Léna Sersiron, a partner at the French office of the international business law firm Baker McKenzie, has been awarded the prestigious “Acritas Star” 2018. She joins the very limited circle of 13 women lawyers who have received three or more nominations by different clients, on an international scale. This announcement comes with the publication of the Sharplegal report by the independent firm Acritas, which reports on the state of the global legal market.  

The Acritas ranking system singles out the best stand-out lawyers throughout the world based on their outstanding characteristics and areas of expertise, Léna Sersiron has been rewarded for “her ability to handle complex matter within contract deadlines and also innovative solutions”.

At Baker McKenzie, she heads the Competition & Distribution team in Paris and assists large corporates in all sectors, including in the food industry, distribution, industry and finance, on complex competition law issues at French and European levels. Her areas of expertise are competition law and distribution law. Léna Sersiron also chairs the Paris office’s Diversity Committee. 

Léna Sersiron is also included in the Who’s Who Legal 2016 in the category ‘Competition & Economists – France’. Additionally, she has been rated ‘Band 2’ in ‘Competition/European Law’ by Chambers Europe and was in the Legal 500 EMEA in 2017.

There are other “Acritas Stars” lawyers at the Paris office, such as Arnaud Cabanes, managing partner, Stéphane Davin, Emmanuel Guillaume, Eric Borysewicz, partners, as well as Laurent Barbara, partner, and Marie-Laetitia De La Ville Baugé, counsel. Globally speaking, 192 lawyers from Baker McKenzie are included in these rankings.

In three years, more than 8,000 lawyers have been nominated by their clients for the quality of their work and are included in the global, independent “Acritas Stars” database which was launched in 2016. Globally speaking, based on the analysis of 10,000 nominations, male executives seem reticent to nominate female lawyers to take part in the competition: female lawyers only represent 15% of the those appointed by men, compared to 29% of those appointed by women. 

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