Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie is pleased to announce the election of 81 new partners globally including in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). This latest investment in the Firm's expertise grows the total number of partners worldwide to 1550. Over 400 of these are women - the most of any law firm.

This year women make up almost 40% of the newly promoted cohort of 81 partners; a market-leading number for any law firm. The promotions take effect from 1 July. In addition, 48 partners were promoted to Principal (Equity Partner).

In the MENA region, the Firm boasts of over 50 partners with the appointments of Banking & Finance partner Fatima Alhasan (Bahrain) and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) partners Hani Naja (United Arab Emirates) and Ghada El Ehwany (Egypt).

Across the Firm's practice groups globally, Tax and M&A saw the largest intake of new partners, with Dispute Resolution also significantly adding to their numbers.

During the Financial Year 2019 Baker McKenzie also added 34 lateral hires, strengthening the Firm's already strong client service capabilities in key practice areas. Combining this year's promotions and new lateral talent, the Firm added 115 partners to its ranks.

Jaime Trujillo, Acting Global Chair of Baker McKenzie, said: "Congratulations to each of our newly elected partners and lateral partners. We proudly maintain our industry-leading commitment to Diversity & Inclusion, as once again 40% of our new partners globally are women. We also continue to attract leading lateral partners who value the innovative and purposeful culture we foster every day at Baker McKenzie. But we need to do better and that is why I am delighted that we recently made a public commitment to a Global Aspirational Target of 40:40:20 by 2025.”

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