Anne Sedgwick has joined Baker McKenzie's North America Banking, Finance & Major Projects Practice as Counsel, bringing more than a decade of experience in corporate and real estate transactions. Based in Toronto, she will also be a member of the Firm's Global Real Estate Practice.

Anne has advised owner-managed businesses, real estate management firms and privately-held corporations on a range of transactions, including acquisition and sale of business and commercial properties, corporate governance, corporate restructurings, commercial loans and mortgages, and commercial leasing. She has also coordinated legal teams in multi-jurisdictional transactions.

"One of the key priorities for our practice is to continue enhancing our real estate capabilities in Canada, and Anne is well-versed in the challenges developers face as they expand and manage their portfolios," said Jose Moran, Chair of the Firm's North America Banking, Finance & Major Projects Practice. "We are pleased to have Anne join our growing, integrated real estate team in the Americas. Anne's experience is key for our energy, infrastructure and construction clients and her real estate expertise will perfectly complement our growing transactional P3 practice in the Americas."

Most recently, Anne served as Vice President of Operations & Legal for developer Diamante Development Corporation, where she advised on projects at varying stages in the development process. Prior to gaining valuable in-house experience, Anne worked in private practice for 10 years at a leading Canadian East Coast firm.

"Real estate acquisition and development has been one of the primary area's of economic growth in Canada, and is a key component of many infrastructure and capital projects that are under consideration throughout the country," said Kevin Coon, Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie's Toronto office. "Anne's unique perspective as a former in-house lawyer will provide significant value to our clients in Canada and beyond."

With 330 real estate lawyers in more than 45 countries, Baker McKenzie's Real Estate Practice has the local market presence to serve as a single point of contact for executing real estate transactions and providing the range of services it takes to manage global portfolios. The practice spans the entire spectrum of real property law, and Euromoney has named Baker McKenzie as the No. 1 Global Law Firm for Real Estate for the past eight consecutive years.

"I am thrilled to join Baker McKenzie," Anne said. "I look forward to working with the Firm's talented practitioners to deliver practical solutions for our clients as they manage their infrastructure and real estate development projects in Canada."

Anne received her B.A. from Acadia University and her LL.B. from the University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law.

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