Baker & McKenzie is pleased to announce that Partner Stephen Crosswell and Special Counsel Roberta Chan have been granted higher rights of audience (HRA) in respect of civil proceedings by the Hong Kong Higher Rights Assessment Board in Hong Kong.

"This is certainly very pleasing news. Stephen's and Roberta's qualifications not only enhance our Firm's antitrust and dispute resolution service offering significantly, but this also means that Baker & McKenzie now has more solicitor advocates than any other global law firm in this region. We are also probably the first law firm with a senior competition practitioner who is granted the right to represent clients as advocate in the Competition Tribunal, the High Court and the Court of Final Appeal in civil matters," Milton Cheng, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie's Hong Kong office said, commenting on the appointment. "I would like to congratulate Stephen and Roberta on their achievements and this significant recognition."

Stephen Crosswell is an experienced antitrust lawyer whose practice covers a broad range of competition law issues in China, Hong Kong and throughout the Asia Pacific. Matters he has handled include competition audits and compliance, competition litigations, competition-related judicial review proceedings, access claims, multijurisdictional cartel investigations, merger clearances, collaboration/joint ventures and antitrust advisory. He has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, with particular emphasis on the sectors of telecommunications and media, energy (for both oil and gas, and electricity), infrastructure, property and retail.

Roberta Chan's practice focuses on all aspects of commercial and corporate litigation, including company and shareholders' disputes and contract and tort claims. She also has extensive experience in insurance and employment matters, including policy interpretation and defence of claims involving contractors’ all risks, public liability, employees’ compensation, professional indemnity and other specialist insurance policies.

Stephen's and Roberta's appointments add to the list of Baker & McKenzie lawyers receiving HRA in Hong Kong. Gary Seib, a partner in the Dispute Resolution Practice Group in the Firm's Hong Kong office and also a member of the Firm's Global Executive Committee, was among the first 15 lawyers who were granted the same honor in 2013. Associate Ambrose Ng and Special Counsel Yvette Yu received their HRA qualifications in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

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