Chambers Europe Awards 2020

Due to the growing concern around the recent developments resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the international nature of this event, we would like to inform you that our Chambers Awards: Europe 2020 has been made digital.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but the health and wellbeing of our partners, speakers, attendees and employees is of the utmost importance to us.

However, as the event was set to be a fantastic evening of celebration, we would still like to recognise firms from across the region. We will therefore be announcing the awards online on our twitter account @chambersguides using #ChambersEuropeAwards. This will take place at 1:00pm CEST on Friday 24 April. 

Winners are now available, congratulations to both winners and all shortlisted firms.

These awards honour the work of national and international law firms across Europe on the basis of research for the upcoming edition of Chambers Europe.

They recognise a law firm’s pre-eminence in key countries in the region. They also reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service.

Chambers Europe Awards 2020 - Shortlisted firms & Winners

Wolf Theiss 

Winner: Schoenherr
With its ever-strong stature in the Austrian market, Schoenherr is a leading full service firm on the domestic market and internationally in the CEE region. Schoenherr remains top-rated in several practice areas including Corporate/M&A, Banking & Finance and Competition law and has also added several of its next generation lawyers to the rankings, serving as a testament to its investment in the future. A highlight from its leading corporate department includes advising Starwood on its EUR757.9 million acquisition of a stake in CA Immo. Clients say of the firm:  "We have never come across any other firm that delivers this level of legal advice and advocacy, whether in writing or orally. In our opinion Schoenherr leaves its competitors far behind." 


Winner: COBALT
Cobalt continues to impress with its exceptional practices in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The firm maintains its stellar reputation for corporate matters, achieving additional top rankings in Banking & Finance and Dispute Resolution across the region. The firm regularly assists with Baltic-wide aspects of global M&A deals and acts for many international businesses established in the region, as well as prominent local businesses. The firm advised Luminor on its EUR1 billion sale of a 60% stake in the company to Blackstone Group that involved all three Baltic countries. A client enthuses: “The team performs state of the art in all the issues we have, combining deep legal expertise, knowledge of international best practices and understanding our business process.”

Allen & Overy
DLA Piper
Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick
Loyens & Loeff

Winner: Allen & Overy
Described by clients as a “top team in Belgium,” Allen & Overy is the market-leading firm across a broad range of practice areas. It holds top rankings in Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution, Corporate/M&A and Competition: EU, boasting exceptional bench strength. Consisting of “top-notch lawyers”, the firm strengthened its Real Estate practice with a key new hire in February 2019, and saw individual lawyers reach the top of the rankings in Banking & Finance and White-Collar Crime.

DLA Piper
Wolf Theiss

Winner: Kinstellar
Founded as an international firm with the aim to provide excellent coverage of emerging Europe and central Asia, Kinstellar’s dedication to the region is unparalleled. Kinstellar prides itself in providing international standard expertise across its 11 offices and its ability to put together cross-border teams that work seamlessly together on multijurisdictional deals, which has seen the firm steadily advancing in the rankings. Clients say: "Kinstellar have offices all across the CEE region. This gives them excellent cross-border capabilities and they are able to build an international team in a fairly short timeframe."

Bruun & Hjelje
Gorrissen Federspiel
Kromann Reumert

Winner: Kromann Reumert
Kromann Reumert continues to lead the Danish legal market, achieving an outstanding number of rankings across numerous practice areas. The firm enjoys more Band 1 rankings than any other, with longstanding preeminence in key areas such as Banking & Finance, Competition/European Law, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Energy, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Restructuring/Insolvency and TMT, as well as attaining a top-tier ranking in Tax. Clients enthuse that “Kromann Reumert has specialists in nearly every legal field of expertise.”

Czech Republic
White & Case

HAVEL & PARTNERS has established itself as a quintessential firm in central Europe housing 220 lawyers across its five offices in Czech Republic and one additional outpost in Slovakia. The firm has impressed throughout the year, making advances in the Compliance, Restructuring/Insolvency and Real Estate rankings and adding four of its lawyers to the tables. HAVEL & PARTNERS particularly excels in Competition, where the firm represented T-Mobile before the European Commission regarding a network sharing agreement with O2. Clients say: "We appreciate the pro-client orientation, creativity, knowledge of our company and sector and the unprecedented capacity of the team which helps to manage bigger projects."

