The In-House Community announced it’s 2018 Counsels of the Year on May 10, #IHCawards2018, with the Awards for In-House Teams of the Year going to Telstra International for Asia, Flash Entertainment for the Middle East and AFGRI Group for Africa.

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Kirsty Dougan of Axiom (second left) presents to Marcus Crachi and Lauren Ellison of Telstra International, with In-House Community director, Patrick Dransfield (right)

 

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Kirsty Dougan (second left) with Pieter Badenhorst, Robyn Van Heerden and Botha Ernst of AFGRI Group

 

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Andrew Cooke of Flash Entertainment FZ

 

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Vivian Ng of NetApp picks up the In-House Counsel of the Year Award on behalf of her colleague, Valerie Velasco from  Kirsty Dougan

 

Valerie Velasco

Valerie Velasco

In addition, NetApp’s Valerie Velasco was named as In-House Counsel of the Year.

Held at the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Happy Valley clubhouse and sponsored by Axiom and the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, the event was attended by in-house counsel and private practice lawyers from across the region.

This year, more than 100 in-house counsel and teams took the time to explain the initiatives they have put in place in pursuit of providing excellent counsel and service to their organisations.

The In-House Community award for Visionary Client Services aims to recognise external firms that go above and beyond in service to their clients. The winner of the Visionary Non-Law Firm Legal Services Provider was Lawcadia. The Visionary Client Services Law Firm Award in the Asian emerging markets category went to DFDL Myanmar, in the Asian mature markets category to Yulchon, and to Norton Rose Fulbright in the international category.

 

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Evangelos Apostolou of Major Lindsey & Africa presents to Warwick Walsh of Lawcadia …

 

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… and to Dave L Seibert of DFDL Myanmar

 

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Evangelos Apostolou with Jeremy Coleman, James Parker, Anna Gamvros and Declan McDaid of Norton Rose Fulbright

Nominated entirely by in-house counsel and corporate decision-makers in the In-House Community, the award for External Counsel of the Year went to Mohamed Idwan Ganie, managing partner of Indonesia’s Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo.

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Mohamed Idwan Ganie accepts his award

The winner of Most Responsive Firm of the Year was once again Baker McKenzie, while Clifford Chance was also a repeat winner of Deal Firm of the Year.

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Dr Xi Zhang of Bayer China presents to Tan Loke-Khoon of Baker McKenzie

 

logo yokukThe evening also raised over HK$55,000 for Malaysian charity Yayasan Orang Kurang Upaya Kelantan (yokuk.org), which provides rehabilitation services at a one-stop centre for the disabled in Kelantan.

 

 

Full List of Winners.

Industry Awards Category

In-House Legal Team of the Year – Banking

Shortlist:

  • Axis Bank
  • CIMB Group – Winner
  • DBS Bank
  • ICBC (Asia)
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank
  • Malayan Banking Group
  • Nomura International (Hong Kong)
  • Reserve Bank of India
  • UBS AG

In-House Legal Team of the Year – Conglomerate

Shortlist:

  • Aboitiz Equity Ventures – Winner
  • Daimler Greater China
  • Godrej Industries
  • Hyundai Heavy Industries
  • MMC Corporation
  • Seah Holdings
  • Sinochem International
  • Unilever Indonesia

In-House Legal Team of the Year – Energy & Natural Resources

Shortlist:

  • Aboitiz Power Corporation – Asia Winner
  • AFGRI Group – Middle East/Africa Winner
  • CLP Holdings
  • DNV GL Group
  • Schlumberger Indonesia
  • Sinochem Petroleum Exploration & Production

In-House Legal Team of the Year Financial Services – ex-banking

Shortlist:

  • Asian Development Bank – Winner
  • CCB International
  • Haitong International Securities Group
  • Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
  • Sinovation Ventures

In-House Legal Team of the Year – Insurance

Shortlist:

  • Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance
  • Sun Life Malaysia Assurance
  • Taikang Insurance – Winner

