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Welcome to the ALB Japan Law Awards 2020! 


Date:   24 September 2020, Thursday
Other details will be provided soon.
Asian Legal Business (ALB) is proud to present the 16th Annual ALB Japan Law Awards 2020! These prestigious awards will pay tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams in Japan and around the region.
As health and safety of our participants are our priority, after careful consideration, the awards will be hosted virtually this year on 24 September 2020.
ALB has been closely monitoring Japan's health environment and protocols in relation to COVID-19 and we understand the need to respond with increasing care and responsibility, both towards the Japan legal community as well as the guests from other cities who are planning to travel for the event. With social distancing being widely implemented to abate the spread of COVID-19, hosting events online would definitely eliminate the anxiety brought by physical contact at the venue.
Continuous connection is especially important in these uncertain times, and we are determined to keep ALB’s commitment in delivering the finest event experience to the legal community.
Let us celebrate ALB’s first-ever virtual awards ceremony together at the comfort of our homes with our favorite food and drinks! We will deliver the latest updates of the online event here. Stay tuned!
Contact Harmony Tam at or +852 2841 5783 to receive the most up-to-date event information.
Looking to meet potential clients and get extra publicity across the region? Contact 
Amantha at or +65 6870 3917.





1. Debt Market Deal of the Year
2. Equity Market Deal of the Year 
3. M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize) 
4. M&A Deal of the Year (Premium) 
5. Project Finance Deal of the Year
6. Real Estate Deal of the Year 
7. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year 


1. Dealmaker of the Year 
2. Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
3. Foreign Lawyer of the Year 
4. In-House Lawyer of the Year 
5. Managing Partner of the Year 
6. Woman Lawyer of the Year
7. Young Lawyer of the Year


1. Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year 
2. Compliance and Risk Management In-House Team of the Year (NEW!)
3. Innovative In-House Team of the Year 
4. Manufacturing and Trade In-House Team of the Year 
5. Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year 
6. Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year (NEW!)
7. Japan In-House Team of the Year


1. Antitrust and Competition Law Firm of the Year
2. Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year 
3. Boutique Law Firm of the Year 
4. Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year
5. Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year 
6. International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 
7. International Deal Firm of the Year 
8. International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
9. Investment Fund Law Firm of the Year 
10. Japan Deal Firm of the Year 
11. Japan Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
12. Japan Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Year 
13. Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year 
14. Litigation Law Firm of the Year 
15. Maritime Law Firm of the Year 
16. Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year -
17. Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 
18. Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year 
19. Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year 
20. Rising Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
21. Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year 
22. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year (NEW!)
23. Japan Law Firm of the Year


                           SUBMISSION FORMS :                          

Research Methodology Summary

 Submission Forms 

Individual Categories | In-House Categories | Deal Categories 

Firm Category - Japan Law Firm of the Year

Firm Category - Japan Deal Firm of the Year or International Deal Firm of the Year

Firm Categories - All Other Firm Categories

 - Download all files in .zip -


                            IMPORTANT DATES :                          
Opening of submissions | February 14, 2020
Deadline of submissions  | April 27, 2020
Online announcement of finalists | TBC
Awards ceremony | September 24, 2020


                SUBMISSION INQUIRIES                       

Harmony Tam
Events Researcher 
Phone: +852 2841 5783




Judging panel will be announced in August 2020.



Announcement date of the finalists to be confirmed.



Winners for the awards will be posted on 25th September 2020.





Harmony Tam

Events Researcher 

Phone: +852 2841 5783




 Amantha Chia

Director, Legal Media Group, Asia & Emerging Markets

Phone: +65 6870 3917









How do I know if I am eligible to make a submission? 

We highly encourage all firms, individuals and in-house teams to submit, as we have numerous award categories to choose from. We welcome both past participants and newcomers to join the submission for the awards. 

Is self-nomination permitted?

Yes, we accept self-nominated submissions. We also accept third-party submissions, should you wish to nominate an external party or vice versa.

Is there a fee required to make a submission in the law awards?

No, there is no fee payment required for you or your firm/team to make a submission. 


When will the finalists and winners be announced?

The shortlist of finalists will be released around 4-8 weeks prior to the awards ceremony. The winners will be exclusively announced during the virtual awards ceremony on 24th September 2020.

When do the submissions open? When is the deadline to submit?

For any questions relating to submissions and deadlines, please contact


How are the finalists chosen?

Asian Legal Business will compile all of the submission entries, and the ALB editorial and research teams will extensively review each submission to ensure the criteria are met in order to advance to the shortlist of finalists. We stress that this process is fair, impartial and not subject to external influences. 

How are the winners chosen? 

Once the shortlist of finalists have been announced, an independent judging panel will review and select their top three choices for the award categories they are assigned to. The scores for each award category will be tabulated, and the individual/firm/team with the highest score will be announced as the winner. 

What are the award categories that I can take part in?

Any law firms, in-house teams or individuals may take part in multiple award categories if appropriate. The researchers reserve the right to move entries from one category to another if they feel it appropriate. The researchers’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. 

Who will be on the judging panel for ALB Japan Law Awards 2020? 

There will be an independent judging panel of at least 25 senior and expert legal industry leaders to review the submission materials. The judging panel will be selected on the basis of their expertise and knowledge, and will be comprised from various sectors to correspond to the diverse list of award categories. A partial list of judges’ names will be released prior to the awarding ceremony, and the remaining judges will be revealed on the evening of the awards. 

What will my contact information/my client’s information be used for?

All contact information provided will not be disclosed to external parties; and will only be seen by our ALB research team and the judges panel. We keep the information on record internally, in case we need to contact you or your client regarding any questions or discrepancies in the submission form. 

Where will my name/firm name/team name be published if we are a finalist or winner?

As a finalist and/or winner, your firm/team/individual name will be published in ALB awards materials and print magazine. For more information, please contact us.

Is my submission confidential?

Any information you submit will only be reviewed by the ALB team and independent judging panel, whose names will be published. The material submitted will only be disclosed to the above; if there is any information that is strictly confidential, please mark clearly on the nomination form. Though we do our best to maintain the security of the information you provide, any information you transmit to us is done at your own risk and Thomson Reuters is not responsible for any unauthorized transmission of information.  


I would like to sponsor the ALB Law Awards.

Please contact or (+65) 6870 3917 for further details regarding sponsorship. 

I am interested in being an official partner of the ALB Law Awards, as a media/legal association.  

Please contact or call +852 2841 5783.

My practice area or specialty is not listed, but I would like to participate in the Awards.

Please get in touch with our ALB Law Awards research team at or call +852 2841 5783.

Can I participate in Awards across the region?

Yes, you can participate in more than one market. Please note there may be specific criteria for each market.

Who should attend the Awards Ceremony? Can I attend?

We welcome all finalists and non-finalists to join the Awards Ceremony; please contact or (+65) 6870 3917.

I would like to order a winner’s trophy and/or certificate (for finalists and winners).

Please contact or (+65) 6870 3917.

How can I receive communications related to the ALB Law Awards?

Please email to subscribe to the ALB mailing list. 


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