The Financial Times is pleased to announce the winners of the FT Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyer Awards 2018, held in Hong Kong, in association with research partner RSG Consulting.

You can read the whole report here.

In an innovation of our own, the Innovative Lawyers Special Report series is making it easier to explore the past and current annual rankings for each region, assessing lawyers on their innovation for clients and in their own businesses. Take a look here.

Most innovative Asia Pacific law firm — Asia Pacific HQ


Most innovative Asia Pacific law firm — International HQ


Most innovative Asia Pacific in-house legal team

Asian Development Bank

Most innovative Asia Pacific General Counsel

Chee Kin Lam, DBS Bank

Legal innovator of the year

Martijn Wilder, Baker McKenzie

Innovation in the Rule of Law and Access to Justice

Gilbert + Tobin
Asian Development Bank (in-house)

Innovation in Technology and Data

Anand and Anand
Sequoia Capital India (in-house)

Innovation in Strategy and Talent

Pinsent Masons
Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Japan (in-house)

Innovation in New Business and Service Delivery Models

Rajah & Tann Asia
DBS Bank (in-house)

Innovation in New Products and Services


Innovation in Dispute Resolution


Innovation in Driving Value

• Joint winners: Ashurst and WongPartnership
Lazada (in-house)

Innovation in Enabling Business Growth

Herbert Smith Freehills
Go-Jek (in-house)

Innovation in Managing Complexity and Scale

Ropes & Gray (Internationally headquartered firms)

DSK Legal (Asia Pacific headquartered firms)

Silk Road Fund (in-house)

Innovation in Accessing New Markets and Capital

Pinsent Masons (Internationally headquartered firms)

DFDL (Asia Pacific headquartered firms)

HKEX (in-house)

Spotlight on Australia

• Innovation in Legal Expertise: MinterEllison

• Innovation in Legal Expertise (in-house): REA Group

• Innovation in Business of Law: King & Wood Mallesons

• Innovation in Business of Law (in-house): Westpac

• Legal Innovator: Lesley Hitchens, University of Technology Sydney

• Legal Leader: Sue Kench, King & Wood Mallesons

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