Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie today announced the appointment of its new Global Practice Group and Industry Group leaders. All appointments are effective from 1st July 2022.

The five appointees are:

Tax Partner Kate Alexander (London) takes over from Raffaele Giarda (Rome) as chair of the Global Technology, Media & Telecoms Industry Group. Kate is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser with over 20 years of experience advising clients on their tax matters. She has particular expertise in advising technology companies in relation to all aspects of their cross-border tax structuring.

Anti-trust Partner Nicolas Kredel (Dusseldorf) takes over from Nikolaus Reinhuber (Frankfurt) as chair of the Global Industrials, Manufacturing and Transportation (IMT) Industry Group. Nicolas advises clients in EU and German competition law matters, including domestic and international cartel investigations, merger control proceedings and abuse of dominance cases. He routinely leads global projects for antitrust risk prevention (compliance systems), international investigations and transactions.

Adam Farlow (London) takes over from Helen Bradley (London) as chair of the Global Capital Markets Group. Adam has extensive experience in US securities laws and transaction management. He focuses on offerings of international debt (primarily high yield), equity and other forms of financing involving companies, investors, major financial institutions and trustees, as well as all forms of restructuring and liability management for debtors, creditors, trustees and dealer managers.

Richard Blunt (London) co-chairs EMI / Projects with current EMI Chair José Morán. He leads the Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Group in London and focuses on the resources and energy sectors throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East with a focus on M&A, joint ventures, private equity and project development.

José Morán (Chicago) co-chairs EMI / Projects with Richard Blunt. He primarily focuses on transactions in the US, Spain and Latin America and has assisted major US banks and institutional lenders in negotiating and drafting documents regarding loan syndications for Latin American borrowers, as well as US and European-based energy companies in US and Latin America acquisitions driven by the Energy Transition. In the Projects area, Jose concentrates his practice in the financing and structuring of P3s (Public – Private Partnerships), design build and construction joint ventures and bank lending of infrastructure.

Commenting on these appointments, Baker McKenzie's Global Chair Milton Cheng said:

“I am delighted to announce our new global leaders in these important areas of growth for the Firm. For example, Technology, Media & Telecommunications is a key focus for Baker McKenzie, as the sector continues to drive digital transformation globally through the development of products and services that impact every part of the economy. Meanwhile the global energy transition is accelerating, and our EMI / Projects Group is at the forefront of this transformation. It is through these and our other practice and industry groups that we are able to stay ahead of the trends that matter most to our clients."

Alongside these new appointments, Baker McKenzie also confirms the following leadership term extensions: 

Claudia Benavides Galvis (Bogota) will continue as chair of the Global Dispute Resolution Practice Group.

Jonathan Peddie (London) will continue as chair of the Global Financial Institutions Industry Group.

Antonio Russo (Amsterdam) will continue as chair of the Global Tax Practice Group. 
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