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IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2023: shortlist revealed

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Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony in Singapore on March 22

IFLR is delighted to reveal the shortlist for the Asia-Pacific Awards 2023, celebrating the region's most innovative cross-border work and those behind it.

Decided by an internal panel of judges, the awards look exclusively at legal innovation in cross-border transactions that reached financial close in the 2022 calendar year.

All the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Singapore on March 22, including the recipients of the Market Reform Award, In-House Contribution Award and Women Dealmakers Hall of Fame Award.

Watch this space for further details on the venue and for details on how to attend!

As well as the event, IFLR will announce the winners online, with podcasts and content to explore the work covered in the awards.

To find out more about the event and commercial opportunities related to the awards, please contact Anicette Indiana.

Please note that the shortlist below is based on preliminary research, so if your team advised on one of these transactions below and you would like to be listed, please contact James Wilson.

Our 2023 shortlist is ...

DEALS OF THE YEAR

  • Debt and equity-linked

    ASB Bank subordinated Tier 2 notes
    Russell McVeagh
    Sidley Austin
    Sullivan & Cromwell
    Bank of China TONA-linked notes
    Allen & Overy
    Jingtian & Gongcheng
    JunZeJun Law Offices
    Linklaters
    Hainan Province bonds
    Allen & Overy
    Fangda Partners
    JunHe
    Linklaters
    Huzhou New City Investment Development Group FTZ bonds
    Beijing Dentons Law Offices
    Clifford Chance
    JunHe
    King & Wood Mallesons
    Mayer Brown
    Peak Re 144A catastrophe bond
    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
    King & Wood Mallesons
    Sidley Austin
    Republic of Indonesia switch tender offer
    Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
    Clifford Chance
    Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
    Mayer Brown
    Vingroup exchangeable bonds
    Allens
    Latham & Watkins
    Linklaters
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
    YKVN
    Women's Livelihood Bond WLB5
    Bär & Karrer
    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
    Clifford Chance
    One Legal
    Paul Hastings
    Shearman & Sterling
    Stikeman Elliott
    TSMP
    Wong Partnership
  • Equity

    China Mobile IPO
    Haiwen & Partners
    King & Wood Mallesons
    Sullivan & Cromwell
    Emperador SGX-ST secondary listing
    Allen & Gledhill
    Allen & Overy
    Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW)
    Latham & Watkins
    Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
    Ferretti Hong Kong IPO
    Baker McKenzie
    King & Wood Mallesons
    Pedersoli
    Gotion High Tech Swiss GDRs
    Baker McKenzie
    Clifford Chance
    Haiwen & Partners
    Llinks Law Offices
    Linklaters
    Niederer Kraft Frey
    Leapmotor IPO
    Clifford Chance
    Grandway Law Offices
    Han Kun
    Jingtian & Gongcheng
    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
    National Highways Infra Trust private placement
    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
    Jyoti Sagar & Associates
    Linklaters
    Thai Life Insurance IPO
    Allen & Overy
    Baker McKenzie
    Latham & Watkins
    Vertex Technology Acquisition Corporation IPO
    Allen & Gledhill
    Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow
    Eng and Co
    Maples Group
    WongPartnership
  • High yield

    Guangzhou R&F Properties exchange offer
    Sidley Austin
    Linklaters
    JunHe
    Kawasan Industri Jababeka exchange offer and consent solicitation
    Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
    Makes & Partners
    Milbank
    Sidley Austin
    Mumbai International Airport private notes
    Allen & Overy
    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
    Linklaters
    Talwar Thakore & Associates
    Nickel Industries senior secured notes
    Allen & Overy
    Linklaters
    Widyawan & Partners
    Redco Properties Group consent solicitation and issuance
    Commerce & Finance Law Offices
    Conyers
    JunHe
    Sidley Austin
    White & Case
    Zhongliang liability management
    Commerce & Finance Law Offices
    Jingtian & Gongcheng
    Sidley Austin
    Walkers
    White & Case
  • Loan