Castrén & Snellman

Winner: Roschier
Roschier possesses more top-tier rankings than any of its competitors, including its recent accession to Band 1 in Employment. It remains an unrivalled force in Finland’s legal industry with continued dominance in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Competition/European Law, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Tax and TMT. One client lauds the lawyers as “top-class professionals who are able to deal with complex issues and deliver on time despite tight schedules,” adding that the firm has “first-class capacity for international work.” Other sources also highlight the firm’s cross-border prowess, with one interviewee proclaiming: “Roschier is a top-tier firm. Its practice in many areas is at the same level as the best global firms.”

Bredin Prat
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier
Latham & Watkins
White & Case

Winner: Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier
Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier continues to be recognised as one of the leading firms on the French market. The firm boasts top-level positions, offering experienced teams in Corporate/M&A, Litigation and Competition. It attracts blue-chip clients and has played a key role on several high-profile mandates. The firm garners praise from clients and market commentators alike for its stellar offering, frequently highlighted for its “excellent performance.”

Clifford Chance
Hengeler Mueller
Kirkland & Ellis

Winner: Noerr
A pillar among domestic German firms, with an excellent international outreach, Noerr continues its success streak spanning several years, to reach a revenue record in excess of €250 million for 2019. Trusted by international investors and domestic giants alike, the firm boasts an impressive clientele of high-profile international and German companies alike. Noerr’s commitment to innovation forms a vital ingredient to its success, and clients assert: “They are definitely top level. Their skill, knowledge, responsiveness and personality of lawyers are above all others on their level. A very professional firm with exceptional quality.”

Bernitsas Law
Karatzas & Partners
Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm
Lambadarios Law Firm

POTAMITISVEKRIS is a market-leading law firm that boasts a longstanding reputation for excellence in the Greek legal sector. It enjoys more Band 1 rankings than any other firm in Greece, including a promotion to the top tier for Competition/European Law in the most recent edition of the guide. The firm is also revered for its practices in Banking & Finance, Corporate/Commercial, Employment and Real Estate. According to one source, the firm “offers in-depth experience and is able to support clients due to its large size.” Another source concurs, stating: “This is a first-class law firm that tries to achieve the best results for its clients.”

Andrékó Kinstellar Ügyvédi Iroda
DLA Piper
Hegymegi-Barakonyi and Partner Baker McKenzie Attorneys-at-Law

Winner: DLA Piper 
An impressive firm with an exceptional reach, DLA Piper maintains its top rankings in Corporate/M&A, Banking & Finance and Tax. The firm also advances in the field of Projects and Energy. Clients enthuse: “They are the first on our list, they are doing the most complex deals, they are really effective and fast. They are my first choice.” Several clients also highlight the firm’s ability to provide services within deadlines, reporting: “They are very responsive, I know that I can rely on them delivering everything on time.”

A&L Goodbody
Arthur Cox
Mason Hayes & Curran
McCann FitzGerald
William Fry 

Winner: Arthur Cox 
Clients continue to benefit from Arthur Cox’s impressive position at the forefront of the Irish market. One interviewee enthuses: “There is a reason it is the number one firm in Ireland – it's because it hires very good people.” In addition to its outstanding talent pool, the firm is also highlighted for its full-service capabilities: “The firm was highly integrated in its approach and knitted together deep specialisms of law to provide a holistic, client-driven and commercial solution. This is beyond doubt the firm’s greatest strength: the deep and unrivalled bench that it can weave together.” The firm’s numerous top-tier rankings include Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Investment Funds/Financial Services and Tax, to name but a few.

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners

Winner: BonelliErede
Following its high-profile merger with Lombardi Segni e Associati in 2019, BonelliErede has consolidated its market-leading position in the Italian legal arena. The practice maintains top positions in competitive areas such as Dispute Resolution, Corporate/M&A, Project Finance and Employment, and rises to a top position in Competition and European Law. The firm enjoys an impressive client portfolio and is well-placed to advise on international mandates. Clients enthuse: “They are certainly one of the top firms in Italy and provide excellent service. Having them on our side makes us feel very secure, as their partners are incredibly experienced and capable.”

Allen & Overy
Arendt & Medernach
Clifford Chance
Elvinger Hoss Prussen

Winner: Arendt & Medernach
Arendt & Medernach holds its place as a leading firm in Luxembourg, with interviewees enthusing that “quality-wise they are an absolutely top firm.” The firm offers stand out strength in almost every practice area and clients highlight the firm’s “vast knowledge and understanding of a large amount of areas.”  Individual lawyers within the firm have notably improved their positions in the areas of Banking & Finance, Employment, Capital Markets and Tax over the past year.

