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Arbitration Future Leaders 2018: Women in Law Roundtable Discussion

As the under-representation of women within the arbitration community remains a polemic issue in the field, Who’s Who Legal brings together Andrea Meier at Wartmann & Merker, Ania Farren at Berwin Leighton Paisner, Chiann Bao at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Carine Dupeyron at Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier to discuss the steps the community needs to take to overcome this lack of diversity, the development of the role of women in the profession and future challenges that will be faced by the next generation of female arbitration practitioners. 

A Q&A with Suzanne Szczetnikowicz, co-founder and current chair of the Women in Law London network

Suzanne S

In an exclusive interview with Who’s Who Legal, co-founder and current chair of the WILL network, Suzanne Szczetnikowicz discusses the driving forces behind its establishment, the importance of such initiatives, many of the challenges that women in the industry are facing today and possible solutions. 

An Interview with Suzana Fagundes Ribeiro de Oliveira, ArcelorMittal Brasil

Suzana Fagundes Ribeiro de Oliveira

In an exclusive interview with Who’s Who Legal, Suzana Fagundes Ribeiro de Oliveira discusses her career, the changing role of in-house counsel, and the development of female leadership in both the corporate and legal worlds. 

An Interview on Diversity with Julie Spellman Sweet

Spellman Sweet

“Diversity is not just the right thing to do; it is the way to get to the right business outcome.” So says Julie Spellman Sweet, Accenture’s group chief executive for North America. In her view, diversity is essential to bring together different viewpoints and experiences in order to reach the best business decisions. 

Women in Law - an interview with Ingrid Busson, Morgan Stanley

Ingrid Busson

In an exclusive interview with Who’s Who Legal, Ingrid Busson, executive director of the legal and compliance division at Morgan Stanley and responsible for bank regulatory matters, shares her views on the challenges facing women in the legal profession.

An Interview with Anna Birtwistle


Anna Birtwistle, a senior associate at CM Murray, recently co-chaired the programme “Where did all the women go? The discrepancy between gender neutral hiring and the lack of female leadership in international law firms” at the ABA Section of International Law’s autumn meeting in London. Following the session she spoke to Who’s Who Legal about the difficulties women face in reaching the top of the profession and ways in which law firms could do more to help.

Women in Law

Friday 8 March marks ‘International Women’s Day’, a celebration of women’s progress observed universally around the globe. To mark this event, Who’s Who Legal has put together a special feature looking at the increasing number of women reaching the pinnacle of their profession.

Sheila Birnbaum, Product Liability Lawyer of the Year 2013


Sheila Birnbaum is our product liability defence lawyer of the year for the second year running. A partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in New York, Birnbaum’s practice covers products liability, toxic torts and insurance coverage litigation. Birnbaum shares with Who’s Who Legal her achievements and career highlights.

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