• Women account for fifty two percent of this year's partner promotions

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie today announced the promotion of 66 lawyers to partner1, effective 1 July 2024, with the exception of colleagues based in North America and some locations in Latin America, whose promotions took effect on 1 January 2024. With 48 lateral partners also joining Baker McKenzie's offices1 this financial year, the Firm has added a total of 114 partners globally since 1 July 2023.

Women account for fifty two percent of this year's partner promotions, equivalent to 34 out of 66 promotions. This is the Firm's highest percentage of women partner promotions to date and underscores Baker McKenzie’s ongoing commitment to fostering a more gender equitable future.

The largest proportion of lateral hires sit within the Transactional practices, further bolstering the Firm's ability to advise clients on complex cross-border deals.

In the MENA region, three lawyers, two of whom are women, have been promoted to partner1 including Laya Aoun-Hani (International Commercial & Trade), Hessa AlAiban (Capital Markets) and Tamim AlKhudhayri (Mergers & Acquisitions). Additionally, over the last financial year, the Firm welcomed partner Adil Hussain (Banking and Finance) as a new lateral partner in the UAE offices and Head of Banking & Finance in the firm's UAE offices and Global Head of Islamic Finance, from Clyde & Co.

Commenting on these appointments, Milton Cheng, Global Chair, Baker McKenzie, said: “Each year, it is an honor to announce our promotions to partner and I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations to these exceptionally talented and diverse lawyers whose significant career milestone coincides with Baker McKenzie's 75th anniversary. Their dedication to our clients has been instrumental in driving our Firm’s success and we look forward to their many more contributions in the years to come. This year has been particularly noteworthy thanks to the significant number of women making up our new partner ranks. As we celebrate this achievement, we also remain focused on our ongoing commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment.”

"We are also excited to have welcomed our highest number of lateral partners across the Firm in the last four years," added Milton. "We look forward to continuing to build on our strengths as a global Firm in a broad range of locations, practices, and sectors that align with our clients' most strategic and complex needs."

1 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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