• Team brings deep experience advising on transformative transactions across the Americas

Global law firm Baker McKenzie has announced that Arturo Carrillo, Michael Fitzgerald and Joy Gallup have joined as transactional partners in the New York office. Widely recognized as leading global capital markets and finance lawyers, the team advises clients on a mix of equity and debt offerings, financings, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring matters. They have extensive experience working on Latin America-focused transactions and bring additional depth to complex cross-border deals.

"Baker McKenzie is well-known for providing cross-market insights to clients doing business in the Americas and beyond, as well as guiding them as they undertake complex, multi-country transformations," said Baker McKenzie North America Transactional Practice Chair Alan Zoccolillo. "The addition of Michael, Arturo, Joy and the team builds on our reputation and enables us to further expand our offerings to clients in New York and across Latin America."

Michael represents a wide range of international and domestic underwriter and issuer clients in debt and equity financing transactions, merger and acquisition activities and lending transactions. He has been recognized as a Top Innovative Lawyer by Financial Times, one of The American Lawyer's Dealmakers of the Year and most recently received the annual Outstanding Achievement award by the International Financial Law Review. Michael has also been recognized as a Band 1 leading lawyer by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and Chambers Latin America; and by The Legal 500 US as one of the leading lawyers in the US for Global Offerings and other corporate financings.

Arturo represents private and state-owned foreign companies, investment banks, bank groups and sovereign states in cross-border capital markets and liability management transactions, structured financings, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions, with a particular emphasis on Latin America matters. He has been recognized by Chambers Latin America -International Counsel Capital Markets and Chambers Global USA -Capital Markets: Debt & Equity.

Joy represents underwriters and international issuers in private and public offerings of debt and equity securities. Her practice includes cross-border liability management transactions, high-yield debt, green bonds, project bond offerings, syndicated loans and other structured deal products. She also handles corporate reorganizations, secured lending transactions, equity tender offers and general corporate matters. Joy has been recognized by Chambers Global Latin America - International Counsel Banking & Finance and International Counsel Capital Markets, and The Legal 500 for Capital Markets.

In addition to Michael, Arturo and Joy, Pedro Reyes will join Baker McKenzie's Transactional Practice in New York as a partner as well as several associates.

"Baker McKenzie was the first global law firm in Latin America and has been the leading international firm in the region for decades. We opened our first operation outside the US in Venezuela nearly 70 years ago in order to better serve our clients," said Baker McKenzie North America Chief Executive Officer Colin Murray. "We are so pleased to add Michael, Arturo and Joy to our well established team serving clients across the Americas. We will continue to serve as a connection point between Latin America's local markets and the commercial centers of North America, Europe and Asia Pacific."

Gustavo Boruchowicz, Chair of Baker McKenzie's Latin America region and Global Executive Committee member, added: "Michael, Arturo, Joy and the team are outstanding additions to our powerhouse Transactional practice. They are esteemed practitioners in New York and across Latin America and will add to Baker McKenzie's uniquely attractive platform for clients who see the business opportunities in Latin America and who are looking for a leading law firm to provide in-market guidance and a global perspective."

Baker McKenzie has attracted top talent across the globe to further strengthen its Transactional Practice. Arturo, Michael, Joy and the team follow the recent hires of M&A/Private Equity partner Michael Doumet in Paris; Capital Markets lawyer Sheng Chen in Hong Kong; Banking & Finance partners Kevin Whittam in New York, Anthony Kay in London and Holly Hart in Sydney; and Fintech partners Usman Sheikh and Michael Garellek in Toronto.

A transactional powerhouse with more than 2,500 deal lawyers in 44 jurisdictions, Baker McKenzie is a market-leader in cross-border and global reorganization transactions, planning, managing and implementing multi-billion dollar complex M&A, spin-off, post-acquisition integration and similar projects across numerous jurisdictions. Located in financial centers and emerging markets, the seasoned transactional team provides seamless counsel through local excellence, deep sector knowledge, commercial acumen and refined transactional techniques to maximize deal certainty and deliver maximum value to clients.

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