The Chambers Women in Law Awards, Latin America 2016

We were honoured to host our Annual Chambers Women in Law Awards, Latin America 2016 on Wednesday 19th October. The event was held at the Hilton Bogota, in a remarkable evening to celebrate the outjjg_5639standing achievements of lawyers, firms and corporations in advancing the status of women in the legal profession across Latin America.

The ceremony was sponsored by Arias Fábrega & Fábrega, Berkemeyer, Carey, Corpusiure, Nassar Abogados, Philippi, Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría, Posse Herrera Ruíz, Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano and Tozzini Freire.

Since their launch four years ago, the Women in Law Awards have become one of the most internationally reputable and widely respected accolades, which recognise the advancement of women in the legal sphere.

Over the past three years, Chambers Diversity has been committed to extending our research into gender diversity in Latin America. We have seen how diversity has become a strategic priority for firms and companies across the region, with many placing equality at the forefront of their agendas.

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Since 2012, Chambers Diversity has brought together private practice lawyers and in-house counsel from across the globe to support and champion gender equality, inclusion and promotion opportunities for female lawyers. Thus far, Chambers & Partners has convened 19 Diversity seminars, including events in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Mexico, Santiago and Bogotá.

Winning a Chambers Women in Law award sets a remarkably high precedent in the advancement of women’s progression and equal opportunities in the law. Recognising individuals, law firms and organisations who have made a critical contribution to equality and gender diversity helps to challenge obstacles to women’s progression and ultimately alter traditional workplace environments that disadvantage women.

Rocío Suárez – Diversity Manager

The ceremony was opened by Diversity Manager Rocío Suárez, followed by a key note address from Antonia E. Stolper, a trailblazer who promotes pro bono work and advancing the status of women across Latin America. Ms. Stolper who serves as Latin America Regional Managing Partner at Shearman & Sterling in New York, is also the Vice-Chair of the Cyrus R. Vance Center of the New York City Bar Association.

Antonia E. Stolper – Latin America Regional Managing Partner at Shearman & Sterling

Ms. Stolper delivered an insightful vision of gender diversity from the perspective of a US-based firm, framed within the current political climate. She emphasised the importance of implementing more inclusive practices to overcome the  barriers that women face throughout their career.

After a lengthy applause, we were ready to begin the award presentation, with our first category rewards for the Future Leader – Gender Diversity, for both private and in-house practice:

Future Leader – Gender Diversity (Private Practice)
Carla Arellano – Ferrere (Uruguay)
Mariana Estradé – Hughes & Hughes (Uruguay)
Carolina Lazo – Arias & Muñoz (El Salvador)
Marlene Molero Suárez – Rubio Leguía Normand (Peru)
Carolina Nardelia Ortiz Espinosa – Paz Horowitz (Ecuador)
María Catalina Romero Ramos – Cortés, Romero & Asociados (Colombia)
Daniela Stump – Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice (Brazil)

Marlene Molero Suárez – Rubio Leguía Normand , Peru

Winner: Marlene Molero Suárez – Rubio Leguía Normand (Peru)
A pioneer of advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality in the legal profession, Marlene Molero took the prize for her involvement in mentoring initiatives by fostering the retention of female talent within the firm. Marlene is not just committed to retaining and supporting female lawyers, but also to promoting actions to increase maternity benefits and flexible working standards for women lawyers at the firm. In addition to this, Marlene currently advises the Peruvian Ministry for Women on a wide range of gender policies and is an active member of International forums for ONU Women across the region.

Future Leader – Gender Diversity (In-House)
Verónica Burgueño – Legal Affairs and Patrimonial Security Manager, Montevideo Refrescos SRL,The Coca-Cola Company (Uruguay)
Alejandra Donoso – Counsel, Devon Investments (Chile)
Angela Ruiz de Somocurcio – Superintendent Legal, Compañía Minera Antamina (Peru)

Verónica Burgueño – Legal Affairs and Patrimonial Security Manager, Montevideo Refrescos SRL,The Coca-Cola Company, Uruguay

Winner: Verónica Burgueño – Legal Affairs and Patrimonial Security Manager, Montevideo Refrescos SRL,The Coca-Cola Company (Uruguay)
Our in-house practice winner Verónica Burgueño, has been leading the way on gender equality ensuring professional development opportunities and tailored female talent management, by ensuring that women accomplish their professional goals at the company. Verónica has participated in the Montevideo Refrescos Women’s Council since its foundation, where she continues to play an active role in fostering Women’s advancement, through women’s networking spaces, and implementing both female talent management actions and career progression evaluations. Verónica Burgueño is also member of the Organisation for Business Women in Uruguay where she remains highly active.

