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Women in Business Law Awards Asia-Pacific 2020 – shortlist announced

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The shortlist is now available for what will be a virtual ceremony on December 10 2020

The Women in Business Law Awards Asia-Pacific provide law firms and professional services firms in the region the recognition they deserve for the achievements of their leading women in the legal profession. They also celebrate progressive initiatives for gender diversity, mentorship, minority women, talent management, and work-life balance.  

The awards will be looking to recognise individuals in practice area specialisms, as well as standout firms based on their initiatives and within their respective jurisdictions.

For the 2020 nominees, please see below. The virtual awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, December 10 2020.

Firm initiatives

Best gender diversity initiative by a national firm

Anand and Anand

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Charltons

East & Concord Partners

ELLALAN

Khaitan & Co

Lee & Ko

MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

SSEK Legal

WongPartnership

Best national firm mentoring programme

Anand and Anand

Charltons

Deacons

East & Concord Partners

ELLA ALAN

Khaitan & Co

MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Shardul Armchand Mangaldas & Co

SSEK Legal

Trilegal

Vision & Associates

WongPartnership

Best national firm for minority women lawyers

Charltons

East & Concord Partners

Khaitan & Co

MInterEllisonRuddWatts

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Trilegal

WongPartnership

Best national firm for talent management

Anand and Anand

Charltons

East & Concord Partners

ELLALAN

Khaitan & Co

MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Trilegal

Vision & Associates

WongPartnership

Best national firm for work-life balance

Anand and Anand

Charltons

Deacons

East & Concord Partners

Khaitan & Co

MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

SSEK Legal

Trilegal

Vision & Associates

WongPartnership

Best national firm for women in business law

Anand and Anand

Charltons

Deacons

East & Concord Partners

ELLALAN

MInterEllisonRuddWatts

River Delta Law Firm 江三角律师事务所

Russell McVeagh

SHardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

SSEK Legal

Trilegal

Vision & Associates

WongPartnership

Best firm for pro bono work

Baker McKenzie

Charltons

DLA Piper

East & Concord Partners

ELLALAN

Kim & Chang

Linklaters

Mayer Brown

MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Nishimura & Asahi

Rajah & Tann

Russell McVeagh

Trilegal

White & Case

WongPartnership

Best gender diversity initiative by an international firm

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

Freshfields

Hogan Lovells

Linklaters

Mayer Brown

Nishimura & Asahi

White & Case

Best international firm mentoring programme

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

Linklaters

Mayer Brown

Nishimura & Asahi

White & Case

Best international firm for minority women lawyers

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

Dorsey & Whitney

Linklaters

Nishimura & Asahi

Best international firm for talent management

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

Linklaters

Mayer Brown

Nishimura & Asahi

Rajah & Tann

White & Case

Best international firm for work-life balance

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

Freshfields

Herbert Smith Freehills

Linklaters

Mayer Brown

Nishimura & Asahi

Rajah & Tann

White & Case

Best international firm for women in business law

Allen & Overy

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

Freshfields

Linklaters

Mayer Brown

Nishimura & Asahi

Rajah & Tann

White & Case

Best international firm China practice

Baker McKenzie FenXun

Freshfields

Linklaters

King & Wood Mallesons

Mayer Brown

White & Case

Best international firm Hong Kong SAR practice

Allen & Overy

Akin Gump

Baker McKenzie

Dechert

DLA Piper

Freshfields

Linklaters

Mayer Brown

Shearman & Sterling

Watson Farley Williams

White & Case


Practice area

Aviation
Ashley Wong, King & Wood Mallesons
Danielle Roman, Mourant
Grace Li, Baker McKenzie FenXun
H. K. Helen Sohn, Lee & Ko
Judy Tan, JunZeJun Law Offices
Kate Seaton, HFW
Marylou Bilawala, Wadia Ghandy & Co
Peng Lim, Kennedys
Sarah Catchpole, Kennedys
Banking
Christy Lim, WongPartnership
Indri Pramitaswari Guritno, Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (HHP Law Firm)
Kate Lane, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Lee Xin Mei, Rajah & Tann
Manisha Shroff, Khaitan & Co
Oanh Nguyen, Baker McKenzie
Teresa Lau, Deacons
Veena Sivaramakrishnan, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Vicki Liu, Allen & Overy
Zhang Xu, DeHeng Law Offices
Capital markets  Debt
Cindy Kao, Mayer Brown
Deemple Budhia, Russell McVeagh
Hyunjoo Oh, Lee & Ko
Indri Pramitsawari Guritno, Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners (HHP Law Firm)
Kaya Proudian, White & Case
Lee Xin Mei, Rajah & Tann
Manisha Shroff, Khaitan & Co
Monal Mukherjee, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Capital markets – Equity
Iris Leung, Linklaters
Ivy Wong, Baker McKenzie
Julia Charlton, Charltons
Kaya Proudian, White & Case
Manjari Tyagi, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Monal Mukherjee, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Teresa Ko, Freshfields

