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Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine is known internationally for its comprehensive awards programs.  The Five Star Lawyers 2017 Awards recognises the most prestigious firms and individual lawyers from around the globe within their area of specialization, and particularly the lawyers and firms who have excelled and exceeded expectation in their area of specialization.  In September 2017 Gunter Attorneys received the Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine Five Star Lawyers 2017 in the category of “Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – South Africa”.

During September 2017 our peer nomination in the 2017 Legal Awards, proudly hosted by Acquisition International, was marked as successful.  Details of our win are: (i) Individual: Rina Gunter; (ii) Firm: Gunter Attorneys; (iii) Winner of: (a) “Best Boutique IP Law Firm – South Africa” & (b) “Most Influential Woman in IP Law – South Africa”.

During August 2017 in the 2017 Global Excellence Awards, Gunter Attorneys was selected as the “Most Trusted IP Law Firm 2017 – South Africa”.

During July 2017 Gunter Attorneys was chosen as the “2017 Most Innovative Business in South Africa”.  As part of the selection process AI looked for businesses that have demonstrated truly outstanding achievements within the past 12 months (July 2016 – July 2017) and have excelled in more than one of the following areas: (i) Innovation – those businesses that have introduced a new innovative product or process to their business that has revolutionised the way the company operates; (ii) New markets – by diversification either by way of a new product line, new service or operations into new jurisdictions; (iii) Increased market share – the business has excelled within its market and demonstrated increased profits/turnover; (iv) Rapid Growth – within this 12-month period.

During June 2017, Gunter Attorneys received the Lawyer International’s Legal 100 – 2017 Award for “Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – South Africa”. These awards recognize a select number of leading professional firms and individuals, across the globe, for their individual areas of specialization, within their geographical location. During the preceding 12 months, Lawyers International received 108 253 votes. The voting readers were asked to identify those firms and individuals that are noted for having a high degree of ability in complex situations, those that continually innovate, exhibit a high level of service, and provides overall value for money service. The Lawyer International’s Legal 100 – 2017 Awards provide its global readership with a definitive guide to those firms and individuals that truly are the most able, within all areas, across all geographical locations. For a firm and individual to be recognised as a winner in the Lawyer International’s Legal 100 – 2017 Awards there needs to be evidence of unquestionable ability, endorsed with positive comments from both clients and peers.

The Worldwide Award Magazine Innovative Lawyers 2017 is created via a thorough, global poll of its readership. Votes are assessed by a panel of judges, who are chosen for their experience and knowledge of the industry, and who are asked to provide a comprehensive list of those firms that are “Innovative Lawyers” and in essence set the benchmark for all. During May 2017 Gunter Attorneys received a significant level of votes and were awarded as being “Innovative Lawyers” within the Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine Innovative Lawyers 2017.

During May 2017, TMT Magazine chose Gunter Attorneys as part of their “Top 25 in IP”. The Top 25 is their comprehensive round-up of everything in the intellectual property sphere, intended to be a showcase of the very best firms that the past year has seen. Gunter Attorneys was put forward for its impressive work in South Africa.

In April 2017 Gunter Attorneys received the MEA Legal Awards 2017 (i.e. Middle-East and African Markets), awarded by North America News, for “Best IP Law Firm – South Africa”.

During April 2017 Gunter Attorneys received Acquisition International Magazine’s 2017 African Excellence Award for South Africa. The African Excellence Awards are designed to recognise the top performing, most innovative and most interesting firms operating within Africa.

During March 2017, Gunter Attorneys was honoured to receive the 2017 Global Excellence Award for “Most Outstanding IP Law Boutique” from Corporate Vision magazine. The Global Excellence Awards is their most popular and wide-reaching programme, based on quantitative and qualitative research, carried out by Corporate Vision’s in-house team over the previous 12 months. The Global Excellence Awards celebrate and promote those firms and individuals that have done extraordinary and innovative work in their sector, industry or region, and is a proven platform for recognising the achievements and abilities of professionals across the world. The awards are based entirely on merit and recognise firms of all sizes, from multinational conglomerates to pioneering entrepreneurs, in all locations, who have gone above and beyond in the last 12 months.

