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Asia Tax Awards 2018: Winners announced

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Firms, individuals and companies across the Asia-Pacific region shared prizes at the Asia Tax Awards in Singapore on May 3 2018.

Tencent Group, the Chinese multinational specialising in internet-related services and products, entertainment, AI and technology, won the award for Asia in-house tax team of the year, with Indian IT multinational, Infosys, winning the equivalent award for transfer pricing. Umang Dhingra, associate director of tax at Discovery Communications India, was named as Asia in-house tax director of the year.

Yazeed Mohamed, the Maldives Tax Commissioner won the award for Asia Tax Commissioner of the Year in recognition of his work on SMEs, training the leaders of tomorrow and digitalising tax filing in the Maldives.

Among the firms, KPMG led the way with 21 awards, building on its success in 2017 where it won 13 awards. Among the other big four, Deloitte and EY also won 20 awards between them.

The other firms to win more than one award were Du-Baladad and Associates (BDB Law), DFDL, Dhruva Advisors, Kim & Chang, MinterEllison, Shearn Delamore & Co, and Yulchon.

The individual awards for practitioners went to:

  • Allen Tan of Baker McKenzie (Asia Tax Practice Leader of the Year);

  • Joanne Su of EY (Asia Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year); and

  • Seok Hoon Kang of Yulchon (Asia Tax Disputes & Litigation Practice Leader of the Year).

The awards were held at the Mandarin Orchard Hotel in Singapore on May 3. Companies, firms and individuals had to the opportunity between November and January to make submissions to be considered for the awards. The shortlists were selected by International Tax Review.

Read about who was nominated here.

ITR Asia Tax Awards 2018

FINALISTS (winners in bold)

National Awards

Australia Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

Ashurst

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

Herbert Smith Freehills and Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

KPMG

MinterEllison



Australia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Grant Thornton Australia

KPMG

MinterEllison

Transfer Pricing Solutions Australia



Australia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Herbert Smith Freehills and Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

KPMG

MinterEllison



Cambodia Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

DFDL

Sciaroni & Associates

VDB Loi



Cambodia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Deloitte

DFDL



China Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

KPMG



China Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

KPMG



China Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

EY

KPMG



Hong Kong Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

KPMG



Hong Kong Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

KPMG



Hong Kong Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG



India Tax Firm of the Year

Advaita Legal

Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

Deloitte

Dhruva Advisors

KPMG

Nangia & Co

SKP



India Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Advaita Legal

Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

Deloitte

KPMG

SKP



India Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Advaita Legal

Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

Deloitte

Dhruva Advisors

Khaitan & Co

KPMG

SKP



Indonesia Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

GNV Consulting Services

Hadiputranto, Hadinoto & Partners

KPMG



Indonesia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

GNV Consulting Services

KPMG



Indonesia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Deloitte

GNV Consulting Services

KPMG



Japan Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

KPMG



Japan Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY



Malaysia Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

Shearn Delamore & Co

Wong & Partners



Malaysia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

Wong & Partners



Malaysia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

Shearn Delamore & Co

Wong & Partners



Myanmar Tax Firm of the Year

DFDL

EY



New Zealand Tax Firm of the Year

Bell Gully

Chapman Tripp

Deloitte

KPMG

Russell McVeagh



New Zealand Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Bell Gully

Deloitte

KPMG



New Zealand Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

KPMG

Russell McVeagh



Pakistan Tax Firm of the Year

Grant Thornton

KPMG



Pakistan Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Grant Thornton

KPMG



Philippines Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

KPMG

Quisumbing Torres



Philippines Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co (EY)

RG Manabat & Co (KPMG)



Philippines Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Du-Baladad and Associates (BDB Law)

KPMG

Quisumbing Torres



Singapore Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Deloitte

EY

KPMG



Singapore Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Deloitte

EY

Grant Thornton

KPMG

Transfer Pricing Solutions Asia (Singapore)



