Herbert Smith Freehills, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom are among the firms nominated for International Law Firm of the Year at the China Law & Practice Awards.
Vying for the showcase category for indigenous Chinese players are firms that include King & Wood Mallesons, Fangda Partners, JunHe, and Han Kun Law Offices.
China Law & Practice is set to host the awards in association with sister publications The Asian Lawyer, The American Lawyer and Legal Week on Sept. 13 at The St. Regis hotel in Beijing.
The awards recognize top matters inside and outside China, and best-performing law firms and standout partners. The September ceremony will also honour initiatives in pro bono work, technology innovation and an in-house team of the year.
Shortlisted deals feature some of the largest and most high-profile transactions in China. Video streaming site iQiyi’s $2.25 billion Nasdaq listing and iPhone manufacturer Foxconn’s A-share listing are among deals competing for equity securities deal of the year. Alibaba’s acquisitions of Sun Art Retail and meal delivery app Ele.me are both nominated for the M&A category.
Fangda, JunHe, Han Kun and Tian Yuan are competing for Capital Markets Firm of the Year as well as M&A Firm of the Year in the domestic categories, while Davis Polk & Wardwell and Skadden are vying in both categories for global firms.
Last year’s big winners included JunHe and Clifford Chance, which took home China and International Firm of the Year, respectively; King & Wood Mallesons was named Most Innovative Firm.