Baker McKenzie today announces the appointment of Jon Cowley to its International Commercial & Trade Practice Group in Asia Pacific. Jon joins as a Partner and will relocate from the U.S. to be based in Hong Kong. This appointment demonstrates the Firm's ongoing investment in the growth of its trade and customs capabilities.
Jon joins the Firm from NIKE, Inc., where he was an Assistant General Counsel, Customs and International Trade, based in their head office in Oregon. He advised the global business on import and export laws and regulations in the areas of sanctions, customs, free trade agreements, export controls and anti-boycott. He also oversaw customs audits, investigations and litigation globally, and focused on improving supply chain efficiency and managing compliance risk. In this role, he worked extensively in the Asia Pacific region.
Earlier in his career, Jon worked in trade teams in the Big Four accounting firms in the U.S. and in Baker McKenzie's Hong Kong office as an Associate. He advised technology, apparel and consumer product companies on regional customs and international trade matters over the years.
Commenting on Jon's appointment, Milton Cheng, Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie Hong Kong and Chair of a committee that oversees Baker McKenzie's offices in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea and Vietnam, said, "I am confident that Jon's wealth of specialist knowledge, experience and global network in the consumer goods and retail industry and beyond, and his experience and insights from his in-house role, will strengthen our service offering."
Steven Sieker, the Head of Baker McKenzie's Asia Pacific Tax Practice Group, added, "We are delighted to welcome Jon back to our team as we continue to grow our International Commercial & Trade Practice. His deep experience in regional and global trade dovetails well with our existing capabilities.
I look forward to his contribution to our efforts to expand the practice in the region.