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We heard from another international lawyer rating service this week. Who knew there were so many of them? This time, it was Finance Monthly.

Dear Dianne,

After much hard work and many hours spent number crunching, Finance Monthly is proud to officially inform you that you have won a Finance Monthly Law Award 2011. Please accept our warmest congratulations.

Winner in the category of – Environment Law Firm of the Year, Canada

The role of corporate lawyers cannot be underestimated, they have been at the very heart of the global recovery and their day to day involvement is vital to ensure stability, consolidation and growth. The past year has seen the green shoots of recovery begin to blossom and although the difficult business environment is ever present, law firms continue to flourish. In difficult trading conditions such as these the successful firms innovate and stay fleet of foot to meet the changing business climate head on. The 2011 Finance Monthly law awards recognises all those firms that have dedicated their resources to innovation, built on their depth of expertise and performed outstandingly over the year.

Voting and nomination process:

This year we expanded the number of jurisdictions and indeed categories so that we accurately reflect the ever changing legal landscape. Our voting process began some ten weeks ago with the announcement that that votes were now being accepted (via http://www.finance-monthly.com/awards.asp). Our voting notification email was sent to our large proportion of readership database – over 36,000 contacts were emailed. In total we received 4215 votes (11.71% response rate). We were delighted with this high response rate and thank all those that took the time to vote (typical response rate for comparative awards are 5-8%).

The 2011 Finance Monthly Law Awards supplement

We are publishing a glossy perfect bound supplement for the winners to profile themselves and their firms. This will be distributed in print and digital versions to our entire readership of 50,000 plus, from June 2011. Our core readership demographic is made up of corporate financiers, international corporations and established domestic companies.

About your category win…

Voting:

The nomination and voting process took place online via our website www.finance-monthly.com

The voting forms can be found by visiting http://www.finance-monthly.com/awards.asp

Third party voting: this is defined by any party other than yourself that voted for you. The companies and individuals voting this way are made up of a selection of our subscribers from our readership.

Self-submission: Based on feedback from last year we included this type of nomination process as many firms wished to opt for this route as one of the ways of being considered for an award.

Weighting system: Given the nature of self-nomination we took the decision to allocate a weighting system to all types of votes/nominations. Specifically we gave a ratio of 2:1 in favour of third party voting, meaning – every third party vote was counted as 1 vote and every self-submission entry was counted as ½ a vote.

About the categories:

There will only be one winner per category per country.

For example – Intellectual Property Law Firm of the year – USA.

Some of the categories relate to specific noteworthy activity for example – M&A Deal of the Year – Germany

Kind Regards

Mark Thompson – Finance Monthly Magazine

Mainland UK Switchboard – 0044 (0) 1543 255537
Email – [email protected]

Web – www.finance-monthly.com

Thank you again to everyone who nominates and vote for us for these awards! We really appreciate your confidence.

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