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Baker McKenzie

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. 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 77 locations worldwide, including in 36 of the world's 40 largest economies.

Baker McKenzie's Australian offices work on some of the most significant transactions in the Asia Pacific region, such as representing the New South Wales government on the sale of its electricity retail and generation assets -- the country's largest privatisation. The firm also advises Recruit Holdings, Japan's largest staffing firm, on its entry into the Australian market via two major acquisitions that transformed Recruit into the second-largest staffing firm in Australia.

With more than 50 years of experience in the local market, Baker McKenzie is the go-to firm for Australian companies, multinationals and financial institutions seeking advice on corporate, dispute resolution, employment, restructuring and insolvency, intellectual property, construction, energy, resources and environment, and banking and financial services law. Baker McKenzie is also ranked Tier 1 for transfer pricing by the International Tax Review.

The strength of the firm's team of 279 lawyers is the ability to collaborate across practice groups and their international network to provide clients the guidance and solutions they need to succeed in an increasingly complex global market. No matter the business or legal issue, the firm is committed to helping clients achieve their greatest ambitions.

Baker McKenzie is also dedicated to creating a diverse and flexible workplace. In 2015, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) named the firm's Australia offices an 'Employer of Choice' because of its approach to supporting women and men's equal participation at all levels of the organisation by launching a Diversity and Flexibility Steering Group and introducing gender equality targets. The firm was further recognised by the WGEA as an employer of choice in 2016.

  • Contacts
  • Anthony Foley (managing partner)
  • Bruce Hambrett (chairman)
  • Number of lawyers: 6,000+
  • in this country: 279
  • Languages
  • English
  • 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

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