Baker McKenzie announced today that Ye (Cecilia) Hong has joined the Firm as a partner in New York, as the Firm continues to expand its transactional practice in key financial centers globally.

Cecilia joins the Firm from an international law firm’s New York office where she represented private equity firms, their portfolio companies, corporate borrowers, alternative capital providers, and other financial institutions in leveraged finance and other complex financing transactions, including distressed investments. She has handled transactions ranging in size from tens of millions to billions.

Cecilia has experience practicing in both the US and Asia and brings an ability to understand the distinct approaches to doing business in different jurisdictions. She appreciates the nuances in different cultures and anticipates clients’ needs to provide proactive and actionable advice. Cecilia excels at leading teams across practices and jurisdictions, streamlining the Firm’s legal advice.

“Cecilia will bring our leveraged finance offering for clients to the next level,” said Colin Murray, Baker McKenzie's North America Chief Executive Officer. “Her deep experience with Asia cross-border transactions makes her a perfect fit for our platform and our client base.”

“Cecilia is uniquely positioned for private equity representations both in the US and internationally,” said Alan Zoccolillo, Chair of Baker McKenzie's North America Transactional Practice. “We see this as a key area both on the investment and restructuring sides of the practice.”

"Baker McKenzie’s global platform, with a strategic focus on private equity and leveraged finance, is a perfect fit for my finance practice," said Cecilia. “I am very excited to start working with my new colleagues across the Firm and to contribute to the growing finance and private equity practices.”

Baker McKenzie is a transactional powerhouse with over 2,500 deal lawyers and expertise in over 46 countries. We do more cross-border transactions than any other law firm in the world, and are ranked #1 in cross-border deals by volume over the past decade. With over 300 private equity lawyers, we have more experts in more markets than any other private equity practice and work seamlessly across borders to deliver innovative advice wherever transactions take place.

Baker McKenzie has added several transactional hires recently, including Silicon Valley M&A Partners, Leif King Lisa Fontenot and Derek Liu; Wall Street M&A Partner Mark Mandel and leveraged finance Partner Andrew Sagor in New York; Restructuring & Insolvency Partners Mark Bloom, Paul Keenan and John Dodd in Miami, as well as M&A lawyer, Nick Bryans, and leveraged finance lawyers Rob Mathews and David Becker in London, in keeping with the Firm’s strategy to grow private equity and transactional practices in key global money and business centers.

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