Singapore-Marina-Bay

Baker & McKenzie, Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Singapore’s Allen & Gledhill are among the firms competing for prizes in the third annual Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards, which recognise those working in Southeast Asia and India.

Chicago-based Baker & McKenzie will compete with Latham & Watkins, Sidley Austin and White & Case for Emerging Markets International Law Firm of the Year, while Allen & Gledhill will race Drew & Napier, India’s Khaitan & Co and Indonesia’s Melli Darsa & Co for Emerging Markets Independent Law Firm of the Year.

The contenders for International Law Firm Leader of the Year include White & Case’s Asia head Eric Berg; Shearman & Sterling Singapore managing partner Bill McCormack; Hogan Lovells Asia-Pacific managing partner Patrick Sherrington; and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Asia managing partner David Zemans.

At their indigenous counterparts, Indonesia’s Melli Darsa of her namesake firm, India’s Zia Mody of AZB & Partners, Cyril Shroff of the newly formed Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas and Thailand’s Darani Vachanavuttivong of Tilleke & Gibbins, will compete for Independent Law Firm Leader of the Year.

The winners of these four awards will be announced alongside those of 24 other firm and individual awards on Thursday, 24 November, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Singapore.

The evening will also recognise the in-house community with six awards, with one pro bono winner also to be announced.

Last year’s big winners included Clifford Chance, which scooped both International Law Firm of the Year and International Law Firm leader of the Year. Singapore’s WongPartnership was awarded Independent Firm of the Year, with Rajah & Tann managing partner Lee Eng Bengr named Independent Firm Leader of the Year.

For information on booking a table at the awards please contact: Peter Doolan on +44 (0)20 7316 9860 or email PDoolan@alm.com.

The full list of nominees for the 2016 Asian Lawyer Emerging Markets Awards:

Grand prizes Emerging Markets Firm Leader of the Year – International Eric Berg, White & Case Bill McCormack, Shearman & Sterling Patrick Sherrington, Hogan Lovells David Zemans, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Emerging Markets Firm Leader of the Year – Independent Melli Darsa, Melli Darsa & Co Zia Mody, AZB & Partners Cyril Shroff, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Darani Vachanavuttivong, Tilleke & Gibbins

Emerging Markets Firm of the Year – International Baker & McKenzie Latham & Watkins Sidley Austin White & Case

Emerging Markets Firm of the Year – Independent Allen & Gledhill Drew & Napier Khaitan & Co Melli Darsa & Co

Firm & Individual Awards Capital Markets Firm of the Year Allen & Gledhill Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Herbert Smith Freehills Latham & Watkins Mayer Brown JSM

Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year Nguyen Hoang Anh, Mayer Brown JSM Yash Ashar, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Nicholas Hanna, K&L Gates Posit Laohaphan, Latham & Watkins Siddhartha Sivaramakrishnan, Herbert Smith Freehills

Finance Firm of the Year Allen & Gledhill Mayer Brown JSM Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Latham & Watkins Shearman & Sterling

Finance Lawyer of the Year Alexander Aitken, Herbert Smith Freehills Indri (Mita) Guritno, Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners Don Stokes, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Michael Yoshii, Latham & Watkins David Zemans, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Funds Firm of the Year Allen & Gledhill Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Sidley Austin Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

M&A Firm of the Year Allen & Gledhill Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Shearman & Sterling Sidley Austin Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

M&A Lawyer of the Year Reeba Chacko, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Mark Innis, Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners Andrew Martin, Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow Gavin MacLaren, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Charlie Wilson, Sidley Austin

Commercial Litigation Firm of the Year Allen & Gledhill Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Dentons Rodyk Drew & Napier Herbert Smith Freehills

Commercial Litigation Lawyer of the Year Cavinder Bull, SC – Drew & Napier Philip Jeyaretnam, SC – Dentons Rodyk & Davidson Sitesh Mukherjee, Trilegal Nick Peacock, Herbert Smith Freehills

Compliance/Investigations Firm of the Year Herbert Smith Freehills Mayer Brown JSM Sidley Austin

Compliance/Investigations Lawyer of the Year Susanne Harris, Mayer Brown JSM Yuet Ming Tham, Sidley Austin Kyle Wombolt, Herbert Smith Freehills