    51job take-private financing
    Conyers
    Harney Westwood & Riegels
    Kirkland & Ellis
    Linklaters
    Weil Gotshal & Manges
    Adani Group / Ambuja Cements and ACC LBO financing
    Allen & Overy
    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
    Latham & Watkins
    Madun Gujadhur Chambers
    TM&S Gujadhur Chambers
    TT&A
    DigitalBridge - Centratama Telekomunikasi
    Linklaters
    White & Case
    Widyawan & Partners
    Witara Cakra Advocates in association with White & Case
    Fullerton Healthcare - RRJ Capital SPV acquisition financing
    Clifford Chance
    Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
    Latham & Watkins
    SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
    Walkers
    White & Case
    Shimao Group - TWP refinancing
    Allen & Overy
    Appleby
    Mayer Brown
    Sidley Austin
    Stephenson Harwood
    Sutherland Global Services - DBS Bank
    Allen & Overy
    Brigard Urrutia
    Harney Westwood & Riegels
    Latham & Watkins
    Livingston Alexander & Levy
    McNamara & Company
    Spasov & Bratanov
    SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
    Trilegal
    Traveloka
    Allen & Overy
    Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
    Latham & Watkins
    Ogier
    Umbra
    Walkers
    Yisheng Biopharma royalty-backed financing
    Clifford Chance
    Maples Group
    Sidley Austin
  • M&A

    Block / Afterpay
    Cravath Swaine & Moore
    Gilbert + Tobin
    King & Wood Mallesons
    Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz
    Chubb / Cigna selected Asia-Pacific operations
    Baker McKenzie
    Kim & Chang
    Shin & Kim
    Sullivan & Cromwell
    Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz
    Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners
    Dai-ichi Life / Partners Life
    Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
    Baker McKenzie
    Bell Gully
    Chapman Tripp
    MinterEllison
    MinterEllisonRuddWatts
    Duddell Street / FiscalNote
    Davis Polk & Wardwell
    Shearman & Sterling
    Electronic Gaming Development Company / SNK Corporation
    Baker McKenzie
    Bae Kim & Lee
    Lee & Ko
    Miura & Partners
    ESR Group / ARA Asset Management
    Allen & Gledhill
    Allens
    Conyers
    Corrs Chambers Westgarth
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Gilbert + Tobin
    Latham & Watkins
    Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
    Walkers
    White & Case
    WongPartnership
    Maersk / LF Logistics
    Allen & Overy
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Sydney Aviation Alliance / Sydney Airport
    Allens
    Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Private equity

    51job take private
    Conyers
    Davis Polk & Wardwell
    Fangda Partners
    Jun He Law Offices
    Kirkland & Ellis
    Maples Group
    Ogier
    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
    Sullivan & Cromwell
    Weil Gotshal & Manges
    GS Group consortium / Hugel
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
    Kim & Chang
    Lee & Ko
    Ropes & Gray
    Bain Capital / Hitachi Metals
    Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
    Covington
    JunHe
    Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
    Nishimura & Asahi
    Ropes & Gray
    T&D Partners
    White & Case
    CVC Capital Partners / Phuong Chau
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    YKVN
    EQT / Baring Private Equity Asia
    Kirkland & Ellis
    Mannheimer Swartling
    Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
    Vinge
    RRJ Capital / Fullerton Healthcare
    Allen & Overy
    Clifford Chance
    Harney Westwood & Riegels
    Walkers
    White & Case
    TPG - Tata Motors JV
    Akin Gump
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
    Khaitan & Co
    Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
    TPG Asia - Fractal Analytics
    Ashurst
    AZB & Partners
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
    Kelly Hart
    Khaitan & Co
    Kirkland & Ellis
    Latham & Watkins
    Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
  • Project finance

    Kampong Chhang solar project
    Allen & Overy
    DFDL
    VDB Loi
    Rabo Renew RTC
    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
    Luthra & Luthra
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Trilegal
    Tra Vinh V1-2 Offshore Wind Power Plant
    Chandler MHM
    Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
    YKVN
    Upper Trishuli-1 Hydropower Project
    Ghandi & Associates
    Herbert Smith Freehills
    Pioneer Law
    RIAA
    Shearman & Sterling
    Yatsubo, Momura and Orido solar projects
    City-Yuwa Partners
    Morrison & Foerster
    Nishimura & Asahi
    Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Restructuring