Commercial arbitration
Amanda Lees, Simmons & Simmons
Brenda Horrigan, Herbert Smith Freehills
Celest Ang, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Ila Kapoor, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Jessica Fei, King & Wood Mallesons
Li (Zoe) Zhang, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Melody Chan, White & Case
Myung-Ahn Kim, Yoon & Yang
Ritu Bhalla, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Sungien Seo, Kim & Chang
Swee Yen Koh, WongPartnership
Competition and antitrust
Fay Zhou, Linklaters
Jung Won Hyun, Kim & Chang
Liza Carver, Herbert Smith Freehills
Madoka Shimada, Nishimura & Asahi
Maria Christina Macasaet-Acban, Baker McKenzie
Sarah Keene, Russell McVeagh
Shweta Shroff Chopra, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Vivan Cao, Zhao Sheng Law Firm
Copyright
Amita Haylock, Mayer Brown
Annie Tsoi, Deacons
Ji Eun Lee, Kim & Chang
Sonia Ong, Wong & Partners
Vaishali Mittal, Anand and Anand
Energy, natural resources, and mining
Adeline Pang, White & Case
Allison Arthur-Young, Russel McVeagh
Bee Chun Boo, Baker McKenzie FenXun
Carolyn Dong, DLA Piper
Chang-hee Shin, Kim & Chang
Emma Covacevich, Clayton Utz
Ilona Millar, Baker McKenzie
Linh Doan, Watson Farley Williams
Michelle Keen, White & Case
Sarah Sinclair, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Financial services regulatory
Colette Pan, Zhao Sheng Law Firm
Emmeline Rushbrook, Russell McVeagh
Hye Jin Hwang, Yoon & Yang
Jill Wong, Howse Williams Bowers
Karen Man, Baker McKenzie
Maria Sit, Dechert
Shilpa Mankar Ahluwalia, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Stephanie Magnus, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Sue Wang Wong, Baker McKenzie
Susanne Harris, Mayer Brown
Insurance and reinsurance
Ampika Kumar, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Anna Tipping, Norton Rose Fulbright
Elaine Tay, Rajah & Tann
Jenny Yu, Mayer Brown
Marika Eastwick-Field, Russell McVeagh
Nicole Wearne, Clyde & Co
Shailaja Lall, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Sue Wan Wong, Wong & Partners
Wang Ying Shuang, Rajah & Tann
International trade and shipping
Koon Huan Lim, Skirne
Madeline Leong, Watson Farley Williams
Maggie Cheung, Mayer Brown
Mei Lin Goh, Watson Farley Williams
Melisa Uremovic, Rajah & Tann
Sarah Salmond, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Tatman Savio, Akin Gump
Vivian Wang, East & Concord Partners
Investment funds
Anne-Marie Godfrey, Akin Gump
Catherine Chen, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Effie Vasilopoulos, Sidley Austin
Eriko Sakata, Linklaters
Lisa Simmons, Ashurst
Liu Xiaoyan, East & Concord Partners
Lorna Chen, Shearman & Sterling
Sarah McQueen, Russell McVeagh
Labor and employment
Celeste Ang, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Cynthia Chung, Deacons
Gillian Service, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Helen Colquhoun, DLA Piper
Haiyan Duan, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Jennifer Tam, Mayer Brown
Jennifer Van Dale, Eversheds Sutherland
Kylie Dunn, Russel McVeagh
Liu Lu, River Delta Law Firm 江三角律师事务所
Nugyen Thi Thanh Xuan, Vision & Associates
Pooja Ramchandani, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Se Ry Lee, Kim & Chang
Life sciences
Alison Wong, Bird & Bird
Hanshou Zhou, Jingtain & Gongcheng
Isabella Liu, Baker McKenzie
Katherine Wang, Ropes & Gray
Mandi Jacobson, Dentons
