Rising Stars Awards Asia-Pacific 2022: winners announced
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Rising Stars Awards Asia-Pacific 2022: winners announced

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The Rising Stars Awards have released the list of winners for the 2022 Asia-Pacific awards.

The Rising Stars Awards Asia-Pacific 2022 has announced the recognised rising stars from across a wide array of practice area specialisms throughout the region, including in-house emerging leaders.

As travel restrictions in the region continue to be in place and as our list of multi-national winners are located across multiple continents, we are unable to host our all-inclusive gala dinner and ceremony this year. We are pleased to be able to present to you the list of this year’s emerging leaders to watch.

So, join with us as we celebrate the achievements of the Rising Stars for 2022. We hope to see you all in person as soon as we can. Until then, stay safe and keep up the incredible work.

If you have any questions about the awards, please contact our lead researcher John Harrison.

We are keen to fulfil any promotions that firms would like to undertake on the back of their success and request that you contact Nick Heath with any queries.

Without further ado the winners are…


In-House Awards


Elian Wong – SMBC Aviation



Stella Guettinger – Vincinity Centers


Shraddha Sharma – Ziiki Media Private Limited

Food & Beverage

Mudit Ra - Dabur

Industrials & Manufacturing

Amit Maheshwari – ArcelorMittal

Dhrubajyoti Basu – Aditya Birla Group

Investment Management & Funds

Swati Baghel – Blackstone

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Wonhee Hong – LG Chem



Prateeti Gaur – Valency International


Benita Lee – Google

Gurjyot Sethi - Canon


Sahiba Chait – Marriott International


Practice Area Awards

Antitrust & Competition

Aman Sethi – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

In Seon Choi – Kim & Chang

Marcus Pollard – Linklaters

Petra Carey – Russell McVeagh

Zoe Lonard – Norton Rose Fulbright



Christopher Healy – Bird & Bird

Hui Yain – Clyde & Co

Jennifer Ince – Reed Smith

Mai Tazuka – Clifford Chance

Rachel Tomasen – Clifford Chance

Banking & Finance

Jeffrey Tanner – Stephenson Harwood

Nina Carlina Sugianto – Reed Smith

Tracey Forbes – Mourant

Utkarsh Bandhu – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Yuki Taguchi – Nishimura & Asahi


