Claudia Poernig has joined Baker McKenzie as a Partner in the North America Corporate & Securities Practice, bringing 20 years of experience in corporate law.

Based in New York, Claudia counsels clients on the design and implementation of international corporate reorganizations, as well as corporate governance and business activities of US companies operating worldwide. She advises multinational companies on how to better align their business operations and manages the implementation of corporate transactions and reorganizations on a global scale. Her experience includes pre-transaction reorganizations, post-acquisition integrations and spinoffs, treasury-driven reorganizations and inter-company debt consolidations. Claudia joins Baker McKenzie from DLA Piper.

"A successful integration and reorganization ensures that a business is equipped to meet the rising challenges of increased globalization and a more competitive marketplace," said Matthew Gemello, Chair of Baker McKenzie's North America Corporate & Securities Practice. "Claudia's deep experience implementing complex reorganizations, coupled with her command of post-acquisition integrations, will be a tremendous asset to our clients as they manage and grow their businesses. We are delighted to add her to our growing transactional team in New York."

Added Michael DeFranco, Chair of Baker McKenzie's Global M&A Practice, "We are focused on further strengthening our cross-border transactional capabilities across North America and particularly in New York. Claudia's practice will nicely complement our existing offerings in this space, as we provide integrated advice to clients throughout each phase of their multijurisdictional transactions, and help them manage risks, increase deal certainty, and drive greater efficiencies throughout a transaction."

Baker McKenzie's Global Reorganizations Practice comprises cross-border and interdisciplinary teams of corporate, employment, tax, intellectual property and commercial practitioners who undertake pre-transaction planning, spinoffs, supply chain reorganizations, fiscal efficiency projects and post-acquisition integrations. This makes Baker McKenzie one of only a handful of professional firms with a global practice devoted entirely to providing multinationals with solutions to their global and domestic business transformation needs.

"Baker McKenzie's elite global platform is an excellent fit for my practice, and I'm excited to join its best-in-class reorganizations group," Claudia said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues in delivering practical solutions to clients, as they manage and enhance their business operations."

Claudia received her J.D. equivalent from the University of Münster in Germany, her Ph.D. in Law from Humboldt University of Berlin, and her LL.M. in Corporate & Securities Law from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Baker McKenzie has added more than 40 partners in North America over the last two years, as it continues to build an even more robust presence in key markets. In New York specifically, the Firm has added 14 partners and counsel in a range of practices, with a focus on the Firm's cross-border transactional capabilities. Recent additions include investigations practitioner Terry Gilroy, tax controversy lawyer Erin Gladney, project finance attorney Emeka Chinwuba, bankruptcy attorney Blaire Cahn, funds lawyer Karl Egbert and employment litigator Meredith Kaufman.

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