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    Welcome to the ALB Japan Law Awards 2024!

    Date:    Wednesday, 12 June 2024
    Time:    6:30 pm Cocktail session
    Venue:  The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, 2/F Grand Ballroom
                 9 Chome-7-1 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo

    The 20th annual ALB Japan Law Awards 2024 will be hosted in Tokyo on June 12th, 2024. The event is a celebration of the top legal practitioners and firms in Japan, recognizing their achievements and contributions to the industry. Attendees can expect an evening of networking and recognition as the best in the industry are honored for their hard work and success. Join us for a night of recognition, celebration, and inspiration.

    If you or your firm have made a significant impact in the legal industry in Japan, this is the perfect platform to showcase your success. 


    For queries regarding submissions and event
    Write us to: Albawards@thomsonreuters.com

    For questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact.
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    The ALB Japan Law Awards 2024 will recognize the top legal professionals and firms across the following categories:


    Debt Market Deal of the Year
    Equity Market Deal of the Year
    M&A Deal of the Year (Midsize)
    M&A Deal of the Year (Premium)
    Project Finance Deal of the Year
    Real Estate Deal of the Year
    Technology, Media and Telecommunications Deal of the Year 


    Dealmaker of the Year
    Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
    Foreign Lawyer of the Year
    In-House Lawyer of the Year
    Managing Partner of the Year
    Woman Lawyer of the Year 
    Young Lawyer of the Year


    Healthcare and Pharmaceutical In-House Team of the Year 
    Innovative In-House Team of the Year
    Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
    Retail and Manufacturing In-House Team of the Year (NEW)
    Japan In-House Team of the Year


    Antitrust and Competition Law Firm of the Year 
    Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year 
    Boutique Law Firm of the Year
    Capital Markets Law Firm of the Year 
    Energy and Resources Law Firm of the Year 
    ESG and Sustainability Law Firm of the Year 
    Healthcare and Life Sciences Law Firm of the Year 
    International Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 
    International Deal Firm of the Year 
    International Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
    Investment Fund Law Firm of the Year 
    Japan Deal Firm of the Year 
    Japan Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
    Japan Practice Asian Firm of the Year (NEW)
    Japan Practice Foreign Law Firm of the Year 
    Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year 
    Litigation Law Firm of the Year 
    Maritime Law Firm of the Year (NEW)
    Overseas Practice Law Firm of the Year 
    Private Equity Law Firm of the Year 
    Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 
    Regulatory and Compliance Law Firm of the Year 
    Restructuring and Insolvency Law Firm of the Year
    Rising Law Firm of the Year 
    Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year 
    Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
    Japan Law Firm of the Year

          IMPORTANT DATES          

    Submission Opening 12 February 2024
    Submission Deadline Extended 29 March 2024
    Finalists Announcement Mid of April
    Awards Ceremony June 12, 2024

             SUBMISSION FORMS          

    Submissions for this years awards are closed.

    For queries regarding submissions and event
    Write us to: Albawards@thomsonreuters.com. (Subject line - ALB Japan Law Awards 2024 - Submissions/Sponsorship - ABC law firm)

             SUBMISSION APPLICATION FEE          

    In-House applicants are not subject to any application fees.

    However, for Law Firm applicants, a nominal USD 30 application fee per submission is applicable, payable upon submission. To facilitate the payment process, kindly select the quantity corresponding to your submitted entries and proceed with secure credit card payment. 


    Stay tuned for updates! This section will be refreshed with the latest information once the finalists are announced.

    If you wish to nominate someone for the judging panel, please write to Tracy Li on tracy.li@thomsonreuters.com.


    Stay tuned for updates! 

    Meanwhile, if you have any questions about awards nominations, feel free to reach out to us at albawards@thomsonreuters.com.


    The winners will be revealed at the awards night on June 12, 2024, at The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo. Get ready for an exciting celebration of legal excellence!



    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?

    Each submission for the law awards must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of USD $30 which will go towards helping ALB process your submission for the purpose of judging. The application fee must be received by the submission deadline in order for the submission to be considered for the award. The payment of the application fee does not guarantee that the submission will be shortlisted for an award. Note this is only applicable for law firms.


    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 at the awards ceremony on June 2024.


    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 five 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. ALB reserve the right to move entries from one category to another if such a change is considered appropriate. ALB’s decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into.

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

    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?

    The submission information will be provided to the independent judging panel, for the judging purpose only, 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 Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or (+65) 6973 8258 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 tracy.li@thomsonreuters.com.

    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 Albawards@thomsonreuters.com.

    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.

    What happens if the winner of a category is not able to attend the ceremony? 

    The award will be given to the highest-scoring firm, department or individual in attendance at the ceremony. 


    Note: We encourage finalists to attend the awards ceremony. The results of the Awards will be announced on the night of the ceremony, and the trophy will be given to the highest-scoring firm, department or individual in attendance at the ceremony. We congratulate all finalists and encourage you to attend the ceremony to celebrate your achievements together.

    Who should attend the Awards Ceremony? Can I attend?

    We welcome all finalists and non-finalists to join the Awards Ceremony; please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or (+65) 6973 8258.

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

    Please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or (+65) 6973 8258.

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

    Please email tracy.li@thomsonreuters.com to subscribe to the ALB mailing list. 


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     The ALB Law Awards are the pre-eminent legal awards in Asia-Pacific, held annually in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, the Philippines and China. The Awards are comprised of months of intensive research and culminate in a black-tie Awarding Ceremony in each of the markets. We cordially invite you to take part in these prestigious awards and celebrate.






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