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Women in Business Law Awards Asia-Pacific 2020: shortlist announced

Congratulations to the finalists for the Women in Business Law Awards Asia-Pacific 2020 - winners will be announced on December 10

The Women in Business Law Awards, supported by IFLR, provides law firms and professional services firms in the region the recognition they deserve for the achievements of their leading women in the legal profession. As well as celebrating progressive initiatives for gender diversity, mentorship, minority women, talent management, and work-life balance, the awards recognises individuals in a range of practice area specialisms, along with standout firms based on their initiatives and within their respective jurisdictions.

The full methodology for the awards can be found here, along with details of the virtual award ceremony, which will take place on Thursday, December 10 2020. 

The full shortlist for the Women in Business Law Asia-Pacific 2020 is below. Congratulations to all the finalists. 



Firm Initiatives


Best gender diversity initiative by a national firm

Anand and Anand
Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Charltons
East & Concord Partners
ELLALAN
Khaitan & Co
Lee & Ko
MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
SSEK Legal
WongPartnership

Best national firm mentoring programme

Anand and Anand
Charltons
Deacons
East & Concord Partners
ELLALAN
Khaitan & Co
MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Shardul Armachand Mangaldas & Co
SSEK Legal
Trilegal
Vision & Associates
WongPartnership

Best national firm for minority women lawyers

Charltons
East & Concord Partners
Khaitan & Co
MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Trilegal
WongPartnership

Best national firm for talent management

Anand and Anand
Charltons
East & Concord Partners
ELLALAN
Khaitan & Co
MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Trilegal
Vision & Associates
WongPartnership

Best national firm for work-life balance

Anand and Anand
Charltons
Deacons
East & Concord Partners
Khaitan & Co
MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
SSEK Legal
Trilegal
Vision & Associates
WongPartnership

Best national firm for women in business law

Anand and Anand
Charltons
Deacons
East & Concord Partners
ELLALAN
MinterEllisonRuddWatts
River Delta Law Firm
Russell McVeagh
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
SSEK Legal
Trilegal
Vision & Associates
WongPartnership

Best firm for pro bono work

Baker McKenzie
Charltons
DLA Piper
East & Concord Partners
ELLALAN
Kim & Chang
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Nishimura & Asahi
Rajah & Tann
Russell McVeagh
Trilegal
White & Case
WongPartnership

Best gender diversity initiative by an international firm

Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Hogan Lovells
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Nishimura & Asahi
White & Case

Best international firm mentoring programme

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Nishimura & Asahi
White & Case

Best international firm for minority women lawyers

Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper
Dorsey & Whitney
Linklaters
Nishimura & Asahi

Best international firm for talent management

Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Nishimura & Asahi
Rajah & Tann
White & Case

Best international firm for work-life balance

Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Nishimura & Asahi
Rajah & Tann
White & Case

Best international firm for women in business law

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Nishimura & Asahi
Rajah & Tann
White & Case

Best international firm China practice

Baker McKenzie FenXun
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters
King & Wood Mallesons
Mayer Brown
White & Case

Best international firm Hong Kong SAR practice

Allen & Overy
Akin Gump
Baker McKenzie
Dechert
DLA Piper
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Shearman & Sterling
Watson Farley & Williams
White & Case

Practice Area


Aviation

Ashley Wong, King & Wood Mallesons
Danielle Roman, Mourant
Grace Li, Baker McKenzie FenXun
H K Helen Sohn, Lee & Ko
Judy Tan, JunZeJun Law Offices
Kate Seaton, HFW
Marylou Bilawala, Wadia Ghandy & Co
Peng Lim, Kennedys
Sarah Catchpole, Kennedys

Banking

Christy Lim, WongPartnership
Indri Pramitaswari Guritno, Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Kate Lane, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Lee Xin Mei, Rajah & Tann
Manisha Shroff, Khaitan & Co
Oanh Nguyen, Baker McKenzie
Teresa Lau, Deacons
Veena Sivaramakrishnan, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Vicki Liu, Allen & Overy
Zhang Xu, DeHeng Law Offices

