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Innovation, Legal

FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Asia 2016

Hong Kong |
Speakers include:
Jamil Anderlini

Jamil Anderlini

Financial Times

Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

RSG Consulting

Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

Financial Times

Overview

The Financial Times is delighted to announce that the third Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards will be held in Hong Kong on 2 June 2016.

When FT Innovative Lawyers was established in Europe ten years ago, it sought to break with the usual criteria of measuring lawyers by revenues, profits or deal sizes. Instead, it aims to uncover the real value that lawyers deliver to business and reward the lawyers consistently furthering the interests of their clients, their own firms and the profession itself.

The 2016 FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards will celebrate the most innovative legal work from lawyers working in law firms and in-house at companies across the region. This year’s awards will cover law firms operating in Australia, China and Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

We will recognise the law firms behind the most transformational transactions in the region, the in-house legal teams that are adding the most value to business, and the most innovative individuals in the industry.

The FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers has grown in 2016 and received over 400 individual submissions from 68 different law firms. Research partner, RSG Consulting seeks feedback from hundreds of clients, experts and lawyers to assess and rank these submissions.

Join us at the event and meet some of the most innovative lawyers in the Asia-Pacific region, the firms at the forefront of innovation, and the GCs and in-house teams that are driving forward change in their own businesses.

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fallback Add to my Calendar 06/02/2016 18:00:0006/02/2016 23:05:00falseFT Innovative Lawyers Awards Asia 2016The Financial Times is delighted to announce that the third Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards will be held in Hong Kong on 2 June 2016.When FT Innovative Lawyers was established in Europe ten years ago, it sought to break with the usual criteria of measuring lawyers by revenues, profits or deal sizes. Instead, it aims to uncover the real value that lawyers deliver to business and reward the lawyers consistently furthering the interests of their clients, their own firms and the profession itself.The 2016 FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards will celebrate the most innovative legal work from lawyers working in law firms and in-house at companies across the region. This year’s awards will cover law firms operating in Australia, China and Hong Kong, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.We will recognise the law firms behind the most transformational transactions in the region, the in-house legal teams that are adding the most value to business, and the most innovative individuals in the industry.The FT Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers has grown in 2016 and received over 400 individual submissions from 68 different law firms. Research partner, RSG Consulting seeks feedback from hundreds of clients, experts and lawyers to assess and rank these submissions.Join us at the event and meet some of the most innovative lawyers in the Asia-Pacific region, the firms at the forefront of innovation, and the GCs and in-house teams that are driving forward change in their own businesses.FT-Innovative-Lawyers-Awards-Asia-2016c250dbcbee8618d7b3d676ae0ee1bffdMM/DD/YYYY

Winners List

AWARD

WINNER

Innovation in Corporate & Commercial Law
(Internationally Headquartered Law Firms)

 

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Innovation in Corporate & Commercial Law
(Asia-Pacific Headquartered Law Firms)

 

Fangda Partners

Innovation in use of Technology

 

Gilbert + Tobin

 

Innovation in Finance Law
(Asia-Pacific Headquartered Law Firms)

 

Nishith Desai Associates

Innovation in Finance Law
(Internationally Headquartered Law Firms)

 

Allen & Overy

Innovation in the Business of Law
(Asia-Pacific Headquartered Law Firms)

 

King & Wood Mallesons

Innovation in the Business of Law
(Internationally Headquartered Law Firms)

 

JOINT WINNERS:

-       Baker & McKenzie

-       Mayer Brown JSM

Most Innovative Law Firm in China

 

King & Wood Mallesons

 

Most Innovative Law Firm Korea

 

Yulchon

 

Most Innovative Law Firm in ASEAN

 

Rajah & Tann Singapore

 

Most Innovative Individual Lawyer

 

Wang Junfeng

King & Wood Mallesons

 

Most Innovative In-House Legal Team

 

Telstra

Most Innovative Law Firm
(Internationally Headquartered Law Firms)

 

Herbert Smith Freehills

Most Innovative Law Firm
(Asia-Pacific Headquartered Law Firms)

 

Nishith Desai Associates

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Presented by (3)

Jamil Anderlini

Jamil Anderlini

Asia Editor
Financial Times

Jamil Anderlini is the Financial Times’ Asia Editor, appointed in 2015. He oversees the FT’s coverage of the Asia region from Afghanistan to Australia, including China, India, Indonesia and Japan. In addition to directing the work of regional correspondents and overseeing the editing and commissioning team in Hong Kong, Mr Anderlini is an award-winning journalist and published author.  He is fluent in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese.  After a decade and a half working as an editor and journalist in China, he has cultivated a deep knowledge of the political and economic situation in that country. He regularly contributes commentary for other media, including CNN, BBC, CNBC, ABC and A1-Jazeera. He also selectively accepts speaking engagements with corporations, financial institutions, universities, government departments and agencies. Mr Anderlini joined the FT in 2007 and worked as Beijing Correspondent and Deputy Beijing Bureau Chief before he was named Beijing Bureau Chief in 2011, with overall responsible for China coverage at the FT. Mr Anderlini has won numerous reporting prizes, both individually and as part of FT teams. In 2010, he was named Journalist of the Year at the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Editorial Excellence Awards and won the Best Digital Award at the Amnesty International Media Awards. Other prizes include a UK Foreign Press Association Award in 2008, several individual SOPA awards and the inaugural Jones-Mauthner Award in 2012, which recognises outstanding reporting of international affairs by a young reporter at the Financial Times. In 2013, Mr Anderlini was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and short-listed for both Foreign Reporter of the Year at the Press Awards in the UK and also the Orwell Prize, the UK's most prestigious prize for political writing. Prior to joining the FT, he was Beijing Business Correspondent for the South China Morning Post for two years. Before that, he was Chief Editor of the China Economic Review. He is the author of the e-book The Bo Xilai Scandal, published by Penguin and Financial Times in 2012.

Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

Chief Executive Officer
RSG Consulting

Reena SenGupta is an expert analyst of the global legal profession. She founded RSG Consulting, an international legal strategy consultancy, in 2001. The company is the architect and research partner to the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Reports in Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific. Last year marked the tenth anniversary of the report.

Reena’s experience analysing and commentating on the legal profession stretches over two decades, following stints at investment banks and running a small design business in the early 90s. She was Publishing Director and Editor of various publications at Chambers & Partners, the legal publisher and regularly contributes to the FT. Her experience and position at the forefront of the field, on a global level, is reflected in collaborations with institutions such as Harvard and Georgetown Universities.

Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

Contributing Editor and Columnist
Financial Times

Michael Skapinker is an FT contributing editor and columnist on business and society. He is also executive editor of the FT-IE Corporate Learning Alliance, the FT’s executive education arm. Born in South Africa, he began his journalistic career in Greece. He joined the FT in London in 1986 and has held many positions, including FT Weekend editor, FT Special Reports editor and management editor.

He received the Work Foundation Members’ Award for his contribution to the understanding of working life in 2003 and was named WorkWorld Media Awards Columnist of the Year in 2008. At the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards he was named Business Commentator of the Year (2012) and Business Ethics Commentator of the Year (2015).

Research Methodology

FT Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific 2016 is a rankings report and awards for lawyers based in the Asia-Pacific region. Shortlists for the awards comprise the top ranked submissions in each section of the report.

The FT and its research partner RSG Consulting have devised a unique methodology to rank lawyers on innovation. Law firms, in-house legal teams and other legal service organisations are invited to submit their innovations. These are then fully researched through telephone interviews and reviews. No entry appears in the FT report or awards shortlists without a robust client or independent reference. Market experts are also called in to assess the submissions and the research.

Each entry is scored out of 10 points for originality, rationale and impact for a maximum score of 30. They are then benchmarked against each other to arrive at the final rankings and shortlists. Lawyers are ranked for delivering exceptional value to business.

The In-House Lawyers rankings and awards shortlists are drawn from nominations as well as submissions, but all entries require third party validation and commendation.

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Final Shortlisted Firms

The following law firms have received a shortlisting in one or more award categories:

AdventBalance
Allen & Overy
Anand and Anand
Ashurst
Atsumi & Sakai
AZB & Partners
Bae, Kim & Lee
Baker & McKenzie
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
Clayton Utz
CMS
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
Dacheng Law Offices
DLA Piper
Fangda Partners
Gilbert + Tobin
Herbert Smith Freehills
Hogan Lovells
Kim & Chang
King & Wood Mallesons
Kirkland & Ellis
Latham & Watkins
Linklaters
LNT & Partners
Mayer Brown JSM
Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
Nishith Desai Associates
Norton Rose Fulbright
Paul Hastings
Pinsent Masons
Rajah & Tann Singapore
Ropes & Gray
Salvos Legal
Shearman & Sterling
Shin & Kim
Simpson Grierson
Skadden, Arps
Slaughter and May
Sullivan & Cromwell
White & Case
WongPartnership
Yulchon
Zhong Lun
ZICO Law

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FINAL SHORTLISTED IN-HOUSE LEGAL TEAMS

In-house legal teams from the following companies have been shortlisted for the ‘Most Innovative In-House Legal Team’ award: 

Asian Development Bank
ASX
Bank of China (Hong Kong)
Blackstone
COSCO Pacific
Dentsu Aegis
Magellan Financial Group
Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities
Telstra Corporation
Westpac

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Award categories

The list of awards to be presented on the night will include: 
Innovation in the Business of Law (Asia-Pacific headquartered law firms)
Innovation in Corporate & Commercial Law (Internationally headquartered law firms)
Innovation in Finance Law (Internationally headquartered law firms)
Innovation in use of technology
Innovation in the Business of Law (Internationally headquartered law firms)
Innovation in Corporate & Commercial Law (Asia-Pacific headquartered law firms)
Innovation in Finance Law (Asia-Pacific headquartered law firms)
Most Innovative Law Firm in China
Most Innovative Law Firm Korea
Most Innovative Law Firm in ASEAN
Most Innovative Individual Lawyer
Most Innovative In-House Legal Team
Most Innovative Law Firm (Internationally headquartered law firms)
Most Innovative Law Firm (Asia-Pacific headquartered law firms)

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Agenda - 2nd Jun

  • 6:00pm
    Guest arrival, registration and networking champagne reception
  • 7:30pm
    Call to dinner
  • 8:00pm
    Welcome and dinner
  • 9:30pm
    FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Ceremony
  • 11:00pm
    Close

FAQ

Tables
Tables are for 10, 11 or 12 guests. Bookings of fewer than 10 tickets will be accommodated together on shared tables.
Tables are allocated on a strictly first-come first-served basis. We will notify bookers of their table number one week before the event, when we post out their tickets.