Peerapan Tungsuwan, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Teresa Griffiths, AJ Park
Vaishali Mittal, Anand and Anand
Yunioh Lee, Kim & Chang
Litigation
Dorothy Patricia Siron, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Lisa Wright, Dentons
May Ng, DLA Piper
Melody Chan, White & Case
Misha, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Paralee Techajongjintana, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Routing Xie, Jingtain & Gongcheng
Stacey Shortall, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Vaishali Mittal, Anand and Anand
Vanita Bhargava, Khaitan & Co
Yoon-Jeong Lee, Kim & Chang
M&A
Asa Shinkawa, Nishimura & Asahi
Alex Bidlake, Linklaters
Fi Ling Quak, WongPaternship
Hannah Ha, Mayer Brown
Li Chen, Shearman & Sterling
Maria Christina Macasaet-Acaban, Quisumbing Torres
Mita Kartohadiprodjo, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Reeba Chacko, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Samata Masagee, DLA Piper
Sandy Foo, Rajah & Tann
Silvana Schenone, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Stephanie Phua, Wong & Partners
Tabitha Saw, White & Case
Upasana Rao, Trilegal
Offshore
Ann Ng, Maples Group
Fiona Chan, Appleby
Judy Lee, Appleby
Kate Hodson, Ogier
Lan Phuong Nguyen, Baker McKenzie
Laura Rogers, Walkers
Sarah Salmond, MInterEllisonRuddWatts
Vivien C S Fung, Conyers
Patents
Amita Haylock, Mayer Brown
Isabella Liu, Baker McKenzie
Kherk Ying Chew, Wong & Partners
Nguyen Nguyet Dzung, Vision & Associates
Ping Gu, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Say Sujintaya, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Sejung Lee, Yoon & Yang
Vaishali Mittal, Anand and Anand
Young Kim, Kim & Chang
Privacy and data protection
Anna Gamvros, Norton Rose Fulbright
Divina Ilas-Panganiban, Quisumbing Torres
Helen Clarke, Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Karen Hon Fun Lee, Mayer Brown
Karen Ngan, Simpson Grierson
Shahana Chatterji, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Sonia Ong, Wong & Partners
Sophie Dawson, Bird & Bird
Private clients and trusts
Bock Eng Sim, WongPartnership
Dawn Quek, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Divi Dutta, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Han Bao, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Patricia Woo
Squire Patton Boggs
Silvia On, Stephenson Harwood
Stacy Choong, Withers KhattarWong
Private equity
Asa Shinkawa, Nishimura & Asahi
Bee Chun Boo, Baker McKenzie FenXun
Gloria Liu, DLA Piper
Gunjan Shah, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Julia Charlton, Charltons
Liu Xiaoyan, East & Concord Partners
Marcia Ellis, Morrison & Foerster
Sandy Foo, Rajah & Tann
Surbhi Kejriwal, Khaitan & Co
Project finance
Anna Chung, Shearman & Sterling
Carolyn Dong, DLA Piper
Claire Rogers, King & Wood Mallesons
Esther Chik, Wong & Partners
Irawati Hermawan, Hermawan Juniarto & Partners
Jo Crew, Norton Rose Fulbright
Kanya Satwika, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Lanping Zhou, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Oanh Nguyen, Baker McKenzie
Sarah Wilson, Allen & Overy
Real estate
Amanda Spratt, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Ana Crosbie, Russell McVeagh
Ashoo Gupta, Shardul Amarchand Mangalds & Co
Ayako Kawano, White & Case
Chou Ching, Rajah & Tann
Dora Stilanos, Baker McKenzie
Ira A Eddymurthy, SSEK Legal
Keun Ah Cho, Kim & Chang
Le Thi Thanh Tram, Vision & Associates
Susheela Rivers, DLA Piper

