Chambers Europe Awards 2022
About our Chambers Awards
We are delighted to host Chambers Europe Awards 2022. The awards recognise a law firmâ€™s pre-eminence in key jurisdictions in the region. They also reflect achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and excellence in client service. They honour the work of national and international law firms across the region based on the research for the recent edition of Chambers Europe.
6:30 PM - 1:00 AM
Marlene Hermann, EMEA Research Director - Chambers and Partners
Chambers Europe Awards 2022 Winners
Europe-wide Firm of the Year: DLA Piper
With an expansive array of offices, DLA Piper stands out for its Europe-wide offering this year. DLA Piper has had an impressive year, advancing in the tables for Corporate/M&A, Restructuring/Insolvency and Tax. The firm has also joined the rankings for the first time in International Arbitration, Corporate Investigations and Private Equity. DLA Piper is praised for its ability to create â€œcross-jurisdiction teams that work as oneâ€. Another source similarly enthuses that DLA Piper can â€œmobilise international teams and deliver a seamless support to local clients willing to grow internationally.â€
Outstanding Contribution Award: KarolÃna HorÃ¡kovÃ¡ of Skils
Star-lawyer KarolÃna HorÃ¡kovÃ¡ of Skils is revered for her experience and expertise as Arbitration Counsel. Ranked as a star for many years now, she frequently leads on the firmâ€™s key cases. She is highlighted by a source for her â€œexcellent experience in BIT disputesâ€, with another source describing her as â€œthe go-to person for investor-state arbitration.â€
Austria Firm of the Year
Winner â€“ Wolf Theiss
Already one of the leading firms in Austria, with top ranked department across several practice areas including Corporate/M&A, Banking & Finance and Capital markets, Wolf Theiss has had a very strong year. The firm advances in the rankings in IT and White-Collar Crime and immediately established a presence in the new Healthcare/Life Sciences table. Its prowess in regulated sectors is a testament to their impressive client list which includes a number of leading private equity sponsors, banks, tech and pharmaceutical companies. Wolf Theiss is also a top choice for international work, particularly in the CEE region where the firm boasts a notable presence. One client attests: "They are highly professional, very service-oriented and deliver top-level legal advice. They have specialists in each area and have excellent experts in their CEE offices."
Baltic-wide Firm of the Year
Winner â€“ COBALT
Exceptionally strong in all three Baltic countries, COBALT is regularly instructed on significant Baltic-wide transactions involving all three jurisdictions in a broad variety of sectors, acting for investors as well as sellers. The teamâ€™s recent instructions included transactions in online retail, payments companies, gaming and insurance. The firm recently advised Mid Europa Partners on the acquisition of pan-Baltic e-commerce platform Pigu in all three Baltic countries. The firm is ranked broadly across key areas of practice in all Baltic jurisdictions, regularly claiming top spots in Estonia and Latvia as well as maintaining very strong positions in Lithuania. "Their calm attitude in stressful situations and constant vision of the bigger picture are the main qualities that allow us to consistently focus on business matters," a client says. Another client enthuses: "They managed to keep a focus on what was important for the deal and to find creative ideas for how we could proceed effectively.â€
Belgium Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Loyens & Loeff
Winner â€“ Allen & Overy
Allen & Overy boasts not only the highest number of ranked departments in Belgium, with the firm being ranked in fourteen practice areas, but also the highest number of top tier rankings, with eight different practice areas being ranked in Band 1. Allen & Overy also dominates the individual rankings, with eleven Band 1 individuals. The firm also had individual successes with Peter van Dyck and Frederiek Adams moving up in the rankings, while Tom Schoors entered the rankings this year. The hire of Kristina Nordlander also helped to boost the firmâ€™s Competition and State Aid practice. One client says: "The reason why I use the firm is because it is at the absolute top in Belgium." "The service provided was outstanding," stresses one client, adding: "Allen & Overy has a strong integrated network and is therefore able to seamlessly assist on all matters in an integrated way."
