Veronica Relea Named Among Top 100 Female Lawyers in Latin America

Latinvex has named New York partner Veronica Relea to its Latin America’s Top Female Lawyers list for the fourth year in a row. The annual list recognises the top 100 female lawyers from international law firms who are doing business in the region. Latinvex’s selection criteria includes recent track record on major deals and business, prominence of the firm in Latin America, and rankings.

Relea, a member of Latham’s market-leading Project Development & Finance and Latin America Practices, has developed a robust Latin America practice advising clients on a range of complex finance transactions. She represents commercial and investment banks, sponsors, developers, and private equity firms in connection with the development, construction, operation, and financing of energy, oil and gas, and infrastructure projects. Relea also has extensive experience in leveraged finance transactions, including acquisition financings and asset-based facilities.

A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Relea is also recognised for her work by The Legal 500 Latin America and The Legal 500 US.

Farmida Bi recognised in HERoes 100 Women Executives List

Norton Rose Fulbright’s Chair of Europe, Middle East and Asia, Farmida Bi, has been recognised in HERoes 100 Role Women Executives List 2020. This is the second time Farmida has been included in the list. The list, supported by Yahoo! Finance, showcases business leaders who are breaking down barriers in the workplace and seeking to drive workplace equality and inclusion.

Farmida is also the firm’s European Head of Islamic Finance. She has more than 20 years of experience in capital markets and Islamic finance transactions, advising on English and New York law.

Farmida has been included in the HERoes 100 Women Executives List based on her work done internally and externally to champion women, and her recent and significant business achievements. As Chair of the firm’s Partnership Committee and Audit Committee as well as a steering group member of the firm’s Women’s Network (WIN), she has worked to recruit more women to management positions, created spaces for meaningful discussions and organised successful inclusion-focused events.

A leading individual for Islamic finance and for debt capital markets in Legal 500 UK 2020, Farmida commented:

“To be included in this list for the second consecutive year is an honour, especially alongside such talented women. At Norton Rose Fulbright, we remain dedicated to creating a workplace which is diverse and inclusive. We value diversity and the opportunities it provides to widen our horizons and understand our clients, and each other.”

Farmida has previously been listed in Financial news Most Influential Women in Europe Finance (2019) and was recognised as an “Outstanding Practitioner” at the International Financial Law Review Women in Business Law Awards. She was also listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2019.

Baker McKenzie Named Best Firm for Women in Business Law

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie took home three awards at Euromoney’s European Women in Business Law 20120 event last night, including overall Best International Firm for Women in Business Law for the fourth year running.

The awards, which took place virtually this year, due to COVID-19, recognise individual lawyers at the top of their chosen fields, and firms that have shown outstanding commitment to the development of women in the legal profession.

Baker McKenzie was also named Best International Firm for Gender Diversity, and Corinne Schot, Managing Partner of the Firm’s Amsterdam office, was named Structured Finance and Securitisation lawyer of the year.

Speaking after the ceremony, Baker McKenzie’s Global Chair of Diversity & Inclusion, Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort, said, “I am so proud of the work our firm does to champion women in the workplace and these awards reflect our continued commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion at Baker McKenzie and in the legal profession. Last year, we became the first global law firm to announce global aspirational targets set at 40:40:20 per cent gender diversity, so I am delighted that our work is continuing to be recognised. Congratulations to our winners and nominees on this well-deserved recognition.”

Duane Morris Cannabis Industry Group Recognised by Business Insider

Duane Morris has been named a top law firm for cannabis law by Business Insider. The publication reached out to 29 players in the cannabis industry, from VCs to start-ups to multistate operators, to get their take on the best law firms in the industry.

Firm Profile from the Publication

Founded: 1904

Involved in cannabis: 2015

Recommended by: Panther Opportunity Fund, Salveo Capital

About: Duane Morris’ cannabis industry group, which has been around since 2015, is led by Seth A. Goldberg (Philadelphia), Tracy Gallegos (San Francisco/Las Vegas) and Paul P. Josephson (Cherry Hill, NJ).

Their clients range from those directly cultivating and selling cannabis products to investors in the industry. A spokesperson for the firm said that the group advises clients in a variety of areas, including regulatory, intellectual property, and litigation law.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit the Business Insider website (subscription required).

CBRE recognised For sustained excellence

CBRE Group, Inc. today announced that the company has been recognised as an “All Star” firm in IAOP®’s annual assessment of global outsourcing companies across all industries. IAOP also recognised CBRE for “sustained excellence” for its continued high performance in the program over the last several years.

The 2020 Global Outsourcing 100 (GO100) recognises the world’s best outsourcing service providers and advisors. This list is based on applications received, and judging is based on a rigorous scoring methodology that includes an independent review by an independent panel of IAOP customer members with extensive experience in selecting outsourcing service providers and advisors for their organisations.

CBRE again achieved top honours in all the program’s judging categories this year, including customer references, awards and certifications, programs for innovation and programs for corporate social responsibility.

“Our continued recognition among IAOP’s top global outsourcers reflects the close bonds we have forged with our clients and the tireless efforts of our teams in delivering truly differentiated outcomes,” said Jack Durburg, CEO of Global Workplace Solutions for CBRE. “That is especially true in our current operating environment, which has required collaborative, transparent and innovative solutioning in dealing with unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19.”

CBRE provides integrated services for occupiers of commercial real estate, including facilities management, transaction services, project management, and strategic consulting.

“Companies that outsource, not only in the traditional sense but also through the wide array of the ever-changing collaborative business models, are scrutinising their providers very closely, which is why choosing the right partners is more important than ever,” said Debi Hamill, IAOP CEO. “The GO100 is the definitive guide to help companies research and compare service providers with whom they are considering relationships.”

About CBRE

CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2019 revenue). The company has more than 100,000 employees (excluding affiliates) and serves real estate investors and occupiers through more than 530 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services.

Richard Lewis and Emily Reid featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list

Hogan Lovells litigation partner, Richard Lewis, and Head of Financial Services, Emily Reid, are featured in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list, published today.

The prestigious list from leading UK legal magazine The Lawyer celebrates the most innovative and creative lawyers in the UK from private practice, in-house and the Bar.

Richard Lewis was recognised by The Lawyer for his work on complex CIS-related matters such as his ongoing work on the PrivatBank case against its former owners Kolomoisky and Bogolyubov. He has also recently picked up a major new mandate in the Kazakhstan Kagazy litigation.

The Lawyer commented: “In the UK legal market, Hogan Lovells litigation partner Richard Lewis is the go-to guy for complex CIS-related matters.”

Emily Reid heads the Hogan Lovells Financial Services practice and leads the Banking, Lending and Payments practice. Innovation has always been a significant part of Emily’s practice from her ground-breaking work on the UK’s first ever debit card to advising Zopa, the world’s first peer-to peer lender and challengers, such as Curve, on bringing their ground breaking products to market.

The Lawyer commented: “In the tech community, Reid is a fairy godmother for early-stage companies, leading a mentoring programme that each year provides 10 fintech-focused start-ups with £25,000 worth of free legal advice. In 2020, she will capitalise on that knowledge by encapsulating it into chatbots that will answer client queries automatically 24/7.”

Richard and Emily commented: “It is a privilege to be considered among the best lawyers in the UK. We are both delighted with today’s recognition.”