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Women in Business Law Awards Americas 2021: shortlist revealed

The Women in Business Law Awards is excited to present its shortlist for the 2021 Americas Awards

The Women in Business Law Awards has released the full list of finalists for its 2021 Americas awards.

The awards bring together the whole of the Americas to recognise the leading women lawyers on both continents and celebrate the law firms that have launched impressive initiatives to promote diversity and women in the practice of law.

Winners will be announced on June 10 2021.

A preview of the practice area and Rising Star finalists can be found below, but the full list of the finalists is available on the awards website.  The Women in Business Law Awards research team carefully selected each finalist after a thorough research period which included an analysis of direct submissions, followed by interviews with law firms and in-house teams, client feedback, and much deliberation

Individual practitioners and Rising Stars are judged no only on the complexity of the work the nominees completed in 2020, but also on their advocacy, influence, and thought leadership in relation to the promotion of women in the practice of law and within practice area specialisms

Law firm initiatives are recognised across various categories, including for gender diversity and work-life balance.

All of the work accepted for shortlisting closed during the research period of January 1 to December 31 2020. The awards do not recognise cases, deals, or transactions completed outside of the research period.

If you have any questions regarding our research process, please contact John Harrison:

The Women in Business Law Awards will be announcing the winners on June 10 through a virtual awards presentation, followed by write-ups and analysis of all of the most significant work. To find out more - and to find out about how you can promote your success - please contact Rebecca Synnott:

Preview of the Women in Business Law Awards Americas 2021 shortlist:

Banking & finance Lawyer of the Year

Amy R Shapiro - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cindy J K Davis - Greenberg Traurig
Heather Viets - Weil Gotshall & Manges
Jennifer St John Yount - Paul Hastings
María Inés Arenales - BLP Legal
Rebecca Simmons - Sullivan & Cromwell
Sherri Snelson - White & Case

Insolvency & restructuring Lawyer of the Year

Alice Belisle Eaton - Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Cristine Pirro Schwarzman - Ropes & Gray
Debra Dandeneau - Baker McKenzie
Jessica C Lauria - White & Case
Lisa Schweitzer - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Naomi Moss - Akin Gump
Sarah Link Schultz - Akin Gump
Shari L Heyen - Greenberg Traurig

M&A Lawyer of the Year

Adriana Castro - BLP Legal
Anna Mello - Trench Rossi Watanabe
Barbara Becker - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Corina Bove - Guyer & Regules
Jane Goldstein - Ropes & Gray
Jenny Hochenberg - Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Kimberly Petillo-Décossard - Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Kimberly Spoerri - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Tali Sealman - White & Case

Financial Rising Star

Alcy Martínez – BLP Legal
April B Kim – Greenberg Traurig
Claudia Arietti – FERRERE
Crystal Kaldjob – Morrison & Foerster
Laura Lewis – Holland & Knight
Natasha Tsiouris – Davis Polk & Wardwell
Nicole Rodger – White & Case
Roshni Banker Cariello – Davis Polk & Wardwell

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