CEE Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Winner â€“ Schoenherr
Schoenherr covers the CEE region from its 15 offices in the region offering a broad presence and long-standing experience of cross-border work. The firm continuously showcases its impressive ability to put together teams from different jurisdictions to provide seamless advice for example the restructuring of the UNIQA insurance group across 16 jurisdictions, where a team comprising Schoenherr lawyers from 5 different countries collaborated. Advancing in the rankings for Corporate/M&A this year, Schoenherr proves a worthy winner of law firm of the year in the CEE.
Clients describe Schoenherr as "a leading law firm in CEE," providing "top-notch legal advice, as well as good inter-office cooperation and client service."
Czech Republic Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
HAVEL & PARTNERS
Winner â€“ HAVEL & PARTNERS
HAVEL & PARTNERSâ€™ streak of winning Czech law firm of the year for its 3rd consecutive year is unmatched by any firm in any award category, and a testament to the firmâ€™s remarkable success in the Czech Republic. This year HAVEL & PARTNERS advanced in the Dispute Resolution rankings, in addition to its already strong offering, most notably in the areas of Competition Law and Compliance. One client says: "HAVEL & PARTNERS is a reliable partner, which offers 'A to Z' services, always of perfect quality and with a practical approach,â€ while another highlights the teamâ€™s international capabilities, stating: â€œThey have excellent connections and continuously network, so they have been able to manage client issues all over the world.â€
Denmark Firm of the Year
Bruun & Hjejle
Winner â€“ Kromann Reumert
Kromann Reumert is revered as a market leader, enjoying more Band 1 departments and lawyers than any other law firm in Denmark, in addition to the most unique ranked lawyers overall. It maintains its stellar reputation in Banking & Finance, Competition/European Law, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Energy, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, Restructuring/Insolvency and Tax. A client describes Kromann Reumert as â€œa top-tier law firmâ€ that â€œalways delivers top-class work and service.â€
Finland Firm of the Year
CastrÃ©n & Snellman
Winner â€“ Roschier
Possessing more top-tier rankings than any other law firm in Finland, both in terms of departments and lawyers, Roschier reiterates its dominant position in the Finnish legal market. It also benefits from the highest total number of ranked practitioners compared to its competitors. The law firm exhibits unrivalled prowess in Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Competition/European Law, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Intellectual Property, Tax and TMT. In addition to its ability to handle complex mandates, clients laud the law firmâ€™s cross-border capabilities: â€œRoschier is a true expert in Nordic law, and arguably one of the few Nordic law firms that has real depth of expertise across all the Nordic jurisdictions.â€
France Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier
Gide Loyrette Nouel
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
White & Case
Winner â€“ White & Case
White & Case distinguishes itself in the French market thanks to its highly reputed International Arbitration, Restructuring/Insolvency, Debt and Equity Capital Markets and Banking & Finance practices. The law firm further strengthens its market presence with a new ranking in our Domestic Projects & Energy table as well as individual lawyersâ€™ promotions and new rankings in Arbitration, International Projects & Energy and Corporate/M&A. Recent work highlights for the firm include acting for the bank syndicates on the French-government backed EUR5 billion term loan facility granted to Renault in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as representing debtholders in Europcarâ€™s financial restructuring.
Germany Firm of the Year
Latham & Watkins
Winner â€“ Latham & Watkins
The success of Latham & Watkinsâ€™ German practice continues and the firm is a deserving winner of Germany law firm of the year due to impressive performance in the rankings, and the continuous strengthening of the team. The firm advanced to the top band in Equity Capital Markets, with a presence on many of the most significant IPOs in the year, adding to its well-known abilities in the high-yield bonds arena. A further ranking highlights its addition to the Energy table. Latham & Watkins also leads the newly created Data Protection table, due to its market leading prowess and its practice head, the data protection pioneer Tim Wybitul.
Clients say of the firm: "The advice is always first class in terms of legal analysis, but the teams also have a very hands-on approach in terms of its application."
