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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.”

Baker McKenzie forms Global Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie announces new Global Race & Ethnicity Task Force which will work across the Firm’s 77 offices in 46 countries and in concert with our efforts at a regional level, to help implement and operationalise programs to advance racial and ethnic diversity.

The Task Force will be led by Miguel Noyola based in our Chicago office and members include Claudia Benavides (Bogota), Anna Brown (New York), Sunny Mann (London), Anna Mello (Rio de Janeiro), Yoshiaki Muto (Tokyo), Veleka Peeples-Dyer (Washington DC), Joyce Smith (San Francisco), Kate Stonestreet (London) and Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort (Munich).

The Task Force will oversee allyship and anti-racism training; sponsorship of our Black colleagues and members of other underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; and a review of our recruitment and client programs. This work will also closely be connected to our program on social mobility and diverse pipeline efforts and will help progress other important D&I programs.

Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort, Chair of the Firm’s Global Diversity & Inclusion Committee commented: “Advancing Racial and Ethnic diversity has always been one of our most important D&I priorities and this Task Force will strive to effect change and to really make a difference. As a Firm we are proud of what we have achieved together on gender diversity and on LGBT+ inclusion. We can and must also make similar progress on racial and ethnic diversity.

“Change starts from within, and we must all embrace the need for change together. We are encouraging everyone to learn, reflect and work to become a more active ally. We need to open our minds and our hearts to the experiences of our Black community — there is so much for us to learn, to understand, and to reflect upon before change happens.”

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