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Welcome to the ALB Japan Law Awards 2021!

Date: Thursday, 30 September 2021

Asian Legal Business is proud to present the 17th Annual ALB Japan Law Awards 2021! These prestigious awards will pay tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house counsel in Japan and around the region. 

As health and safety of our participants are our priority, after careful consideration, the awards will be hosted virtually this year on 30 September 2021.

Continuous connection is especially important in these uncertain times, and we are determined to keep ALB’s commitment in delivering the finest event experience to the legal community.

Let us celebrate together ALB’s first-ever virtual awards ceremony of Japan at the comfort of our homes with our favorite food and drinks! 


Contact Harmony Tam at harmony.tam@tr.com or +852 3462 7767 for submission inquiries.

Contact Amantha Chia at amantha.chia@tr.com or +65 6973 8258 for sponsorship opportunities.




1. Debt Market Deal of the Year
2. Equity Market Deal of the Year 
3. M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize) 
4. M&A Deal of the Year (Premium) 
5. Project Finance Deal of the Year
6. Real Estate Deal of the Year 
7. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year 


1. Dealmaker of the Year 
2. Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
3. Foreign Lawyer of the Year 
4. In-House Lawyer of the Year 
5. Managing Partner of the Year 
6. Woman Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
7. Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)
8. Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
9. Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)


1. Compliance and Risk Management In-House Team of the Year
2. Innovative In-House Team of the Year 
3. Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year 
4. Japan In-House Team of the Year


1. Antitrust and Competition Law Firm of the Year
2. Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year 
3. Boutique Law Firm of the Year 
4. Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
5. Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year 
6. International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 
7. International Deal Firm of the Year 
8. International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
9. Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year 
10. Japan Deal Firm of the Year 
11. Japan Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
12. Japan Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Year 
13. Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year 
14. Litigation Law Firm of the Year 
15. Maritime Law Firm of the Year 
16. Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year 
17. Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 
18. Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year 
19. Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year 
20. Rising Law Firm of the Year
21. Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year 
22. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
23. Japan Law Firm of the Year


           SUBMISSION MATERIALS          

Click the links below to download the submission materials

Research Summary Methodology
Individual categories | Law Firm categories | In-House categories | Deal categories
Japan Law Firm of the Year

           IMPORTANT DATES          

Announcement of finalists | TBC
Awards ceremony | September 30

           SUBMISSION INQUIRIES          

Harmony Tam
Events Researcher
Phone: +852 3462 7767
Email: harmony.tam@thomsonreuters.com




announcement date of the judges TBC



announcement date of the finalists TBC



list of winners will be posted on 1 October, 2021





How do I know if I am eligible to make a submission? 

We highly encourage all firms, individuals and in-house teams to submit, as we have numerous award categories to choose from. We welcome both past participants and newcomers to join the submission for the awards. 

Is self-nomination permitted?

Yes, we accept self-nominated submissions. We also accept third-party submissions, should you wish to nominate an external party or vice versa.

Is there a fee required to make a submission in the law awards?

No, there is no fee payment required for you or your firm/team to make a submission. 


When will the finalists and winners be announced?

The shortlist of finalists will be released around 4-8 weeks prior to the awards ceremony. The winners will be exclusively announced at the awards ceremony in September 2021.


How are the finalists chosen?

Asian Legal Business will compile all of the submission entries, and the ALB editorial and research teams will extensively review each submission to ensure the criteria are met in order to advance to the shortlist of finalists. We stress that this process is fair, impartial and not subject to external influences. 

How are the winners chosen? 

Once the shortlist of finalists have been announced, an independent judging panel will review and select their top three choices for the award categories they are assigned to. The scores for each award category will be tabulated, and the individual/firm/team with the highest score will be announced as the winner. 

What are the award categories that I can take part in?

Any law firms, in-house teams or individuals may take part in multiple award categories if appropriate. The researchers reserve the right to move entries from one category to another if they feel it appropriate. The researchers’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

Who will be on the judging panel for ALB Japan Law Awards? 

There will be an independent judging panel of at least 25 senior and expert legal industry leaders to review the submission materials. The judging panel will be selected on the basis of their expertise and knowledge, and will be comprised from various sectors to correspond to the diverse list of award categories. A partial list of judges’ names will be released prior to the awarding ceremony, and the remaining judges will be revealed on the evening of the awards. 

What will my contact information/my client’s information be used for?

All contact information provided will not be disclosed to external parties; and will only be seen by our ALB research team and the judges panel. We keep the information on record internally, in case we need to contact you or your client regarding any questions or discrepancies in the submission form. 

Where will my name/firm name/team name be published if we are a finalist or winner?

As a finalist and/or winner, your firm/team/individual name will be published in ALB awards materials and print magazine. For more information, please contact us.

Is my submission confidential?

Any information you submit will only be reviewed by the ALB team and independent judging panel, whose names will be published. The material submitted will only be disclosed to the above; if there is any information that is strictly confidential, please mark clearly on the nomination form. Though we do our best to maintain the security of the information you provide, any information you transmit to us is done at your own risk and Thomson Reuters is not responsible for any unauthorized transmission of information.  


I would like to sponsor the ALB Law Awards.

Please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or +65 6973 8258 for further details regarding sponsorship. 

I am interested in being an official partner of the ALB Law Awards, as a media/legal association.  

Please contact Mary.Aquino@thomsonreuters.com or call +632 9825 938. 

My practice area or specialty is not listed, but I would like to participate in the Awards.

Please get in touch with our ALB Law Awards research team at Mary.Aquino@thomsonreuters.com or call +632 9825 938.

Can I participate in Awards across the region?

Yes, you can participate in more than one market. Please note there may be specific criteria for each market.

Who should attend the Awards Ceremony? Can I attend?

We welcome all finalists and non-finalists to join the Awards Ceremony; please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or +65 6973 8258.

I would like to order a winner’s trophy and/or certificate (for finalists and winners).

Please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or +65 6973 8258.

How can I receive communications related to the ALB Japan Law Awards?

Please email mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com to subscribe to the ALB mailing list. 


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 ALB Law Awards

 The ALB Law Awards are the pre-eminent legal awards in Asia-Pacific, held annually in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, China and the Middle East. The Awards are comprised of months of intensive research and culminate in a black-tie Awarding Ceremony in each of the markets. We cordially invite you to take part in these prestigious awards – and celebrate legal excellence with us.