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Asia Tax Awards 2020: Shortlist announced

The shortlist for the ITR Asia Tax Awards 2020 has been announced.

The winners of the ITR Asia Tax Awards 2020 will be revealed on our website on August 26 at 10am BST.

The ITR Asia Tax Awards recognise remarkable achievements and developments by international tax professionals from the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region over a 12-month period.

Aside from the national awards in 18 jurisdictions, there are also awards in regional, individual and in-house categories for the best performers.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s winners of the Asia Tax Awards will be announced and published online on August 26 at 10am BST, accompanied by a podcast on the most notable winners and key trends.

ITR’s head of business development James Murray will contact firms and individuals in due course.

If you have any questions about the shortlist or research, please contact our team at editorial@internationaltaxreview.com. For the deals and cases awards, we strive to mention all the firms that took part in each deal. If your firm has been omitted, please contact ITR's editorial team

Our thoughts are with our readers and others affected by the pandemic.

National Awards

Australia Tax Firm of the Year

Ashurst Australia
Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills
KPMG
MinterEllison

Australia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills
Johnson Winter & Slattery
KPMG
MinterEllison
Transfer Pricing Solutions

Australia Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Ashurst Australia
Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills
KPMG
MinterEllison

Cambodia Tax Firm of the Year

Bun & Associates
Deloitte
DFDL
Sciaroni & Associates
Tilleke & Gibbins

China Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
EY
JunHe
KPMG
Zhong Lun

China Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
EY
KPMG

China Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
Jingtian & Gongcheng
KPMG
WTS China
Zhong Lun

Hong Kong SAR Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
Oldham Li & Nie

Hong Kong SAR Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
EY
KPMG

Hong Kong SAR Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
DLA Piper
EY
KPMG

India Tax Firm of the Year

AZB & Partners
Deloitte
Dhruva Advisors, WTS Global
EY
Khaitan & Co
KPMG
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

India Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Ashok Maheshwary & Associates
Deloitte
Dhruva Advisors, WTS Global
EY
Grant Thornton
KPMG
Nexdigm (SKP)

India Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Advaita Legal
Deloitte
Dhruva Advisors, WTS Global
Economic Laws Practice, Taxand India
EY
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
Trilegal

Indonesia Tax Firm of the Year

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
DDTC
Deloitte
GNV Consulting, Moore Global
Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International
KPMG
RSM

Indonesia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

DDTC
Deloitte
GNV Consulting, Moore Global
Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International
MUC Consulting Group
TaxPrime
SF Consulting, Crowe Indonesia

Indonesia Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Assegaf Hamzah & Partners
Deloitte
EY
GNV Consulting, Moore Global
Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International
KPMG
TaxPrime

Japan Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Taxand Japan
Nishimura & Asahi
Withers Japan Zeirishi Houjin

Japan Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
Deloitte
DLA Piper
EY
KPMG
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Taxand Japan
Nishimura & Asahi

Japan Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune
Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)
EY
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Taxand Japan
Nishimura & Asahi
TMI Associates
Withers Japan Zeirishi Houjin

Malaysia Tax Firm of the Year

Baker Tilly
Deloitte
KPMG
Shearn Delamore & Co
Wong & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International

Malaysia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker Tilly
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
Wong & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International

Malaysia Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Deloitte
KPMG
Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
Shearn Delamore & Co
Wong & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International

Myanmar Tax Firm of the Year

DFDL
EY
KPMG
Tilleke & Gibbins
VDB Loi

New Zealand Tax Firm of the Year

Bell Gully
Buddle Findlay
Deloitte
KPMG
Russell McVeagh

New Zealand Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
KPMG
Russell McVeagh
TP EQuilibrium AustralAsia, Duff & Phelps

New Zealand Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Bell Gully
Deloitte
EY Law
KPMG
Russell McVeagh

Pakistan Tax Firm of the Year

Akhund Forbes Hadi
Grant Thornton
KPMG
Vellani & Vellani
Yousaf Amanat & Associates

Philippines Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
KPMG R G Manabat & Co
Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Philippines Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte
KPMG R G Manabat & Co
SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co (EY)

