LONDON - Global law firm Reed Smith is pleased to announce that partner Daniel Winterfeldt QC (Hon) has been named an MBE in Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday honours for “Services to Capital Markets, to Equality and to Diversity in the Legal Profession”. An MBE (“Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”) is one of five classes of appointment to the Order of the British Empire. 
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A partner in Reed Smith’s Global Capital Markets practice, Winterfeldt is both an attorney admitted to the Bar of the State of New York and a qualified solicitor in England & Wales. Currently based in the London office, his practice focuses on representing US, UK, European and Asian investment banks and corporate issuers in a wide range of securities transactions. 

He founded the “Forum for US Securities Lawyers in London” in 2006 to address US securities issues in the London capital market across law firms, banks, and intermediaries. In 2016 The Forum was ‘Highly Commended’ by the FT Innovative Lawyers Awards in the category ‘Innovation in Navigating Regulation’ for its work supporting the London Stock Exchange and Euroclear UK & Ireland (CREST) in designing and implementing the system to allow for the electronic trading and settlement of Regulation S, Category 3 securities of US issuers trading on the London Stock Exchange. This innovation makes it easier for US companies to IPO on the London Stock Exchange.

In 2008, Winterfeldt founded the “InterLaw Diversity Forum”, which seeks to promote meritocracy diversity and inclusion for everyone working in the legal sector. The InterLaw Diversity Forum currently has more than 8,500 members and supporters from over 300 law firms and chambers, and over 500 corporates and financial institutions. The InterLaw Diversity Forum is a volunteer-led, not-for-profit organisation.

In March of this year, Winterfeldt was also recognised as an Honorary Queen’s Counsel (QC Honoris Causa or Honorary QC) for his work in both capital markets and diversity & inclusion. This award, which is made by royal prerogative by the Queen upon recommendation by the Lord Chancellor, is given to those who have made extraordinary contributions to the legal profession of England and Wales outside of the courts.  

Daniel commented: “It is a privilege to receive this award and I feel honoured that my contributions to the legal profession - both to capital markets and to diversity and inclusion – have received such recognition.  It is especially poignant to receive this honour in 2020. The global response to the tragic death of George Floyd has forced us more than ever to recognise the fundamental need to improve equality and remove systemic barriers in our society and the legal profession.”

Some of Winterfeldt’s other accolades and achievements include:

  • Being named the 'Legal Innovator of the Year' at the 2012 FT Innovative Lawyers Awards for his work in capital markets and diversity and inclusion
  • 'Highly Commended' for 'Solicitor of the Year - Private Practice' at the 2019 Law Society Excellence Awards.
  • Named “Diversity Champion (Law Firm)” at the 2019 UK Diversity Legal Awards (given by the Black Solicitors’ Network).
  • Patron of the Albert Kennedy Trust, alongside Sir Ian McKellen and others, and has raised over £350,000 through the InterLaw Diversity Forum to support their vital work with homeless and at-risk LGBT+ youth.
  • Being a member of the Equality & Diversity Committee at the Law Society of England & Wales for six years; and a member of the Judicial Appointments Commission's Judicial Diversity Task Force for three years.
  • On the Development Board of the Donmar Warehouse since 2016 and served on the Development Board of the Royal Court Theatre from 2009 to 2014.
  • From 2013 to 2020 Daniel was a member of the Primary Markets Group of the London Stock Exchange.
  • In 2013 Daniel was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States as part of a delegation from the National LGBT Bar, escorted by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrating the second inauguration of President Obama.