Restructuring and insolvency
Karen O’Flynn, Clayton Utz
Kelly Naphtali, Kirkland
Mei Lin Khong, Shook Lin & Bok
Melody Chan, White & Case
Nafisa Nihmat, Zhong Lun Law Firm
Naomi Moore, Akin Gump
Polly Pope, Russell McVeagh
Raelene Pereira, Rajah & Tann
Tania Cini, Allens
Veena Sivaramakrishnan, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Structured finance and securitisation
Anne-Marie Neagle, King & Wood Mallesons
Deemple Budhia, Russell McVeaghKarolina Popic, Allen & Overy
Mei Nah, Mayne Wetherell
Michelle Taylor, Tiang & Partners
Yvonne Siew, Allen & Overy
Tax
Adeline Wong, Wong & Partners
Betsy-Ann Howe, K&L Gates
Bijal Ajinkya, Khaitan & Co
Daksha Baxi, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
Doris Ho, DLA Piper
Irene Yong, Shearn Delamore & Co
Jean Loi, VDB Loi
Nancy Lai, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Ruby Jiang, KPMG Advisory (China)
Vivian Chang, Ashurst
Yvonne Beh, Wong & Partners
Tax dispute resolution
Adeline Wong, Wong & Partners
Angela Wood, KPMG
Ay Tjhing Phan, PwC
Carmen McElwain, MInterEllisonRuddWatts
Josephine Peng, Lee & Li
Judy Sullivan, Judy Sullivan Consulting
Julie Zhang, Deloitte
Ken Loon Ong, Drew & Napier
Kristy Keating, EY
Tori Sullivan EY
Yvonne Beh, Wong & Partners
Technology, media, and telecommunications
Annie Tsoi, Deacons
Gloria Liu, DLA Piper
Indira Yustikania, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Karen Hon Fun Lee, Mayer Brown
Kyungsun Kyle Choi, Kim & Chang
Li Chen, Shearman & Sterling
Liz Blythe, Russell McVeagh
Puja Sondhi, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Sheila McGregor, Gilbert + Tobin
Sonia Ong, Wong & Partners
Trademark
Ann Nam-Yeon Kwon, Kim & Chang
Annie Tsoi, Deacons
Divina Ilas-Panganiban, Quisumbing Torres
Michelle Yee, Mayer Brown
Nguyen Thi Thu Ha, Vision & Associates
Rosita Li, ELLALAN
Sejung Lee, Yoon & Yang
Vaishali Mittal, Anand and Anand
Transfer pricing
Adeline Wong, Wong & Partners
Adriana Calderon, Transfer Pricing Solutions Asia
Ay Tjhing Phan, PwC
Eunice Kuo, Deloitte China
Felicia Chia, KPMG
Helen Fazzino, PwC
Joanne Su, EY
Natalya Marenina, BDO
Tae-Yeon Nam, Kim & Chang
Theresa Goh, Deloitte
White collar crime
Alina Arora, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Anita Chow, Morley Chow Seto
Bingna Guo, White & Case
Cori A Lable, Kirkland & Ellis
Kate Yin, Fangda Partners
Kelly S Austin, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Mini vanderPol, Baker McKenzie
Shiraz Patodia, DUA Associates
Yuet Ming Tham, Sidley Austin

