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The In-House Community’s Counsels of the Year Awards are off to a spectacular start!

A record 123 major organisations have made submissions for the awards which will take place in March 2022. Our panel of judges will whittle this long list down to a short list which will be announced prior to the awards. The long list of submissions are as follows:

3M Asia Pacific
A S Watson Group
AAL Group Ltd.
Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc.
Abu Dhabi Healthcare Services Company PJSC
Accenture Middle East
ACG Associated Capsules Private Ltd.
Aeon Co. (M) Bhd.
AFGRI Group Holdings
AG Melco Elevator Co. LLC
AIA Singapore
AIG Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
Alexander Forbes Group Holdings Limited
Alstom Transport
Apraava Energy Private Limited (previously known as CLP India Private Limited)
Arcadis Asia Limited
Archer Daniels Midland Company
Asian Development Bank
Aujan Group Holding
Aviat Networks
Avvashya Group
Bank of the Philippine Islands
Barclays Bank PLC
Beijing Calorie Information Technology Co., Ltd. (Keep)
BentallGreenOak Investment Advisers Limited
British American Tobacco Co (H.K) Ltd.
CCB Financial Leasing Corporation Limited
China Machinery Engineering Corporation
China National Aviation Fuel Logistics Co.
China Southern Power Grid International HK Ltd
CIMB Bank Berhad
Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc.
Concentrix Philippines
Datamatics Global Services Limited
D’Harmoni Telco Infra Sdn Bhd
Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd
Dubai Holding
Dubai Islamic Bank
Dusit Thani Public Company Limited
Eagle Hills Properties LLC
Egis Asia Pacific
Etihad Rail PJSC / Etihad Rail DB Operations LLC
EZLand Vietnam JSC
FAB Group
FedEx Express
FedEx Express International BV, Dubai Branch
First Abu Dhabi Bank
Fresenius Medical Care
GLP Pte Ltd
Golden Agri Resources Ltd.
Herbalife International Singapore Pte Ltd
Hutchison Telecommunications (Hong Kong) Limited
ICBC International Holdings Limited
ICICI Bank Limited
InfraCo Asia Development Pte. Ltd.
Intel Corporation
Intellect Design Arena
Intouch holdings Plc.
Johnson Controls
Kalyani Group
Kerry Logistics Network Limited
KONE Corporation
Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS)
Lam Soon (Hong Kong) Limited
Larsen & Toubro Ltd.
Lazada Group
LBH Transformasi Bangsa
Li Auto Inc.
LINE Plus Corporation
Lootah Holding
Macquarie Capital
Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd
Malayan Banking Berhad (Maybank) Group
Malaysia Airlines Berhad
Manulife (International) Limited
Manulife Financial Asia Limited
Marriott International, Inc.
Miral Asset Management LLC
MMC Corporation Berhad
Mondelez Middle East & Africa FZE
MTR Corporation Limited
National Bank of Bahrain
Novartis Asia Pacific Pharmaceuticals Pte Ltd.
Omesti Berhad
ORI Capital
Pfizer (Vietnam) Limited Company
Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd.
Precision Drilling Corporation (Grey Wolf)
PT Astra Honda Motor
PT Petrolog Indah
PT. Jingdong Indonesia Pertama (
PVH Asia Ltd.
Qiming Venture Partners
Ralph Lauren
Reliance industries limited
RGE Pte Ltd
Sanofi Philippines
Seah Holdings
Shangri-La Asia Limited
Sinovation Ventures
State Grid Overseas Investment Limited (State Grid Corporation of China Hong Kong Branch)
Sunwest Group Holding Company, Inc.
TATA Power Delhi Distribution Ltd.
TI Fluid Systems
United Energy Group Limited
Value Retail China
VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Company
VMware China
Würth (China) Holding Co. Ltd.
YTL PowerSeraya Pte. Limited
Yunfeng Financial Group Limited
Zakher Marine International Inc.

Nominations are now closed.

Our independent judges will examine all the submissions the winners will be announced live during the In-House Counsels of the Year Awards in March 2022 in an online awards ceremony.

