Karl Egbert has joined Baker McKenzie as a Partner in its North America Corporate & Securities Practice, as it further enhances its transactional capabilities.

Based in New York, Karl advises asset managers on a variety of regulatory, corporate and business matters related to private and registered funds. He has extensive experience advising hedge fund managers in the US and Asia Pacific on fund formation matters and negotiations with strategic fund investors.

"As we continue to see the influence of globalization on markets around the world, our practice is focused on enhancing and expanding our transactional services," said Michael DeFranco, Chair of Baker McKenzie's Global M&A Practice. "Having practiced in Hong Kong, Karl brings unique insights on cross-border securities and commodity fund formation and investment advisory legal services — key areas of focus for many of our clients."

Karl also assists international financial institutions and fund managers on a range of regulatory issues, including US Securities and Exchange Commission adviser registration and exemptions, US and Asian derivatives regulations and strategic advice on regulatory initiatives, such as the Stock Connect program in China and over-the-counter derivatives reforms. He has been recognized by Chambers Global and the Legal 500 in both the US and Asia Pacific for his cross-border funds work.

"Karl stands out for his extensive work advising clients in Asia Pacific. His expertise in international fund formation will nicely complement our private equity and capital markets practice, particularly in New York and Hong Kong," said Colin Murray, the Firm's Managing Partner in North America. "We are pleased to add him to our growing team as we continue to enhance our transactional capabilities throughout North America."

Karl received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School.

"Baker McKenzie's global platform is an excellent fit for my practice and will allow me to offer my clients an expanded breadth of services," Karl said. "I'm excited to join the Firm, and look forward to working with its talented practitioners around the world."

A Recognized and Growing Transactional Practice

Baker McKenzie is one of the world's most active transactional law firms, handling more cross-border deals than any other law firm in the world. Over the last decade, Thomson Reuters has ranked the Firm No. 1 for cross-border M&A by volume.

The Firm has recently accelerated the growth of its transactional practice in North America, having added 20 transactional partners in the last two years.

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