Vanessa Knapp, corporate partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has been awarded an Order of the British Empire OBE for her services to corporate law in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2007.
Ms Knapp was awarded the honour as UK Representative, Company Law Committee, Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the EU.
Ms Knapp advises clients on a wide variety of corporate transactions and has been closely involved in the review of British company law leading to the recent enactment of the Companies Act 2006. She is a member of the expert advisory group set up by the European Commission to provide advice on corporate governance and company law measures. She is a member and former chairman of The Law Society Company Law Committee and the City of London Law Society Company Law Sub-committee. Vanessa is also the UK representative of the Company Law Committee of the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the European Union (CCBE).
Commenting on the award, Ms Knapp said: ‘It is very important that British and EU company law provide an environment in which business can flourish. I am delighted that my involvement in trying to ensure this is the case has been recognised in this way’.