Marc Thorley will be joining Baker McKenzie's Dispute Resolution team in London in September, moving from Simmons & Simmons where he was a partner in London from 2008 and in 2018 became APAC Head of Dispute Resolution in Hong Kong. Before that, Marc spent nine years at Clifford Chance in London and started his legal career at Chapman Tripp in Auckland.

Marc has 25 years of experience specialising in litigation and investigations for corporations across multiple sectors with a particular focus in recent years on banking and finance clients. He has led some of the highest profile investigation and remediation projects in retail and wholesale banking.

Marc is an important strategic hire and will play a significant part in contributing to the Firm's growing contentious offering. His appointment complements the appointment of Marc Florent, who joined the Dispute Resolution team from Allen & Overy last September.

Steve Abraham, Baker McKenzie's London and EMEA head of Dispute Resolution, commented: "Marc is another outstanding addition to our growing and highly successful dispute resolution team in both banking and finance litigation, corporate investigations and broader commercial litigation. Marc is a top-tier and highly experienced practitioner with a very strong reputation in multiple jurisdictions. Marc’s joining continues our journey in going from strength to strength."

Financial Institutions Group Global Chair, Jonathan Peddie, said "Marc Thorley’s reputation in the market is outstanding. Marc adds significantly to the Firm’s contentious offering and brings even more deep industry knowledge for which clients have the utmost respect."

On his appointment, Marc Thorley said: "I am delighted to join Baker McKenzie. Many businesses are likely to face unprecedented circumstances and challenges throughout the remainder of 2020, and beyond. I look forward to working, alongside my new colleagues, to help the firm’s clients navigate those issues and to continue to deliver top tier litigation advice."

Marc earned his Bachelor of Commerce in 1994 and Bachelor of Laws in 1995 from the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and in 1999 his Bachelor of Civil Law from the University of Oxford.

This latest hire builds on the recent appointment of Disputes Resolution partner Marc Florent from Allen & Overy in September 2019. Since then, the Firm has also hired M&A partner Nick Bryans from Ashurst; Private Equity partner Justin Hutchinson from Kirkland & Ellis; and in May, Adam Eastell as M&A partner from Eigen Technologies.

Globally, Baker McKenzie added four new partners to its North America Litigation & Government Enforcement practice in October 2019 - Amy J. Greer; Jennifer L. Klass; Peter K.M. Chan; and A. Valerie Mirko - adding expertise for financial industry clients, including in the investment adviser and broker-dealer space. In March this year, the Firm announced further expansion of the practice with the hires of leading financial regulatory and enforcement practitioners Rebecca Leon, Jennifer Connors and Mark Fitterman, based in Miami, New York and Washington, DC, respectively. 
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