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Combining the knowledge of local laws and cultures with a global reach is just one of the ways Baker & McKenzie separates itself from other firms. Our genuinely global perspective allows us to operate without boundaries around the world, in every jurisdiction that is important to your business.

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Growing environmental awareness and concern worldwide is changing the way companies operate. From emissions trading to harnessing clean and renewable energy sources, sustainable business initiatives are gaining ground in markets across the world. Corporate environmental programs are rewarded with tax breaks and subsidies. But accountability standards are higher and sanctions, more severe. Repercussions from missteps are more resounding, from loss of public trust to criminal liability.

At Baker & McKenzie, we have a long-standing commitment to helping companies fluently respond to the risks — and opportunities — of environmental law and regulation anywhere around the globe. We also take our shared responsibility of protecting the environment very seriously, collaborating on many international efforts to promote and uphold sustainable business practices, including climate change initiatives. Our team of more than 300 environment lawyers delivers innovative and commercially realistic advice, and our quality of work is ranked among the best in the world's league tables and directories.

Baker & McKenzie's Environment and Environmental Markets Practice brings together its more traditional environmental law practice with its climate change, carbon markets and water practices to form a dedicated Environment and Environmental Markets Practice Group which more accurately reflects what we believe is the future of the way in which environmental issues will be regulated and is more reflective of the approach many of our clients are taking. We continue to offer clients traditional environmental and planning law advice as well as advice in relation to clean and renewable energy markets, waste and biodiversity as well as the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries.

On 9 April 2014, the European Commission adopted the new Guidelines on state aid for environmental protection and energy 2014-2020 (“EEA Guidelines”).They replace the existing guidelines as of 1 July 2014. Particularly the EEA Guidelines' new detailed rules for the approval of operating aid for electricity generation from renewable sources will have significant implications for the renewable energy industry.
Joint ventures between competitors may provide a basis for public bidding exclusion, as shown by two recent decisions of the Higher State Court of Dusseldorf. We provide an overview of the court’s rulings and outline the consequences companies face for forming bidding consortia with competitors.
On 1 March 2013, Germany has adopted a new version of its Foreign Trade Act. The aim of the reform is to streamline German export control law and to create a level playing field for German exporters in Europe.
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Every day our more than 4,000 lawyers, economists, tax advisors and other professionals share insights and best practices across borders and practices. We speak more than 75 languages and represent more than 55 nationalities, and the close relationships among our people fosters the trust needed to develop and deliver world-class solutions to multinational clients.

We share an uncompromising commitment to excellence, which explains why more of our lawyers are included as leading lawyers in the Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Best Lawyers than any other Global 20 law firm.

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Passionately global
We are passionately global — it's in our DNA.

We started with a vision of going global and were in eight countries before our 10th anniversary. Today we have 77 offices in 47 countries -- including the emerging markets so important to the growth of your business.
We offer world-class career opportunities around the globe, while our entrepreneurial culture makes Baker & McKenzie a unique place to develop professionally.

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