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Law Firm of the Year: Austria

This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Remember to focus your entry on work and initiatives relating to Austria rather than the wider CEE region. Judges will be asked to take note of this when judging entries.

Previous winners:

2017 - Wolf Theiss
2016 -  Binder Grösswang
2015 - Schoenherr
2014 - Wolf Theiss
2012 - Schoenherr
2011 - Binder Grösswang
2010 - Schoenherr
2009 - CHSH Cerha Hempel Spiegelfeld Hlawati

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Law Firm of the Year: Benelux

This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Previous winners:

2017 - Rutgers & Posch
2016 - AKD
2015 – Rutgers & Posch
2014 – Houthoff Buruma
2012 – Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick
2011 - Stibbe
2010 - Houthoff Buruma
2009 – NautaDutilh

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Law Firm of the Year: Central Europe
Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Liechtenstein

This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Remember to focus your entry on work and initiatives relating to these countries. Judges will be asked to take note of this when judging entries.

Previous winners:

2017 - Kinstellar
2016 - Kinstellar
2015 - BBH
2014 – Wolf Theiss
2012 – PRK Partners
2011 - Salans
2010 - Wolf Theiss
2009 – Schoenherr

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Law Firm of the Year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans

Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia

This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Remember to focus your entry on work and initiatives relating to these countries. Judges will be asked to take note of this when judging entries.

Previous winners:

2017 - Karanovic & Nikolic
2016 - Schoenherr
2015 – Wolf Theiss
2014 – Karanovic & Nikolic
2012 – Wolf Theiss
2011 – Borislav Boyanov & Co
2010 – Tuca Zbarcea & Asociatii
2009 – Wolf Theiss

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Law Firm of the Year: France
This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Previous winners:

2017 - Jeantet
2016 - Franklin
2015 – De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés
2014 – Franklin
2012 – August & Debouzy
2011 - Bredin Prat
2010 – Salans
2009 – Gide Loyrette Nouel

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Law Firm of the Year: Germany
This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Previous winners:

2017 - Gleiss Lutz
2016 - Flick Gocke Schaumburg
2015 - Noerr
2014 – Hengeler Mueller
2012 – Noerr
2011 – Schultze & Braun
2010 – Hengeler Mueller
2009 - CMS Hasche Sigle

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Law Firm of the Year: Iberia
This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Previous winners:

2017 - VdA - Vieira de Almeida
2016 - GARRIGUES
2015 - PLMJ
2014 – Vieira de Almeida
2012 - PLMJ
2011 - Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira
2010 - Uría Menéndez
2009 - Garrigues

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Law Firm of the Year: Italy
This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Previous winners:

2017 - BonelliErede
2016 - LEXELLENT
2015 – Bonelli Erede Pappalardo
2014 – Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners
2012 - Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners
2011 – LABLAW
2010 - Chiomenti Studio Legale
2009 - NCTM Studio Legale Associato

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Law Firm of the Year: Republic of Ireland
This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Previous winners:

2017 - A&L Goodbody
2016 - McCann FitzGerald
2015 – A&L Goodbody
2014 – A&L Goodbody
2012 – Arthur Cox
2011 - Matheson Ormsby Prentice
2010 - Matheson Ormsby Prentice
2009 - A&L Goodbody

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Law Firm of the Year: Russia, Ukraine and the CIS
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia,Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Previous winners:

2017 - Aequo
2016 - Integrites

RUSSIA

2015 - Alrud
2014 – Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
2012 – Pepeliaev Group
2011 - Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
2010 – Magisters
2009 – Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

UKRAINE & CIS

2015 - Asters
2014 - Asters

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Law Firm of the Year: Switzerland
This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Previous winners:

2017 - Niederer Kraft & Frey
2016 - Niederer Kraft & Frey
2015 - Bär & Karrer
2014 - Bär & Karrer
2012 – Schellenberg Wittmer
2011 - Bär & Karrer
2010 – Bär & Karrer
2009 – Schellenberg Wittmer