International Arbitration Firm of the Year Allen & Gledhill Ashurst Drew & Napier Herbert Smith Freehills Latham & Watkins

International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year Raja Bose, K&L Gates Nicholas Lingard, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Rob Palmer, Ashurst Ing Loong Yang, Latham & Watkins

Intellectual Property Firm of the Year Allen & Gledhill Baker & McKenzie Dentons Rodyk Drew & Napier Tilleke & Gibbins

Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year Dedar Singh Gill, Drew & Napier Stanley Lai, Allen & Gledhill Daru Lukiantono, Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners Darani Vachanavuttivong, Tilleke & Gibbins

Private Client Lawyer of the Year David Chee, Drew & Napier Radhika Gaggar, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Dawn Quek, Baker & McKenzie Gurbachan Singh, GSM Law

Tax Lawyer of the Year Ponti Partogi, Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners Himanshu Sinha, Trilegal Allen Tan, Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow

Firm of the Year – India Baker & McKenzie Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Khaitan & Co Shearman & Sterling Trilegal

Firm of the Year – Indonesia Assegaf Hamzah & Partners Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung Melli Darsa & Co

Firm of the Year – Malaysia Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Herbert Smith Freehills Rahmat Lim & Partners Skrine Wong & Partners

Firm of the Year – Singapore Allen & Gledhill Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow Dentons Rodyk Drew & Napier Sidley Austin

Firm of the Year – Philippines Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Herbert Smith Freehills Latham & Watkins Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Firm of the Year – Thailand Baker & McKenzie Herbert Smith Freehills Latham & Watkins Tilleke & Gibbins Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor

Firm of the Year – Vietnam Baker & McKenzie Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Mayer Brown JSM Tilleke & Gibbins VILAF

Deal Awards Capital Markets Deal of the Year: Debt DBS Bank’s $10B global bond program & $1bn covered bond Allen & Gledhill Linklaters

HDFC’s $450m London Masala Bond AZB & Partners Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

NTPC’s $300m Singapore green masala bond Allen & Overy Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Republic of Indonesia’s $3.4bn dual-tranche euro bond Allen & Overy Assegaf Hamzah & Partners Marsinih Martoatmodjo Iskandar Kusdihardjo Law Office White & Case

Royal Capital’s $450m perpetual bond Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Capital markets deal of the year: Equity Cikarang Listrindo IPO Assegaf Hamzah & Partners Herbert Smith Freehills Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung Shearman & Sterling

First Myanmar Investment IPO Duane Morris Selvam

Frasers Logistics & Industrial Trust IPO Allen & Gledhill King & Wood Mallesons

IndiGo Airlines IPO AZB & Partners J. Sagar & Associates Latham & Watkins

Star Petroleum IPO Baker & McKenzie Davis Polk & Wardwell Latham & Watkins Linklaters Shearman & Sterling Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor

Finance deal of the year: Banking Jiangsu Changjiang Electronics’ $890m acquisition finance for STATS ChipPac Drew & Napier Herbert Smith Freehills Linklaters Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Myanmar Telecommunications Network $300m loan extension Mayer Brown JSM VDB Loi

PT Saka Energi Indonesia $600M syndicated unsecured term loan Baker & McKenzie Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners Herbert Smith Freehills Hiswara Bunjamin & Tandjung

Religare Global Asset Management’s $150m financing AZB & Partners Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison White & Case

Tiger Resort’s $813m secured loan from BDO Unibank Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Finance deal of the year: Insolvency Canadoil Pipe and Canadoil Asia $1bn restructuring Baker & McKenzie Mayer Brown JSM

Jurong Aromatics $2.5bn restructuring Allen & Gledhill Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

PT Berlian Laju Tanker $2bn senior notes restructuring Allen & Gledhill Clifford Chance Harneys Herbert Smith Freehills Mayer Brown JSM Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy O’Melveny & Myers Soewito Suhardiman Eddymurthy Kardono

Finance deal of the year: Projects Centra Java $4.3bn coal-fired power project finance Ali Budiardjo, Nugroho, Reksodiputro Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Mochtar Karuwin Komar Shearman & Sterling

Light Rail Manila Corp’s $1.4bn extension project Nabarro Pinsent Masons Shearman & Sterling SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

