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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

EMEA

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: Baker McKenzie’s Italy offices advise clients on some of the most significant transactions in the country, including Caterpillar Inc’s acquisition of ECM S.p.A. through its wholly owned subsidiary Progress Rail and Sika AG’s acquisition of majority stake in Index Construction Systems and Products S.p.A., a leading manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing systems headquartered in Italy.

With more than 140 professionals in its Milan and Rome offices, Baker McKenzie is the go-to firm for tax and corporate and M&A matters. The firm’s lawyers work with leading Italian and multinational companies and financial institutions on large cross-border transactions, such as the assistance to Tennant Company in its agreement with private equity fund Ambienta to acquire IPC Group, a privately held designer and manufacturer of commercial cleaning solutions based in Italy in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately €330m.

The firm’s technology, media and telecommunications practice, ranked top tier by The Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers, advises clients on licensing, regulatory and contractual issues, as well as mergers and acquisitions within the sector. As one of the largest international firms in Italy, the firm’s lawyers work closely with colleagues across Europe and the rest of the world to help clients overcome challenges and achieve their business objectives.

  • Contacts
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  • Lorenzo de Martinis (managing partner)
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  • Massimiliano Biolchini (partner)
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  • Francesco Pisciotta (partner)
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  • Other offices
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  • Milan
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  • Number of lawyers: 6,000+
  • in this country: 140
  • Languages
  • English
  • Italian

EMEA

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.

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. 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 – 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: Baker McKenzie is best-known for providing global legal services to clients, with a particular focus on cross-border transactional work involving high-growth, emerging and frontier markets. The firm’s Morocco lawyers have worked on some of the country’s most significant corporate transactions and complex deals spanning North Africa, West Africa and the Middle East. Its recent experience includes advising Marsa Maroc in connection with the largest IPO of the past five years on the Casablanca Stock Exchange, and representing SNI, Morocco’s largest private holding company, on the merger of Lafarge Ciments and Holcim Maroc, resulting in the creation of LafargeHolcim Maroc, the largest and one of the most complex M&A transactions in Morocco in the past ten years.

As one of the country’s leading international law firms, Baker McKenzie supports multinationals, financial institutions and investors that use Morocco as the hub for their African operations and financing deals.

Ranked Tier 1 by IFLR 1000, the Casablanca office provides domestic and cross-border legal advice on corporate M&A, banking and finance, real estate, dispute resolution, energy, mining and infrastructure, competition, employment, ITC, and tax. Working closely with colleagues in Cairo, Johannesburg, London, New York, Paris and the rest of the world, the office helps clients to overcome legal challenges and achieve their business objectives.

  • Contact
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  • Kamal Nasrollah (partner)
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  • Number of lawyers: 6,000+
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Arabic

EMEA

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: Based in one of the world’s most important financial and holding centres, Baker McKenzie’s Luxembourg office advises clients on major cross-border financings, transactions and investment structuring. Its lawyers advise global asset managers on corporate, tax and regulatory structuring as well as major investments.

The team has a comprehensive understanding of Luxembourg’s legal, regulatory and commercial practices and is consistently recognised in legal directories including The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, International Tax Review and IFLR 1000.

The Luxembourg office’s strength lies in its lawyers’ ability to combine local and international expertise to create tailored solutions for corporate transactions, funds and asset management, intellectual property enforcement, M&A, and tax planning and structuring. No matter the issue, they work closely with Baker McKenzie colleagues around the world to help multinationals, financial institutions and investors achieve their business objectives.

  • Contact
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  • Laurent Fessmann (managing partner)
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  • Number of lawyers: 6,000+
  • at this office: 45
  • Languages
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Luxembourgish

EMEA

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: Since opening in 1995, Baker McKenzie’s Almaty office has worked on many of the largest and most strategic transactions in Kazakhstan and throughout Central Asia. The firm regularly advises the world’s leading multinational companies based in North America, Europe, the Middle East, China and Asia Pacific.

The firm has extensive experience assisting clients on a wide range of issues, including natural resources, dispute resolution, cross-border financings, M&A transactions, construction projects, labour, real estate and maritime. It is the only international law firm in Almaty with a dedicated tax practice group focusing on high-end tax structures and tax disputes. The firm’s lawyers collaborate closely with their CIS and global counterparts to deliver innovative, cutting-edge legal services in key practice areas and sectors.

Baker McKenzie also has a specialised Uzbekistan practice group with a full-time certified legal translation department. It is also the only law firm personally selected by the President of Kazakhstan to be a member of the country’s prestigious Foreign Investors Council.

  • Contacts
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  • Azamat Kuatbekov (partner)
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  • Curtis Masters (partner)
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  • Number of lawyers: 7,000+
  • at this office: 14
  • Languages
  • English
  • Russian
  • Kazakh

EMEA

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: Baker McKenzie’s Italy offices advise clients on some of the most significant transactions in the country, including Caterpillar Inc’s acquisition of ECM S.p.A. through its wholly owned subsidiary Progress Rail and Sika AG’s acquisition of majority stake in Index Construction Systems and Products S.p.A., a leading manufacturer of roofing and waterproofing systems headquartered in Italy.

With more than 140 professionals in its Milan and Rome offices, Baker McKenzie is the go-to firm for tax and corporate and M&A matters. The firm’s lawyers work with leading Italian and multinational companies and financial institutions on large cross-border transactions, such as the assistance to Tennant Company in its agreement with private equity fund Ambienta to acquire IPC Group, a privately held designer and manufacturer of commercial cleaning solutions based in Italy in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately €330m.

The firm’s technology, media and telecommunications practice, ranked top tier by The Legal 500 EMEA and Chambers, advises clients on licensing, regulatory and contractual issues, as well as mergers and acquisitions within the sector. As one of the largest international firms in Italy, the firm’s lawyers work closely with colleagues across Europe and the rest of the world to help clients overcome challenges and achieve their business objectives.

  • Contacts
  • 

  • Lorenzo de Martinis (managing partner)
  • 

  • Massimiliano Biolchini (partner)
  • 

  • Francesco Pisciotta (partner)
  • 

  • Other offices
  • 

  • Rome
  • 

  • Number of lawyers: 6,000+
  • in this country: 140
  • Languages
  • English
  • Italian

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