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IFLR Asia Best Lawyers 2019

Ahead of the International Bar Association’s annual conference in Seoul, South Korea in September, we look at the most influential dealmakers across the Asia Pacific region

Ahead of the International Bar Association's annual conference in Seoul, South Korea in September, we look at the most influential dealmakers across the Asia Pacific region. All rated lawyers here have worked on market-changing transactions in the past 12 months and will be highly rated in the upcoming edition of IFLR1000: the guide to the world's leading financial law firms.

The 2020 edition of IFLR1000 will be the most comprehensive analysis of law firms and lawyers based on the evidence of their transactional work ever conducted, and will be published to coincide with the event in Seoul.

IFLR will again be publishing the IBA Daily News, the official conference newspaper of the IBA Annual Conference and we look forward to seeing you there.

Asia Best LawyerCountryFirmPractices areasIndustry Sectors
Guy AlexanderAustralia Allens Capital markets: equity, M&A Energy, financial services, industrials and manufacturing, mining
Peter ArmitageAustralia Ashurst Competition
Peter CookAustralia Gilbert + TobinCapital markets: equity, M&A, private equity
Michael CorriganAustralia Clayton UtzCompetition
Philippa StoneAustralia Herbert Smith FreehillsCapital markets: equity, M&A
Yuen-Yee ChoAustralia King & Wood Mallesons Banking Banking, financial services, food and beverage, media, transport
Bernard TanBrunei Abrahams Davidson & CoBanking, investment funds, M&A Banking, real estate
Youdy BunCambodia Bun & AssociatesBanking, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project finance
Siphana SokCambodia SokSiphana & Associates M&A
Richard GuoChina Fangda Partners Investment funds, private equity Automotive, aviation, consumer goods and services, financial services, Industrials and manufacturing
Michael HanChina Fangda Partners Competition, M&A Banking, consumer goods, and services, energy, healthcare, natural resources, transport
Kevin Wang­China Global Law Office Energy and infrastructure, M&A, project development Construction and materials, energy, real estate
Lv HongbingChina Grandall Law Firm Capital markets: equity, M&A, Healthcare, industrials and manufacturing
Zhang JipingChina Haiwen & Partners Banking, capital markets: debt, capital markets: equity, M&A, private equity
Charles LiChina Han KunM&A, private equity Consumer goods and services, energy, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, technology and telecommunications
Zhang HongjiuChina Jingtian & GongchengCapital markets: equity, M&A
Fang YiChina Junhe Banking, energy and infrastructure, project development, project finance Energy, oil and gas
Wang LingChina King & Wood Mallesons Banking Banking, financial services
Xiaolian ZhangChina King & Wood Mallesons M&A, project development Automotive, aviation, healthcare, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and life sciences, technology and telecommunications, transport
Anthony ZhaoChina Zhong Lun Law FirmCapital markets: equity, M&A, private equity
Roger LuiHong Kong Allen & OveryBanking, capital markets: structured finance and securitisation, project finance Energy
Stephen CroswellHong Kong Baker McKenzieCompetition Energy, media, oil and gas, technology and telecommunications
Mark ShipmanHong Kong Clifford Chance Financial services regulatory, investment funds, M&A Investment management, real estate
Anthony WangHong Kong Clifford Chance Banking
David LambHong Kong Conyers Dill & PearmanCapital markets: equity, M&A Healthcare, Technology and telecommunications
Bonnie ChanHong Kong Davis Polk & WardwellCapital markets : Equity
Martin RogersHong Kong Davis Polk & WardwellFinancial services regulatory
Andrew OstrognaiHong Kong Debevoise & PlimptonInvestment funds, M&A, private equityEnergy. real estate
Mark FairbairnHong Kong DLA Piper Restructuring and insolvency Banking, financial services
Robert AshworthHong Kong Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerM&A, private equity Energy, food and beverage, insurance, technology and telecommunications
Kyle WomboltHong Kong Herbert Smith FreehillsFinancial services regulatory Consumer goods and services, energy, financial services, transport
Sam FarrandsHong Kong King & Wood Mallesons Energy and infrastructure, project development Mining, oil and gas, utilities
David IrvineHong Kong Kirkland & EllisBanking, energy and infrastructure, project finance Utilities
Neil McDonaldHong Kong Kirkland & EllisRestructuring and insolvency Banking, financial services, real estate, technology and telecommunications
William LiuHong Kong Linklaters Capital markets: debt