Ticket bookings
Click here to register your place

Awards Guest Names / Dietary Requirements
Bookers should input their guest details and dietary requirements by using their username and password to log onto the event website. Please input guest details online by 30th May. We regret that we cannot guarantee being able to cater for special dietary requirements after this date.

Who will attend
Over 250 guests from APAC based law firms will attend.

Photographs
Photographs will be available to view and download from our website from Monday 16 June. We will email all guests with access details after the event. 

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Venue

Asia Society Hong Kong Center
9 Justice Drive
Admiralty

Hong Kong

Tel: +852 2103 9511
Email: enquiryhk@asiasociety.org

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Dress code

Black tie / cocktail dress

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Research Partner (1)

RSG Consulting is a research and strategy consultancy, founded in 2001. It specialises in working for professional service firms, with a special focus on ranking and assessing lawyers that dates back to the early 90s. RSG carries out commissioned and independent research on topics that include innovation, the development and future of the profession and emerging legal markets. It helps law firms and legal departments differentiate themselves, through innovation, brand or strategy projects. It came up with the idea behind the FT Innovative Lawyers programme and is the FT’s research partner on the reports and awards globally. All research is conducted by senior consultants, who are also regular public speakers at partners’ conferences, to in-house legal departments, and are business coaches. RSG created and curates the Innovative GC Club, offers innovation benchmarks to both private practice and in-house legal departments, and has created a unique development programme to help lawyers tap into their creativity. RSG’s CEO Reena SenGupta was responsible for creating the ranking methodologies that underpin the Chambers & Partners guides and turning the Chambers rankings into world-class assessments of law firms in the mid-nineties.

Report and awards partner (1)

Integreon is a trusted, global provider of award-winning legal, document, business and research support solutions to leading law firms, corporate legal departments, financial institutions and professional services firms. Around the globe, Integreon’s 2,400 Associates support more than 250 clients in areas such as market and competitive intelligence, discovery, legal process outsourcing (LPO), operating model transformation and back office redesign. Integreon also excels in business support services such as IT, document processing, finance and HR. With its unrivalled outsourcing experience and industry-leading onshore and offshore capabilities, clients increasingly rely on Integreon to provide value-added solutions that meet their needs in a demanding business environment. Integreon has won more than 50 industry awards over the past five years and supports its global client base from 14 delivery centers across the US, UK, India, China, Philippines and South Africa.

In-House Award Sponsor (1)

At a time of significant change in the legal industry, we are determined to continue leading the market as we have done throughout our 86-year history. We will do this by ensuring we always challenge ourselves to bring new and original ways of thinking to the complex legal challenges our clients face. 

Over the past year we have worked with some of the world’s leading businesses on transactions that have changed their industries. These include: advising Ahold on its merger with Delhaize to create Europe’s largest listed food retailer and the fifth largest in the US with 6,500 stores; working on Anheuser-Busch Inbev’s takeover of SABMiller plc - the largest commercial loan in the history of the global loan markets at USD75bn; advising on the ground-breaking Coral South Floating LNG project in Mozambique across eight A&O offices; and advising Cagamas on the largest ‘dim sum bond’ in Southeast Asia and the world’s first offshore renminbi bond issued by a mortgage company. 
Building on our long heritage enables us to attract the most talented people and continue to deliver this level of innovation with and for our clients. 

To support our clients’ international strategies, we have built a truly global network now spanning 44 offices in 31 countries. We have also developed strong ties with relationship law firms in over 100 countries where we do not have a presence. This network makes us one of the largest and most connected law firms in the world, with a global reach and local depth that is simply unrivalled. 

Global coverage in today’s market does not simply mean having offices in important cities around the world. For us, it means combining our international resources and sector expertise to work on cross-border transactions directly in the markets and regions important to our clients.

Technology Award Sponsor (1)

Dealing with complex issues of fraud, regulatory compliance and business disputes can detract from efforts to succeed. Better management of fraud risk and compliance exposure is a critical business priority - no matter what the industry sector is. With over 4,200 fraud investigation and dispute professionals around the world, we can assemble the right multidisciplinary and culturally aligned team to work with you and your legal advisors. We work to give you the benefit of our broad sector experience, our deep subject matter knowledge and the latest insights from our work worldwide.

Charity Partner (1)

Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during two time periods which are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions.

Room to Read has benefited 10 million children across 17,500 communities in Asia and Africa, and aims to reach 15 million children by 2020. 

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