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

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Rahul Prakash:

Mitch Kowalski

Mitch Kowalski, Mitch Kowalski is a globally-recognized thought leader on the changing legal services ecosystem and the author of two critically acclaimed books in this area. Mitch was admitted in 1991 and spent 10 years as an Associate and Partner at Baker & McKenzie (Toronto) and five years of inhouse experience at Aoyuan International (Canada), City of Toronto and at Toronto Community Housing Corporation.

v12i03 Nick Seddon

Nick Seddon, Director, Seddon and Co and former Asia Managing Partner, Eversheds Sutherland and DLA Piper. Nick is an investor, lawyer, and advisor with high level management experience.


Jiang Fengwen

Fengwen  has an extensive in-house legal experience with 25 years  at top Fortune 500 US and EU companies, as regional General Counsel for APAC at Ingersoll Rand and American Standard, lead counsel for  Honeywell/AlliedSignal, and Senior VP and General Counsel for ABB Asia, Middle East  and Africa. She led and executed hundreds of projects including M&As, FDIs, company restructurings, corporate governance, real estate and constructions. Fengwen has also worked in private practice at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher practicing in cross border investments in China, M&A in Asia, and IPO in the United States. Currently, she serves as Senior VP and Senior expert at docQbot, helping companies to design and implement legal-tech solutions utilizing docQbot’s cutting edge tools, and transactions involving anti-monopoly, anti-unfair competition and e-commerce related laws and regulations. In addition, drawing on her extensive experience heading up major M&A, spin-off and demerger deals and full spectrum of commercial transactions and internal advisory matters, Fengwen provides direct hands-on leadership for  key elements  for docQbot’s content development initiatives, and also participates in webinars on the  PRC  Foreign Investment Law and Company Law in collaboration  with the In-House Counsel Community and IACCM.

Jessica Bartlett

Jessica Barlett (judge for Visionary Client Services Awards): Director of Financial Crime Legal – APAC at Barclays. Jessica advises compliance and legal teams, business lines and senior management across the APAC region on financial crime issues including economic sanctions, export controls, anti-money laundering, fraud, and anti-corruption. Before joining Barclays in 2018, Jessica was an associate with Shearman & Sterling LLP and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.  Jessica holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois, Master of Arts in Philosophy from Brandeis University, and two Bachelors of Arts degrees in Art History and Political Science from Southern Methodist University.   


Carina Wessels Alexander Forbes IH 2C

Carina Wessels (judge for Visionary Client Services Awards): Executive: Governance, Legal & Compliance at Alexander Forbes and Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. Carina is known for her commercial mindedness, practical legal application, continuous improvement focus, desire to make a difference and add value in all spheres of her professional and personal life and above all, absolute passion and drive to always exceed expectations. She holds an LLB and two LLM degrees: Labour Law and Extractive Industry Law in Africa (cum laude), Certificate in Advanced Labour Law (cum laude) and a PMD (cum laude). An admitted advocate of the High Court of South Africa, fellow and past president of the Chartered Governance Institute of Southern Africa, as well as past president of the Corporate Secretaries International Association. 


Clinton Swan

Clinton Swan (judge for Visionary Client Services Awards) – Consultant, Regulaition / Co-founder, Codelex Legaltech / Member, AIFC Legaltech Advisory Council. Named as one of ’30 people to watch in the business of law in 2021′, and with 20 years across legal, tech and info-services – including over a decade on regional management teams of an international law firm, Clinton brings a range of experience to the judging panel across business models, maturity and markets.


Yosr Hamza, Director, Legal Affairs, Middle East, Gartner

Yosr Hamza (judge for Visionary Client Services Awards) – Director, Legal Affairs, Middle East, Gartner. Yosr has more than a decade of legal experience. She is well respected amongst her peers and professional community. During her career, she held various positions allowing her to gain significant experience in executive negotiations, legal risk management, corporate governance and compliance, crisis management and acting as a trusted business advisor to the C-Suite and top management. She moved in-house and played a key part in establishing and managing the legal, data protection, ethical, compliance & ombuds team supporting the Middle East region in Gartner.



Note, on the night we will also announce the winners of our Visionary Client Service Providers for the legal industry and External Counsels of the Year. For more information please contact Rahul Prakash at

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