Baker McKenzie promotes 84 lawyers to partnership in largest round since 2016

Chicago, London and Washington DC see most promotions followed by a bumper Mexico City crop
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Baker McKenzie's Washington DC office; 35 of its offices are welcoming new partners Shutterstock

Baker McKenzie has promoted 84 of its lawyers to its partnership across 35 offices — the largest partnership round since 2016’s tally of 85.

The promotions are a significant jump from 2018’s round of 67 promotions with the gender balance nudging upwards — 41% of the new partners are women, compared to just under 40% in 2019.

Regionally, the US and Europe each recorded 26 promotions, with 19 partners made up in Asia and Australasia and 10 in Latin America.

There were eight promotions apiece in Chicago, London and Washington DC and a bumper five lawyers made up in Mexico City, up from three last year.

Four partners were made up in Dallas, Tokyo, Bangkok and Sao Paulo, where Bakers has a cooperation agreement with Brazilian firm Trench Rossi Watanabe.

In continental Europe, there were three promotions each in Germany, The Netherlands and Italy.

In terms of practice areas, the number of tax specialists making partner nearly doubled from 13 last year to 23, making it the most fertile discipline for promotions after dispute resolution (15) and mergers & acquisitions (13).

Seven IP and technology specialist were promoted to the partnership with employment and compensation accounting for six new partners.

Promotions in The Americas took effect on 1 January with the remainder going live on 1 July.

Earlier this month, the firm announced a raft of leadership changes across its Asia Pacific practice and industry groups with seven out of 19 regional posts changing hands.

This announcement came hard on the heels of a shake-up of its global practice and sector group heads.

Antitrust & Competition

Paul Johnson (Belgium)

Teisha Johnson (Washington)

Banking & Finance

Duan Cui (Beijing)

Grace Fung (Hong Kong)

Masabumi Tamagawa (Tokyo)

Eunice Tan (Singapore)

Luka Lightfoot (London)

Capital Markets

David Lin (Taipei)

Dispute Resolution

Henry Chen (Shanghai)

Eddie Chuah (Kuala Lumpur)

Ian Innes (Brisbane)

Wasin Leotwalaipong (Bangkok)

Takeshi Yoshida (Tokyo)

Ali Selim Demirel (Istanbul)

Henry Garfield (London)

Yindi Gesinde (London)

Gaetano Iorio Fiorelli (Milan)

Pavel Novikov (Moscow)

Alfonso Curiel-Valtierra (Mexico City)

Meghan Hausler (Dallas)

Nicholas Kennedy (Dallas)

Geoff Martin (Washington)

Kyle Olson (Chicago)

Employment & Compensation

Matthias Koehler (Berlin)

Joanna Matthews-Taylor (Dubai)

Antonio Vicoli (Milan)

Sofia Chesnokova (San Francisco)

Liliana Hernandez-Salgado (Mexico City)

Billie Wenter (San Francisco)

International Commercial & Trade

Junko Suetomi (Tokyo)

Ben Smith (London)

Christina Conlin (Chicago)

Yana Ermak (Toronto)

Alexandre Lamy (Washington)

IP Tech

Siranya Rhuvattana (Bangkok)

Yosuke Takenaka (Tokyo)

Carlos Davila-Peniche (Mexico City)

Dyan House (Dallas)

Marina Hurtado-Cruz (Mexico City)

Harry Valetk (New York)

Joshua Wolkoff (New York)

Mergers & Acquisitions

Amnart Pitakgorn (Bangkok)

Panyavith Preechabhan (Bangkok)

Alexander Blaeser (Zurich)

Juanjo Corral (Madrid)

Thomas Edwards (London)

Luis Fuster (Madrid)

Gillis Kempe (Amsterdam)

Saveria Laforce (Paris)

Helene Parent (Paris)

Bruno Dreifus (São Paulo)

Daniel De Deo (Washington)

Nathaniel Douglas (Washington)

Nicole Sudhindra (Houston)


Aylin Cunsolo (Melbourne)

Eric Thianpiriya (Sydney)

Giovani Tomasoni (São Paulo)

Stanislav Sirot (Chicago)

Real Estate

Stefanie Price (London)

Niklas Wielandt (Frankfurt am Main)

Anastasia Herasimovich (Chicago)


Peggy Chiu (Taipei)

Shih Hui Lee (Singapore)

Natalie Dunne (London)

Barbara Faini (Milan)

Jana Fischer (Frankfurt)

Matthew Legg (London)

Hub Stolker (Amsterdam)

Harald van Dobbenburgh (Amsterdam)

Gregory Walsh (Zurich)

Juliana Lemos (São Paulo)

Luciana Nobrega (São Paulo)

Stephanie Dewey (Toronto)

Hector Diaz Santana Iturrios (Monterrey)

Katie Fung (Chicago)

Samuel Grilli (Chicago)

Matthew Jenner (Chicago)

Diana Juarez-Martinez (Mexico City)

Peter Matejcak (Chicago)

Michael Melrose (Miami)

Alexandra Minkovich (Washington)

Mireille Oldak (Washington)

Vivek Patel (Washington)

Joy Allison Williamson (Dallas)

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