We are delighted to announce our Asia-Pacific IFLR1000 Women Leaders for 2021. This year's guide - the fourth edition - is by far the most comprehensive yet, featuring more than 750 lawyers globally, almost double the number of lawyers we ranked last year. It is a privilege to be able recognise the work of all the outstanding lawyers who appear in our guide.

IFLR1000 Women Leaders are the most prominent female lawyers working in the areas of law we research (financial and corporate transactions and contract, licensing and regulatory project work) within their jurisdictions. This is an elite group of lawyers with outstanding reputations within their markets who either have expertise and experience of working on complex deals, or who have risen to hold leadership roles with their firms or their practices. For some individuals both these things are true.

Research methodology 

The IFLR1000 undertakes annual research into the lawyers and firms working in our areas of research. IFLR1000's research teams in Hong Kong, London, New York and Sofia analyse thousands of research submissions, conduct thousands of interviews with law firm partners, and survey tens of thousands of clients to determine IFLR1000's Women Leaders. We consider all female lawyers working in our areas of research as Women Leaders but firms that participate in our research (see guidelines) can nominate individuals and individual lawyers can nominate themselves by taking our Lawyer Survey.

Women Leaders 2021 content

Below you will find links to: 

  • Online profiles of our featured Women Leaders
  • Women Leaders by region and jurisdiction
  • Analysis pieces covering diversity and inclusion in the legal proffesion
  • Interviews with high-profile, inspirational female lawyers from across the world focussed around diversity in the legalprofession

If you would like to discuss how we can help you promote you or your firm's achievements, please contact Liam Sharkey: lsharkey@iflr.com


Featured Women Leaders


Yonghong Zhan - Guantao Law Firm, China

Project development specialist at Guantao Law FirmYonghong Zhan has led or co-led a large portion of the firm’s projects mandates of late. She has been involved in a raft of confidential projects spanning the real estate, construction and social infrastructure sectors.


SH Fransisca - Makes & Partners, Indonesia

Head of Makes & Partners' banking and finance practice group, SH Fransisca also plays an integral part in the firm’s corporate and M&A and real estate practices. She has led on several high-profile deals throughout her career, including the high value acquisition of Campbell Soup's international business by KKR and the IDX IPO of DIRE Simas Plaza Indonesia - the first DIRE listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange.


Rita Martins - DSL Lawyers, Macau

Head of DSL Lawyer’s banking and finance practice, Rita Martins is among the top practitioners in Macau. Focussed on corporate and project finance, Martins has over 20 years of experience and recently advised on the setting up of facial recognition terminals with Macau merchants, and on MGM Macau’s sub-concession extension to 2022.


Rachel Eng - Eng and Co, Singapore

Founding partner and managing director of Eng and Co in Singapore, Rachel Eng has won numerous accolades in her nearly three decades of experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer. Known for her corporate and M&A, funds and capital markets work, she recently advised Credit Bureau Asia on its IPO on the SGX.


Annie Eunah Lee - Bae Kim & Lee, South Korea

Annie Eunah Lee is a partner in Bae Kim & Lee’s banking and capital markets team. The New York-qualified lawyer often leads transactions in debt capital markets and banking and recently acted in the Korean government’s issuance of $1.5 billion foreign exchange equalisation bonds, and in Affinity Equity Partners' $504 million financing for the investment in Shinhan Financial Group.


Passawan Navanithikul - Somboon Rittichai Panuwat Passawan, Thailand

Partner at newly founded Somboon Rittichai Panuwat Passawan in Thailand, Passawan Navanithikul is one of Thailand’s leading banking and finance specialists. She has more than 20 years of experience and previously led the banking and finance practices of Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners and Clifford Chance in Thailand.


Natthida Pranutnorapal - Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners, Thailand

Head of the restructuring and insolvency practice at Weerawong Chinnavat & PartnersNatthida Pranutnorapal has experience leading on major restructuring mandates across a variety of sectors. Her recent high-profile work includes advising on the rehabilitation of Sahaviriya Steel Industries and the business restructuring of Saha Farms and Golden Line Business.

Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt - Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners, Thailand

Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners senior partner, Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt, helms the firm’s capital markets and corporate governance practices. She has experience in advising on high profile and landmark mandates across the region, including advising Oil and Retail Business Public Company on its IPO on the SET – the second largest IPO of a Thai company to date.


Articles and interviews

  • Women Empowering Change: getting more women into leadership roles with American Bar Association, ISDA, Bank for International Settlements – BIS, The Women's Foundation Association of Corporate Counsel, Baker McKenzie, and Hogan Lovells



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New Zealand


Women Leaders by jurisdicition



Karolina Popic - Allen & Overy

Sarah Dulhunty - Ashurst

Jennifer Schlosser - Ashurst

Kathy Santikos - Clayton Utz

Sonia Goumenis - Clayton Utz

Gail Christopher - Gilbert + Tobin

Melita Cottrell - Herbert Smith Freehills

Rebecca Maslen-Stannage - Herbert Smith Freehills

Philippa Stone - Herbert Smith Freehills

Yuen-Yee Cho - King & Wood Mallesons

Anne-Marie Neagle - King & Wood Mallesons



Yonghong Zhan - Guantao Law Firm

Shu Wang - Han Kun

Judy Tan - JunZeJun

Ling Huang - King & Wood Mallesons

Wang Ling - King & Wood Mallesons

Xiaolian Zhang - King & Wood Mallesons

Li Chen - Shearman & Sterling

Jiayun Xie - Tian Yuan Law Firm

Catherine Chen - Zhong Lun Law Firm

Shirley Lu - Zhong Lun Law Firm


Hong Kong SAR

Anne-Marie Godfrey - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Judy Lee - Appleby