    Garuda Airlines
    Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro
    Ashurst
    Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
    Clifford Chance
    Herbert Smith Freehills
    Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
    Golden Wheel Tiandi
    Conyers
    Kirkland & Ellis
    Linklaters
    Mayer Brown
    Zhong Lun Law Firm
    HNA Group
    Baker McKenzie
    Clifford Chance
    Global Law Office
    Han Kun
    King & Wood Mallesons
    Hong Kong Airlines
    Allen & Overy
    Clifford Chance
    Kobre & Kim
    Latham & Watkins
    Walkers
    Zhong Lun Law firm
    Marelli
    Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
    Jones Day
    Linklaters
    Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
    Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
    Nishimura & Asahi
    NewOcean Energy
    Allen & Overy
    Ashurst
    Walkers
    Pan Brothers
    Allen & Gledhill
    Allen & Overy
    Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
    BlackOak
    Clifford Chance
    HHP Law Firm
    Kirkland & Ellis
    Kyora Law Firm
    Sritex Group
    Aji Wijaya & Co
    Allen & Overy
    Cavenagh Law
    Clifford Chance
    Gibson Dunn
    Linklaters
    RevLaw
    Swandy Halim & Partners
    Zipmex Group
    Allen & Gledhill
    Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
    Kudun and Partners
    Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • Securitisation and structured finance

    Astrea 7 ABS
    Allen & Gledhill
    Latham & Watkins
    Bayfront ABS
    Allen & Gledhill
    Latham & Watkins
    Korea Housing Finance Corporation covered bond programme
    Kim & Chang
    Linklaters
    M&T Investments auto ABS
    Allen & Gledhill
    Rajah & Tann

TEAMS OF THE YEAR

  • Debt and equity-linked

    Allen & Overy
    Clifford Chance
    King & Wood Mallesons
    Latham & Watkins
    Linklaters
    Mayer Brown
    Sidley Austin
    Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Equity

    Allen & Overy
    Baker McKenzie
    Clifford Chance
    Davis Polk & Wardwell
    Latham & Watkins
    Linklaters
    Slaughter and May
    Sullivan & Cromwell
  • High yield

    Allen & Overy
    Kirkland & Ellis
    Linklaters
    Milbank
    Shearman & Sterling
    Sidley Austin
    White & Case
  • Loan

    Allen & Overy
    Baker McKenzie
    Clifford Chance
    Latham & Watkins
    Linklaters
    Sidley Austin
    Weil Gotshal & Manges
    White & Case
  • M&A

    Allen & Overy
    Baker McKenzie
    Davis Polk & Wardwell
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Herbert Smith Freehills
    Latham & Watkins
    Sullivan & Cromwell
  • Private equity

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Kirkland & Ellis
    Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
    Ropes & Gray
    Shearman & Sterling
    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
    Weil Gotshal & Manges
  • Project finance

    Allen & Overy
    Clifford Chance
    Herbert Smith Freehills
    Norton Rose Fulbright
    Shearman & Sterling
  • Restructuring

    Allen & Overy
    Baker McKenzie
    Clifford Chance
    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
    King & Wood Mallesons
    Kirkland & Ellis
    Latham & Watkins
    Linklaters

IN-HOUSE TEAMS OF THE YEAR

  • In-house debt team: investment bank

    Barclays
    Deutsche Bank
    HSBC
    JP Morgan
    Standard Chartered
    UBS
  • In-house equity team: investment bank

    Bank of America
    Citi
    Credit Suisse
    Goldman Sachs
    JP Morgan
    Morgan Stanley
    UBS
  • Regional bank in-house team

    Bank of China
    CITIC CLSA
    CICC
    DBS
    Nomura
    SMBC Nikko
  • In-house team

    Air New Zealand
    Asian Development Bank
    Bain Capital
    BlackRock
    The Coca-Cola Company
    Vodafone

SPECIALISED AWARDS

  • Digital finance award - APAC headquartered

    Allen & Gledhill
    Han Kun Law Offices
    JunHe
    Kim & Chang
    King & Wood Mallesons
    Lee & Ko
    Spice Route Legal
    Tilleke & Gibbins
  • Financial Services Regulatory award - APAC headquartered

    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
    Fangda Partners
    Kim & Chang
    King & Wood Mallesons
    Lee & Ko
    Nishimura & Asahi
    Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
  • Net-zero Transition award

    Allen & Gledhill
    Baker McKenzie
    Herbert Smith Freehills
    JunHe
    Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
    Nishimura & Asahi
    Rajah & Tann
    White & Case
  • Pro bono

    Allen & Gledhill
    Allen & Overy
    JunHe
    Kabraji & Talibuddin
    Mayer Brown
    Nishimura & Asahi
    Rajah & Tann
  • Tech innovation award

