Firms of the Year 2017 LogoEvery year, Asian-mena Counsel surveys the In-House Community’s 21,000 members for Representing Corporate Asia & the Middle East,  the most comprehensive poll of the buyers of legal services across Asia and the GCC jurisdictions.

Derived entirely from in-house counsels’ responses to our 11th annual survey, please find below a list of our In-House Community Firms of the Year for 2017.

To read the full report, click here. Methodology for the awards can be read at the bottom of the article.

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China – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2017

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Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
• King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mentions
• Huashang Law Firm

Anti-Trust/ Competition
• AnJie Law Firm
• JunHe
Honourable Mentions
• Fangda Partners
• Han Kun Law Offices
• Shearman & Sterling
• Winston & Strawn

Aviation
• Simmons & Simmons

Banking and Finance
• Allen & Overy
• Clifford Chance
• King & Wood Mallesons

Honourable Mentions
• Han Kun Law Offices

Capital Markets
• Huashang Law Firm
• King & Wood Mallesons

Compliance/ Regulatory
• JunHe
• King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mentions
• AnJie Law Firm
• Debevoise & Plimpton
• Ropes & Gray

Corporate and M&A
• Clifford Chance
• JunHe
• King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mentions
• Dentons
• Herbert Smith Freehills
• White & Case

Employment
• JunHe
• King & Wood Mallesons
• Lan Bai
Honourable Mentions
• Shanghai Baohua Law Firm
• DeHeng Law Offices
• TransAsia Lawyers

Energy & Natural Resources
• King & Wood Mallesons

Environmental
• King & Wood Mallesons

Insurance
• Yingke
Honourable Mentions
• Han Kun Law Offices

Intellectual Property
• Beyond IP Law
• JunHe
• King & Wood Mallesons

International Arbitration
• Clyde & Co
• Herbert Smith Freehills
• King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mention
• Fangda Partners

Life Sciences
• Sidley Austin
Honourable Mentions
• Ropes & Gray

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• AnJie Law Firm
Honourable Mentions
• King & Wood Mallesons

Maritime & Shipping
• Henry & Co
Honourable Mentions
• Ince & Co
• Wang Jing

Projects and Project Financing
• O’Melveny & Myers

Real Estate / Construction
• Huashang Law Firm
Honourable Mentions
• King & Wood Mallesons
• Zhong Lun Law Firm

Restructuring & Insolvency
• Clifford Chance

Taxation
• EY
• KPMG
Honourable Mentions
• Dentons

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
• King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mentions
• Bird & Bird

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, CHINA
• Baker McKenzie

Honourable Mentions
• Clifford Chance

• Herbert Smith Freehills

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, CHINA
• JunHe
• King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mentions
• Fangda Partners
• Zhong Lun Law Firm

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Hong Kong – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2017

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)

Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy
• Clifford Chance
• Deacons
• Debevoise & Plimpton
• Proskauer Rose

Anti-Trust/ Competition
• Baker McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
• Clifford Chance
• Mayer Brown JSM

Aviation
• Clyde & Co

Banking and Finance
• Clifford Chance
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy

Capital Markets
• Freshfields
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy
• Latham & Watkins
• Linklaters

Compliance/ Regulatory
• Baker McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
• Latham & Watkins
• Norton Rose Fulbright

Corporate and M&A
• Baker McKenzie
• Linklaters
Honourable Mentions
• Davis Polk

Employment
• Deacons
• Mayer Brown JSM
• Simmons & Simmons
Honourable Mentions
• Baker McKenzie
• Eversheds

Insurance
• Kennedys
Honourable Mentions
• Clyde & Co
• Deacons

Intellectual Property
• Baker McKenzie
• Bird & Bird
• Simmons & Simmons
• Wilkinson & Grist
Honourable Mentions
• Ella Cheong & Alan Chiu
• Marks & Clerk

International Arbitration
• Herbert Smith Freehills
Honourable Mentions
• Deacons

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Herbert Smith Freehills
Honourable Mentions
• Deacons
• Fangda Partners
• Kennedys
• Mayer Brown JSM
• Stephenson Harwood

