Sylvia is a role model at the firm and beyond, particularly in the international arbitration community. Sylvia founded the Equal Representation in Arbitration (ERA) Pledge to improve gender diversity in the world of arbitration, in particular the appointment of female arbitrators on an equal opportunity basis. The Pledge now has more than 3,500 signatories from over 110 countries, including 672 organisations. Sylvia also influences the visibility and appointment of female arbitrators through her membership of various arbitrational institutions. Her role as founder and now Co-Chair of the Global Pledge Steering Committee opens the door to wider involvement of people within the firm in this important gender diversity initiative. More broadly within the firm, Sylvia is a key promoter of the associate-led Every Day Gender Equality (EDGE) commitment, acts as a sponsor for the Global Sponsorship Programme for high-performing women associates, and as a mentor in the Dispute Resolution mentoring scheme. She has trained as a Mental Health First Aid Champion to increase dialogue and break down stigma in this area. Sylvia also plays a role in the firm’s D&I Committee for Dispute Resolution and speaks at internal events and on panels about diversity and inclusion, including hosting an internal global training session regarding the Pledge. Externally, she ensures D&I (including EDGE and the Pledge) is on the agenda at client relationship meetings, has spoken on various panels at industry-wide events and has published on these topics.
Sharon is a senior associate in the London Antitrust, Competition and Trade team. She has experience of assisting clients with complex multi-jurisdictional mergers, competition law litigation and broader behavioural, strategic competition law matters. She is a founding member and former co-chair of the Freshfields London Women’s Network where she helped to co-create an online cross-departmental mentoring scheme for female associates and co-founded the London Women’s Network client speaker series. Externally, Sharon has been a trustee non-executive director of Rosa – the UK Fund for Women and Girls, since October 2015. She is also the founder of a soon-to-launch women’s ethical fashion label.
At all opportunities Noiana endeavours to act as a role model for diverse lawyers and women in the firm. As US partner for gender diversity, she guides women lawyers in their careers, works for smarter workplace policies, and thinks more broadly about the firm’s strategy to increasing gender diversity at senior levels. Additionally, she has served as a mentor on the US Women’s Mentoring program and has been asked to act as a partner, as well as acting as sponsor on the firm’s Global Sponsorship Program, a bespoke 12-month talent development programme for high potential mid-level/senior women associates. Externally, Noiana helped establish, and sits on the steering committee of, Equal Representation in Arbitration, a group of professionals committed to improving the profile and representation of women in arbitration, particularly in the tribunals themselves. This initiative has gathered over 3000 signatories worldwide, including law firms, corporations, arbitral institutions and arbitration practitioners, all of whom are committed to achieving gender balance in international arbitration.
Raquel regularly takes opportunities to advocate for women in the workplace, including speaking on panels for the Global Sponsorship Programme, a bespoke 12-month talent development programme for high potential mid-level/senior women associates, and featuring in the firm’s internal campaign for International Women’s Day which profiled 27 women across 5 regions sharing their #pressforprogress statements. As part of the “Stronger Together” network, she encouraged partner firms to promote diversity, and tries to influence decisions on speakers. Externally, Raquel is an active member of the Women Partners Forum in Spain, which aims to promote gender diversity in law firm partnerships. She hosts events for external attendees, including men, covering topics such as how best to support talent pipelines, flexible working arrangements and modernising perceptions of legal institutions. She is an active member of a Senior-Women group for members to the International Bar Association, and organises a now traditional group lunch at the IBA’s global conference.