Greece Firm of the Year
Karatzas & Partners
Kyriakides Georgopoulos Law Firm
Lambadarios Law Firm
Zepos & Yannopoulos
Winner â€“ Karatzas & Partners
Karatzas & Partners is a transaction powerhouse, acting for high-profile clients on the most complex mandates in the Greek market. The law firm demonstrates top-tier expertise in Banking & Finance, Corporate/Commercial, Real Estate and TMT. Clients enthuse: â€œKaratzas & Partners offers a significantly high level of service in terms of response time, business acumen, industry knowledge, appropriateness of advice, strength-in-depth of team and value for money. The depth and breadth of its partners' knowledge ensures that it is able to support every clientâ€™s business needs successfully and provide high-quality, innovative legal solutions.â€
Hungary Firm of the Year
Hegymegi-Barakonyi Ã©s TÃ¡rsa Baker & McKenzie ÃœgyvÃ©di Iroda
Winner â€“ CMS
With more than twice as many Band 1 ranking as any other firm in Hungary, CMS dominates the legal landscape. This status has been reinforced by the firmâ€™s elevation to Band 1 in the Competition rankings this year on the back of involvement in significant HCA investigations and high-value follow-on damages claims. Additionally clients of the firmâ€™s competition department enthused: "CMSâ€™s client management is exceptionally great; they are able to make me feel that I am the only and most important client of the office." On an individual level Szablocs Szendro, Miriam Fuchs, Dora Petranyi and Joszef Varady all improved their individual rankings, with Dora Petranyi entering the top tier of the Life Sciences ranking and Joszef Varady entering Band one of the Real Estate rankings. One client enthuses that "CMS Hungary has always provided us with extremely high-level services," going on to specify that "the lawyers respond to our requests in a timely manner, and their commercial-minded solutions to issues greatly help us to reach our business goals."
Ireland Firm of the Year
Mason Hayes & Curran
Winner â€“ A&L Goodbody
A&L Goodbody boasts the highest number of Band 1 practices and lawyers in the Irish market. The law firm furnishes its clients with premier expertise in areas such as Banking & Finance, Competition/European Law, Construction, Corporate/M&A, Debt and Equity Capital Markets, Dispute Resolution, Employment and Pensions, Energy & Natural Resources, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Investment Funds, Projects, Real Estate, Restructuring/Insolvency and Tax. Sources hail A&L Goodbody as â€œsophisticated Irish counsel that is able to provide comprehensive advice on complex matters.â€
Italy Firm of the Year
Gianni & Origoni
Maisto e Associati
Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo
Winner â€“ Chiomenti
Chiomenti has strongly established itself as a leading firm in the Italian legal market. It offers an outstanding practice in a variety of areas, achieving top tier rankings in Corporate/M&A, Banking & Finance, Financial Services Regulatory, Capital Markets: Securitisation, Private Equity and Real Estate. The firm has also enjoyed a strong year in other areas with improved Chambers rankings in employment and TMT: telecommunications. Alongside its formidable domestic presence, Chiomenti enjoys a noteworthy international presence via its offices in London, New York, Brussels and Beijing. Clients appraise: "Chiomenti provides best-in-class service in terms of negotiation support and strategy, not only from a legal prospective." One client also lauds the firm as "very efficient and reactive," with "a strong commercial attitude and negotiation skills."
Luxembourg Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
Arendt & Medernach
Elvinger Hoss Prussen
Winner â€“ Arendt & Medernach
With seven departments ranked in Band One, Arendt & Medernach remains a key name on the Luxembourg legal market, and with nine of the firmâ€™s lawyers ranked in Band One the firm continues to stand out from its competitors. In addition to maintaining a strong presence in the highest bands, last year also saw two new individuals at Arendt & Medernach receiving recognition, with Alexander Olliges entering the rankings in Private Equity and Astrid Wagner in IP/TMT. One client appreciates Arendt & Medernach's full-service approach, which means clients can "always find the specialist you need." Another interviewee believes that "in terms of the quality of the work, Arendt & Medernach is the best in the market."
