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Baker McKenzie LLP

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United States

Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. The firm solves complex legal problems across borders and practice areas. 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
  • Instill confidence in its clients

There is no doubt these are unsettling times for business. It is a time of relentless volatility and ambiguity: with the complexities of globalization, economic and political uncertainty, disruptive new business models, cyber insecurity and multiplying layers of regulation. The firm’s clients want a new breed of lawyers who can look a decade or more ahead to help them navigate a constantly changing and challenging world. As well as technical legal skills this also requires a deep understanding of the industry and business of each client. And it means having lawyers who can anticipate what is coming next from a regulatory or industry perspective and are comfortable with business level discussions.

Baker McKenzie more than meets these challenges. Its people share common values of integrity, personal responsibility and tenacity in an enthusiastic client-service culture. The firm is still guided by the entrepreneurial spirit and demanding standards of its founders and works to forge close personal relationships among its professionals in order to foster the responsiveness and accountability clients rightfully expect. The firm has a diverse and welcoming culture. Its lawyers and other professionals are citizens of more than 70 countries and are admitted to practice in nearly 250 jurisdictions. The firm speaks more than 80 languages, with English in common. It has offices in 78 locations worldwide, including in 36 of the world’s 40 largest economies.

Main areas of practice

Baker McKenzie serves more than half of the world’s largest public companies as well as a broad spectrum of regional and local organizations. With its diverse capabilities and experience, the firm advises leading clients in most major industries. The firm has particular experience in banking and financial services; chemicals and petrochemicals; construction; consumer products; energy and utilities; entertainment and media; insurance; mining; oil and gas; pharmaceuticals and healthcare products; professional services; real estate; technology; telecommunications; tourism; and transport and infrastructure.

The firm has been named the world’s No. 1 law firm brand for eight consecutive years in Acritas Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, Asia Pacific No.1 law firm brand in Acritas’ Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index 2017, and is among the Top 10 law firm brands in the US and UK in Acritas Law Firm Brand Index 2017. Baker McKenzie is one of only a few firms in the world to be recognised in all of The Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards globally, ranking among the top 10 law firms in North America in 2017. Baker McKenzie has been rated among BTI Consulting’s Most Recommended Law Firms for more than fifteen years and has been ranked among the top 30 law firms in their Client Service A-Team. In addition, the firm has been one of Corporate Board Member magazine’s Most Admired Law Firms since the survey began in 2001.

Baker McKenzie also supports and serves communities across the globe, investing where its people live and work. The firm is a pioneer in teaming with its clients on corporate social responsibility efforts worldwide – leveraging its global network and legal skills to work on complex, cross-border pro bono projects that meaningfully advance fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need throughout the world. As the first truly global law firm, Baker McKenzie embraces diversity among its lawyers, staff and clients – and the resulting variety of backgrounds and perspectives that lead to practical solutions and innovation.

  • North America Managing Partner
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  • Colin H Murray
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  • Chairman
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  • Paul Rawlinson
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  • Other Offices
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  • Dallas
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  • Houston
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  • Los Angeles
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  • Miami
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  • New York
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  • Palo Alto
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  • San Francisco
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  • Washington D.C.
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  • Number of Partners: 1,600+
  • Number of Lawyers: 7,100+

Asia Pacific

The firm: Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. The firm solves complex legal problems across borders and practice areas. 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.

There is no doubt these are unsettling times for business. It is a time of relentless volatility and ambiguity, with the complexities of globalisation, economic and political uncertainty, disruptive new business models, cyber insecurity and multiplying layers of regulation. The firm's clients want a new breed of lawyers who can look a decade or more ahead to help them navigate a constantly changing and challenging world. As well as technical legal skills this also requires a deep understanding of the industry and business of each client. It also means having lawyers who can anticipate what is coming next from a regulatory or industry perspective and are comfortable with business-level discussions.

Baker McKenzie more than meets these challenges. Its people share common values of integrity, personal responsibility and tenacity in an enthusiastic client-service culture. The firm is still guided by the entrepreneurial spirit and demanding standards of its founders and works to forge close personal relationships among its professionals in order to foster the responsiveness and accountability clients rightfully expect.

