Bakers snares ex-Garrigues MP in arbitration push

Baker & McKenzie has snared the former managing partner of Europe’s largest independent firm, Garrigues, as a partner in Madrid.

José María Alonso Puig will join Baker & McKenzie’s Spanish litigation practice on 1 March to lead the team.

Alonso was co-managing partner at Garrigues between 2000 and 2009. He was re-elected for a third term in 2006 (3 July 2006) before stepping down as the firm broke through the €300m (£250m) turnover barrier for the first time (20 July 2009).

Alonso is both a litigator and an arbitrator and most recently headed up Garrigues’ international arbitration practice. His practice covers contractual and corporate disputes, insurance litigation and insolvencies and he has a particular expertise in sports law. He has also sat on over 100 arbitral tribunals in Spain and further afield and will focus on arbitration at Baker & McKenzie.

The firm’s co-head of international arbitration, Guenter Pickrahn, said Alonso’s experience in handling Latin and South American disputes was a particular draw and would enable the firm to maximise its capabilities in that region.

“He brings exactly the type of leadership qualities that we were looking for,” Pickrahn added.

Baker & McKenzie is currently investing in building up its litigation and arbitration strength internationally, seeking to take advantage of the large number of cross-border disputes in the market (5 December 2011).

“Cross-border disputes and arbitration and probably white-collar crime and compliance are the top three priorities of our firm,” Pickrahn said.