Singapore Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Deloitte

KPMG

Rajah & Tann Singapore



South Korea Tax Firm of the Year

Bae, Kim & Lee

Deloitte

Kim & Chang

KPMG

Yulchon



South Korea Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Kim & Chang

KPMG

Yulchon



South Korea Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Bae, Kim & Lee

Deloitte

Kim & Chang

KPMG

Yulchon



Sri Lanka Tax Firm of the Year

BDO

Julius & Creasy

KPMG

Nithya Partners



Sri Lanka Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

KPMG

Nithya Partners



Taiwan Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG



Taiwan Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG



Taiwan Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG



Thailand Tax Firm of the Year

DFDL

KPMG

Tilleke & Gibbins



Thailand Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

KPMG



Thailand Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

KPMG



Vietnam Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DFDL

KPMG



Vietnam Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte

KPMG



Vietnam Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

KPMG



Regional Awards

Asia Tax Transactions Firm of the Year

Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

Bae, Kim & Lee

Deloitte

Dentons Rodyk

DFDL

Dhruva Advisors

EY

Grant Thornton

Kim & Chang

KPMG

MinterEllison

Shearn Delamore & Co

SKP

Yulchon



Asia Tax Technology Firm of the Year

Deloitte

EY

KPMG

Online Pajak



US Corporate Tax Team of the Year

KPMG

EY



Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Dhruva Advisors

Du-Baladad and Associates (BDB Law)

KPMG

Rao Law Chambers

SKP

Yulchon



Asia Tax Innovator of the Year

EY

KPMG



Asia Best Newcomer of the Year

Anuj Mahajan & Co

Grant Thornton (Singapore)

TraTax (Thenesh Renga & Associates)



Asia Tax Compliance & Reporting Firm of the Year

Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

Deloitte

KPMG

SKP



Global Executive Mobility Tax Team of the Year in Asia

Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

Deloitte

EY

Grant Thornton

KPMG Australia

KPMG Singapore

KPMG New Zealand

MinterEllison



FATCA / Withholding Tax Team of the Year in Asia

Ashok Maheshwary & Associates

Deloitte

KPMG

Shearn Delamore & Co

SKP

Yulchon



Asia Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte

Grant Thornton

KPMG

KPMG Singapore

MinterEllison

Shearn Delamore & Co

SKP

Yulchon



Asia Tax Disputes & Litigation Firm of the Year

Deloitte

GNV Consulting Services

KPMG

MinterEllison

Shearn Delamore & Co

Yulchon



Asia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

EY

Deloitte

KPMG

MinterEllison



Asia Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DFDL

Dhruva Advisors

EY

KPMG

Shearn Delamore & Co



In-House Awards

Asia In-house Transfer Pricing Team of the Year

Discovery Communications India

Infosys India



Asia In-house Tax Team of the Year

Cargill Indonesia

Discovery Communications India

Infosys Limited India

PT Astra International

PT Freeport Indonesia

Tencent Group



Asia In-house Tax Director of the Year

Balaji Balasubramanian, Standard Chartered Bank

Ben Choy, Tencent Holdings

Mukhlis Ishak, PT Freeport Indonesia

Sunil Kumar Dhareshwar, Infosys Limited India

Umang Dhingra, Discovery Communications India



Leaders Awards

Asia Tax Disputes & Litigation Practice Leader of the Year

Ahdianto, GNV Consulting Services

Il Young Cho, Bae, Kim & Lee

Goh Ka Im, Shearn Delamore & Co

Seok Hoon Kang, Yulchon

Leung Yew Kwong, KPMG

Jisoo Lee, Kim & Chang

Carmen McElwain, MinterEllison

A R Madhav Rao, Advaita Legal

Steven Sieker, Baker McKenzie

Adeline Wong, Baker McKenzie



Asia Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

Maria Carmela M Peralta, KPMG (RG Manabat & Co)

Jason Casas, Grant Thornton Australia

Luis Coronado, EY

Maulik Doshi, SKP

Kyu Dong Kim, Yulchon

Sanjiv Malhotra, Baker McKenzie

Tae Yeon Nam, Kim & Chang

Kamal Sawhney, Advaita Legal

Geoffrey Soh, KPMG

Joanne Su, EY



Asia Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Woo Hyun Baik, Kim & Chang

Sudipta Bhattacharjee, Advaita Legal

Sujit Ghosh, Advaita Legal

Khoon Ming Ho, KPMG

Dinesh Kanabar, Dhruva Advisors

Tae Kyoon Kim, Bae, Kim & Lee

Manish Shah, SKP

Jack Sheehan, DFDL

Allen Tan, Baker McKenzie

Adeline Wong, Baker McKenzie



Asia Tax Commissioner of the Year

Ng Wai Choong, Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Singapore

Chris Jordan, Commissioner of Taxation, Australia

Wang Jun, Commissioner for the State Administration of Taxation, China

Wong Kuen-fai, Commissioner of Inland Revenue, Hong Kong

Yazeed Mohamed, Tax Commissioner, Maldives


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