Hong Kong, 11 March, 2008 - JSM (now known as Mayer Brown in Asia), one of Asia's oldest and largest law firms, won two prestigious awards at the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) Asia Awards 2008 held in Hong Kong on 6 March 2008.

JSM is proud to have been awarded for the first time the Regional Law Firm of the Year, and to have again been named National Law Firm of the Year for Hong Kong. It is the seventh time that the firm has been awarded this title since 2000.

These awards are a result of JSM's continuous leading position and the key roles it has played in some of the most significant transactions in the region.

Over the past year, JSM has been involved in a number of innovative and high-profile transactions, which included acting on the largest Hong Kong dollar syndicated loan raised in recent years; the first successful and the largest hotel REIT (real estate investment trust) listed in Hong Kong; the longest and most hard-fought civil trial ever in Hong Kong; the first ever licensed build-transfer project in Vietnam involving complex construction, financing and land issues; the largest corporate bond issue in Vietnam, and the largest real estate acquisitions of existing assets in Vietnam involving complex and land-related issues.

The success of these projects reflects the firm's growing capability across different practices and the region, particularly in the emerging markets of China and Vietnam.

Elaine Lo, Asia Board Chair and Senior Partner of JSM, said:

"We are very excited to have received these awards. The consistent recognition is a great testament to our ongoing commitment to quality of work and client service. Accolades such as these will further reinforce the firm's reputation in handling the most complex and innovative deals in the region."

IFLR Asia Awards, launched more than 10 years ago, are the most reputable awards in the market that recognise the most outstanding law firms and transactions in the region. The awards are given on the basis of legal complexity or innovation.

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Jennifer Milford
+852 2843 4443

Teresa Tam
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