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Gill Meller accepts the Asia In-House Community Team of the Year Award on behalf of MTR

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The winners of this year’s In-House Community awards once again set the benchmark for excellence. Find out why they won, and what can be learnt from their achievements in the full awards report via this link.




Watch some of the highlights of the evening on Youtube

News story: 2019 Awards Celebration

MTR Corp, ADGM, Clifford Chance, Baker McKenzie and Lawcadia were among the many deserving winners at our fourth annual In-House Community Counsels of the Year Awards dinner on May 30th (#IHCawards2019).

Andrew Cooke of Flash Entertainment was named In-House Counsel of the Year and Alain Charles Veloso of Quisumbing Torres won External Counsel of the Year.


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Andrew Cooke of Flash Entertainment

Hong Kong’s MTR Corp won the award for Asia In-House Team of the Year, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas won Asia Visionary Client Service Law Firm of the Year, Lawcadia was recognised as Visionary Non-Law Firm Legal Services Provider and Baker McKenzie was once again named Most Responsive Firm of the Year.

Based on submissions from in-house counsel across Asia, the Middle East and Africa, and our panel of independent judges, the awards recognise dedication, innovation, efficiency and value-add, integration, encouragement and improvement, and corporate social responsibility.

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External Counsel of the Year, Alain Charles Veloso from Quisumbing Torres accepts his award


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Clifford Chance took home the prize for International Visionary Client Service Law Firm of the Year. Stefan Gannon (right) presented the award to Andrew Beasley

The goal of the In-House Community Counsel of the Year Awards is not only to shower our winners with well-deserved praise and recognition. By sharing some of the innovative solutions pioneered by in-house counsel and external providers uncovered through the awards process, we also hope to help stimulate the entire in-house community.

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Our assembled Commended External Counsel of the Year



Asia In-House Team of the Year, 2019
MTR Corporation

Middle East In-House Team of the Year, 2019 (tied winners)
Abu Dhabi Global Market
Flash Entertainment

Africa In-House Team of the Year, 2019

In-House Counsel of the Year, 2019
Andrew Cooke


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Kirsty Dougan, Managing Director of Vario Asia for Pinsent Masons announces our In-House Counsel of the Year award.



John Carroll and Emmanuel Givanakis (right) of Abu Dhabi Global Market receive one of their three awards from Chris Gunson of AMERELLER.


Visionary Client Service Law Firm of the Year – Asia, 2019
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Visionary Client Service Law Firm of the Year – Middle East, 2019
Galadari Advocates & Legal Consultants

Visionary Client Service Law Firm of the Year – International, 2019
Clifford Chance

Visionary Non-Law Firm Legal Services Provider, 2019



Doreen Jaeger-Soong, Managing Director of Hughes-Castell and one of our esteemed judges announces the Teams of the Year


Most Responsive Firm of the Year, 2018
Baker McKenzie

External Counsel of the Year, 2019
Alain Charles Veloso


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AFGRI Group won a number of awards including the overall Africa In-House Community Team of the Year

Banking – Asia
CIMB Group

Banking – Middle East
Abu Dhabi Global Market

Mahindra & Mahindra

Energy & Natural Resources – Africa


Kenneth Kwan and Grace Leung from ICBC International receive their award from Sue Yen Leow of Marsh ((left)

Energy & Natural Resources – Asia & Middle East

Financial Services (ex-Banking) – Africa
Alexander Forbes Group Holdings

Financial Services (ex-Banking) – Asia
ICBC International Holdings

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CIMB Group celebrate their recognition

Financial Services (ex-Banking) – Middle East
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Manulife (International)

Life Science & Pharma
Sanofi (China) Investment Co

Manufacturing & Engineering
Schneider Electric

Other Industries – Asia

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Paul Fredrick with the brace of awards presented to his team at Schneider Electric


Other Industries – Middle East
Aujan Group Holding

Property, Infrastructure & Logistics – Asia
MTR Corporation

Property, Infrastructure & Logistics – Middle East
FedEx Express International

Retail & Healthcare – Africa
Life Healthcare Group

Retail & Healthcare – Asia
AEON Co (M) Berhad

Retail & Healthcare – Middle East
Seddiqi Holding

Technology, Media & Telecoms – Asia
Telstra International

Technology, Media & Telecoms – Middle East

Travel & Leisure – Asia
Melco Resorts & Entertainment

Travel & Leisure – Middle East
Flash Entertainment


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Grab grabbed the prize in the competitive ‘Other Industries’ category. Rachel Liew and Miguel Aguila received the award from Clyde & Co’s Michael Parker (left)




Change Management
Swiss Re Asia

COSCO Shipping Ports

Corporate Social Responsibility (tie)
Aboitiz Equity Ventures
Schneider Electric

Hyundai Engineering & Construction

Innovation – Asia (tie)
Malayan Banking
Korea Gas Corporation

Innovation – Middle East
Abu Dhabi Global Market


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Jonathan Macey (left) of Macey & Sons presents Bryan Ng and Robert Wright of Baker McKenzie with the Most Responsive Firm of the Year award, the 10th year the firm has received the accolade.

