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Americas Women in Business Law Awards 2017: winners announced

The best female lawyers in the Americas gathered at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York last week to celebrate the achievements of women across firms, practice areas and jurisdictions.

The sixth annual Euromoney Women in Business Law awards brought together in-house and private practice lawyers to recognise the individuals, teams and firms setting a new standard in progressive work practices and leading the way in their field.

Last year's winners O'Melveny & Myers retained their position as the best international firm for women in business law, while Latham & Watkins took home the most innovative international firm award.

Elsewhere Weil Gotshal & Manges' Diane Sullivan received the prestigious outstanding practitioner award, and HP and Buzzfeed were named the region's top two in-house teams of the year.

Congratulations to all the winners; the full list is below.


INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Best in antitrust/competition

Fiona Schaeffer

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy

Best in aviation

Elizabeth Evans

Dentons

Best in banking & finance (inc. project finance)

Jennifer Hobbs

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Best in capital markets

Francesca Odell

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Best in commercial arbitration

Julie Bédard

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Best in copyright

Eleanor Lackman

Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard

Best in corporate governance

Valerie Radwaner

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Best in energy, natural resources & mining

María Teresa Quiñones

Rodrigo Elías & Medrano

Best in environment

Annemargaret Connolly

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Best in financial regulation

Barbara Mendelson

Morrison & Foerster

Best in insolvency & restructuring

Lisa Schweitzer

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Best in insurance & reinsurance

Robin Cohen

McKool Smith

Best in investment Funds

Elizabeth Lenas

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Best in labor & employment

Elise Bloom

Proskauer Rose

Best in life sciences

Jane Love

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Best in litigation

Sharon Nelles

Sullivan & Cromwell

Best in media & entertainment

Cynthia Arato

Shapiro Arato

Best in mergers and acquisitions

Barbara Becker

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Best in patent

Mary-Olga Lovett

Greenberg Traurig

Best in private equity

Carolyn Vardi

White & Case

Best in real estate

Deborah Ryan

Squire Patton Boggs

Best in structured finance (incl securitisation & derivatives)

Deborah Festa

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy

Best in tax

Amanda Nussbaum

Proskauer Rose

Best in tax dispute resolution

Emily Lam

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Best in technology

Daryn Grossman

Proskauer Rose

Best in trademark

Susan Heller

Greenberg Traurig

Best in transfer pricing

Larissa Neumann

Fenwick & West

Best in wealth management

Linda Hirschson

Greenberg Traurig


RISING STAR WINNERS

Rising star: Corporate

Rita-Anne O'Neill

Sullivan & Cromwell

Rising star: Finance

Faiza Rahman

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Rising star: IP

Mackenzie Martin

Baker McKenzie

Rising star: Litigation

Caroline Zalka

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Rising star: Tax

Julia Ushakova-Stein

Fenwick & West


COUNTRY AWARDS

Latin America

Best firm in Argentina

Zang Bergel & Viñes Abogados

Best firm in Brazil

Siqueira Castro Advogados

Best firm in Central Americas

Arias

Best firm in Chile

CorreaGubbins

Best firm in Colombia

Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta Abogados

Best firm in Ecuador

Ferrere

Best firm in Mexico

Dumont Bergman Bider & Co

Best firm in Panama

Arias

Best firm in Peru

Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Best firm in Uruguay

Guyer & Regules

Best firm in Venezuela

Estudio Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez

North America

Best firm in Canada

Bereskin & Parr

Best firm in US Midwest

Dentons

Best firm in US Northeast

Baker McKenzie

Best firm in US South

Squire Patton Boggs

Best firm in US West

Holland & Knight


FIRM AWARDS


Best gender diversity initiative by national firm (Latin America)

Machado Meyer Sendacz & Opice Advogados

Best gender diversity initiative by national firm (North America)

Holland & Knight

Best gender diversity initiative by international firm

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Best international firm Latin America practice

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCoy

Most innovative international firm

Latham & Watkins

Best firm for diversity (Latin America)

Beretta Godoy

Best firm for diversity (North America)

Holland & Knight

Best international firm for diversity

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Best national mentoring program (Latin America)

TozziniFreire Advogados

Best national mentoring program (North America)

Fenwick & West

Best international mentoring program

O'Melveny & Myers

Best national firm for work-life balance (Latin America)

CorreaGubbins

Best national firm for work-life balance (North America)

Squire Patton Boggs

Best international firm for work-life balance

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCoy

Best national firm for pro bono work (Latin America)

Arias

Best national firm for pro bono work (North America)

Fenwick & West

Best international firm for pro bono work

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Best national firm for talent management (Latin America)

Machado Meyer Sendacz & Opice Advogados

Best national firm for talent management (North America)

Thompson Hine

Best international firm for talent management

White & Case

Best national firm for women in business law (Latin America)

TozziniFreire Advogados

Best national firm for women in business law (North America)

Fenwick & West

Best international firm for women in business law

O'Melveny & Myers


IN-HOUSE/INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

Outstanding practitioner

Diane Sullivan

Weil Gotshal & Manges

Best corporate lawyer in Latin America

Corina Bove

Guyer & Regules

Best finance lawyer in Latin America

Cecilia Mairal

Marval O'Farrell & Mairal

Best intellectual property lawyer in Latin America

Iris Quadrio

Marval O'Farrell & Mairal

Best litigator in Latin America

Cristiane Romano

Machado Meyer Advogados

Best tax lawyer in Latin America

Carolina Flores Bedoya

Arias

Benchmark Litigation in-house award

Stacy Chen

Facebook

International Financial Law Review in-house award

Molly Russo

Credit Suisse

International Tax Review in-house award

Annaliese Kambour

Time Warner

Managing IP in-house award

Cynthia Tregillis

Western Digital

In-house team of the year (over 50 lawyers)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

In-house team of the year (under 50 lawyers)

Buzzfeed


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