Loving Lawyers…at The ALB China Law Awards

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Lawyers often get a hard time but, let’s be honest, they can be pretty useful. In China they can often be invaluable, and it is a brave company that seeks to operate in such a fast-changing market without good advice.

As previously reported there are around 110,000 lawyers, in over 10,000 local and 160 international law firms in China. Part of the challenge is therefore finding the right legal team for the job. The ALB China Law Awards are the result of extensive research, and provide useful pointers for those lost in a legal maze…The ceremony was held on 10 March in Shanghai, and awards were made in several categories (from insurance and IP to shipping and tax), as well as in relation to key locations (such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong) on the basis of company submissions, research, and peer group feedback. The winners are reported below.

Insurance Firm of the Year
WINNER
AllBright Law Offices

Insolvency & Restructuring Firm of the Year
WINNER
Jun He Law Offices

Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year
WINNER
King & Wood

Banking Firm of the Year
WINNER
Llinks Law Office

Offshore Firm of the Year
WINNER
Maples and Calder

Tax & Trusts Firm of the Year
WINNER
Lehman. Lee & Xu

IP Firm of the Year
WINNER
King & Wood

Shipping Firm of the Year
WINNER
Sloma & Co

Real Estate & Construction Deal of the Year
WINNER
Shanghai Square Project
Firms: Jones Day, Zhong Lun PRC Lawyers, Fried, Shriver, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, Coudert Brothers, Jun He Law Offices, Deacons, Maples & Calder
Banks: CSFB, Accountants: KPMG

Energy & Resources Deal of the Year
WINNER
CNPC – PetroKazakhstan
Firms: Osler Hoskin & Harcourt; LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae; Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

Infrastructure Deal of the Year
WINNER
Suzhou Industrial Park water project
Firms: Johnson Stokes & Master; Huan Tai Law Office

IT/Telco Deal of the Year
WINNER
Alibaba – Yahoo
Firms: Debevoise & Plimpton; Transasia Law Firm; Maples and Calder; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom; Haiwen & Partners; Conyers Dill & Pearman; Deacons; Morrison & Foerster
Banks: Seraphin Capital; Banc of America Securities; Softbank

Project Finance Deal of the Year
WINNER
Laibin B Project
Firms: Herbert Smith; Haiwen & Partners; Linklaters; Summit Law Office
Banks: BNP Paribas; ICBC

Debt Market Deal of the Year
WINNER
Mandra Forestry Holdings Limited
Firms: Davis Polk & Wardwell; Slaughter and May; Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Conyers Dill & Pearman; Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy; Morrison & Foerster; Walkers; Jingtian & Goncheng; Linklaters
Banks: Morgan Stanley
Accountants: BDO McCabe Lo & Company

Equity Market Deal of the Year
WINNER
CCB IPO
Firms: Herbert Smith; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom; Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy; Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Haiwen & Partners
Banks: Morgan Stanley; CSFB; CICC; CCB International Capital Limited
Accountants: KPMG

M&A Deal of the Year
WINNER
CCB – Bank of America
Firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; King & Wood; Deacons; Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy; Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Banks: Morgan Stanley; CICC
Accountants: KPMG

Investment Bank Team of the Year
WINNER
Morgan Stanley

International Dealmaker of the Year
WINNER
Zili Shao – Linklaters

China Dealmaker of the Year
WINNER
Xiao Wei – Jun He Law Offices

China Deal of the Year
WINNER
CCB – Bank of America
Firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; King & Wood; Deacons; Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy; Commerce & Finance Law Offices; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Banks: Morgan Stanley; CICC
Accountants: KPMG

Banking & Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
WINNER
Bank of China

MNC In-House Team of the Year
WINNER
General Motors

SOE In-House Team of the Year
WINNER
PetroChina

China In-House Team of the Year
WINNER
TOM Online Inc.

Managing Partner of the Year
WINNER
Zhang Xuebing – Zhong Lun PRC Lawyers

Hong Kong Firm of the Year
WINNER
Deacons

Guangdong Firm of the Year
WINNER
Jing Tian Law Firm

Beijing Firm of the Year
WINNER
Jun He Law Offices

Shanghai Firm of the Year
WINNER
Fangda Partners

International Firm of the Year
WINNER
Freshfield

The full List of finalists is reported on the ABLawards website. Follow the link for details.
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