Baker McKenzie is pleased to announce that seven of its lawyers have been recognized as "Commended External Counsels of the Year" at the In-House Community Counsels of the Year Awards 2020.

This recognition is based entirely on the votes and testimonials of in-house counsel. The elected Baker McKenzie lawyers, who are spread across multiple practices ‒ including Corporate/ M&A, Dispute Resolution, Labor & Employment, and Intellectual Property Groups ‒ have been described by in-house counsels as follows:

  • LokeKhoon Tan, IP Partner, Baker McKenzie, Hong Kong
  • Loke-Khoon's practice focuses specially on intellectual property law in the People’s Republic of China, with particular emphasis on the structuring of intellectual property rights and anti-counterfeiting planning in the area of trademarks, copyright, trade names, computer software, passing-off, unfair competition, designs, labeling laws, food, drug and health regulations, consumer, and media and advertising laws.

    "Loke-Khoon has in-depth IP expertise and is very responsive." ‒— In-house Community survey respondent

  • Jeremy White, Corporate/ M&A Partner, Baker McKenzie, Tokyo
  • Jeremy focuses on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, disposals, spin-outs and joint ventures. His practice also covers alliances between multinationals, as well as greenfield corporate and venture investments.

    "Jeremy is a highly-commended outstanding lawyer in Japan." ‒— In-house Community survey respondent

  • Celeste Ang, Dispute Resolution Principal, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, Singapore
  • Celeste's practice encompasses corporate dispute resolution, employment, compliance and investigations. She has a specialist focus on a wide range of contentious or potentially contentious employment-related issues, including termination of employment, dismissal, retrenchment, breach of fiduciary duties, and enforcement of restrictive covenants and confidentiality obligations. Celeste has also represented employers on employment-related disputes in Singapore courts as well as in arbitrations and mediations.

    "Celeste Ang is the best employment/ labor lawyer in Singapore. Her team is agile and provide succinct opinions. ‒— In-house Community survey respondent

  • Dhiraphol Suwanprateep, IP Partner, Baker McKenzie, Bangkok
  • Dhiraphol represents business and institutional clients in intellectual property law matters, including copyright, patents, trade names, trade secrets, know-how and IP protection. He is involved in licensing, franchising, and distributorship law, and also handles the successful prosecution of difficult-to-register marks in Thailand. Dhiraphol has considerable knowledge in e-commerce and telecommunications law, particularly regarding the rules on online business operations related to advertising, cloud computing, consumer protection, cybersecurity, technology procurement, IT transactions, outsourcing, and regulatory issues. He regularly advises on compliance with regulatory requirements when information is stored or processed in the cloud and transferred to users. He is a leading authority on data privacy and protection issues.

    "Khun Dhiraphol's vast experience is apparent in how business focused he is." ‒— In-house Community survey respondent

  • Nam-Ake Lekfuangfu, Labor & Employment Partner, Baker McKenzie, Bangkok
  • Nam-Ake assists clients on employment and immigration work, ranging from day-to-day advice to complex matters. He has extensive experience in advising and assisting multinational companies on employment issues associated with joint ventures, corporate structures and restructuring, corporate management and control, and mergers and acquisitions. He is also adept at advising on various emerging trends impacting employers and out-of-the-box issues, such as modern workforce and diversity and inclusion. In addition to employment law, Nam-Ake is experienced in advising on environment and trade regulations.

    "Nam-Ake is a very knowledgeable lawyer and is pragmatic in his approach." ‒— In-house Community survey respondent

  • Andi Yusuf Kadir, Dispute Resolution Partner, HHP Law Firm, Jakarta
  • Andi has represented multinational corporations and local companies in domestic and international arbitration, complex litigation proceedings, court-sanctioned debt restructuring processes (PKPU), and bankruptcy/insolvency litigation. He has represented both lenders and companies in PKPU and bankruptcy/insolvency matters. He is also wellexperienced in employment litigation, corporate crimes, compliance, and regulatory issues in the context of investigation, as well as in administrative law disputes with government departments and agencies (including judicial review to annul government regulations).

    "Andi is an outstanding litigation lawyer with extensive experience and knowledge." ‒— In-house Community survey respondent

  • Daniel Pardede, M&A Partner, HHP Law Firm, Jakarta
  • Daniel focuses on mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructurings and asset disposals. He has assisted in various high-profile transactions and has represented government authorities such as the Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board. He also advises on day-to-day corporate/commercial issues and licensing.

    "Daniel Pardede provides value added beyond legal knowledge." ‒— In-house Community survey respondent

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