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In-House Community Counsel of the Year Awards

Eversheds, Heba Ali, Lenovo, Intel and Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. claim top honours at inaugural In-House Community Counsel of the Year Awards

HONG KONG, 27 May 2016 – In-House Community today announced the winners of its inaugural regional Counsel of the Year Awards, following an exclusive ceremony at Hong Kong Jockey Club last night. The awards bring together the cream of the legal industry in Asia and recognise achievement across a range of categories, including dedication, innovation, efficiency and value, integration, encouragement and improvement and corporate social responsibility and diversity.

  • Heba Ali and Lenovo Middle East and Africa joint winners of In-House Counsel of the Year
  • Eversheds awarded legal services Visionary Firm of the Year
  • International Legal Team of the Year (Asia) won by Intel
  • Asian Legal Team of the Year won by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.
  • Christopher Lee of Christopher & Lee Ong in association with Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP announced as Individual External Counsel of the Year

38 Asian and Middle East in-house teams and one individual in-house lawyer received awards to what is informally referred to as “the Oscars of the legal industry”. 

The overall winning In-House Team and In-House Counsel awards were judged by a hand-picked panel which included Stephen Maloy, Former GC and Senior Counsel at General Electric (GE) Asia Pacific, Sue Lynn Koo, former Head of Legal, Compliance and Secretariat for DBS Group, David Miles, Chair of Asia Community Venture and Former Chair of Asia Latham & Watkins and Kirsty Dougan, Head of Asia for Axiom and Former Senior Regional Counsel for Diageo. 

Commenting on the awards, Patrick Dransfield, Co-Director of In-House Community said, “We are delighted to announce these awards and extend our congratulations to the winners, who are together ensuring the legal industry continues to develop and evolve for the benefit of businesses in Asia. While winning is obviously important, the true purpose of the awards is to help forge a benchmark of best practice and celebrate the vital contribution that in-house legal departments make to our industry and our region.”


A full list of the winners follows:

Industry / Awards


Budget Management

Daimler Greater China Ltd.


Alibaba Group

Knowledge Management

3M Asia Pacific

Wockhardt Limited


Tyco International plc

Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.

Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd.



Equality & Diversity

Pfizer Inc.

Change Management


GlaxoSmithKline Pte. Ltd.

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited

Small Legal Team

Far East Organization

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance Co., Ltd.


Corporate Social Responsibility

Owens Corning (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Singapore Telecommunications Limited

Lenovo Middle East and Africa


Asian Development Bank


CK Hutchison Holding Limited

Technology Sector


Sony (China) Limited

Financial Services (ex-Banking)

Haitong International Securities Group Limited

Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.

Online Services


Manufacturing & Engineering

China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC)

Energy & Natural Resources

Sime Darby Berhad

ABB (China) Limited

ABB United Arab Emirates and Oversight Countries

Life Science & Pharma

Sanofi (China) Investment Co., Ltd.

Sanofi Group Indonesia

Property & Infrastructure

Manila Electric Company (MERALCO)

MTR Corporations Limited


Singapore Telecommunications Limited

Travel & Entertainment

Hyatt International – Asia Pacific, Limited

Travelport AFMESA


Sun Life Malaysia Assurance Berhad

Equality & Diversity Firm of the Year

Reed Smith

Deal Firm of the Year

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Most Responsive Firm of the Year

Baker & McKenzie

External Counsel of the Year

Christopher Lee

Christopher & Lee Ong in association with Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Visionary Firm of the Year

Legal Services


Middle Eastern Legal Team of the Year

Travelport AFMESA

International Legal Team of the Year

Middle East


Asian Legal Team of the Year

Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.

Industry / Awards                                                     


International Legal Team of the Year



In- House Counsel of the Year

Heba Ali

Lenovo Middle East and Africa


About In-House Community

The mission of the In-House Community is to strengthen legal and ethical compliance for the benefit of all.   

In-House Community , founded by Pacific Business Press Ltd, is a voluntary membership of over 20,023 in-house lawyers and those with a responsibility for legal and compliance issues. It is the professional and social network for in-house legal and compliance professionals.  

Over the last 15 years, In-House Community has built, maintained and supported through our 16 annual In-House CongressTM and Symposium events and Thought Leaders’ Forums, Asian-mena Counsel TM magazine and Weekly Briefing e-update, and the online resources at


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