2017 China Law & Practice Awards
 

China Law & Practice Awards 2017: ENTRY CRITERIA 

Eligibility
Any firm or individual with an office in China or Hong Kong can submit an entry, as long as the nominee meets the criteria for the relevant category. Joint entries are also welcome, where appropriate.

There is a strict limit of one entry per organization per Deal, Firm and Lawyer category.

For the firm and lawyer prizes, the submissions are required to focus on three specific matters to support the nomination. The period covered by these awards is from June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017. While initiatives, deals or cases may have commenced before that time, the focus of the entry must be within the stated period.

Submission process
Entries must be submitted using the awards’ online portal. Email submissions will NOT be accepted.
Any entry that exceeds the stated word limits will be automatically disqualified. While we encourage you to use the online forms, you may upload your entry as an attachment.

Advice on how to put together a submission
Your submission should demonstrate how you have excelled against all the criteria. The weakest part of many entries last year was the failure to include clear evidence of achievement or explanation of why the matter was significant, innovative or ground breaking. The judges will be harsh on entries that do not include clear statements of objectives and targets supported by evidence that these targets were reached.

Confidentiality
Please do not submit confidential matters for consideration. In particular, Deals of the Year nominations with any confidential element will be disqualified without exception. However, if you would like certain aspects of your entry for Firm or Lawyer nominations to remain confidential, please mark these sections clearly and we will not publish this information without your permission.

Supporting material
There is a strict limit of one piece of supporting material per entry. It is not obligatory to include supporting material.

Entry criteria – Category breakdown

Deals of the Year

Deals are divided into the following categories:

• Debt and Equity-linked
• Equity
• Finance
• M&A
• Projects & Energy
• Telecommunications, Media & Technology
• China Outbound

The judging committee will expect to see evidence of:

1. Legal expertise and innovation
2. Regulatory/commercial strategy and solutions
3. Teamwork and efficiency
4. Client satisfaction
5. Contribution to the field, industry or legislation

The number of submissions is limited to one deal per category, so please nominate your best. There is no minimum transaction value requirement. All deals must have been completed between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017.

Each entry must name the lead lawyer(s) at every law firm involved in the matter. Please also include the name or names of the lead in-house lawyers on each side, with contact information.

Please fill out the following. All fields must be completed. Shortlisted deals will be published—any deals with confidential or incomplete details will be automatically disqualified:

Deal of the Year category 
Firm name 
Deal name 
Date completed 
Size/value (incl. USD) 
Lead partner(s) 
All other firms involved and their role (local & international) 
Deal summary & significance
(Max. 600 words)
 
 
Firms of the Year
Entries for this award should focus on three work highlights that have a significant PRC regulatory element and set new standards in the delivery of high-level legal services and solutions, thereby demonstrating the firm’s market-leading position. Please summarize the key features, importance and creativity of each matter, outlining the team’s or lead lawyer’s role.

The Firm awards include:

• Banking & Finance Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Capital Markets Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Competition Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Dispute Resolution Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Healthcare & Life Sciences Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Insurance Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Intellectual Property Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Labor & Employment Firm of the Year (China/International)
• M&A Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Private Equity & Venture Capital Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Projects & Energy Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Real Estate Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Regulatory & Compliance Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Shipping & Aviation Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Tax Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Telecommunications, Media & Technology Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Trade Firm of the Year (China/International)
• Up-and-coming Firm of the Year
• Offshore Firm of the Year
• East China Firm of the Year
• North China Firm of the Year
• South China Firm of the Year
• West and Central China Firm of the Year
• Hong Kong Firm of the Year
• Macau Firm of the Year
• Taiwan Firm of the Year
• Japan Firm of the Year
• Korea Firm of the Year

The judging committee will expect to see evidence of:
1. Legal expertise and innovation
2. Regulatory/commercial strategy and solutions
3. Industry knowledge and experience
4. Teamwork and efficiency
5. Client satisfaction
6. Contribution to the field, industry or legislation

