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1,500 partners: Just three City lawyers make the grade in Bakers’ 83-strong promotions round

Baker & McKenzie has announced its 2015 promotions round with 83 lawyers making partner, 40% of whom are female, but with only three being made up in the City.

The promotions round, combined with 51 lateral hires made over the last year, means that Bakers’ partnership now stands at 1,500. The round is up on last year’s 65, but despite being the firm’s largest office, London’s allocation dropped from four to see a trio of lawyers join the partnership: Corporate lawyer Jannan Crozier, Stephen Ratcliffe in employment and Tax specialist Patrick O’Gara. All three joined the firm as trainees with Crozier having undertaken secondments overseas in the firm’s Moscow and Sydney offices.

Comparatively, Amsterdam and Frankfurt both saw three make the cut but Paris benefitted from four while Chicago and Washington DC were boosted with seven and five new partners respectively.

By region, Europe, Middle East and Africa saw the greatest investment with 34% of new partners being made up there. This was closely followed by Asia Pacific with 28% while 18% were made in Latin America and 20% in North America.

Across the firm’s practice groups, tax saw the largest intake of new partners with 21 followed by M&A which recieved 15, while banking & finance, dispute resolution and employment also bolstered their ranks.

The full list of Bakers’ partner promotions comprises:

Antitrust & Competition

Marc Lager – Vienna

Anton Subbot – Moscow

Banking & Finance

Amr Baggatto – Cairo

Gonzague Basso – Paris

Carlos Sagaon Garza – Mexico City

Masato Honma – Tokyo

Chu Kah Chin – Singapore

Helen Naves – São Paulo

Somika Phagapasvivat – Bangkok

Kullapa Stavorn – Bangkok

Capital Markets

Mohammad Al Rasheed – Riyadh

Robert Eastwood – Riyadh


Vivian Wu – Beijing


Andrea Kennedy – Melbourne

Dispute Resolution

Carlos Ayres – São Paulo

Hillary Brennan – Washington, DC

Tom Firestone – Washington, DC

Fernando Goldaracena – Buenos Aires

Mia Imperial – Manila

Trevor McFadden – Washington, DC

Bryan Ng – Hong Kong

Pradthanaadt Ratanatanungpong – Bangkok


Jordan Faykus – Houston

Katja Häferer – Munich

Alberto Madamé – Madrid

Raul Lara Maiz – Monterrey

Tricia Oliveira – Rio de Janeiro

Monica Pizarro – Lima

Stephen Ratcliffe – London

Ryan Vann – Chicago

Energy, Mining & Infrastructure

Melanie Ho – Taipei

Intellectual Property

Guy Birkenmeier – Dallas

Jonathon Flintoft – Sydney

Nathalie Marchand – Paris

Erica Sarubbi – São Paulo

Eva-Maria Strobel – Zurich

Daniel Tallitsch – Chicago

IT & Communications

Julia Wendler – Munich

Mergers & Acquisitions

Jonathan Adams – Mexico City

Julius Cervantes – Manila

Dang Chi Lieu – Hanoi

Wendelin Ettmayer – Vienna

Gwyneth Gu – Taipei

Yutaka Kimura – Tokyo

Duffy Lorenz – Chicago

Valerie Marsh – Washington, DC

Mercedes Masjuan – Buenos Aires

Lewis Popoff – Chicago

Ornsiri Samarnmitr – Bangkok

Torsten Schmitt – Luxembourg

Cherri Shi – Shanghai

Alexander Spoor – Amsterdam

Christian Vocke – Frankfurt

Private Equity

Jannan Crozier – London

Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

Belle Chiou – Taipei

Cahyani Endahayu – Jakarta

Real Estate

Eva Leygonie – Paris

Samuel Marbacher – Zurich

Wan Shiu Man – Hong Kong


Lucy Alberto – New York

Marine Dupas – Paris

Michiel Kloes – Amsterdam

Nancy Lai – Shanghai

Amy Ling – Shanghai

Mirko Marinc – Amsterdam

Juan Pablo Menna – Buenos Aires

Ciro Meza – Bogota

Patrick O’Gara – London

Christian Port – Frankfurt

Joshua Richardson – Chicago

Mark Roche – San Francisco

Susan Ryba – Chicago

Michele Santocchini – Rome

Juliane Sassmann – Dusseldorf

Thales Stucky – Porto Alegre

Ana Carolina Utimati – São Paulo

Jennifer Wioncek – Miami

Roberto Cardona Zapata – Mexico City

Antonio Zurera – Madrid

Tax-Transfer Pricing

Yukiko Komori – Tokyo

Trade & Commerce

Holly Files – Washington, DC

Paul Amberg – Chicago

Johannes Teichmann – Frankfurt