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Chambers Women in Law Awards: Latin America 2018

"The Chambers Women Awards is a terrific initiative of Chambers. This reinforces once more how it is important to treat the diversity issues as priority inside the organizations, not only law firms but also companies."
Luciana Tornovsky, Partner, Demarest Advogados

The Chambers Women in Law Awards: Latin America 2018 are taking place at The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago, Chile, on Thursday 10th May 2018.

Over the past four years we have conducted extensive research into gender diversity in Latin America and hosted diversity seminars across the region, including events in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Santiago and Bogotá. The Women in Law Awards represent the culmination of our research and also celebrate those who are advancing gender equality and providing equal opportunities to women across Latin America.

The Chambers Women in Law Awards recognise those pioneers who have furthered the advancement of women within the legal sphere. The Awards seek to highlight these achievements, empower the people behind innovative women’s initiatives, and give greater visibility to gender diversity.


18:30 - 19:30 Welcome drinks and canapés
19:30 - 20:30 Awards Ceremony
20:30 - 21:30 Drinks and networking opportunities


The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago,
Calle El Alcalde No. 15, Las Condes. Santiago, Chile


Keynote Speaker

Carmen Backsmann, LL.M.
Business Owner - Interconsultora Limitada

Carmen Backsmann (born Sfeir) a Chilean lawyer, in Brazilian lawyer and a Solicitor in England and Wales. She also holds an LL.M. Degree from Duke University, Durham, N.C., U.S.A. and is a certified Mediator. 

Her professional experience both, in private practice as well as in the industry covers Corporate and Commercial Law, international transactions, Compliance, ADR’s, Litigation, as well as Sustainability.

She has expertly negotiated with foreign governments and business partners in Latin America and Asia, thus greatly enhancing the global expansion of the companies she has worked for. She has developed her expertise through international transactions in her native Chile, where she was Chief Counsel of LAN Airlines (today, Latam Airlines), and also in Germany, whilst working with MAN Ferrostaal and with Volkswagen AG.

She is registered as a Chilean Lawyer at the Hamburg Lawyer's Bar Association, Hamburg, Germany and is a Member of the Center of International Arbitration, in London (Ciarb).

Her achievements are not only restricted to the commercial sphere but also extend to the academic world. Carmen was appointed commercial law professor at the Universidad de Chile Law School, a role she held until 2009.



María Amo González
Seminars Manager

María Amo is a journalist who has been involved in the events’ sphere for the last eight years. She also worked at several radio stations as a culture journalist before moving to London, where she worked as an events journalist for a Spanish media company before taking up her present position at Chambers and Partners. María currently works with law firms globally, organising General Counsel and Diversity Seminars in Latin America and Europe.

María has always been committed to promoting women’s rights and helping them to achieve their professional goals. In her current role she is actively involved in exploring new avenues to highlight the importance of diversity with the legal events that she organises to promote gender equality and diversity across the legal market. She works closely with law firms to share their expertise in this field, exchanging ideas and demonstrating the relevance of creating an equal and inclusive world.


María Amo González, Seminars Manager:


Individual Awards

Outstanding Ally for Women’s Advancement

Juan José Cárdenas - Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas (Peru)
Juan José Delgado - InterJuris Abogados, S.C. (Venezuela)
Carlos Dodds - Baker McKenzie (Argentina)
Rodrigo Ferrada - FerradaNehme (Chile)
Neftalí Garro - BLP (Costa Rica)
Carlos Ernesto González Ramírez - Morgan & Morgan (Panama)
Bruce Horowitz - Paz Horowitz (Ecuador)
Jorge Lazo - Lazo, De Romaña & CMB Abogados (Peru)
Luis Carlos Rodrigo Prado - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados (Peru)
Francisco Selamé - PricewaterhouseCoopers Consultores, Auditores SpA (Chile)
Fernando Eduardo Serec - TozziniFreire Advogados (Brazil)
Claus von Wobeser - Von Wobeser y Sierra, SC (Mexico)
Nei Zelmanovits - Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice (Brazil) 