Netherlands Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Winner â€“ Allen & Overy
Allen & Overy remains a strong choice in the Netherlands, with the breadth of its practice reflected by no fewer than twelve Band One rankings. The firm has also gained a ranking in the Planning and Environment subtable following the arrival of Jochem Spaans in February 2021. A number of the firmâ€™s individuals have had a strong year with Yvo de Vries in Competition, Hilde van der Baan in Arbitration Counsel and Sander Schouten in Employment all moving up in their respective tables, while Aroen Kuitenbrouwer enters the rankings for the first time in the Restructuring and Insolvency section. A client enthuses: "Allen & Overy is a top-notch firm in the Netherlands." Another client praises the firm's ability to handle multi-jurisdictional matters, reporting that the lawyers have "a very high ability to arrange this efficiently and quickly."
Norway Firm of the Year
Winner â€“ Wikborg Rein
Wikborg Rein possesses a superior number of ranked practices than any other law firm in Norway. It also boasts the most new lawyer rankings this year, and the most practitioners recognised as up-and-coming. The law firm enjoys a market-leading position in Aquaculture and Fisheries, Banking & Finance, Corporate Compliance and Investigations, Corporate/M&A, Debt and Equity Capital Markets, Dispute Resolution, Restructuring/Insolvency and Shipping. Clients highlight Wikborg Reinâ€™s â€œexperts available in all relevant areas of law.â€
Offshore Law Firm of the Year
Winner â€“ Carey Olsen
Carey Olsen has an impressive offering, with leading teams in both Guernsey and Jersey. The firm this year boasts a notable eight Band 1 rankings, including advancing to the top tier this year for Offshore: Employment. The firm has also joined the rankings for British Virgin Islands Law. Furthermore, 2022 saw the firm gain Band 1 rankings for four outstanding individuals â€“ Guy Coltman, Tom Carey, Elaine Gray and Chris Philpott. Carey Olsen is frequently highlighted by sources for being â€œreliable in providing clear-cut and concise answers to the question in hand."
Poland Firm of the Year
SoÅ‚tysiÅ„ski Kawecki & SzlÄ™zak
SSW Pragmatic Solutions
Winner â€“ CMS
CMS is a large and highly dynamic that covers all key areas of practice in Poland, offering significant specialist teams for most areas of practice. The firm is top-ranked in Energy as well as Projects and Infrastructure and also holds strong positions in Dispute Resolution, Banking and Finance, as well as Insurance, Employment and TMT. Among key highlights, CMS advised Nordex Energy on the EUR402.5 million sale of its European energy portfolio to RWE, which included assets in Poland, Germany and France. "They take care of each detail of the work I am asking for," a client says,adding: "They know what I am looking for, they don't waste my time." "They always try to look broader. They always try to foresee what can be our advantages and weak points," another client says.
Portugal Firm of the Year
UrÃa MenÃ©ndez-ProenÃ§a de Carvalho
Winner â€“ Morais LeitÃ£o
Often commended as â€œa firm with great technical as well as an excellent ability to meet client's needs,â€ and â€œthe best law firm in Portugal,â€ MLGTS boasts unrivalled prowess in a wide array of practice areas including Competition/European Law, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Capital Markets and Employment. The law firm exhibits demonstrable strength in tackling mandates involving lusophone jurisdictions thanks to its strong international alliances. â€œMorais LeitÃ£o is a guarantee when it comes to high quality work, solutions adapted to the clientâ€™s specific problems and deep market knowledge,â€ impressed sources state.