Maritime & Shipping
• Clyde & Co
Honourable Mentions
• Reed Smith

Projects and Project Financing
• Linklaters
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy
• Clifford Chance

Real Estate/ Construction
• Deacons
• Mayer Brown JSM
Honourable Mentions
• Minter Ellison

Restructuring & Insolvency
• Kirkland & Ellis
Honourable Mentions
• Latham & Watkins

Taxation
• Baker McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
• EY
• PwC
• KPMG

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
• Hogan Lovells

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, HONG KONG
• Allen & Overy
• Baker McKenzie
• Clifford Chance
• Davis Polk
• Eversheds
• Herbert Smith Freehills
• King & Wood Mallesons
• Mayer Brown JSM
Honourable Mentions
• Linklaters

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, HONG KONG
• Deacons
Honourable Mentions
• Tanner De Witt

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India – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2017

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
• AZB & Partners
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Anti-Trust/ Competition
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
• Khaitan & Co

Aviation
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
• Wadia Ghandy & Co

Banking and Finance
• AZB & Partners
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Honourable Mentions
• Wadia Ghandy & Co

Capital Markets
• AZB & Partners
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
• J Sagar Associates

Compliance/ Regulatory
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
• AZB & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• S&R Associates

Corporate and M&A
• AZB & Partners
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Honourable Mentions
• Crawford Bayley & Co
• J Sagar Associates
• Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Employment
• Agarwal Associates
Honourable Mentions
• Bharucha & Partners
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Energy & Natural Resources
• J Sagar Associates
Honourable Mentions
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Environmental
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Intellectual Property
• Anand and Anand

International Arbitration
• Reed Smith

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Agarwal Associates
• Manilal Kher Ambalal & Co
Honourable Mentions
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
• Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Projects and Project Financing
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Real Estate/ Construction
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
• J Sagar Associates

Restructuring & Insolvency
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Taxation

Honourable Mentions
• Khaitan & Co

Telecommunications,
Media & Technology
• Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Honourable Mentions
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
• Naik & Naik

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, INDIA
• Allen & Overy
• Baker McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
• Norton Rose Fulbright
• Reed Smith

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, INDIA
• Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

• Allen & Overy
• Baker McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
• AZB & Partners

• Khaitan & Co

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Indonesia – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2017

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Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
• Ginting & Reksodiputro (Allen & Overy)
• Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (Baker McKenzie)

Anti-Trust/ Competition
• Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Ignatius Andy
• Soemadipradja & Taher

Aviation
• Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo
• Norton Rose Fulbright

Banking and Finance
• Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (Baker McKenzie)
Honourable Mentions
• Makarim & Taira S

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Capital Markets
• Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
• Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (Baker McKenzie)
• Makes & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• ABNR

Compliance/ Regulatory
• Assegaf Hamzah Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (Baker McKenzie)
• Hanafiah Ponggawa & Partners
• Kartini Mulyadi & Rekan
• Makes & Partners
• SSEK

Corporate and M&A
• Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
• Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (Baker McKenzie)
Honourable Mentions
• Hutabarat Halim & Rekan
• SSEK

Employment
• Kemalsyah & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Adnan Kelana Haryanto & Hermanto

Energy & Natural Resources
• SSEK
Honourable Mentions
• Ginting & Reksodiputro (Allen & Overy)
• Hogan Lovells
• Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo

Environmental
• Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (Baker McKenzie)

Insurance
• Widyawan & Partners

Intellectual Property
• Acemark
• Am Badar
• Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (Baker McKenzie)

International Arbitration
• Clyde & Co
• Lubis Santosa Maramis

Islamic Finance
• Karimsyah & Partners

Life Sciences
• Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (Baker McKenzie)

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Adnan Kelana Haryanto & Hermanto
Honourable Mentions
• Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo
• NSMP

Maritime & Shipping
• Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo

Projects and Project Financing
• Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (Baker McKenzie)
• Herbert Smith Freehills

Real Estate/ Construction
• SSEK

Restructuring & Insolvency
• Batubara & Bels Law Office
• Hermawan Juniarto

Taxation
• Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (Baker McKenzie)
• MKK