Commercial Arbitration

Anu Sura – PSL Advocates & Solicitors

Cameron Sim – Debevoise & Plimpton

Katie Chung – Norton Rose Fulbright

Michael Weatherley – Ashurst

Saemee Kim – Lee & Ko



Brigette Shone – Russell McVeagh

Hyewon Shin – Bae Kim & Lee

Hyung Ji Kim – Kim & Chang

Theresa Luk – Deacons

Yashwant Grover – Inttl Advocare


Corporate Governance

Bianca Marcocci – Herbert Smith Freehills

Rachna Jain – Desai & Diwanji

Rowena De Sousa – IC Universal Legal


Debt Capital Markets

Jaclyn Yeap – Allen & Overy

Leon Yap – Hogan Lovells

Ling Yan Pang – Russell McVeagh

Sarah DeSourdy Hastings – Russell McVeagh


Energy, Natural Resources, & Mining

Jackson Allen – Allen & Overy

Michael Webb – Ashurst

Rosaline Yusman – Milbank



In Hwan Jun – Kim & Chang

Equity Capital Markets

Kullarat Phongsathaporn – Baker McKenzie

Michael Marietta – Cooley

Young Jin Ha – Bae Kim & Lee

Zhuo Wang – Zhong Lun Law Firm


Financial Regulation

Nina Carlina Sugianto – Reed Smith


Insurance & Reinsurance

Audrey Wong – Kennedys Legal Solutions

Carren Thung – DAC Beachcroft


International Trade

Alistair Bridges – Moulis Legal


Investment Funds

Benedict Tan – Simmons & Simmons

Ivy Yam – Simmons & Simmons

Josie Ainley – Maples Group

Pooja Anantha – Ashurst

Reina Chua – Sidley Austin


Labour & employment

Anna Chan – Oldham Li & Nie

Justine Giuliani – Seyfarth Shaw

Karen Mitra – Ashurst

Nurul Ayu Fajarani – Herbert Smith Freehills

Victor Ng – Oldham Li & Nie


Life sciences

Aaron Hayward – Herbert Smith Freehills

Emma Iles – Herbert Smith Freehills

Eun Hee Kim – Kim & Chang

Shi (Pauline) Tang – Ropes & Gray



Brigette Shone – Russell McVeagh

Chi Ho Kwan – Latham & Watkins

Guozhen Yu – Joint-win Partners

Heeyong Daniel Jang – Kim & Chang

Yuet Min Foo – Drew & Napier


Mergers & Acquisitions

Aseem Sahni – HSA Advocates

Jolie Giouw – Bird & Bird

Maureen Ho – Morrison & Foerster

Parveet Singh Gandoak – King & Spalding

Sang Taek Park – Kim & Chang



Josie Ainley – Maples Group

Lily Miao – Mourant



Dae Hyun Seo – Kim & Chang

Jian Zhang – Han Kun Law Offices

Piyush Sharma – LexOrbis

Shikha Sing – LexOrbis

Yoko Kasai – Nishimura & Asahi


Privacy & Data Protection

Isabelle Guyot – Allens

Gil Zhang – Fangda Partners

Kieran Donovan – Latham & Watkins

Richard Berkahn – Clyde & Co

Ruby Kwok – Norton Rose Fulbright


Private Equity (including Venture Capital)

Kenny Yu – Weil Gotshal & Manges

Oliver Nip – Ropes & Gray

Raymond Wong – Kirkland & Ellis

William Fong – White & Case


Product Liability

Sheena McKie – Clayton Utz


Project finance

Kim Hock Ang – Wong & Leow

Shang Song – Tian Yuan Law Firm

Stephen Blair – Ashurst

Teza Jose – Juris Corp

Theresia Azalia – UMBRA – Strategic Legal Solutions


Real Estate

Kerrie Duong – Baker McKenzie

Sang Min Lee – Kim & Chang

Sharon Tam – Mayer Brown

Tessa Baker – Chapman Tripp

Yin Lu Tan – Shearn Delamore & Co


Restructuring & Insolvency

Jo Tay – Allen & Gledhill

Phoebe Lo – Clifford Chance

Stephanie Yeo – WongPartnership

Veronica Chan – Tanner De Witt Solicitors

Zoey Zhang – Kirkland & Ellis


Shipping & Maritime

Janine Liang – Norton White

Jumpei Osada – TMI Associates

Lorraine Mok – Ince

Naraya Lamart – HFW

Valerie Lee – Watson Farley & Williams


Structured Finance & Securitisation

Hideaki Suda – Nagashim Ohno & Tsunematsu

Sion Yoong Tian – WongPartnership

James Yao – Allen & Overy

Matthew Ball – Clifford Chance

Seong-Eun Cho – Shin & Kim



Heamin Kim – Bae Kim & Lee

Krystal Ng – Baker McKenzie

Ruchita Shah – Economic Laws Practice

Stefano Mariani – Deacons

Toa Vulangi – Bell Gully


Tax Dispute Resolution

Andy Bubb – Clayton Utz

Anna Chan – Oldham Li & Nie

Kinjal Bhuta – Kinja Bhuta and Co

Rebecca Clarke - MinterEllison

Shabnam Shaikh – Khaitan & Co



Amy Chung – Deacons

Connell O’Neill – Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

David Rountree – Allens

Elaina Foo – Bird & Bird

Frankie Tam – Eversheds Sutherland



Alyson Poole – Norton Rose Fulbright

Anna Toh – Amica Law

Janice Yip – ELLALAN

Maria Sun – Ashurst

Michelle Yee – Mayer Brown


Transfer Pricing

Emanuel Dewo Adi Winedhar – TaxPrime

Andy Bubb – Clayton Utz

Fachur Rifqi Nugroho – KPMG

Koji Oshima – Baker McKenzie

Steve Minhoo Kim – Lee & Ko


Wealth Management

Grace Gao – Ogier

Shabnam Shaikh – Khaitan & Co

Stefano Mariani – Deacons

Yong Sheng Hon – Withers KhattarWong

Victor Ng – Oldham Li & Nie


White Collar Crime

Christine Cuthbert – Baker McKenzie

Hiroshi Yagi – Nishimura & Asahi

Jocasta Giles – King & Wood Mallesons

Shu Min Ho – McDermott Will & Emery

Vivian Wu – FenXun Partners


Jurisdiction Awards


Michael Webb – Ashurst

Zoe Lonard – Norton Rose Fulbirght


Gouzhen Yu – Joint-win Partners

Vivian Wu – FenXun Partners


Hong Kong SAR

Josie Ainley – Maples Group

Stefano Mariani - Deacons



Aman Sethi – Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Yashwant Grover – Inttl Advocare



Emanuel Dewo Adi Winedhar - TaxPrime



Mai Tazuka – Clifford Chance

Yuki Taguchi – Nishimura & Asahi



Jane Guan – Christopher & Lee Ong


New Zealand

Brigette Shone – Russell McVeagh

Toa Vulangi – Bell Gully



Jo Tay – Allen & Gledhill

Michael Weatherley – Ashurst


South Korea

In Seon Choi – Kim & Chang

Saemee Kim – Lee & Ko

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