To support its growth, Baker McKenzie Paris has announced eight promotions in the Employment, Tax, Real Estate, M&A and IP practices, as well as in the Africa Projects group in France.

These announcements are in line with Baker McKenzie's development strategy. Baker McKenzie has just announced the promotion of 66 new partners1 worldwide.

Eric Lasry, managing partner of Baker McKenzie Paris, says:

These elections reflect Baker McKenzie's ongoing commitment to promoting its talent as part of our growth strategy. We are thus strengthening our attractiveness and our sector expertise in Paris, with the sole ambition of providing the best support to our clients. I congratulate the lawyers elected, who reflect the diversity and richness of our Firm.

Pauline Celeyron has been promoted to partner in the IP department of the IPTech group, which she joined in 2015.

Pauline Celeyron advises on all aspects of IP law, with a particular focus on copyright, digital media and trademark law. She has acquired in-depth knowledge of digital copyright and intermediary liability issues and regulations, including related content notification and takedown issues, and advises leading local and international clients on these matters. She also has expertise in a wide range of copyright and related rights issues, including the management of these rights by collecting societies. Pauline also specializes in the global management of trademark portfolios, the implementation of anti-counterfeiting programs and the drafting of complex IP agreements.

Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2016, she holds a postgraduate degree in IP law (2013) and a postgraduate degree in business law from the University of Paris II — Panthéon-Assas (2012). 
The Legal 500 has recognized her as a "Key Lawyer" in the "Trademarks and designs" category since 2021, as well as in the "Copyrights" category in 2024. She has also been ranked in the "Ones to Watch in France™ - Intellectual Property Law" category since 2022 by Best Lawyers, and as a "Rising Star" since 2022 by IP Stars from Managing IP.

Laura Nguyên-Lapierre has been promoted to senior counsel in the Tax team. She joined Baker McKenzie Paris in 2010.

Laura Nguyên-Lapierre specializes in transfer pricing and international taxation. She has 15 years' experience advising clients in this area.
Laura devotes a large part of her practice to the prevention and resolution of transfer pricing disputes in all business sectors; assistance in out-of-court proceedings, based on both the European Arbitration Convention or the European Directive and bilateral tax treaties; assistance in the negotiation of advance pricing agreements; and assistance in transfer pricing tax audits.
Laura also assists clients with transfer pricing and permanent establishment risk audits, as well as with the design and implementation of transfer pricing policies tailored to clients' strategic objectives and business models (contractual documentation, transfer pricing documentation, associated tax aspects). Laura is a member of Baker McKenzie's Pillar 1 Taskforce.
She contributes to Baker McKenzie's tax publications and regularly appears in the French and international trade press. She speaks at conferences on transfer pricing and international tax issues. For example, she recently spoke about the tax implications of global mobility and teleworking, proposed EU directives, and the OECD's Pillar 1 work on international tax reform.

Laura is a graduate of HEC business school and holds a postgraduate diploma (DESS) in international taxation from the Université Paris II Panthéon — Assas.

Marie-Amélie Roger-Balducci has been promoted to counsel in Baker McKenzie's Employment Law department, which she joined in 2016.

Marie-Amélie Roger-Balducci assists French and international clients in employment law. She has developed expertise in collective labor relations, in particular the consultation of employee representatives, the implementation of redundancy plans and reorganizations. She is also involved in individual labor relations, including performance management, compensation plans, dismissals, litigation and settlements. She also assists multinational groups in coordinating international and cross-functional projects.

From 2021 to 2023, Marie-Amélie held the position of director of labor relations with a company specializing in vocational training.

Marie-Amélie is regularly involved in pro bono initiatives. She recently initiated the launch of a new pro bono project in favor of the FIT Association une femme un toit, which works for social reintegration, social housing and the fight against violence against women.

Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2012, Marie-Amélie holds a Master 2 DJCE from the University of Montpellier (2008). She is also a member of the Association Nationale des Diplômés Juristes Conseils d'entreprises and AvoSial. Best Lawyers has ranked her in the "Ones to Watch" category for 2025.