Outstanding Contribution to Promoting Equal Opportunities for Women: Pioneering Lawyer of the Year (Private Practice)
Gloria María de Alvarado – Alvarado y Asociados (Nicaragua)
Claudia Barrero Lozano – Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Colombia)
Corina Bove – Guyer & Regules (Uruguay)
Sandra González – Ferrere (Uruguay)
Mariana Herrero Saldivar – Galicia Abogados, S.C. (Mexico)
Anna Karina Jiménez – Arias & Muñoz (Costa Rica)
Nathalie Paredes – Miranda & Amado Abogados (Peru)
María Teresa Quiñones – Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados (Peru)
Cristiane Romano – Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice (Brazil)

Claudia Barrero Lozano – Partner, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría Colombia

Winner: Claudia Barrero Lozano – Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Colombia)
The winner of the Pioneering Lawyer of the Year award, Claudia Barrero has shown an extraordinary dedication to advancing Women’s progression in the legal profession since the beginning of her career. Claudia, as member of the Talent Management Committee at the firm for over 10 years, devoted to significantly advance women’s careers at the firm, where she bridged the gap of women representation. Claudia has taken a comprehensive approach in drawing up PPU’s Equal Opportunity Policy text and contributed to implement flexi-time programmes for mothers and leading mentoring initiatives for young female lawyers. Claudia is actively involved with The Vance Center’s Women in the Profession Programme, which seeks to support the retention and promotion of female talent, as well as diversity initiatives across Latin America.

Outstanding Contribution to Advancing Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession (In-House)
Mariana Alvarez Gaiani – Head of Legal, JP Morgan (Argentina)
Valeria Chapa – Vice President & General Counsel, Honeywell (Mexico)
Ana Paula de Almeida Santos – Legal Director, Assurant (Brazil)
Marie Clare Le Chevalier – Director of Legal Services, Accenture (Argentina)
Regina Lima – Legal Director Latam, Twitter (Brazil)
Gianna Macchiavello – Director of Legal Services, Repsol (Peru)
Mariana Paez R.M – General Counsel, Eutelsat Americas (Mexico)
Ana Amélia Ramos de Abreu – Legal Coordinator, Thyssen Krupp Elevators (Brazil)

Ana Paula de Almeida Santos – Legal Director, Assurant Brazil

Winner: Ana Paula de Almeida Santos – Legal Director, Assurant (Brazil)
Our in-house practice winner Ana Paula de Almeida has pioneered gender diversity and inclusion, having fostered a diverse working environment at Assurant, Brazil. As the Legal Director of Assurant, Ana Paula launched a Women Leading Business Programme and a Networking Group for female workers aiming at promoting lecturing activities and discussions to encourage best practice and to share experiences. Ana Paula is also an active member of several summits and events, tacking issues of gender equality and diversity.

Outstanding Contribution to Advancing Gender Diversity: Mentoring Lawyer of the Year (Private Practice)
Ruby Asturias – Pacheco Coto (Guatemala)
Luciana Cossermelli Tornovsky – Demarest Advogados (Brazil)
Fátima De Romaña – Lazo, De Romaña & Gagliuffi Abogados (Peru)
Marcela Hughes – Hughes & Hughes (Uruguay)
Alina Nassar Jorge – Nassar Abogados (Costa Rica)
Raquel Stein – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados (Brazil)
Carolina Zang – Zang, Bergel y Viñes Abogados (Argentina)

Winner: Marcela Hughes – Hughes & Hughes (Uruguay)
Marcela Hughes – Hughes & Hughes, Uruguay

Marcela Hughes received her prize for her outstanding involvement in the advancement of women by starting a mentoring programme for women lawyers (Open Minds). Marcela has made consistent efforts as regards networking and leadership initiatives aiming to support women’s professional development at her firm, ensuring women are equipped with the necessary skills to be successful in their careers. Marcela is member of the Women in the Profession Programme Leadership Team of the Cyrus R. Vance Center in New York. Marcela also encourages female-friendly initiatives to broaden women’s horizons in forums as well as internal talks at the firm.