Stuart SaltHong Kong Linklaters Banking, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project finance Energy
Greg KnowlesHong Kong Maples Group Banking
John MarsdenHong Kong Mayer BrownRestructuring and insolvency
Scott PetermanHong Kong Orrick Herrington & SutcliffeInvestment funds, private equity
Jack LangeHong Kong Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & GarrisonM&A, private equity
Effie VasilopoulosHong Kong Sidley Austin Investment funds Investment management
Julie GaoHong Kong Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & FlomCapital markets: debt, Capital markets: equity, M&A
Michael DeSombreHong Kong Sullivan & CromwellM&A, private equity Banking, financial services, media, mining, technology and telecommunications, transport
Zia Mody]India AZB & Partners M&A
Ashwath RauIndia AZB & Partners Investment funds, M&A, private equity
Yash AsharIndia Cyril Amarchand MangaldasCapital markets: debt, private equity
Cyril ShroffIndia Cyril Amarchand MangaldasBanking, capital markets: debt, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project development, project finance Energy
Amit KapurIndia J Sagar AssociatesBanking, energy and infrastructure, project development
Haigreve KhaitanIndia Khaitan & Co Banking, M&A
Mohit SarafIndia L&L PartnersBanking, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project development, project finance
Atul SharmaIndia Link Legal India Law ServicesEnergy and infrastructure, project development Energy
Sandip BhagatIndia S&R AssociatesCapital markets: debt, capital markets: equity, M&A
Prashant GuptaIndia Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & CoCapital markets: debt, capital markets: equity
Shardul ShroffIndia Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & CoBanking, capital markets: debt, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project development, project finance, restructuring and insolvency Government and public policy, media, oil and gas, technology and telecommunications
Emir NurmansyahIndonesia Ali Budiardjo Nugroho ReksodiputroBanking, capital markets, M&A, project finance, restructuring and insolvency Banking, energy, financial services
Fikri AssegafIndonesia Assegaf Hamzah & PartnersBanking, capital markets, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project financeEnergy, Oil and gas
Daniel GintingIndonesia Ginting & ReksodiputroBanking, capital markets, energy and infrastructure, project development, project finance Energy, transport
Luke DevineIndonesia Hadiputranto Hadinoto & PartnersBanking, energy and infrastructure, project finance
Indri Pramitaswari GuritnoIndonesia Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners Banking Banking
David DawbornIndonesia Herbert Smith FreehillsBanking, capital markets, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project development, project finance Energy, oil and gas, transport
Tjahjadi BunjaminIndonesia Hiswara Bunjamin & TandjungBanking, capital markets
Hironori ShibataJapan Anderson Mori & TomotsuneCapital markets: equity
Hiroo AtsumiJapan Atsumi & SakaiBanking, capital markets: structured finance and securitisation Banking, financial services, government and public policy, investment management, real estate
Hiroshi MaedaJapan Atsumi & SakaiBanking, energy and infrastructure, project finance Social infrastructure, transport, utilities
Naoaki EguchiJapan Baker McKenzieBanking, capital markets: structured finance and securitisation, energy and infrastructure, project finance Energy, oil and gas, social infrastructure
Ken LebrunJapan Davis Polk & WardwellM&A, private equity
Jon GrayJapan Davis Polk & WardwellCapital markets: debt, capital markets: equity
Masanori SatoJapan Mori Hamada & Matsumoto Banking, capital markets: structured finance and securitisation
Kenneth SiegelJapan Morrison & Foerster M&A Technology and telecommunications
Hiroki InoueJapan Nagashima Ohno & TsunematsuM&A, private equity
David SneiderJapan Simpson Thacher & BartlettCapital markets: debt, capital markets: equity, M&A Financial services, industrials and manufacturing, insurance
Mitsuhiro KamiyaJapan Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & FlomM&A, restructuring and insolvency Healthcare, technology and telecommunications
Carlos D. SimõesMacau DSL Lawyers Banking, capital markets, M&A, private equity, project development, project finance Banking, energy, gaming, real estate, technology and telecommunications
Jorge Neto ValenteMacau Jorge Neto Valente AdvogadosBanking, M&A Gaming, real estate
Manuela AntónioMacau Manuela António - Lawyers and NotariesBanking, M&A
João Nuno RiquitoMacau Riquito AdvogadosBanking, M&A
Deepak SadasivanMalaysia Adnan Sundra & LowBanking, capital markets, energy and infrastructure, islamic finance, project finance Banking, social infrastructure, technology and telecommunications, utilities