Arnaud Charpentier has been promoted to counsel in Baker McKenzie Paris' M&A department. He joined the Firm in 2017.

Arnaud Charpentier advises French and foreign clients on the structuring and implementation of both domestic and international reorganizations, including pre-acquisition and post-acquisition restructurings, as well as on all corporate governance and corporate law issues.

Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2013, Arnaud holds a Master 2 in business and tax law from Université Paris I — Panthéon Sorbonne and a Master of Laws (LLM in banking, corporate and finance law) from Fordham University School of Law (USA).

Robin Gaulier has been promoted to counsel in the Tax team. He specializes in the tax aspects of M&A and private equity transactions and joined Baker McKenzie Paris in 2019.

Robin Gaulier advises local and international clients throughout their transactions: from the letter of intent to the SPA (Share Purchase Agreement), including due diligence and tax structuring. He also helps them integrate their acquisitions into their existing group and simplify their structures. Finally, he assists them in the day-to-day management of their tax issues.

Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2014, Robin holds a Specialized Master in international law and management from HEC (2013) and a Master 2 DJCE from the University of Caen Basse Normandie (2012). He also studied at London South Bank University (2010).

Best Lawyers has ranked Robin in the "Tax - Ones to Watch" category for 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025.

Arslane Hatem has been promoted to counsel in Baker McKenzie Paris' Africa Projects group, which he joined in 2017.

Arslane Hatem is a member of the Africa Projects group, with experience focused particularly on OHADA (Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa) law, energy, mining and their corporate/M&A aspects. Arslane is responsible for the Francophone Africa initiative and the development of the Africa Hub within the Firm's Paris office, which aims to provide a seamless experience for Baker McKenzie's global clients to help them navigate the complexities of the region, particularly in OHADA countries.

He advises international investors on the implementation and development of their projects in Africa in the fields of energy, trade, investment, distribution, transport, logistics, telecommunications and media. Due to the nature of his work, he is in constant contact with the local authorities and project operators concerned in Africa, and has in-depth knowledge of the terrain and its local practices.

Arslane is a member of the Paris (2020), New York (2016) and Beirut (2013) bars. He holds a Master of Laws (LLM in Arab business law) from Université Paris II — Panthéon-Assas and a Master of Laws (LLM in corporate law and securities) from Cornell University School of Law (USA).

Romain Marroux promoted to counsel in Baker McKenzie Paris' Tax department

Romain Marroux joined Baker McKenzie Paris' Tax group in 2017. He specializes in corporate and international taxation. In particular, he advises leading French and international investors on the completion of their real estate transactions both in France and abroad.

Romain has developed particular expertise in the taxation of regulated investment vehicles, such as listed real estate investment companies and real estate collective investment schemes. He is also proficient in real estate tax issues relating to construction and real estate development projects. His practice also encompasses tax structuring, tax due diligence, negotiation of tax aspects of transaction documentation and post-transaction integration.

Admitted to the Paris Bar in 2015, Romain holds a Master 2 in tax law from Lyon III University. Best Lawyers has ranked him in the "Ones to Watch" category for 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025.

Paul Nury has been promoted to counsel in Baker McKenzie's M&A department in Paris, which he joined in 2015.

Paul Nury specializes in M&A and corporate law. He mainly advises major French and international groups on their external growth operations, particularly in the banking, luxury goods and tech sectors.

Paul was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2014. He holds a Master 2 in business law from the University of Paris II — Panthéon-Assas and a Master 1 in business law and economics from the University of Paris I — Panthéon Sorbonne. Best Lawyers has ranked him in the "Ones to Watch" category for 2024 and 2025.

Promotions made across Baker McKenzie's Member Firms. References to "partner" means a person who is a partner or partner equivalent in a Member Firm, and references to an "office" means an office of any such Member Firm.

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