More than 90 major in-house teams in Asia and the Middle East have submitted to be long listed for the In-House Community Counsel Teams of the Year 2018. Competing counsel include teams from:


ABB China; Aboitiz Power Corporation; Accenture; Aditya Birla Retail Ltd. & Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd.; Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance Company Ltd (ABSLI); Aeon Co. (M) Bhd.; AFGRI Group; Akzo Nobel; Akzo Nobel (China) Investment Co., Ltd.; Alibaba Group; Alstom Transport; Anheuser-Busch InBev, Asia-Pacific North Zone; Asian Development Bank; Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts Pte Ltd; Bayer (China) Limited; Black & Veatch; CCB International; China International Marine Containers (Group) Co. Ltd.; China Machinery Engineering Corp. (CMEC); CIMB Group; CLP Holdings Limited; COFCO Packaging; Continental Korea; Corning China (Shanghai) Regional Headquarters; COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited; Daimler Greater China Ltd.; Dell; DKSH Vietnam Co., Ltd.; DNV GL Group Legal; Dolby Laboratories; Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC; Far East Organization; FedEx Express International BV; FIS Global; Flash Entertainment FZ LLC; Godrej Industries Limited; Haitong International Securities Group Limited; Hanwha Systems Co., Ltd.; Harman International India Private Limited; Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited; Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd.; Hyundai Heavy Industries, Co. Ltd.; Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Asia) Limited; InterContinental Hotels Group; InterGlobe Aviation Limited; Jereh Group; KONE Elevators; Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.; Kuehne + Nagel MEA; Lanco Group; Lazada Group; Lazada Thailand Group; LG Display Co., Ltd. – IP Division; Malayan Banking Berhad (‘Maybank’) Group; Manulife (International) Limited; Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited; MMC Corporation Berhad; NetApp; Nomura International (Hong Kong) Limited; PT Aecom Indonesia; PT Astra Honda Motor; PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk; PT Unilever Indonesia Tbk; Reckitt Benckiser; Rekso Group; Reserve Bank of India; Sanofi (China) Investment Co., Ltd.; SATS Ltd.; Schlumberger Indonesia; Schneider Electric; Seah Holdings; Shanghai Real Estate (Commercial) Holdings Limited; Sinochem International Corporation; Sinochem Petroleum Exploration & Production Co., Ltd; Sinovation Ventures; Sony (China) Limited; Sun Life Malaysia Assurance Berhad; Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.; Swire Pacific Offshore Group; Taikang Insurance Group Inc.; TATA Power Delhi Distribution Ltd.; Telstra International Limited; Tencent Holdings Limited; Tharawat Saudi Arabia; The Hong Kong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited; twoFour54; UBS AG Singapore Branch; Unilever; United Technologies Climate Controls & Security; Viacom18 Media Private Limited; VNG Corporation; Yahlive.

The nomination period is now closed.

The winners of the In-House Teams and Counsels of the Year will be independently judged* and announced ‘live’ during the In-House Counsels of the Year Awards evening on May 10, 2018 at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Club House.

The winning legal teams, and counsel within, will be able to demonstrate a majority of the following:

  • Dedication: The team has gone over and above the normal call of duty to deliver legal and compliance services to their corporation/organisation.
  • Innovation: The team have established or put in place processes/systems to identify weak spots and improve and the organisation’s compliance and the legal team’s performance.
  • Efficiency & Value: The team is able to demonstrate the value it brings to the business unit.
  • Integration: The team has made itself an integral and valued part of the organisation at a decision making level.
  • Encouragement & Improvement: The team rewards it’s members for outstanding work and provides opportunities for it’s members to learn and grow within the company.
  • CSR & Diversity: The team, either independently or as part of corporate-wide effort practices good Corporate Social Responsibility.

The In-House Community Counsels of the Year Awards are generously supported by
Event Co-Sponsor: AxiomAxiom


logo yokukThe supporting charity for the awards is Yayasan Orang Kurang Upaya Kelantan (Yokuk). Otherwise known as the Kelantan Foundation for the Disabled, Yokuk was established 18 years ago to alleviate the plight of people with disabilities in Kelantan, one of the poorest states in Malaysia.


For more information on the Awards, and how to attend the ceremony, please contact:
Yvette Tan:

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Rahul Prakash:

*In addition to the In-House Community directors, this year’s judging panel includes:

Evangelos Apostolou, a seasoned legal professional, Evangelos was General Counsel, Asia-Pacific, and Partner, Ernst & Young and General Counsel, Asia-Pacific, British Telecom. Evangelos is currently a key member of the In House Practice Group, EMEA and APAC at Major, Lindsey & Africa.
Michelle Gon is a partner of McDermott Will & Emery. She is stationed at the firm’s strategic alliance office, MWE China Law Offices, in Shanghai. Previously Michelle was a Principal at Baker & McKenzie Shanghai, Managing Partner of the firm’s Taipei office, and served as the Chief Legal Officer/Vice President of Semiconductor Manufacturing International (Shanghai) Corporation, and an International Attorney for McDonald’s Corporation, headquartered in Illinois.
Crystal Lalime is Managing Director and Head of APAC Global Markets Legal, Credit Suisse. Based in Hong Kong. Crystal joined Credit Suisse in 2005 and has supported the Legal function in both the Americas from 2005-2008, and Asia Pacific since 2008. She is a New York qualified lawyer specializing in derivatives and securities transactions.
David Miles, former partner Executive Committee member and Chairman of Asia Latham & Watkins. Currently Chairman of Asia Community Venture.
Kirsty Dougan, Head of Asia for Axiom, one of the world’s leading providers of legal advisory services. Previously Kirsty served as Senior Regional Counsel to Diageo where she started and built Diageo’s legal function for the Greater China region.
Cherine Ghali, was previously General Counsel at Dubai Group in the UAE, winner of both the Change Management, Middle East category and overall Middle Eastern Legal Team of the Year accolades at the 2017 In-House Community Awards.

Note, on the night we will also announce the winners of our Visionary Client Service Providers for the legal industry. For more information on those awards, click here.

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