Baker & McKenzie has appointed Jo Daniels to the role of Yangon Managing Partner.
In this role, Ms. Daniels will lead the firm's Myanmar practice, offering clients both international and local law capabilities, with a focus on cross border transactions, infrastructure development and financial services.
Ms. Daniels was most recently a Principal with Baker & McKenzie's Brisbane office; she was part of a team which set this office up in 2014. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie, Ms. Daniels was a Partner at an Australian top tier law firm focusing on infrastructure development and regulatory issues. Her client base is made up of blue chip corporate and government clients.
Commenting on the appointment, Bruce Hambrett, Asia Pacific Chairman, Baker & McKenzie, said: "Jo has built a wealth of experience during her 20 years practicing law, from mining and natural resources to financial services, and in practice areas including competition and regulatory matters, government law and M&A. Jo's deep infrastructure experience will be especially important at this stage of Myanmar's economic development. I expect her energy and enthusiasm will be instrumental in the growth of our office in this exciting market.
Our office in Myanmar is a great example of our Firm being ahead of the curve. A strong legal profession is good news for Myanmar, and those that want to do business with the country. Jo's appointment further positions us as the go-to Firm for Myanmar-related matters.
Baker & McKenzie was one of the first international law firms to practice in Myanmar, opening its Yangon office in 2014, and today the Firm offers a mix of local and international lawyers, with further new appointments expected in coming weeks.
Reflecting on her appointment, Ms. Daniels said: "Myanmar is one of the great frontier markets in Asia, and I am proud and excited to take up the role of Baker & McKenzie's Yangon Managing Partner at such an important point in the nation's history. For those clients looking to invest in this fast growing country, through to ambitious large local corporates, I believe our Firm is an ideal partner to support these ambitions."
Ms. Daniels will officially take up this role on 1 July, and is currently relocating to Yangon.