Europe Women in Business Law Awards: 2017 winners

Author: IFLR Correspondent | Published: 16 Jun 2017
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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 seventh 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 Vanessa Blackmore of Sullivan & Cromwell who collected the Outstanding Practitioner award, and Dame Vivien Rose who received the Lifetime Achievement award.

In the firm categories, Baker McKenzie was named the best international firm for women in business law, and also received the prize for most innovative law firm. In other international categories, DLA Piper won the award for best gender diversity initiative, Allen & Overy was rewarded for best firm for work-life balance, Dentons 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 Melanie Petch on


Best in aviation

Catherine Deane
McCann Fitzgerald

Best in banking & finance

Jayanthi Sadanandan
Latham & Watkins

Best in capital markets: Debt

Elaine Keats

Best in capital markets: Equity

Natalie Walter
Covington & Burling

Best in commercial arbitration

Annet van Hooft
Bird & Bird

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

Lorraine Bayliss
Allen & Overy

Best in environment

Vanessa Havard-Williams

Best in financial regulation

Nadia Swann

Best in insolvency & restructuring

Katrina Buckley
Allen & Overy

Best in insurance & reinsurance

Dorothy Cory-Wright
Sidley Austin

Best in international trade

Miriam Gonzalez

Best in investment funds

Tara Doyle

Best in labour & employment

Mirjam de Blécourt
Baker McKenzie

Best in life sciences

Marianne Schaffner

Best in litigation

Carol Plunkett
William Fry

Best in mergers & acquisitions

Louise Nash
Covington & Burling

Best in patent

Zoë Butler
Powell Gilbert

Best in private equity

Annelies van der Pauw
Allen & Overy

Best in product liability

Cécile Derycke
Hogan Lovells

Best in real estate

Lina Nemchenko
Baker McKenzie

Best in shipping & maritime

Vivienne Pitroff
Holman Fenwick Willan

Best in structured finance (incl securitisation & derivatives)

Angela Clist
Allen & Overy

Best in tax

Véronique Millischer
Baker McKenzie

Best in tax dispute resolution

Sonia Velasco
Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira

Best in technology, media & telecommunications

Alexandra Neri
Herbert Smith Freehills

Best in trade mark

Isabelle Leroux

Best in transfer pricing

Caroline Silberztein
Baker McKenzie

Best in trusts & estates

Tina Wüstemann
Bär & Karrer

Best in white collar crime

Elizabeth Robertson
Skadden Arps Slate Meager & Flom

Rising star: Corporate

Kate McInerney
Allen & Overy

Rising star: Finance

Julia Dixon

Rising star: IP

Miriam Gundt
Hogan Lovells

Rising star: Litigation

Jenny Arlington
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Rising star: Tax

Laura Hoyland
White & Case


Best firm in Austria

Wolf Theiss

Best firm in Baltics


Best firm in Belgium

White & Case

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

Bird & Bird

Best firm in Finland

White & Case

Best firm in France

Bird & Bird

Best firm in Germany

Gleiss Lutz

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 Moura Marques Alves Pereira & Associados

Best firm in Romania

DLA Piper

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)

Powell Gilbert

Best firm in UK (international firm)

Baker McKenzie

Best firm in Middle East

Latham & Watkins


International Financial Law Review in-house award

Lucia Pivetta, Morgan Stanley

Managing IP in-house award

Patricia Hec, Novartis Pharma

Best in-house team (under 50 lawyers)


Best in-house team (over 50 lawyers)

Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Lifetime achievement

Dame Vivien Rose

Outstanding practitioner

Vanessa Blackmore
Sullivan & Cromwell


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

A&L Goodbody

Best international firm for minority women lawyers


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 Moura Marques Alves Pereira & Associados

Best international firm for pro bono work


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

Baker McKenzie




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