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
• Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (Baker McKenzie)

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, INDONESIA
• Allen & Overy
• Baker McKenzie
• Clyde & Co
Honourable Mentions
• Ashurst
• Linklaters

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, INDONESIA
• Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
• Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (Baker McKenzie)
Honourable Mentions
• Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo

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Malaysia – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2017

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Anti-Trust/ Competition
• Christopher & Lee Ong
• Skrine
Honourable Mentions
• Rahmat Lim & Partners
• Tay & Partners

Aviation
• Skrine

Banking and Finance
• Albar & Partners
• Kadir Andri & Partners
• Wong & Partners
• Zul Rafique & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Putri Norlisa Chair
• ZICO Law

Capital Markets
• Adnan Sundra & Low
• ZICO Law
Honourable Mentions
• Kadir Andri & Partners

Compliance/ Regulatory

Honourable Mentions
• Christopher & Lee Ong
• Skrine
• Zul Rafique & Partners

Corporate and M&A
• Kadir Andri & Partners
• Slaughter and May
• ZICO Law
Honourable Mentions
• Adnan Sundra & Low
• Rahmat Lim & Partners
• Shearn Delamore

Employment
• Alvin John & Partners
• Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
• Shearn Delamore
• Zul Rafique & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Skrine
• Wong & Partners

Energy & Natural Resources
• Christopher & Lee Ong
• Slaughter and May
Honourable Mentions
• Trowers & Hamlins

Environmental
• Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

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Insurance
• Azim Tunku Farik & Wong
• Kadir Andri & Partners

Intellectual Property
• Azmi & Associates
• Norton Rose Fulbright
• Shearn Delamore
Honourable Mentions
• Rahmat Lim & Partners

International Arbitration
• Eversheds
Honourable Mentions
• Cecil Abraham & Partners
• Herbert Smith Freehills
• Rahmat Lim & Partners

Islamic Finance
• ZICO Law
Honourable Mentions
• Adnan Sundra & Low
• Kadir Andri & Partners

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Cecil Abraham & Partners
• Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
• Shearn Delamore
• Skrine
Honourable Mentions
• Azman Davidson & Co
• Christopher & Lee Ong
• Rahmat Lim & Partners
• Shook Lin & Bok
• Wong & Partners
• Wong Lu Peen & Tunku Alina

Maritime & Shipping
• Fuzet Farid
Honourable Mentions
• Azmi & Associates
• Sativale Mathew Arun

Projects and Project Financing

Honourable Mentions
• Abdul Rahman & Partners
• Christopher & Lee Ong
• Kadir Andri & Partners
• ZICO Law
• Zul Rafique & Partners

Real Estate/ Construction
• Christopher & Lee Ong
• Raja Darryl & Loh
Honourable Mentions
• Skrine
• Soo Thien Ming & Nashrah
• Tay & Partners
• Zul Rafique & Partners

Restructuring & Insolvency
• Kadir Andri & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Skrine

Taxation
• Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
Honourable Mentions
• Kadir Andri & Partners
• Raja Darryl & Loh
• Shearn Delamore

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
• Christopher & Lee Ong

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, MALAYSIA
• Baker McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy
• Clifford Chance
• Herbert Smith Freehills
• Norton Rose Fulbright
• Rajah & Tann
• Trowers & Hamlins

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, MALAYSIA
• Azmi & Associates

• Christopher & Lee Ong
• Lee Hishamuddin
• Shearn Delamore
• Wong & Partners
• ZICO Law
Honourable Mentions
• Albar & Partners
• Kadir Andri & Partners
• Rahmat Lim & Partners
• Raja Daryl & Loh
• Skrine
• Zul Rafique & Partners

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Philippines – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2017

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Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mentions
• SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Anti-Trust/ Competition
• ACCRALAW
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mentions
• SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Aviation
• Ocampo & Manalo
Honourable Mentions
• ACCRALAW
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

Banking and Finance
• ACCRALAW
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mentions
• SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Capital Markets
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mentions
• ACCRALAW
• Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

