Combining this year's promotions and new lateral hires, the Firm added 95 partners.

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie today announces the promotion of 67 colleagues to partner. In addition, in the year to 30 June 2021, the Firm also welcomed 28 new lateral partners across a range of key markets, including London, Palo Alto, Shanghai and Egypt, to reach a total of 95 new partners globally, all of whom are listed below.

Across the Firm's practice groups, M&A and Tax saw the largest number of new partner promotions.

In the Middle East, a noteworthy promotion has been awarded to Delwar Hossain from the Banking & Finance Practice Group based in Baker McKenzie’s Bahrain office. Further, Hani Nassef has been appointed as a lateral M&A partner, joining the Corporate/ M&A team of Baker McKenzie Cairo earlier on 1 March 2021.  

On the promotion of Delwar Hossain to partner, Ian Siddell, Head of the Gulf Banking & Finance practice of Baker McKenzie said: 

“As we continue our growth momentum in the region, we are delighted to welcome Delwar as an outstanding addition to the partnership. For over a decade, Delwar has consistently shown himself to be an exceptional Banking and Finance lawyer with deep legal knowledge in Islamic finance, project finance, loans & credit facilities, debt capital markets, restructuring and insolvency. His promotion is a reflection of his incredible leadership skills and first-class legal service to clients as well as our commitment to appreciating and developing the firm’s internal talents.”

On the appointment of Hani Nassef at Helmy, Hamza & Partners, Baker McKenzie Cairo, Mohamed Ghannam, Managing Partner said:

“With an aim to further strengthen and enhance the firm’s M&A bench in Cairo, Hani has joined the partnership about 3 months ago and since then, he has proven to be a prominent addition to our versatile and agile corporate team of lawyers and the firm as whole. We look forward to many more years of his contribution to the firm."

Milton Cheng, Global Chair, Baker McKenzie, said:

"Congratulations to all of our new partners. I am very pleased to welcome 95 new partners, both home-grown and lateral, particularly against the backdrop of a global pandemic. This indicates our strategy of nurturing the careers of our people and recruiting the best possible talent to join our Firm. It is also notable that our new partners come from offices right across the globe, underscoring our unwavering commitment to being a truly global firm in both our outlook and our presence.

"Our FY21 promotions have been carefully considered to ensure our clients receive the best possible service and that we continue to be a Firm where we have deep technical expertise, unrivalled local knowledge, and of course an incredible global platform. We continue to build on key strengths in areas including M&A, PE and in other complex cross border transactions, tax disputes, multi-jurisdictional investigations, and in the digital transformation space, where we have an industry leading offering that spans our full range of practices."

Our new partners are:

Antitrust & Competition
Michio Suzuki (Tokyo) 
Anika Schuermann (Dusseldorf) 
Paloma Martinez-Lage (Madrid) 
Marcin Trepka (Warsaw) 
Sibel Yilmaz (Brussels) 

Banking & Finance
Evangeline Wang (Taipei) 
Gerry Wong (Hong Kong)++
Kenneth Chuah (Singapore)+
Delwar Hossain (Bahrain) 
Priyanka Usmani (London) 
Blaire Cahn (New York)*
Alfonso Martinez-Bejarano (Mexico City)*
Paula De Biase (Madrid) 
Moussa Louizi (Amsterdam)
Ye Cecilia Hong (New York) 
Diego Sanchez-Villarreal (Mexico City)
Ben Wilkinson (London)

Capital Markets
Xavier Amadei (Singapore)+
George Marshall (London) 
Cécile Baume (Sydney) 
Jeremy Moore (Houston)

Dispute Resolution
Pumma Doungrutana (Bangkok) 
Ryosuke Tateishi (Tokyo) 
Ryan Grant (Sydney) 
Amy Middlebrook (Sydney) 
Judith Mulholland (London) 
Santiago Maqueda (Buenos Aires) 
Christina Doria (Toronto)*
L Andrew S. Riccio (New York)*
Fani Dingiswayo (Johannesburg)
Erik Forsin (Stockholm) 
Simon Ntah (Geneva) 
Marc Thorley (London)

Employment & Compensation

Bofu An (Beijing)***
Jon Tuck (London) 
Felipe Graham (Buenos Aires) 
Clarissa Lehmen (Trench Rossi Watanabe)** 
Gabriel Ortiz-Aguilar (Mexico City)* 
Kela Shang (Palo Alto)*
Krissy Katzenstein (New York)

International Commercial & Trade
Martin Altschwager (Frankfurt) 
Olof Konig (Stockholm) 
Jorge Ambriz-Cuevas (Juarez)*
Helena Engfeldt (San Francisco)*

IP Tech
Kritiyanee Buranatrevedhya (Bangkok) 
Sean Shih (Taipei) 
Monica Chao (Taipei) 
Alexander Ritter (Munich) 
Jason Raeburn (London) 
Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy (London) 
Vas Vedantam (Dallas)*
Paul Glass (London) 
Flavia C. Amaral (Trench Rossi Watanabe)**
Stephen Reynolds (Chicago)

Mergers & Acquisitions
Masao Katsuyama (Tokyo) 
Jeff Xu (Shanghai)***
Julia Braun (Munich) 
Cristina Rios (Barcelona) 
Ashlin Perumall (Johannesburg)
Robert Gray (London) 
Michelle Carr (Chicago)*
Airi Hammalov (New York)*
Michelle Rae Heisner (New York)*
Piotr Korzynski (Chicago)*
Kathryn R. Strong (Chicago)*
Kay Moon (Singapore)+
Hani Nassef (Cairo) 
Joachim Ponseck (Frankfurt) 
Aarthi Belani (Palo Alto)

Private Equity 
John Gustafson (Stockholm) 
Koen Bos (Amsterdam)
Nick Rainsford (London)

Albert Chung (Seoul) 
Andrew Zaw (Singapore) 
Claire Dietz-Polte (Berlin)
Michal Piekarski (Warsaw) 
Rocio Guadalupe Mendoza (Houston)*

Real Estate
Maki Kawamura (Tokyo) 
Ai Leen Tang (Kuala Lumpur) 
Weronika Guerquin-Koryzma (Warsaw) 
Charles Gschwind (Geneva) 

Daru Hananto (Jakarta) 
Mathieu Valeteau (Paris) 
Oliver Pendred (London) 
Benoit Granel (Paris) 
Jacopo Crivellaro (Geneva) 
Manuel Alonso (Madrid) 
Niki Ford (New York)*
Elizabeth Lieb (Palo Alto)*
Patrick Renckly (Houston)*
Kent P. Stackhouse (Washington)*
Stephanie Pantelidaki (London)
Florian Gimmler (Frankfurt)
Ethan Kroll (Los Angeles)
Steven Tseng (New York)

*Effective January 1, 2021
**Trench Rossi Watanabe and Baker McKenzie have executed a strategic cooperation agreement for consulting on foreign law
***Partner at FenXun Partners 
+Associate Principal
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