In-House Legal Team of the Year – Life Science & Pharma

Shortlist:

  • Bayer (China)
  • DKSH Vietnam
  • Sanofi (China) Investment – Winner
  • Sun Pharmaceutical Industries

In-House Legal Team of the Year – Manufacturing & Engineering

Shortlist:

  • ABB China
  • Aecom Indonesia
  • Akzo Nobel (China) Investment
  • Alstom Transport
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev, Asia-Pacific North Zone
  • Astra Honda Motor
  • China Machinery Engineering Corp. (CMEC)
  • Continental Korea
  • Corning China (Shanghai) Regional Headquarters
  • Harman International India Private
  • KONE Elevators
  • Schneider Electric – Winner
  • Unilever
  • United Technologies Climate Controls & Security

In-House Legal Team of the Year – Other Industries

Shortlist:

  • Accenture – Joint Winner
  • Black & Veatch
  • Kuehne + Nagel MEA
  • Nord Anglia Education
  • Rekso Group
  • SATS – Joint Winner
  • Tharawat Saudi Arabia

In-House Legal Team of the YearProperty, Infrastructure & Logistics

Shortlist:

  • China International Marine Containers (Group)
  • COSCO Shipping Ports
  • edotco Myanmar – Winner
  • Far East Organization
  • FedEx Express International
  • Hyundai Engineering & Construction
  • Swire Pacific Offshore Group

In-House Legal Team of the YearRetail & Healthcare

Shortlist:

  • Aditya Birla Retail & Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail – Winner
  • Aeon (Malaysia)

In-House Legal Team of the YearTechnology, Media & Telecoms

Shortlist:

  • Alibaba Group Hong Kong
  • Alibaba Group International
  • Dell
  • Dolby Laboratories
  • FIS Global
  • Lazada Group
  • LG Display – IP Division
  • NetApp
  • Singtel
  • Sony (China)
  • Telstra International – Winner
  • Tencent Holdings
  • twoFour54
  • Viacom18 Media Private

In-House Legal Team of the YearTravel & Leisure

Shortlist:

  • Flash Entertainment – Middle-East Winner
  • InterContinental Hotels
  • InterGlobe Aviation
  • Melco Resorts & Entertainment – Asia Winner
  • The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels


Best Practice Management Category

In-House Legal Team of the YearChange Management

Shortlist:

  • Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance – Winner
  • Dell
  • ICBC (Asia)
  • InterContinental Hotels
  • UBS AG

In-House Legal Team of the YearCorporate Social Responsibility

Shortlist:

  • Maybank – Winner
  • Sanofi (China) Investment

In-House Legal Team of the YearDiversity

Shortlist:

  • CLP Holdings
  • Continental Korea
  • Dell – Winner
  • United Technologies Climate Controls & Security
  • Schneider Electric

In-House Legal Team of the YearInnovation

Shortlist:

  • Anheuser-Busch InBev, Asia-Pacific North Zone
  • Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing – Winner
  • Nomura International (Hong Kong)
  • Telstra International

In-House Legal Team of the YearIntegration

Shortlist:

  • Aboitiz Equity Ventures – Winner
  • CIMB Group

In-House Legal Team of the YearRisk Management

Shortlist:

  • ABB China
  • Aboitiz Power Corporation
  • Corning China (Shanghai)
  • DBS Bank
  • NetApp – Winner

In-House Legal Team of the YearSmall Team

Shortlist:

  • Aecom Indonesia
  • Black & Veatch
  • DNV GL Group – Winner
  • Dolby Laboratories
  • Rekso Group

In-House Legal Team of the YearTalent Management

Shortlist:

  • Axis Bank
  • CLP Holdings – Winner

In-House Legal Team of the YearTransactional

Shortlist:

  • Aboitiz Equity Ventures
  • Tencent – Winner

Most Responsive Law Firm of the Year

  • Baker McKenzie

Client Service Category

Attending Commended External Counsel of the Year 2018

  • Jose Tensuan, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRA Law)
  • Dr Mohammed Idwan Ganie, Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo.
  • Loke-khoon Tan, Partner, Baker McKenzie
  • Patricia-Ann Prodigalidad, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRA Law)
  • Hong Bui Ngoc, LNT Partners
  • Bagus Buwono, Partner, Bagus Enrico & Partners

Full list of Commended External Counsel of the Year 2018 can be viewed here.