Compliance/ Regulatory
• ACCRALAW
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mentions
• SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
• Villaraza & Angangco

Corporate and M&A
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mentions
• ACCRALAW

Employment
• ACCRALAW
• Siguion Reyna Montecillo & Ongsiako
Honourable Mentions
• Platon Martinez
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

Energy & Natural Resources
• ACCRALAW
• PJS Law
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
• SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Environmental
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mentions
• Poblador Bautista & Reyes
• Siguion Reyna Montecillo & Ongsiako

Insurance
• ACCRALAW
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mentions
• GDR Law Offices

Intellectual Property
• ACCRALAW
• Quisumbing Torres (Baker McKenzie)
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mentions
• Bengzon Law Firm

International Arbitration
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mentions
• Follosco Morallos & Herce
• Poblador Bautista & Reyes
• Quisumbing Torres (Baker McKenzie)

Islamic Finance
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

Life Sciences
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• ACCRALAW
Honourable Mentions
• Poblador Bautista & Reyes
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

Maritime & Shipping
• Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
• Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

Projects and Project Financing
• Latham & Watkins
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
• SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Honourable Mentions
• Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

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Real Estate/ Construction
• Poblador Bautista & Reyes
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
• Tan Acut & Lopez
Honourable Mentions
• ACCRALAW
• Ines & Villacarlos

Restructuring & Insolvency
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
• SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Honourable Mentions
• Platon Martinez

Taxation
• Baniqued Layug & Bello
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mentions
• Du-Baladad and Associates
• Platon Martinez
• SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
• ACCRALAW
• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
• Villaraza & Angangco
Honourable Mentions
• Platon Martinez
• Quisumbing Torres (Baker McKenzie)

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, PHILIPPINES
• Baker McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
• Herbert Smith Freehills
• Latham & Watkins
• Pinsent Masons

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, PHILIPPINES
• ACCRALAW

• Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mentions
• SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Singapore – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2017

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
• Allen & Gledhill
• Drew & Napier
• Sidley Austin
Honourable Mentions
• WongPartnership

Anti-Trust/ Competition
• Rajah & Tann
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Gledhill
• Baker McKenzie
• Drew & Napier

Aviation

Honourable Mentions
• ATMD Bird & Bird

Banking and Finance
• Allen & Gledhill
Honourable Mentions
• WongPartnership

Capital Markets
• Allen & Gledhill
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy
• Rajah & Tann
• WongPartnership

Compliance/ Regulatory
• Rajah & Tann
• WongPartnership
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Gledhill
• Baker McKenzie
• Norton Rose Fulbright

Corporate and M&A
• Allen & Gledhill
• Ashurst
• Rajah & Tann
Honourable Mentions
• Morgan Lewis Stamford
• Reed Smith
• WongPartnership

Employment
• Baker McKenzie
• WongPartnership
Honourable Mentions
• Rajah & Tann

Energy & Natural Resources
• Norton Rose Fulbright

Environmental

Honourable Mentions
• Norton Rose Fulbright

Insurance
• Clyde & Co
• Rajah & Tann

Intellectual Property
• ATMD Bird & Bird
• MOI Juris
Honourable Mentions
• Xavier & Associates
• Yusarn Audrey

International Arbitration
• Simmons & Simmons

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Allen & Gledhill
• Drew & Napier
• Rajah & Tann
Honourable Mentions
• WongPartnership

Maritime & Shipping
• Clyde & Co
• HFW
• Hill Dickinson
• Reed Smith

Projects and Project Financing
• Allen & Gledhill
• Baker McKenzie
• Morgan Lewis Stamford
• Rajah & Tann

Real Estate/ Construction
• WongPartnership
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy
• TSMP

Restructuring & Insolvency
• Allen & Overy
Honourable Mentions
• TSMP

Taxation
• Ong Sim Ho
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Gledhill
• Baker McKenzie
• EY
• PwC

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
• Hogan Lovells
• Rajah & Tann
Honourable Mentions
• ATMD Bird & Bird
• CMS

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, SINGAPORE
• ATMD Bird & Bird
• Baker McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
• Clifford Chance
• Clyde & Co
• Norton Rose Fulbright

