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Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2014: Winners announced

The best female lawyers from across the region, gathered at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong on November 13 to celebrate the advancement of women in the legal profession at the fourth Euromoney Legal Media Group Asia Women in Business Law Awards

Regina Leung, patron member of the Federation of Women Lawyers, began the evening with a keynote speech to an audience of in-house and private practitioners. The attendees had gathered to celebrate the achievements of law firms setting the standard in female-friendly working practices, and women leading the field in practice areas across Asia.

Attending guests also heard speeches from the lifetime achievement winner Dato’ Ambiga Sreenevasan and the outstanding practitioner winner, Fiona Loughrey of Simmons & Simmons.

In the firm categories, Baker & McKenzie was named best international firm for women in business law, and also received the prize for best firm for pro bono work. In other international categories, Herbert Smith Freehills collected the award for best firm for talent management. TSMP Law Corporation was announced as the best national firm for women in business law and it also won the award for best gender diversity initiative by national firm.

A full list of winners is detailed below.


Best in banking and finance

Susan Wong, WongPartnership

Best in capital markets

Cathy Yeung, Latham & Watkins

Best in competition and antitrust

Kala Anandarajah, Rajah & Tann

Best in corporate governance

Joy Tan, WongPartnership

Best in dispute resolution

Lucy Reed, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Best in energy and natural resources

Elisabeth Ellis, Minter Ellison

Best in insolvency and restructuring

Kelly Naphtali, Lipman Karas

Best in IP litigation

Kherk Ying Chew, Wong & Partners

Best in labour and employment

Seraphim Mar, Baker & McKenzie

Best in M&A and private equity

Chun Wei, Sullivan & Cromwell

Best in offshore

Ann Ng, Maples and Calder

Best in patent and trade mark prosecution

Annie Tsoi, Deacons

Best in real estate

Susheela Rivers, DLA Piper

Best in shipping

Rosita Lau, Ince & Co

Best in structured finance

Mary Matson, Linklaters

Best in tax

Goh Ka Im, Shearn Delamore & Co

Best in TMT

Michelle Chan, Bird & Bird

Best in transfer pricing

Joanne Su, EY


Rising star: Corporate

Kana Itabashi, Baker & McKenzie

Rising star: Finance

Xiaohui Ji, Linklaters

Rising star: IP

Sukontip Jitmongkolthong, Tilleke & Gibbins

Rising star: Litigation

Koh Swee Yen, WongPartnership

Rising star: Tax

Makiko Takewaki, DLA Piper



King & Wood Mallesons


Abrahams Davidson & Co

China - PRC firm

Jun He Law Offices

China - international firm

Hogan Lovells

Hong Kong - independent firm


Hong Kong - international firm

Simmons & Simmons


Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co


Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners


Mori Hamada & Matsumoto


Albar & Partners

New Zealand

Russell McVeagh


Liaquat Merchant Associates


Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles


TSMP Law Corporation

South Korea

Shin & Kim

Sri Lanka

FJ & G de Saram


LCS & Partners


Tilleke & Gibbins


Vision & Associates


Best gender diversity initiative by national firm

TSMP Law Corporation

Best gender diversity initiative by international firm

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Best firm for diversity by national firm

Simpson Grierson

Best firm for diversity by international firm

Jones Day

Most innovative firm

Khaitan & Co

Best international firm China practice

Hogan Lovells

Best national firm mentoring programme

Albar & Partners

Best international firm mentoring programme

White & Case

Best national firm for work-life balance

Rajah & Tann

Best international firm for work-life balance

Simmons & Simmons

Best firm for pro bono work

Baker & McKenzie

Best national firm for talent management

Tilleke & Gibbins

Best international firm for talent management

Herbert Smith Freehills

Best national firm for women in business law

TSMP Law Corporation

Best international firm for women in business law

Baker & McKenzie


Outstanding practitioner award

Fiona Loughrey, Simmons & Simmons

Lifetime achievement award

Ambiga Sreenevasan, Sreenevasan Advocates & Solicitors

In-house team of the year (under 50 lawyers)


In-house team of the year (over 50 lawyers)

Goldman Sachs

China Law & Practice in-house award

Simoon Zhao, The Coca-Cola Company

Asialaw in-house award

Gill Meller, MTR

International Financial Law Review in-house award

Amy Reich, Citi

Managing IP in-house award

Karen Law, Alibaba

International Tax Review in-house award

Greta Chan, IBM

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