Kingfisher ALB HK Law Awards 2022 innovation triumphs over COVID shadow

The 21st Kingfisher ALB Hong Kong Law Awards made an epic return to Island Shangri-La and The Ritz-Carlton on September 9 after two years of strict social distancing restrictions, using a one-of-a-kind approach to highlight Asia’s most prestigious scene of legal extravaganza.

While high daily Covid-19 figures prompted the government to limit the number of attendees to the event, ALB innovatively held the annual celebration simultaneously at two sites – linked by a live stream – which allowed about 200 people to attend.

As a result, anti-pandemic measures, some of which “Asia’s World City” had endured for nearly three years, stood no chance of dampening the good mood at the combined ceremonies. As evening lights adorned the city’s skyline, private practitioners, in-house attorneys and leaders of the legal community gathered at both sites to celebrate not only legal excellence, but also the courage of the ‘industry.

“For the first time in the history of ALB awards ceremonies, it’s both in-person and online, so we’re celebrating the same awards program together but appropriately separated and socially distanced at the same time. time,” said Amantha Chia, Head of Legal Media Business at Thomson Reuters, in her welcome address. “The team has gone all out to make this happen, to be as creative yet safe and compliant as we need to be. I sincerely hope you can feel this commitment we have to giving you the best experience possible. .

Kingfisher Recruitment Group, the premier event partner of the ALB Hong Kong Law Awards, echoed the excitement over this year’s in-person event. “I always refer to the ALB awards as the Oscars of the legal industry. We are very happy to be part of this event and it is very meaningful to be here after two years,” said Levana Huang, Regional Sales Manager at Kingfisher.

Reflecting the rapidly changing legal industry landscape, this year’s 47 award categories saw the introduction of the ESG and Sustainability Law Firm of the Year awards. A total of 652 entries were submitted by 121 law firms and in-house teams across all categories.

Mayer Brown and Clifford Chance emerged as the biggest winners of the evening with four prizes each (excluding bids). Mayer Brown has just been named Hong Kong Law Firm of the Year, in addition to winning Construction Law Firm of the Year, Real Estate Law Firm of the Year and Law Firm of the Year in Restructuring and Insolvency.

Clifford Chance added the Aviation Law Firm of the Year and Investment Funds Law Firm of the Year trophies to his accolades. Partner Angela Chan was crowned Female Lawyer of the Year (Law Firm), and Connie Heng was named Managing Partner of the Year. The Magic Circle company also performed well in the deal categories, with its contributions being recognized in Debt Market Deal of the Year and Funding Deal of the Year.

Other big winners include Herbert Smith Freehills, which won the highly publicized award for ESG and Sustainability Law Firm of the Year. It was also named Civil Litigation Law Firm of the Year and International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year.

Baker McKenzie also picked up three awards, winning the categories Labor and Employment Law Firm of the Year, Regulatory and Investigations Law Firm of the Year, and Corporate Law Firm of the Year. year on technology, media and telecommunications.

FedEx Express emerged victorious in the internal categories, winning Internal Innovative Team of the Year and Internal Hong Kong Team of the Year. General Counsel Shogo Osaka put the icing on the cake with the title of in-house lawyer of the year.

Other individual victories include Donovan Ferguson of King & Wood Mallesons winning the coveted Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year award. Jocelyn Tsao of Withers won Young Lawyer of the Year (law firm), with Edward Tung of ORI Capital being named the in-house equivalent for the second consecutive year.

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