Baker McKenzie took home nine awards at the Women in Business Law Asia Pacific Awards 2023.
Among other accolades, Baker McKenzie won "Career Development: International Firm of the Year", "Pro bono: International Firm of the Year", "Work-Life Balance: International Firm of the Year" and "China Practice: International Firm of the Year". This is the second year the Firm has won the China Practice Award.
In the jurisdiction awards categories, the Firm and its member firms collectively took home three awards, including "Thailand National Firm of the Year" for the fifth year, "Philippines National Firm of the Year" won by Quisumbing Torres for the eighth year, and "Malaysia National Firm of the Year" won by Wong & Partners for the seventh year.
In addition, two lawyers were recognized as leading practitioners in their respective fields. They are:
- "Outstanding Achievement Awardee" – Mini vandePol
- "Financial Regulation Lawyer of the Year" – Stephanie Magnus
"These awards are a testament to our unwavering commitment to fostering an inclusive, gender-diverse working environment that supports the career progression of our lawyers. The spread of the categories in which we won reflects our holistic approach towards advancing diversity in the legal industry. I am incredibly proud of the work our Firm does to champion women in the workplace and to create an equitable environment where everyone can thrive," Shih Yann Loo, Baker McKenzie's Asia Pacific chair, said.
"I would like to thank everyone who has contributed towards this goal. Congratulations to Mini, Stephanie and the winning teams on their well deserved awards, which underline our status as first in Asia Pacific for law firm inclusion & diversity."
The Women in Business Law Awards recognizes lawyers who are influential and leading professionals in their chosen fields, as well as firms that have shown outstanding achievements in supporting the development of women in the legal profession across different continents.