Allen & Overy
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Van Doorne

Winner: De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
One of the largest and broadest firms in the Netherlands, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek boasts market-leading teams across a range of practice areas, including Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Energy and Intellectual Property. The firm frequently acts on high-profile matters both on a domestic and international scale, with clients benefiting from its extensive “Best Friends” network. A client enthuses: “They are an absolutely world class firm, top of the league and we will certainly circle back to them.” Another interviewee reports: “They are really the local powerhouse and we are most comfortable working with them.”

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt
Advokatfirmaet Thommessen
Wikborg Rein Advokatfirma

Winner: Wiersholm
Wiersholm demonstrates unparalleled consistency at the top of the Norwegian legal profession, maintaining its multitude of rankings. The firm is recognised as a leading light in practice areas such as Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Public Procurement and Tax. One interviewee explains: “Wiersholm has proven its excellent specialist expertise, and has lawyers who not only have a natural aptitude for communication but also possess social intelligence. In our view, Wiersholm’s ability to interact, ensure accuracy and be punctual is bordering on perfectionism. It seems to us that this is something that characterises the entire organisation. Being a Wiersholm client is truly a special experience.”

Clifford Chance
Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
Wardyński & Partners

Winner: Dentons
One of the largest firms in Poland, this broad firm is top-ranked ranked across multiple areas of practice, including Competition, Energy and Natural Resources, Real Estate, Public Procurement, Restructuring and Insolvency and Tax. The firm has also achieved an impressive number of new rankings among more junior lawyers across several areas of practice. Dentons is frequently visible acting for key Polish corporates and blue-chip international names, utilising its extensive network of offices across the globe to advise on cross-border matters. Sources highlight the firm’s reliability, noting that “We can focus on our business, because we are sure that all legal and risk-related aspects are addressed in the most proper way.”

Morais Leitão

Winner: Morais Leitão
Morais Leitão continues to be recognised as a powerhouse in the Portuguese market, and represents prominent national clients as well as advising international players on inbound investments. The firm boasts presence in high-profile mandates and maintains top-level positions in a host of key areas, such as corporate/M&A, dispute resolution, energy and natural resources, banking and finance and competition and European law. Clients attest that the firm “continues to be one of the best by far,” with additional sources agreeing: “They have extraordinary lawyers.”

Clifford Chance Badea
Filip & Company
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
Schoenherr si Asociatii
Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații

Winner: Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații 
“Țuca Zbârcea & Asociații is one of the top law firms on the Romanian market,” enthuse clients and the firm boasts a large number of highly esteemed departments. The firm continues to impress with Band 1s in Corporate/M&A, Dispute Restoluion, Competition, Projects, IP/TMT and Tax. The firm’s breadth is praised by clients, who report that the firm “can easily cover many customer requirements, regardless of field or degree of difficulty.”

Baker McKenzie
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Winner: Linklaters
Highly established in the Russian market, Linklaters boasts top rankings in Energy and Natural Resources, Corporate/M&A and Capital Markets. It maintains a stellar reputation for acting on high-value and complex instructions from blue-chip Russian and international clients. The firm is highly active on market-changing deals in the energy, technology and FMCG sectors, including advising Total on its acquisition of  a 10% interest in the Arctic LNG-2 project.

Herbert Smith Freehills
Uría Menéndez

Winner: Linklaters
Linklaters has garnered a reputation as one of the leading firms in the Spanish market, boasting an impressive portfolio of international and prominent Spanish clients and assisting with numerous high-profile mandates. The firm offers market-leading positions in key areas including Corporate/M&A, Capital Markets and Energy and Natural Resources. Clients describe the lawyers as “technically brilliant and very fast,” with one source underlining the practice’s “ability to lead multidisciplinary and international teams.” Interviewees frequently emphasise the firm’s “excellent clientele.”

Advokatfirman Cederquist
Advokatfirman Vinge
Mannheimer Swartling

Winner: Mannheimer Swartling
Mannheimer Swartling is a stalwart of the Swedish legal arena, boasting more rankings in the top-tier and overall than any other firm. It demonstrates strength across a number of practice areas, including Banking & Finance, Competition/European Law, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Insurance, Real Estate and Tax. One client enthuses: “It is the largest and most full-service firm in Sweden. It has top-rated specialists in all legal areas.” Another interviewee agrees, explaining that “it is the biggest firm and sets the standard for what is considered best practice.”

