PrintEvery 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 10th annual survey, please find below a list of our In-House Community Firms of the Year for 2016.

To read the full report, click here.

To read about our Counsels of the Year awards, click here.

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China – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2016

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
•     King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mentions
•     Fangda Partners
•     Jun He Law Offices
•    O’Melveny & Myers
•     Zhong Lun Law Firm

Anti-Trust/ Competition
•    AnJie Law Firm
•    Fangda Partners
•    Linklaters
Honourable Mentions
•    Clifford Chance
•    King & Wood Mallesons

Aviation
•    Jun He Law Offices
•    King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mention
•    Simmons & Simmons

Banking and Finance
•    Clifford Chance
•    King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mentions
•    Fangda Partners
•    Jun He Law Offices

Capital Markets
•    Clifford Chance
•    King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mentions
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Jun He Law Offices

Compliance/ Regulatory
•    Herbert Smith Freehills
•    Jun He Law Offices
Honourable Mentions
•    King & Wood Mallesons
•    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Corporate and M&A
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Jun He Law Offices
•    King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mentions
•    Fangda Partners
•    Kirkland & Ellis

Employment
•    Beijing Dentons Law Offices
•    Jun He Law Offices
•    King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mentions
•    Herbert Smith Freehills
•    River Delta Law Firm

Energy & Natural Resources
•    Herbert Smith Freehills
•    Jun He Law Offices
•    King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mention
•    Baker Botts

Environmental
•    King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mention
•    Jun He Law Offices

Insurance
•    Clyde & Co
•    Jun He Law Offices
Honourable Mention
•    King & Wood Mallesons

Intellectual Property
•    King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mentions
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Fangda Partners
•    Jun He Law Offices

International Arbitration
•    Herbert Smith Freehills
•    Zhong Lun Law Firm
Honourable Mention
•    Fangda Partners

Life Sciences
•    Simmons & Simmons

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
•    Fangda Partners
•    King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mentions
•    Beijing Dentons Law Offices
•    Jun He Law Offices
•    Zhong Lun Law Firm

Maritime & Shipping
•    Ince & Co

Projects and Project Financing
•    AllBright Law Offices
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Jun He Law Offices

Real Estate/ Construction
•    Zhong Lun Law Firm
Honourable Mentions
•    Beijing Dentons Law Offices
•    Jun He Law Offices

Restructuring & Insolvency
•    King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mention
•    Fangda Partners

Taxation
•    Jun He Law Offices

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
•    King & Wood Mallesons
•    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Honourable Mentions
•    Fangda Partners
•    Simmons & Simmons

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, CHINA  
•    Baker & McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
•    Allen & Overy
•    Clifford Chance
•    Clyde & Co
•    Davis Polk & Wardwell
•    DLA Piper
•    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
•    Herbert Smith Freehills
•    Hogan Lovells
•    Linklaters

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, CHINA
•    Jun He Law Offices
•    King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mention
•    Zhong Lun Law Firm

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Hong Kong – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2016

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
•    Sidley Austin

Anti-Trust/ Competition
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Deacons

Aviation
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Clyde & Co
Honourable Mentions
•    Clifford Chance
•    Herbert Smith Freehills

Banking and Finance
•    Deacons
•    Eversheds
•    King & Wood Mallesons
•    Linklaters
Honourable Mentions
•    Allen & Overy
•    Norton Rose Fulbright

Capital Markets
•    Davis Polk & Wardwell
•    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
•    Sidley Austin

Compliance/ Regulatory
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Deacons
•    King & Wood Mallesons
Honourable Mentions
•    Clifford Chance
•    Slaughter and May

Corporate and M&A
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Deacons
•    Slaughter and May
Honourable Mentions
•    King & Wood Mallesons
•    Linklaters

Employment
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Simmons & Simmons

Insurance
•    Baker & McKenzie

Intellectual Property
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Bird & Bird
•    Deacons
•    Hogan Lovells
•    Oldham Li & Nie

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Deacons

Maritime & Shipping
•    Holman Fenwick Willan
Honourable Mention
•    Baker & McKenzie

Projects and Project Financing
•    Linklaters

Real Estate/ Construction
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Deacons

Taxation
•    Baker & McKenzie
Honourable Mention
•    DLA Piper

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
•    Baker & McKenzie
Honourable Mention
•    Stephenson Harwood