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, SINGAPORE
• Allen & Gledhill

• Rajah & Tann
Honourable Mentions
• Drew & Napier
• Wee Swee Teow & Co
• WongPartnership

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South Korea – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2017

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Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)

• Bae Kim & Lee

Anti-Trust/ Competition
• Kim & Chang
• Lee & Ko
Honourable Mentions
• Bae Kim & Lee
• Yulchon

Banking and Finance
• Kim & Chang
Honourable Mentions
• Shin & Kim

Capital Markets
• Kim & Chang
• Shin & Kim

Compliance/ Regulatory
• Baker McKenzie
• Kim & Chang
• Lee & Ko
Honourable Mentions
• Bae Kim & Lee

Corporate and M&A
• Bae Kim & Lee
• Kim & Chang
Honourable Mentions
• Baker McKenzie
• Clyde & Co
• K&L Gates
• Lee & Ko
• White & Case

Employment
• Kim & Chang
• Lee & Ko
Honourable Mentions
• Yulchon

Energy & Natural Resources
• Bae Kim & Lee
• Kim & Chang
• White & Case

Environmental
• Yoon & Yang

Insurance
• Kim & Chang
• Lee & Ko
• Shin & Kim

Intellectual Property
• Bae Kim & Lee
• K&L Gates
• Lee & Ko
• Lee International
• Muhann Patent & Law Firm
Honourable Mentions
• Kim & Chang

International Arbitration
• Bae Kim & Lee
• White & Case
Honourable Mentions
• Kim & Chang
• Shin & Kim

Life Sciences
• Lee & Ko

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Bae Kim & Lee
• Kim & Chang
• Lee & Ko
Honourable Mentions
• K & L Gates
• Kim Chang & Lee
• Paul Hastings
• Shin & Kim
• Yoon & Yang

Projects and Project Financing
• Kim & Chang
• Shin & Kim
• Yoon & Yang

Real Estate/ Construction
• Bae Kim & Lee
Honourable Mentions
• Shin & Kim
• Yoon & Yang

Restructuring & Insolvency
• Bae Kim & Lee

Taxation
• Kim & Chang
• Yulchon
Honourable Mentions
• Lee & Ko

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
• Bae Kim & Lee
• Kim & Chang
• Shin & Kim

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, SOUTH KOREA
• Allen & Overy
• Baker McKenzie
• Herbert Smith Freehills
• K&L Gates
• Paul Hastings
Honourable Mentions
• Clyde & Co
• Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, SOUTH KOREA
• Kim & Chang

• Lee & Ko
Honourable Mentions
• Bae Kim & Lee
• Shin & Kim
• Yoon & Yang
• Yulchon

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Thailand – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2017

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Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
• Weerawong C&P
Honourable Mentions
• Baker McKenzie
• Chandler MHM

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Anti-Trust/ Competition
• Baker McKenzie
• Rajah & Tann
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy
• Tilleke & Gibbins

Aviation
• Baker McKenzie

Banking and Finance
• Baker McKenzie
• Chandler MHM
• Linklaters
• LS Horizons

Capital Markets
• Chandler MHM
• PwC
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy
• Baker McKenzie
• Clifford Chance
• Linklaters
• Weerawong C&P

Compliance/ Regulatory
• Baker McKenzie
• Weerawong C&P
Honourable Mentions
• Chandler MHM
• DFDL
• Siam City Law Offices

Corporate and M&A
• Allen & Overy
• Chandler MHM
Honourable Mentions
• Baker McKenzie
• Rajah & Tann

Employment
• Rajah & Tann
Honourable Mentions
• DFDL

Energy & Natural Resources
• Chandler MHM
Honourable Mentions
• Ashurst

Environmental
• Chandler MHM

Insurance
• Baker McKenzie

Intellectual Property
• Domnern Somgiat & Boonma
• South Asia Law
• Tilleke & Gibbins
Honourable Mentions
• Baker McKenzie
• Dej-Udom & Associates
• ZICO Law

