It seems like almost six months since I was in Shanghai to present at the 2nd Annual Hedge Fund China Summit 2016 and to enjoy plenty of the vino tinto at the awards dinner afterwards where my firm, Harneys, picked up the trophy for "Best Offshore Law Firm for Hedge Funds".

Wait, that's because it was five months ago.

And what a five months it has been.

Shortly after picking up that award, I was thrilled to hear that my colleagues in our London office had been named Best Offshore Law Firm – Client Service at the HFM European Hedge Fund Services Awards, announced on 21 April 2016.

The HFM Awards are high profile in the global hedge funds industry and the client service award is independently judged based on the relative strength of client testimonials and market feedback. The awards recognise Harneys as having provided leading client service, innovation and expertise to our valued hedge fund clients of all sizes, from start-up hedge funds and emerging managers to global multi-billion dollar investment institutions. That is what we do.

Now, when I say thrilled ... what I actually mean is ... indignant that my colleagues in London would seek more glory than their far more humble colleagues battling away day and night here in the buzzing hub of economic activity that is Asia.

Of course, I am kidding (but maybe a bit of healthy competition does make us all strive to do better?) and, besides, we were all winners, every single one of my colleagues not only in London and Hong Kong but also in the Caribbean and at all of our offices globally, when Harneys was named Offshore Law Firm of the Year by The Lawyer, announced on 29 June 2016.

In any event, I need not worry about a little inter-office rivalry any longer because the good news in Asia continues. Plenty more vino tinto was flowing at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong on 19 September 2016 where Harneys was named Best Offshore Law Firm – Client Service at the HFM Asia Hedge Fund Services Awards.

Each of these wins signals the continuing strength of our global funds team.

Did I mention that I was thrilled? Sure I am, but we didn't come this far to only come this far.

Let's see what we can do next...

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