In March 2017 Gunter Attorneys received the 2017 IP Excellence Awards for “IP Law Firm of the Year – South Africa”. With the program being in its 4th consecutive year, this prestigious award highlights Gunter Attorneys as one of the most outstanding performers in the IP field.

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In February 2017, Gunter Attorneys was chosen as a winner of a 2017 International Advisory Experts Award for intellectual property services in South Africa.

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The Lawyers Worldwide Awards Super Lawyers 2017 celebrates the leading, most prolific firms, which have continually displayed a high degree of quality, tenacity and ability to punch above their weight within their area of specialization. During the judging process many factors are considered, such as client retention, speed of response and assistance, and ability to navigate complex situations, whilst ensuring that the client is not concerned or unsure of what the outcome will be, regardless of the scale of the matter in question. The award organisers believe that it is imperative that all firms in receipt of a Lawyers Worldwide Awards Super Lawyers 2017 are made aware of the level of prestige that such an accolade provides, thus ensuring the Lawyers Worldwide Awards Super Lawyers 2017 are the penultimate of all awards campaigns. During February 2017 Gunter Attorneys received the Lawyers Worldwide Awards Super Lawyers 2017 award for “Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – South Africa”.

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In February 2017 Gunter Attorneys received the Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine Continental Awards 2017 in the category of “IP Contracts Law Firm of the Year – South Africa”.  These awards recognize a select number of leading professional firms, across the globe, for their individual areas of specialization, within their geographical location.  The awards represent who the readership believes are the leading professional firms, within the various areas of specialization, across the various geographical regions, and are aimed at recognizing and saluting the organizations and advisers that have performed to exceptional levels during the most difficult period that the global economy has experienced for decades.

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In January 2017 Wealth & Finance INTL selected Gunter Attorneys as the “Most Innovative Law Firm 2017” in South Africa, based on its performance during 2016.  The award organisers have assessed the legal innovation of more than 100 unique law firms in over 15 countries and selected Gunter Attorneys as the exclusive winner from South Africa.  The award seeks to draw attention to the standout legal innovations, exceptional achievements and contributions of individuals and/or organisations across all areas of the legal industry, from commercial litigation and arbitration to immigration law, insolvency, intellectual property and many more.

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In November 2016 Gunter Attorneys was recognised in the 2016 Global Excellence Awards as “2016 Excellence Award: Most Outstanding IP Law Boutique.”  The awards were conducted based on a combination of qualitative and quantitative research techniques that assure that awards are allocated based on merit and allows for recognition of firms of all sizes and in all locations who have done extraordinary work over the past year.  In particular, the 2016 Global Excellence Awards were designed to recognise the very best in the business, whether they are a single office firm or an international conglomerate, and particularly award the paragons and the exemplars; those that are succeeding in their endeavours, innovating, growing and improving.

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Gunter Attorneys has been chosen as part of the 2016 African Excellence awards as a leading firm in South Africa.

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Following extensive research by Wealth & Finance International, Gunter Attorneys were named as “IP Practitioner of the Year 2016”, as the exclusive winner from South AfricaThe awards highlight and showcase the tireless work that is carried out by IP practitioners.  The award organisers examined the leading players in the IP industry and have allocated the awards to the teams who have best illustrated the following attributes: excellence in protecting and enforcing their clients’ most valuable IP assets; deliver high quality client services; have extensive experience in the IP field; understood their clients’ needs in the business world; international assignment success; recent award wins; inclusion in any third party and industry articles; presence across social media; and received positive customer feedback/testimonials. 

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During the November 2016 results for the 2016 African Corporate Excellence Awards Gunter Attorneys received the award for Best IP Law Boutique – South Africa.

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In September 2016 Gunter Attorneys was selected as the only firm from South Africa to be awarded Corporate Vision Magazine’s International IP Excellence Honours.  The Honours were awarded as a result of Gunter Attorneys’ impeccable service and commitment to achieving the very best results for their clients.

