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IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2023: open for entries

IFLR APAC Awards entries open

The Asia-Pacific 2023 awards research has begun – winners will be announced at a live event in Singapore in March 2023

We are delighted to announce the launch of the 24th edition of the IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards, celebrating the most impressive legal innovation and ingenuity in the region’s cross-border market.

For the first time in three years, the Asia-Pacific awards will be held in person at an awards ceremony in Singapore in March 2023.

The 2023 awards offer more opportunities than ever for in-house legal departments to win awards, including a new In-house regional bank team of the year award. We have also introduced a new Net-zero Transition Award and Tech Innovation Award open to both in-house teams and law firms. In alignment with IFLR’s other global awards, this year, IFLR will also recognise the most innovative Asia-Pacific loan deal of the year and loan team of the year, in addition to a new Digital Finance Award.

To nominate deals, teams and firms for all the awards, please use the forms below. All the categories, along with their criteria and the research methodology, are detailed in our Awards Summary.

Calendar:

  • Nomination deadline: November 25 2022 

  • Shortlist publication: January 2023  

  • Awards ceremony: March 2023 (date and venue TBC) 

You can download all the forms you need to make your nominations here

All entries must be uploaded to the PORTAL by November 18 2022. Deals that reach financial close between November 19 2022 and the end of the year can be submitted by January 6 2023. This deadline is strictly for these deals only and cannot be extended.

For any questions about the research, please contact Jamie Rayat

For queries about business development and commercial opportunities related to the awards, please contact Anicette Indiana

Last year’s IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards winners’ presentation, write ups and shortlists are free to view at Winners 2022 and Shortlist 2022.

Awards overview

Many of the key requirements and guidelines for the awards remain unchanged. All deals must have reached financial close in 2022 to be included in the research. Deals that have not closed before the end of December 2022 will not be considered. Deals that reach financial close between the 18 November submission deadline and the end of the year can be submitted by a 6 January deadline.

All deals must meet the cross-border criteria unless otherwise stated. The deals also form the basis of most of the team and firm of the year awards – after all, these awards are all about legal innovation in cross-border transactions. By focusing on this innovation, the IFLR awards strive to recognise work that breaks new legal ground, develops the legal framework for cross-border corporate finance and improves the investment environment.

IFLR will consider the sophistication and complexity of the work and the impact of the legal innovation, as well as contextual challenges in execution, such as political risk. However, the size of the deal, media coverage, commercial success or the speed of the deal are not relevant.

Finally, we recommend that firms nominate no more than three deals in any one deal of the year category as it is unlikely that more than three will get shortlisted.

Good luck!