Baker & McKenzie has made up 71 partners across its global network, eight more than last year, bringing its total to 1,450 partners worldwide.
The promotions, which take effect today (1 July), are spread across six continents – 19in Asia Pacific, in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, nine in Latin America, and 18 in North America.Almost half of all the promoted partners specialise in M&A or tax matters, while dispute resolution, IP, and employment also made up a substantial number of their associates.
Just one associate has been made up in the firm’s London office. James Wilson, who has been at the firm since 2002, advises on UK corporate and commercial tax matters. In 2013 he acted for Best Buy on its £500m sale of the remaining 50 per cent of the Carphone Warehouse Europe to Carphone Warehouse.
Over the past year, Baker & McKenzie also added 60 lateral partners globally, including Donald Guiney who joined London’s capital markets group after 16 years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
During this time, the firm established four new offices in Seoul, Lima, Abu Dhabi and Casablanca. These additions bring the firm’s total number of offices to 74, spread across 46 countries.