Philippines Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Du-Baladad and Associates, WTS Global
KPMG R G Manabat & Co
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

Singapore Tax Firm of the Year

Allen & Gledhill
Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
Rajah & Tann
Withers KhattarWong

Singapore Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
BDO
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
RSM
Transfer Pricing Solutions

Singapore Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow
Deloitte
Dentons Rodyk & Davidson
Drew & Napier
EY
KPMG
Rajah & Tann

South Korea Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Samjong KPMG
Yulchon, Taxand South Korea

South Korea Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Kim & Chang
Samjong KPMG
Yoon & Yang
Yulchon, Taxand South Korea

South Korea Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Kim & Chang
Lee & Ko
Samjong KPMG
Yulchon, Taxand South Korea

Sri Lanka Tax Firm of the Year

D L & F De Saram
John Wilson Partners
Julius & Creasy
KPMG
Sudath Perera Associates

Taiwan Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
Grant Thornton
KPMG

Taiwan Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
Grant Thornton
KPMG

Taiwan Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
KPMG

Thailand Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
DFDL
KPMG
Kudun & Partners
Lorenz & Partners, WTS Global

Thailand Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
KPMG
Kudun & Partners
Tilleke & Gibbins

Thailand Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Blumenthal Richter & Sumet
KPMG
Lorenz & Partners, WTS Global
R&T Asia (Thailand), Rajah & Tann

Vietnam Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
DFDL
KPMG
UHY
WTS Tax Vietnam, Grünkorn & Partner Law, WTS Global

Vietnam Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
DFDL
KPMG
RSM

Vietnam Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
DFDL
KPMG
UHY

Individual Awards

Asia Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Jenny Clarke, KPMG
Asushi Fujieda, Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Taxand Japan
Dinesh Kanabar, Dhruva Advisors
Manuel Makas, Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills
Jack Sheehan, DFDL
Jean Loi, VDB Loi
Adeline Wong, Wong & Partners, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International

Asia Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

Felicia Chia, KPMG
Theresa Goh, Deloitte
Tony Gorgas, KPMG
Vijay Iyer, EY
Charles Oetomo, GNV Consulting Services
Craig Silverwood, MinterEllison
Tae Yeon Nam, Kim & Chang

Asia Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year

Sudipta Bhattacharjee, Advaita Legal
Yun Heui Cho, Yulchon
Goh Ka Im, Shearn Delamore & Co
Carmen McElwain, MinterEllison
Vikna Rajah, Rajah & Tann
Steven Sieker, Baker McKenzie
Tori Sullivan, EY Law

Asia Indirect Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Sarah Chin, Deloitte
V. Lakshmikumaran, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
Kenneth Leung, EY
Sachin Menon, KPMG
Sumet Mingmongkolmitr, Blumenthal Richter & Sumet
Barbara Phair, Ashurst
Lachlan Wolfers, KPMG

In-house Awards 

In-house Tax Team of the Year

Aboitiz Equity Ventures
Discovery
Infosys
Lupin
RBS
Sime Darby Berhad

In-house Transfer Pricing Team of the Year

Discovery
Infosys
Macquarie Group
Rio Tinto

In-house Indirect Tax Team of the Year

Discovery
Infosys
Lupin

In-house Tax Director of the Year

Yin Ling Chuw, Sime Darby Berhad
Sunil Kumar Dhareshwar, Infosys
Umang Dhingra, formerly Discovery
Alison Haines, Carlton & United Breweries
Ramesh Khaitan, Lupin
Kevin Witts, HSBC

In-house Transfer Pricing Director of the Year

Arthur Begetis, ResMed
Nick Leak, Rio Tinto
Renu Narvekar, Tata Consultancy Services
Patrick Thompson, Morgan Stanley

In-house Indirect Tax Director of the Year

Pritam Kaur, Syngenta
Dinesh Mittal, Walmart
Mohan Nusetti, Lupin

Tax Official of the Year

Caesar Dulay, Commissioner of Internal Revenue, Philippines
Chris Jordan, Commissioner of Taxation, Australia
Wang Jun, Commissioner of the State Administration of Taxation, China
Robert Pakpahan, former Director General of Taxes, Indonesia
Akhilesh Ranjan, former Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) member, India


