The inaugural FT report ranks law firms that have brought original thinking and practices to business issues. It is well established in Europe and the US, but this is the first time it has ranked law firms in the Asia Pacific region. View the rankings.

The Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2014 report recognises Mayer Brown in the following categories:

FT Law 25 (Internationally headquartered firms) – The firm is ranked 16th out of the 25 top firms in this category.

International strategy – The firm is “Highly Commended” in this category for its Mayer Brown and Johnson Stokes & Master combination, which “created a new global player in the region”, the report said.

Finance & Capital Markets (Internationally headquartered firms) – The firm is “Highly Commended” in this category for its leading role in advising state-owned Vietnamese shipbuilding company Vinashin on its restructuring, through which it reached a politically and economically important settlement with lender groups.

Research for the report was conducted in conjunction with FT research partner RSG Consulting. More than 300 submissions were received, with researchers assessing matters with particular regard to their originality, legal strategy employed, and the impact of the work on clients. More than 450 clients, lawyers and experts were interviewed to arrive at the final rankings.