The Lawyer European Awards 2012: the winners

EUROPE - German firm Noerr became European Law Firm of the year at The Lawyer’s European Awards in Monte Carlo last night at the end of a glittering awards ceremony.

 
Noerr edged out a strong list of regional winners to take home the night’s big award, after a year of outstanding growth and vision.
 
Italy’s Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners was highly commended in the European Law Firm of the year category, recognised for its bold move in snatching Grimaldi e Associati partner Roberto Cappelli late last year as well as for its work on a string of high-profile transactions.
 
 
The gala dinner was held at the Hotel Hermitage overlooking Monte Carlo’s historic harbour. Hosted by BBC presenter Mishal Husain for the second year running, awards were presented to firms of all shapes and sizes from around Europe.
 
Domański Zakrzewski Palinka became the first Polish Firm of the year, while Popovici Nițu & Asociații picked up the inaugural Romanian Law Firm of the year prize. Fellow Romanian Florentin Ţuca of Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii won the European Managing Partner of the year award for his tireless and inspiring leadership.
 
The awards were judged by a panel of senior in-house counsel and UK managing and senior partners.
 
The Hermitage is also the venue for this year’s European Conference, with delegates discussing strategy and management issues against the background of the tough economic climate.
 
The winners in full:
 
Law firm of the year: Austria
 
Winner: Schoenherr
 
Binder Grösswang
Dorda Brugger Jordis
Fellner Wratzfeld & Partner
Graf & Pitkowitz
Wolf Theiss
 
Law firm of the year: Benelux
 
Winner: Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick
 
Alber & Geiger
Arendt & Medernach
Boekel De Neree
De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek
Houthoff Buruma
NautaDutilh
 
Law firm of the year: Central Europe
 
Winner: PRK Partners
 
Kinstellar
Konečná & Zacha
Salans
Schoenherr
Wolf Theiss
 
Law firm of the year: Eastern Europe and the Balkans
 
Winner: Wolf Theiss
 
Boyanov & Co.
Kalo & Associates
Kinstellar
Pamboridis
Penev
Schoenherr
 
Law firm of the year: France
 
Winner: August & Debouzy
Highly commended: Bredin Prat
 
Franklin
Salans
 
Law firm of the year: Germany
 
Winner: Noerr
 
Buse Heberer Fromm
Glade Michel Wirtz
Gleiss Lutz
Hengeler Mueller
Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek
Schalast & Partner
 
Law firm of the year: Iberia
 
Winner: PLMJ
Highly commended: Garrigues
 
Cuatrecasas Gonçalves Pereira
Gomez-Acebo & Pombo
Uría Menéndez
Vieira de Almeida & Associados
 
Law firm of the year: Italy
 
Winner: Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners
 
AL - Assistenza Legale
LABLAW - Studio Legale
NCTM
Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale
 
Law firm of the year: Poland
 
Winner: Domański Zakrzewski Palinka
Highly commended: Salans
 
Gide Loyrette Nouel
Soltysinski Kawecki & Szlezak (SK&S)
 
Law firm of the year: Republic of Ireland
 
Winner: Arthur Cox
Highly commended: McCann FitzGerald
 
A&L Goodbody
Matheson Ormsby Prentice
William Fry
 
Law firm of the year: Romania
 
Winner: Popovici Nițu & Asociații
Highly commended: Musat & Asociatii
 
Kinstellar
Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen
Salans
Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii
 
Law firm of the year: Russia and the CIS
 
Winner: Pepeliaev Group
 
Asters
Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners
Muranov, Chernyakov & Partners
Salans
Sayenko Kharenko
 
Law firm of the year: Switzerland
 
Winner: Schellenberg Wittmer
 
Bär & Karrer
Niederer Kraft & Frey
Pestalozzi
Walder Wyss
 
Law firm of the year: The Baltics
 
Winner: LAWIN
 
Raidla Lejins & Norcous
Sorainen
Varul
 
Law firm of the year: The Nordics
 
Sponsored by Bignon De Keyser
 
Winner: Schjødt
Highly commended: Plesner
 
Magnusson
Mannheimer Swartling
MAQS Law Firm
Roschier
Thommessen
 
Law firm of the year: Turkey
 
Winner: Bener Law Office
Highly commended: Bezen & Partners
 
Çukur & Yılmaz Law Firm
Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Avukatlık Ortaklığı
Kinstellar
 
European specialist firm of the year
 
Winner: Portolano Cavallo Studio Legale
 
AL - Assistenza Legale
Glade Michel Wirtz
LABLAW - Studio Legale
Trevisan & Cuonzo
Vandenbulke
 
International law firm of the year
 
Winner: Watson, Farley & Williams, Germany
 
Baker & McKenzie, Russia and the CIS
Dechert, Russia and the CIS
Goltsblat BLP, Russia
Heisse Kursawe Eversheds, Germany
Weil Gotshal & Manges, Central and Eastern Europe
 
European Managing Partner of the year
 
Sponsored by KermaPartners
 
Winner: Florentin Ţuca, Ţuca Zbârcea & Asociaţii
Highly commended: Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Asters
 
Emmanuelle Barbara, August & Debouzy
Christian H. Pothe, Buse Heberer Fromm
Pauliina Tenhunen, Castrén & Snellman
Luca Failla and Francesco Rotondi, LABLAW - Studio Legale
 
European law firm of the year
 
Sponsored by Thomson Reuters
 
Winner: Noerr
Highly commended: Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners
 
(Source: LatinLawyer)

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