Bär & Karrer
Lenz & Staehelin
Niederer Kraft Frey
Schellenberg Wittmer
Walder Wyss

Winner: Lenz & Staehelin
Lenz & Staehelin has a prominent presence in the Swiss market, maintaining its top positions in key areas such as Corporate/M&A, Banking and Finance, Tax, Arbitration and Competition. The firm offers a deep bench of experienced practitioners, frequently assisting with high-profile transactions in the jurisdiction. Clients applaud the firm for its “very good degree of team work, both internally and with us,” and highlight its “good understanding of our needs.”

Balcıoğlu Selçuk Akman Keki Attorney Partnership (BASEAK)
Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein
Kolcuoğlu Demirkan Koçaklı Attorneys at Law

Winner: Paksoy
Paksoy has a prominent position in the Turkish market, consistently providing quality service to an impressive roster of international and domestic clients. The firm receives top rankings in all of its core areas, including Corporate, Banking and Finance and Capital Markets. Clients praise the firm’s “top-notch” services, also adding that the lawyers “have a complete picture from a local point of view and also has international standards.”

Baker McKenzie
Sayenko Kharenko

Winner: Asters
Long established in Ukraine and among the largest following its merger with EPAP, Asters is a pre-eminent name in the Ukrainian legal market. With its broadened coverage, the firm continues to impress across a range of practice areas, particularly Banking & Finance, Competition, International Disputes and Energy & Natural Resources. Its clients include multiple international names from diverse industries, including pharmaceuticals, agriculture and construction and also represents notable Ukrainian names. The firm notably represented Anadolu Efes in the Ukrainian aspects of the establishment of its joint venture with Anheuser-Busch InBev valued at USD2 billion. Clients praise the firm’s ability to “think strategically and are very good negotiators. I am positively impressed with the combination of efficiency and experience Asters demonstrates.”

Allen & Overy
Burges Salmon
Latham & Watkins
DLA Piper

Winner: Allen & Overy 
Magic circle firm Allen & Overy maintains its leading presence in the UK market. This year has seen it achieve an impressive number of top rankings, and gain acclaim in the areas of Life Sciences and Transportation. The firm boasts an enviable client list consisting of leading financial institutions, sovereign entities, and international corporates. Clients emphasise the firm’s dedication, deeming it to be “our firm of choice for us purely because we find the level of service excellent” and particularly praising the involvement of high-level partners at all stages. Another source highlights the firm’s ability to “do a fantastic job of explaining the situation and complexity. The experience with them is first class.”

Europe-wide Law Firm of the Year
Latham & Watkins 
Latham & Watkins stands out for its impressive breadth and depth across the European continent. The firm boasts especially prominent teams in the UK, Spain, France and Germany, maintaining top local rankings in Banking & Finance and advancing to the top tier in Europe-wide. The firm has made headlines recently for its 11.3% growth in revenue from 2018 to 2019 and an extensive hiring campaign across a range of areas, enhancing its offering in Energy, M&A and TMT even further. Frequently praised for its deep bench and dedication, clients highlight the firm’s expansive cross-border offering and in-depth knowledge, with one deeming: “They are at the top of my list when we have complicated deals.”

Outstanding Contribution Award

- Frank Montag, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
A revered presence in the Belgian and German competition spheres, Frank Montag is deemed to be “the superstar in Brussels among the Germans.” Qualified in both jurisdictions and frequently acting before the EU Commission, he is reputed for his expertise in high-profile merger control cases, including handling phase II investigations. “He is always on every call and gets back immediately,” enthuses a client, while another source deems him to be simply “outstanding.”

- Mercedes Fernández, Partner in Charge, Madrid, Jones Day
Mercedes Fernández has continued to impress in her role as Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s Madrid Office and as head of the Spanish Global Disputes practice. She garners recognition for her activity in high-profile litigation and arbitration proceedings, acting on matters under ICSID, UNCITRAL and ICC rules. She is reputed for her extensive expertise and activity, with one source noting that “she does stupendously.”

'Thank you Chambers and Partners for the wonderful honour in receiving your “Outstanding Contribution” award in recognition of my work.
I want to also express my sincere congratulations to the rest of the nominees and winners since they are all a clear example of professionalism, dedication and fellowship.
For more than 25 years, in my daily work I have tried to achieve some fundamental objectives that I consider essential in the practice of law: excellence in technical ability, quality in client service, industry knowledge and trust. When thinking of this, a few quotes come to mind. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work” by Aristotle. “ A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work “ by Colin Powell.
Mercedes Fernández, Partner in Charge, Madrid, Jones Day'