Romania Firm of the Year
Filip & Company
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
Popovici NiÈ›u Stoica & AsociaÈ›ii
Radu TÄƒrÄƒcilÄƒ PÄƒdurari Retevoescu
Èšuca ZbÃ¢rcea & AsociaÈ›ii
Winner - Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
With six Band One rankings Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen stands out in Romania for its market-leading presence in a number of areas. This position has been strengthened by the promotion of the firmâ€™s Employment department to Band One in the Europe 2022 guide, after handling some impressive contentious and advisory matters in the area. One client enthuses that the firmâ€™s Employment lawyers â€œare very friendly, always approachable and have a solid understanding of our business, so they can offer solid practical advice whenever needed and really think through in trying to find the best solution for the business." Gabriela Dinu of the firmâ€™s Employment team has also entered the individual rankings for the first time this year, while Lavinia Ionita-Rasmussen has moved up a band in the Real Estate table. "The team is very good in finding solutions when situations become complex," affirms a client.
Spain Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy
GÃ³mez-Acebo & Pombo
Winner - UrÃa MenÃ©ndez
UrÃa MenÃ©ndez possesses a formidable reputation as one of the strongest firms in Spain and routinely garnering accolades for its â€œunbeatable serviceâ€ in complex mandates involving multiple jurisdictions. The law firm is house to a large number of top-rated departments and individuals, being consistently recognised for its excellency in Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property. Benefitting from a strategic geographical spread throughout the Iberian region, UrÃa MenÃ©ndez receives praise as â€œthe lawyers do a top-level job and help so that everything runs smoothly." Further endorsements from clients say that "UrÃa MenÃ©ndez understands our needs and is able to facilitate suitable solutions for setbacks that may arise during negotiations."
Sweden Firm of the Year
Winner â€“ Mannheimer Swartling
With the highest number of ranked departments and lawyers in Sweden, Mannheimer Swartling presents an unsurpassed offering in complex legal matters. It is revered for its top-tier expertise in Banking & Finance, Competition/European Law, Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Equity Capital Markets, Information Technology, Insurance, Private Equity, Real Estate and Tax. Clients enthuse: â€œIt is one of the largest law firms in Sweden and has all sorts of specialists and expert knowledge.â€
Switzerland Firm of the Year
BÃ¤r & Karrer
Lenz & Staehelin
Niederer Kraft Frey
Winner â€“ Homburger
ZÃ¼rich-based firm Homburger upholds its impressive standing in the Swiss market, scoring top rankings in a broad range of sections including Corporate/M&A, Banking & Finance, Arbitration and Litigation. The law firm has seen several of its lawyers advancing in the rankings this year in practice areas such as Capital Markets and Life Sciences and achieving first time rankings for Richard Stauber and Luca Dal Molin, respectively in our Competition and TMT tables. One client says: "They are very responsive, practical, business-friendly and seek to understand the broader business objectives," and adds: "Homburger is truly a standout firm."
Turkey Firm of the Year
Esin Attorney Partnership, a Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein
KolcuoÄŸlu Demirkan KoÃ§aklÄ± Attorneys at Law
Winner â€“ BASEAK
Full-service firm BASEAK boasts an impressive reputation in the Turkish market, and maintains particular strengths in the Competition, Real estate, Corporate/M&A and Shipping areas. The team is praised by its clients for its â€œits exceptional expertise and experience in the field." BASEAK is highly active in the domestic market and offers outstanding cross-border capabilities thanks to its cooperation with associated law firm Dentons. The law firmâ€™s recent work highlight includes advising Hummingbird Ventures on its USD1.85 billion sale of Turkish mobile gaming company Peak to Zynga.