 

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRMS OF THE YEAR, HONG KONG
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    DLA Piper
•    Eversheds
•    Herbert Smith Freehills
•    Linklaters
•    Simmons & Simmons
Honourable Mentions
•    Clifford Chance
•    Clyde & Co
•    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
•    Latham & Watkins
•    Mayer Brown, JSM
•    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRM OF THE YEAR, HONG KONG
•    Deacons
Honourable Mention
•    Woo Kwan Lee & Lo

 

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India – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2016

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
•    AZB & Partners
Honourable Mentions
•    Clasis Law
•    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
•    Khaitan & Co

Anti-Trust/ Competition
•    Khaitan & Co
Honourable Mentions
•    Bharucha & Partners
•    Nishith Desai Associates
•    Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Aviation
Honourable Mention
•    Hemant Sahai Associates

Banking and Finance
•    AZB & Partners
•    Khaitan & Co
Honourable Mentions
•    Bharucha & Partners
•    Deloitte
•    Economic Laws Practice
•    Juris Corp
•    MDP & Partners
•    Phoenix Legal
•    SNG & Partners

Capital Markets
•    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Honourable Mentions
•    AZB & Partners
•    Bharucha & Partners
•    Crawford Bayley & Co
•    Economic Laws Practice
•    J. Sagar & Associates
•    Khaitan & Co
•    Luthra & Luthra

Compliance/ Regulatory
•    Nishith Desai Associates
Honourable Mentions
•    Phoenix Legal
•    Wadia Ghandy & Co

Corporate and M&A
•    AZB & Partners
•    Nishith Desai Associates
Honourable Mentions
•    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
•    Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Employment
•    Nishith Desai Associates

Energy & Natural Resources
•    J. Sagar & Associates
Honourable Mention
•    Phoenix Legal

Environmental
•    Ralli & Associates

Insurance
•    Rajinder Narain & Co

Intellectual Property
•    Anand & Anand
Honourable Mention
•    Nishith Desai Associates

International Arbitration
•    DLA Piper
•    Phoenix Legal

Life Sciences
•    Ralli & Associates

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
•    Nishith Desai Associates
Honourable Mentions
•    Phoenix Legal
•    Wadia Ghandy & Co

Maritime & Shipping
•    Ramabhadran & Co

Projects and Project Financing
•    Luthra & Luthra
Honourable Mention
•    Phoenix Legal

Real Estate/ Construction
•    Luthra & Luthra

Restructuring & Insolvency
•    Dhir & Dhir Associate

Taxation
•    PwC
Honourable Mention
•    Nishith Desai Associates

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
•    AZB & Partners
•    Nishith Desai Associates

 

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRMS OF THE YEAR, INDIA
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Norton Rose Fulbright

 

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, INDIA
•    AZB & Partners
•    Nishith Desai Associates
Honourable Mentions
•    Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
•    Khaitan & Co
•    Wadia Ghandy & Co

 

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Indonesia – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2016

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
•    Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Honourable Mention
•    White & Case

Anti-Trust/ Competition
•    Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Honourable Mention
•    Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung

Aviation
•    Bahar & Partners
•    TNB & Partners (Norton Rose Fulbright)
Honourable Mention
•    Samuel Bonaparte & Partners

Banking and Finance
•    Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro (ABNR)
•    Allen & Overy
•    Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Honourable Mentions
•    Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
•    Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung
•    Hendra Soenardi

Capital Markets
•    Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
•    Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners
Honourable Mention
•    Makes & Partners

Compliance/ Regulatory
•    Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Honourable Mentions
•    Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro (ABNR)
•    Budidjaja & Associates

Corporate and M&A
•    Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Honourable Mention
•    Soewito Suhardiman Eddymurthy Kardono (SSEK)

Employment
•    Kemalsjah Law Firm

Energy & Natural Resources
•    Ashurst
Honourable Mentions
•    Ginting & Reksodiputro (Allen & Overy)
•    Widyawan & Partners

Environmental
•    Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners

Insurance
•    Budidjaja & Associates
Honourable Mention
•    Adnan Buyung Nasution & Partners

Intellectual Property
•    Januar Jahja & Partners
Honourable Mention
•    Frans Winarta & Partners

International Arbitration
•    Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro (ABNR)
•    Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Honourable Mention
•    King & Spalding