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Law Firm of the Year: The Baltics
This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Previous winners:

2017 - Sorainen
2016 - SORAINEN
2015 – Tark Grunte Sutkiene
2014 – Sorainen
2012 - Lawin
2011 – Lawin
2010 – Mannheimer Swartling
2009 – Lawin

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Law Firm of the Year: The Nordics
This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Previous winners:

2017 - Wiersholm
2016 – Plesner
2015 - Roschier
2014 - Castrén & Snellman Attorneys
2012 - Schjødt
2011 - Magnusson
2010 - Mannheimer Swartling
2009 - Lawin

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Law Firm of the Year: Turkey
This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Previous winners:

2017 - Çukur & Yılmaz
2016 - Çukur & Yilmaz
2015 - Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı
2014 – Mehmet Gun & Partners
2012 – Bener Law Office
2011 - Bezen & Partners

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European finance deal of the year

Entries for this category should focus on one standout transaction completed between 1 October 2016 and the present time involving Continental European clients and offices. Entries are welcomed for both domestic and cross-border work for Continental European clients, led from Continental European offices from any firm. Work led from London is not eligible for entry in this category.

Entries may come from a single firm or more than one firm working as co-counsel for a single client across several jurisdictions. Multiple entries from one firm are acceptable.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers). 

The entry form will ask you for:

A) Full details of the chosen deal including:

1. Overview of the case / matter / transaction
2. Market context
3. History of the client relationship
4. Evidence of technical/structural innovation
5. Evidence of innovation in client service, including pricing
6. Measurable outcomes

B) A list of all major parties (individuals and firms) involved in the deal, including (where appropriate) key advisers, associates, partners and in-house counsel.

C) Supporting evidence of the team’s performance over the year, including details of:

1. Innovation in pricing and service delivery
2. Client wins
3. Efficacy in closing deals
4. Sensitivity to political considerations
5. Outcomes – what does your work mean to the clients you serve
6. Precedents set

Please note that while the strongest entries should address most of these points, it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit

Previous winners:
2017 - Cuatrecasas 
2016 - FRORIEP 
2015 – A&L Goodbody
2014 - Broseta

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European corporate deal of the year

This category is open to transactional teams from any firm. We are looking for excellence in one of the following fields: IPOs on any exchange, public M&A, private equity or corporate reorganisations. Entries are welcomed for both domestic and cross-border work for Continental European clients, led from Continental European offices. Work led from London is not eligible for entry in this category.

Entries into this category should focus on one standout transaction from 1 October 2016 until the present time and may come from a single firm or more than one firm working as co-counsel for a single client across several jurisdictions. Multiple entries from one firm are acceptable.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers). 

The entry form will ask you for:

A) Full details of the chosen deal including:

1. Overview of the case / matter / transaction
2. Market context
3. History of the client relationship
4. Evidence of technical/structural innovation
5. Evidence of innovation in client service, including pricing
6. Measurable outcomes

B) A list of all major parties (individuals and firms) involved in the deal, including (where appropriate) key advisers, associates, partners and in-house counsel.

C) Supporting evidence of the team’s performance over the year, including details of:

1. Innovation in pricing and service delivery
2. Client wins
3. Efficacy in closing deals
4. Sensitivity to political considerations
5. Outcomes – what does your work mean to the clients you serve
6. Precedents set

Please note that while the strongest entries should address most of these points, it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit

Previous winners:
2017 - A&L Goodbody 
2016 - William Fry
2015 – Latham & Watkins
2014 – Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners

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European energy and infrastructure deal of the year

This category is open to all firms involved in projects across Continental Europe and should focus on one stand-out project from 1 October 2016 to the present time. The entry form should focus on work carried out in the eligibility period although we acknowledge that some deals may have started before this date. Entries are welcomed for both domestic and cross-border work for Continental European clients, led from Continental European offices. Work led from London is not eligible for entry in this category. 