Lifetime Achievement for Furthering Gender Diversity and Inclusion (In House)
Maria Luiza Manfio Kachan – Head of Controllership, Momentive (Brazil)
Claudia Sterling – Legal Manager, Farmacias Cruz Verde (Colombia)

Winner: Claudia Sterling – Legal Manager, Farmacias Cruz Verde (Colombia)

Claudia Sterling – Legal Manager, Farmacias Cruz Verde Colombia

As the Legal Representative of CRUZ VERDE Colombia, Claudia Sterling oversees the legal department handling an array of legal matters related to the health and sanitary regulation, contractual law and legal risk management. Claudia launched a telework initiative, aimed to guarantee flexible working schedules for mothers by ensuring the productivity and efficiency of their recipients at CRUZ VERDE. Beyond that, Claudia is also an example of increasing diversity and inclusion in the workplace, having fostered the recruitment of LGBT, Afro-Caribbean and female candidates over the course of her legal career.

Best Gender Diversity Initiative: Outstanding Approach in Advancing Women in the Legal Profession (Private Practice)

Baker & McKenzie (Colombia)
Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas (Colombia)
Greenberg Traurig, PA (Mexico)

Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas, Colombia

Winner: Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas (Colombia)
A worthy recognition of the International firm Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas for their endeavours in the promotion of female leadership, with an equal number of female and male partners at the firm. Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas has displayed outstanding efforts and commitment to advancing gender diversity at the senior leadership level, with a significant number of female partners.

Best Gender Diversity Initiative (In House)
AIG (Brazil)
Cargill (Central America)
Farmacity S.A. (Argentina)
JP Morgan Chase & Co. (Argentina)
Montevideo Refrescos SRL, The Coca-Cola Company (Uruguay)
Philip Morris International (Brazil)

JP Morgan Chase & Co., Argentina

Winner: JP Morgan Chase & Co. (Argentina)
JP Morgan in Argentina collected the Best Gender Diversity Initiative award for their expansive and comprehensive support programmes for female employees. The firm recently launched their Women’s Interactive Network (WIN) in March 2014, a highly popular career development initiative that is supported by almost 70% of their female employees in Latin America. The company also supports women entering leadership positions through their Leadership Acceleration Programme (LeAP), which aims to provide talented women with specialised training to develop their skills and help them achieve their maximum potential. The company also has significant flexible working arrangements for mothers, including a ReEntry program aims to introduce women back to the workplace after their maternity leave.

Best Gender Diversity Initiative (Private Practice)
Estrella (Puerto Rico)
Gómez-Pinzón Zuleta (Colombia)
Guyer & Regules (Uruguay)
Koury Lopes Advogados (Brazil)
Machado, Meyer, Sendacz & Opice (Brazil)
Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal (Argentina)
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga (Brazil)
Paz Horowitz (Ecuador)
Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz (Argentina)
Pinheiro Neto Advogados (Brazil)
TozziniFreire Advogados (Brazil)

Winner: Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados (Brazil)

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga, Brazil

Mattos Filho claimed the Best Gender Diversity Initiative award for their progressive gender diversity programmes and commitment to female employee development. Their Women’s Programme seminars and recently established #TalkingAboutWomen discussion series ensure that gender equality issues and women’s advancement are addressed throughout the firm. Moreover, the creation of a Mothers’ Space within the office and their Godmother Programme, whereby a partner who is already a mother, mentors associates who are mothers-to-be, demonstrates they are accommodating their female employees’ work-life balance.

Most Valuable Mentoring Program for Women Lawyers (In House)
Banco BAC San José (Costa Rica)
Intel Corporation, (Latin America)

Winner: Intel Corporation, (Latin America)

Intel Corporation, Latin America

Intel implemented their Intel Network of Executive Women (INEW) in 2009, a progressive mentoring programme that seeks to identify and develop leading female talent within the company. The programme ensures that they are creating future female leaders to guide the company to success. Intel encourages the development and ultimately the retention of Women through its Women’s Leadership Exchange and its Women Leadership Council.

