Copying and distributing are prohibited without permission of the publisher

2019 Asia Tax Awards: The winners

09 May 2019

Dan Barabas

Email a friend
  • Please enter a maximum of 5 recipients. Use ; to separate more than one email address.


The winners of International Tax Review’s 2019 Asia Tax Awards have been announced.

Professional services firm EY was awarded Asia Tax Firm of the Year, with KPMG crowned as Asia’s Transfer Pricing and Disputes and Litigation Firm of the Year.

A total of 18 jurisdictions were celebrated in ITR’s national, regional and leader awards at a three-course gala dinner at the Marina Mandarin in Singapore on Thursday, May 9 2019.

While professional services firms dominated the awards, law firm Baker McKenzie emerged as a challenger to tax advisory and litigation work in Asia, and was crowned International Tax Law Firm of the Year in Asia.

Shortlisted firms were assessed according to three primary metrics: transactional value, complexity, and innovation for matters completed between January 1 2018 to December 31 2018.

A full list of the winners are listed below. Winners are listed first in italics, followed by the shortlist.

 

National Awards

Australia Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills, and Herbert Smith Freehills

EY

MinterEllison

 

Australia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

MinterEllison

KPMG

Transfer Pricing Solutions Australia

 

Australia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills, and Herbert Smith Freehills

Ashurst

KPMG

MinterEllison

 

Cambodia Tax Firm of the Year

DFDL

Deloitte

VDB Loi

 

Cambodia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

DFDL

Deloitte

VDB Loi

 

China Tax Firm of the Year

EY

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

KPMG

 

China Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

KPMG

Baker McKenzie

EY

 

China Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

EY

Baker McKenzie

KPMG

 

Hong Kong Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

 

Hong Kong Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

KPMG

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

 

Hong Kong Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

KPMG

Baker McKenzie

EY

 

India Tax Firm of the Year

Dhruva Advisors

Advaita Legal

Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

BDO India

Deloitte

ELP Law

EY

KPMG

 

India Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Advaita Legal

Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

ELP Law

EY

KPMG

Nangia Advisors

SKP

 

India Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Advaita Legal

Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

Deloitte

Dhruva Advisors

EY

KPMG

Nangia Advisors

SKP

 

Indonesia Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Baker McKenzie

KPMG

 

Indonesia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

KPMG

TaxPrime

 

Indonesia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

 

Japan Tax Firm of the Year

EY

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

KPMG

NOT

Withers Worldwide

 

Japan Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

 

Japan Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

KPMG

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

 

Malaysia Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

PwC

EY

KPMG

Shearn Delamore & Co

 

Malaysia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

Deloitte

KPMG

Wong & Partners

 

Malaysia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

KPMG

Deloitte

EY

Shearn Delamore & Co

 

Myanmar Tax Firm of the Year

VDB Loi

DFDL

EY

KPMG

 

New Zealand Tax Firm of the Year

Russell McVeagh

Chapman Tripp

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

 

New Zealand Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

KPMG

Deloitte

EY

Russell McVeagh

 

New Zealand Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Russell McVeagh

Ben Gully

Deloitte

EY Law

KPMG

 

Pakistan Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

 

Philippines Tax Firm of the Year

Quisumbing Torres (Baker McKenzie)

KPMG RGM & Co

Navarro Amper & Co (Deloitte)

 

Philippines Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co (EY)

KPMG RGM & Co

Navarro Amper & Co (Deloitte)

 

Philippines Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

ZGLaw

BDB Law

KPMG RGM & Co

Navarro Amper & Co (Deloitte)

SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co (EY)

 

Singapore Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Dentons Rodyk & Davidson

EY

KPMG

 

Singapore Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

KPMG

EY

Grant Thornton

Transfer Pricing Solutions

 

Singapore Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

 

South Korea Tax Firm of the Year

Yoon & Yang

Deloitte

Kim & Chang

KPMG

Yulchon

 

South Korea Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Yoon & Yang

Deloitte

Kim & Chang

KPMG

Yulchon

 

South Korea Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Kim & Chang

Deloitte

KPMG

Yoon & Yang

Yulchon

 

Sri Lanka Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

 

Taiwan Tax Firm of the Year

EY

Deloitte

KPMG

 

Taiwan Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

Deloitte

KPMG

 

Taiwan Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

 

Thailand Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

Deloitte

DFDL

 

Thailand Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Baker McKenzie

KPMG

 

Thailand Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Deloitte

KPMG

 

Vietnam Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DFDL

 

Vietnam Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

PwC

Deloitte

DFDL

EY

KPMG

 

Vietnam Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

PwC

 

Regional Awards

Asia Tax Transactions Firm of the Year

EY

Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Dentons Rodyk

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills, and Herbert Smith Freehills

KPMG

PwC

 

Asia Tax Technology Firm of the Year

KPMG

BDO

Deloitte

EY

 

US Corporate Tax Team of the Year in Asia

Baker McKenzie

EY

KPMG

 

Asia Tax Policy Firm of the Year

EY

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Dhruva Advisors

KPMG

PwC

Yulchon

Yoon & Yang

 