Entries may come from a single firm or more than one firm working as co-counsel for a single client across several jurisdictions. Multiple entries from one firm are acceptable.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers). 

The entry form will ask you for:

A) Full details of the chosen deal including:

1. Overview of the case / matter / transaction
2. Market context
3. History of the client relationship
4. Evidence of technical/structural innovation
5. Evidence of innovation in client service, including pricing
6. Measurable outcomes

B) A list of all major parties (individuals and firms) involved in the deal, including (where appropriate) key advisers, associates, partners and in-house counsel.

C) Supporting evidence of the team’s performance over the year, including details of:

1. Innovation in pricing and service delivery
2. Client wins
3. Efficacy in closing deals
4. Sensitivity to political considerations
5. Outcomes – what does your work mean to the clients you serve
6. Precedents set

Please note that while the strongest entries should address most of these points, it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit

Previous winners:
2017 - Herbert Smith Freehills 
2016 - Bezen & Partners
2015 – Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
2014 – Herbert Smith Freehills

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European specialist law firm of the year

This category is open to independent law firms in Europe which have a clear specialism. Firms headquartered outside Europe, or those which are branded members of an international alliance, are excluded.

The specialist law firm of the year award will be given to a firm of any size which focuses exclusively, or predominantly, on one practice area or sector. 

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. Firms should be able to show that they have developed or progressed their strategic vision during the year - this may be through lateral recruitment or acquisitions, the opening of new offices or the forging of new alliances. Evidence of programmes which recognise diversity, social mobility and employee retention is encouraged. 

The entry form will ask you for:

1.    Evidence of:
a.    Strategic vision and strong leadership
b.    Strong financial management and growth
c.    Innovation in client service delivery 
d.    Innovation in pricing
e.    Excellent talent management and workplace development
f.    Key clients
g.    Significant client wins and feedback
h.    Recent hires and investment
i.    Leadership team (including biographies)

2.    You will also be asked to provide details of up to three cases or transactions which demonstrate:
a. Excellence in the firm’s chosen field
b. Depth and breadth of expertise
c. Commercial strength
d. Market share and evidence of both growth and retention within their client list
e. Legal and/or entrepreneurial innovation
f. Evidence of market leading strategy

Please provide as much evidence as possible of the firm’s achievements during the year, including financial performance, examples of deals or cases and new initiatives within the firm. Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers). 

Previous winners:
2017 - Grau & Angulo 
2016 - betto seraglini
2015 – Sagardoy Abogados
2014 – Lexellent
2012 - Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale
2011 – AL - Assistenza Legale
2010 - Grau & Angulo
2009 - LABLAW - Studio Legale Failla Rotondi & Partners

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Global in-house lawyer of the year

The entry form should focus on work carried out in the eligibility period of 1 October 2016 to present day. 

This category is open to individuals based anywhere in the world who have carried out work in Europe, for a European client or with a strong relevance to European law.

You may enter this category yourself or be nominated by a third party such as a colleague or a private practice legal professional.

The global in-house lawyer of the year will be an individual who stands out for the way they are leading their in-house team on a global basis. Innovation in service delivery and efforts in relationship-building will be taken into account, while we will also look for general counsel and other senior individuals who have led a business-transforming deal or initiative. There must be a European angle to the work that the individual has carried out and the entry should demonstrate as many as possible of the following:

  • How the candidate has aligned the legal strategy to enhance overall company performance
  • How the candidate has influenced the strategy and direction of the company
  • Innovation and best practice in areas such as pricing
  • Strong management skills both internally (where appropriate) and externally
  • Excellence in leadership
  • Instances in which the candidate has successfully implemented or championed internal initiatives such as mentoring schemes / CSR policy / panel reviews
  • Career history: education, training & work history

Previous winners:
2017 - Nina Macpherson, Ericsson 
2016 - Rob Miller, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, King Digital Entertainment

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Global strategic initiative of the year

This category is open to any firm. 

