• Marc Florent to join London Dispute Resolution practice from Allen & Overy
  • His hire marks a period of continuous high growth for the London office

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has hired banking litigation partner Marc Florent to join its Dispute Resolution practice in London at the start of September. Marc was previously at Allen & Overy. His hire plays a key role in further enhancing the Firm's financial services contentious offering and is in line with the Firm's wider growth strategy.

Commenting, Steve Abraham, London & EMEA Head of Disputes Resolution, says: "Marc is a great addition to our growing and highly successful Dispute Resolution team in both banking and finance litigation and broader commercial litigation. Marc is a top tier and highly experienced practitioner, whose joining will help us to go from strength to strength."

Global Chair of the Firm's Financial Institutions Group, Jonathan Peddie adds: "Marc's wealth of experience advising financial institutions makes him a perfect fit as we look to build out our financial sector platform. His expertise will be of huge value to our clients and will add significantly to our contentious offering."

Commenting on his appointment, Marc Florent said: "I feel privileged and excited to be joining Baker McKenzie and to join forces with its leading disputes team and very much look forward to helping the firm’s clients."  

With 29 years of experience, Marc is a notable practitioner regarded for his banking and finance litigation practice, which spans the wholesale and retail banking sectors, asset management, funds and sponsors on a cross-border basis. In addition, Marc is a strong commercial litigator and has also substantial reputation for insolvency regulation and contentious restructuring. Marc is recognised as a leading individual in both the UK Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.   

Baker McKenzie continues to invest in its growth in London, with 10 Partner-level hires in the last 12 months, including:

  • Prabhu Narasimhan from White & Case (Tax)
  • Philip Thomson from Ashurst (Corporate EMI)
  • Philip Annett from Allen & Overy (Financial Services)
  • Caitlin McErlane from Sidley Austin (Financial Services)
  • Peter Lu from White & Case (Corporate M&A)
  • Rob Mathews from White & Case (Capital Markets)
  • David Becker from White & Case (Capital Markets)
  • Mathew Dening from Sidley Austin (Structured Capital Markets)
  • Haden Henderson from Ropes & Gray (Capital Markets)

Former Ropes & Gray partner Tony Horspool also joined the Banking and Finance team as a consultant specialising in restructuring in August.

Additional key hires were made across Baker McKenzie's other key money centres, including most recently M&A lawyer Leif King in Palo Alto as well as Randy Sunberg and Denis Segota in New York and a team of eight lawyers, including two partners, Shirley Wang and Grace Chen in China.

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