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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

2017 Winners

AWARD

WINNER

Innovation in social responsibility

Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Innnovation in new markets and capital (Asia-Pacific headquartered law firms)

King & Wood Mallesons

Innnovation in new markets and capital (Internationally headquartered law firms)

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Innovation in new business & delivery models

Herbert Smith Freehills

Innovation in new products & services

Gilbert + Tobin

Innovation in expanding clients' business (Asia-Pacific headquartered law firms)

JOINT WINNERS:
 - MinterEllison
 -  Gilbert + Tobin

Innovation in managing complexity and scale (Internationally headquartered law firms)

Shearman & Sterling

Innovation in dispute resolution

Yulchon

Innovation in managing and developing talent

JunHe

Innovation in strategy & changing behaviours

MinterEllison

Innovation in protecting and unlocking value (Asia-Pacific headquartered law firms)

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Innovation in unlocking and delivering value (Internationally headquartered law firms)

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Innovation in knowledge, data & intelligence

King & Wood Mallesons

Innovation in technology

Linklaters

Most Innovative Law Firm in India

Nishith Desai Associates

Most Innovative Law Firm in China

JunHe

Most Innovative Law Firm in Australia

Gilbert + Tobin

Most innovative general counsel

Naosuke Fujita, Goldman Sachs Japan

Most innovative in-house legal team

Westpac

Legal Innovator of the Year

Sophie Mathur, Linklaters

Special achievement award

Danny Gilbert, Gilbert + Tobin

Most Innovative Law Firm (Internationally headquartered law firms)

Linklaters

Most Innovative Law Firm (Asia-Pacific headquartered law firms)

Gilbert + Tobin

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Presented by (3)

Victor  Mallet

Victor Mallet

Asia News Editor
Financial Times

Victor Mallet is a journalist, commentator and author with three decades of experience in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He is currently Asia News Editor for the Financial Times. Previously he was bureau chief in Madrid and Asia Editor in Hong Kong. From there, he managed the FT’s coverage of the Asia-Pacific and wrote editorials, columns and features on security, politics, economics and business. He twice won the Society of Publishers in Asia award for opinion writing. In India, he was twice awarded the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism as a foreign correspondent, once for a feature about the rise of Narendra Modi and later for a magazine article on the River Ganges.  His 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. His new book about the Ganges, River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges and India's Future, was published by Oxford University Press in October 2017.

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 founded RSG Consulting in 2001 to provide research and consultancy to law firms and in-house counsel. With nearly 30 years’ experience of business and the City, she is known as one of the leading analysts of the legal profession. As editor and publishing director of Chambers & Partners Publishing in the mid-nineties, she devised the research methodology behind the Chambers’ guides to the legal profession and launched the first Chambers Student and Chambers Global guides. In 2005, Ms SenGupta came up with the idea of ranking lawyers on innovation, which has become the FT Innovative Lawyers reports and awards. She is a long-time contributor to the Financial Times and helped to establish the paper’s Law & Business page in 2001.

Ms SenGupta has experience of both big and small businesses and spent the early nineties working in investment banking in London and rescuing a family-owned graphic design business out of recession. A journalist, entrepreneur and now senior consultant, Ms SenGupta is responsible for coming up with the ideas for a number of ground-breaking projects for both clients and RSG Consulting. Among these are the RSG India Report and the Innovative GC Club. She is a regular public speaker on innovation and the legal profession, is a graduate of the Meyler Campbell Elements coaching programme and an Asian Woman of Achievement.

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. In 2016 the FT passed a significant milestone in its digital transformation as digital and services revenues overtook print revenues for the first time. The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of more than 910,000 and makes 60% of revenues from its journalism.

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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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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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

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 was set up in 2001 by Reena SenGupta, the ex-Publishing Director of Chambers and Partners and the creator of the Chambers rankings and research methodology in the mid-nineties.
Initially, the company focused on client relationship management projects, working for the magic circle law firms and top US firms. In the course of that work, RSG realised that the profession was on the brink of tumultuous change and founded a ranking of lawyers on innovation which became the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers programme.
Today, RSG is a leading innovation agency for lawyers and works with law firms, in-house legal teams and law companies to help them innovate and build a culture of innovation. It has a unique position in the legal market globally as a connector and its networks of lawyers, built up over 25 years, are unrivalled.  It works in emerging markets such as India to help drive up standards of professionalism and client care. All its work is underpinned by robust research and it has been the author of many thought-leadership studies over the past 18 years.

Lead Partner (1)

Elevate is a global law company, providing consulting, technology and services to law departments and law firms. The company’s team of lawyers, engineers, consultants and business experts extend and enable the resources and capabilities of customers worldwide. Elevate is the most-used law company according to the 2017 State of the Industry Survey published by the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) and has been ranked as a top global legal services provider by Chambers & Partners for five years in a row.

Partners (3)

DocuSign helps organizations connect and automate how they prepare, sign, act-on, and manage agreements. As part of our cloud-based System of Agreement Platform, DocuSign offers eSignature – the world’s #1 way to sign electronically on practically any device, from almost anywhere, at any time. Today, more than 425,000 customers and hundreds of millions of users in over 180 countries use DocuSign to accelerate the process of doing business and to simplify people’s lives.

HighQ empowers leading law firms and corporate legal teams to transform the way they work and deliver legal services. We unite internal and external teams with social collaboration, secure file sharing, digital transaction management and more, improving data security, efficiency and productivity.

We provide ‘Legal input. Business output.’ to the in-house legal, risk, contract, compliance and related functions. Via our three service lines – managed services, projects and licensed technology – we help in-house teams evolve their operating model so that the right work is done by the right people at the right price, whether the work is undertaken internally or externally. We license our service delivery and workflow platform to in-house teams of all sizes. This proven technology automates processes, helps team members make better and quicker decisions and is underpinned by comprehensive reporting and dashboards.

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.

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