News The Swedish Government has Appointed Maria-Pia Midenbäck Hope as Ambassador for Female Entrepreneurship

March 26, 2008

The Swedish Government has of today appointed Maria-Pia Midenbäck Hope, partner at Vinge Stockholm, as Ambassador for Female Entrepreneurship.

Maria-Pia Midenbäck Hope assignment is to inspire and encourage women to see entrepreneurship as a possibility that can lead to own businesses as well as partnerships in law firms. 

- By gaining this title I would like to point out that Vinge has a relatively high number of female attorneys and partners. Vinge has come a long way but through my Ambassadorship I hope to bring even more women closer to the idea of becoming attorneys and partners, says
Maria-Pia Midenbäck Hope.

Her plans are to take part in debates, give lectures and talk to students about their opportunities to choose a legal profession and/or their own entrepreneurship. Maria-Pia Midenbäck Hope has been a lawyer since 1994. She became an attorney in 2001 and a partner at Vinge Stockholm in 2003.    

During the past few years Vinge has prioritized recruiting female attorneys which has increased the number of female partners. In February 2005 seven percent of Vinge’s partners were female. 2008 the number had risen to fifteen percent which is an increase of eighty eight percent in three years. The number of female attorneys has also increased from forty five percent 2005 to sixty percent 2008 which is an increase of thirty three percent.

- We are proud and happy about the fact that Maria-Pia Midenbäck Hope has gained a title that will further opportunities for female entrepreneurship, says Michael Wigge, Vinge’s Managing Director. 

For further information, please contact:

Maria-Pia Midenbäck Hope, Partner Vinge Stockholm, tel: +46 8 614 31 27,
+46 70 714 31 27 maria-pia.midenback@vinge.se
Michael Wigge, Managing Director Vinge, tel: +46 8 614 30 56, +46 70 714 30 56
michael.wigge@vinge.se
Boo Ehlin, Head of Communication Vinge, tel: +46 8 614 33 87, +46 70 429 33 87
boo.ehlin@vinge.se

Vinge is the leading law firm in Sweden with approximately 450 employees, of which 300 are lawyers. The business is focused on commercial law with a large number of international transactions. Vinge has offices in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Helsingborg as well as in London, Brussels, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Vinge is a member of Lex Mundi, a global network of independent law firms.

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