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In September 2016 Gunter Attorneys was selected amongst a very few law firms and individuals in the world to win an exclusive Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine 2016 Golden Globe Award in the category of “Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – South Africa”.  This is the only Golden Globe awards campaign run by Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine in 2016 and is as a result of nominations received by their members and strict scrutiny by their internal panel of judges.

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In September 2016 Gunter Attorneys was selected as a winner in the Acquisition International 2016 Legal Awards for “Most Trusted IP Law Firm – South Africa”. 

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Gunter Attorneys was elected as the South African representative in respect of the “Top 100 Law Firms in the Middle East and Africa” by MEA Markets Magazine.  The African Legal 100 award is awarded to the most influential, most highly regarded and most practiced law firms in Africa and has been designed to be the ultimate guide to the very best law firms on the continent.

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During August 2016 Gunter Attorneys was selected as a “Top 25 in IP” winner by TMT News.  These awards are given to key firms in each country who are making waves across all areas of IP, from patents and trademarks to everything in-between, and is particularly given to firms who, over the past 12 months, have (i) Demonstrated a truly innovative approach to matters of IP; (ii) Achieved outstanding levels of client satisfaction; (iii) Expanded into new areas within IP; (iv) Won previous accolades within the field; and (v) Received significant positive client recommendations / testimonials.

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Gunter Attorneys received the “2016 African Business Elite Award” from Wealth & Finance INTL.  The 2016 African Business Elite Awards aim to highlight the most innovative, successful and truly remarkable firms operating in Africa.  The awards are given to African firms, operating over a spectrum of 20 categories, which have displayed excellence in customer services, received brilliant client reviews, have had an increase in profits, and displayed truly marvellous feats in their respected sectors.  Only one winner per category is selected in each country.

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Gunter Attorneys was nominated in the 5th annual M&A Awards, sponsored by DealFlow Source, and received the award for “Best IP Law Boutique 2016 – South Africa”.  This achievement marks Gunter Attorneys out as one of the most outstanding performers in the IP field.

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Rina Gunter received the AI 2016 IP Practitioner of the Year award for “2016 Intellectual Property Practitioner of the Year, South Africa”.  A number of key firms and individuals from all over the world were nominated and subsequently vetted by the award organizers in an effort to recognise the top intellectual property teams and professionals across all areas of IP.  Just one winner in each country has been selected for this most prestigious title.  As part of the selection process, the following factors were considered persuasive of the winning teams and practitioners: (i) Those who demonstrated a truly innovative approach to matters of IP; (ii) Achieved outstanding levels of client satisfaction; (iii) Expanded into new areas within IP; (iv) Won previous accolades within the field; (v) Received significant positive client recommendations / testimonials.  The team initially shortlisted a select group of 200 individuals and organizations, after which one winner in each country was selected. 

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The Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine celebrates the leading, most prolific firms that have continually displayed a high degree of quality, tenacity and ability to punch above their weight within their area of specialization.  Gunter Attorneys was a winner in the Worldwide Financial Advisor Awards Magazine Superior Lawyers 2016 campaign and received the award for “Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 2016 – South Africa”.

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Gunter Attorneys received the Wealth & Finance INTL award for “Most Outstanding Law Firm of 2016, South Africa”.  The award is given to leading, most innovative, competitive and client-focused of law firms who have demonstrated excellence over the past year.  The award organizers examine those firms who have expanded into new jurisdictions or specialist areas, demonstrated excellence in client service and broken the mould for innovation.

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Gunter Attorneys was chosen as 2016’s “Most Innovative Companies in South Africa within the 2016 African Business Awards”.  The awards are given to companies, across the continent of Africa, that stand out from the crowd for stellar results and for on-going commitment to their industry sector.  As part of the selection process, consideration is given to firms that achieved rapid growth over the past year, shown increased profits, expanded into new jurisdictions / sectors, undergone any significant strategic developments and received great client testimonials or recommendations.

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Gunter Attorneys received the Acquisition International award for the “IP Law Firm of the Year – South Africa, 2016”.

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In March 2016 Gunter Attorneys received the Acquisition International Magazine Award for the “Most Innovative Law Firm of 2016, South Africa”.  The competition is provided by both international law firms with local offices, as well smaller, more localised businesses who exhibit an inventive and cutting-edge approach to remaining competitive in the 21st century. 