Islamic Finance
•    Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
•    Karimsyah Law Firm
Honourable Mention
•    Masena Benhard Advocates

Life Sciences
•    Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners
Honourable Mention
•    Wiyono Partnership

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
•    Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro (ABNR)
Honourable Mentions
•    Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners
•    Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo

Maritime & Shipping
•    Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo

Projects and Project Financing
•    Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Honourable Mentions
•    Ginting & Reksodiputro (Allen & Overy)
•    Widyawan & Partners

Real Estate/ Construction
•    Soewito Suhardiman Eddymurthy Kardono (SSEK)
Honourable Mentions
•    Assegaf Hamzah and Partners
•    Leks & Co

Restructuring & Insolvency
•    Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners
Honourable Mention
•    Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo

Taxation
•    Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners
Honourable Mention
•    Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro (ABNR)

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
•    Ginting & Reksodiputro (Allen & Overy)
•    Soewito Suhardiman Eddymurthy Kardono (SSEK)

 

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


MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, INDONESIA  

•    Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
•    Hadiputanto Hadinoto & Partners
Honourable Mentions
•    Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro (ABNR)
•    Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo

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JAPAN – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2016

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
•    Linklaters
•    Nishimura & Asahi

Anti-Trust/ Competition
•    Anderson M-ori & Tomotsune
•    Clifford Chance
•    Linklaters
Honourable Mentions
•    Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
•    Shearman & Sterling

Banking and Finance
•    Anderson M-ori & Tomotsune
•    Nishimura & Asahi
Honourable Mentions
•    Clifford Chance
•    Shearman & Sterling

Capital Markets
•    Anderson M-ori & Tomotsune
•    Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Honourable Mentions
•    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
•    Linklaters

Compliance/ Regulatory
•    Anderson M-ori & Tomotsune
•    Herbert Smith Freehills
Honourable Mention
•    Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Corporate and M&A
•    Linklaters
Honourable Mentions
•    Morrison & Foerster
•    White & Case

Employment
•    Anderson M-ori & Tomotsune
•    Daiichi Fuyo
Honourable Mentions
•    Ishizaki & Yamanaka
•    Ushijima & Partners

Energy & Natural Resources
•    Slaughter and May

Intellectual Property
•    Hogan Lovells

International Arbitration
•    Baker & McKenzie

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Nishimura & Asahi

Projects and Project Financing
•    King & Spalding

Real Estate/ Construction
•    Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Restructuring & Insolvency
•    Nishimura & Asahi
•    Shearman & Sterling

Taxation
•    Anderson M-ori & Tomotsune
Honourable Mention
•    PwC


MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRMS OF THE YEAR, JAPAN
•    Clifford Chance

•    Morrison & Foerster
Honourable Mentions
•    Linklaters
•    Shearman & Sterling


MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRM OF THE YEAR, JAPAN

•    Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Honourable Mention
•    Anderson M-ori & Tomotsune

 

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MALAYSIA – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2016

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
•    Kadir Andri & Partners
•    Wong & Partners

Anti-Trust/ Competition
•    Shearn Delamore & Co
•    Wong & Partners
Honourable Mentions
•    Christopher & Lee Ong
•    Putri Norlisa Chair
•    Skrine

Aviation
•    Rahmat Lim & Partners
•    Skrine

Banking and Finance
•    Adnan Sundra & Low
•    Zaid Ibrahim & Co
Honourable Mentions
•    Kadir Andir & Partners
•    Wong & Partners

Capital Markets
•    Adnan Sundra & Low
•    Zaid Ibrahim & Co
Honourable Mention
•    Albar & Partners

Compliance/ Regulatory
•    Zaid Ibrahim & Co
Honourable Mentions
•    Azim, Tunku Farik & Wong
•    Wong & Partners

Corporate and M&A
•    Kadir Andri & Partners
•    Zaid Ibrahim & Co
Honourable Mentions
•    Skrine
•    Wong & Partners

Employment
•    Shearn Delamore & Co
•    Zul Rafique & Partners
Honourable Mentions
•    Shook Lin & Bok
•    Zaid Ibrahim & Co

Energy & Natural Resources
•    Azman Davidson & Co
Honourable Mention
•    King & Spalding

Environmental
•    Skrine

Insurance
•    Azim Tunku Farik & Wong

Intellectual Property
•    Wong & Partners
•    Wong Jin Nee & Teo
Honourable Mentions
•    Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
•    Shearn Delamore & Co
•    Skrine

