Mayer Brown is pleased to announce that it has been named "Best Firm for Pro Bono Work" at the Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2012 organised by International Financial Law Review (IFLR), leading resource for professionals on financial law which also recognised Justine Lau, senior associate of the Firm, as a "Rising Star".

Mayer Brown has won the award for its commitment to advocacy for women in pro bono activities, including advising charity organisations promoting the welfare of women and girls.

"We believe that there should be access to Justice regardless of gender and social or financial status," said Menachem Hasofer, Asia leader of the Firm's Global Pro Bono Committee. "Here at Mayer Brown, we see pro bono projects as a critical component of our profession and an important factor in evaluating our true excellence as a firm. It has always been our motto to give back to the community we operate in and beyond."

"Rising Star" recipient Justine Lau successfully impressed the panel judges with her professional accomplishments in the Firm’s Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Insolvency practice, as well as her advocacy and influence in the industry. Justine was recently appointed the only Asia-based At Large Director by the International Women's Insolvency & Restructuring Corporation ("IWIRC"). IWIRC is a worldwide, non-profit organisation that connects and promotes women in the insolvency and restructuring professions.

"I am honoured to be the Rising Star recipient, especially from a short-list of such an impressive group of women," said Justine. "I would like to thank Mayer Brown and its partners for their support in helping women lawyers such as myself in developing our professional profiles. It has provided me with an excellent environment in which to thrive.”

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