Ukraine Firm of the Year
Winner â€“ Aequo
A very highly regarded firm, Aequo achieved a top ranking in M&A in 2022 and is repeatedly highly ranked across many areas of practice, including Competition as well as Domestic and International Dispute Resolution. The firm advised Novus on its acquisition of Billa Ukraine from REWE Group of Austria. "I like Aequo's commercial approach and willingness to do a deal. They have a vision and are able to offer commercial answers to questions," a source reports. Another client says: "I like their approach in terms of being client-oriented, they always listen to us.â€
UK Law Firm of the Year
Hogan Lovells International LLP
Latham & Watkins
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
White & Case
Winner â€“ Latham & Watkins
Latham & Watkins continues to impress in the UK market. This year has seen the firm advance to the top tier in an impressive five practice areas, including Environment, Projects and Restructuring/Insolvency, in addition to advancing in rankings in Capital Markets: Securitisation and Structured Finance. Latham & Watkins has also joined the rankings for Commercial and Corporate Litigation for the first time. The firm also boasts an impressive two star-ranked and 12 top-ranked individuals, demonstrating leading expertise across practice areas ranging from Environment to Banking & Finance to Projects. The firm is commended by sources: "They work hard for their clients and stay diligently on top of the situation. They are always knowledgeable about the finer details, never losing sight of the big picture or commercial rationale. They leverage the entire Latham infrastructure to ensure the best outcome."
Chambers D&I Awards: Europe 2022
Diversity & Inclusion: Outstanding Firm
Allen & Overy (France)
Clifford Chance LLP (Germany)
Dechert LLP (Ireland)
Esin Attorney Partnership (Turkey)
Hogan Lovells International LLP
KociÃ¡n Å olc BalaÅ¡tÃk (Czech Republic)
Schellenberg Wittmer Ltd (Switzerland)
Highly Commended - Dechert LLP (Ireland)Â
Winner â€“ Esin Attorney Partnership
Recognised for their commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in Turkey, Esin Attorney Partnership have an impressive gender balance and have been outspoken in their support for the LGBT+ community. Through training, flexible working and effective coaching and mentoring programmes, they have showcased key tenets of D&I advancement.
Pro Bono: Outstanding Firm
Gide Loyrette Nouel (France)
Hasik, Rheims & Partners (Poland)
Mayer Brown (Germany)
Morrison & Foerster LLP (Germany)
Oliva Ayala Abogados (Spain)
Winner â€“ Mayer Brown
Mayer Brown Germany are recognised for their extensive pro bono work, working with a range of NGOs and governments, as well as on their own independent projects. Highlights include a successful settlement for Trade Plus Aid, a charity that helps alleviate poverty and assist disadvantaged communities throughout Africa and Asia to become self-sufficient through ethical trade.
Diversity & Inclusion: Outstanding Contribution
Caroline Clemetson - Schellenberg Wittmer (Switzerland)
Dirk Van Gerven - NautaDutilh (Belgium)
Dr Sam De Silva â€“ CMS (UK)
Jacquelyn MacLennan - White & Case LLP (Belgium)
Marie-AimÃ©e de Dampierre - Hogan Lovells (France)
Machteld de Monchy - De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V. (Netherlands)
Highly Commended - Jacquelyn MacLennan - White & Case LLP (Belgium)Â
Winner â€“ Marie-AimÃ©e de Dampierre - Hogan Lovells
A trailblazer and champion for diversity and inclusion and pro bono work, Marie-AimÃ©e de Dampierre is Hogan Lovells first solo woman Chair. Previously Chair of their D&I committee, Marie-AimÃ©e has been a driving force behind consolidating and advancing the firm's global D&I strategy, particularly taking a lead in their response to the Black Lives Matter movement and the cultural shift that the firm undertook in light of those events.
Diversity & Inclusion: Outstanding Contribution
Avnee Thakrar - 3M Transport & Electronics Business
Maria Dolores Conde - Banco Santander
Nassib Abou-Khalil - Nokia
Oliver Gayle - Barclays
Radhika Rani - Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Ritva Sotamaa - Unilever
Rupa Patel - Awaze
ValÃ©rie Saintot - European Central Bank
Winner â€“ Nassib Abou-Khalil â€“ Nokia
Nassib is recognised as an outspoken advocate for D&I, working closely with Nokia LGBT+ employee resource group, EQUAL! He then developed an OUT leaders program to ensure the development and visibility of LGBT+ leaders at Nokia, before introducing a diversity scorecard to assess outside counsel.