2017 Winners

There were nine categories for the Luxury Law Awards 2017.

Five were nominated categories; Our Award Judges, selected from across the luxury sectors, nominated those who displayed excellence in their area.

The four categories open for entry by in-house legal teams and law firms working for luxury brands were judged by our team of Award Judges.

Luxury Law Awards 2017 Entered categories

Ava Farshidi
Assistant General Counsel • Rebecca Minkoff

Luxury Law Rising Star Award

The winner of this category is a rising talent in the world of luxury law who, at the start of her career, has already demonstrated the ability to add real value to the luxury business sector.


 Hilary Atherton, Bird & Bird
Penelope Bowers, Swarovski
Ava Farshidi, Rebecca Minkoff
Agnieszka Witońska-Pakulska, Kilarski i Wspólnicy
Arianna Iacomelli, Furla

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Luxury Business In-house Legal Team of the Year

The winner of this category is an in-house legal team who was able to demonstrate how they have met the challenges facing their business and provided a substantial and measurable contribution to their company’s success over the past year (from 1 January 2016 to 29 February 2017). Our judges evaluated particular issues and the approach taken to overcome these, about how the in-house legal team worked with their colleagues in the business to develop new opportunities and how the business leadership team acknowledged their contribution.


Marc Jacobs

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Kelly Koyama-Garcia
General Counsel • Marc Jacobs

Luxury Business General Counsel of the Year

The winner of this category is a General Counsel who has contributed to business success (from 1 January 2016 to 29 February 2017) and delivered both team leadership and leadership for the luxury sector.


Kelly Koyama-Garcia, Marc Jacobs
Jennifer Picenoni, Lindt & Sprungli
Gwénaëlle Vache, Franck Muller

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Mishcon de Reya

Luxury Law Firm of the Year

The winner of this category is a law firm with a luxury sector practice who was able to demonstrate the effective contribution they are making to their clients’ business, through innovations in the services they provide and/or leadership over industry issues.


Baker McKenzie
Bryan Cave
Eversheds Sutherland
Mishcon de Reya
K&L Gates

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Luxury Law Awards 2017 Nominated Categories

The Luxury Law Summit Award Judges made nominations for the winners of the following categories.

Trino Verkade
Trustee • Sarabande

Luxury Business Leader 2017

Awarded to a CEO of a luxury business who, in the past year, has delivered growth for their brands and/or implemented a business development strategy that is innovative and proving effective.


Holli Rogers, Browns
Trino Verkade, Trustee, Sarabande
Ciara Hurley-Stewart, Asprey

Sponsored by: Studio Legale Sena e Tarchini


Amelia Rope
Amelia Rope Chocolate

Luxury Entrepreneur 2017

Awarded to a business owner who has launched a new brand or business in the luxury sector or taken a new brand/business to the next level.


 Levi Palmer/Matthew Harding, Palmer Harding
Amelia Rope, Amelia Rope Chocolate
Olivia von Halle, Olivia von Halle Ltd
Natasha Leith-Smith, Allumer Jewellery

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Sustainability Award 2017

Awarded to a company which has made the greatest efforts to embrace sustainability in the luxury sector.


Tiffany & Co.
Ermenegildo Zegna

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Joint winner: Coty
Joint winner: Burberry

Deal of the year
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Keith Benjamin
General Counsel • Jaguar Land Rover

Lifetime Achievement in Luxury Law
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Awarded to Jaguar Land Rover general counsel Keith Benjamin, whom our judges felt has, during the course of his career, made a substantial contribution to the development of luxury law, to the protection of the luxury brands and to the growth of successful businesses in the luxury sector.