Inspiring Role Model for Furthering Women Lawyers

Virginia Cervieri - Cervieri Monsuarez & Associates (Uruguay)
Claudia Farkouh Prado - Baker McKenzie (Brazil)
Carolina Flores - Arias (Costa Rica)
Marcela Hughes (Uruguay)
Glaucia Maria Lauletta Frascino - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados (Brazil)
Fabiola  Medina Garnes - Medina Garrigó Abogados (Dominican Republic)
Raquel  Novais - Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice (Brazil)
Cristina Vázquez - Ferrere (Uruguay)
Ximena Velasco - PricewaterhouseCoopers Consultores, Auditores SpA (Chile)

Women in Law Awards: Central America Lawyer of the Year

Irene Aguilar - BLP (Costa Rica)
Gisela Álvarez de Porras - Dentons Muñoz (Panama)
Ruby María Asturias Castillo - EY Law (Guatemala)
Mariana Castro - Sfera Legal (Costa Rica)
Gloria María de Alvarado - Alvarado y Asociados (Nicaragua)
Liz Gordillo Anleu - Arias (Guatemala)
Anna Karina Jiménez - Dentons Muñoz (Costa Rica)
Vivian Liberman - BLP (Costa Rica)
Ana Mercedes López - Arias (El Salvador)
Gabriela Roca - QIL+4 ABOGADOS (Guatemala)

Women in Law Awards: Argentina Lawyer of the Year

Mercedes Balado Bevilacqua - MBB Balado Bevilacqua Abogados
María Fraguas - Nicholson y Cano Abogados
Evelyn Harbek - Córdova Francos Abogados
Roxana Kahale - Kahale Abogados
Melisa Litvin - Litvin Legales
Carolina Zang - Zang, Bergel y Viñes Abogados

Women in Law Awards: Bolivia Lawyer of the Year

Andere Indacochea P de Z - Indacochea & Asociados
Paola Justiniano Arias - Sanjines & Asociados – Abogados
Mariana Pereira - Indacochea & Asociados
Lindsay Sykes - Ferrere
Sandra Vasquez - Tufiño & Villegas

Women in Law Awards: Brazil Lawyer of the Year

Karin Alvo - Koury Lopes Advogados
Marina Anselmo Schneider - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados
Luciana Cossermelli Tornovsky - Demarest Advogados
Angela Fan Chi Kung - Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Silvia Fazio - Norton Rose Fulbright
Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri - TozziniFreire Advogados
Cristiane Romano - Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice
Liliane Roriz - Licks Attorneys
Raquel Stein - Souto, Correa, Cesa, Lummertz & Amaral Advogados
Anna Tavares de Mello - Trench Rossi Watanabe (in cooperation with Baker McKenzie International)

Women in Law Awards: Chile Lawyer of the Year

Myriam Barahona - Morales & Besa
Sandra Benedetto - PricewaterhouseCoopers Consultores Auditores SpA
Carolina Collantes - Baraona Fischer Spiess
Carolina Fuensalida Merino - Fuensalida y Del Valle
Pabla Gainza - CMS Carey & Allende
Daniela Hirsch - Albagli Zaliasnik
Paulina Riquelme - Eelaw
Patricia Silberman - Carey
Carolina Squella - CorreaGubbins
Valentina Venturelli - Baker McKenzie Chile

Women in Law Awards: Colombia Lawyer of the Year

Claudia Barrero - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Claudia Ines Benavides Galvis - Baker McKenzie S.A.S.
Alicia Lloreda Ricaurte  - Lloreda Camacho & Co
Mariana Posse - Posse Herrera Ruiz
Irma Rivera Ramírez - Brigard & Urrutia
Paula Samper Salazar - Gómez-Pinzón
Mirna Wilches - Chapman & Asociados

Women in Law Awards: Dominican Republic Lawyer of the Year

Mary Fernández Rodríguez - Headrick Rizik Alvarez & Fernández
Fabiola Medina Garnes - Medina Garrigó Abogados
Romina Santroni - Quiroz Santroni, Abogados Consultores

