We are delighted to announce our Europe IFLR1000 Women Leaders for 2022. The fifth edition is the most comprehensive yet, featuring around 1000 lawyers globally, a 33% increase from the number of lawyers recognized last year. It is a privilege to be able recognise the work of all the outstanding women.

IFLR1000 Women Leaders is an elite ranking category reserved for the most prominent women lawyers across the world working in the areas of law IFLR1000 researches. This is an exclusive group of lawyers with outstanding reputations within their markets who either have expertise and experience of working on complex deals, or who have risen to hold leadership roles with their firms or their practices. For some individuals, both these things are true.

Please use the map above to see all Women Leaders across jurisdictions.  

If you have questions about the research process, please contact Chynna Lewis: chynna.lewis@iflr1000.com 

If you would like to discuss how we can help you promote you or your firm's achievements, please contact Emily Kyriacou: emily.kyriacou@delinian.com  

Research methodology  

IFLR1000's research teams in Hong Kong, London, New York and Sofia collectively analyse thousands of research submissions, conduct thousands of interviews with law firm partners, and survey tens of thousands of clients to determine IFLR1000's Women Leaders. 

Each year Women Leaders uses the previous submission cycle's data for the research. Women Leaders 2022 will be based primarily on submissions made in 2021.  

Women Leaders 2022

Below you will find profiles of our featured Women Leaders from the wider European region.

Interviews with high-profile, inspirational women practitioners and analysis pieces covering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.


Agnieszka Janicka

Clifford Chance


Agnieszka Janicka is a standout in her M&A and private equity market. In addition to her market leading work in M&A, she is the head of Clifford Chance’s Warsaw Corporate and M&A practice and the managing partner of the Warsaw office.


Lana Vukmirović Mišić

Vukmirović Mišić Law firm


Lana Vukmirović Mišić is managing partner of Vukmirović Mišić Law Firm. She is also highly active in the market, leading numerous complex high value acquisitions and project development transactions.


Samantha Hutchinson

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

United Kingdom 

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft partner Samantha Hutchinson is incredibly well known in the market for her work in fund financing, specifically with subscription and leveraged deals, though she has experience across all fund finance products. Not only recognized externally for her work, but internally as well, she was recently named Head of Fund Finance, UK.


Brigitte Umbach-Spahn

Wenger Plattner


Wenger Plattner partner Brigitte Umbach-Spahn heads the firm’s Tier 1 restructuring and insolvency practice. Not only does she lead complex multibillion dollar liquidations, but she is also an established thought leader in her market and widely respected by her peers.


Jelena Gazivoda

JPM Janković Popović Mitić


Senior partner at JPM Janković Popović MitićJelena Gazivoda heads the energy and mining practice within the firm. In addition to her stellar work leading project development transactions, she is also highly active in the M&A practice and is widely respected by clients.


Vineta Čukste-Jurjeva

Kronbergs Čukste Levin / Levin Law


Vineta Čukste-Jurjeva is a highly regarded partner in the project development and banking and finance practices at Kronbergs Čukste Levin. She works on complex transactions, for example currently leading the liquidation of ABLV bank as well as procurement transactions in reconstruction projects of Rail Baltica.


Christina Papanikolopoulou

Zepos & Yannopoulos


Christina Papanikolopoulou is the head of Zepos & Yannopoulous’ leading Finance and Capital Markets practice and a recognized market leader with experience in banking and finance and debt and equity capital markets, with a special focus on structured finance. She has a track record of high-profile deals such as advising J.P. Morgan, in its capacity of an investor, in the first utilities securitization in Greece, originated by Public Power Corporation.