Nomination is open

LexisNexis® 40 UNDER 40 is an exclusive industry recognition that selects 40 professionals who are 40 years old or younger and show tremendous potential to grow and motivation to lead the development of the legal sector in the Asia Pacific.

Key dates

  • Nomination open: 13 June 2023
  • Nomination Deadline: 11:59 PM, 24 July 2023 11:59 PM, 30 July 2023 (Sunday, GMT+8)
  • Winner announcement: August 2023
  • Award ceremony: September 2023

Meet Our Judges

Senior Legal Experts from across Asia Pacific

Abhishek Bharti
General Counsel, GE Global Research
Akiko Kikuchi
Senior Operating Officer, General Counsel, Head of Law, Patents & Compliance, Bayer Holding Ltd.
Andrew Jawaroski
General Counsel, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital and Managing Principal, First Port Legal
Azira Zainal
General Counsel, Touch 'n Go Sdn Bhd
Brian Tang
Founding Executive Director, Law, Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship Lab (LITE Lab), The University of Hong Kong
C.M. Chan
President, The Law Society of Hong Kong
Chong Kin Lim
Managing Director, Corporate & Finance Head, Telecommunications, Media & Technology Co-Head, Competition Law & Regulatory Practice Co-Head, Data Protection, Privacy & Cybersecurity, Drew & Napier
Graça Saraiva
Assistant General Counsel & Data Protection Officer, Sands China, CIPP/E
Henry Huang
Partner, Shanghai Registered Foreign Lawyer, Hong Kong, Grandhall Law Firm
Jiaxing Ye
Vice President, Board Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Huaxin Cement Co.,Ltd
Jing Li
Deputy Director of Contract & Legal Dept. China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau Ltd., Co.
Le Yi
Head of Legal & Compliance, ASML China
Liza L.S. Mark
Chief Representative and Administrative Partner, Shanghai office of Haynes and Boone, LLP
Michael Tropea
Director Corporate Transactions, AIA Australia
Nick Brown
General Counsel, AirTree
Nick Chan, MH JP
Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Rohan Gnanaganesan
Director of Legal and Corporate Affairs, British American Tobacco Malaysia
Troy Swan
General Counsel & Company Secretary, Winc Australia
Violet Zhang
General Legal Counsel, Thyssenkrupp


● Aged 40 years old or under (born on/after 1 January 1983)

● Individuals in the legal fields
◎ Lawyers, solicitors, barristers, attorneys, paralegals
◎ Legal counsels
◎ Legal technologist
◎ Legal librarians
◎ Legal content producers, publishers, journalists, editors
◎ Legal academics (professors, researchers, lecturers, post-doc fellows, etc.)

● Based in the Asia Pacific.

● No restrictions on ethnic backgrounds, nationalities, gender, sexual orientations, or any other factors unless specified.

● Self-nominations and nominations of others are both encouraged.


Why Nominate?

● To be featured on LexisNexis’s all digital channels, and put your name and works in front of your legal peers, prospects, and the media.

● To be assessed by a panel of esteemed judges invited from the legal arena across the Asia Pacific.

● To celebrate your / nominees’ achievement that’s rarely seen at your age on a similar career trajectory.

● To demonstrate your / nominees’ passion for winning, capability to deliver the best, and best-in-class work ethics to your clients, partners, networks, colleagues, and employers.

● To recognise and motivate the most promising young talent in your organisation.

Why Nominate?

Who and how to judge?

Judging panel
A panel of esteemed judges consisting of senior lawyers, senior legal technologists, business leaders, senior legal counsel, and other senior legal professionals will carefully and independently evaluate the nominations one by one and select the 40 most promising young professional talents for the LexisNexis® 40 UNDER 40 list. The judges can’t review nominations from their related parties.

Judging criteria
The nominations will be passed to all judges individually. The judges review each nomination one by one independently. The judges will rate each nomination from 0 to 20 from five perspectives.
◎ The nominees’ past accomplishments (20%)
◎ The nominees’ personal continuous growth in the next ten years (20%)
◎ The nominees’ influence in inspiring colleagues, clients, and peers (20%)
◎ The nominees’ positive impact on the legal industry development (20%)
◎ The nominees’ contribution to the betterment of society and the Rule of Law (20%)

The judges can’t rate nominees that are from their organisations or have relations with them.

The 40 nominees with the highest average ratings (average rating = total rating scores/number of rating judges) will be selected for the list. The judges will have a second round of voting for nominees in a tie.

Who and how to judge?

How to nominate

Nominations are submitted using the simple online nomination form in English.  You may prepare all information needed by using the nomination template and copy and paste it all at once into the online nomination form.

The nomination is open from 13 June to 24 July 2023 (both inclusive) though nomination fees varies as per the submission times – the earlier the lower.

Nominators are required to fill out the basic information about themselves and nominees, as well as to answer five key questions to demonstrate why the nominees should be selected into LexisNexis’s 40 UNDER 40.

Early bird Nomination 
USD 900 / RM 3,880*

Regular Nomination 
USD 1,000 / RM 4,365*

Late Nomination
USD 1,100 / RM 4,850*

*Fees are exclusive of tax

● The nomination fee will be refunded if the nominee doesn't enter the list. Refund does not apply to entry withdrawal. Terms and conditions apply.

How to nominate

How to pay a nomination fee

Nominators / Self-nominators must proceed with the payment of the entry fees to complete the nomination process:

Step 1. Complete the payment with the nominator's Email address: Nomination Fee Payment Page

Step 2. Screen-capture the payment end page for your own record.

Please contact should you have any enquiries on payment.

2022 Winners

Check out the winners of the LexisNexis® 40 UNDER 40 2022

2022 Winners


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India, South Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Others:


1. The nomination fee payment must be completed and well received by LexisNexis by the final nomination deadline so the nomination can proceed to judgement.

2. By submitting the nomination, you agree to LexisNexis's Terms and Conditions, and Privacy Policy.

3. Nominations do not guarantee the nominees are to be selected for the 40 UNDER 40 list.

4. The nomination fee will not be refunded in any situation unless otherwise specified.

5. In the event of any dispute, the decision of LexisNexis shall be final.

6. The nomination fees must be paid in Malaysian Ringgit. The nominees need to bear the currency exchange or any other related banking fees incurred.