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Welcome to the ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2021!

Date: Thursday, 21 October 2021
Time: 6:30 sharp, cocktail
Venue: Singapore (exact location TBC)        

Asian Legal Business proudly presents the 17th SE Asia Law Awards in October 2021 – the pre-eminent legal awards in Asia. These prestigious awards will pay tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house in the region. Put forth your own law firm, in-house team or other teams you have worked with in the past year to recognise their accomplishments and efforts. 

The process will culminate in an awards ceremony on October 21, 2021. Come and celebrate legal excellence with us! This black-tie banquet will be a night filled with thrill and entertainment, graced by illustrious members of the bench, legal associations and business circles, law firms and in-house departments and more. 

Submissions are closed! Thank you to all Law Firms and In-House teams for submitting your submissions to us. Contact Lokesh Bogati at lokesh.bogati@tr.com incase you have missed submissions and to know latest updates on awards.

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


Note: We are no longer accepting submissions for the awards

Here are the categories for ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2021. 

Debt Market Deal of the Year (Midsize)
Debt Market Deal of the Year (Premium)
Equity Market Deal of the Year (Midsize)
Equity Market Deal of the Year (Premium)
M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize)
M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)
Project Finance Deal of the Year

Dealmaker of the Year
Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
In-House Lawyer of the Year
Managing Partner of the Year (Emerging Markets)
Managing Partner of the Year (Singapore)
Woman Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
Woman Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)
Young Lawyer of the Year (In-House)
Young Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm)

Compliance and Risk Management In-House Team of the Year
Construction and Real Estate In-House Team of the Year
Energy and Resources In-House Team of the Year
Financial Services In-House Team of the Year 
Healthcare and Pharmaceutical In-House Team of the Year (NEW!)
Innovative In-House Team of the Year
Manufacturing and Trade In-House Team of the Year
Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year
SE Asia In-House Team of the Year

Aviation Law Firm of the Year
Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year 
Construction Law Firm of the Year
Corporate Citizenship Law Firm of the Year
Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year 
Deal Firm of the Year
Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year
Maritime Law Firm of the Year 
Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year
Medical and Healthcare Law Firm of the Year
Private Wealth Law Firm of the Year
Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
Rising Law Firm of the Year
Singapore Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Regional Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Singapore Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Regional Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Singapore Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
Thailand Law Firm of the Year
Vietnam Law Firm of the Year
SE Asia Law Firm of the Year


Submissions are closed


Opening of submissions | December 16
Deadline for submissions | February 26
Announcement of finalists | To be Confirmed
Awards ceremony | October 21

           SUBMISSION INQUIRIES          

Lokesh Bogati
Events Researcher
Phone: +91-22-68414325


Chau Ee Lee

Chau Ee Lee,
Chairman, Society of Construction Law (Singapore)

LEE Chau Ee is well versed in Asian and Western law firm language and culture with an impressive range of cultural law firm experience at partner level. As an international partner of King & Wood Mallesons (KWM), Chau Ee was most recently a Beijing based partner of Red Circle Chinese firm King & Wood, and when he was based in KWM's Singapore office, a partner of Big Six Australian firm Mallesons. Prior to that, he was a director in Big Four Singapore law firm Drew & Napier LLC’s market leading Dispute Resolution practice as its head of Construction & Engineering group (where he trained and spent the early years of his career). 
Earlier in his career, he was a Europe Middle East Asia (EMEA) London and Dubai partner of a US global law firm - that had a transatlantic merger with a leading London headquartered law firm - where he held administrative, management and leadership roles including office managing partner, head of practice and member of the global leadership team as well as being a founding member of that firm's Dubai office, and launched its Construction and Engineering practice. 
Chau Ee is now a Singapore based partner of UK firm Addleshaw Goddard LLP. 
Chau Ee has specialised as a construction and engineering lawyer for more than 25 years. He has a cradle to grave international construction and engineering practice that covers both transactional and contentious mandates in advising clients on energy and infrastructure (including offshore and marine) projects from conception, inception to completion of a project life cycle, focusing on dispute avoidance (involving legal, contractual, operational and technical issues) and international arbitration (seated in Singapore, Dubai and London, among other jurisdictions, conducted under institutional rules administered by leading international arbitral institutions, or ad hoc arbitration rules).