International Arbitration
•    Azman Davidson & Co
•    Zul Rafique & Partners

Islamic Finance
•    Zaid Ibrahim & Co
Honourable Mention
•    Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
•    Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
•    Shearn Delamore & Co
Honourable Mentions
•    Raja Darryl & Loh
•    Tommy Thomas

Maritime & Shipping
•    Ince & Co
•    Skrine

Projects and Project Financing
•    Trowers & Hamlins

Real Estate/ Construction
•    Adnan Sundra & Low
•    Naqiz & Partners
•    Skrine

Restructuring & Insolvency
•    Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill

Taxation
•    Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
•    Shearn Delamore & Co

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
•    Haryati Deepak
•    Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
•    Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Honourable Mention
•    Christopher & Lee Ong

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, MALAYSIA
•    Baker & McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
•    Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton
•    Clifford Chance
•    Clyde & Co
•    Herbert Smith Freehills

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, MALAYSIA
•    Shearn Delamore & Co
•    Wong & Partners
Honourable Mentions
•    Adnan Sundra & Low
•    Azmi & Associates
•    Christopher & Lee Ong
•    Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
•    Rahmat Lim & Partners
•    Raja, Darryl & Loh
•    Skrine
•    Zaid Ibrahim & Co.
•    Zul Rafique & Partners  

 

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PHILIPPINES – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2016

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

Anti-Trust/ Competition
•    Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)
•    Quisumbing Torres – Baker & McKenzie
•    Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mentions
•    Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
•    Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices
•    Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices (PJS Law)

Aviation
•    Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila Law Offices
•    Ocampo & Manalo

Banking and Finance
•    Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
•    SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Honourable Mentions
•    Morales Justiniano Peña & Lumagui
•    Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

Capital Markets
•    Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mentions
•    Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
•    Sycip Salazar Hernadez & Gatmaitan

Compliance/ Regulatory
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
•    Sycip Salazar Hernadez & Gatmaitan
Honourable Mention
•    Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

Corporate and M&A
•    Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
•    Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
•    SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Honourable Mentions
•    Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)
•    Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose
•    Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leano

Employment
•    Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)
•    Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
•    Siguion-Reyna Montecillo & Ongsiako (SRMO)
•    SyCip Salazar Hernadez & Gatmaitan
Honourable Mention
•    Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leano

Energy & Natural Resources
•    SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Intellectual Property
•    Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices
•    Ortega, Bacorro, Odulio, Calma and Carbonell Law Office
•    Quisumbing Torres (Baker & McKenzie)
•    Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

International Arbitration
•    Herbert Smith Freehills
•    SyCip Salazar Hernadez & Gatmaitan

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
•    Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)
•    Herbert Smith Freehills
•    Poblador Bautista & Reyes
•    Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
•    SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Honourable Mentions
•    Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices
•    Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices (PJS Law)

Maritime & Shipping
•    Del Rosario & Del Rosario (Del Rosario Law Offices)
Honourable Mention
•    Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

Projects and Project Financing
•    Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
•    Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Honourable Mention
•    Sycip Salazar Hernadez & Gatmaitan

Real Estate/ Construction
•    Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)
•    Punolaw
Honourable Mention
•    Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

Restructuring & Insolvency
•    SyCip Salazar Hernadez & Gatmaitan
Honourable Mention
•    Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

Taxation
•    Baniqued & Baniqued
•    Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
•    SGV (Ernst & Young)
Honourable Mention
•    Sycip Salazar Hernadez & Gatmaitan

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
•    Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

 

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRMS OF THE YEAR, PHILIPPINES
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Herbert Smith Freehills
Honourable Mentions
•    Clifford Chance
•    Latham & Watkins

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, PHILIPPINES
•    Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)
•    Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
•    SyCip Salazar Hernadez & Gatmaitan
Honourable Mention
•    Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos  

 

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SINGAPORE – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2016

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
•    Conyers Dill & Pearman
•    Sidley Austin
Honourable Mentions
•    Drew & Napier
•    Morgan Lewis Stamford

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

Banking and Finance
•    Allen & Gledhill
•    Clifford Chance
Honourable Mentions
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Bird & Bird ATMD
•    WongPartnership

Capital Markets
•    Allen & Gledhill
Honourable Mentions
•    Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
•    WongPartnership