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Gunter Attorneys received the Corporate LiveWire Global Award 2016 for “Intellectual Property – South Africa”.  These awards honour those who standout as consistently showing best practice in every aspect of their work.  Corporate Livewire’s judging panel looks to identify only the very best and highlight those who have continuously shown dedication and outperformance.

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In 2016 Gunter Attorneys received the prestigious Lawyers Worldwide Awards Magazine Super Lawyers 2016 award for the "Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – South Africa".  These awards celebrate the leading, most prolific firms, that have continually displayed a high degree of quality, tenacity and ability to punch above their weight within their area of specialization.  During the judging process many factors are considered, such as client retention, speed of response and assistance, and ability to navigate complex situations, whilst ensuring that the client is not concerned or unsure of what the outcome will be, regardless of the scale of the matter in question.

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Following months of vote counting, research and analysis Gunter Attorneys was named a winner in the 2015 African Corporate Excellence Awards and received the award for "Best IP Law Boutique Firm – Gauteng (South Africa)".  The 2015 African Corporate Excellence Awards are dedicated to recognising the changing fortunes of businesses across Africa and to reward the people and firms that have done such tremendous work to carve out a place for themselves among the most exciting and vibrant anywhere in the world.  The awards focus on all aspects of business, from the top level decision makers to the often unheralded, but no less vital, support and behind the scenes staff.

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In October 2015 Gunter Attorneys received the Acquisition International Legal Award for the "Best IP Boutique Firm in South Africa 2015".  During a period of 6 weeks AI invited over 630,000 legal professionals and all 108,000 readers of Acquisition International to cast their votes and nominate individuals and firms that they considered worthy of this award.  After voting closed, a dedicated research team compiled case studies in respect of all nominees, after which all case studies were reviewed by AI’s judging panel, who were responsible for deciding on the winners.  This prestigious award officially recognises Gunter Attorneys as one of the most outstanding performers in the IP legal services sector. 

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Gunter Attorneys received the Lawyers Worldwide Awards 2015 for "Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – South Africa".  The 2015 Lawyers Worldwide Awards recognize a select number of leading professional firms across the globe for their individual areas of specialization, and particularly salute the firms and individuals that have performed to exceptional levels during one of the most difficult economic periods that the global economy has experienced for decades. A total of 84,500 electronic voting forms were distributed and over 21,000 votes were received, demonstrating a 25.3% response rate. The poll represents who the readership believes are the leading professional firms within the various areas of specialization across the various geographical regions.

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After months of vote counting, research and deliberation by an expert in-house awards judging panel, Gunter Attorneys was awarded the following two awards in the prestigious Acquisition International 2015 Intellectual Property Awards: (i) "Best in IP Commercialisation – South Africa"; and (ii) "Best for Intellectual Property – South Africa".  These recognitions are given purely on merit and as a winner, Gunter Attorneys is recognised as one of the very best in what is an extremely specialised, competitive and rapidly evolving field, as recognised by our clients and peers.
 

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Gunter Attorneys received the Corporate LiveWire Global Award for the “2015 Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – South Africa”.  Corporate LiveWire Global Awards honor firms and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the corporate, legal and finance world, internationally, and particularly look for those who have consistently shown best practice and innovation in their work.  The Corporate LiveWire Global Awards are based on independent research from the award organizers, who are based in Europe.

 

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In November 2013, Gunter Attorneys received the ACQ Law Awards 2013 for the best "IP Law Firm in South Africa", attracting the highest number of nominations in the category.

 

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In 2013, Gunter Attorneys was a category winner of the ACQ Global Awards 2013 for South Africa, attracting 14% of the national votes for “Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year”.

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Gunter Attorneys received the Corporate LiveWire (the largest European law firm) Global Award for the “2013 Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year – South Africa” in the small firms category.  The Corporate LiveWire Global Awards honor firms and individuals who have demonstrated excellence in the corporate, legal and finance world, internationally, and particularly look for those who have consistently shown best practice and innovation in their work.
 
Rina Gunter

In 2010, Rina was a finalist in the Legal Sector of CEO Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards.

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