Small Team – Africa

Small Team – Asia

Technology – Asia
Taikang Insurance Group

Technology – Middle East
Accenture Middle East

Asian Development Bank


International Deal Firm of the Year, 2018
Latham & Watkins

South-East Asia Deal Firm of the Year, 2018
Allen & Gledhill

China Deal Firm of the Year, 2018
Jingtian & Gongcheng

India Deal Firm of the Year, 2018
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

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Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas were named Visionary Client Service Law Firm of the Year for Asia,  as well as being named India Deal firm of the Year. Aditi Manchanda (right) receives the first of those awards.



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Michelle Gon, Awards judge and partner with McDermott Will & Emery (left) chats before the ceremony

Annie Wu (Guohua), Jincheng Tongda & Neal
Bangmin Wang, Tianyuan Law Firm

Hong Kong
Alvin Ho, Pinsent Masons
Anthony Wong, White & Case
Asha Sharma, Reed Smith
Charmaine Koo, Deacons
David Watkins, Slaughter and May
Donovan Ferguson, King & Wood Mallesons
KK Cheung, Deacons
Lillian Chiang, Deacons
Mabel Lui, Withers
Martin Rogers, Davis Polk
Pattie Walsh, Bird & Bird
Simon Deane, Deacons

Cyril Shroff, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Hemant Sahai, HSA Advocates

Emir Pohan, Suhardiman Kardono Swadiri Hazwar
Melli Darsa, Melli Darsa, PwC
Mohamed Idwan Ganie, Lubis Ganie Surowidjojo
Theodoor Bakker, ABNR
Yozua Makes, Makes & Partners

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Commended Counsel, Dr Mohamed Idwan Ganie, and Peter Shelford share a joke with In-House Community director Patrick Dransfield

Akiko Monden, Endeavour Law Office
Lucas Oliver-Frost, TA Lawyers

Andy Low, Low & Partners
Deepak Sadasivan, Adnan Sundra & Low
Lee Shih, Skrine
Shannon Rajan, Skrine
Cecil Abraham, Cecil Abraham & Partners

Chris Hughes, SCM Legal

Mansoor Khan, Khan & Associates

Alexander Poblador, Poblador Bautista & Reyes Law Offices
Antero Jose M Caganda, ZGLaw
Charles Veloso, Quisumbing Torres
Danny Bunyi, Divina Law
Jose Cochingyan, Cochingyan & Partners Law Offices
Lynn Alcantara, Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices
Patricia Prodigalidad, ACCRA Law
Ramon Esguerra, Esguerra & Blanco Law Offices

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Jonathan Macey and Robert Keylock get the charity auction underway, ably assisted by Rahul Prakash

Gareth Deiner, Clifford Chance
Gerald Singham, Dentons Rodyk
Josephine Choo, WongPartnership

South Korea
Andrew White, Yulchon
Keun Woo Lee, Yoon & Yang
Sun Chang, Lee & Ko
Sungjin Kang, Latham & Watkins

Ampika Kumar, Baker McKenzie
Athistha Chitranukroh, Tilleke & Gibbins
Peter Shelford, DLA Piper
Weerawong Chittmittrapap, Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners

United Arab Emirates
Andrew Greaves, Addleshaw Goddard
Christopher Gunson, AMERELLER
Robert Flaws, CMS
Sara Khoja, Clyde & Co

Bu Ngoc Hong, LNT & Partners
Chi Anh Tran, LCT Partners
Dang The Duc, Indochine Counsel
Hoang Anh, Mayer Brown
Net Le, LNT & Partners


With thanks to our sponsors:

Hughes Castell


Macey & Sons In-House Community Legal Awards




Vario Pinsent Masons In-House Community Awards



And our esteemed  judges:

Doreen Jaeger-Soong, Managing Director, Hughes-Castell (HK) Ltd.

Doreen Jaeger-Soong, Managing Director, Hughes-Castell (HK) Ltd.


Peter Connor, Founder & CEO of AlternativelyLegal

Peter Connor, Founder & CEO of AlternativelyLegal


Michelle Gon, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

Michelle Gon, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery


Clinton Swan, law firm BD and management professional

Clinton Swan, law firm BD and management professional


Nigel Francis, Senior Consultant with Hong Kong law firm YTL LLP

Nigel Francis, Senior Consultant with Hong Kong law firm YTL LLP


Nick Ferguson, Managing Editor, Asian-mena Counsel

Nick Ferguson, Managing Editor, Asian-mena Counsel


Patrick Dransfield, Director, In-House Community

Patrick Dransfield, Director, In-House Community


Congratulations to all the Award winners and many thanks to everyone who submitted and to our judges for all their hard work — and special thanks to everyone who took part in the charity auction and raffle, which raised a record HK$74,690 for the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute.



Awards judge Peter Connor addresses the gathering

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Michelle Gon, one of the judges for the awards with her team.


Another chance to win, and an opportunity to raise money and awareness for a good cause.


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In-House Community director Tim Gilkison with Michael Lin, board director of our official charity, the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute (https://www.cc-tdi.org/).



A full write up of the 2019 In-House Community Awards: “What we learned from this year’s winners” can be found in the latest issue of  Asian-mena Counsel here:

Asian-mena Counsel Counsels of the Year 2019 Cover

Watch video highlights from the evening here:


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