Three new partners are joining Baker McKenzie's M&A and private equity practices in London further strengthening our existing capabilities and offerings to clients. This is a continuation of our 2020 strategy to increase bench strength in London in M&A, private equity, banking and finance and double headcount in New York.
David Duncan joins from Allen & Overy as an M&A partner focussed on the Energy, Mining and Infrastructure (EMI) industry vertical.  He has extensive expertise of working on complex M&A deals and joint venture transactions for many of the key global players in the EMI sector.
Melanie Howard joins from Clifford Chance, also as an M&A partner. She has a broad practice and has played a leading role in many of the most significant take private transactions in the City.  Melanie will be working closely with Jane Hobson, head of the M&A team, to bolster our global market leading healthcare practice.
Alex Lewis joins from Ropes & Gray as a partner in our thriving Private Equity team which recently won Private Equity Team of the Year in the British Legal Awards.
Alex Chadwick, London Managing Partner said:
"We are delighted to welcome Alex, David and Melanie to the firm. Their combined expertise and experience will continue to strengthen our offerings to our clients in the transactional space, a key area of growth for the London office and in line with the Firm's global objective to increase headcount in London.  With the deep knowledge of key industry sectors and extensive deals experience, Melanie, David and Alex will be great assets to their individual teams and the office as a whole."
These appointments follow a series of strategic high profile transactional hires including Will Holder who joined as an M&A and Private Equity partner in January from KWM.
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