Christopher LeeMalaysia Christopher & Lee OngBanking, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project finance Energy
Aidham Badri AndriMalaysia Kadir Andri & PartnersCapital markets
Grace YeohMalaysia Shearn Delamore & CoM&A, project development Energy
Dato' Philip Chan Hon KeongMalaysia Skrine Banking, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project development, project finance, real estate acquisitions Banking, financial services, gaming, investment management, real estate
Mei Mei LohMalaysia Zul Rafique & partners Banking, capital markets: debt Banking, financial services
Daniel MahoneyMongoliaMahoneyLiottaBanking, capital markets, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project development, project finance Mining
Swee Gim CheahMyanmar Kelvin Chia YangonBanking, capital markets: equity, investment funds, M&A Financial services
James GibsonNew Zealand Bell Gully Capital markets: equity, M&A Energy, financial services, technology and telecommunications
John StrowgerNew Zealand Chapman TrippCapital markets: equity, M&A
Andrew HarmosNew Zealand Harmos Horton LuskM&A
Cathy QuinnNew Zealand MinterEllisonRuddWatts apital markets: equity, M&A, private equity
Francisco Ed LimPhilippines Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)Banking, M&A
Rafael MoralesPhilippines Morales & JustinianoBanking, capital markets, M&A, project finance, real estate acquisitions Banking, energy, financial services, investment management, real estate
Monalisa DimalantaPhilippines Puyat Jacinto & SantosBanking, project development Energy, oil and gas
Ramil BugayongPhilippines Puyat Jacinto & SantosBanking
Dennis QuinteroPhilippines Quisumbing TorresEnergy and infrastructure, M&A, project finance Energy, mining, natural resources, oil and gas
Jose Salvador MirasolPhilippines Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los AngelesBanking, M&A
Perry PePhilippines Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los AngelesBanking, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project development, project finance Energy, mining, oil and gas, transport, utilities
Chee Wai KokSingapore Allen & GledhillBanking, energy and infrastructure, project development, project finance Energy
Mei LimSingapore Allen & GledhillCapital markets: equity, M&A
Andrew LimSingapore Allen & GledhillM&A
Swee Gim CheahSingapore Kelvin Chia Yangon Banking, capital markets: equity, investment funds, M&A Financial services
David ZemansSingapore Milbank Banking, capital markets, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project finance, restructuring and insolvency
Patrick AngSingapore Rajah & TannRestructuring and insolvency
Bill McCormackSingapore Shearman & Sterling Banking, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project development, project finance
Wai King NgSingapore WongPartnershipM&A
Manoj SandrasegaraSingapore WongPartnershipRestructuring and insolvency
Susan WongSingapore WongPartnershipBanking, project finance Banking
Young Kyun ChoSouth Korea Kim & Chang Banking, energy and infrastructure, project finance Energy, transport
Kyung Taek JungSouth Korea Kim & Chang Competition, M&A
Wonkyu HanSouth Korea Lee & Ko Capital markets
Dong Eun KimSouth Korea Lee & Ko Energy and infrastructure, project finance Energy, real estate, transport
Hyun Ju Helen PakSouth Korea Shin & KimBanking, energy and infrastructure, project finance Energy
Sai Ree YunSouth Korea Yulchon Capital markets, competition, M&A
Stephen JaggsThailand Allen & Overy Banking, capital markets, energy and infrastructure, project finance Energy
Jessada SawatdipongThailand Chandler MHMBanking, energy and infrastructure, project finance Energy, oil and gas, utilities
Wilailuk OkanurakThailand Linkslaters Banking, capital markets: debt, capital markets: equity, M&A, project finance Energy, oil and gas, utilities
Passawan NavanithikulThailand Weerawong Chinnavat & PartnersBanking, project finance Banking, energy, food and beverage, shipping
Weerawong ChittmittrapapThailand Weerawong Chinnavat & PartnersBanking, M&A
Duc Tran AnhVietnam Allen & Overy Banking, capital markets, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project finance
Mark FraserVietnam Frasers Law Company Banking, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project development, project finance Energy
Tony FosterVietnam Freshfields Bruckhaus DeringerBanking, energy and infrastructure, M&A
Tran Tuan PhongVietnam Vilaf Banking, capital markets, energy and infrastructure, M&A, project development, project finance Aviation, banking, construction and materials, consumer goods and services, energy, financial services, healthcare, oil and gas, technology and telecommunications, transport

