising the Export Credit Agencies (ECAs) and lenders on the project financing for a consortium of world-leading investors to acquire a total of 50% ownership share of the Greater Changhua 1 Offshore Wind Farm (605 MW), and led the financing parties, a consortium of 20 Taiwanese and international financial institutions, in the successful closing of the Formosa 2 (376 MW) offshore wind power project financing. In M&A, Lin served as BP’s Taiwanese counsel in its $5 billion global sale of its global petrochemicals business to INEOS, and assisted Carrefour in acquiring Taiwanese supermarket retailer Wellcome Taiwan and its premier market banner Jasons Market Place for €97 million. 

 

IFLR Asia Best Lawyers 2021

Name

Jurisdiction

Firm

Emma Covacevich

Australia

Clayton Utz

Mark Curell

Australia

Clifford Chance

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 

Michael Han

China

Fangda Partners

Michael Qi

China

Fangda Partners

Michael Tam

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

Fusheng Fu

China 

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Adam Li

China

JunHe

David Liu

China

JunHe

Fang Yi

China

JunHe

Gong Mulong 

China

King & Wood Mallesons

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

Jeremy Lam

Hong Kong SAR

Deacons

Colin Law

Hong Kong SAR

Fangda Partners

Mengyu Lu

Hong Kong SAR

Kirkland & Ellis

John Marsden

Hong Kong SAR

Mayer Brown

James Lidbury

Hong Kong SAR

Ropes & Gray 

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

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

Shardul Shroff

India

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Niloufer Lam

India

ZBA

Emir Nurmansyah

Indonesia

Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro

Fikri Assegaf

Indonesia

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Ibrahim Sjarief Assegaf

Indonesia

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Daniel Ginting

Indonesia

Ginting & Reksodiputro

Indri Pramitaswari Guritno

Indonesia

Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners

David Dawborn

Indonesia

Herbert Smith Freehills

Tjahjadi Bunjamin

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

Ean MacPherson

Japan 

Baker McKenzie 

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

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 Othman

Malaysia

Shook Lin & Bok

Esther Chik

Malaysia

Wong & Partners

Mei Mei

Malaysia

Zul Rafique & partners

Chris Hughes

Myanmar

SCM Legal

Edwin Vanderbruggen

Myanmar

VDB Loi

Swee Gim Cheah

Myanmar, Singapore

Kelvin Chia Yangon

James Gibson

New Zealand 

Bell Gully 

Kairas Kabraji

Pakistan

Kabraji & Talibuddin

Bilal Shaukat

Pakistan

RIAA Barker Gillette 

Badaruddin Vellani

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

Agustin Montilla

Philippines

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

Jose Salvador Mirasol

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

Chee Wai Kok

Singapore

Allen & Gledhill

Margaret Chin

Singapore

Allen & Gledhill 

Mei Lim

Singapore

Allen & Gledhill 

Wei Ting Lim

Singapore

Allen & Gledhill 

Ashok Kumar

Singapore

BlackOak

Sushil Nair

Singapore

Drew & Napier

David Zemans

Singapore

Milbank

Angela Lim

Singapore

Rajah & Tann Singapore

Patrick Ang

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

Myoung Jae Chung

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

Komkrit Kietduriyakul

Thailand

Baker McKenzie

Wynn Pakdeejit

Thailand

Baker McKenzie

Jessada Sawatdipong

Thailand

Chandler MHM

Supattra Sathapornnanon

Thailand

Chandler MHM

Weerawong Chittmittrapap

Thailand

Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners 

Adam Moncrieff

Vietnam

Allen & Overy

Mark Fraser

Vietnam

Frasers Law Company

Tien Bui

Vietnam

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Tony Foster 

Vietnam

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Pham Ba Linh

Vietnam

Lexcomm

Duyen Ha Vo

Vietnam

VILAF

Tran Tuan Phong

Vietnam

VILAF

Hoai Nam Diep

Vietnam

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