King & Wood Mallesons won the most awards of any firm at the 2016 Financial Times Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards, including the highly coveted ‘Most Innovative Individual Lawyer’ which was awarded to Global Chairman Wang Junfeng.
The firm also won ‘Most Innovative Law Firm in China’ and the ‘Business of Law’ award. The wins across all three categories reflect the cutting edge work for clients that KWM is renowned for, as well as the way KWM has differentiated itself from competitors through its unique strategy and willingness to pioneer change.
Wang Junfeng's award as the Most Innovative Individual Lawyer is due to his vision and legacy of entrepreneurialism in the creation of KWM, and is an acknowledgement of the significant impact he has had on the development of China’s legal profession over the past 20 years. Wang Junfeng was recently reappointed as Chairman of the All China Lawyers Association.
Commenting on his success, Wang Junfeng said: “It is an honour to be recognised by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers program. We have made long-term commitment improving The Rule of Law in China and promoted the development of the legal industry. And we are very confident the legal services and the level of The Rule of Law will be further developed and improved in future.”
Commenting on the firm’s success, Global Managing Partner Stuart Fuller said, “KWM has a long legacy of innovation, which is led from the top by Wang Junfeng. Our lawyers go beyond the law; they are inventors, designers and thought leaders. That's why our clients turn to us to solve the problems that no one else can.”
KWM was also shortlisted in the following categories:
- Innovation in Corporate & Commercial Law (Asia-Pacific headquartered law firms) – for our role on the launch of the China-UAE Investment Cooperation Fund
- Innovation in Corporate & Commercial Law (Asia-Pacific headquartered law firms) – for our role on the establishment of the China Europe International Exchange
- Innovation in Finance Law (Asia-Pacific headquartered law firms) – for our role on the acquisition of Standard Chartered Bank’s consumer lending division
- Innovation in Finance Law (Asia-Pacific headquartered law firms) – for our role advising on first two Panda Bond issues.