The winners of the Managing IP Awards (2018) were announced at three well-attended awards ceremonies in London, New York and Hong Kong. The London ceremony alone had more than 280 guests.

Unlike our IP STARS rankings, the Managing IP awards recognise specific achievements in the past year such as significant successful matters and innovative approaches to the law. Read about our awards research methodology here.

A new awards structure

In previous years, we held a global awards ceremony (excluding North America) in London and a North America ceremony in Washington DC. Following feedback from guests, our awards ceremonies are now hosted by region. The new structure allows for flexibility and focus. We will continue to obtain feedback on how to improve this industry-leading awards programme.

The most nominations and wins

Baker McKenzie was the most shortlisted law firm in this year’s awards (four in Americas, 16 in Asia and 11 in EMEA), followed by Hogan Lovells (nominated in 23 categories). They were the only firms to win in more than one region as well as feature in at least one category in each of our awards ceremonies. Overall, Hogan Lovells collected more trophies than any other firm: five in EMEA including our special Global IP Firm of the Year award and four in Asia. Baker McKenzie won four. 

Aside from Baker McKenzie and Hogan Lovells, other firms with five or more nominations in Asia were Allens, Anand & Anand, Clayton Utz, Kim & Chang, King & Woods Mallesons, Nakamura & Partners and Tilleke & Gibbins. 
In the Americas, the following winning firms were shortlisted in 10 or more categories: Fish & Richardson (six trophies), Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner (six trophies), Fenwick & West (five trophies), Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton (three trophies) and Kirkland & Ellis (two trophies). The Latin American firm with the most trophies was Marval O’Farrell & Mairal (three). The winners from Chile featured in their country's financial newspaper

In Africa, Adams & Adams won the most awards, picking up the South Africa Firm of the Year award as well as a special award for innovation and corporate social responsibility in Africa. Spoor & Fisher was crowned Africa's IP Firm of the Year, the first for the firm since the award was introduced in 2015. 

The photos and winners list

You can view photos from all three ceremonies on our Facebook page (EMEA here, Americas here and Asia here). 

Click on the headings below to see all the winners from the three ceremonies (subscription or free trial required). 

EMEA Awards, held at The Savoy in London on March 8 (shortlist here), were presented by Managing IP editor Michael Loney and two IP STARS researchers, Lucy Songi and Sofia Sabben. 95 trophies, including several special awards, were presented. A live auction and collection also raised money for Managing IP's new charity partner, Haven House Children's Hospice.

Americas Awards, held at The Essex House in New York on March 15 (shortlist here), were presented by Michael Loney and our US reporter Ellie Mertens. 73 trophies were presented as well as impact case awards and a Lifetime Achievement award for Fordham University professor Hugh Hansen.


Asia Awards, held at the JW Marriott in Hong Kong on March 21 (shortlist here), were presented by Michael Loney and our Asia reporter Karry Lai. 50 trophies were presented, including special awards for corporate social responsibility and innovation. 

Congratulations to all the winners, and those shortlisted, on their achievements and the contribution they have made to the development of IP practice.

Awards collage 2018