This category is designed to recognise a single initiative carried out by any law firm focusing on building its global presence. Examples could include the development of a bespoke or exclusive alliance network with other firms, a secondment programme, or a particular initiative to support a single client. 

Judges will be looking for a truly innovative initiative with concrete evidence of success, whether in financial terms or by winning new instructions. 

The entry form will ask you for:

• Description of the initiative being submitted (including jurisdictions focused on)

• Evidence as to how this initiative has succeeded (including financial performance or details of client wins) 

• Evidence of how this initiative fits into the wider firm strategy and how you plan to build on it in the future

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers). 

Previous winners:
2017 – Gowling WLG 
2016 - Uría Menéndez - PPU

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Global network of the year

This category is open to any branded membership network worldwide. Individual firms are not eligible.

The winner of this category will be a membership network for law firms which stands out for its innovation and vision. The network may be an established player or a newcomer to the legal scene, but it will have a clearly-defined strategy which makes it distinct from its rivals.

Entrants should include examples of initiatives in areas such as diversity, training, professional development and networking and include evidence for their success.

The entry form will ask you for:

• Significant operational developments by the network within the past year (examples may include new members or structural change)

• Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work between member firms (include examples of clients you are working with where possible)

• Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, training and professional development by the network

• Evidence of how your network plans to develop its long-term strategy

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers). 

Previous winners:
2017 - Multilaw 
2016 - L&E Global

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European managing partner of the year

This category is open only to independent law firms in Europe. Firms headquartered outside Europe, or those which are branded members of an international alliance, are excluded. 

The title of European managing partner of the year will be given to an outstanding leader (managing partner or similar, eg chairman), who has driven his or her firm forward with vision and sound judgment. The firm can be a boutique firm or a full-service leader in its country, but the submission must be able to show how the managing partner has impacted its recent success. 

Judges will be looking for evidence of initiatives led by the managing partner which have improved client service, won work or clients, or changed the culture of the firm. The managing partner may also be fee-earning, but the emphasis should be on his or her management and leadership skills rather than billings. 

The judging team reserve the right to add candidates who may not have entered but are judged to fulfil the criteria. 

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers). 

Previous winners:
2017 - Eugenija Sutkiene, Tark Grunte Sutkiene 
2016 - Luis de Carlos, Uría Menéndez
2015 – Dimitry Afanasiev, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
2014 – Manuel Martin, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
2012 - Florentin Ţuca, Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii
2011 - Luís Sáragga Leal, PLMJ
2010 - Manuel Martin, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo
2009 - Pádraig Ó Ríordáin, Arthur Cox

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It is not possible to nominate yourself for this category.

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Once again we are inviting nominations for firms which stand out as being fantastic referral partners. The winning firm will be one which has made extraordinary efforts to build and maintain a relationship with a peer overseas, either on one deal or over a prolonged period of time.

Previous winners:
2015 - Strelia

European law firm of the year

IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO ENTER THIS CATEGORY 

The European firm of the year 2018 will be chosen from the winners of the regional categories.

Previous winners:
2017 - Niederer Kraft & Frey 
2016 - SORAINEN
2015 – A&L Goodbody
2014 – Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
2012 – Noerr
2011 - Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira
2010 - Salans
2009 - Garrigues 

 

 

Law Firm of the Year: Poland

This category is only open to independent firms. Those which are headquartered outside Continental Europe or are members of a branded international alliance are ineligible.

To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one.

Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.

We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.

The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all of these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:

  • Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
  • Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
  • Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee training and development in this region/jurisdiction
  • Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
  • Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients

You will also be asked to detail financial performance; it is beneficial to provide some information in this area if possible. If you wish this information to be kept confidential and for judges’ eyes only please ensure you mark it as CONFIDENTIAL on the form.

Once complete the entry template should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding headers).

Remember to focus your entry on work and initiatives relating to Poland rather than the wider region. Judges will be asked to take note of this when judging entries.

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