We are delighted to announce our IFLR1000 Women Leaders for 2020.

Women Leaders are the leading female transactional lawyers in the world. These lawyers have impressive track records and are consistently recommended by clients and peers for the quality of their advice and service.

Research methodology 

Each year the IFLR1000 undertakes research evaluating lawyers and firms on the basis of transactional experience and market feedback. During the process our research team in Hong Kong, London and New York evaluates thousands of submissions and survey data of thousands of client referees and peers, and conduct hundreds of interviews before nominating individuals for Women Leaders.

Women Leaders 2020 content

Below you will find links to: 

  • Online profiles of our featured Women Leaders
  • Regional pages with Women Leaders' online profiles listed by jurisdiction
  • Interviews with high-profile, inspirational female lawyers from across the world focussed around gender and diversity in the legal profession

If you believe you are among one of the leading female transactional lawyers in your jurisdiction, please contact me by email (bnaylor@iflr1000.com) to discuss how to you can make us aware of your work.

If you would like to discuss how we can help you promote your achievements, please contact Liam Sharkey: lsharkey@iflr.com

Congratulations to all Women Leaders.




Jennifer Ezring - Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Rachel Eng - Eng and Co

Wang Shu - Han Kun Law Offices

Amy Chin - LCS & Partners

Vo Ha Duyen - VILAF

Yulia Kyrpa - Aequo

Maja Žgajna - CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz

Jelen Gazivoda- JPM Janković Popović Mitić

Diana Dimova - Kinstellar

Miri Kimhi - Fischer Behar Chen Well Orion & Co

Kate Downey - Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson

Tara Doyle - Matheson

Tanja Luginbühl - Lenz & Staehelin

Christina Papanikolopoulou - Zepos & Yannopoulos














New York based Kirkland & Ellis partner Erica Berthou discusses gender in the legal profession in the United States and her firm's accomplishments in promoting diversity and inclusion


New York Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton partner Margaret Peponis discusses gender disparity in the US legal proffession and how she and the firm participate in forums and groups focussed on advancing women lawyers


Jakarta-based Hadiputranto Hadinoto & Partners partner, Indri Pramitaswari Guritno, discusses how her firm's flexible working policy attempts to support lawyers with families and the importance of training and mentoring in helping women achieve senior positions within the profession


Sidley Austin executive committee member and joint head of funds and derivatives, Effie Vasilopoulos, discusses challenges women and mothers in the legal profession have faced through the majority of her career, improvements in the last five years and how clients can play a role in improving diversity at law firms


Managing partner of Kinstellar in Sofia, Diana Dimova, disucsses why she feels women are well-represented in the Bulgarian legal market and at her firm


White & Case Helsinki partner Tanja Törnkvist evaluates gender diversity in the Finnish legal profession including the high volume entering of women entering the profession but the relatively low number in senior positions


Dentons Europe Dąbrowski & Partners partner Aldona Kowalczyk evaluates gender equailty in the Polish legal market, including positives like the work of The Women in Law Foundation and issues with employment law


Managing partner of Akin Gump in Moscow, Natalia Baratiants, discusses her opinion on and experiences with gender equality in the legal profession in Russia and how her firm encourages diversity


Head of insolvency and restructuring at Lenz & Staehelin in Switzerland, Tanja Luginbühl, evaluates how the Swiss legal market and her firm are address are addressing gender diversity, and where the market could do more