2019 Winners

 Congratulations to all of the Winners:

Luxury Lifetime Achievement

Anne Gundelfinger

The former vice president for Intellectual Property at Swarovski, Anne is recognised as one of the most influential IP lawyers in tech and luxury internationally. She is one of a small number of IP lawyers who has helped shape the international trademark bar.  Anne is a past President of the International Trademark Association and was amongst others Chief IP Counsel at IntelSun Microsystems. She also worked at the Federal Trade Commission, and Fenwick & West.  Anne has testified before the US Congress and has co-authored amicus curiae briefs before the US Supreme Court.

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Luxury Business Leader 

Edward Enninful, Vogue

In less than two years, Edward has spearheaded a revolution at this century-old business. By repositioning it to make it more reflective of a global audience, he has created a buzz and cemented his position as one of the world’s top influencers in the fashion business.  Pioneering cultural diversity and celebrating women, Edward was described by Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council, as ‘forward-thinking, innovative, commercially astute and a true revolutionary when it comes to his ideas on what fashion should be’.

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Luxury Sustainability 

Tiffany & Co

Tiffany & Co is leading the way in the jewellery sector. With a recently announced new programme to share the origin of its newly sourced, registered diamonds, Tiffany & Co is also planning to give customers insight into the craftsmanship journey by sharing information on its polishing and workshop locations. Tiffany & Co has been praised by advocacy group Human Rights Watch for taking significant steps towards responsible sourcing in its #BehindtheBling campaign.  The organisation praised Tiffany & Co for its strong supplier code of conduct and said it had been more proactive than its competitors about eliminating human rights abuses in the supply chain.

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Luxury Law Rising Star 

Emma Anthony, Net-A-Porter

Our rising star has been described as ‘a role model for in-house lawyers’. Emma has had a keen eye on the luxury marketplace from early in her career with internships at Harvey Nichols and Jimmy Choo.  Despite initially training for the bar, Emma opted to move to private practice and in-house, preferring business over black letter law.  A move to Selfridges fine-tuned this business acumen and understanding of the luxury marketplace and after five years, she moved on to head up the legal team at Net-A-Porter.

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Luxury IP Counsel 

Riccardo Frediani, Kering

Riccardo is recognised for his outstanding management of IP assets and contribution to brand protection.  He is known for his leadership in the IP field and keen understanding of the IP ecosystem and is celebrated by his peers in the international IP community as a thought-leader and as a hands-on, pragmatic and dynamic problem-solver.

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Luxury Business General Counsel of the Year

Rémi Leonforte, Kering Group

Besides being an outstanding professional, Rémi is praised for his team leadership, skills in managing a diversified, international legal group and ability to interact effectively with the stakeholders higher in the organisation.  Rémi is also recognised for his ability to build a team and achieve outstanding achievements in terms of business results and internal clients’ satisfaction.  His team admire his ability to combine legal work with the company’s business needs and to work on different deals at the same time.

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Luxury Business In House Legal Team of the Year


In just five years, the Farfetch team has expanded from a solo in-house lawyer to 18 lawyers in China, Russia, Portugal and the US. Its lawyers are embedded as business advisors, operating front and centre of strategically and operationally critical deals and company developments in the midst of a hyper-growth business. Not only are they integral in all business, strategy and structural decisions, they are valued for being front and centre of strategically and operationally critical deals and company developments, whilst continuing to support a hyper-growth business. 2018 has been an extremely busy year with a range of transactions but this super-slick team delivered on every score making them our In-house business team of the year.

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Innovator in IP Rights and Technology

Matthew Bassiur, Alibaba

This special award is in recognition of extraordinary leadership in IPR protection on an international level and many accomplishments over the course of a distinguished career in both government and private sectors. For more than 20 years, Matthew has passionately advanced IPR Enforcement and has earned an outstanding reputation within the IPR community, particularly for his boundless enthusiasm, energy, subject matter expertise, professionalism, and straight-forward approach to solving challenging problems.

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Luxury Deal of the Year


This technology fashion company was created 10 years ago with the aim of “redefining how fashion is bought and sold” through technology, data and innovation.  External advisers were consistent in their praise for the systematic and thorough preparation by the legal team, their relentless drive, innovative thinking, calmness under pressure and the team spirit throughout the process.  In 2018, a New York Stock Exchange IPO valued Farfetch at USD$5.8bn sealing its place as the Amazon of luxury fashion.

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Luxury Law Firm of the Year – Independent

Cervieri Monsuárez & Asociados

We are awarding this to a firm, who represents 6 of the 10 most valued luxury brands according to Forbes 2018.  It was the first law firm in the country to develop its own online monitoring system for all of Latin America, which in recent years has allowed the removal of millions of infringement publications from ecommerce platforms and social networks.

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Luxury Law Firm of the Year – Global

Mishcon de Reya

Mishcon de Reya has taken an innovative approach to advising its clients with the launch of a brand management service, a novel innovation by a law firm. Operating in ten international locations through its network, the new service addresses the growing complexity that brand owners face in the global marketplace as creative, commercial, regulatory, digital and legal overlap. Not only is it ground-breaking territory for the UK legal sector, it is a further step helping brand owners of luxury brand owners extract value from their brand by exploring new products, sectors, regions or partnerships.

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