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Beatriz Pessoa de Araujo

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Beatriz Pessôa de Araújo is a partner based in Baker McKenzie's London office and has some 30 years of experience handling commercial contracts, as well as mergers and acquisitions of private companies, joint ventures and corporate reorganizations. Beatriz has extensive experience advising on a range of local and international commercial contracts — including distribution, supply, manufacturing, agency and outsourcing agreements. She advises clients in the consumer products, healthcare and pharmaceutical, and chemicals and manufacturing industries, as well as clients in Spain, Portugal and Latin America investing in the UK and Europe. She recently served, on a full-time basis, a four-year term on the Global Board of
Baker McKenzie and, since returning to practice, has been focusing on corporate governance best practices, as well as the topic of trust.


Articled Baker McKenzie; qualified 1987; partner 1994; co-editor 'Acquiring Companies and Businesses in the UK' (Chancery Publications). Contributor 'Internet Advertising of Pharmaceuticals in Europe', and 'Promotion of Healthcare Professionals in Europe'.


English; French; Portuguese; Spanish


Cambridge University (B.A.) (1982); City University of London (L.S.F.) (1983); University of Madrid (1985); Cambridge University (Master of Arts) (1986)


Skiing, golf, travelling with the family.

London: Risk advisory

Corporate governance

Within: Corporate governance

Baker McKenzie 'effectively delivers global insights across industries and various corporate governance themes'. Beatriz Pessôa de Araújo, in particular, is 'an intellectual leader', whose 'analyses are clear and understandable'. The multidisciplinary corporate governance team consists of practitioners from a wide variety of areas, including corporate, compliance, financial services, disputes and employment/employee benefits. Many individuals have previous experience of being seconded to regulators, have advised regulators as part of their practice or have served on industry working party groups. The team particularly stands out for its expertise in assisting international clients with reconciling the UK corporate governance regime with the US regime (or equivalent regimes in other countries). Its work in this space includes (among other matters) cross-border redomestications and advice to boards of emerging market companies seeking a London listing on creating a corporate governance framework. On the regulatory front, members of the team advise clients on compliance (and other issues) related to the Market Abuse Regulation, the Companies Act, the Financial Services and Markets Act and UK Corporate Governance Code, among others. Other pillars of the practice include crisis management, data protection, executive remuneration and tax governance.  Araujo recently provided support to the World Economic Forum on the corporate governance aspects of its Compact for Resposive and Responsible Leadership. Joanna Ludlam co-leads the compliance and investigations team with Sunny Mann. Other key figures include Helen BradleyRobert Adam, Nadia Banno and Jeremy Edwards.

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