Estudio Echecopar, member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, has been recognized as "Firm of the Year" in Peru, in addition to receiving the awards for "Best Diversity Initiative in Latin America" and "Best Pro Bono Work in Latin America" at the Women in Business Law Awards Americas 2021.

These awards reflect a strong organizational culture, impeccable professional ethics, focus on diversity and inclusion, constant search for innovation and value for pro bono work.

After the awards ceremony, Inés Baca, partner in charge of Diversity and Inclusion at Estudio Echecopar said:

Let us continue contributing to a more inclusive profession and world, where we are clear that "Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice," which we can consciously and deliberately promote, knowing that when something is not felt or not heard well, we must say so, because if something affects one member of our team, it affects us all.

Roxana Gayoso, senior associate and member of the Pro Bono Committee in the Lima office, added:

This recognition is for each of our lawyers who, with their daily contribution to pro bono work, make a difference in the lives of all those people for whom it is not easy to access justice. To do pro bono is to find purpose in what we do, it is to contribute our work and thereby improve the living conditions of many people. Thanks to the Estudio Echecopar team, to the Pro Bono Committee for their perseverance in carrying out the projects and, above all, thanks to all those nonprofit organizations that trust us and allow us to be part of their initiatives and celebrate each of their achievements.

In addition, our global firm Baker McKenzie received the award for "Best International Firm Mentoring Program" for its Leaders Investing for Tomorrow (LIFT) program — a major global sponsorship initiative to support junior partners in their progress toward leadership roles.

As well, three female lawyers from the Firm were recognized as leaders for their professional achievements, success in the legal field, role in decision-making and being examples of creativity. Vanina Caniza, partner in the Buenos Aires office and global leader of the Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry Group, was recognized as "Latin American Corporate Lawyer of the Year." Claudia Benavides, partner in the Bogota office, global leader of the Litigation Practice Group and member of Baker McKenzie's Global Inclusion and Diversity Committee, was recognized as "Latin America Litigation Lawyer of the Year." Finally, Jennifer Trock, a partner in the Washington office and leader of the global Aviation Group and the North American International Trade Practice Group, was recognized as "Aviation Lawyer of the Year."

Since 2011, the Women in Business Law Awards has recognized excellence and innovation in the legal sector, as well as the diversity agenda in law firms around the world. This year, Estudio Echecopar has stood out due to its outstanding achievements in offering equal professional growth opportunities for its lawyers. It has implemented various initiatives and programs within its diversity and inclusion policies that seek to achieve a better balance of professional and personal life for all its members and support more women to reach leadership positions within the Firm. In addition, it was considered a permanent commitment to consolidate a pro bono culture within the Firm and subscribe to the "Pro Bono Work Declaration for the American Continent" that includes a minimum of 20 pro bono hours per year per lawyer, benefiting low-income or underprivileged communities and the organizations that assist them. Estudio Echecopar is a leader in the region in pro bono work and is a reference and promoter of pro bono work in Peru.