We are pleased to announce the finalists for The Asian Lawyer All-Star firm awards.

The winner in each of the nine industry categories, along with the two individual All-Star honorees per category, will be publicly announced at the gala awards dinner to held March 5 at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong.

At that time, we will also be announcing awards to six In-House Counsel of Distinction for 2014. The recipients of these awards will be separately determined via reporting by The Asian Lawyer editorial staff.

Thanks to all who submitted nominations. They were subject to review and sometimes fierce debate by editors on two continents. There were many, many strong contenders, and the final decisions were extremely hard.

Without further ado, in the nine industry categories, the finalists are:

Banking and Finance
Clifford Chance, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Latham & Watkins, Sullivan & Cromwell

Kim & Chang, Sullivan & Cromwell, WongPartnership, Yulchon

Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith Freehills, Latham & Watkins, Mayer Brown JSM, Vinson & Elkins*

Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Minter Ellison, Shearman & Sterling

Investment Funds
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Sidley Austin; Weil, Gotshal & Manges

Life Sciences
Cooley, Kim & Chang, O’Melveny & Myers, Sidley Austin

Real Estate
Herbert Smith Freehills; Mayer Brown JSM; Paul Hastings; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Technology, Media and Telecommunications
Davis Polk & Wardwell; Latham & Watkins; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Clyde & Co; Ince & Co; Reed Smith; Watson, Farley & Williams

*Updated, 2/4/14: Due to a technical error, the submission by Vinson & Elkins was misplaced in our system despite coming in before deadline. Having subsequently reviewed the submission and found it meritorious, we have decided to include the firm as a fifth finalist in the Energy category.