Editors Reception and China awards

The Chambers Editors’ Reception offers distinguished networking opportunities with ranked lawyers and clients. This evening will also see awards given to top ranking firms and individuals from the region.

Date: Friday 11 January 2019

When: 18:30 - 21:30

CHINA AWARDS

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Chambers China Awards 2019, which took place on 11th January at the JW Marriott, Hong Kong.

Congratulations to all shortlisted and winning firms. All were selected on the basis of our research for the new edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific. 

Law firms shortlisted across the six awards categories have been selected in recognition of their pre-eminence in this market and the wider region, after consideration of notable achievements over the past 12 months, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

 You can view the photo gallery of the event here

Chambers Forum Hong Kong - Editors Award and Reception

China International Firms - Corporate & Finance

Allen & Overy LLP
Clifford Chance LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
White & Case LLP

Winner: Clifford Chance LLP

China International Firms - Dispute Resolution

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance LLP
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills
Linklaters
Mayer Brown

Winner: Herbert Smith Freehills

China International Firms - Technology

Bird & Bird
DLA Piper
Hogan Lovells
Mayer Brown
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Winner: Hogan Lovells

China PRC Firms - Corporate & Finance

Fangda Partners
Global Law Offices
Han Kun Law Offices
Jingtian & Gongcheng
Jun He LLP
King & Wood Mallesons
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Winner: King & Wood Mallesons

China PRC Firms - Dispute Resolution

Fangda Partners
Huizhong Law Firm
Jingtian & Gongcheng
King & Wood Mallesons
Tiantong & Partners
Zhong Lun Law Firm

Winner: Zhong Lun Law Firm

China PRC Firms - Client Service

Anjie Law Firm
Dahui Lawyers
Global Law Office
Han Kun Offices
Jingtian & Gongcheng
Sunshine Law Firm

Winner: Dahui Lawyers

About the Winners

China International Firms - Corporate & Finance

Clifford Chance LLP is singled out for its prowess handling high-end transactions and regulatory issues in the Greater China market and across the wider Asia-Pacific region. The firm’s formidable offering ranges from bank lending and debt and equity capital markets through to corporate/M&A, private equity and investment funds amongst other areas. Of late, the Greater China team has advised on some of Asia’s most significant acquisitions and related financings, including advising CK Infrastructure Holdings and CK Asset Holdings on its EUR6.2 billion acquisition of ista International from CVC Capital Fund V. The firm also has a particularly strong track record in handling big-ticket debt and hybrid bond offerings, for instance advising Chong Hing Bank in an exchange offer to the holders of existing Tier 2 subordinated notes and the issuance of USD383 million of new Tier 2 subordinated notes. In the private equity space, the firm remains a popular choice for major investments and exits work, attracting instructions from clients such as Carlyle, CVC Capital Partners and TPG Capital. Clients additionally benefit from its assured advice on both contentious and non-contentious financial regulatory issues.

China International Firms - Dispute Resolution

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP attracts strong recognition from clients and market commentators alike due to its exceptionally broad and deep capabilities in the dispute resolution field. With expertise spanning arbitration, litigation, arbitral enforcement and anti-corruption/investigations, it is heralded by market sources as a formidable competitor in the Greater China market with an exceptionally deep bench of specialists. On the international arbitration side, the firm’s caseload includes a varied roster of complex commercial, financial, energy and construction cases. In one particular highlight, the Hong Kong team, alongside colleagues in London and Australia, led work for Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Addax Petroleum on a USD5.5 billion fraud claim filed against Repsol, SA. The team’s well-rounded offering on the litigation side includes a focus upon litigation stemming from financial regulatory issues, dovetailing well with its strong capabilities in the areas of corporate investigations and FSR.

China International Firms - Technology

Hogan Lovells is highlighted for its depth of sector expertise and high calibre of advice in the technology sector. Over the last year, the Greater China team has continued to attract major instructions from leading technology clients such as Tencent, Google and JD.com, ably handling work spanning from major financings and transactions, through to complex regulatory and commercial issues. The team’s expertise on global data privacy issues is an area of notable strength, with the firm regularly involved in guiding clients through recent changes. The firm is noted for its work advising clients in the fintech and digital banking areas, for instance acting for Citigroup in relation to its Hong Kong digital banking initiatives, including advising on issues connected to the bank’s opening up of its APIs to access by developers.

