Baker McKenzie has added Thomas Hughes as a Partner in its North America Corporate & Securities Practice, as it further expands its transactional capabilities.

Based in Chicago, Tom represents private equity, hedge fund and corporate clients in domestic and international M&A, joint venture, licensing and other commercial transactions. His industry experience includes clients in the pharmaceutical and industrials sectors, and he has advised on cross-border transactions involving entities located in India, Brazil, Canada, Bermuda, Australia and Western Europe.

"Globalization has created the need for a cross-border transactional law firm, and our practice continues to enhance its services by adding esteemed, project-leading practitioners. Tom is an excellent example," said Michael DeFranco, Chair of Baker McKenzie's Global M&A Practice. "He brings a deep understanding of the complexities involved in global transactions from inception to closing, and will provide our clients with pragmatic solutions."  

Tom has extensive experience managing and overseeing multiple transactions simultaneously, and has independently led numerous cross-border M&A matters, interacting with senior-level client management, boards of directors and special committees, opposing counsel, contractual counterparties and regulators.

"We are focused on expanding our transactional capabilities throughout North America with the addition of top-tier talent, and Tom's extensive M&A background and commercial acumen will nicely complement our offerings in this space," said Colin Murray, the Firm's Managing Partner in North America. "We are pleased to welcome him to our growing team."

Tom received his B.S.E. and M.S.E. in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review.

"I'm very excited to join the Corporate & Securities practice at Baker McKenzie, and to work with its talented practitioners to further strengthen the services we offer our clients as we continue to grow our transactional practice in North America," said Tom. "The breadth and depth of the capabilities and opportunities at the Firm are truly unique‎."

A Recognized and Growing Transactional Practice

Baker McKenzie is one of the world's most active transactional law firms, handling more cross-border deals than any other law firm in the world. For the past three years, Thomson Reuters has ranked the Firm No. 1 for cross-border M&A by volume.

The Firm has recently accelerated the growth of its transactional practice in North America, having added 14 transactional partners in the last 18 months.

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