Top In-house Counsel Recognised at the 10th Annual Lexology and International Law Office Global Counsel Awards in Association with ACC

Posted: Jun 10, 2016

London, United Kingdom – Lexology and the International Law Office (ILO), together with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), hosted the 10th annual Global Counsel Awards in New York's magnificent Cipriani 42nd Street last night. The gala event celebrated the achievements of in-house counsel recognised by their peers as excelling in their chosen fields. This year's event was attended by 400 senior lawyers from across the world, including in-house counsel from more than 100 companies.

As Vince Castiglione, vice president and general counsel of VF Sportswear Inc, explained:

"There are many ways to generate value when working in-house, but the true leaders are those who balance their skills with the black letter of the law with more intangible attributes, such as effective communication, efficiency, commercial awareness and an ability to innovate. And that's what makes these awards unique – the Global Counsel Awards team looks behind the scenes in search of these key qualities that make good counsel great."

To identify the winners, the research team conducted in-depth analysis of in-house lawyers and legal departments worldwide, receiving more than 4,500 nominations globally. Respondents were asked to
focus on criteria such as effective communication, legal understanding, commercial awareness, depth and strength of team and management skills. The following awards were presented: Competition, Employment, General Commercial, Intellectual Property, Litigation, M&A, Regulatory (Financial and Non-financial), Rising Star, Compliance Innovator of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.

Markus Diethelm of UBS AG was named General Counsel of the Year after receiving multiple individual nominations from colleagues and partners at leading law firms. One respondent enthused:

"His in-person presence and ability to communicate and advocate effectively demonstrate the seriousness with which UBS takes the matters at hand, as well as Markus's personal commitment to the process."

The event sponsors were AAMM, Sociedade de Advogados; Advocacia Jose Del Chiaro; Allen & Overy
LLP; Baker & McKenzie; Baker Botts LLP; Clifford Chance LLP; Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Demarest Advogados; Dentons; DLA Piper; Epstein Becker & Green PC; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Gerchen Keller Capital LLC; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Greenberg Traurig LLP; King & Spalding; Leite, Tosto e Barros; Lex Mundi; Mayer Brown LLP; Paul Hastings LLP; Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Saul Ewing LLP; Sidley Austin LLP; Venable LLP; Williams & Connolly LLP; and Winston & Strawn LLP.

For more information and a complete list of winners, visit

About the ACC

The ACC is a global legal association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel
who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organisations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives. With more than 40,000 members in 85 countries, employed by over 10,000 organisations, the ACC connects its members to the people and resources necessary for both personal and professional growth – By in-house counsel, for in-house counsel.® For more information, visit and follow the ACC on Twitter: @ACCinhouse.

About ILO

Launched in 1998, ILO is the nexus where global corporate counsel engage with the world's pre-eminent law firms, and each other. The ILO brand encompasses:

  • A multifaceted online resource for senior international corporate counsel, which provides tailored, quality-assured updates 
on global legal developments, a database of the world's major deals and the legal advisers involved, and a comprehensive 
directory of firms and partners.
  • A global awards programme that identifies in-house corporate counsel, both teams and individuals, who excel in their 
specific roles. The awards culminate each year in four of the largest annual gatherings of senior corporate counsel, with 
prestigious ceremonies in Hong Kong, Latin America, London and New York.
  • An international congress for in-house counsel that encourages the sharing of expertise and experience across 
borders, allowing attendees to exchange knowledge and insight with high-profile speakers including general counsel at multinationals and regulators. 

Recognising its unique relationship with global corporate counsel, many of the world's premier associations have chosen to partner with ILO.

About Lexology

Launched in 2007, Lexology is a daily newsfeed of law firm client alerts, articles and blogs delivered to the desktops of senior business lawyers worldwide. Lexology has built a unique audience of more than 280,000 subscribers, over 60% of whom are in- house corporate counsel representing the vast majority of Fortune 500, FT Global 500 and FT Euro 500 companies – including all members of the Association of Corporate Counsel.


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