We are pleased to announce the election of new partners in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) which are effective from 1 July 2019 – Banking & Finance partner Fatima Alhasan (Bahrain) and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) partners Hani Naja (United Arab Emirates) and Ghada El Ehwany (Egypt).

Fatima Alhasan is experienced in a broad range of conventional and Islamic banking and finance matters, with a focus on corporate finance, financial restructuring and project finance. Admitted in Bahrain in 2008, she has over 12 years’ experience in the Middle East, particularly in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Fatima also has experience in corporate matters including private equity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and investment funds.

Hani Naja has been practicing since 2007 with a focus on M&A, reorganizations and post-acquisition integration as well as corporate structuring in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE and Qatar. He also advises on general commercial, corporate governance and compliance matters. Admitted in Lebanon, Hani has gained substantive experience in the technology, retail, defense and government sectors.

Ghada El Ehwany has nearly 20 years’ experience in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, focusing on corporate and commercial transactions. She also advises on healthcare regulatory, structuring, insolvency, employment and compliance matters. Admitted in Egypt, Ghada is returning to Baker McKenzie’s Cairo office where she has previously worked for 14 years.

Globally, Baker McKenzie elected 81 new partners, of which almost 40% make up women; a market-leading number for any law firm.

During the Financial Year 2019 Baker McKenzie also added 34 lateral partner hires, strengthening the Firm's already strong client service capabilities in key practice areas. Combining this year's promotions and new lateral talent, the Firm added 115 partners to its ranks.

Jaime Trujillo, Acting Global Chair of Baker McKenzie, said: "Congratulations to each of our newly elected partners and lateral partners. We proudly maintain our industry-leading commitment to Diversity & Inclusion, as once again 40% of our new partners globally are women. We also continue to attract leading lateral partners who value the innovative and purposeful culture we foster every day at Baker McKenzie. But we need to do better and that is why I am delighted that we recently made a public commitment to a Global Aspirational Target of 40:40:20 by 2025.”

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to speak to any of our partners about how we can support you in the region.

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