Capital markets - Debt

Cindy Kao, Mayer Brown
Deemple Budhia, Russell McVeagh
Hyunjoo Oh, Lee & Ko
Indri Pramitsawari Guritno, Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Kaya Proudian, White & Case
Lee Xin Mei, Rajah & Tann
Manisha Shroff, Khaitan & Co
Monal Mukherjee, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Capital markets - Equity

Iris Leung, Linklaters
Ivy Wong, Baker McKenzie
Julia Charlton, Charltons
Kaya Proudian, White & Case
Manjari Tyagi, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Monal Mukherjee, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Teresa Ko, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Commercial arbitration

Amanda Lees, Simmons & Simmons
Brenda Horrigan, Herbert Smith Freehills
Celeste Ang, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Ila Kapoor, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Jessica Fei, King & Wood Mallesons
Li (Zoe) Zhang, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Melody Chan, White & Case
Myung-Ahn Kim, Yoon & Yang
Ritu Bhalla, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Sungjean Seo, Kim & Chang
Swee Yen Koh, WongPartnership

Competition and antitrust

Fay Zhou, Linklaters
Jung Won Hyun, Kim & Chang
Liza Carver, Herbert Smith Freehills
Madoka Shimada, Nishimura & Asahi
Maria Christina Macasaet-Acaban, Quisumbing Torres
Sarah Keene, Russell McVeagh
Shweta Shroff Chopra, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Vivan Cao, Zhao Sheng Law Firm

Copyright

Amita Haylock, Mayer Brown
Annie Tsoi, Deacons
Ji Eun Lee, Kim & Chang
Sonia Ong, Wong & Partners
Vaishali Mittal, Anand and Anand

Energy, natural resources, and mining

Adeline Pang, White & Case
Allison Arthur-Young, Russel McVeagh
Bee Chun Boo, Baker McKenzie FenXun
Carolyn Dong, DLA Piper
Chang-hee Shin, Kim & Chang
Emma Covacevich, Clayton Utz
Ilona Millar, Baker McKenzie
Linh Doan, Watson Farley & Williams
Michelle Keen, White & Case
Sarah Sinclair, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Financial services regulatory

Colette Pan, Zhao Sheng Law Firm
Emmeline Rushbrook, Russell McVeagh
Hye Jin Hwang, Yoon & Yang
Jill Wong, Howse Williams Bowers
Karen Man, Baker McKenzie
Maria Sit, Dechert
Shilpa Mankar Ahluwalia, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Stephanie Magnus, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Sue Wan Wong, Wong & Partners
Susanne Harris, Mayer Brown

Insurance and reinsurance

Ampika Kumar, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Anna Tipping, Norton Rose Fulbright
Elaine Tay, Rajah & Tann
Jenny Yu, Mayer Brown
Marika Eastwick-Field, Russell McVeagh
Nicole Wearne, Clyde & Co
Shailaja Lall, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Sue Wan Wong, Wong & Partners
Wang Ying Shuang, Rajah & Tann

International trade and shipping

Koon Huan Lim, Skrine
Madeline Leong, Watson Farley & Williams
Maggie Cheung, Mayer Brown
Mei Lin Goh, Watson Farley & Williams
Melisa Uremovic, Rajah & Tann
Sarah Salmond, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Tatman Savio, Akin Gump
Vivian Wang, East & Concord Partners

Investment funds

Anne-Marie Godfrey, Akin Gump
Catherine Chen, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Effie Vasilopoulos, Sidley Austin
Eriko Sakata, Linklaters
Lisa Simmons, Ashurst
Liu Xiaoyan, East & Concord Partners
Lorna Chen, Shearman & Sterling
Sarah McQueen, Russell McVeagh

