Trevor Faure – IHC Counsel of the Year Awards 2017

Trevor Faure, the recipient of the In-House Community Achievement Award, providing valuable insights from his 25 years of experience

The In-House Community presented Trevor Faure the In-House Community In-House Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to the world-wide in-house community, through his pioneering work at Tyco International and his authoring of “The Smarter Legal Model: More for Less”.

The winner of the In-House Community In-House Counsel of the Year 2017 is Karim Fawaz, Corporate Counsel, Cisco Capital. Our independent judges* considered Karim deserved the award through his commitment to the Country Digitization Acceleration program in Saudi Arabia and his commitment to initiatives relating to Women, Business and Law in the Middle East.

We are also pleased to announce below the other winners of the In-House Community Counsels of the Year Awards 2017. The In-House Community Counsels Awards, hosted on May 11 2017 in Hong Kong, represent a comprehensive measurement of the performance and value-add of the in-house departments in Asia and the Middle East. Guests came from the UK, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, China, Thailand and the Philippines.

IHC Counsel of the Year Awards 2017 (154)

Nominees from from a dozen jurisdictions came together for the celebration

Sixty-nine companies submitted teams to be considered for the In-House Community Awards this year — the Best Practice Awards; the Industry Awards; and the Best In-House Teams and Counsels of the Year 2017. The submissions were evaluated on the criteria of: Dedication; Innovation; Efficiency & Value; Integration; Encouragement Improvement; and Corporate Social Responsibility & Diversity.

The Asian and Middle Eastern Teams of the Year, and the In-House Counsel of the Year awards were determined by *an independent panel of judges, comprising: Kirsty Dougan, Head of Asia, Axiom; David Miles, former Chair of Latham & Watkins; Evangelos Apostolou, President, EMEA SirionLabs and former Asia-Pacific General Counsel for EY, BT and Fujitsu; Ginny Wilmerding, partner of Brunswick Group; and Joanna Donne, Director of Brunswick Group.

IHC Counsel of the Year Awards 2017 (148)

Hanim Hamzah, Regional Managing Partner of Zico Law was generous enough to demonstrate her hidden talent as a jazz singer

In addition, we celebrated exceptional external legal teams and counsel, including Visionary External Provider of the Year, 2017 – an award judged by David Miles and Evangelos Apostolou – for the legal providers that demonstrably stand inside the shoes of their clients to deliver outstanding service.

The evening included a fantastic performance from our mystery star, who turned out to be Hanim Hamzah, Regional Managing Partner of Zico Law, with jazz geniuses Scott Dodd (bass) and Allen Youngblood. You had to be there!

The In-House Community was founded back in 1998 and now has some 21,000 in-house members, for whom we provide 16 annual In-House Congress events, as well as Asian-mena Counsel magazine and online resources.

In-House Community In-House Achievement Award and In-House Counsel of the Year

In-House Community Teams of the Year

External Counsel of the Year Awards

Commended External Counsels of the Year

IHC Counsel of the Year Awards 2017 (32)
Attending Commended External Counsel of the Year (listed alphabetically):

Anh Tuan Nguyen
Aris Gulapa
Bui Ngoc Hong
Carlos M. Villaruz
Cynthia Roxas-del Castillo
Fay Zhou
Francis Lim
Gia Huy Chuong Nguyen
HMBC Rikrik Rizkiyana
Jinny Suh
Jomini Nazareno
Joseph Chung
Julia Gorham
KK Cheung
Laure de Panafieu
Louie Ogsimer
Martin C.W. Tam
Michael Gu
Michael Pepper
Mohamed Idwan Ganie, S.H.
Patricia-Ann Prodigalidad
Pria Swadiri Alamsyah
Rafael A. Morales
Rossana Chu
Thavalingam C. Thavarajah
Yong-Pyo Yeom
Yozua Makes

Industry Teams of the Year

Best Practice Teams of the Year

With sincere thanks to our Sponsors




Small Team – Winner: Sun Life Malaysia Assurance

Business Integration – Winner: Nike Sports (China)

Transactional – Winner: Melco Resorts & Entertainment

Change Management – Asia Winner: Ibiden Philippines

Change Management – Middle East Winner: Dubai Group

Innovation – Winner: Wockhardt

Knowledge Management – Asia Winner: Daimler Greater China

Knowledge Management – Middle East Winner: Cisco Capital

Corporate Social Responsibility: Asian Development Bank

Diversity: Claire Chino, General Counsel of Itochu Corporation



Banking Winner : CIMB Group

Conglomerate Winner: 3M Asia Pacific

Energy & Natural Resources Winner: ABB (China)

Financial Services (ex-Banking) – Asia Winner: Aboitiz Equity Ventures

Financial Services (ex-Banking) – Middle East Winner: Cisco Capital

Insurance Team Winner: AIG Asia Pacific Insurance

Life Science & Pharma Winner: Sanofi (China) Investment

Manufacturing & Engineering Winner: Hyundai Heavy Industries

Property, Infrastructure & Logistics Winner: MTR Corporation

Retail & Healthcare Winner: Haier Group

Technology, Media & Telecom – Asia Winner: Singapore Telecommunications

Technology, Media & Telecom – Middle East Winner: Dell FZ 

Travel & Leisure Winner: Melco Resorts & Entertainment



Deal Firm of the Year: Clifford Chance

Most Responsive Firm of the Year: Baker McKenzie

External Counsel of the Year – South Asia: Yozua Makes of Makes & Partners

Visionary Legal Services Provider – Non-Law Firm: KorumLegal

Visionary Law Firm Asia : Yulchon

Visionary International Law Firm: Eversheds



Middle Eastern Legal Team of the Year : Dubai Group

International Legal Team of the Year – Middle East: Cisco Capital

Asian Legal Team of the Year: Sun Life Malaysia Assurance 

International Legal Team of the Year – Asia: AIG Asia Pacific Insurance


In-House Counsel of the Year 2017 Award

•      Karim Fawaz – Cisco Capital


In-House Community Achievement Award

•      Trevor Faure

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