Compliance/ Regulatory
•    Allen & Gledhill
•    WongPartnership
Honourable Mention
•    Norton Rose Fulbright

Corporate and M&A
•    Allen & Gledhill
•    Baker & McKenzie
Honourable Mention
•    WongPartnership

Employment
•    Bird & Bird ATMD
•    WongPartnership

Energy & Natural Resources
•    King & Spalding
•    Latham & Watkins

Environmental
•    Baker & McKenzie

Insurance
•    Rajah & Tann

Intellectual Property
•    Bird & Bird ATMD
•    WongPartnership
Honourable Mention
•    Allen & Gledhill

International Arbitration
•    Allen & Gledhill
•    Berwin Leighton Paisner
•    Pinsent Masons

Life Sciences
•    Tan Kok Quan Partnership

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

Maritime & Shipping
•    Holman Fenwick Willan
Honourable Mention
•    Watson Farley & Williams

Projects and Project Financing
•    Berwin Leighton Paisner
Honourable Mentions
•    Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
•    Latham & Watkins

Real Estate/ Construction
•    Allen & Gledhill
•    WongPartnership
Honourable Mention
•    Rodyk & Davidson

Restructuring & Insolvency
•    Herbert Smith Freehills
•    WongPartnership

Taxation
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Morrison & Foerster

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
•    Drew & Napier
•    WongPartnership
Honourable Mention
•    Bird & Bird ATMD

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, SINGAPORE
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Holman Fenwick Willan
Honourable Mentions
•    Clifford Chance
•    Norton Rose Fulbright

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, SINGAPORE
•    Allen & Gledhill
•    Rajah & Tann
•    WongPartnership
Honourable Mentions
•    Drew & Napier
•    Rodyk & Davidson

 

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SOUTH KOREA – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2016

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
•    Allen & Overy
•    Kim & Chang
•    Yulchon
Honourable Mentions
•    Bae, Kim & Lee
•    Shin & Kim

Anti-Trust/ Competition
•    Kim & Chang
•    Lee & Ko
•    Yulchon
Honourable Mentions
•    Bae Kim & Lee
•    O’Melveny & Myers
•    Shearman & Sterling
•    Sheppard Mullin
•    Yoon & Yang

Aviation
•    Lee & Ko

Banking and Finance
•    Kim & Chang
•    Yulchon
Honourable Mentions
•    Allen & Overy
•    K&L Gates
•    Shin & Kim
•    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Capital Markets
•    Kim & Chang
•    Lee & Ko
•    Shin & Kim
•    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Honourable Mentions
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Yulchon

Compliance/ Regulatory
•    Kim & Chang
•    Lee & Ko
•    Yoon & Yang
Honourable Mentions
•    Bae, Kim & Lee
•    Yulchon

Corporate and M&A
•    Kim & Chang
•    Lee & Ko

Employment
•    Kim & Chang
•    Lee & Ko
•    Yoon & Yang
Honourable Mentions
•    Bae, Kim & Lee
•    Barun Law
•    Jipyong
•    Yulchon

Energy & Natural Resources
•    Kim & Chang
•    Lee & Ko
Honourable Mentions
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Clifford Chance
•    Herbert Smith Freehills

Environmental
•    Bae, Kim & Lee
•    Kim & Chang
•    White & Case

Insurance
•    Kim & Chang
Honourable Mentions
•    Bae, Kim & Lee
•    White & Case

Intellectual Property
•    Cho & Partners
•    Kim & Chang
•    Yoon & Yang
Honourable Mentions
•    Lee & Ko
•    White & Case
•    Yulchon

International Arbitration
•    Berwin Leighton Paisner
•    Kim & Chang
Honourable Mentions
•    Ince & Co
•    Shin & Kim
•    White & Case
•    Yulchon

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
•    Kim & Chang
•    Yoon & Yang
Honourable Mentions
•    Bae, Kim & Lee
•    Lee & Ko
•    Shin & Kim
•    Yulchon

Maritime & Shipping
•    Kim & Chang
Honourable Mentions
•    Bae, Kim & Lee
•    Stephenson Harwood

Projects and Project Financing
•    Allen & Overy
•    Bae, Kim & Lee
Honourable Mention
•    Kim & Chang