Labor and employment

Celeste Ang, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Cynthia Chung, Deacons
Gillian Service, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Helen Colquhoun, DLA Piper
Haiyan Duan, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Jennifer Tam, Mayer Brown
Jennifer Van Dale, Eversheds Sutherland
Kylie Dunn, Russel McVeagh
Liu Lu, River Delta Law Firm
Nugyen Thi Thanh Xuan, Vision & Associates
Pooja Ramchandani, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Se Ry Lee, Kim & Chang

Life sciences

Alison Wong, Bird & Bird
Hanshou Zhou, Jingtain & Gongcheng
Isabella Liu, Baker McKenzie
Katherine Wang, Ropes & Gray
Mandi Jacobson, Dentons
Peerapan Tungsuwan, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Teresa Griffiths, AJ Park
Vaishali Mittal, Anand and Anand
Yunioh Lee, Kim & Chang

Litigation

Dorothy Patricia Siron, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Lisa Wright, Dentons
May Ng, DLA Piper
Melody Chan, White & Case
Misha, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Paralee Techajongjintana, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Routing Xie, Jingtian & Gongcheng
Stacey Shortall, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Vaishali Mittal, Anand and Anand
Vanita Bhargava, Khaitan & Co
Yoon-Jeong Lee, Kim & Chang

M&A

Asa Shinkawa, Nishimura & Asahi
Alex Bidlake, Linklaters
Fi Ling Quak, WongPaternship
Hannah Ha, Mayer Brown
Li Chen, Shearman & Sterling
Maria Christina Macasaet-Acaban, Quisumbing Torres
Mita Kartohadiprodjo, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Reeba Chacko, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Samata Masagee, DLA Piper
Sandy Foo, Rajah & Tann
Silvana Schenone, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Stephanie Phua, Wong & Partners
Tabitha Saw, White & Case
Upasana Rao, Trilegal

Offshore

Ann Ng, Maples Group
Fiona Chan, Appleby
Judy Lee, Appleby
Kate Hodson, Ogier
Lan Phuong Nguyen, Baker McKenzie
Laura Rogers, Walkers
Sarah Salmond, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Vivien C S Fung, Conyers

Patents

Amita Haylock, Mayer Brown
Isabella Liu, Baker McKenzie
Kherk Ying Chew, Wong & Partners
Nguyen Nguyet Dzung, Vision & Associates
Ping Gu, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Say Sujintaya, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Sejung Lee, Yoon & Yang
Vaishali Mittal, Anand and Anand
Young Kim, Kim & Chang

Privacy and data protection

Anna Gamvros, Norton Rose Fulbright
Divina Ilas-Panganiban, Quisumbing Torres
Helen Clarke, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Karen Hon Fun Lee, Mayer Brown
Karen Ngan, Simpson Grierson
Shahana Chatterji, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Sonia Ong, Wong & Partners
Sophie Dawson, Bird & Bird

Private clients and trusts

Bock Eng Sim, WongPartnership
Dawn Quek, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Divi Dutta, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Han Bao, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Patricia Woo, Squire Patton Boggs
Silvia On, Stephenson Harwood
Stacy Choong, Withers KhattarWong

Private equity

Asa Shinkawa, Nishimura & Asahi
Bee Chun Boo, Baker McKenzie FenXun
Gloria Liu, DLA Piper
Gunjan Shah, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Julia Charlton, Charltons
Liu Xiaoyan, East & Concord Partners
Marcia Ellis, Morrison & Foerster
Sandy Foo, Rajah & Tann
Surbhi Kejriwal, Khaitan & Co

Project finance

Anna Chung, Shearman & Sterling
Carolyn Dong, DLA Piper
Claire Rogers, King & Wood Mallesons
Esther Chik, Wong & Partners
Irawati Hermawan, Hermawan Juniarto & Partners
Jo Crew, Norton Rose Fulbright
Kanya Satwika, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Lanping Zhou, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Oanh Nguyen, Baker McKenzie
Sarah Wilson, Allen & Overy