Women in Law Awards: Ecuador Lawyer of the Year

Daniela Cevallos Casals - CC&B Abogados
María Cecilia Romoleroux - CorralRosales
Sofía Velasco Mayorga - Paz Horowitz
Karla Villacís Echeverría - Lexvalor Abogados

Women in Law Awards: Mexico Lawyer of the Year

Maria Gabriela Alaña Castro - DLA Piper Gallastegui y Lozano
Gabriela Alvarez Avila - Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP
Laura Collada - Dumont Bergman Bider & Co., S.C.
Maria del Rosario Lombera - Baker McKenzie
Mariana Herrero S - Galicia Abogados, S.C.
Cristina Massa Sánchez - González Calvillo, S.C.
Pilar Mata Fernández - Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes, S.C.
Adriana Padilla Rivas - Ritch, Mueller, Heather y Nicolau, S.C.
Leslie Palma - Holland & Knight
Ana Paula Pardo Lelo de Larrea - SMPS Legal

Women in Law Awards: Paraguay Lawyer of the Year

Marysol Estigarribia - Ferrere
Cynthia Fatecha - Vouga Abogados
Graciela Narvaja Jones - Peroni Sosa Tellechea Burt & Narvaja

Women in Law Awards: Peru Lawyer of the Year

Ana María Arrarte Arisnabarreta - Estudio Echecopar - Member Firm of Baker McKenzie
Michelle Barclay Thorne - CMS Grau
Fátima de Romaña - Lazo, De Romaña & CMB Abogados
Katarzyna Dunin-Borkowski - Barrios & Fuentes Abogados
Marlene Molero Suárez - Rubio Leguía Normand
Pamela Navarro - Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Alexandra Orbezo - Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas
Nathalie Paredes - Miranda & Amado Abogados
Ljubica Vodanovic - VODANOVIC LEGAL
María Eugenia Yábar - Estudio Olaechea
Ursula Zavala - Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados

Women in Law Awards: Uruguay Lawyer of the Year

Corina Bove - Guyer & Regules
Florencia Castagnola - Guyer & Regules
Virginia Cervieri - Cervieri Monsuarez & Associates
Mariana Estradé - Hughes & Hughes
Sandra González - Ferrere

Women in Law Awards: Venezuela Lawyer of the Year

Luisa Acedo de Lepervanche - Mendoza, Palacios, Acedo, Borjas, Páez Pumar & Cía
María Alejandra Castillo - Estudio Antequera Parilli & Rodríguez
Adriana Gonçalvez - Baker McKenzie SC
María Cecilia Rachadell - InterJuris Abogados, S.C.
Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado - InterJuris Abogados, S.C.

Firm Awards

Best Gender Diversity Initiative

Estudio Echecopar - Member Firm of Baker McKenzie International (Peru)
Beccar Varela (Argentina)
BLP (Costa Rica)
Chapman & Asociados (Colombia)
Demarest Advogados (Brazil)
Galicia Abogados, S.C. (Mexico)
LOVILL LatamLex (Panama)
Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal (Argentina)
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados (Brazil)
Paz Horowitz (Ecuador)

Outstanding Contribution to Furthering Women's Advancement

BKM – Berkemeyer (Paraguay)
BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão (Brazil)
FerradaNehme (Chile)
Hughes & Hughes (Uruguay)
Lazo, De Romaña & CMB Abogados (Peru)
Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno (Argentina)
Pérez Bustamante & Ponce (Ecuador)
Posse Herrera Ruiz (Colombia)
Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados (Peru)
Zang, Bergel y Viñes Abogados (Argentina)

Most Valuable Contribution towards the Fostering of Women’s Professional Development

Carey (Chile)
Consortium Legal (Costa Rica)
Ferrere (Uruguay)
Guyer & Regules (Uruguay)
Indacochea & Asociados (Bolivia)
Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice (Brazil)
Nicholson y Cano Abogados (Argentina)
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría (Colombia)
Pinheiro Neto Advogados (Brazil)
Rebaza, Alcázar & De Las Casas (Peru)