Rising stars

Corporate
Anisha Chand, Khaitan & Co
Aylin Cunsolo, Baker Mckenzie
He Bilei (Katherine), Jingtain & Gongcheng
Hemi Lee, Kim & Chang
Iris Yeung, Linklaters
Miriam Andreta, Nishimura & Asahi
Natashaa Shroff, Shardul Amarchand Mangladas & Co
Nishrin Hussain, Mayer Brown
Yuri Sugano, Nishimura & Asahi
Finance
Aisyah Rahmarani Siregar, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Cherie Tan, Rajah & Tann
Da Eun Jung, Kim & Chang
Ee Lynn Tan, White & Case
Grace Fung, Baker McKenzie
Miriam Andreta, Nishimura & Asahi
Shen Sisi, DeHeng Law Offices
Tracy Tania, Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
IP
Alyson Poole, Norton Rose Fulbright
Amy Seung Hyun Oh, Kim & Chang
Arpita Kulshrestha, Anand and Anand
Brigette Shone, Russell McVeagh
Gillian Woon, Baker McKenzie
Janice H Y Yip, Mayer Brown
Joanne Zhang, DLA Piper
Loretta Lau, Deacons
Madeline Chan, Davies Collison Cave
Meryl Koh, Drew & Napier
Litigation
Alcina Chew, Tan Kok Quan Partnership
Anuradha Agnihotri, Trilegal
Dewi Savitri Reni, SSEK Legal
Janice Tay, Wong & Partners
Jeong Kim, Kim & Chang
Ploy Chongcharoentanavat, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Smarika Singh, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Vivien Yip, Mayer Brown
Wei He, East & Concord Partners
Tax
Elke Bremner, Ashurst
Gouri Puri, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Karen Au, PwC
Nuthari Borpitpitak, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Siriasi Gobpradit, Baker McKenzie Bangkok
Toa Vulangi, Bell Gully
Vidushi Maheswari, Economic Laws Practice
Vinta Krishnan, Khaitan & Co
Wai Kar Wye, Allen & Gledhill
Yeo Jeong Yoon, Kim & Chang


Jurisdiction

Australia
Allen & Overy
Ashurst
Baker McKenzie
Bird & Bird
DLA Piper
Gilbert + Tobin
Hogan Lovells
Lipman Karas
White & Case
Brunei
Abrahams Davidson & Co
CCW Partnership
Ridzlan Lim
China
DeHeng Law Offices
East & Concord Partners
Jingtian & Gongcheng
JunHe
River Delta Law Firm 江三角律师事务所
Zhong Lun Law Firm
Hong Kong SAR
Charltons
Deacons
ELLALAN
Gall
Vivien Chan & Co
India
Anand and Anand
Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
DUA Associates
J Sagar Associates
Khaitan & Co
Phoenix Legal
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Trilegal
Indonesia
Ashurst
Assegaf Hamza & Partners
Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners (HPP Law Firm)
Hogan Lovells
Linklaters
Makarim & Taira S
Walalangi & Partners
SSEK Legal Conultants
Tileke & Gibbins
White & Case
Japan
Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Baker McKenzie
Freshfields
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Nishimura & Asahi
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison
White & Case
Malaysia
Albar & Partners
Azimi & Associates
Chooi & Company + Cheang & Ariff
Herbert Smith Freehills
Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
Wong & Partners
Myanmar
Baker McKenzie
Nishimura & Asahi
VDB Loi
New Zealand
Bell Gully
Chapman Trip
MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Russel McVeagh
Simpson Grierson
Pakistan
Akhund Forbes Hadi
Kabraii & Talibuddin
Liaquat Merchant Associates
Moshin Tayebaly & Co
Orr Dignam & Co
Philippines
Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose
PJS Law
Quisumbing Torres
Romulo Mabanta Savoc Buenaventure & de los Angeles
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Singapore
Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Freshfields
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Nishimura & Asahi
Rajah & Tann
Tan Kok Quan Partnership
Watson Farley Williams
White & Case
WongPartnership
South Korea
Bae Kim & Lee
Baker McKenzie
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Linklaters
Shin & Kim
White & Case
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon
Sri Lanka
FJ & G de Saram
John Wilson Partners
Julius & Creasy
Nithya Partners
Taiwan
Baker McKenzie
LCS & Partners
Lee and Li
Lexcel Partners
Tsar & Tsai Law Firm
Thailand
Allen & Overy
Baker McKenzie Bangkok
DLA Piper
Linklaters
Mayer Brown
Nishimura & Asahi
Tilleke & Gibbins


Vietnam
Baker McKenzie
Freshfields
Mayer Brown
Nishimura & Asahi
Tilleke & Gibbins
Vision & Associates
Watson Farley Williams




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