Coinciding with International Women’s Day, Orrick Rambaud Martel presented the inaugural Véronique Roualet Award ceremony today to honor three organizations for their work in improving the lives of women and children facing serious illnesses. Diane von Furstenberg, a longtime advocate for women worldwide, hosted the event at her flagship store in Paris.
Presented in memory of our partner, colleague and friend Véronique Roualet, who died last year following a long and courageous battle with cancer, the award is a testament to the courage and enterprising spirit of women who are battling serious illnesses.
The recipients of the inaugural Véronique Roualet Award are:
Winners will receive a financial contribution to their organization and pro bono legal assistance from Orrick to benefit their projects.
The winners were selected by a jury of women lawyers, corporate counsel and legal community members, including Orrick partners Anne-Sophie Kerfant and Marine Lallemand; Valerie Nau, editor-in-chief of Option Finance Magazine; Isabelle Chapuis-Armines, legal counsel and vice president of AFJE, a French association for in-house counsel; Pauline Bazin, legal counsel at CBRE; and Orrick alumnae Dragana Radojevic (head of M&A at BNP Paribis) and Dominique Holtzer-Costodoat.
One of the founders of Orrick’s Paris office, Véronique was a skilled corporate advisor. She had an elegance, a warmth, an integrity and a sense of humor that we will always remember. Her legacy lives on with this award, which pays tribute to her professional accomplishments, her commitment to gender diversity and equality, her determination to make a difference in the community, and her outstanding courage in her fight against cancer.