San Buenaventura power projects financing Abuda Asis & Associates Latham & Watkins Picazo, Buyco, Tan, Fider & Santos

Tangguh LNG project $3.8bn financing Allen & Overy Latham & Watkins Linklaters

Tiwi MakBan geothermal power plants $225m bond financing Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Gibson Dunn & Crutcher Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Finance deal of the year: Shipping/aviation Lewek Constellation $503m vessel financing Allen & Gledhill

Iran-India Chabahar Shahid-Beheshti port project financing Behrooz Akhlaghi & Associates Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Thai Airways Boeing 777 lease financing Baker & McKenzie Berwin Leighton Paisner

VietJet $11bn Boeing aircraft purchase financing Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Investment funds deal of the year Avanda Asia Vantage $2bn fund Sidley Austin

AREA Management’s $150m Industrial Development Fund I Baker & McKenzie

GLP’s $2.5bn Japan Development Venture II Morrison & Foerster

Kotak Mahindra & CPPIB’s $525m stressed assets investment platform AZB & Partners Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

M&A deal of the year: Energy China CGN’s five-state acquisition of energy assets Deol & Gill Herbert Smith Freehills Norton Rose Fulbright Rahmat Lim & Partners Skrine

China Huadian’s Vietnam BOT power plant Adnan Sundra & Low Dentons Rodyk YKVN Lawyers

Oil India consortium’s investment in TYNGD Latham & Watkins Linklaters

Rosneft-Pertamina $13bn partnership Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Tata’s $1.4bn acquisition of Welspun Renewables AZB & Partners Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

M&A deal of the year: Pharmaceutical Dr. Reddy Labs buyback offer Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Latham & Watkins

Fosun’s acquisition of Gland Pharma Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Khaitan & Co Troutman Sanders Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Sun Pharma’s acquisition of InSite Shearman & Sterling

M&A deal of the year: Private equity/venture capital AION Capital’s acquisition of GE Capital India and GE Money India Allen & Overy Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co Shearman & Sterling

Blackstone’s $1.1bn acquisition of Mphasis Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

EMR Capital consortium’s $775m acquisition of Martabe goldmine Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

KKR, Warburg consortium’s $550m investment in GO-JEK Allen & Overy Ashurst Assegaf Hamzah Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners Latham & Watkins Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

TPG Capital’s investment in Myanmar Distillery Co Allen & Gledhill Latham & Watkins

M&A deal of the year: Real estate Metrod Malaysia’s $110m acquisition of Leela Goa hotel Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow Khaitan & Co Wong & Partners

MetroGroup’s $722m sale of Cash & Carry Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Russin & Vecchi Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor

Qatar Investment Authority’s $2.5bn purchase of Asia Square Tower 1 Allen & Gledhill Dentons Rodyk Linklaters Sidley Austin

Warburg Pincus’ expanded investment in Vincom Retail real estate Allen & Overy Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

M&A Deal of the Year: TMT Axiata’s acquisition of NCell Morrison & Foerster

edotco’s acquisition of Myanmar Tower Co Akhund Forbes Allen & Overy Amin, Yap & Co Davis Polk & Wardwell Herbert Smith Freehills Myanmar Legal Services Prolegis Sciaroni & Associates Tanjib-ul Alam & Associates VDB Loi Vinson & Elkins

Jiangsu Electronic’s acquisition of STATS ChipPAC Allen & Gledhill JunHe Latham & Watkins Lee and Li

Reliance Comm’s $800m acquisition of Sistema Shyam’s wireless business Baker & McKenzie J. Sagar Associates Kirkland & Ellis Slaughter and May

STT’s acquisition of Tata Communications’ data centres Allen & Gledhill Goodwin Procter Khaitan & Co Latham & Watkins Trilegal WongPartnership

M&A Deal of the Year: Other sector Bank of Singapore’s acquisition of Barclays’ Asia private banking business Allen & Gledhill

Singha’s $1.1bn acquisition of Masan Baker & McKenzie Wong & Leow Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy Sidley Austin Tolaram and Kellogg partnership Clifford Chance Dentons Rodyk

Yokohama’s $1.2bn acquisition of Alliance Tire Group AZB & Partners Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas Nishimura & Asahi Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Simpson Thacher & Bartlett