Asia Tax Innovator of the Year

KPMG

Deloitte

EY

PwC

Yoon & Yang

 

Asia Best Newcomer of the Year

Transfer Pricing Solutions

Transaction Square (Inda)

Shah V G & Co (India)

 

Asia Tax Compliance & Reporting Firm of the Year

KPMG

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

PwC

Russel McVeagh

 

Global Executive Mobility Tax Team of the Year

Minter Ellison

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

 

Withholding Tax Team of the Year

KPMG

Baker McKenzie

Dhruva Advisors

Deloitte

EY

 

International Tax Law Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Ashurst

DLA Piper

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills, and Herbert Smith Freehills

 

In-house Awards

In-house Transfer Pricing Team of the Year

Tencent Holdings

DBS Bank

Discovery Communications India

Infosys

 

In-house Tax Team of the Year

Infosys

Discovery Communications India

DBS Bank

GNV Consulting Services

Walmart India

 

In-house Tax Director of the Year

Ben Choy, Tencent Holdings

Ivan Budiarnawan, PT Astra International

Umang Dhingra, Discovery Communications India

Sunil Kumar Dhareshwar, Infosys

Mukhlis Ishak, PT Freeport Indonesia

 

Leaders Awards

Asia Tax Disputes & Litigation Practice Leader of the Year

Angela Wood, KPMG Australia

Yun Heui Cho, Yulchon

Leung Yew Kwong, KPMG Singapore

Ji Soo Lee, Kim & Chang

Carmen McElwain, MinterEllison

Ponti Partogi, Baker McKenzie

Steven Sieker, Baker McKenzie

Tori Sullivan, EY Law Ltd

 

Asia Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

Luis Coronado, EY

Yong Whan Choi, Yulchon

Kaoru Fukazawa, Deloitte Tohmatsu

Hitesh Gajaria, KPMG India

Charles Oetomo, GNV Consulting Services

Shannon Smit, Transfer Pricing Solutions

Geoffrey Soh, KPMG Singapore

Masaki Yamada, Deloitte Tohmatsu

 

Asia Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Edmund Leow, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson

Woo Hyun Baik, Kim & Chang

Carlo Franchina, KPMG Australia

Dinesh Kanabar, Dhruva Advisors

Brendan Kelly, Baker McKenzie

Kyu Dong Kim, Yulchon

Edmund Leow, Dentons Rodyk & Davidson

Khoon Ming, KPMG China

Jack Sheehan, DFDL

Regional Impact Cases of the Year

Substantial GAAR panel challenge win for taxpayer: KPMG Australia

Completion of one of the largest and longest tax litigation disputes in Australia: Ashurst Australia

Indonesian mine tax reassessment: Baker McKenzie Indonesia

Landmark application of product sharing contract transfer tax on cross border M&A transactions in the oil & gas industry: Deloitte Indonesia

Tax exemption criteria clarification and defence for major cryptocurrency platform: Yoon & Yang South Korea

Tax clarification on pension funds investing overseas: KPMG Japan

Requirements for qualified spin-offs in South Korea, resulting in largest tax assessment in Korean history: Kim & Chang

Secured no WHT treatment for global software company in Japan: EY Japan

Tax policy development for Labuan International Insurance Association Malaysia: Deloitte Malaysia

Tax avoidance and interest deductions in Frucor Suntory New Zealand v CIR: Bell Gully

Regional Impact Deals of the Year

Takeda acquisition of Shire: Ashurst; Linklaters; Davis Polk & Wardwell; Slaughter and May

Walmart acquisition of Flipkart: Allen & Gledhill; Dentons Rodyk & Davidson; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Gunderson Dettmer; Hogan Lovells; Khaitan & Co; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Hitachi acquisition of ABB’s power grids business: Baker McKenzie; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Unilever acquisition of Horlicks nutrition business: Baker McKenzie; Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Unibail acquisition of Westfield: Allens; Clifford Chance; Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier; Debevoise & Plimpton; Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills; King & Wood Mallesons; Lacourte Raquin Tatar; Loyens & Loeff; NautaDutilh; Shearman & Sterling; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Coles demerger from Wesfarmers: Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

Renesas acquisition of Integrated Device Technology: Covington & Burling; Latham & Watkins; Morrison & Foerster; Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Merger of Vodafone India with Idea Cellular: DMD Advocats; EY; Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas; Slaughter and May; S&R Associates; Vaish Associates

China Tower IPO: Clifford Chance; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Global Logistics Properties IPO: Allen & Overy

Vinhomes IPO: Allen & Overy; Latham & Watkins; VILAF 

The Regional Awards

Asia Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

Advaita Legal

Deloitte

EY

GNV

Grant Thornton

MinterEllison

Yulchon

 

Asia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

KPMG

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills, and Herbert Smith Freehills

Kim & Chang

PwC

Yulchon

 

Asia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

KPMG

Deloitte

EY

MinterEllison

PwC

 

Asia Tax Firm of the Year

EY

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills, and Herbert Smith Freehills

KPMG






International Correspondents