International Arbitration
• Baker McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
• Herbert Smith Freehills
• Hunton & Williams
• Rajah & Tann

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Baker McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
• Diamond Law
• ES Counsel
• Herbert Smith Freehills
• Natee International Law Office
• Siam Premier International

Maritime & Shipping
• Clyde & Co
Honourable Mentions
• Baker McKenzie

Projects and Project Financing
• Chandler MHM
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy

Real Estate/ Construction
• Axis Legal
• South Asia Law

Restructuring & Insolvency
• Baker McKenzie

Taxation
• PwC
Honourable Mentions
• EY

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, THAILAND
• Baker McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy
• DFDL
• Linklaters
• Rajah & Tann

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, THAILAND
• Chandler MHM

• Siam City Law Offices
Honourable Mentions
• South Asia Law
• Weerawong C&P

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UAE – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2017

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
• Allen & Overy
• Clyde & Co
Honourable Mentions
• Freshfields
• Hadef & Partners
• Hogan Lovells
• Ince & Co
• Simmons & Simmons

Anti-Trust/ Competition
• Baker McKenzie

Aviation
• Clyde & Co
• HFW
Honourable Mentions
• Hadef & Partners
• Ince & Co

Banking and Finance
• Al Tamimi
• Allen & Overy
• Clifford Chance
Honourable Mentions
• Clyde & Co
• Dentons
• Hadef & Partners
• Stephenson Harwood

Capital Markets
• Clyde & Co
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy

Compliance/ Regulatory
• Al Tamimi
• Clyde & Co
• Dentonss
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy
• Eversheds
• Gibson Dunn

Corporate and M&A
• Al Tamimi
• Clyde & Co
• Hadef & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy
• Amereller
• Baker McKenzie

Employment
• Al Tamimi
• Clyde & Co
• Hadef & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Al Suwaidi & Company
• Baker McKenzie
• DLA Piper

Energy & Natural Resources
• Hadef & Partners
• Norton Rose Fulbright
Honourable Mentions
• Amereller
• Bracewell
• Herbert Smith Freehills

Environmental
• Eversheds
• Hadef & Partners

Insurance
• Clyde & Co
• Hadef & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Eversheds

Intellectual Property
• Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property
• Al Tamimi
• Clyde & Co
Honourable Mentions
• Hadef & Partners
• Saba IP

International Arbitration
• Clyde & Co
• Dentons
• Hadef & Partners
• Winston & Strawn
Honourable Mentions
• Al Tamimi
• Reed Smith

Islamic Finance
• Al Tamimi
Honourable Mentions
• Clifford Chance
• Hogan Lovells
• Simmons & Simmons

Life Sciences
• Hadef & Partners

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Al Tamimi
• Clyde & Co
• Hadef & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Baker McKenzie
• Gibson Dunn
• HFW

Maritime & Shipping
• Clyde & Co
• Hadef & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Al Tamimi
• HFW
• Ince & Co

Projects and Project Financing
• Clyde & Co
• Hadef & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• DLA Piper

Real Estate/ Construction
• Clyde & Co
• Hadef & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Al Tamimi
• Baker McKenzie
• Huqooq Legal Practice

Restructuring & Insolvency
• Clyde & Co
• Hadef & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Clifford Chance

Taxation
• Hadef & Partners

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
• Al Tamimi
Honourable Mentions
• Clyde & Co
• Hadef & Partners
• Simmons & Simmons

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, UAE
• Clyde & Co
Honourable Mentions
• Allen & Overy
• Baker McKenzie
• Clifford Chance
• DLA Piper
• Eversheds
• Freshfields
• Hogan Lovells

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, UAE
• Al Tamimi

• Hadef & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Afridi & Angell
• Al Suwaidi & Company

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Vietnam – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2017

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Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
• Baker McKenzie
• Russin & Vecchi
Honourable Mentions
• LNT & Partners
• Mayer Brown JSM
• YKVN

Anti-Trust/ Competition
• Hogan Lovells
• LNT & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Baker McKenzie
• Duane Morris
• Luat Viet
• Phuoc & Partners
• Russin & Vecchi
• VILAF

