Premier global law firm Baker & McKenzie today announced the election of 85 new partners, seven of which are in Latin America. This latest investment in the Firm's expertise grows the total number of partners worldwide to 1,580. Over 400 of these are women - the most of any law firm.
Forty percent or 34 of the new promotions are women; matching the Firm's own record set in 2015 and a market-leading number for any law firm. Across the Firm's practice groups globally, Tax saw the largest intake of new partners with Banking & Finance, Dispute Resolution and Mergers & Acquisitions, significantly bolstering their ranks. Save as indicated below, the promotions are effective 1 July.
During Financial Year 2016 Baker & McKenzie added 65 lateral hires, bolstering the Firm's already strong client service capabilities in key practice areas such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Dispute Resolution, Banking & Finance and Tax, among others. A third of the lateral hires are women. Combining this year's promotions and new lateral talent, the Firm added 150 partners.
Eduardo Leite, Chairman of Baker & McKenzie, said: “I am pleased to welcome all of our new partners from across the world. Our promotions demonstrate our broad diversity of talent across numerous countries and practice groups. I am particularly proud that we continue to promote a high number of women. Few professional services firms, especially one as large as ours, can say that they consistently promote a partner class of nearly half women as we have done again this year. However, although much has been done, we have more to do."
The newly elected Latin American partners are:
Giuliana Schunck (Sao Paulo)**
Tiago Zapater (Sao Paulo)**
Matias Herrero (Buenos Aires)
Energy, Mining & Infrastructure
Ina Maria Drago (Lima)
Alvaro Gutierrez (Lima)
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mauricio Pacheco (Sao Paulo)**
Lorenzo Ruiz de Velasco Beam (Mexico City - lateral hire)
Reinaldo Ravelli (Sao Paulo)**
**In cooperation with Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados, a Brazilian law firm
Also this week we announced the promotion this week of four additional partners:
Jorge Salazar (Monterrey)
Fernando Godard (Mexico City office)
Juan Carlos Padrón (Monterrey office)
Alejandro Martínez (Guadalajara office)