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Baker McKenzie

The firm

Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. Its unique culture, developed over 60 years, inspires its people to: understand local markets and customs; navigate multiple jurisdictions; work together as trusted colleagues and friends; and instil confidence in its clients.

Amid the economic and political uncertainty, disruptive new business models, cyber insecurity and multiplying layers of regulation, clients want a new breed of lawyers who can look decades ahead to help them navigate a changing world. This requires technical legal skills and a deep understanding of each client’s industry and business.

Baker McKenzie more than meets these challenges. Guided by the entrepreneurial spirit and demanding standards of its founders, the firm forges close personal relationships among its professionals to foster the responsiveness and accountability clients rightfully expect.

The firm has a diverse and welcoming culture. Its lawyers – admitted to practice in nearly 250 jurisdictions – and other professionals are citizens of more than 70 countries. The firm speaks more than 80 languages, with English in common. It has offices in 77 locations, including in 36 of the world’s 40 largest economies.

Areas of practice

With more than 200 lawyers across its Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin and Dusseldorf offices, Baker McKenzie is the go-to firm for German companies, multinationals and financial institutions seeking domestic and cross-border advice in corporate law, M&A, tax, dispute resolution, and banking and finance. The quality of the firm’s work is reflected in the recognition it receives within the legal community. Its antitrust and competition as well as banking and finance teams won the International Law Office’s 2016 Client Choice Awards for their commitment to client excellence (www.clientchoice.com/search/jurisdiction/germany-1728/winning-year/2016). JUVE named Baker McKenzie Corporate Law Firm of the year 2016.

Baker McKenzie has worked on some of the most significant matters in Germany and Europe, including various projects for German auto parts manufacturer ZF. Furthermore, the German corporate team acted for Deutsche Beteiligungs AG on acquisitions such as the substantial minority interest acquisition in R&M International GmbH amongst others, and for Daimler on the Via joint venture to launch on-demand ride-sharing services. The German offices also acted for Flowserve Corp. on its international transaction in the sale of its Gestra Group business unit to UK Spirax-Sarco Engineering plc. In the energy sector, the firm advised a banking consortium on the Ista Group Acquisition Financing. Having advised Corestate on several real estate financings, Baker McKenzie also advised on one of the largest real estate transactions in Germany acting for a banking consortium on the financing of Berlin Sony Center acquisition. For Credit Suisse, the banking team advised on the first unitranche-financing with working capital facility in Germany. The firm also helped German industrial company ThyssenKrupp standardise its employment contracts and transfer agreements in more than 30 countries.

The firm is also a market leader in employment, IT and communications, and it advises China-based clients on their investment activities in Germany. With its entrepreneurial spirit and efficient project management, Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome business and legal challenges and execute their global growth strategies.

  • Contact
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  • Dr Matthias Scholz (managing partner)
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  • Other offices
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  • Berlin
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  • Dusseldorf
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  • Munich
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  • Number of lawyers: 6,000+
  • in this country: 200
  • Languages
  • English
  • German

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