About the author

Shardul S. Shroff
Executive Chairman, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

New Delhi, India
T: + 91 11 4159 0700 , 40606060
F: +91 11 2692 4900
E: shardul.shroff@AMSShardul.com
W: https://www.amsshardul.com/

Shardul S. Shroff is the Executive Chairman at the Firm. He has over 38 years of experience and is a leading authority in General Corporate, Mergers & Acquisitions, Insolvency and Bankruptcy, Securities Law, Disinvestment & Capital Markets. Mr. Shroff heads the Insolvency & Bankruptcy practice at the Firm

Mr. Shroff has been on a number of high-powered committees appointed by the Government of India including member of the Insolvency Law Committee to review the implementation of the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code; the JJ Irani Committee for amending the Companies Act, the Committee constituted to review decriminalization of offences under the Companies Act and the Committee on cross-border insolvency, both headed by Injeti Srinivas, Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India.

Mr. Shroff has been recognised as one of 'The Game Changers of India, 2018' by The Economic Times for championing high impact legal services. He is also a recipient of the National Law Day Award from the President of India.

He has been re-elected as the Chairman of the CII National Committee on Legal Services and Arbitration. Mr. Shroff has also been appointed as the Senior Vice President on the Society of Indian Law Firms (SILF).


About the author

Deepak Sadasivan
Managing Partner, Adnan Sundra & Low

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
T: +(60)3 2070 0466
F: +(60)3 2078 3382
E: deepak.sadasivan@asl.com.my
W: http://www.asl.com.my

Legal Education: LLB (Hons), LLM (Hons), King's College London

Bars Admissions: Bar of England & Wales (1993), Malaysian Bar (1994)

Deepak's experience includes banking work such as capital market financing, security documentation and straight financing. He is particularly experienced in structuring and documenting Islamic financing transactions which include the world's first exchangeable Sukuk, Malaysia's first Islamic stapled securities transaction, Malaysia's first municipal bonds, and the world's first Green SRI Sukuk (2018). Deepak has also advised on the financing of significant Malaysian infrastructure and energy projects, including the privatisation of water supply, independent power plants and the construction of expressways.

The firm is privileged to have received the following recognition for its banking and finance practice during Deepak's tenure as managing partner:

ALB Malaysia Law Awards
Malaysia Law Firm Of The Year 2016
Managing Partner Of The Year 2016
Islamic Finance Law Firm Of The Year 2016-18
Banking & Financial Services Law Firm of the Year 2014-19

Islamic Finance News Law Awards 2018
ESG, Green, SRI Law Firm of the Year

Asian-Mena Counsel Awards 2018
Capital Markets Law Firm Of The Year, Malaysia
Projects & Project Financing Law Firm Of The Year, Malaysia


About the author

Tran Tuan Phong
Senior Partner, VILAF

Hanoi, Vietnam
T: +84 24 3934 8530
F: +84 24 3934 8531
E: phong@vilaf.com.vn
W: www.vilaf.com.vn

Phong is recommended as a top-tier lawyer in Banking&Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A and Infrastructure&Energy by many reputable legal directories such as Chambers&Partners, Legal 500, IFLR 1000 and AsiaLaw. Market sources declare that Phong is "very well-known for business law".

His broad experience includes representing international sponsors and lenders in relation to large-scale projects in oil&gas, power, chemical, automobile, aircraft, sea-port, highway, telecommunication, insurance, real estate, retail and distribution, and consumer goods industries. He is well-known for advising international businesses and banks on corporate restructuring and financing, share subscriptions, mergers and acquisitions, ECA and syndicated financing, asset financing, and project financing in Vietnam.

Phong has been involved in almost all BOT and high-profile infrastructure projects in Vietnam including Phu My 2.2 BOT power project, Nghi Son 2 BOT power project, Mong Duong 2 BOT power project, Nam Dinh 1 BOT power project, Van Phong 1 BOT power project, Vinh Tan 3 BOT power project, Vinh Tan 1 BOT power project, CMX RE Sunseap Solar Power Project and Chevron-gas pipeline project. His banking clients include Citibank, HSBC, Standard Chartered, SMBC, and BTMU. He also advised in Vingroup's convertible bonds on the SGX, Vinacomin's international bonds, Vincom Retail and Vinhomes' Rule 144A international placement/HOSE listing and some overseas IPO/listing transactions.


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