 Foo Yet Ngo

Foo Yet Ngo   
Founding Partner, Y. N. Foo & Partners

Graduated from the University of Kent, UK with B.A (Law) Honours in 1979; called to the English Bar in 1980, and to the Malaysian Bar in 1982. She worked in a leading law firm, Messrs Shearn Delamore in Kuala Lumpur for 13 years, practising civil litigation and family law and was eventually made partner.

In 1996, she left to start her own law firm, Messrs Y. N. Foo & Partners, practising initially in civil litigation and family law and subsequently specializing in the area of family law. She has represented clients in landmark Malaysian family law cases, appeared as amicus curiae on behalf of the Malaysian Bar in seminal decisions on family law and has rendered expert opinions on Malaysian family law to Courts of foreign jurisdictions.

She has been in legal practice for 37 years.

Jasmine Karimi
Assistant General Counsel, Regional Counsel APAC, FMC Corporation

Jasmine leads the Legal & Compliance teams across Asia Pacific for FMC Corporation. FMC is an NYSE listed agricultural sciences company, with a proud history spanning over a century, providing innovative solutions to growers around the world with a robust product portfolio in crop protection, plant health, and professional pest and turf management.

With over 20 years’ experience in MNCs in the US, UK, Canada, HK & Singapore, across diverse sectors (Media, Manufacturing, Luxury Retail, Healthcare, Agro Science), Jasmine brings rich cross-industry and cross-cultural perspective to strategy, problem solving and risk management.

A frequently invited speaker at industry and professional forums globally, Jasmine has an LL.B. (Hons) from the U.K., and an LLM specializing in IP law from Canada. She is admitted to practice law in England & Wales, Singapore, Canada, and Hong Kong. A firm believer in giving back, Jasmine serves on the Boards of the American Chamber of Commerce, Singapore, the Singapore chapter of Association of Corporate Counsel and was previously the President of the Hong Kong chapter. She also serves on the SIAC Users Council. Jasmine has been named as one of the leading influential in-house lawyers in business in Asia in The Legal 500: Corporate Counsel 100 Asia and featured in the inaugural edition of the World’s Leading General Counsels book.


Marianne Malate-Guerrero
Senior Vice President and Group Head for Legal Services, United Coconut Planters Bank Philippines

Atty. Marianne (“Ianne”) Guerrero carries with her almost thirty years of legal experience, having started her legal career in 1989 as an associate in one of the top ranking law firms in the Philippines, Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon and San Jose. During those nine years with the firm, she honed her skills in corporate litigation, contract drafting and negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, labor and intellectual property.  Subsequently, she began her career as an in-house counsel when she was invited by a banking institution, Solidbank Corporation, to be its first General Counsel.  Two years into that role, Ms. Guerrero moved on to a senior role in a Singaporean bank, United Overseas Bank, as Senior Vice President and Legal Head for its Philippine operations.  After five years with UOB, Ms. Guerrero joined the largest conglomerate in the Philppines, the SM Group.  There she took on the role of Senior Vice President and Legal Head of its mother company, SM Investments Corporation.  During her eleven years  with SM, her legal team serviced almost all the subsidiaries and affiliates of the SM Group.
Currently, Ms. Guerrero is the Senior Vice President and Group Head for Legal Services in United Coconut Planters Bank Philippines, one of the larger banks in the Philippines, which focuses on consumer loans.