Deals and Cases

Impact deals

Alibaba HKEX IPO: Fangda Partners, Maples and Calder, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, King & Wood Mallesons, PwC, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Anta Sports acquisition of Amer Sports: Fangda Partners, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Kirkland & Ellis, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison, White & Case

ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel acquisition of Essar Steel: Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, L&L Partners, S&R Associates, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co, Shearman & Sterling

Asset World Corporation SET IPO: Allen & Overy, Latham & Watkins, Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners, White & Case, 

Brookfield/Infratil acquisition of Vodafone NZ: Bell Gully, Buddle Findlay, Chapman Tripp, MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Brookfield Business Partners acquisition of Healthscope: Ashurst, King & Wood Mallesons

Budweiser HKEX IPO: Clifford Chance, Conyers Dill & Pearman, Fangda Partners, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Gilbert + Tobin, Kim & Chang, King & Wood Mallesons, PwC, Sullivan & Cromwell

CapitaLand acquisition of Ascendas-Singbridge: Allen & Gledhill, Drew & Napier, WongPartnership

FWD Group completes acquisition of SCB Life Assurance: Baker McKenzie, Linklaters, Slaughter and May

KKR acquisition of LCY: Baker McKenzie, Lee & Li, Simpson Thacher Bartlett

IRCTC BSE/NSE IPO: Hogan Lovells, J Sagar Associates, M/s Crawford Bayley & Co

Postal Savings Bank of China SSE IPO: Haiwen & Partners, King & Wood Mallesons

PTTEP acquisition of Murphy Oil: Adnan Sundra & Low, Gibson Dunn, Jones Day, Skrine

SK Group acquisition of a stake in Vingroup: Baker & McKenzie, Equity Law, Latham & Watkins, YKVN

Tata Steel acquisition of Bhushan Energy: AZB & Partners, L&L Partners, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Regional Awards

Diversity and Inclusion Firm of the Year in Asia

Baker McKenzie (Thailand)
Deloitte (New Zealand)
Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills
KPMG (Asia-Pacific)

Best Newcomer of the Year in Asia

CTL Strategies
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Nitya Tax Associates
TBrights
Transaction Square

US Corporate Tax Team of the Year in Asia

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
Grant Thornton
KPMG


Regional Tax Law Firm of the Year in Asia

Allen & Gledhill
DFDL
Rajah & Tann
Tilleke & Gibbins
Transfer Pricing Solutions

International Tax Law Firm of the Year in Asia

Ashurst
Baker McKenzie
Dentons
DLA Piper
Withers

Asia Global Executive Mobility Tax Firm of the Year

Ashok Maheshwary & Associates
Deloitte
Grant Thornton
KPMG
Lorenz & Partners, WTS Global
MinterEllison
Shearn Delamore & Co

Asia Withholding Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
Dhruva Advisors, WTS Global
KPMG
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Taxand Japan
Shearn Delamore & Co
VDB Loi
Yulchon, Taxand South Korea

Asia Tax Innovator of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
KPMG
Transfer Pricing Solutions
TraTax, WTS Malaysia

Asia Tax Technology Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
KNAV
KPMG
Riverus Technology Solutions, Verus
Taxamo
Yulchon, Taxand South Korea

Asia Tax Compliance and Reporting Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
RSM
UHY
Yoon & Yang

Asia Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
DDTC
DLA Piper
Du-Baladad and Associates, WTS Global
EY
KPMG
Rajah & Tann

Asia Tax Transactions Firm of the Year

Allen & Gledhill
Baker McKenzie
EY
Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills
Kim & Chang
KPMG
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Asia Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Deloitte
EY
KPMG
Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Shearn Delamore & Co
Yulchon, Taxand South Korea

Asia Tax Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
Kim & Chang
KPMG
Rajah & Tann
Yulchon, Taxand South Korea

Asia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
EY
KPMG
Grant Thornton
RSM
Transfer Pricing Solutions

Asia Tax Firm of the Year

Baker McKenzie
Deloitte
DFDL
DLA Piper
EY
KPMG
Rajah & Tann



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