This category is open to independent firms from the region, and firms headquartered outside Continental Europe / who are members of a branded international alliance, who have a strong local presence.
To enter you must complete an entry form (ensuring that you address as many of the points below as possible) and submit it online. The entry forms are category specific, so please ensure that you complete the correct one .
The awards are judging performance broadly from 1 November 2018 to 31 May 2020; this means that the bulk of work and any achievements listed within the entry must have been carried out within this time period (please note it is not essential that a project or case has both launched and closed within this time period).
Winning firms will be able to demonstrate that they have had an exceptional year, managing the pressures of the economic environment while maintaining high levels of client service. We are looking for firms that can clearly articulate their strategy and vision for the future, both in terms of significant developments in the past year and planned investment.
We are focusing particularly on firms able to demonstrate that they are capable of operating in the global economy and are looking for evidence of strategic initiatives aimed at growing cross-border and referral work, both inbound and outbound.
The entry form will ask you for examples and details covering the below points; the strongest entries should address all these points, though please note it is not compulsory to answer each section and you may weight your answers as you see fit:
Significant operational developments in this region/jurisdiction within the past year (examples may include new office openings, mergers, management changes, key hires)
Evidence of initiatives developing referral and cross-border work into and out of this region/jurisdiction (include examples of firms/clients you are working with where possible)
Evidence of new initiatives in diversity, employee development or sustainability in this region/jurisdiction
Evidence of how your firm plans to develop its long-term strategy in this region/jurisdiction (include examples of any structural changes and investment planned)
Evidence of use of technology and improvement in processes and operations that enhance service delivery to clients
Financial performance (it is essential to provide some information in this area if possible – please see note below re confidentiality)
We have provided a CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION section on the form; any sensitive or confidential information (including details of financial performance) provided here will not be shared outside of the judging panel.
Once complete the entry template should not exceed 1,500 words (excluding headers).
2019 – AKD
2018 – AKD
2017 – Rutgers & Posch
2016 – AKD
2015 – Rutgers & Posch
2014 – Houthoff Buruma
2012 – Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick
2011 – Stibbe
2010 – Houthoff Buruma
2009 – NautaDutilh
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