Real Estate/ Construction
•    Kim & Chang

Restructuring & Insolvency
•    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
•    Kim & Chang
Honourable Mention
•    Shin & Kim

Taxation
•    Kim & Chang
•    Yulchon
Honourable Mentions
•    Bae, Kim & Lee
•    PwC
•    Shin & Kim

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
•    Kim & Chang
•    Lee & Ko

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF THE YEAR, SOUTH KOREA
•    White & Case

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, SOUTH KOREA
•    Kim & Chang
•    Lee & Ko
Honourable Mentions
•    Bae, Kim & Lee
•    Yoon & Yang
•    Yulchon

 

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THAILAND – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2016

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
•    Allen & Overy
•    Baker & McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
•    Chandler & Thong-Ek
•    EY
•    ZICOlaw

Anti-Trust/ Competition
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    DLA Piper
Honourable Mentions
•    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
•    Rajah & Tann Thailand

Aviation
•    Watson Farley & Williams

Banking and Finance
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Chandler & Thong-Ek
•    Norton Rose Fulbright
Honourable Mentions
•    Linklaters
•    LS Horizon

Capital Markets
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Rajah & Tann Thailand
•    Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor
Honourable Mentions
•    Allen & Overy
•    Linklaters
•    The Capital Law Office

Compliance/ Regulatory
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Chandler & Thong-Ek
•    Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor
Honourable Mentions
•    DLA Piper
•    Rajah & Tann Thailand

Corporate and M&A
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor
Honourable Mentions
•    Allen & Overy
•    Chandler & Thong-Ek
•    Linklaters
•    Stephenson Harwood
•    The Capital Law Office

Employment
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Rajah & Tann Thailand
•    Siam Premier International Law Office

Energy & Natural Resources
•    Chandler & Thong-Ek
Honourable Mentions
•    Allen & Overy
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Linklaters
•    Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor

Environmental
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Chandler & Thong-Ek
•    Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor

Insurance
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    DLA Piper
•    Watsons Farley & Williams
Honourable Mention
•    Norton Rose Fulbright

Intellectual Property
•    Tilleke & Gibbins
Honourable Mentions
•    Chandler & Thong-Ek
•    South Asia Law

International Arbitration
•    Baker & McKenzie

Islamic Finance
•    ZICOlaw

Life Sciences
•    DLA Piper

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Siam City Law Offices Limited (SCL Law Group)
Honourable Mentions
•    DLA Piper
•    Siam Premier International Law Office
•    Tilleke & Gibbins
•    Watson Farley & Williams

Maritime & Shipping
•    DLA Piper
Honourable Mentions
•    Clyde & Co
•    Watson & Farley & Williams

Projects and Project Financing
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Chandler & Thong-Ek
•    Linklaters
•    Norton Rose Fulbright

Real Estate/ Construction
•    DLA Piper

Restructuring & Insolvency
•    Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor
Honourable Mentions
•    DLA Piper
•    Mayer Brown JSM (Thailand) Ltd

Taxation
•    PWC
Honourable Mentions
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    DLA Piper
•    EY
•    KPMG
•    Thai Advisory Office

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
•    Baker & McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
•    Chandler & Thong-Ek
•    Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRMS OF THE YEAR, THAILAND
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Rajah & Tann Thailand
Honourable Mentions
•    DLA Piper
•    Hunton & Williams
•    Linklaters
•    Norton Rose Fulbright

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, THAILAND
•    Chandler & Thong-Ek
•    Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor
Honourable Mention
•    Tilleke & Gibbins

 

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2016

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
•    Al Tamimi & Co
•    Clyde & Co
Honourable Mentions
•    Clifford Chance
•    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
•    K&L Gates

Anti-Trust/ Competition
•    Al Tamimi & Co

Aviation
•    Clyde & Co
Honourable Mention
•    Afridi & Angell

Banking and Finance
•    Clyde & Co
•    Dentons
•    Hadef & Partners
Honourable Mentions
•    Al Tamimi & Co
•    Eversheds
•    Simmons & Simmons
•    Trowers & Hamlins

Capital Markets
•    Al Tamimi & Co
•    Allen & Overy
Honourable Mentions
•    Clyde & Co
•    Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle
•    K&L Gates

Compliance/ Regulatory
•    Al Tamimi & Co
•    Clyde & Co
•    Hadef & Partners
Honourable Mentions
•    Eversheds
•    Trowers & Hamlins

