Global law firm Baker McKenzie earned nine distinctions at the International Tax Review’s (ITR) 15th Annual Americas Awards, including Latin America Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Year, Argentina Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year, Venezuela Tax Firm of the Year, and Latin America Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year (Jorge S. Narváez-Hasfura).

Baker McKenzie was recognized in many of the major jurisdictions in the region and also received awards for three deals and two cases in the Americas, one of which involved Trench Rossi Watanabe, a Brazilian firm in cooperation agreement with Baker McKenzie, for its work in providing tax advice to Natura & Co in its acquisition of Avon. The multiple awards consolidate Baker McKenzie’s position among America’s elite firms for tax-related matters.

The accolades received by Baker McKenzie’s tax practice at this year’s ITR Americas Awards include:

Latin America Litigation and Disputes Firm of the Years
Argentina Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year
Venezuela Tax Firm of the Year
Latin America Tax Litigation and Disputes Practice Leader of the Year (Jorge S. Narváez-Hasfura)
Impact Deal of the Year: Bristol-Myers Squibb acquisition of Celgene
Impact Deal of the Year: Natura & Co acquisition of Avon
Impact Deal of the Year: Brookfield Business Partners acquisition of Johnson Controls power solutions business
Impact Case of the Year: v. Commissioner
Impact Case of the Year: Altera Corp v. Commissioner

The ITR Americas Awards, organized by global tax strategy publication ITR, recognizes remarkable achievements and developments by international tax professionals and experts across North, Central and Latin America after analyzing the year’s most complex tax matters in all of America. This year, the ceremony was hosted virtually on September 22nd.

Clarissa Machado, partner at Trench Rossi Watanabe* and Chair of the Latin America Tax Practice, lauded the achievement, "We are proud of the continued recognition of our practice and colleagues across the region by ITR. Each year, we reaffirm the excellence of our practitioners and tax group as a whole at awards such as these that recognize outstanding work in our field. As the complexity of the business environment increases, we are well-equipped to serve our clients with top-notch talent to handle the most demanding global and regional tax matters.”

Additionally, consolidating the Firm's commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, a robust number of female tax lawyers from Baker McKenzie were recently featured prominently throughout the sixth edition of International Tax Review’s Women in Tax Leaders guide. The leading international publication that lists the world’s top female tax advisors, has recognized 46 of the Firm's female tax practitioners as leaders in their respective markets, more than any other law firm by a sizeable margin.

In the Americas, 18 female of the Firm's tax lawyers were part of the Tax Review's Women in Tax Leaders guide, including chairs of the Firm's Tax practice groups for Latin America (Clarissa Machado*) and North America (Melinda Phelan). Adriana Stamato, Alessandra Machado Villas Boas, Maria Furtado, Mariana De Vito, and Simone Musa, all from Trench Rossi Watanabe* in Brazil; Roxana Gomez-Orta from Mexico; and Christine Agnew Sloan, Dominika Korytek, Erin Gladney, Imke Gerdes, Lindsay LaCava, Maria Eberle, Mary Bennett, Michelle Martinez, Summer, Austin, Susan Ryba, all from the US were listed in the Women in Tax Leaders guide 2021.

The list of the Firm's female tax lawyers recognized this year is available here and includes top professionals from Brazil*, Mexico and the United States.

* Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law.


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