For the sixth time – and the fifth time in a row – Vinge won the award as the law firm in Sweden which has been most successful in relation to its gender equality initiatives. The award was presented on 14 June in London at the European Women in Business Law Awards. In addition, three of Vinge’s partners were also named as IFLR1000 Women Leaders.
- “We are very happy and proud that we have once again received this fine award”, says Maria-Pia Hope, Managing Partner of Vinge. “We view it as recognition of our long term efforts in relation to gender equality.”
What is Vinge doing right, since you have received this award six times since 2011?
- “To begin with, we set the goal that between 2015 and 2020 at least 50 per cent of our new partners would be women”, explains Maria-Pia Hope. “And we are well on the way, most recently most of the newly-elected partners were women.”
- “In addition to working with gender equality, we also have other diversity initiatives. For instance, for 16 years we have supported upper secondary school pupils in schools situated in high immigrant areas in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. We have encouraged them to pursue a career in the law. The initiative offers, among other things, training, scholarships and summer work at Vinge. Several of the people who have participated in the project have become lawyers. And now, we have our first partner who came to Vinge through the Diversity Project!”
The European Women in Business Law Awards (WIBLA) is awarded to the best firms and individuals, based on surveys and nominations and is arranged by Euromoney Legal Media Group and the International Financial Law Review.
In connection with the WIBLA nominations, three of Vinge’s partners, i.e. Maria-Pia Hope, Christina Kokko and Charlotte Levin, were also named as IFLW1000 Women Leaders by International Financial Law Review. The criteria for the nominations are based on experience of business life, reputation on the market, exceptional performance and recommendations from clients and colleagues. In total, six female business lawyers in Sweden were nominated.
Vinge’s partners from Stockholm, Åsa Gotthardsson and Emma Stuart Beck were in London to receive the WIBLA award. Also present were Yohanna Öhrnegård from Gothenburg and Ingela Malmborg and Anna Edström from Malmö.
The award as the best firm in Sweden was won in competition with, among others, Mannheimer Swartling, Lindahl and White and Case. Vinge has also received this award in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, as well as this year, 2018.