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Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2017

This year the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards took place on Friday, 24th March 2017 at The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore.

The awards are based on our research for the 2017 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific and reflect a law firm’s pre-eminence in key practice areas. They also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

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NOMINATIONS AND WINNERS

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Alvin Yeo
WongPartnership LLP

Alvin Yeo, senior partner and chairman of WongPartnership, is one of Singapore’s most acclaimed dispute resolution practitioners. Alvin was admitted to the Singapore Bar in 1988. Twelve years later, at the age of 37, Alvin became the youngest lawyer to be appointed as Senior Counsel in Singapore, a record that remains unbroken to this day.

His reputation is as a preeminent arbitration and litigation counsel who has acted for international clients in complex, cross-border disputes and multi-jurisdictional enforcement proceedings, including international commercial arbitration and investor-state treaty disputes. Alvin is acknowledged as a formidable advocate. Clients single Alvin out for his exceptionally smooth and polished advocacy, as well his sound strategic advice.

His extensive experience over close to three decades covers banking and corporate disputes, contentious investigations, insolvency and restructuring, construction and civil engineering matters and financial services regulatory matters, including corporate fraud, anti-money laundering and insider trading.

Alvin has led many landmark cases, including securing a victory for Papua New Guinea against the PNG Sustainable Development Program Limited in an ICSID arbitration in relation to assets in excess of US$1.5 billion, and successfully acting for a U.S. investor against the People's Democratic Republic of Laos in an investor-state dispute heard for the first time by the Singapore Court of Appeal.

In addition to his work as counsel, Alvin plays a key role in the wider legal community. He is a member of the Court of the SIAC and the ICC Commission on Arbitration, a former member of the LCIA Court and a Fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators. He also served as an elected Member of Parliament from 2006 to 2015, including as chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Law and Home Affairs.

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Justin D’Agostino
Herbert Smith Freehills

Justin D’Agostino is the global head of dispute resolution at Herbert Smith Freehills and managing partner of the firm’s Asia and Australia offices. Based in Hong Kong, he is one of the leading names in international arbitration in Asia Pacific and is highly regarded for his deft handling of big-ticket bilateral treaty claims, public international law and commercial disputes.

Amongst Justin’s recent work highlights, he represented the Government of Malaysia in the US$1 billion Railway Lands arbitration with Singapore and has been involved in many of the most important arbitration-related cases in the Hong Kong courts in recent years. Clients and peers continue to praise Justin’s impressive credentials, noting his business acumen, depth of knowledge and superb advocacy. Justin is also in demand as an arbitrator, regularly sitting on arbitral tribunals across the region.

In addition, he is a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, was a member of the sub-committee of the Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong which reviewed the law on Third Party Funding in Arbitration, and is on the executive committee of the HKIAC, the panel of the KLRCA, the Board of the Arbitration Institute of the SCC and is a Fellow of ACICA. Justin is also recognised for his work promoting greater diversity in the legal industry, particularly his advocacy for greater gender and LGBT inclusion. He is regarded as one of the most innovative and influential lawyers in the Asia Pacific.

AUSTRALIA

Allens
Ashurst
Clayton Utz
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Gilbert + Tobin
Herbert Smith Freehills
King & Wood Mallesons
MinterEllison

Winner: Allens

CHINA & HONG KONG

International firms

Corporate

Clifford Chance LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Linklaters
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Winner: Clifford Chance LLP

Dispute Resolution

Allen & Overy LLP
Clifford Chance LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hogan Lovells
Linklaters
Norton Rose Fulbright

Winner: Herbert Smith Freehills

Finance

Allen & Overy LLP
Baker McKenzie
Clifford Chance LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Linklaters

Winner: Linklaters

PRC firms

Corporate & Finance

Fangda Partners
Global Law Office
Han Kun Law Offices
Jingtian & Gongcheng
JunHe LLP
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Winner: Fangda Partners

Dispute Resolution

Fangda Partners
Jincheng, Tongda & Neal
JunHe LLP
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Winner: Zhong Lun Law Firm

INDIA

National firms

AZB & Partners
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Khaitan & Co
Luthra & Luthra Law Offices
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Trilegal

Winner: Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

International firms

Allen & Overy LLP
Clifford Chance LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills
Latham & Watkins LLP
Linklaters

Winner: Allen & Overy LLP 

India Client Service

Winner: AZB & Partners

INDONESIA

Domestic firms

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Ginting & Reksodiputro in association with Allen & Overy LLP
Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners
Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
SSEK Legal Consultants

Winner: Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners

International firms

Allen & Overy LLP
Ashurst
Clifford Chance LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Winner: Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

JAPAN

Domestic law advisers

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Baker McKenzie
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Morrison & Foerster LLP/ Ito & Mitomi
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi

Winner: Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

International law advisers

Herbert Smith Freehills
Jones Day
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
White & Case LLP

Winner: Morrison & Foerster LLP

Japan Client Service

Winner: Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP

MALAYSIA

Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
Rahmat Lim & Partners
Shearn Delamore & Co
Skrine
Wong & Partners member firm of Baker McKenzie International
Zaid Ibrahim & Co. (a member of ZICO Law)

Winner: Shearn Delamore & Co

NEW ZEALAND

Bell Gully
Buddle Findlay
Chapman Tripp
MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Russell McVeagh
Simpson Grierson

Winner: MinterEllisonRuddWatts

PHILIPPINES

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker McKenzie International
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Winner: SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SINGAPORE

Domestic law advisers

Allen & Gledhill
Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow
Drew & Napier LLC
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson LLP
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP
WongPartnership LLP

Winner: Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

International law advisers

Allen & Overy LLP
Baker McKenzie.Wong & Leow
Clifford Chance LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills
Latham & Watkins LLP
Linklaters
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP

Winner: Allen & Overy LLP

SOUTH KOREA

International firms

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
DLA Piper LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills
Linklaters
Paul Hastings LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
White & Case LLP

Winner: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

National firms

Bae, Kim & Lee LLC
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Shin & Kim
Yoon & Yang LLC
Yulchon LLC

Winner: Yulchon LLC

TAIWAN

Baker McKenzie
Formosa Transnational Attorneys At Law
Lee and Li
Tsar & Tsai

Winner: Baker McKenzie

THAILAND

Allen & Overy LLP
Baker McKenzie
DLA Piper (Thailand) Ltd
Linklaters (Thailand) Ltd
Tilleke & Gibbins

Winner: DLA Piper (Thailand) Ltd

VIETNAM

Allen & Overy LLP
Allens
Baker Mckenzie
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Frasers Law Company
VILAF
YKVN Lawyers

Winner: YKVN Lawyers