Ganadores del Galardón Chambers Diversity & Inclusion 2019

Ganadores del Galardón Chambers Diversity & Inclusion 2019

Winners of the Chambers D&I Latin America Awards 2019

Contributed by
Dee Sekar
D&I Director - Chair of the Chambers D&I Global Advisory Board

We are delighted to announce the winners of our Diversity & Inclusion Awards 2019 in Latin America.

Congratulations to all the winners and highly commended firms, companies and individuals. It was great to see so many inspiring diverse lawyers and allies during the ceremony in Buenos Aires in Argentina.

Private Practice Categories


Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year: This award is for a partner who has shown dedication and commitment to gender diversity programs and/or taken an active role in organising events/discussions helping to further the advancement of women in the law.


Mercedes Balado Bevilacqua, MBB Balado Bevilacqua Abogados – Highly commended

Cecilia Mairal, Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal

Cecilia is one of the first female partners at Marval, and has played a key role in promoting and supporting women’s careers by helping introduce the first flexi and part-time programmes in the firm. Cecilia co-founded the Argentine Chapter of the WIP (Women in the Profession) Programme of the Vance Center and is a very active member of the IBA Women’s interest group.


Claudia Benavides Galvis, Baker McKenzie

Claudia has excelled both as an expert in transnational dispute resolution and as a true champion of gender equality. In July she became the first female Global Chair of Baker McKenzie’s Dispute Resolution Group, and also leads the firm’s D&I steering committee for the Bogotá office. Claudia is a role model of female leadership and has used her profile to promote gender equality across the profession. She regularly speaks at national and international events, whilst maintaining the highest standards as a practitioner, and raising her child.


Vivian Liberman, BLP

Vivian Liberman is one of the few female lawyers specializing in Banking & Finance in Latin America and is Co-head of the department at BLP. She is President of the BLP Foundation that provides legal pro bono services across Central America. Under her leadership, BLP has dedicated more than 4,000 hours to pro bono work.

Outside the firm, Vivian is President and founder of Inspiring Girls in Costa Rica, an international initiative dedicated to increasing the empowerment of girls from all over the world by introducing them to women “role models” who encourage feelings of confidence and capability of developing within any profession in the future. She is also Co-ordinator of the Pro Bono Commission of the Costa Rican Bar Association.


LINDSAY SYKES, Ferrere Abogados

Lindsay is a partner in the Bolivian law firm Ferrere which is consistently recognised in the local market as a leader in diversity initiatives. As a law firm it provides advancement opportunities for women which are unusual in Bolivia. Women make up almost 30% of Ferrere’s partnership and female lawyers make up 50% of FERRERE’s professional staff in its Bolivia offices. This is because of Lindsay’s continued commitment to women’s advancement. As a firm-wide policy, all department leaders are urged to ensure that women are always involved in pitches, participate in client meetings and speak at events.

Outside the firm, she is a member of the Bolivian chapter of Cyrus R. Vance Center – Women in the Profession (WIP), an initiative that aims to create a space in which women can share openly their concerns and best practices to advance their interests in the profession.


Cristianne Saccab Zarzur, Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Partner at Pinheiro Neto Advogados, Cristianne Saccab Zarzur has dedicated her career to enhancing gender equality, starting from her own firm, where she managed to completely overhaul their appraisal and promotion processes to reduce bias and create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all. Thanks to her efforts and determination, Pinheiro Neto Advogados became the first law firm in Brazil to implement extended maternity leave. As Chair of the Women’s Committee, Cristianne continues to implement high impact awareness raising initiatives and, inspired by the UN’s He For She campaign, has been able to secure growing support from her male colleagues.


Paulina Riquelme Pallamar, Eelaw – Highly Commended

Nicole Nehme, FerradaNehme

Nicole is the co-founder of the Chilean law firm Ferrada Nehme. She is considered a game changer in the Chilean legal community regarding gender matters, opening paths to other women towards legal entrepreneurship and partnership in their law firms. She has helped in empowering women to achieve their professional goals and objectives through membership of organisations such as Comunidad Mujer, an organisation which advocates for women’s rights, as well as other organisations such as a female lawyers’ association and the main business organisation in Chile. She is a respected academic at the Universidad de Chile as well as a practising antitrust lawyer. On top of this, she is a sought-after diversity speaker.


Paola Gachet, FERRERE

Paola stood out as a true advocate for gender diversity because of her track record of putting her values and principles into action. Whilst excelling as Ferrere’s tax Partner in the complex Ecuadorian market, Paola also leads the Pro Bono practice and regularly advises a variety of businesses on how to increase female representation at all levels. At the moment, Paola is also busy working as part of the organising committee of the International Fiscal Association’s 2020 Regional Conference in Quinto to ensure gender balance in the selection of speakers and contributors.


Cristina Massa Sánchez – González Calvillo, S.C.

As well as being an antitrust lawyer, Cristina has had a positive impact and acted as a role model for women to foster networking amongst women inside and outside the legal profession. She has been a trailblazer, being the first female regulator to serve as Commissioner in the Mexican Antitrust Commission in 2011, as well as the first female equity partner at Gonzalez Calvillo in 2017. She mentors other women in an effort to advance their careers and is active with various organisations, including AbogadasMX, created to promote women’s career advancement in the legal profession. She is also highly active in engaging and mentoring women lawyers in her own firm.


Nathalie Paredes, Miranda & Amado Abogado

Nathalie Paredes has been a partner at Miranda & Amado since 2013 and has made it her mission to ensure that gender equality was embedded in the DNA of the firm. In her time, she championed the introduction of a D&I policy and supporting measurements and action plan. Nathalie was also instrumental in the development of a workplace harassment policy as well as guidelines to promote gender diversity in the supply chain. She is also an active member of the International Steering Committee of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice’s Women in the Profession (WIP) Program, seeking the advancement of women in the legal profession in Latin America.


Florencia Castagnola, Partner, Guyer & Regules

Florencia has more than 18 years of experience in banking and corporate law. She has won awards including for innovative legal work in the project to create the “e-peso” when Uruguay was the first country in the world to issue its local currency in digital form. As well as being a top lawyer, she was the Captain of the Uruguayan Field Hockey Team where she led her teammates through several international championships for more than six years. She continues to inspire young female lawyers in her current firm and acts as a mentor to them. Outside the firm, she leads the UN local programme implementing the “Women´s Empowerment Principles” of the United Nations, and Guyer & Regules were within the first group of signatories to these principles. She has led workshops in relation to this programme, and together with other partners also leads the diversity committee at her firm.


Luisa Lepervanche, Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía. MENPA

Luisa taught human rights at Universidad Metropolitana Law School (2012-2014), with special emphasis on non-discrimination and diversity. She joined her current firm in 2017 and became a partner in 2019. Since joining the firm, she has worked hard to make their policies regarding female talent more visible and more efficient. Luisa’s commitment translated into the firm’s public pledge regarding diversity being an important feature of their website, which was launched in 2017 under her coordination. This pledge is probably the first of its kind in the Venezuelan legal arena. As well as this contribution to ensuring that the firm’s commitment to diversity is visible externally, she has worked within the firm to promote flexible hours, work-from-home initiatives, and to ensure diversity in the hiring of new talent. She has won several awards including a human rights award from the Human Rights Center of Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (2014).

María de los Ángeles Celis, Baker McKenzie Venezuela – Highly commended

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