Real estate

Amanda Spratt, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Ana Crosbie, Russell McVeagh
Ashoo Gupta, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Ayako Kawano, White & Case
Chou Ching, Rajah & Tann
Dora Stilianos, Baker McKenzie
Ira A Eddymurthy, SSEK Legal
Keun Ah Cho, Kim & Chang
Le Thi Thanh Tram, Vision & Associates
Susheela Rivers, DLA Piper

Restructuring and insolvency

Karen O’Flynn, Clayton Utz
Kelly Naphtali, Kirkland & Ellis
Mei Lin Khong, Shook Lin & Bok
Melody Chan, White & Case
Nafisa Nihmat, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Naomi Moore, Akin Gump
Polly Pope, Russell McVeagh
Raelene Pereira, Rajah & Tann
Tania Cini, Allens
Veena Sivaramakrishnan, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Structured finance and securitisation

Anne-Marie Neagle, King & Wood Mallesons
Deemple Budhia, Russell McVeagh
Karolina Popic, Allen & Overy
Mei Nah, Mayne Wetherell
Michelle Taylor, Tiang & Partners
Yvonne Siew, Allen & Overy

Tax

Adeline Wong, Wong & Partners
Betsy-Ann Howe, K&L Gates
Bijal Ajinkya, Khaitan & Co
Daksha Baxi, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Doris Ho, DLA Piper
Irene Yong, Shearn Delamore & Co
Jean Loi, VDB Loi
Nancy Lai, Baker McKenzie
Ruby Jiang, KPMG Advisory (China)
Vivian Chang, Ashurst
Yvonne Beh, Wong & Partners

Tax dispute resolution

Adeline Wong, Wong & Partners
Angela Wood, KPMG
Ay Tjhing Phan, PwC
Carmen McElwain, MinterEllison
Josephine Peng, Lee and Li
Judy Sullivan, Judy Sullivan Consulting
Julie Zhang, Deloitte
Ken Loon Ong, Drew & Napier
Kirsty Keating, EY
Tori Sullivan EY
Yvonne Beh, Wong & Partners

Technology, media, and telecommunications

Annie Tsoi, Deacons
Gloria Liu, DLA Piper
Indira Yustikania, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Karen Hon Fun Lee, Mayer Brown
Kyungsun Kyle Choi, Kim & Chang
Li Chen, Shearman & Sterling
Liz Blythe, Russell McVeagh
Puja Sondhi, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Sheila McGregor, Gilbert + Tobin
Sonia Ong, Wong & Partners

Trademark

Ann Nam-Yeon Kwon, Kim & Chang
Annie Tsoi, Deacons
Divina Ilas-Panganiban, Quisumbing Torres
Michelle Yee, Mayer Brown
Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Vision & Associates
Rosita Li, ELLALAN
Sejung Lee, Yoon & Yang
Vaishali Mittal, Anand and Anand

Transfer pricing

Adeline Wong, Wong & Partners
Adriana Calderon, Transfer Pricing Solutions Asia
Ay Tjhing Phan, PwC
Eunice Kuo, Deloitte China
Felicia Chia, KPMG
Helen Fazzino, PwC
Joanne Su, EY
Natalya Marenina, BDO
Tae-Yeon Nam, Kim & Chang
Theresa Goh, Deloitte

White collar crime

Alina Arora, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Anita Chow, Morley Chow Seto
Bingna Guo, White & Case
Cori A Lable, Kirkland & Ellis
Kate Yin, Fangda Partners
Kelly S Austin, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Mini vandePol, Baker McKenzie
Shiraz Patodia, DUA Associates
Yuet Ming Tham, Sidley Austin

Rising Stars


Corporate

Anisha Chand, Khaitan & Co
Aylin Cunsolo, Baker McKenzie
He Bilei (Katherine), Jingtian & Gongcheng
Hemi Lee, Kim & Chang
Iris Yeung, Linklaters
Miriam Andreta, Walalangi & Partners (in association with Nishimura & Asahi)
Natashaa Shroff, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Nishrin Hussain, Mayer Brown
Yuri Sugano, Nishimura & Asahi

