Vinge’s Dude Diligence has been shortlisted as the Financial Times celebrates the most innovative lawyers in the European legal industry. The award highlights the best examples of lawyers using influence and creative problem solving to help guide clients towards agile and sustainable outcomes.
Vinge has been shortlisted in Innovative Lawyers category Responsible Businesses in Europe, recognising the firm’s efforts on inclusion and diversity impact. Dude Diligence is an expansion of our due diligence process to include equal opportunities, in order to thereby provide a better understanding of the companies that are bought and sold.
Maria-Pia Hope, CEO:
“Research shows that companies perform better with a similar number of women and men in senior positions. It has been a matter of course for me to drive the discussion on equality at Vinge. Every day, we help our clients with acquisitions, sales and mergers. With Dude Diligence we wanted to develop a tool as part of our core business that actively contributes to improved gender equality in the business world.”
Through Dude Diligence, we use our position as Sweden's leading law firm within M&A to provide our clients with a gender equality tool that, by extension, aims to promote increased profitability and innovative thinking.
The initiative has inspired other Nordic firms to include Dude Diligence in their reporting, something we have encouraged.
In 2014, Vinge was the first Scandinavian law firm to set concrete equality targets for newly elected partners. As a result, since 2020, 57 per cent of Vinge's new partners have been women, and the total percentage of female partners is 28 per cent.
The award ceremony will be held at the Natural History Museum in London on 21 September 2023.