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ITR Asia-Pacific Tax Awards 2021: The winners

The winners of the ITR Asia-Pacific Tax Awards have been announced for 2021!

The ITR is delighted to announce the winners of the 11th annual ITR Asia-Pacific Tax Awards.

Deloitte has been awarded as the region wide Tax Firm of the Year, achieving widespread national and regional success. EY and KPMG were crowned as the region wide Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year and Tax Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year, respectively. These two firms also won a string of awards across the Asia-Pacific region in quite a few categories.

GlaxoSmithKline, Infosys, and Lupin took home awards for our in-house categories.

Baker McKenzie and Kim & Chang were among the firms who won both regional and jurisdictional awards for their excellence.

Given the continued travel restrictions and environment due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and our list of multi-national winners are located throughout the region, we are unable to host an all-inclusive awards ceremony this year to recognise the work highlighted below. However, we remain passionate about supporting the impactful and innovative tax and transfer pricing accomplishments and are excited to be able to present this year’s winners to you.

We are keen to fulfill any promotions that firms would like to undertake on the back of their success and request that you contact ITR's senior business development manager, Raquel Ipo, with any queries.

We aim to mention all firms that took part in each of our Impact Cases and Impact Deals.If your firm has been omitted or you have questions about the research, please contact ITR’s awards researcher John Harrison.

A full list of shortlisted firms for the ITR Asia-Pacific Tax Awards 2021 was released in July 2021.

Jurisdiction Awards

Australia Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

Ashurst Australia

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

King & Wood Mallesons

KPMG

MinterEllison



Australia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

Johnson Winter & Slattery

KPMG

MinterEllison



Australia Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Herbert Smith Freehills and Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

Ashurst Australia

Baker McKenzie

EY

King & Wood Mallesons

KPMG

MinterEllison



Cambodia Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: VDB Loi

Baker Tilly

Deloitte

DFDL

China Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: KPMG

Baker McKenzie FengXun

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

JunHe

Zhong Lun



China Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: KPMG

Baker McKenzie FengXun

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

WTS China - WTS Global

Zhong Lun



China Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: KPMG

Baker McKenzie FengXun

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

Jingtian & Gongcheng

Zhong Lun



Hong Kong SAR Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie

DLA Piper

EY

KPMG



Hong Kong SAR Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie

Duff & Phelps, A Kroll Business

EY

KPMG



Hong Kong SAR Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: KPMG

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY



India Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Dhruva Advisors

Deloitte

Economic Laws Practice

EY

Grant Thornton

KPMG

Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan



India Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

AKM Global

BDO

Dhruva Advisors

Deloitte

KPMG

Nexdigm (SKP)



India Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan

BMR Legal

Deloitte

Economic Laws Practice

EY

KPMG

Trilegal



Indonesia Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

DDTC

GNV Consulting Services, Moore Global

HHP Law Firm

KPMG

SF Consulting



Indonesia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: DDTC

Deloitte

GNV Consulting, Moore Global

KPMG

MUC Consulting Group

SF Consulting

TaxPrime



Indonesia Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: HHP Law Firm

DDTC

Deloitte

GNV Consulting Services

KPMG

SF Consulting

TaxPrime



Japan Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

DLA Piper

EY

KPMG

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Taxand Japan

Nishimura & Asahi



Japan Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Deloitte

DLA Piper

KPMG

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Nishimura & Asahi



Japan Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Taxand Japan

Anderson Mori & Tomotsune

Baker McKenzie (Gaikokuho Joint Enterprise)

Nishimura & Asahi

Withers Japan Zeirishi Houjin



Malaysia Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

EY

KPMG

Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership

Shearn Delamore & Co



Malaysia Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Duff & Phelps, A Kroll Business

EY

KPMG

Wong & Partners



Malaysia Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Shearn Delamore & Co

Deloitte

Raja Darryl & Loh

Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership

Skrine



New Zealand Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Bell Gully

Buddle Findlay

Chapman Tripp

Russell McVeagh



New Zealand Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Deloitte

KPMG

Russell McVeagh



New Zealand Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Bell Gully

Chapman Tripp

EY Law

KPMG

Russell McVeagh



Philippines Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: SyCipLaw

Du-Baladad and Associates – WTS Global

Quisumbing Torres

SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co - EY

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula



Philippines Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Navarro / Deloitte

Du-Baladad and Associates – WTS Global

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

R G Manabat & Co (KPMG)

SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co - EY



Philippines Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

Du-Baladad and Associates – WTS Global

Quisumbing Torres

SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co - EY

SyCipLaw



Singapore Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Allen & Gledhill

BDO

Deloitte

Drew & Napier

KPMG

Withers



Singapore Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

BDO

Deloitte

KPMG

WTS Taxise -  WTS Global



Singapore Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: KPMG

Deloitte

Drew & Napier

Rajah & Tann

WongPartnership

WTS Taxise - WTS Global

South Korea Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Kim & Chang

Deloitte Anjin

Lee & Ko

Samjong KPMG

Yulchon



South Korea Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: Yulchon

Deloitte Anjin

Kim & Chang

Lee & Ko

Samjong KPMG



South Korea Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: Kim & Chang

Deloitte Anjin

Lee & Ko

Samjong KPMG

Yulchon



Taiwan Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie

EY

KPMG

Lee & Li



Taiwan Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Deloitte

Grant Thornton

KPMG



Taiwan Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: KPMG

Deloitte

EY

Tsar & Tsai Law Firm



Thailand Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Baker McKenzie

DFDL

KPMG

LawAlliance

Tilleke & Gibbins



Thailand Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: KPMG

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

HLB

Kudun & Partners



Thailand Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: R&T Asia (Thailand), Rajah & Tann 

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

KPMG

Tilleke & Gibbins



Vietnam Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie

DFDL

Grant Thornton

KPMG



Vietnam Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: KPMG

Deloitte

DFDL

Duff & Phelps, A Kroll Business

WTS Tax Vietnam



Vietnam Tax Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: DFDL

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

KPMG

LNT & Partners

Individual Awards

Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Lewis Lu – KPMG

Dinesh Kanabar – Dhruva Advisors

Edwin Whatley – Baker McKenzie

Eric Roose – Withers Japan Zeirishi Jimusho

Nishant Shah – Economic Laws Practice

Sim Kwang Gek – Deloitte

Woo-Hyun Baik – Kim & Chang



Transfer Pricing Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Luis Coronado – EY

Craig Silverwood – MinterEllison

Geoffrey Soh – Baker McKenzie

Maulik Doshi – Nexdigm (SKP)

Theresa Goh – Deloitte

Wahyu Nuryanto – MUC Consulting 

Xiaoyue Wang – KPMG



Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Tori Sullivan – EY

Ahdianto – GNV Consulting Services

Byung-Moon Jung – Kim & Chang

Carmen McElwain - MinterEllison

Irwin C Nidea Jr – Du-Baladad and Associates

Soh Lian Seng – KPMG

Yusuf Wangko Ngantung – DDTC



Indirect Tax Practice Leader of the Year

Winner: Simone Bridges – Baker McKenzie

Deborah – DDTC

Harsh Shah – Economic Laws Practice

Jeklira Tampubolon – GNV Consulting Services

Kevin Zhou - EY

Saket Patawari – Nexdigm (SKP)

Senthuran Elalingam – Deloitte



In-house Awards 

In-house Tax Team of the Year

Winner: Infosys

Aboitiz Equity Ventures

GlaxoSmithKline Asia

Lupin

SEEK

Oravel Stays Private

Walt Disney Company



In-house Transfer Pricing Team of the Year

Winner: Lupin

Infosys

Oravel Stays Privated

Tata Consultancy Services



In-house Indirect Tax Team of the Year

Winner: Lupin

GlaxoSmithKline Asia

Infosys

JP Morgan

Siemens

Tata Consultancy Services



In-house Compliance and Reporting Team of the Year

Winner: Infosys

GlaxoSmithKline Asia

JP Morgan

Lupin Limited

Oravel Stays Private

Prudential

Tata Consultancy Services



In-house Tax Technology Team of the Year

Winner: GlaxoSmithKline Asia

Infosys

JP Morgan

Lupin

Oravel Stays Private

Tata Consultancy Services



In-house Tax Director of the Year

Winner: Sunil Kumar Dhareshwar – Infosys

David Fitzgerald - Gojek

Kevin Witts – HSBC

Makung Heryassin - Tokopedia

Patrick Donovan – UBS

Ramesh Khaitan – Lupin

Sarah Ng – AbbVie

Umang Dhingra – GlaxoSmithKline Asia



In-house Transfer Pricing Director of the Year

Winner: Ramesh Khaitan – Lupin

Arthur Begetis – ResMed

Patrick Thompson – Morgan Stanley

Renu Narvekar – Tata Consultancy Services

Sunil Kumar Dhareshwar – Infosys



In-house Indirect Tax Director of the Year

Winner: Mohan Nusetti – Lupin

Dinesh Mittal – formerly of Walmart

Matthew Campbell – JP Morgan

Sunil Kumar Dhareshwar – Infosys

Umang Dhingra – GlaxoSmithKline Asia

Vikas Garg – Siemens

Tax Official of the Year

Winner: Sanjeev Sharma – Indian Income Tax Department

Deals and Cases

Impact Deals of the Year

Asahi acquisition of Carlton and United Breweries: Allen & Overy, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Carlton and United Breweries, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Gilbert + Tobin, Johnson Winter & Slattery, PwC