Aviation
• YKVN

Banking and Finance
• Baker McKenzie
• VILAF
Honourable Mentions
• Mayer Brown JSM
• PwC
• Russin & Vecchi
• YKVN

Capital Markets
• Baker McKenzie
• LNT & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Mayer Brown JSM
• VILAF

Compliance/ Regulatory
• Baker McKenzie
• LNT & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• PwC
• VILAF
• YKVN

Corporate and M&A
• Baker McKenzie
• Freshfields
• LNT & Partners
• Russin & Vecchi
• VILAF
Honourable Mentions
• Allens Linklaters
• Duane Morris
• YKVN

Employment
• Baker McKenzie
• Phuoc & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• VILAF

Energy & Natural Resources
• Allens Linklaters
Honourable Mentions
• Freshfields
• Herbert Smith Freehills
• VILAF

Environmental
• LNT & Partners
• YKVN

Insurance
• Baker McKenzie
• Herbert Smith Freehills

Intellectual Property
• Invest Consult
• Vision & Associates
Honourable Mentions
• Baker McKenzie

International Arbitration
• Rajah & Tann
• VILAF
Honourable Mentions
• Baker McKenzie

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• LNT & Partners
Honourable Mentions
• Phuoc &  Partners

Maritime & Shipping
• LNT & Partners

Projects and Project Financing
• VILAF
• YKVN
Honourable Mentions
• Mayer Brown JSM

Real Estate/ Construction
• VILAF
• ZICO Law

Restructuring & Insolvency
• Baker McKenzie
• Mayer Brown JSM
• YKVN

Taxation
• KPMG
• PwC
Honourable Mentions
• EY

Telecommunications, Media & Technology

Honourable Mentions
• LNT & Partners
• YKVN

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, VIETNAM
• Allen & Overy
• Baker McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
• Allens Linklaters
• Freshfields
• Hogan Lovells
• Mayer Brown JSM

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, UAE
• LNT & Partners

• Russin & Vecchi
Honourable Mentions
• Invest Consult
• Phuoc & Partners
• VILAF
• YKVN

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SURVEY METHODOLOGY
A unique and objective process
More than 21,000 pre-qualified in-house counsel and buyers of legal services were invited to participate in our survey directly and personally online, through a controlled interface, or while attending one of our annual In-House Community Congress and Symposium events across the region (some 2,500 in-house counsel attend at least one of our 18 In-House Community events each year). In total, 1,310 responded overall.

The survey was carried out in two parts. The first contained questions (multiple choice where appropriate) that gathered the views of the in-house communities of each jurisdiction with regard to their roles, pressures and concerns. Thoughts from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the UAE and Vietnam have been collected and collated in order to find the trends in each region. For more on this part of the survey, please click here.

Firms of the Year In-House Community
The second part provided in-house counsel with an opportunity to recognise the law firms which have made a significant impression on them during the past year.

Participants were asked, among other things, for their comments on the quality and value of service they received from external counsel in their jurisdiction and, where applicable, in other jurisdictions, as well as which firms they prefer to use for various activities. This year, over 1,000 senior in-house counsel took the time to tell us their preferred external counsel in various areas, and based on their experience, why. In-house counsel were able to nominate any firm of their acquaintance — the survey does not lead their choices in any way whatsoever and hence is unique among legal polls in the region — with votes aggregated to select the winning firms in each category. As such, the results do not indicate which law firms have been the most active in any given area, but rather those private practice teams whose service has been of meritable quality and who have been responsive to their clients’ needs beyond the norm.

The In-House Community Firms of the Year is not a ranking of firms, and a law firm’s absence from the below report is no criticism of them or their abilities, but it is to the great credit of the firms mentioned herein that their clients have voluntarily nominated them for recognition in the following areas.

Where applicable, both domestic and international firms have been recognised as ‘Winners’, and where results have been too close to call, joint category winners have been announced. In addition to the winning firms, ‘Honourable Mentions’ have been awarded to law firms that have also received notable in-house recognition.

Congratulations to all those who have played a part in the teams honoured above.