Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2012 – winners announced

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The continent's 's leading female lawyers celebrated at Euromoney Legal Media Group's second annual Europe Women in Business Law Awards at the Savoy in London last night. The Competition Commission's Laura Carstensen and the Bar Council's Kim Hollis QC delivered the keynote addresses to an audience of in-house and private practice lawyers.

The lawyers had gathered to celebrate the achievements of the firms setting the standard in terms of female-friendly work practices, and women leading the field in the legal sector across Europe.

Ex-Simmons & Simmons senior partner and former Commissioner for Public Appointments Dame Janet Gaymer, collected the Lifetime Achievement award and Ingrid Simler QC, head of Devereux Chambers, picked up the Outstanding Achievement prize.

In the firm categories, Linklaters was named best international firm for women in business law. Baker & McKenzie collected the best firm for work-life balance, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft was named most innovative firm, DLA Piper was rewarded for its mentoring programme and White & Case picked up the best international firm for talent management.

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


Best in aviation
Vonnick le Guillou, Bird & Bird

Best in banking and finance
Nathalie Hobbs, Linklaters

Best in capital markets: Debt
Sarah Murphy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Best in capital markets: Equity
Gabriele Apfelbacher, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Best in commercial arbitration
Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler, Lévi Kaufmann-Kohler

Best in competition & antitrust
Catriona Hatton, Hogan Lovells

Best in copyright
Lisa Peets, Covington & Burling

Best in corporate governance
Pauliina Tenhunen, Castrén & Snellman

Best in energy, natural resources & mining
Penelope Warne, CMS Cameron McKenna

Best in environment
Vanessa Havard-Williams, Linklaters

Best in financial regulation
Ruth Fox, Slaughter and May

Best in insolvency & restructuring
Patricia Godfrey, Nabarro

Best in insurance & reinsurance
Helena Rempler, Mannheimer Swartling

Best in investment funds
Isabelle Lebbe, Arendt & Medernach

Best in labour & employment
Mirjam de Blécourt, Baker & McKenzie

Best in life sciences
Morag Macdonald, Bird & Bird

Best in litigation
Isabel Foley, Arthur Cox

Best in mergers & acquisitions
Frances Murphy, Slaughter and May

Best in offshore
Zillah Howard, Bedell

Best in patents
Penny Gilbert, Powell Gilbert

Best in private equity
Stephanie Biggs, Kirkland & Ellis

Best in product liability
Alison Brown, Arnold & Porter

Best in real estate
Anne Byrne, Linklaters

Rising star
Helen Crossley, Linklaters

Best in shipping and maritime
Ann Fenech, Fenech & Fenech

Best in structured finance
Sharon Lewis, Hogan Lovells

Best in tax
Sara Luder, Slaughter and May

Best in tax dispute resolution
Philippa Whipple QC, One Crown Office Row

Best in TMT
Dóra Petrányi, CMS Cameron McKenna

Best in trademark
Karen Fong, Rouse Legal

Best in transfer pricing
Isabel Verlinden, PwC

Best in trusts and estates
Shân Warnock-Smith QC, Five Stone Buildings

Best in white collar crime
Louise Delahunty, Sullivan & Cromwell


Wolf Theiss

Tark Grunte Sutkiene


Borislav Boyanov & Co

Chrysses Demetriades & Co

Czech Republic
CMS Cameron McKenna


Castrén & Snellman



Karatzas & Partners Law Firm

CMS Cameron McKenna

William Fry

Kantor Elhanani Tal & Co Advocates

Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale

Linkage & Mind




KPMG Malta

Baker & McKenzie


Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen

White & Case

Slovak Republic
Ružicka Csekes (in association with CMS)

Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira

Mannheimer Swartling

Pestalozzi Attorneys at law

Pekin & Pekin

UK national firm
Boodle Hatfield

UK international firm
CMS Cameron McKenna

DLA Piper


International Financial Law Review in-house award

Laura Holleman, Goldman Sachs

International Tax Review in-house award
Sarah Fahy, Sony

Managing IP in-house in-house award
Catriona Hammer, GE Healthcare

Best in-house team


Best gender diversity initiative by national firm

Mannheimer Swartling – Women's network and professional development programme

Best gender diversity initiative by international firm
Linklaters – Gender action plan (GAP)

Best firm for minority women lawyers
Hogan Lovells – London's role in the global strategic diversity business plan

Most innovative international firm
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

Best national firm mentoring programme
Arthur Cox – Firmwide mentoring

Best international firm mentoring programme
DLA Piper – The women's network mentoring programme

Best national firm for work-life balance
Boodle Hatfield – Policies on flexible working, enhanced maternity leave, home working, time off for dependents and job sharing

Best international firm for work-life balance
Baker & McKenzie – BakerBalance

Best firm for pro bono work
Clifford Chance

Best national firm for talent management
NautaDutilh Netherlands – Talent development at NautaDutilh

Best international firm for talent management
White & Case – Global women's initiative

Best national firm for women in business law
Boodle Hatfield

Best international firm for women in business law


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