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  • Petra Hanselmann becomes the partner responsible for Corporate Transactions. She has more than twelve years of experience in the transaction field and has been with Baker McKenzie for more than seven years.
  • Christoph Kurth reinforces Baker McKenzie partners in the area of Compliance & Investigations as a proven expert in the management of companies involved in complex regulatory and criminal proceedings in the USA, Switzerland and Asia.
  • René Schreiber is a new tax partner with more than 20 years of experience in Corporate International and Private Tax as well as a focus on the energy and utilities sector for Baker McKenzie.
  • Worldwide, Baker McKenzie appoints 80 new partners from its own ranks, and in the financial year 2017 recruits 59 additional external partners (lateral hires).
  • About 40% of newly appointed partners are women.
  • Globally, the number of partners has grown to about 1,600. Over 400 of these are women – more than any other global law firm.

Petra Hanselmann as a partner for Corporate Transactions as of 1 July 2017

On 1 July 2017, the international law firm Baker McKenzie will appoint Petra Hanselmann, a well-known and recognized expert in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity and Corporate Reorganizations, as a new partner in the Zurich office.

Petra Hanselmann joined the firm in 2005 and returned to Baker McKenzie's Zurich office in 2011 after gaining experience at various law firms in Germany and abroad. She studied law at the University of Zurich and completed a Master's degree in Corporate Law (LL.M.) at New York University.

“Over the years, Petra Hanselmann has established herself as a recognized expert in corporate transactions and in so doing has had decisive influence on national and international transac-tions at our office. We are very proud to welcome in Petra Hanselmann an experienced M & A specialist and another woman to our partner circle,” said Martin Frey, member of the manage-ment committee of Baker McKenzie Zurich.

Christoph Kurth strengthens the Compliance & Investigations practice in Zurich

Christoph Kurth brings new and established Compliance & Investigations expertise to Baker McKenzie and will be the partner responsible for this practice area. Christoph Kurth worked for leading law firms in Switzerland and in the USA as a litigator before he took over various management positions at a major global Swiss bank, most recently as General Counsel Asia Pacific in wealth management and as the head of the litigation & investigation team in that region, after managing the global litigation & investigation team for asset management in Switzerland. In these functions, he was responsible for complex regulatory and criminal investigations as well as civil law proceedings in Switzerland, the USA and Asia.

“Christoph Kurth will substantially strengthen our compliance & investigations practice. Earlier, during the global financial crisis, we were able to prove our expertise in this area. The Zurich office advised more than 40 banks in the tax dispute with the USA, making it the most sought-after law firm in Switzerland,” explains Marnin Michaels, a member of the management committee of Baker McKenzie Zurich. “Through access to Christoph Kurth, one of the most distinguished experts in his field, we want to continue extending our expertise and diversifying in compliance & investigations. We are convinced that this will enable us to meet the needs of our clients.”

Baker McKenzie is also investing globally in expanding the compliance & investigations practice. This week, all branches were equipped with an industry-unique, artificial intelligence-enabled eDiscovery software to provide even more efficient advice to our clients.

René Schreiber broadens the expertise of the Zurich tax team

In addition, Baker McKenzie Zurich is reinforcing its tax practice by bringing René Schreiber on as a partner on 1 July 2017.  René Schreiber has more than 20 years of experience in tax consulting for corporate international and private clients, most recently as a partner at one of the leading audit and consulting companies in Switzerland. In the course of many co-supervised international transactions, René Schreiber in recent years has also acquired profound specialist knowledge in the energy and utilities sector. In addition, René Schreiber enjoys great recognition as a speaker and author of technical papers on national and international tax issues.

“René Schreiber perfectly complements our strong tax team,” says Martin Furrer, a member of the management committee of Baker McKenzie Zurich. “René Schreiber is well connected to the market and recognized as an expert in local and international tax law. He will enrich our existing team, especially in our important transaction business, and will be able to contribute his broad experience to our clients.”

80 new partners worldwide – about 40% are women

Worldwide, as of 1 July 2017, Baker McKenzie is appointing 80 new partners – including about 40% women. This brings the total number of partners worldwide up to 1,600, including more than 400 female partners. Baker McKenzie thus employs more female partners worldwide than any other law firm.
In the fiscal year 2017, which ended on 30 June 2017, Baker McKenzie also promoted 59 more partners as lateral hires, thereby strengthening the Mergers & Acquisitions, Dispute Resolutions, Banking & Finance, and Tax practice areas.

Paul Rawlinson, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie, is delighted about these developments: “I am extremely happy to welcome all these outstanding talents to the global partnership. As in every year, it is a special pleasure that an above-average share of new partners is female, which is the result of our long-term efforts in diversity & inclusion. At the same time, we are proud that our innovative strategy and unique corporate culture are able to convince a large number of lateral hires each year to choose to join Baker McKenzie.”

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