Finance

Aisyah Rahmarani Siregar, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Cherie Tan, Rajah & Tann
Da Eun Jung, Kim & Chang
Ee Lynn Tan, White & Case
Grace Fung, Baker McKenzie
Miriam Andreta, Nishimura & Asahi
Shen Sisi, DeHeng Law Offices
Tracy Tania, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

IP

Alyson Poole, Norton Rose Fulbright
Amy Seung Hyun Oh, Kim & Chang
Arpita Kulshrestha, Anand and Anand
Brigette Shone, Russell McVeagh
Gillian Woon, Baker McKenzie
Janice H Y Yip, Mayer Brown
Joanne Zhang, DLA Piper
Loretta Lau, Deacons
Madeline Chan, Davies Collison Cave
Meryl Koh, Drew & Napier

Litigation

Alcina Chew, Tan Kok Quan Partnership
Anuradha Agnihotri, Trilegal
Dewi Savitri Reni, SSEK Legal
Janice Tay, Wong & Partners
Jeong Kim, Kim & Chang
Ploy Chongcharoentanavat, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Smarika Singh, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Vivien Yip, Mayer Brown
Wei He, East & Concord Partners

Tax

Elke Bremner, Ashurst
Gouri Puri, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Karen Au, PwC
Nuthari Borpitpitak, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Sirirasi Gobpradit, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Toa Vulangi, Bell Gully
Vidushi Maheswari, Economic Laws Practice
Vinta Krishnan, Khaitan & Co
Wai Kar Wye, Allen & Gledhill
Yeo Jeong Yoon, Kim & Chang

Jurisdiction


Australia

Allen & Overy
Ashurst
Baker McKenzie
Bird & Bird
DLA Piper
Gilbert + Tobin
Hogan Lovells
Lipman Karas
White & Case

Brunei

Abrahams Davidson & Co
CCW Partnership
Ridzlan Lim

China

DeHeng Law Offices
East & Concord Partners
Jingtian & Gongcheng
JunHe
River Delta Law Firm
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Hong Kong SAR

Charltons
Deacons
ELLALAN
Gall
Vivien Chan & Co

India

Anand and Anand
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
DUA Associates
J Sagar Associates
Khaitan & Co
Phoenix Legal
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Trilegal

Indonesia

Ashurst
Assegaf Hamza & Partners
Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Hogan Lovells
Linklaters
Makarim & Taira S
Walalangi & Partners
SSEK Legal Conultants
Tilleke & Gibbins
White & Case

Japan

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Baker McKenzie
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
White & Case

Malaysia

Albar & Partners
Azimi & Associates
Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff
Herbert Smith Freehills
Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
Wong & Partners

Myanmar

Baker McKenzie
Nishimura & Asahi
VDB Loi

New Zealand

Bell Gully
Chapman Trip
MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Russel McVeagh
Simpson Grierson

Pakistan

Akhund Forbes Hadi
Kabraii & Talibuddin
Liaquat Merchant Associates
Moshin Tayebaly & Co
Orr Dignam & Co

Philippines

Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose
PJS Law
Quisumbing Torres
Romulo Mabanta Savoc Buenaventure & de los Angeles
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Singapore

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Nishimura & Asahi
Rajah & Tann
Tan Kok Quan Partnership
Watson Farley & Williams
White & Case
WongPartnership

South Korea

Bae Kim & Lee
Baker McKenzie
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Linklaters
Shin & Kim
White & Case
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon

Sri Lanka

FJ & G de Saram
John Wilson Partners
Julius & Creasy
Nithya Partners

Taiwan

Baker McKenzie
LCS & Partners
Lee and Li
Lexcel Partners
Tsar & Tsai Law Firm

Thailand

Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie Bangkok
DLA Piper
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Nishimura & Asahi
Tilleke & Gibbins

Vietnam

Baker McKenzie
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Mayer Brown
Nishimura & Asahi
Tilleke & Gibbins
Vision & Associates
Watson Farley & Williams

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