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IFLR Asia Best Lawyers 2021

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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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 

NameJurisdictionFirm
Emma CovacevichAustraliaClayton Utz
Mark CurellAustraliaClifford Chance
John SchembriAustraliaGilbert + Tobin
Peter CookAustraliaGilbert + Tobin
Yuen-Yee ChoAustraliaKing & Wood Mallesons
Bernard TanBruneiAbrahams Davidson & Co
Andrew Ong
BruneiCCW Partnership
Colin OngBruneiDr Colin Ong Legal Services 
Sophealeak IngCambodiaBun & Associates
Youdy BunCambodiaBun & Associates
Guillaume Massin
CambodiaDFDL
Siphana Sok
CambodiaSokSiphana & Associates 
Michael Han
ChinaFangda Partners
Michael Qi
ChinaFangda Partners
Michael TamChinaFangda Partners
Richard GuoChinaFangda Partners
Kevin WangChinaGlobal Law Office
Lv HongbingChinaGrandall Law Firm
Zhang JipingChinaHaiwen & Partners
Charles LiChinaHan Kun Law Offices
Hongjiu ZhangChinaJingtian & Gongcheng
Fusheng FuChina Jingtian & Gongcheng
Adam LiChinaJunHe
David LiuChinaJunHe
Fang YiChinaJunHe
Gong Mulong ChinaKing & Wood Mallesons
Wang LingChinaKing & Wood Mallesons
Xiaolei YangChinaKing & Wood Mallesons
Xiaolian ZhangChinaKing & Wood Mallesons
Charles QinChinaLlinks Law Offices
Sandra LuChinaLlinks Law Offices
Guanxiong WuChinaTian Yuan Law Firm
Anthony ZhaoChinaZhong Lun Law Firm
Catherine ChenChinaZhong Lun Law Firm
Chen LiminChinaZhong Lun Law Firm
Stephen CroswellHong Kong SARBaker McKenzie
Jeremy LamHong Kong SARDeacons
Colin LawHong Kong SARFangda Partners
Mengyu LuHong Kong SARKirkland & Ellis
John MarsdenHong Kong SARMayer Brown
James LidburyHong Kong SARRopes & Gray 
Carmelo LeeHong Kong SARWoo Kwan Lee & Lo
Ashwath RauIndiaAZB & Partners
Bahram VakilIndiaAZB & Partners
Gautam SahaIndiaAZB & Partners
Varoon ChandraIndiaAZB & Partners
Zia ModyIndiaAZB & Partners
Cyril ShroffIndiaCyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Yash AsharIndiaCyril Amarchand Mangaldas 
Anjan DasguptaIndiaDSK Legal
Manan LahotyIndiaIndusLaw
Amit KapurIndiaJ Sagar Associates
Dina WadiaIndiaJ Sagar Associates
Haigreve KhaitanIndiaKhaitan & Co
Rajiv LuthraIndiaL&L Partners
Atul SharmaIndiaLink Legal India Law Services
Sandip BhagatIndiaS&R Associates
Prashant GuptaIndiaShardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Shardul ShroffIndiaShardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Niloufer LamIndiaZBA
Emir NurmansyahIndonesiaAli Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro
Fikri AssegafIndonesiaAssegaf Hamzah & Partners
Ibrahim Sjarief AssegafIndonesiaAssegaf Hamzah & Partners
Daniel GintingIndonesiaGinting & Reksodiputro
Indri Pramitaswari GuritnoIndonesiaHadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
David DawbornIndonesiaHerbert Smith Freehills
Tjahjadi BunjaminIndonesiaHiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
Ira EddymurthyIndonesiaSSEK Legal Consultants
Michael CarlIndonesiaSSEK Legal Consultants
Hironori ShibataJapanAnderson Mori & Tomotsune
Osamu HirakawaJapanAnderson Mori & Tomotsune
Hiroo AtsumiJapanAtsumi & Sakai
Hiroshi MaedaJapanAtsumi & Sakai
Ean MacPhersonJapan Baker McKenzie 
Gavin RafteryJapanBaker McKenzie
Hiroshi KondoJapanBaker McKenzie
Naoaki EguchiJapanBaker McKenzie
Katsumasa SuzukiJapanMori Hamada & Matsumoto
Masanori SatoJapanMori Hamada & Matsumoto
Takahiro KobayashiJapanMori Hamada & Matsumoto
Fumihide SugimotoJapanNagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Hiroki InoueJapanNagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Jiro MikamiJapanNagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Kenichi FujinawaJapanNagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Kohei KoikawaJapanNishimura & Asahi
