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Women in Business Law Awards Europe 2021: shortlist revealed

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

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

The awards bring together Europe’s legal community to recognise the leading women lawyers from across the region and to 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 24 2021.

A preview of the practice area and Rising Star finalists can be found below, but the full list of finalists is available on the awards website. The Women in Business Law Awards research team carefully selected each finalist following 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 not 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 announce the winners on June 24 in a virtual awards presentation, followed by write-ups and analysis of all the most significant work. To find out more - and how you can promote your success - please contact Tanya Gujral:

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

Banking & finance Lawyer of the Year

Aleksandra Bańkowska - PwC Legal Żelaźnicki
Alexandra Valente - SRS Advogados
Anita Schläpfer - Schellenberg Wittmer
Denise Gibson - Allen & Overy
Mei Lian - Paul Hastings
Siobhan Carlin - William Fry
Tamsyn Mileham - Dentons
Vita Liberte - BDO

Insolvency & restructuring Lawyer of the Year

Aleksandra Bańkowska - PwC Legal Żelaźnicki
Andrea Gritsch - Wolf Theiss
Emma Simmonds - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Filipa Cotta - VdA
Jennifer Marshall - Allen & Overy
Magdalena Nitsche - Dorda
Shirley Ifrach-Azor - Lipa Meir & Co
Tessa Blank - Dentons

M&A Lawyer of the Year

Amy Mahon - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Andrea Gritsch - Wolf Theiss
Ani Kusheva - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Anita Horváth - Dentons
Clara-Ann Gordon - Niederer Kraft Frey
Duygu Turgut - Baker McKenzie
Lyndsey Laverack - Sidley Austin

Finance Rising Star

Inderveer Hothi - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Juanita Derex-Briggs - White & Case
Laura Houlihan - William Fry
MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto - Allen & Overy
Paulina Kimla-Kaczorowska - Greenberg Traurig
Priyanka Usmani - Baker McKenzie
Smridhi Gulati - Dechert
Vanessa Lawlor - Maples Group
Victoria Wyer - Dentons

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