Michael Fitzgerald

Michael Fitzgerald

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Michael Fitzgerald is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Transactional Practice Group and is based in the New York office. Prior to joining the Firm, Michael founded and served as head of the Latin America practice groups at two other prominent international law firms.

As one of the first US lawyers to focus on corporate work in Latin America and a prominent thought leader, he has authored countless articles and lent his expertise on seminars involving international financial markets as well as relevant legal and business challenges and opportunities.

Michael is recognized as a Band 1 leading lawyer by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and Chambers Latin America; and is recognized by The Legal 500 US as one of the leading lawyers in the US for Global Offerings and other corporate financings. Michael is a thought leader on a variety of issues involving international financial markets and has authored numerous articles and presented seminars on related legal and business challenges and opportunities.

Chambers Latin America International has awarded Michael more Band 1 rankings for Capital Markets work than any other US lawyer. Michael is also the only US lawyer to be ranked by Chambers Latin America as Band 1 in both Capital Markets and Banking and Finance.

Practice Focus

Michael advises a wide range of international and domestic underwriter and issuer clients in debt and equity financing transactions, merger and acquisition activities, lending transactions and restructuring matters. He has been recognized as a Top Innovative Lawyer by the 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.

Professional Honors

  • Band 1 - Chambers Global Latin America-International Counsel Banking & Finance 2022-2023
  • Band 1 - Chambers Global Latin America-International Counsel Capital Markets 2022-2023
  • Recipient - Outstanding Achievement Award by the International Financial Law Review 
  • Recognized - Band 1 Leading Lawyer by Chambers USA, Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America
  • Recognized - Leading Lawyers in the US for Global Offerings and Financing by the Legal 500 US
  • Named one of eight most innovative lawyers in the US, Financial Times
  • Named one of six MVPS in Securities & Capital Markets work, Law360

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association Committee on Securities Laws, American Bar - Member
  • Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice Initiatives - Committee Member


  • New York
  • Florida


  • Fordham University School of Law (JD) (1979)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (BA) (1976)

Author, "The Outlook for the 2024 Financial Markets in Latin America," Latinvex, January 2024

Co-editor/Co-author of the Introduction thereto, "The Guide to Restructuring," Latin Lawyer, October 2021

Presenter, Latin Lawyer GRR Restructuring Summit, June 2017

Presenter, REDD Latin America High Yield & Distressed Fall Summit, September 2016

Presenter, Latin Lawyer GRR Restructuring Summit, June 2016

Co-author, "Mexico's Energy Industry Gushes with Investment Opportunity," Financial Times, 31 December 2014