Bain Capital acquisition of Virgin Australia: Akin Gump, Clayton Utz, Deloitte, Herbert Smith Freehills, Paul Weiss, PwC

Bitauto take-private: Kirkland & Ellis, Latham & Watkins, Maples Group, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Zhong Lun Law Firm

Hindustan Unilever India acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare: AZB & Partners, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, GlaxoSmithKline, Hindustan Unilever, KPMG, Unilever

KB Financial acquisition of Prudential Life Insurance Korea: Debevoise & Plimpton, Prudential Life, Yulchon

Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets acquisition of AirTrunk: Baker McKenzie, DLA Piper, Hogan Lovells, King & Wood Mallesons, KPMG, Macquarie Group, Norton Rose Fulbright, PwC

NorthConnex: Allens, King & Wood Mallesons, PwC, White & Case

Resolution acquisition of AMP Life: AMP Life, Bell Gully, Chapman Tripp, King & Wood Mallesons, KPMG

Impact Cases of the Year

AWF Prop Co 2 Pty Ltd v Ararat Rural City Council [2020] VSC 853: Herbert Smith Freehills

Cairn Energy PLC and Cairn UK Holdings Limited v The Republic of India, PCA Case No. 2016-07: Arna Law, Arvind Datar SA, Dr Laurent Lévy, Essex Court Chambers, Gourab Banerji SA, Keating Chambers, Platinum Partners, Quinn Emanuel Urqhart & Sullivan, S&R Associates, Shepherd and Wedderburn, Stanimir A Alexandrov

Commissioner of Taxation v Glencore Investment Pty Ltd [2020] FCAFC 187: Australian Government Solicitors, King & Wood Mallesons, List A Barristers, Sixth Floor Selborne and Wentworth Chambers

G.R. No. 2257049 Commissioner of Internal Revenue v Bank of the Philippine Islands: Du-Baladad and Associates

Majil Daerah Hulu Selangor v United Plantations Berhad: Shearn Delamore & Co

Peter Greensil Family Co Pty Ltd AFT Peter Greensil Family Trust v Commissioner of Taxation [2020] FCA 559: EY, Norton Rose Fulbright

South Korea Supreme Court Decision 2017Du36908: Kim & Chang

Vodafone International Holdings BV v Government of India, PCA Case No. 2016-37: DMD Advocates, Essex Court Chambers, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Regional Awards

Best Newcomer of the Year

Winner: Rosli Dahlan Saravana Partnership

Consulthink – WTS Global

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

TMSL

WTS Taxise -  WTS Global


Diversity and Inclusion Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Economic Laws Practice

Eiger

EY

KPMG

Nishimura & Asahi



Pro bono Firm of the Year

Winner: Nishimura & Asahi

DDTC

Deloitte

KPMG

PwC

Regional Tax Law Firm of the Year

Winner: Kim & Chang

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

King & Wood Mallesons

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Taxand Japan

Nishimura & Asahi

Yulchon

Zhong Lun

International Tax Law Firm of the Year

Winner: Baker McKenzie

Ashurst

Cuatrecasas

Dentons

DLA Piper

Norton Rose Fulbright

Withers

Global Executive Mobility Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: MinterEllison

AKM Global

Economic Laws Practice

Eiger

KPMG

Tax Compliance and Reporting Firm of the Year

Winner: KPMG

AKM Global

AMRG & Associates

Deloitte

Economic Laws Practice

Nexdigm (SKP)

WTS China - WTS Global



Tax Innovator of the Year

Winner: BDO India

DDTC

Deloitte

Du-Baladad and Associates - WTS Global

Economic Laws Practice

KPMG

Tax Policy Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

DDTC

Du-Baladad and Associates – WTS Global

Economic Laws Practice

WTS Taxise - WTS Global

Tax Technology Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

BDO India

DDTC

Economic Laws Practice

KPMG

Nexdigm (SKP)



Tax Transactions Firm of the Year

Winner: KPMG

Ashurst

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Dhruva Advisors - WTS Global

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Taxand Japan

Zhong Lun



US Corporate Tax Team of the Year

Winner: EY

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

DLA Piper

KPMG

Withholding Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: KPMG

AKM Global

Dhruva Advisors - WTS Global

Economic Laws Practice

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Taxand Japan

Indirect Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

Dhruva Advisors - WTS Global

Economic Laws Practice

KPMG

MInterEllison

Tax Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year

Winner: KPMG

Baker McKenzie

Deloitte

EY

Greenwoods & Herbert Smith Freehills

Kim & Chang

Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu, Taxand Japan

Nishimura & Asahi

Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year

Winner: EY

Baker McKenzie

BDO

DDTC

Deloitte

DLA Piper

KPMG

Tax Firm of the Year

Winner: Deloitte

Baker McKenzie

BDO

Deloitte

DLA Piper

EY

KPMG

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