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

Baker McKenzie's Vietnam offices work on some of the most significant transactions in Southeast Asia, including advising leading Thai brewer Singha on its $1.1bn investment in Masan, and assisting the Ho Tram Project Company with financing the development of a luxury resort in the Ba Ria-Vung Tau province, a five-phase project valued at over $4bn.

With more than 20 years of experience in the local market, Baker McKenzie is the go-to firm for Vietnamese businesses, multinationals and financial institutions seeking domestic and cross-border advice in M&A, corporate and commercial, and real estate matters. The firm's strength is the ability to leverage its on-the-ground presence in seven ASEAN economies to help clients succeed in one of the world's fastest-growing regions.

The quality of the firm's work is reflected in the recognition it regularly receives within the legal industry. Fluent in both Vietnamese and English, the firm's lawyers use their understanding of Vietnam's laws, regulatory framework and business practices to help clients overcome challenges and achieve their greatest ambitions.

  • Contacts
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  • Manh Hung Tran
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  • Chi Lieu Dang
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  • Minh Tri Quach
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  • Thanh Son Dang
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  • Number of lawyers: 6,000+
  • in this country: 45
  • Languages
  • English
  • Vietnamese
  • Member
  • United Nations' Global Compact Women's Empowerment Principles
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
  • Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
  • Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network

Asia Pacific

The firm: Quisumbing Torres (QT) is a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein with member law firms around the world.

For more than five decades, QT has helped top multinational and domestic companies drive their growth in the country. The firm provides global reach with deep local roots, seamlessly delivering exceptional and effective legal advice and assistance to clients across borders.

Each QT partner specialises in a practice area and focuses on a specific industry group: consumer goods and retail, energy, mining and infrastructure, financial institutions, healthcare, industrials, manufacturing and transportation and technology, media and telecommunications.

Areas of practice: Banking and finance: QT helps clients efficiently navigate between risk and reward in structuring and executing transactions. The firm handles project development and financing, asset and balance sheet financing, finance lease, security creation, securitisation, insurance regulatory and bancassurance matters.

Corporate and commercial: QT's corporate and commercial team has extensive capability in cross-border transactions and multijurisdictional work, involving complex M&A, capital restructuring, establishment of joint ventures, divestitures and other types of reorganisations. The team is experienced in preparing and negotiating a broad range of commercial agreements and has lawyers with in-depth knowledge in major industries. The group's focus areas include: M&A, private equity, competition and antitrust compliance, capital markets, real estate, hotels, resorts and tourism, infrastructure, energy and utilities, mining and metals and natural resources, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, trade and commerce.

Dispute resolution: QT provides strategic and practical counsel and legal assistance in all forms of dispute resolution, from negotiation and mediation to arbitration and commercial, civil, criminal and administrative litigation. The firm represents both foreign and domestic clients on some of the biggest commercial disputes and landmark cases in the Philippines, involving various types of disputes including those concerning commercial, construction, energy, tort, customs, environment, product liability, tax and regulatory issues.

Employment: QT represents international and domestic companies in various industries, such as BPO, IT and telecommunications, financial services, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, and manufacturing. The team provides advice on collective bargaining agreements, discrimination and sexual harassment, trade union recognition procedures, executive termination and employment litigation, among other general employment matters.

Immigration: QT provides legal services, advice and representation to clients on all aspects of Philippine immigration, including obtaining all kinds of visas and immigration permits for expatriates. The team works closely with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration, Department of Justice, Department of Labour and Employment, Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Board of Investments, Philippine Retirement Authority and other relevant government agencies.

Intellectual property: QT offers seamless service on a range of IP matters, from counselling on registrability, conducting trade mark and patent searches, IP, copyright and domain name registration and maintenance, to IP commercialisation, protection and enforcement, including customs recordation and border control actions. The firm delivers proficient advice in specific areas of intellectual property law, such as licensing and franchising, technology transfer, IP prosecution, IP litigation and enforcement actions, as well as data privacy and cybercrime.

Tax: QT's seasoned tax professionals deliver tax and customs advocacy services in the BPO, information technology, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and mining industries. With longstanding professional relationships with government agencies, the firm provides remedies to help clients resolve tax and customs controversies before the relevant tax authorities.

  • Contacts
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  • Ramon Quisumbing, managing partner
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  • Total number of lawyers in the Philippines: 56

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