China PRC Firms - Corporate & Finance

This Beijing-headquartered full-service law firm remains a go-to counsel for corporate/M&A, equity financing, securitisation and general banking transactions. The group played an active role last year in China's domestic and overseas capital markets, offering expertise on complex, cross-border listings, delistings and refinancing work. Of late, it acted for OPUS on an innovative scheme of arrangement which entails the client's delisting from the Australian Securities Exchange and later floating on the Main Board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. The firm also ably handled the IPOs of China Tower and Qingdao Haier in Hong Kong and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange respectively. Advancement has been witnessed with regards to the firm's funds and venture capital and private equity practices. Market sources highlight the firm’s strong global network and clients appreciate and benefit from its knowledge in the fintech and financial regulatory sphere.

China PRC Firms - Dispute Resolution

With a deep and ever growing bench of dispute resolution specialists based across China, Zhong Lun Law Firm brings to the table extensive experience on the contentious front and is able to advise on a variety of commercial disputes, covering general contract, intellectual property, employment, antitrust and product liability issues. In one major highlight the team acted for Guodian Younglight Energy Chemical Group on a dispute concerning its joint transfer transaction where the control right of a listed company was tied with equities and receivables of a non-listed company. The firm’s sector specialisms include real estate, infrastructure, chemical, automotive and media. Clients single out its excellent litigation strategy in lawsuits and solution-oriented approach in corporate investigation matters. The firm continues to offer solid advice on insolvency and liquidation proceedings and is increasingly active in handling debt restructuring matters.

China PRC Firms - Client Service

Dahui Lawyers attracts acclaim among clients and peers alike for its commercial awareness, with one client enthusing: "They are very clear about what can and can't be done, and they can give you really good commercial advice. That's one of the defining factors of good law firms, dealing with commercial advice and not just giving legal advice." The firm counts an array of multinationals as its clients, who highly endorse the team's language capabilities and top-notch client service. One client reports: "They treat people with affinity, give professional legal advice and speak good English, resulting in smooth communications with foreign colleagues." Clients also appreciate the dedication by the team's senior members, noting that "we had key access to their senior partner at all times."

Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession: In-House

Qiao Gangliang, Danaher Corporation
Shanghai-based Qiao Gangliang has served as Vice President and General Counsel for Asia-Pacific at multinational technology company Danaher since 2015. He is regarded as one of China’s most highly-reputed senior counsel, heralded by sources as “a highly-influential figure and a household name for many partners and in-house counsel.” He possesses extensive experience in the legal field both in China and the US, having started his career as a law clerk at the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan upon graduating from Georgetown University. He was the first Chinese citizen to work with a US federal judge, an experience that he later chronicled in his best-selling book, 'The Court Is Now In Session!' He went on to spend four years working with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York and Beijing, before moving in-house in the year 2000. Having rapidly risen to prominence in his first in-house roles as General Counsel with GE Healthcare and GE Capital China, he made the leap into the technology sector through his appointment as General Counsel for Siemens in 2009, where he was responsible for all legal and compliance issues in the North East Asia region.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Matt Gearing, Allen & Overy LLP
Matt Gearing of Allen & Overy LLP is one of the region’s leading international arbitration counsel, attracting exceptional praise from both clients and peers for his high quality of advice and exceptional track record on major cases.

Appointed as Queen’s Counsel (England & Wales) in February 2014, he is well known for his expertise handling complex investment treaty and commercial arbitrations. Amongst his most high profile cases, he recently led the firm’s work for BG and Reliance Industries in the USD5 billion UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings against the Government of India. In addition to his leading reputation as an advocate, he is also a respected arbitrator, and is the current Chairman of the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.

Ranked in the Chambers guides since 2005, Matt is one of a select number of lawyers to hold a prestigious Star individual ranking in the Asia-Pacific guide. This is testimony to the consistently excellent feedback Matt attracts from his clients, with sources singling him out as a “leading authority” who is “incredibly knowledgeable” and a “great all-rounder who is able to advise on any kind of matter.”