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Inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards: Winners announced

America's leading female lawyers descended on New York's Essex House last night to celebrate Euromoney Legal Media Group's inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards.

New York City Council Member Gale A Brewer delivered the keynote address to an audience of in-house and private practice attorneys who had 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 the Americas.


Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, former United States Trade Representative collected the Outstanding Achievement award and Brooksley Born, former chair of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, picked up the Lifetime Achievement prize.


While in the firm categories, Latham & Watkins was named best international firm for women in business law. Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft collected the best gender diversity initiative by international firm, Sullivan & Cromwell was named most innovative firm, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom were rewarded for their mentoring program and Sidley Austin picked up the best international firm for talent management.


A full list of winners is detailed. For more information contact Melanie Petch at mpetch@euromoneyplc.com.


INDIVIDUAL AWARDS


Antitrust/competition

Margaret Zwisler, Latham & Watkins


Aviation

Maria Regina Mangabeira Albernaz Lynch, Motta Fernandes Rocha -Advogados


Banking & finance

Margaret Peponis, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton


Capital markets

Stacy Kanter, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom


Commercial arbitration

Julie Bédard, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom


Copyright

Dale Cendali, Kirkland & Ellis


Corporate governance

Holly Gregory, Weil Gotshal & Manges


Energy, natural resources & mining

Karol Lyn Newman, McDermott Will & Emery


Environment

Michèle Corash, Morrison & Foerster


Financial regulation

Annette Nazareth, Davis Polk & Wardwell


Insolvency & restructuring

Marcia Goldstein, Weil Gotshal & Manges


Insurance & reinsurance

Mary Kay Vyskocil, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett


Investment funds

Stephanie Breslow, Schulte Roth & Zabel


Labour & employment

Bettina Plevan, Proskauer Rose


Life sciences

M. Patricia Thayer, Sidley Austin


Litigation

Kathy Patrick, Gibbs & Bruns


Media & entertainment

Marissa Román Griffith, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld


Mergers & acquisitions

Diane Kerr, Davis Polk & Wardwell


Patent

Margaret Boulware, Boulware & Valoir


Private equity

Franci Blassberg, Debevoise & Plimpton


Real estate

Meredith Kane, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison


Rising star

Marguerite Sullivan, Latham & Watkins


Structured finance

Anna Glick, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft


Tax

Carrie Smit, Goodmans


Tax dispute resolution

Rosemarie Wertschek QC, McCarthy Tétrault


Trademark

Linda McLeod, Finnegan


Transfer pricing

Patricia Gimbel Lewis, Caplin & Drysdale


Wealth management

Patricia Annino, Prince Lobel Glovsky Tye


Outstanding achievement

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky


Lifetime Achievement

Brooksley Born



REGIONAL AWARDS


Argentina

Beretta Godoy


Brazil

TozziniFriere Advogados


Central Americas

Arias & Muñoz


Chile

Correa Gubbins


Colombia

Gomez-Pinzon Zuleta Abogados


Ecuador

Romero Arteta Ponce Asociados


Mexico

Bufete Quijano


Panama

Arias & Muñoz


Peru

Estudio Echecopar


Uruguay

Hughes & Hughes


Venezuela

D'Empaire Reyna


Canada

McCarthy Tétrault


US Midwest

Schiff Hardin


US Northeast

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom


US South

Fulbright & Jaworski


US West

Covington and Burling




IN-HOUSE WINNERS


Benchmark Litigation in-house award

Sara E Moss, Estée Lauder


International Financial Law Review in-house award

Sarah Lee, Bank of America Merrill Lynch


International Tax Review in-house award

Janice Lucceshi, Akzo Nobel


Managing IP in-house award

Lucy Nichols, Nokia


Best in-house team with under-50 lawyers

Estée Lauder


Best in-house team with over 50 lawyers

Citi




FIRM AWARDS

Best gender diversity initiative by national firm

Thompson Hine – Spotlight on women


Best gender diversity initiative by international firm

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft – Women's leadership initiative


Best international firm Latin America practice

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton


Most innovative international firm

Sullivan & Cromwell


Best firm for minority women lawyers

Covington & Burling – Diversity at Covington campaign


Best mentoring program

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom – Mentoring initiative


Best firm for work-life balance

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison – Work/life balance program


Best firm for pro bono work

Hogan Lovells


Best national firm for talent management

McCarthy Tétrault – Parental leave program


Best international firm for talent management

Sidley Austin – Committee on retention and promotion of women (CRPW)


Best national firm for women in business law

Kenyon & Kenyon


Best international firm for women in business law

Latham & Watkins


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