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Europe Women in Business Law Awards: 2016 winners

The best female lawyers from across the continent congregated at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London 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

Caroline 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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