External Counsel of the Year 2018 – Winner

  • Dr Mohammed Idwan Ganie, Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo.
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The attending 2018 Commended External Counsel of the Year: Dr. M Idwan Ganie of Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo, Jose Martin R. Tensuan of Accralaw, Loke-khoon Tan of Baker McKenzie, Patricia-Ann Prodigalidad of Accralaw, Hong, Bui Ngoc of LNT Partners and Bagus SD Nur Buwono of Bagus Enrico and Partners with Evengelos Apostolou


Visionary Client Service Law Firm of the Year 2018

Shortlist:

  • Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
  • DFDL Myanmar – Asian emerging markets Winner
  • Jingtian & Gongcheng
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Lee & Ko
  • MHP Law Firm
  • Rajaram Legal
  • Siam City Law Offices
  • Yulchon – Asian mature markets Winner
  • ZICO Law

Visionary Client Service Law Firm of the Year – International

Shortlist:

  • Clifford Chance
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Norton Rose Fulbright – Winner
  • Reed Smith

Visionary Non – Law Firm Legal Services Provider

Shortlist:

  • AWA Asia
  • Korum Legal
  • Lawcadia – Winner
  • ZICO Group

In-House Team & Individual Awards

In-House Counsel of the Year 2018

Shortlist:

  • Christopher Stephens – Asian Development Bank
  • Jeffrey Koch – Dell
  • Andrew Cook – Flash Entertainment
  • Ferheen Mahomed – Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
  • Weiwen Wang – InterContinental Hotels Group
  • Gladys Chun – Lazada
  • Michael Ting – Manulife (International)
  • Tim Sung – Melco Resorts & Entertainment
  • Valerie Velasco – NetApp – Winner
  • Varsha Gupta – Reckitt Benckiser

Africa In-House Team of the Year 2018

  • AFGRI Group – Winner

Middle East In-House Team of the Year 2018

Shortlist:

  • Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC
  • FedEx Express International
  • Flash Entertainment – Winner

Asia In-House Team of the Year 2018

Shortlist:

  • Accenture
  • Asian Development Bank
  • edotco Myanmar
  • Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing
  • NetApp
  • Sanofi (China) Investment
  • SATS
  • Taikang Insurance
  • Telstra International – Winner

About In-House Community and the Counsels of the Year awards

A community of practice for 20 years, the mission of the In-House Community is to strengthen legal and ethical compliance for the benefit of all.

One aim of the In-House Community Counsels of the Year awards is to provide a benchmark of excellence so that in-house teams can measure their performance among their peers, as well as to help shine a light on the work that in-house teams do, particularly for other stakeholders within the organisations they represent.

The awards judging panel comprised Evangelos Apostolou of Major, Lindsey & Africa; Kirsty Dougan of Axiom; Cherine Ghali, formerly of Dubai Group; Michelle Gon of McDermott Will & Emery; Crystal Lalime of Credit Suisse; and David Miles from Asia Community Venture.

video_logoA short video of the Awards evening can be seen on YouTube here, and a full report on the Awards and the winning teams will appear here soon and in the upcoming edition of Asian-mena Counsel, magazine for the In-House Community.

For more information on submitting a nomination for our 2019 Counsels of the Year Awards, please contact Yvette Tan (yvette.tan@inhousecommunity.com)

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Rahul Prakash (rahul.prakash@inhousecommunity.com)

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Datin Suliana Shamsuddin (right) Chairperson the charity, YOKUK talking with In-House Community’s Tim Gilkison

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Crystal Lalime of Credit Suisse

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