Inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards: Winners announced

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America's leading female lawyers descended on New York's Essex House last night to celebrate Euromoney Legal Media Group's inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards.

New York City Council Member Gale A Brewer delivered the keynote address to an audience of in-house and private practice attorneys who had gathered to celebrate the achievements of those firms setting the standard in terms of female-friendly work practices, and women leading the field in the legal sector across the Americas.

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, former United States Trade Representative collected the Outstanding Achievement award and Brooksley Born, former chair of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, picked up the Lifetime Achievement prize.

While in the firm categories, Latham & Watkins was named best international firm for women in business law. Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft collected the best gender diversity initiative by international firm, Sullivan & Cromwell was named most innovative firm, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom were rewarded for their mentoring program and Sidley Austin picked up the best international firm for talent management.

A full list of winners is detailed. For more information contact Melanie Petch at


Margaret Zwisler, Latham & Watkins

Maria Regina Mangabeira Albernaz Lynch, Motta Fernandes Rocha -Advogados

Banking & finance
Margaret Peponis, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Capital markets
Stacy Kanter, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Commercial arbitration
Julie Bédard, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Dale Cendali, Kirkland & Ellis

Corporate governance
Holly Gregory, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Energy, natural resources & mining
Karol Lyn Newman, McDermott Will & Emery

Michèle Corash, Morrison & Foerster

Financial regulation
Annette Nazareth, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Insolvency & restructuring
Marcia Goldstein, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Insurance & reinsurance
Mary Kay Vyskocil, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Investment funds
Stephanie Breslow, Schulte Roth & Zabel

Labour & employment
Bettina Plevan, Proskauer Rose

Life sciences
M. Patricia Thayer, Sidley Austin

Kathy Patrick, Gibbs & Bruns

Media & entertainment
Marissa Román Griffith, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Mergers & acquisitions
Diane Kerr, Davis Polk & Wardwell

Margaret Boulware, Boulware & Valoir

Private equity
Franci Blassberg, Debevoise & Plimpton

Real estate
Meredith Kane, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Rising star
Marguerite Sullivan, Latham & Watkins

Structured finance
Anna Glick, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

Carrie Smit, Goodmans

Tax dispute resolution
Rosemarie Wertschek QC, McCarthy Tétrault

Linda McLeod, Finnegan

Transfer pricing
Patricia Gimbel Lewis, Caplin & Drysdale

Wealth management
Patricia Annino, Prince Lobel Tye

Outstanding achievement
Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky

Lifetime Achievement
Brooksley Born


Beretta Godoy

TozziniFreire Advogados

Central Americas
Arias & Muñoz

Correa Gubbins

Gomez-Pinzon Zuleta Abogados

Romero Arteta Ponce Asociados

Bufete Quijano

Arias & Muñoz

Estudio Echecopar

Hughes & Hughes

D'Empaire Reyna

McCarthy Tétrault

US Midwest
Schiff Hardin

US Northeast
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

US South
Fulbright & Jaworski

US West
Covington and Burling


Benchmark Litigation in-house award
Sara E Moss, Estée Lauder

International Financial Law Review in-house award
Sarah Lee, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

International Tax Review in-house award
Janice Lucceshi, Akzo Nobel

Managing IP in-house award
Lucy Nichols, Nokia

Best in-house team with under-50 lawyers
Estée Lauder

Best in-house team with over 50 lawyers


Best gender diversity initiative by national firm
Thompson Hine – Spotlight on women

Best gender diversity initiative by international firm
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft – Women's leadership initiative

Best international firm Latin America practice
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Most innovative international firm
Sullivan & Cromwell

Best firm for minority women lawyers
Covington & Burling – Diversity at Covington campaign

Best mentoring program
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom – Mentoring initiative

Best firm for work-life balance
Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison – Work/life balance program

Best firm for pro bono work
Hogan Lovells

Best national firm for talent management
McCarthy Tétrault – Parental leave program

Best international firm for talent management
Sidley Austin – Committee on retention and promotion of women (CRPW)

Best national firm for women in business law
Kenyon & Kenyon

Best international firm for women in business law
Latham & Watkins


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