M&A's missing women: top female US lawyers on breaking down the barriers to success

Female dealmakers discuss the challenges they face in the traditionally male-dominated US M&A market


When Sarah Hewitt started out as an M&A lawyer, she faced closed doors. Bathroom doors.

“The men used to go into the men’s toilets to decide how they were going to respond to deal terms or how they were going to negotiate, and I obviously couldn’t go in with them,” says Hewitt, now co-chair of the M&A group at US firm Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis.