Baker McKenzie's Global Employment & Compensation practice has retained its top position within leading legal directory, Chambers Global, for the ninth consecutive year. Baker McKenzie was once again the only law firm recognized within Band 1, the highest tier within the rankings.

Chambers Global cites the Firm’s Employment & Compensation team as having “exceptionally broad coverage, with top-notch employment departments in London, across Europe and in China, bolstered by notable strength in Australia and the rest of Asia. It is the leading team for group restructurings, mass redundancies, integrations, restrictive covenants and mobility issues and is often chosen by clients for its special expertise in handling employment aspects of cross-border M&A, spin-offs, carve-outs and other transactions. The Firm is popular with clients from the full range of sectors, including automotive, industrial, energy, mining, financial institutions, healthcare and communications.”

Guenther Heckelmann, Employment & Compensation Practice Group Chair at Baker McKenzie, said: “We’re delighted that we’ve retained the number one position for nearly a decade. To be named the top Firm for nine years is an outstanding endorsement of the work we do and is welcomed validation from our clients worldwide.”

As part of the European rankings, one commentator said Guenther Heckelmann is “still a shining name” in the market. He advises on negotiations with works councils and trade unions regarding site closures and post-acquisition integrations.

Supporting quotes for Baker McKenzie included commentaries from clients who are widely impressed by the Firm's high-quality skills, saying: “The Firm's global consultation is absolutely smooth. I would rate them highly for international work – they gave clear communication and were good at keeping us posted with upcoming items."

Chambers Global is the leading international legal directory and was established in 1990 and now covers over 190 jurisdictions throughout the world.

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