Europe Women in Business Law Awards: 2016 winners

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The best female lawyers from across the continent congregated at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London last night to celebrate Euromoney Legal Media Group's sixth annual Europe Women in Business Law Awards.

An audience of in-house and private practice lawyers 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 Europe.

Those in attendance heard speeches from Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort of Baker & McKenzie who collected the Outstanding Practitioner award, and The Hon Mrs Justice Carr who received the Lifetime Achievement award.

In the firm categories, DLA Piper was named the best international firm for women in business law, and also received the prize for best international gender diversity firm. In other international categories, Baker & McKenzie won the award for most innovative firm, Allen & Overy was rewarded for best firm for work-life balance, Hogan Lovell was named the best firm for minority women lawyers, and White & Case was declared the best firm for talent management.

A full list of winners is detailed below. For more information, please contact Alissa Rozen on


Best in aviation
Vonnick Le Guillou, DLA Piper

Best in banking & finance
Jay Sadanandan, Latham & Watkins

Best in capital markets: Debt
Elaine Keats, Linklaters

Best in capital markets: Equity
Natalie Walter, Covington & Burling

Best in commercial arbitration
Wendy Miles QC, Boies Schiller & Flexner

Best in competition & antitrust
Jacquelyn MacLennan, White & Case

Best in copyright
Lisa Peets, Covington & Burling

Best in corporate governance
Marta Frąckowiak, DLA Piper

Best in energy, natural resources & mining
Nina Bowyer, Herbert Smith Freehills

Best in environment
Vanessa Havard-Williams, Linklaters

Best in financial regulation
Helen Marshall, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Best in insolvency & restructuring
Jennifer Marshall, Allen & Overy

Best in insurance & reinsurance
Dorothy Cory-Wright, Sidley Austin

Best in international trade
Lourdes Catrain, Hogan Lovells

Best in investment funds
Tara Doyle, Matheson

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

Best in life sciences
Marianne Schaffner, Dechert

Best in litigation
Carol Plunkett, William Fry

Best in mergers & acquisitions
Louise Nash, Covington & Burling

Best in offshore
Zillah Howard, Bedell

Best in patent
Morag Peberdy, Covington & Burling

Best in private equity
Annelies van der Pauw, Allen & Overy

Best in product liability
Cécile Derycke, Hogan Lovells

Best in real estate
Françoise Maigrot, Linklaters

Best in shipping & maritime
Vivienne Pitroff, Holman Fenwick Willan

Best in structured finance (incl securitisation & derivatives)
Angela Clist, Allen & Overy

Best in tax
Nicole Looks, Baker & McKenzie

Best in tax dispute resolution
Sonia Velasco, Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira

Best in technology, media & telecommunications
Zoë Butler, Powell Gilbert

Best in trade mark
Marie-Aimée de Dampierre, Hogan Lovells

Best in transfer pricing
Ágata Uceda, KPMG Meijburg & Co

Best in trusts & estates
Nora Lillis, William Fry

Best in white collar crime
Judith Seddon, Clifford Chance

Rising star: Corporate
Caroline-Lucy Moran, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Rising star: Finance
Linda Taylor, Linklaters

Rising star: IP
Bethan Hopewell, Powell Gilbert

Rising star: Litigation
Nathalie Allen Prince, Boies Schiller & Flexner

Rising star: Tax
Susanne Schreiber, Bär & Karrer


Best firm in Austria
Wolf Theiss

Best firm in Baltics
Tark Grunte Sutkiene

Best firm in Belgium
Allen & Overy

Best firm in Bulgaria
Djingov Gouginski Kyutchukov & Velichkov

Best firm in Croatia
Wolf Theiss

Best firm in Cyprus
Chrysses Demetriades & Co

Best firm in Czech Republic

Best firm in Denmark

Best firm in Finland
White & Case

Best firm in France
Bird & Bird

Best firm in Germany
King & Wood Mallesons

Best firm in Greece
Karatzas & Partners Law Firm

Best firm in Hungary
bpv Jádi Németh Attorneys at Law

Best firm in Ireland
Arthur Cox

Best firm in Israel
S Friedman & Co

Best firm in Italy
Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale

Best firm in Kazakhstan

Best firm in Luxembourg
Arendt & Medernach

Best firm in Malta
Fenech & Fenech Advocates

Best firm in Netherlands
Bird & Bird

Best firm in Norway

Best firm in Poland
DLA Piper

Best firm in Portugal
Abecasis Azoia Moura Marques & Associados

Best firm in Romania
Wolf Theiss

Best firm in Russia
White & Case

Best firm in Slovak Republic
CMS Ružička Csekes

Best firm in Spain
Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira

Best firm in Sweden

Best firm in Switzerland
Pestalozzi Attorneys at Law

Best firm in Turkey
White & Case

Best firm in Ukraine
DLA Piper

Best firm in UK (national firm)
Boodle Hatfield

Best firm in UK (international firm)
Allen & Overy

Best firm in Middle East
Latham & Watkins


International Financial Law Review in-house award
Carolyn Boey, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

International Tax Review in-house award
Carolina Graterol, Rosen Group

Managing IP in-house award
Gill Smith, Dyson

Best in-house team (under 50 lawyers)

Best in-house team (over 50 lawyers)
Goldman Sachs


Lifetime achievement
The Hon. Mrs Justice Carr

Outstanding practitioner
Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort, Baker & McKenzie


Best gender diversity initiative by national firm
Cuatrecasas Gonҫalves Pereira

Best gender diversity initiative by international firm
DLA Piper

Best national firm for minority women lawyers
Advokatfirman Lindahl

Best international firm for minority women lawyers
Hogan Lovells

Most innovative international firm
Baker & McKenzie

Best national firm mentoring programme
Arthur Cox

Best international mentoring programme

Best national firm for work-life balance
Borenius Attorneys

Best international firm for work-life balance
Allen & Overy

Best national firm for pro bono work
Abecasis Azoia Moura Marques & Associados

Best international firm for pro bono work
Baker & McKenzie

Best national firm for talent management
Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale

Best international firm for talent management
White & Case

Best national firm for women in business law
Arthur Cox

Best international firm for women in business law
DLA Piper


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