Our Australian offices work on some of the most significant transactions in Asia Pacific, such as representing the New South Wales government on the sale of its electricity retail and generation assets — the country's largest privatization. Baker McKenzie in Australia has recently advised Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (MUTB) on its AUD 4 billion acquisition of the global asset management division (CFSGAM) of Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA). CFSGAM manages AUD 218.4 billion in funds investments for clients around the world, including many substantial investments in infrastructure assets. The transaction was subject to many regulatory approvals around the world. The Australian offices have also successfully acted for its client, Orora Limited (ASX: ORA), in entering into a binding agreement to sell its Australasian Fiber Business to a wholly owned subsidiary of Nippon Paper Industries Co., Limited (Nippon Paper) for an enterprise value of AUD 1.72 billion.
We complete more cross-border Mergers & Acquisitions deals than any other law firm, helping leading domestic and international companies execute high-profile transactions while offering a full range of support on the related tax, financing, employment, environmental and regulatory issues.
As the world’s leading Real Estate firm, we help clients manage their portfolios throughout Asia Pacific while our Construction team advises on domestic and international water, transport, residential and education projects.
As the global labour market continues to become more competitive, our Employment team advises clients on compliance with local labour and employment laws, including complex issues involving Australia immigration law.
World-Class Career Opportunities
We are committed to providing you with world-class opportunities to learn, develop and succeed in your career. We focus on improving the leadership, business development and project management skills of our lawyers by providing programs to expand their experience.
Corporate Social Responsibility in the Australian offices comprises two distinct areas: the pro bono legal services provided by our lawyers and the community service activities undertaken by all staff.
We believe that providing pro bono legal services is a fundamental professional responsibility. As lawyers, we have specific skills and the best way to assist those in need is to utilise those skills.
Underscoring our commitment, all our lawyers are expected to work on pro bono matters and we have a dedicated pro bono practice group. We are also a signatory to the National Pro Bono Target of at least 35 hours of pro bono legal work per lawyer per year. We have our own Australian office target of at least 50 pro bono hours per lawyer per year.
In FY18, we contributed more than 10,800 pro bono hours to individual members of our community, charities and other not-for-profit organisations, equating to an average of almost 42 pro bono hours per lawyer.
The nature of our work is vast and varied. It covers many areas including youth, poverty, health, the environment; domestic violence; the elderly, asylum seekers and refugees, people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, human trafficking and modern slavery; LGBTI issues; assisting regional, rural and remote clients, and much more.
Our pro bono work extends globally, including the Asia Pacific region.
Our staff participate in a variety of community service initiatives including the LEAPS literacy and mentoring program in Sydney; the OzHarvest Cooking for a Cause program in Melbourne; and our Pen Pals program in each Australian office.
Our partners and staff also have the opportunity to organise awareness and fundraising for the Australian offices’ nominated charities throughout the year.
We encourage everyone to donate to their favourite charities and causes through the Firm's Workplace Giving Program.
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Acknowledgement of Country
Baker McKenzie acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work and operate across Australia, and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. At Baker McKenzie we value and celebrate First Nations cultures and pay respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.