    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas – Deal Analytics tool
    Lee & Ko – Robotic Process Automation
    LNT & Partners – vietnamlawinsight
    Nishimura & Asahi – BoostDraft
    PwC Australia – Legal Metrics Portal
  • Women Dealmakers Hall of Fame

    Anna Buchly - Bell Gully
    Asa Shinkawa - Nishimura & Asahi
    Judie Ng Shortell - Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
    Miranda So - Davis Polk & Wardwell
    Paloma Wang - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
    Sandy Foo - Rajah & Tann Singapore

LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

  • Regional firm

    Allen & Gledhill
    Fangda Partners
    JunHe
    King & Wood Mallesons
    Kim & Chang
    Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
    Nishimura & Asahi
    Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
  • Offshore firm

    Appleby
    Conyers
    Harney Westwood & Riegels
    Maples Group
    Ogier
    Walkers
  • India practice

    Allen & Overy
    Baker McKenzie
    Latham & Watkins
    Linklaters
    Sidley Austin
    White & Case
  • China practice

    Allen & Overy
    Clifford Chance
    Kirkland & Ellis
    Linklaters
    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • US law firm

    Baker McKenzie
    Davis Polk & Wardwell
    Latham & Watkins
    Kirkland & Ellis
    Shearman & Sterling
    Sidley Austin
    Sullivan & Cromwell
    White & Case
  • International law firm

    Allen & Overy
    Baker McKenzie
    Clifford Chance
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    Latham & Watkins
    Linklaters
    Sidley Austin
    White & Case

JURISDICTIONAL LAW FIRMS OF THE YEAR

  • Australia

    Allens
    Gilbert + Tobin
    Herbert Smith Freehills
    King & Wood Mallesons
    MinterEllison
  • Cambodia

    DFDL Cambodia
    R&T Sok & Heng
    SokSiphana & Associates
    VDB Loi
  • China - Debt firm of the year

    Commerce & Finance Law Offices
    Fangda Partners
    Jia Yuan Law Offices
    Jingtian & Gongcheng
    JunHe
    King & Wood Mallesons
  • China - Equity firm of the year

    Haiwen & Partners
    Jingtian & Gongcheng
    King & Wood Mallesons
    Tian Yuan Law Firm
    Zhong Lun Law Firm
  • China - M&A firm of the year

    Fangda Partners
    Haiwen & Partners
    Han Kun Law Offices
    JunHe
    Zhong Lun Law Firm
  • China - Restructuring firm of the year

    Fangda Partners
    Global Law Office
    Han Kun Law Offices
    JunHe
    King & Wood Mallesons
  • Hong Kong SAR

    Charltons
    Deacons
    LC Lawyers
    Tongshang Hong Kong (Eric Chow & Co in association with Commerce & Finance Law Offices)



  • India - Debt firm of the year

    AZB & Partners
    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
    JurisCorp
    TT&A
    Trilegal
  • India - Equity firm of the year

    AZB & Partners
    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
    Jyoti Sagar & Associates
    Khaitan & Co
    Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
  • India - M&A firm of the year

    AZB & Partners
    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
    Khaitan & Co
    Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
  • India - Restructuring firm of the year

    AZB & Partners
    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
    Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
    TT&A
  • Indonesia

    Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro
    Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
    Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
    Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
    Makes & Partners
  • Japan

    Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
    Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
    Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
    Nishimura & Asahi
  • Malaysia

    Kadir Andri & Partners
    Rahmat Lim & Partners
    Wong & Partners (member firm of Baker McKenzie)
  • New Zealand

    Bell Gully
    Russell McVeagh
    Chapman Tripp
    MinterEllisonRuddWatts
  • Philippines

    Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz Law Offices
    Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
    Quisumbing Torres (member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)
    SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
  • Singapore

    Allen & Gledhill
    BlackOak
    Morgan Lewis Stamford
    Rajah & Tann Singapore
    Shook Lin & Bok
    WongPartnership
  • South Korea

    Bae Kim & Lee
    Kim & Chang
    Lee & Ko
    Shin & Kim
  • Taiwan

    Baker McKenzie
    Lee and Li
  • Thailand

    Allen & Overy Thailand
    Baker McKenzie Thailand
    Chandler MHM
    Kudun and Partners
    Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners
  • Vietnam

    Allen & Overy
    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
    VILAF
    YKVN