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2019 Asia Tax Awards: The winners

Singapore - Large

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

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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

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KPMG

> Baker McKenzie

> Deloitte

> DLA Piper

> EY

> Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills and Herbert Smith Freehills

> MinterEllison

Australia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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MinterEllison

> KPMG

> Transfer Pricing Solutions Australia

Australia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

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Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills and Herbert Smith Freehills

> Ashurst

> KPMG

> MinterEllison

China Tax Firm of the Year

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EY

> Baker McKenzie

> Deloitte

> DLA Piper

> KPMG

China Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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KPMG

> Baker McKenzie

> EY

China Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

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EY

> Baker McKenzie

> KPMG

Cambodia Tax Firm of the Year

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DFDL

> Deloitte

> VDB Loi

Cambodia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

DFDL

> Deloitte

> VDB Loi

Hong Kong Tax Firm of the Year

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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

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Dhruva Advisors

> Advaita Legal

> Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

> BDO India

> Deloitte

> ELP Law

> EY

> KPMG

India Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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Deloitte

> Advaita Legal

> Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

> ELP Law

> EY

> KPMG

> Nangia Advisors

> SKP

India Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

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Advaita Legal

> Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

> Deloitte

> Dhruva Advisors

> EY

> KPMG

> Nangia Advisors

> SKP

Indonesia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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Deloitte

> Baker McKenzie

> KPMG

>TaxPrime

Indonesia Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> KPMG

> TaxPrime

Indonesia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

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Baker McKenzie

> Deloitte

> EY

> KPMG

Japan Tax Firm of the Year

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EY

> Baker McKenzie

> DLA Piper

> KPMG

> Nagashima Ohn & Tsunematsu

> Withers Worldwide

Japan Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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Baker McKenzie

> Deloitte

> DLA Piper

Japan Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

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KPMG

> Baker McKenzie

> DLA Piper

Malaysia Tax Firm of the Year

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Deloitte

> PwC

> EY

> KPMG

> Shearn Delamore & Co

Malaysia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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EY

> Deloitte

> KPMG

> Wong & Partners

Malaysia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

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KPMG

> Deloitte

> EY

> Shearn Delamore & Co

Myanmar Tax Firm of the Year

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VDB Loi

> DFDL

> EY

> KPMG

New Zealand Tax Firm of the Year

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Russell McVeagh

> Chapman Tripp

> Deloitte

> EY

> KPMG

New Zealand Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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KPMG

> Deloitte

> EY

> Russell McVeagh

New Zealand Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

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Russell McVeagh

> Ben Gully

> Deloitte

> EY Law

> KPMG

Philippines Tax Firm of the Year

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Quisumbing Torres (Baker McKenzie)

> KPMG RGM&Co

> Navarro Amper & Co (Deloitte)

Philippines Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co (EY)

> KPMG RGM&Co

> Navarro Amper & Co (Deloitte)

Philippines Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

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ZGLaw

> BDB Law

> KPMG RGM&Co

> Navarro Amper & Co (Deloitte)

> SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co (EY)

Pakistan Tax Firm of the Year

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KPMG

Singapore Tax Firm of the Year

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Deloitte

> Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

> Dentons Rodyk & Davidson

> EY

> KPMG

Singapore Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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KPMG

> EY

> Grant Thornton

> Transfer Pricing Solutions

Singapore Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

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Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

> Deloitte

> EY

> KPMG

South Korea Tax Firm of the Year

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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

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Kim & Chang

> Deloitte

> KPMG

> Yoon & Yang

> Yulchon

Sri Lanka Tax Firm of the Year

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KPMG

Taiwan Tax Firm of the Year

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EY

> Deloitte

> KPMG

Taiwan Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

> Deloitte

> KPMG

Taiwan Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

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Deloitte

> EY

> KPMG

Thailand Tax Firm of the Year

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KPMG

> Deloitte

> DFDL

Thailand Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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Deloitte

> Baker McKenzie

> KPMG

Thailand Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Deloitte

> KPMG

Vietnam Tax Firm of the Year

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KPMG

> Baker McKenzie

> Deloitte

> DFDL

Vietnam Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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PwC

> Deloitte

> DFDL

> EY

> KPMG

Vietnam Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

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Baker McKenzie

> Deloitte

> EY

> KPMG

> PwC


Regional awards


Asia Tax Transactions Firm of the Year

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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

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EY

> Baker McKenzie

> Deloitte

> Dhruva Advisors

> KPMG

> PwC

> Yulchon

> Yoon & Yang

Asia Tax Compliance & Reporting Firm of the Year

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KPMG

> Baker McKenzie

> Deloitte

> EY

> PwC

> Russel McVeagh

Asia Tax Technology Firm of the Year

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KPMG

> BDO

> Deloitte

> EY

Asia Tax Innovator of the Year

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KPMG

> Deloitte

> EY

> PwC

> Yoon & Yang

Global Executive Mobility Tax Team of the Year

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Minter Ellison

> Deloitte

> EY

> KPMG

US Corporate Tax Team of the Year in Asia

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Baker McKenzie

> EY

> KPMG

Asia Best Newcomer of the Year

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Transfer Pricing Solutions

> Transaction Square (India)

> Shah V G & Co (India)

Withholding Tax Team of the Year

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KPMG

> Baker McKenzie

> Dhruva Advisors

> Deloitte

> EY

Asia Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

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KPMG

> Advaita Legal

> Deloitte

> EY

> GNV

> Grant Thornton

> MinterEllison

> Yulchon

Asia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

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KPMG

> Deloitte

> EY

> MinterEllison

> PwC

International Tax Law Firm of the Year

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Baker McKenzie

> Ashurst

> DLA Piper

> Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills and Herbert Smith Freehills

Asia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

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KPMG

> Baker McKenzie

> Deloitte

> EY

> Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills and Herbert Smith Freehills

> Kim & Chang

> PwC

> Yulchon

Asia Tax Firm of the Year

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EY

> Baker McKenzie

> Deloitte

> Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills and Herbert Smith Freehills

> KPMG


In-house awards


In-house Transfer Pricing Team of the Year

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Tencent Holdings

> DBS Bank

> Discovery Communications India

> Infosys

In-house Tax Team of the Year

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Infosys

> Discovery Communications India

> DBS Bank

> GNV Consulting Services

> Walmart India

In-house Tax Director of the Year

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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

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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

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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

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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

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> 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

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> 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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