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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.

After five weeks of negotiations, the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) led by Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) have agreed on a program for a new coalition government. A key part of the program addresses energy policy, focusing in particular on the future reform of the Renewable Energy Sources Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, EEG).
Doing Business in the Netherlands 2014 provides easy access to information about the legal and fiscal environment of the Netherlands and the rules and regulations that companies must consider when doing business here. The booklet describes the main implications for customs, distribution and sales, considers the legal forms of companies, tax rules and regulations and labor law. These are all important aspects to consider when establishing a profitable firm.
The government plans to phase out nuclear power plants and to expand energy production from renewable sources with the long-term aim of covering Germany’s future energy supply from renewable sources.
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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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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 75 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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