Rashed Idrees 
Managing Director, Deloitte Legal International (a licensed Foreign Law Practice)

Rashed has 26 years of experience across Asia, the Middle East and Europe advising sponsors, developers, contractors, MNCs, banks and others on major infrastructure, power, energy, natural resources and other projects and project financingss across the region from IPP developments to oil and gas exploration and production, mining of minerals and hydrocarbons, water and desalination, corporate and commercial matters, regulatory and licensing, M&A, international trade, shipping and logistics and trade finance, compliance matters including AML, legal management consulting and legal entity management.

Rashed has led several offices, countries and practice groups (including in South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and others), as well as large teams on various cross-border transactions and is recognised as a "Leading Lawyer, Asia Pacific" in the Energy and Infrastructure space. 

His jurisdictional expertise spans Asia and the Middle East – including Australia, China, India Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Lao, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brunei, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the GCC (particularly Oman, Qatar and Dubai) and others.

Rashed is a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, Barrister at Law of England & Wales (Inns of Court School of Law, London) and has an LL.B. (Hons) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Stanley Park
Managing Director & Head of Legal APAC, Scotiabank

Stanley Park is Managing Director and Head of Legal - Asia Pacific Region for Scotiabank's Global Banking and Markets Division. He is based in Singapore and is responsible for all legal matters across the region, including China, Japan, Korea, India, Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore. Among other responsibilities, Stanley provides (i) transactional advice and support to the Bank's businesses related to capital markets, investment banking, commodities, corporate lending/trade finance and global transaction banking; (ii) regulatory advice and support re the Bank's businesses; (iii) management of litigation and disputes; (iv) advice and support to the Bank's internal or proprietary functions (including proprietary investments, HR matters, Finance); and (v) participation in corporate governance or oversight.

Prior to joining Scotiabank, Stanley was with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Coudert Brothers in NYC, from 1992 - 2001; with Salomon Smith Barney and UBS Securities in Tokyo from 2001 - 2007; with DKR Oasis, as Chief Compliance Officer, in Hong Kong in 2008; with Barclays Global Investors, as General Counsel, in Tokyo from 2009 - 2010; and with Daiwa Capital Markets, as Senior Legal Counsel, in Singapore and Hong Kong from 2011 - 2014.

Stanley graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1985 and received his law degree from the Harvard Law School in 1988, where he served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review.  Stanley has been a member of the New York State Bar since 1994.

Karnan T.

Karnan Thirupathy
Partner, Kennedys Legal Solution

Karnan is a Partner with the international law firm Kennedys Legal Solutions and a Director with the Singapore law firm Legal Solutions LLC. 

He has been a shipping lawyer for close to 20 years, and was appointed a Senior Accredited Specialist in Maritime and Shipping Law by the Singapore Academy of Law in 2020 in recognition of his extensive experience and expertise in this area of law. 

Having spent most of his career working in Singapore and Hong Kong, he is particularly experienced with handling complex shipping disputes arising in Asia. His clients include marine insurers, offshore energy contractors, vessel owners, charterers, trading houses and P&I Clubs. He acts for and advises clients on a range of shipping and offshore related matters including those involving charterparties, project cargo shipments, marine and energy insurance, shipping related derivatives contracts and shipping related fraud. Karnan also specialises in assisting clients in the shipping, offshore and marine insurance sectors with trade sanctions compliance and other related regulatory issues.

Karnan is English and Singapore qualified and regularly represents clients in international arbitrations, most frequently in London, Singapore and Hong Kong and also appears as Counsel in Singapore Court proceedings. He is a member of the Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitrators Procedure Committee and the Maritime Law Association of Singapore. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is on the SIAC Reserve Panel of Arbitrators.

Karnan is consistently recognized as leading shipping lawyer by industry publications Legal 500 and Chambers’ Global and was also on the ALB 40 under 40 list in 2015. 

and many more...


We are currently reviewing the submissions received, watch this space for the big reveal!


List of winners will be posted on 21 October 2021.

Details of the booking to be confirmed. 




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 on 21 October 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 SE Asia 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@tr.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@tr.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 SE Asia Law Awards?

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


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