Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie is pleased to announce that 84 of our colleagues have been promoted to partner. Promotions take effect from 1 July.

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

In the Middle East, two noteworthy promotions were awarded to: Joanna Matthews-Taylor from the Employment and Compensation Practice and Mohamed El Khatib from the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla based in the UAE.

Dr. Habib Al Mulla, Executive Chairman of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla said:

"We are extremely proud of our UAE lawyers who have demonstrated exertion, dedication and deep industry expertise throughout the year. As we’re all adjusting to the rapid pace and challenges we face in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), guidance on local labor and employment laws has gained interest, which this global health emergency has imposed on individuals and businesses alike to address the situation with regards to employees. Further, the pandemic is causing instability and uncertainty for many businesses resulting in a growth in the number and types of disputes and hence, the urgent need for dispute resolution processes.”
“With that in mind, I am particularly pleased that Joanna Matthews-Taylor, has been promoted to Partner under the Employment and Compensation Practice and Mohamed El Khatib to Principal (Equity Partner) under the Dispute Resolution Practice at Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. I congratulate both Joanna and Mohamed and all those who were promoted and wish them every success as they continue their careers with the Firm.”

During Financial Year 2020 Baker McKenzie also added 68 lateral partner hires, demonstrating the Firm's continued commitment to investing in top talent across the globe. Combining this year's promotions and new lateral talent, the Firm added 152 partners to its ranks.

Milton Cheng, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie, said:

"Congratulations to all of our new partners. Welcoming 152 new partners, both home-grown and lateral, over the last 12 months is a clear sign of the importance we place in the long-term growth strategy of the Firm. I wish them all the best in their future career with Baker McKenzie."

The newly promoted partners are:

Antitrust & Competition
Paul Johnson (Belgium)
Teisha Johnson (Washington)*

Banking & Finance
Duan Cui (Beijing)
Grace Fung (Hong Kong)
Masabumi Tamagawa (Tokyo)
Eunice Tan (Singapore)
Luka Lightfoot (London)

Capital Markets
David Lin (Taipei)

Dispute Resolution
Henry Chen (Shanghai)
Eddie Chuah (Kuala Lumpur)
Ian Innes (Brisbane)
Wasin Leotwalaipong (Bangkok)
Takeshi Yoshida (Tokyo)
Ali Selim Demirel (Istanbul)
Henry Garfield (London)
Yindi Gesinde (London)
Gaetano Iorio Fiorelli (Milan)
Pavel Novikov (Moscow)
Alfonso Curiel-Valtierra (Mexico City)*
Meghan Hausler (Dallas)*
Nicholas Kennedy (Dallas)*
Geoff Martin (Washington) *
Kyle Olson (Chicago)*

Employment & Compensation
Matthias Koehler (Berlin)
Joanna Matthews-Taylor (Dubai)
Antonio Vicoli (Milan)
Sofia Chesnokova (San Francisco)*
Liliana Hernandez-Salgado (Mexico City)*
Billie Wenter (San Francisco)*

International Commercial & Trade
Junko Suetomi (Tokyo)
Ben Smith (London)
Christina Conlin (Chicago)*
Yana Ermak (Toronto)*
Alexandre Lamy (Washington)*

IP Tech
Siranya Rhuvattana (Bangkok)
Yosuke Takenaka (Tokyo)
Carlos Davila-Peniche (Mexico City)*
Dyan House (Dallas)*
Marina Hurtado-Cruz (Mexico City)*
Harry Valetk (New York)*
Joshua Wolkoff (New York)*

Mergers & Acquisitions
Amnart Pitakgorn (Bangkok)
Panyavith Preechabhan (Bangkok)
Alexander Blaeser (Zurich)
Juanjo Corral (Madrid)
Thomas Edwards (London)
Luis Fuster (Madrid)
Gillis Kempe (Amsterdam)
Saveria Laforce (Paris)
Helene Parent (Paris)
Bruno Dreifus (São Paulo)**
Daniel De Deo (Washington)*
Nathaniel Douglas (Washington) *
Nicole Sudhindra (Houston)*

Aylin Cunsolo (Melbourne)
Eric Thianpiriya (Sydney)
Giovani Tomasoni (São Paulo)**
Stanislav Sirot (Chicago)*

Real Estate
Stefanie Price (London)
Niklas Wielandt (Frankfurt am Main)
Anastasia Herasimovich (Chicago)*

Peggy Chiu (Taipei)
Shih Hui Lee (Singapore)
Natalie Dunne (London)
Barbara Faini (Milan)
Jana Fischer (Frankfurt)
Matthew Legg (London)
Hub Stolker (Amsterdam)
Harald van Dobbenburgh (Amsterdam)
Gregory Walsh (Zurich)
Juliana Lemos (São Paulo)**
Luciana Nobrega (São Paulo)**
Stephanie Dewey (Toronto)*
Hector Diaz Santana Iturrios (Monterrey)*
Katie Fung (Chicago)*
Samuel Grilli (Chicago)*
Matthew Jenner (Chicago)*
Diana Juarez-Martinez (Mexico City)*
Peter Matejcak (Chicago)*
Michael Melrose (Miami)*
Alexandra Minkovich (Washington)*
Mireille Oldak (Washington)*
Vivek Patel (Washington)*
Joy Allison Williamson (Dallas)*

*Promotions effective January 1, 2020
**Trench Rossi Watanabe, a Brazilian law firm in cooperation agreement with Baker McKenzie

The newly elected lawyers in the UAE:

Joanna Matthews-Taylor is experienced in the full spectrum of employment law issues, including recruitment, employment contracts, benefits and termination. She has also advised clients on the employment aspects of corporate transactions, cross-border secondments and the mobility of employees in the Middle East. She has worked with clients based in the UAE and wider Middle East region as well as international clients in a variety of sectors including technology, life sciences, hospitality and insurance.

Mohamed El Khatib has over 25 years’ experience in litigation across a number of areas including criminal, civil, banking, maritime, transport and trade, corporate disputes, real estate, construction, employment and intellectual property. He’s been practicing in the UAE for over 17 years. He has extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution across a variety of industries and areas of UAE law. Mr. El Khatib was recommended for insurance disputes by the Legal 500 in 2014.
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