Shortlist Overview

After years of extensive research into Southeast’s legal elite, and the compilation of in-depth market rankings and extensive editorial insight, 2021 will see the launch of our inaugural Southeast Asia Awards. These new awards recognise the best of the best across the legal industry in Southeast Asia, highlighting the standout performers we identified during research into our 2020 and 2021.

The current shortlist, produced following our 2020 guide, has been expanded to include standout performers from the last 12 months and has been updated following the launch of the 2021 Asia Pacific guide.

The awards ceremony, which will now be held as a virtual event, will consist of 30 awards: five in-house legal team prizes, ten country-specific firm of the year awards, 13 practice area awards, a private practice lawyer of the year, and our headline award for Regional Law Firm of the Year.

The awards categories have been specifically chosen from the key jurisdictions and prominent practice areas found within our annual research of Southeast Asia-based private practice law firms. Thanks to our colleagues carrying out research for our GC Powerlist series, we have also been able to recognise the in-house legal teams and individuals that have been involved in the standout transactions for their companies in recent months, as well as making advances in the use of legal technology and championing diversity within the profession.

Our ten country awards take a holistic look at the key players in each Southeast Asia nation covered in our guide (Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam), their individual practices, star individuals, recent performance, and overall growth to crown the overall best firm in each nation.

Meanwhile, our practice area awards recognise those firms that have undertaken the most high-profile, high-value, and complex transactions and disputes over the last 24 months, as well as highlight those practices which have achieved significant growth and exceeded market expectations to challenge the established players across the region.