Please fill out the following. All fields must be completed. The three transactions, cases or other matters must have executed between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017:

Firm of the Year category 
Firm name 
Key members of team 
Three (3) relevant matters
(Max. 900 words total) 
Winning qualities
(Max. 500 words) 
Referees
 
 
Lawyers of the Year
Entries for this award should focus on three work highlights that have a significant PRC regulatory element and set new standards in the delivery of high-level legal services and solutions, thereby demonstrating the individual’s market-leading position. Please summarize the key features, importance and creativity of each matter, outlining the lawyer’s role. Each firm is eligible to nominate only one lawyer per category.

Lawyer of the Year awards include:

• China Dealmaker of the Year
• International Dealmaker of the Year
• Competition Lawyer of the Year
• Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
• Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year
• Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year
• Private Client Lawyer of the Year
• Real Estate & Construction Lawyer of the Year
• Regulatory & Compliance Lawyer of the Year
• Tax Lawyer of the Year
• Rising Star (Top Lawyer Under 40)

The judging committee will expect to see evidence of:
1. Legal expertise and innovation
2. Regulatory/commercial strategy and solutions
3. Industry knowledge and experience
4. Leadership and efficiency
5. Client satisfaction
6. Contribution to the field, industry or legislation

Please fill out the following. All fields must be completed. The three transactions, cases or other matters must have executed between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017:

Lawyer of the Year category
Firm name 
Lawyer name 
Title/position at firm 
Three (3) relevant matters
(Max. 900 words total) 
Winning qualities
(Max. 500 words) 
Recommend an individual at another firm and why 
Referees  

 
Pro Bono Initiative of the Year
This recognizes projects or initiatives that best honor the spirit of pro bono and social responsibility during the period. Consideration will be given to all law firm initiatives that aspire to a higher professional calling, including pro bono work, environmental stewardship, diversity programs, responsible contracting, philanthropy, volunteer work, and adherence to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Special attention will be given to entries that demonstrate a high-level, focused, and creative effort to use the unique skills of lawyers throughout a law firm’s office and practice network to benefit the less fortunate in local Chinese communities.
Any international, national or local project implemented in the PRC that reflects these values is welcome. Please also provide an appropriate written reference that illustrates the success of the initiative(s).
The limit is 800 words

In-house Team of the Year
Four awards will be given to the best legal/compliance teams at domestic and foreign corporate and financial institutions in China that have been doing outstanding work. Self-nominations are welcome, as are submissions from law firms wishing to recommend an exceptional in-house legal professional and his/her department.

The In-house Team of the Year awards categories are:
• Chinese Company
• International Company
• Chinese Financial Institution
• International Investment Bank

Please explain why the legal counsel and/or team deserves to win the award. Include an overview of the major projects executed and commendable attributes displayed during the stated period, and how specific regulatory and commercial challenges were overcome through creative means.

The judging committee will expect to see evidence of:
1. Strategic vision
2. Legal expertise and innovation
3. Industry knowledge and experience
4. Troubleshooting and regulatory/commercial solutions
5. Leadership and team development
6. Client satisfaction
7. Contribution to the success of the business
8. Contribution to the wider community

Please be sure to describe the legal team head’s role, areas of responsibility and reporting line, as well as the size and structure of the legal team. Concrete examples of how the team has helped the company achieve its strategic objectives are also valuable.
The limit is 800 words

Grand Prize: Most Innovative Law Firm
This prize goes to a Chinese or international law firm that has successfully demonstrated the ability to deliver cutting-edge legal services and solutions for clients in China, by breaking new ground on transaction structures or regulatory advice during the past year.
Submissions are not required for this category.
 
Grand Prize: China Law Firm of the Year & International Law Firm of the Year
These ultimate prizes each go to a Chinese and international law firm that have successfully demonstrated an unmatched strength, distribution and market-leading position of key partners and teams, and an overall exceptional performance in the Chinese legal business market the past year.

Submissions are not required for these categories.