Baker McKenzie has announced the appointment of Agnès Charpenet as a Tax Partner, Savéria Laforce as M&A Partner, Hélène Parent as Private Equity Partner, Aurélie Bonneau as Litigation Counsel and Thomas Lefebvre as Counsel in Banking & Finance.

Agnès Charpenet, 45 years’ old, has been appointed as Equity Partner within the Tax practice. Agnès Charpenet joined Baker McKenzie in Paris in December 1998. She was appointed Partner in 2007 then elected Equity Partner in 2020. She directs the Compensation, Employee Shareholding and International Mobility Practice as well as the Wealth Management Tax activity. Agnès advises companies of all sizes and their executives on legal, tax and labour law aspects of compensation structuring in France and abroad. She also provides services to private clients, often international, in the following areas: investment strategy, mobility, wealth planning and tax obligations.  She also assists her clients in relations with the administrative authorities (audits and litigation). She is an active member of the Women Initiatives committee in Paris. Agnès has DESS post-graduate diploma in Business Law and Tax and a Diplôme de Juriste-Conseil d'entreprise (with honours – University of Cergy-Pontoise).

Savéria Laforce, 37 years’ old, has been appointed as an M&A Partner. Savéria joined the firm in 2012, after having worked for 4 years as an associate with a prominent French law firm. She specialises in mergers & acquisitions and joint-ventures. She assists leading national and international groups and multi-nationals. Savéria is part of the energy and infrastructures group and has worked on some major cases in this sector over the past few years. A registered lawyer at the Paris bar since 2008, Savéria has a Master’s in Business Law from the University of Paris II Panthéon Assas and the University of Paris V René Descartes. She also has a diploma from the Institut de Droit des Affaires. 

Hélène Parent, 33 years’ old, has been appointed as a Partner in the Private Equity practice. She joined the firm in 2017 and has gained special recognition in the capital investment, private equity and capital markets sectors. She assists companies and investment firms during their full cycle of development and investment in tech, life science or highly regulated sectors. She has recognised expertise in complex cross-border transactions, particularly in handling stock exchange listings or multi-jurisdictional acquisitions. Hélène is a registered lawyer at the Paris bar and in Madrid. She has a Bilingual Master’s degree in French/Spanish law, specialising in Business Law, from the University of Paris X Nanterre and an LLM in Banking and Finance Law from Queen Mary University of London.

Aurélie Bonneau, 36 years’ old, has been appointed Counsel in the Litigation department. She joined the firm in 2011 and works on internal and international litigation concerning several areas and sectors of activity. She specialises in civil and commercial litigation and has developed special expertise in contract law, civil liability, banking law and defective product liability. Aurélie also acts as a mediator for the Centre National de Médiation des Avocats (CNMA). She trained at the Ecole Internationale des Modes Alternatifs de Règlement des Litiges (Alternative Dispute Resolution) and has a diploma issued by the Institut de Formation à la Médiation et à la Négociation. She has an LLM in International Business Law (University of Exeter) and a DESS post-graduate degree in Business Law (University of Rennes).  

Thomas Lefebvre, 38 has been appointed as Counsel in Banking & Finance. He joined the firm in 2015 and operates principally in the area of financing acquisitions, project funding, financing export and banking and financial regulation. He advises both financial institutions and French and foreign borrowers in the framework of international banking and financial operations. Thomas has a Master 2 degree in Banking and Financial law (University of Paris II - Panthéon-Assas) and a Master 2 degree in International Business Law (University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines).

These announcements are in line with Baker McKenzie’s growth strategy and show the firm’s long-term commitment to the development of its talents and equality of the sexes, with 4 new women appointed, including Agnès Charpenet as equity Partner. Two thirds of the Partners appointed within the firm since 2011 have been women.

“We are delighted with these new appointments which show our continued commitment towards our talents and we are especially proud of the career development of our female lawyers, which is proof of our firm’s exemplarity in terms of diversity. These new appointments will also allow our teams to further strengthen the expertise and services delivered to our clients” declared Eric Lasry, Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie in Paris.

In 2020, Baker McKenzie appointed 85 new Partners around the world.  


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