Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2014: In-house legal team
|Rank||Organisation||Legal team headquarters||Size of legal team||Originality||Value Creation||Impact||Total|
|Standout||Baring Private Equity Asia||Hong Kong||5 lawyers||7||7||8||31|
|Standout||CBRE||Hong Kong||18 lawyers||7||8||8||31|
|Highly Commended||AS Watson||Hong Kong||23 lawyers||6||8||8||30|
|Highly Commended||Santos||Australia||31 lawyers||7||8||7||30|
|Highly Commended||Alibaba||China||115 legal staff||8||7||7||29|
|Highly Commended||Morgan Stanley||Hong Kong||41 lawyers||8||7||7||29|
|Highly Commended||Telstra||Australia||180 lawyers||6||7||8||29|
|Highly Commended||Shell Malaysia||Malaysia||19 lawyers||7||7||7||28|
|Commended||Fosun Group||China||90 lawyers||7||6||7||27|
|Commended||Mahindra & Mahindra||India||20 lawyers||6||7||7||27|
|Commended||Olam International||Singapore||3 lawyers||6||7||8||27|
|Commended||Yahoo!||Hong Kong||26 lawyers||7||6||7||27|
|Commended||Ramsay Health Care||Australia||6 lawyers||6||6||6||26|
|Commended||Wynn Macau||Macau||4 lawyers||5||6||8||26|
|Commended||3M Legal Affairs||China||23 lawyers||7||6||6||25|
|Commended||GDF Suez - Asia||Thailand||5 lawyers||6||6||7||25|
|Commended||INPEX Corporation||Japan / Australia||5 in Japan, 12 in Australia||5||7||6||25|
|Commended||Citibank (global loans)||Hong Kong||3 lawyers||5||6||6||24|
Tencent lawyers are helping to shape the legal landscape in China by encouraging the enforcement and protection of intellectual property rights in Chinese courts. They created their own knowledge management platform in the absence of relevant market offerings.
A high-performance legal team where innovation is ingrained across all areas of the function. It has used metrics to quantify the value of legal.
Baring Private Equity Asia
The legal team facilitates business growth through adaptability, creativity and a business-minded approach.
Lawyers have created effective risk-assessment calculators that will be rolled out across the global legal team and help generate revenue for the business.
The legal team plays a central role in all business activities, recently leading the negotiations for a potential initial public offering.
A focused approach to partnering with the business has allowed lawyers to give the company a competitive advantage in transactions. External legal spend was cut by 49 per cent in a year.
A rapidly evolving legal team that has been instrumental in establishing and growing the company’s small-loan business through innovative work with regulators.
The legal team has developed diversity and inclusion initiatives for the industry and the legal profession, many of them unusual for the region.
The lawyers add significant value to the bottom line and often move into commercial roles, while creating a flexible working environment.
The legal team created an action plan and training programme to prepare the company's workers for compliance investigations.
The team guides the business through complex regulation, and encourages lawyers to improve both legal and commercial skills.
Mahindra & Mahindra
One of the more sophisticated legal teams in India has reduced legal spend and standardised processes.
In two years, the new legal department has delivered security, cost-savings and revenue preservation.
Computerised contract management processes and closer working relationships with the business colleagues effectively manage risk.
Ramsay Health Care
The general counsel also holds the role of chief risk officer, setting strategy and coordinating responses to employee and patient risk across the healthcare business.
A developing legal team has coordinated unique regulatory needs within the casino industry across multiple jurisdictions.
3M Legal Affairs
Created a knowledge-sharing platform and alert system with Baker & McKenzie to stay up-to-date with changing employment and labour laws.
GDF Suez - Asia
The legal team was instrumental in saving a power project deal through combining their legal and commercial knowledge of India.
Recruited transactional expertise in-house to advise on Ichthys, overseeing day-to-day management of the liquefied natural gas project.
Citibank (global loans)
The legal loans team was commended for its commercial, solution-oriented work on some of the largest deals of the past two years.