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FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Asia

Hong Kong |
Speakers include:
Victor  Mallet

Victor Mallet

Financial Times

Michael Skapinker

Michael Skapinker

Financial Times

Reena SenGupta

Reena SenGupta

RSG Consulting

Overview

The Financial Times is delighted to announce that the fourth Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards will be held in Hong Kong on 1 June 2017.

When FT Innovative Lawyers was established in Europe eleven 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 2017 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 2017 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 06/01/2017 18:30:0006/01/2017 23:30:00falseFT Innovative Lawyers Awards AsiaThe Financial Times is delighted to announce that the fourth Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards will be held in Hong Kong on 1 June 2017.When FT Innovative Lawyers was established in Europe eleven 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 2017 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 2017 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-Asia99d25d995aa7b45814b20f2e8517ece4MM/DD/YYYY

Presented by (3)

Victor  Mallet

Victor Mallet

Asia News Editor
Financial Times

Victor Mallet is a journalist, commentator and author with more than two decades of experience in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He is currently the Financial Times' Asia News Editor and is based in Hong Kong. Mr Mallet joined the FT in 1986 and has had a variety of overseas roles, including four years as South Asia Bureau Chief based in New Delhi, four years as Madrid Bureau Chief, and Editor of the FT’s Asia edition. Before that he was Southern Africa Correspondent from 1998 to 2001, South-East Asia Correspondent from 1992 to 1994, and Africa Correspondent from 1986 to 1988. Mr Mallet has also been Deputy Features Editor, Middle East Correspondent, Paris Correspondent and Chief Asia Correspondent. He has twice won the Society of Publishers in Asia Award for Opinion Writing. In India, he was awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism as a foreign correspondent for a 2012 feature about the rise of Narendra Modi. Mr Mallet’s highly praised book on the south-east Asian industrial revolution and the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, The Trouble with Tigers (HarperCollins), was first published in 1999. Before joining the Financial Times, Mr Mallet was a correspondent for Reuters in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Paris. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Oxford University.

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).

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.

Organised by (1)

Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

Exclusive on-stage interviews, stimulating presentations and lively panel debates – available on multiple content platforms – provide the cutting-edge insights, unique personalities and peer audience engagement that have the power to transform finance, business, politics, society and culture.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing essential news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community, the FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 840,000. Mobile is an increasingly important channel for the FT, driving more than half of total traffic.

Agenda - 1st Jun

  • 6:30pm
    Registration and Networking Champagne Reception
  • 7:30pm
    Call to Dinner
  • 7:50pm
    Welcome Remarks and Dinner
  • 9:30pm
    FT Innovative Lawyers Awards Ceremony
  • 11:00pm
    Event Adjourns

Research Methodology

FT Innovative Lawyers Asia-Pacific 2017 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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Shortlisted Law Firms and In-house Legal Teams

The following law firms and in-house legal teams have received a shortlisting in one or more award categories:

  • Allen & Overy
  • Anand and Anand
  • Ashurst
  • Atsumi & Sakai
  • Bae, Kim & Lee
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Bird & Bird
  • Boral
  • Citibank, India
  • CMS
  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth
  • Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas
  • DBS Bank
  • Dechert
  • DFDL
  • Eversheds
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Gilbert + Tobin
  • Global Infrastructure Hub
  • Goldman Sachs Japan
  • Henry Davis York
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Hogan Lovells
  • IAG
  • ING Asia
  • J.Sagar Associates
  • Japan Tobacco International
  • JunHe
  • King & Wood Mallesons
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • Lander & Rogers
  • Lazada
  • Liberty Asia
  • Linklaters
  • LNT & Partners
  • LOD
  • LOD - Lawyers On Demand
  • MinterEllison
  • Mori Hamada & Matsumoto
  • Morrison & Foerster
  • Nishith Desai Associates
  • Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Paul Hastings
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Rajah & Tann Singapore
  • Refugee Legal
  • Ropes & Gray
  • Sequoia Capital India
  • Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
  • Shearman & Sterling
  • Shin & Kim
  • Sidley Austin
  • Slaughter and May
  • SokSiphana Associates
  • Transunion CIBIL Limited, India
  • Trilegal
  • White & Case
  • Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Westpac
  • Yulchon
  • Zhong Lun Law Firm
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Award Categories

  • Innovation in the business of law*
  • Innovation in legal expertise*
  • Innovation in social responsibility
  • Most Innovative Law Firm in India
  • Most Innovative Law Firm in China
  • Most Innovative Law Firm in Australia
  • Most innovative general counsel
  • Most innovative in-house legal team
  • Legal Innovator of the Year
  • Special achievement award
  • Most Innovative Law Firm (Internationally headquartered law firms)
  • Most Innovative Law Firm (Asia-Pacific headquartered law firms)
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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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FAQs

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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Dress Code

Black tie 

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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.

Lead Partner (1)

Elevate is the business of law provider of strategy, operations, technology and talent for legal departments and law firms. With operations on four continents, Elevate brings together consultants, lawyers, process engineers, and technologists to improve efficiency, quality and outcomes for customers worldwide. Ranked by Chambers & Partners as a top global legal service provider and by Inc. magazine as the #53 fastest growing private company of 2016, Elevate is a trusted provider to Global 1000 corporations and to the law firms that serve them.

Partners (3)

As the pioneer and global standard for Digital Transaction Management (DTM) and eSignature, DocuSign® is changing how business gets done by empowering more than 300,000 companies and more than 200 million users in 188 countries to send, sign and manage agreements digitally. DocuSign eliminates printing, faxing, scanning and overnighting paper documents to transact business online quickly, easily and securely – anytime, anywhere, on any device – with trust and confidence. DocuSign enables individuals and organizations of every size, industry and geography to make every agreement digital to keep life and business moving forward.

HighQ is a leading provider of cloud-based enterprise collaboration and publishing software. We provide innovative social software to some of the world’s leading law firms, investment banks and corporations.

We work in close collaboration with our clients to develop innovative products that solve real business problems, reduce costs, build deeper client relationships and help gain a competitive advantage.

Our award winning Intelligent Legal Operations Platform is transforming the way that in-house legal departments work and provide services to their organizations on a global basis. Kim is a leading edge software company that applies artificial intelligence capabilities to knowledge automation. It’s highly adaptable platform is empowering knowledge workers at major organizations to take control of critical business processes, without the need for any form of custom coding, to improve decision making, speed and effectiveness.

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.

Charity Partner (1)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. It offers assistance to people based on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF provides medical care to help people survive catastrophic situations, where communities and health structures may be overwhelmed. Its actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of neutrality and impartiality.

MSF does not take sides but seek to bring assistance to those who need it most urgently. When it witnesses serious acts of violence, neglected crises, or obstructions to its activities, MSF may speak out about this. The organisation works in nearly 70 countries with health professionals, logistical and administrative staff, most of whom come from the countries where it is providing medical assistance.

2016 Photos

To view photos from the 2016 awards click here.

FT Innovative Lawyers Awards   Flickr

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Contact Us

Mark Buller
Head of Commercial - Global Industries
Pamela Lam
Delegate Booking And Registration Enquiries
Financial Times
Abigail Lewis
Media Partner and Press Enquiries
Financial Times
RSG Consulting
Research And Shortlist Inquiries