Most Valuable Mentoring Program for Women Lawyers (Private Practice)
Carey (Chile)
Hughes & Hughes (Uruguay)
Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice (Brazil)
TozziniFreire Advogados (Brazil)
Zang, Bergel y Viñes Abogados (Argentina)

Carey, Chile

Winner: Carey (Chile)
Carey’s ‘Learning to Lead’ programme was recognised for the Most Valuable Mentoring Programme award. The comprehensive programme gives its mentees unprecedented access to their mentors via a combination of one-to-one meetings, networking events, training sessions and lectures. The initiative is highly structured as it sets out clear goals and an ultimate aim to develop a development agenda for each mentee.

Outstanding Firm for Fostering Flexible Working Environments and Innovative Programs for Mothers (Private Practice)
Albagli Zaliasnik (Chile)
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga (Brazil)
Muñoz Abogados (Colombia)
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Colombia)
TozziniFreire Advogados (Brazil)

TozziniFreire Advogados, Brazil

Winner: TozziniFreire Advogados (Brazil)
This award, newly added to the ceremony this year, was clinched by TozziniFreire for their innovative programmes for employees who are also mothers. At TozziniFreire, soon-to-be mothers are given extensive support, including information on how to manage their childcare, flexible working hours and valet parking. Moreover, women on maternity leave are given the same pay. The firm has also established a mother’s network to support and share experiences of motherhood, whilst also actively encouraging employees to bring their children to work for designated ‘Kids Days’.

Outstanding Company for Furthering Women’s Advancement (Recruitment, Retention and Promotion) (In House)
Intel Corporation, (Latin America)
Medtronic USA Ltd (Latin America)
Siemens Ltda (Brazil)
T-Mobile Puerto Rico, LLC (Puerto Rico)

Siemens Ltda, Brazil

Winner: Siemens Ltda (Brazil)
Siemens Brazil was recognised as our Outstanding Company for Furthering Women’s Advancement. The company is committed to giving women opportunities to work abroad on international secondments and their Lideranca Z programme provides female employees with advice on how to develop their careers and also opens access to mentoring schemes. The results at Siemens Brazil are significant; 83% of their legal business partners are women, while a further 60% of their legal managers are female employees.

Outstanding Firm for Furthering Women’s Professional Development and Talent Management (Private Practice)
Alvarado y Asociados (Nicaragua)
BLP (Costa Rica)
CENTRAL LAW (Honduras)
Chapman & Asociados (Colombia)
Demarest Advogados (Brazil)
LatamLex – LOVILL (Panama)
Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice (Brazil)
Morgan & Morgan (Panama)
Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites, Arntsen & Martínez de Hoz (h) (Argentina)

Winner: LatamLex – LOVILL (Panama)

LatamLex – LOVILL, Panama

This award was given to LatamLex – LOVILL for their concerted efforts in developing their female employees and ensuring that talent is retained. LatamLex also has a comprehensive mentoring scheme for new associates, focusing on networking, general skills, professional legal training and inclusion initiatives. The firm’s gender diversity policy is regularly reviewed in order to keep up-to-date with current and future initiatives and strategies. The firm makes sure that all female lawyers regularly attend talks and forums focused on women’s advancement and career development internationally. The firm also has a very transparent promotion process based on merits, which has  enabled many women to be promoted to partner.

Lifetime Achievement for Furthering Gender Diversity and Inclusion (Private Practice)
Isabel Bueno – Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados (Brazil)
Liz Gordillo Anleu – Arias & Muñoz (Guatemala)
Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri – TozziniFreire Advogados (Brazil)
Moira Huggard-Caine – TozziniFreire Advogados (Brazil)
Patricia Lopez Aufranc – Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal (Argentina)
Raquel Novais – Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice (Brazil)

Moira Huggard-Caine – TozziniFreire Advogados, Brazil

Winner: Moira Huggard-Caine – TozziniFreire Advogados (Brazil)
Moira has been dedicated to addressing gender diversity issues ever since she joined the profession and realised that women were not equally represented. She has implemented many successful diversity initiatives within TozziniFreire, such as their Women Networking Initiative, generous maternity leave and provisions, and support for mothers to advance their careers. The success of these initiatives is self-evident; 36% of partners at the firm are women, whilst 59% of their associates are also female. Moira also heads the Women’s Task Force at the firm and frequently participates in a wide number of international Women’s forums.


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