ihcawards2017 logo (2)The judging process is underway for this year’s In-House Community Counsels of the Year and In-House Teams of the Year. The award ceremony will take place on May 11, 2017 at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Happy Valley Clubhouse in Hong Kong.

“The quality of submissions we received this year is unprecedented,” says Patrick Dransfield, co-director of In-House Community. “Counsels and in-house teams from around the region and across industry sectors are represented. Our judges will be looking for: dedication, innovation, efficiency and value, integration, improvement and CSR and diversity.”

Legal teams and senior counsel from following companies have been nominated:

  • 3M Asia Pacific
  • ABB (China)
  • Aboitiz Equity Ventures
  • AEON
  • AIG
  • American Express
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Aster DM Healthcare
  • Bharti Airtel
  • Birla Sun Life Insurance
  • Black & Veatch
  • China Reinsurance Group
  • CIMB Group
  • Cisco
  • CITIC Capital
  • Corning
  • Cosco Shipping Ports
  • Daimler Greater China
  • Datamatics Global Services
  • Dell FZ
  • DSM (China)
  • Dubai Group
  • Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group
  • Golden Agri Resources
  • Haier
  • Haitong International Securities
  • Hilti Asia
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Hyundai Heavy Industries
  • Ibiden Philippines
  • ICICI Prudential Life Insurance
  • Infor China software
  • ING Life Insurance Korea
  • Intel Semiconductor
  • InterContinental Hotels Group
  • ITOCHU Corporation
  • JTH Group
  • JTI
  • KONE Corporation
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank
  • Mahindra & Mahindra
  • Manila Electric Company
  • Manulife Insurance
  • Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation
  • Melco Crown Entertainment
  • MMC Corporation
  • MTR Corporation
  • Nestle Philippines and Wyeth Philippines
  • Nike Sports (China)
  • Nomura Singapore
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Middle East
  • Principal International (Asia)
  • CIMB Securities Indonesia
  • RBL Bank
  • Reserve Bank of India
  • Samsung Electronics Indonesia
  • Sanofi (China) Investment
  • Sanofi-Aventis Philippines
  • Singapore Telecommunications
  • Sino French Water Development Company
  • StarHub
  • State Grid International Development
  • Sula Vineyards
  • Sun Life Malaysia Assurance
  • TECOM Group
  • The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels
  • Viacom18 Media Private
  • Wockhardt

The In-House Team award categories are:

Industry Awards

  • Banking
  • Conglomerates
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Financial Services (ex-Banking)
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences & Pharma
  • Manufacturing & Engineering
  • Property, Infrastructure & Logistics
  • Retail & Healthcare
  • Technology, Media & Telecom
  • Travel & Leisure
Other awards

  • Small Team
  • Change Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Innovation
  • Transactional
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Diversity
  • Integration

With thanks to our valued sponsors:


BlackBerry 2017


Reed Smith

Judges and Due Diligence
Winning in-house counsel will be chosen by our expert panel from a short-list based entirely on those nominated through the largest and most definitive survey of in-house counsel in the region.

In addition to the In-House Community directors, the judges are:Judges 2017

  • 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 president for EMEA at SirionLabs.
  • David Miles, former partner, executive committee member and Asia chairman for 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 Greater China.
  • Ginny Wilmerding, partner with Brunswick, has spent more than a decade in Greater China. She has advised Alibaba, Chow Tai Fook, Citic, Swire, PCCW, DFS and Bain Capital on fundraising, transactions and strategic communications, and previously worked at Hutchison Whampoa and AT&T.

Next week we will shine a light on our Commended External Counsel of the Year, and the firms shortlisted for our Visionary Firm of the Year 2017.

For more information on the In-House Community Awards, please contact Patrick Dransfield at patrick.dransfield@inhousecommunity.com