Anna-Marie Slot - Ashurst

Connie Heng - Clifford Chance

Emma Davies - Clifford Chance

Amy Lo - Clifford Chance

Teresa Ko - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Minny Siu - King & Wood Mallesons

Catherine McBride - Latham & Watkins

Cathy Yeung - Latham & Watkins

Nathalie Hobbs - Linklaters

Mary Matson - Linklaters

Hannah Ha - Mayer Brown

Alice Huang - Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Vivian Yiu - Morrison & Foerster

Marcia Ellis - Morrison & Foerster

Lorna Xin Chen - Shearman & Sterling

Effie Vasilopoulos - Sidley Austin

Makiko Harunari - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Celia Lam - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Julie Gao - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Benita Yu - Slaughter and May

Michelle Taylor - Tiang & Partners



Zia Mody - AZB & Partners

Alka Bharucha - Bharucha & Partners

Leena Chacko - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Nivedita Rao - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Reeba Chacko - Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas

Mona Bhide - Dave & Girish & Co

Dina Wadia - J Sagar Associates

Manisha Shroff - Khaitan & Co

Veena Sivaramakrishnan - Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co



Chandrawati Dewi - Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro

Serafina Muryanti - Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro

Rita Taufik - Ali Budiardjo Nugroho Reksodiputro

Kanya Satwika - Assegaf Hamzah & Partners

Indri Pramitaswari Guritno - Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners

Linda Widyati - Linda Widyati & Partners

S H Fransisca - Makes & Partners

Melli Darsa - Melli Darsa & Co

Ira Eddymurthy - SSEK Legal Consultants



Reiko Sakimura - Clifford Chance

Satoko Kuwabara - Gaien Partners

Eiko Hakoda - Mori Hamada & Matsumoto

Yuko Tamai - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu

Miyuki Ishiguro - Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu



Olga Chentsova - Aequitas

Aigoul Kenjebayeva - Dentons

Victoria Simonova - Dentons

Madina Sypatayeva - Linkage & Mind

Liza Zhumakhmetova- SIGNUM Law Firm

Raushana Chaltabayeva - Unicase Law Firm

Saniya Perzadayeva - Unicase Law Firm



Zhanyl Abdurakhmanova - Centil Law Firm

Elvira Maratova - GRATA International


Macau SAR

Rita Martins - DSL Lawyers

Manuela António - Manuela António Lawyers and Notaries

Regina Ng - Manuela António Lawyers and Notaries



Lily Chea Li Tan - Albar & Partners

Grace Yeoh - Shearn Delamore & Co

Janet Looi - Skrine

Sook Kwan Chin - Zaid Ibrahim & Co

Lilian Liew - Zaid Ibrahim & Co

Mei Mei Loh - Zul Rafique & Partners



Nominchimeg Odsuren - Nomin & Advocates



Swee Gim Cheah - Kelvin Chia Yangon


New Zealand

Anna Buchly - Bell Gully

Mei Nah - Mayne Wetherell

Kate Lane - MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Cathy Quinn - MinterEllisonRuddWatts



Maheen Faruqui - Kabraji & Talibuddin



Monalisa Dimalanta - Puyat Jacinto & Santos



Margaret Chin - Allen & Gledhill

Mei Lim - Allen & Gledhill

Tze Gay Tan - Allen & Gledhill

Rachel Eng - Eng and Co

Stephanie Keen - Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee

Naomi Ishikawa - Milbank

Suet-Fern Lee - Morgan Lewis Stamford

Sandy Foo - Rajah & Tann Singapore

Stefanie Yuen Thio - TSMP Law Corporation

Kaya Proudian - White & Case

Elaine Chan - WongPartnership

Gail Ong - WongPartnership

Susan Wong - WongPartnership


South Korea

Annie Eunah Lee - Bae Kim & Lee

Chang-hee Shin - Kim & Chang

Young Hee - JoLAB Partners

Hyunjoo Oh - Lee & Ko

Hyun Ju Helen Pak - Shin & Kim



Amy Chin - LCS & Partners

Janice Lin - Tsar & Tsai



Paralee Techajongjintana - Baker McKenzie

Wilailuk Okanurak - Linklaters

Passawan Navanithikul - Somboon Rittichai Panuwat Passawa

Charunun Sathitsuksomboon - Tilleke & Gibbins

Natthida Pranutnorapal - Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners

Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt - Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners



Sofia Shaykhrazieva - Centil Law Firm



Oanh Nguyen - Baker & McKenzie 

Dao Nguyen - DN Legal

Vo Ha Duyen - VILAF

Quynh Doan Linh - Watson Farley & Williams in association with LVN & Associates