Rui Jose da CunhaMacau SARC&C Lawyers
Carlos D SimõesMacau SARDSL Lawyers
Rita MartinsMacau SARDSL Lawyers
Manuela AntónioMacau SARManuela António
Frederico RatoMacau SARRato Ling Lei & Cortés
Pedro CortésMacau SARRato Ling Lei & Cortés
João Nuno RiquitoMacau SARRiquito Advogados
Adrian ChairMalaysiaAdnan Sundra & Low
Deepak SadasivanMalaysiaAdnan Sundra & Low
Lily Chea Li TanMalaysiaAlbar & Partners
Christopher LeeMalaysiaChristopher & Lee Ong
Aidham Badri AndriMalaysiaKadir Andri & Partners
Azman bin Othman LukMalaysiaRahmat Lim & Partners
Grace YeohMalaysiaShearn Delamore & Co 
Jalalullail OthmanMalaysiaShook Lin & Bok
Esther ChikMalaysiaWong & Partners
Mei MeiMalaysiaZul Rafique & partners
Chris HughesMyanmarSCM Legal
Edwin VanderbruggenMyanmarVDB Loi
Swee Gim CheahMyanmar, SingaporeKelvin Chia Yangon
James GibsonNew Zealand Bell Gully 
Kairas KabrajiPakistanKabraji & Talibuddin
Bilal ShaukatPakistanRIAA Barker Gillette 
Badaruddin VellaniPakistanVellani & Vellani
Francisco Ed LimPhilippinesAngara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)
Rafael MoralesPhilippinesMorales & Justiniano
Elmer B SerranoPhilippinesMVGS
Monalisa DimalantaPhilippinesPuyat Jacinto & Santos
Ramil BugayongPhilippinesPuyat Jacinto & Santos
Dennis QuinteroPhilippinesQuisumbing Torres
Agustin MontillaPhilippinesRomulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Jose Salvador MirasolPhilippinesRomulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles 
Perry PePhilippinesRomulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles 
Rocky ReyesPhilippinesSyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Simeon Ken FerrerPhilippinesSyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Andrew LimSingaporeAllen & Gledhill
Chee Wai KokSingaporeAllen & Gledhill
Margaret ChinSingaporeAllen & Gledhill 
Mei LimSingaporeAllen & Gledhill 
Wei Ting LimSingaporeAllen & Gledhill 
Ashok KumarSingaporeBlackOak
Sushil NairSingaporeDrew & Napier
David ZemansSingaporeMilbank
Angela LimSingaporeRajah & Tann Singapore
Patrick AngSingaporeRajah & Tann Singapore 
Regina LiewSingaporeRajah & Tann Singapore 
Sandy FooSingaporeRajah & Tann Singapore 
Bill McCormackSingaporeShearman & Sterling 
Andrew AngSingaporeWongPartnership
Christy LimSingaporeWongPartnership
Gail OngSingaporeWongPartnership
Manoj SandrasegaraSingaporeWongPartnership
Rosabel NgSingaporeWongPartnership
Susan WongSingaporeWongPartnership
Wai King NgSingaporeWongPartnership
Eui Jong ChungSouth KoreaBae Kim & Lee
Chi Yong RimSouth KoreaKim & Chang
Kyung Taek JungSouth KoreaKim & Chang
Myoung Jae ChungSouth Korea Kim & Chang 
Young Kyun ChoSouth KoreaKim & Chang
Dong Eun KimSouth KoreaLee & Ko
Eunjai LeeSouth KoreaLee & Ko
Hun KoSouth KoreaLee & Ko
Hyunjoo OhSouth KoreaLee & Ko
Wonkyu HanSouth KoreaLee & Ko
Hyun Ju Helen PakSouth KoreaShin & Kim
Sang-Hyun LeeSouth KoreaShin & Kim
Young-Ku LeeSouth KoreaShin & Kim
Hoil YoonSouth KoreaYoon & Yang
Christopher Joon Tae ChoSouth KoreaYulchon
Hee Woong YoonSouth KoreaYulchon
Raymond KangSouth KoreaYulchon
Alex ChiangTaiwanBaker McKenzie
Victor ChangTaiwanLCS & Partners
Robin ChangTaiwanLee and Li
George LinTaiwanLin & Partners
Janice LinTaiwanTsar & Tsai
Komkrit KietduriyakulThailandBaker McKenzie
Wynn PakdeejitThailandBaker McKenzie
Jessada SawatdipongThailandChandler MHM
Supattra SathapornnanonThailandChandler MHM
Weerawong ChittmittrapapThailandWeerawong Chinnavat & Partners 
Adam MoncrieffVietnamAllen & Overy
Mark FraserVietnamFrasers Law Company
Tien BuiVietnamFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Tony Foster 
VietnamFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Pham Ba LinhVietnamLexcomm
Duyen Ha VoVietnamVILAF
Tran Tuan Phong
VietnamVILAF
Hoai Nam DiepVietnamYKVN

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