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Baker & McKenzie has made up five partners in its London office, bringing the total number in London to 84. They will assume their roles on 1 July.
The corporate practice gains two partners in the round of promotions in the form of Edward Bibko and Karen Guch. In the finance practice Rebecca Ford has made partner, while Anthony Poulton has been promoted in dispute resolution and Steve Holmes has been made up in IT and communications.
Bibko, who has experience of advising issuers and underwriters on international equity and debt securities offerings, will work within the corporate department's capital markets group. His main focus is on advising issuers in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.
Guch, who specialises in leveraged buyouts, investments, acquisitions and disposals, is to work within the firm's corporate private equity group.
Ford, who has experience of securitisation and structured finance, will be a partner in the banking and finance department's structured capital markets group. To date she has acted for arranging banks and originators in both commercial paper conduit and term issue securities, as well as for trustees on term deals.
Holmes' promotion will see him continue his focus on his non-contentious technology, media and telecoms practice, which includes advising on complex IT and outsourcing transactions and providing commercial advice to clients in the technology, telecommunications and media sectors.
Poulton, who specialises in trust and private banking litigation, will continue to act for trustees, beneficiaries and interested third parties such as creditors. He also has an active privy council practice, which handles appeals on behalf of law firms, government agencies and companies based in a large number of overseas jurisdictions.