Corporate and M&A
•    Al Tamimi & Co
•    Clyde & Co
•    Hadef & Partners
•    Trowers & Hamlins
Honourable Mentions
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Clifford Chance
•    Latham & Watkins

Employment
•    Al Tamimi & Co
•    Clyde & Co
•    Hadef & Partners

Energy & Natural Resources
•    Baker Botts
•    Hadef & Partners

Environmental
•    Hadef & Partners

Insurance
•    Al Tamimi & Co
•    Clyde & Co
Honourable Mentions
•    Hadef & Partners
•    Ince & Co
•    Simmons & Simmons

Intellectual Property
•    Al Tamimi & Co
•    Clyde & Co
•    Rouse & Co

International Arbitration
•    Clyde & Co
•    Dechert
•    Dentons
•    Norton Rose Fulbright
Honourable Mentions
•    Chadbourne & Parke
•    DLA Piper
•    Hadef & Partners

Islamic Finance
•    Al Tamimi & Co
•    Hadef & Partners
•    Simmons & Simmons
•    Trowers & Hamlins

Life Sciences
•    Trowers & Hamlins

Litigation and Dispute Resolution
•    Al Tamimi & Co
•    Clyde & Co
•    Hadef & Partners
Honourable Mentions
•    Al Bawardi
•    Trowers & Hamlins

Maritime & Shipping
•    Al Tamimi & Co
•    Clyde & Co
•    Hadef & Partners
•    Holman Fenwick Willan

Projects and Project Financing
•    Hadef & Partners
•    Trowers & Hamlins
•    White & Case

Real Estate/ Construction
•    Clyde & Co
•    Hadef & Partners
Honourable Mention
•    Al Tamimi & Co

Restructuring & Insolvency
•    Al Tamimi & Co
Honourable Mentions
•    Clyde & Co
•    Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle

Taxation
•    Simmons & Simmons

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
•    Addleshaw Goddard
•    Bird & Bird
•    Clyde & Co

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRMS OF THE YEAR, UAE
•    Allen & Overy
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Clyde & Co
Honourable Mentions
•    Baker Botts
•    Bird & Bird
•    Clifford Chance
•    DLA Piper
•    Eversheds
•    Trowers & Hamlins

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, UAE
•    Al Tamimi & Co
•    Hadef & Partners
Honourable Mentions
•    Al Suwaidi & Company
•    BSA Ahmad Bin Hezeem & Associates

 

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 VIETNAM – In-House Community Firms of the Year, 2016

Alternative Investment Funds (including private equity)
•    LNT & Partners

Anti-Trust/ Competition
•    Herbert Smith Freehills
•    LNT & Partners
Honourable Mention
•    Allens

Banking and Finance
•    Allen & Overy
•    VILAF
•    YKVN
Honourable Mentions
•    Baker & McKenzie
•    Bross & Partners
•    LNT & Partners

Compliance/ Regulatory
•    Herbert Smith Freehills
•    VILAF
Honourable Mentions
•    Phuoc & Partners
•    YKVN

Corporate and M&A
•    LNT & Partners
•    Russin & Vecchi
•    VILAF
Honourable Mentions
•    Allens
•    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
•    Hogan Lovells
•    KPMG
•    Mayer Brown JSM

Employment
•    BizConsult
•    Phuoc & Partners
Honourable Mention
•    LNT & Partners

Intellectual Property
•    Le & Le
Honourable Mentions
•    Tilleke & Gibbins
•    Vision & Associates

Life Sciences
•    LNT & Partners
•    Tilleke & Gibbins

Projects and Project Financing
•    Latham & Watkins
•    VILAF

Real Estate/ Construction
•    VILAF

Taxation
•    KPMG
•    VILAF

Telecommunications, Media & Technology
•    Russin & Vecchi

MOST RESPONSIVE INTERNATIONAL FIRMS OF THE YEAR, VIETNAM
•    Allen & Overy
•    Baker & McKenzie
Honourable Mentions
•    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
•    Hogan Lovells
•    Tilleke Gibbins

MOST RESPONSIVE DOMESTIC FIRMS OF THE YEAR, VIETNAM
•    LNT & Partners
•    VILAF
Honourable Mentions
•    Russin & Vecchi
•    Vision & Associates
•    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, Japan, 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.

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