Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie announced today the appointment of 10 new partners and one lateral hire in Latin America. This latest investment in the firm's local expertise grows the total number of partners in the region to 227 and nearly 1,600 globally. The promotions are effective July 1.
As Latin America’s legal landscape continues to evolve in response to economic, political, and regulatory changes, Baker McKenzie has responded in kind by investing in senior expertise across key practice areas in the region, including Energy, Mining & Infrastructure, Compliance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax, Banking & Finance, Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution.
Globally, through both this year's promotions and new hires, the firm added 80 partners. Nearly 40% or 31 of the new promotions are women, bringing the total number of women partners at Baker McKenzie to over 400, the most of any law firm.
Claudia Prado, Chair of Latin America for Baker McKenzie said: “These promotions enhance our ability to continue offering world-renowned legal advice to our clients throughout Latin America. Our continuous year-over-year growth in the region and investments in new technologies help maintain our leadership position in the region, attract and retain top talent, and enhance our ability to serve our clients. Our new partners in Latin America exemplify the firm’s commitment to developing the ‘New Lawyers’ of the 21st Century."
The newly elected Latin American partners are:
Banking & Finance
Francisco Fernandez Rostello (Buenos Aires): Mr. Fernandez Rostello offers advice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, banking and capital markets. He is a member of the "Colegio Público de Abogados de la Capital Federal" (Buenos Aires Bar Association). He has completed postgraduate work in corporate law at Universidad Austral, Argentina and holds an LLM in international business from Boston University. In addition, Fernandez Rostello has worked for the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) as well as Société Genéralé in New York.
Michel Sancovski (São Paulo)* **: Mr. Sancovski focuses on corporate compliance and anti-corruption matters. His practice focuses on general assistance in Brazilian anti-corruption matters, coordinating several large internal investigation cases, developing the review and implementation of compliance programs, and anti-corruption due diligences in the context of M&A projects. He has earned a law degree from the Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie Law School and a post-graduate law-specialization diploma from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV Direito SP).
Camila Christina Scheidt Steinhoff (São Paulo)* **: Ms. Steinhoff’s practice focuses on anti-corruption and compliance issues. She has led investigation teams and interacted with governmental authorities for discussion and negotiation of cooperation agreements. She also develops, revises and implements compliance programs and conducts anti-corruption due diligences. Ms. Steinhoff has significant experience in public and environmental law, having participated in several bidding processes and managed crises. She coordinates the firms German desk and is also a member of our pro-bono group.
Zita Aguilera (Lima): Ms. Aguilera has deep knowledge and vast experience in contracts with the State, public services concessions, arbitration, administrative law, and government regulations. She is an arbiter with the Registry of the National System of Conciliation and Arbitration of the OSCE and of the Superintendence of Health Services Providers. Ms. Aguilera provides advice on the execution of contracts for public works and the provision of goods and services.
Ignacio Naudon** (Santiago): Mr. Naudon is a member of the dispute resolution practice group in the Santiago office. He first joined the firm in 2004 as a law clerk, returning in 2008 after completing his law studies. His career has spanned both law and government, including serving as the national director of Chile’s agency in charge of youth public policy. Mr. Naudon has also served on a variety of NGO boards and was recognized by Chambers and Partners for his work.
Energy, Mining & Infrastructure
Ezequiel Artola (Buenos Aires): Mr. Artola advises clients on a variety of transactional, general commercial and regulatory matters, with an emphasis on mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, commercial agreements and corporate practice. His industrial expertise is focused in the areas of mining, oil & gas, natural resources, and real estate. Artola was an assistant professor of commercial and civil contracts at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and has written articles related to mining, oil and gas and distribution and agency agreements. He is a member of the Buenos Aires Bar Association.
Ines Vazquez (Lima): Ms. Vazquez has expertise in concessions, privatizations and utilities regulation, with emphasis in the electricity sector. She also has a solid background in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and financing related to the industry. Throughout her professional career, she has participated in several corporate transactions, including mergers, spin-offs, reorganizations and other structuring, both domestic and international.
Valentina Venturelli** (Santiago): Ms. Venturelli has significant experience dealing with intellectual and industrial property matters, particularly in the prosecution and registration of trademarks and invention patents in Chile and foreign countries. Her practice focuses on intellectual and industrial property matters, and prosecution and surveillance of trademarks in foreign countries. In connection with trademarks in Chile, she counsels national and international clients in relation to the fulfillment of requirements by the National Industrial Property Institute.
Mergers & Acquisitions
Juan Vera (Bogota): Mr. Vera joined Baker McKenzie as a law clerk in 1998 and became an associate in 2002. He is a member of the M&A / PE Latin American Practice Group and currently holds the position of Director of the M&A Practice Group in the firm’s Bogota office. He regularly represents both multinational and domestic clients, including private equity firms, major pharmaceutical companies and other global clients, in their local transactions.
Fernando Augusto Shelley Fiorentino (Lateral hire, Guadalajara)***: Mr. Fiorentino has more than 17 years of experience advising on corporate, real estate and M&A matters. He focuses on M&A and corporate matters, including corporate restructuring and transactional operations for domestic and international companies. He works primarily with clients in the infrastructure, healthcare, IT and consumer goods and retail industries. He is also a regular speaker in different real estate and corporate seminars and forums.
Erik Lind (Lima): With experience advising companies in Peru and the United States on domestic and internal tax policies, Mr. Lind specializes in tax law. He has participated in the tax planning and due diligence processes of a diverse set of enterprises, as they execute acquisitions, mergers, financing deals, and global restructuring processes. He has also advised on numerous contentious tax processes.
* In cooperation agreement with Trench Rossi Watanabe, a Brazilian law firm
** Promotions effective January 1, 2017
*** Promotion effective March 2017