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2019 Asia Tax Awards: The winners

28 May 2019

Anjana Haines

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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.


National awards


Australia Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

> Baker McKenzie
> Deloitte
> DLA Piper
> EY
> Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills and Herbert Smith Freehills
> 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

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

Cambodia Tax Firm of the Year

DFDL

> Deloitte
> VDB Loi

Cambodia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

DFDL

> Deloitte
> VDB Loi

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 Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> Baker McKenzie
> KPMG

Indonesia Tax 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
> Nagashima Ohn & Tsunematsu
> 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

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)

Pakistan Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

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 Policy Firm of the Year

EY

> Baker McKenzie
> Deloitte
> Dhruva Advisors
> KPMG
> PwC
> Yulchon
> Yoon & Yang

Asia Tax Compliance & Reporting Firm of the Year

KPMG

> Baker McKenzie
> Deloitte
> EY
> PwC
> Russel McVeagh

Asia Tax Technology Firm of the Year

KPMG

> BDO
> Deloitte
> EY

Asia Tax Innovator of the Year

KPMG

> Deloitte
> EY
> PwC
> Yoon & Yang

Global Executive Mobility Tax Team of the Year

Minter Ellison

> Deloitte
> EY
> KPMG

US Corporate Tax Team of the Year in Asia

Baker McKenzie

> EY
> KPMG

Asia Best Newcomer of the Year

Transfer Pricing Solutions

> Transaction Square (India)
> Shah V G & Co (India)

Withholding Tax Team of the Year

KPMG

> Baker McKenzie
> Dhruva Advisors
> Deloitte
> EY

Asia Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

KPMG

> Advaita Legal
> Deloitte
> EY
> GNV
> Grant Thornton
> MinterEllison
> Yulchon

Asia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

KPMG

> Deloitte
> EY
> MinterEllison
> PwC

International Tax Law Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

> Ashurst
> DLA Piper
> Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills and Herbert Smith Freehills

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 Tax Firm of the Year

EY

> Baker McKenzie
> Deloitte
> Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills and Herbert Smith Freehills
> KPMG


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 and 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 and 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






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