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Baker & McKenzie doubles City promotions, making up six in 85-strong global round

Baker & McKenzie has promoted six in the City in this year’s 85-strong global round, with a focus on building its disputes, tax and M&A offering.

Last year, the firm made up 83 lawyers, 40% of whom were female, but with only three being made up in the City.

In London the new promotions include corporate M&A lawyer David Scott, disputes pair Francesca Richmond and Kate Corby, employment lawyer Julia Wilson, anti-trust and competition specialist Tristan Grimmer, and tax associate Alistair Craig.

Of the total promotions 40% (34) are female and practice-wise the new intake of partners included 19 within M&A followed by 16 in disputes, 15 in tax, 11 in banking and finance, six in employment and the same in IP.

Regionally, 43% of the promotions were made in Asia Pacific, 19% in Europe, Middle East and Africa, a further 8% in Latin America, and 30% in North America.

The latest promotions increases the total number of partners worldwide to 1,580, of which over 400 of these are women.

Since early July last year the firm also made 65 lateral hires, including Nicola Northway who joined the EU, competition and trade practice group from Barclays; Hugh Lyons, Andy Moody and Jonathan Peddie who were recruited to the disputes practice from Hogan Lovells, Eversheds and Barclays respectively, and Joanna Hewitt and James Thompson who joined the corporate practice from Olswang and Linklaters respectively.

The firm’s chair, Eduardo Leite, said: ‘Our promotions demonstrate our broad diversity of talent across numerous countries and practice groups. I am particularly proud that we continue to promote a high number of women. Few professional services firms, especially one as large as ours, can say that they consistently promote a partner class of nearly half women as we have done again this year. However, although much has been done, we have more to do.’

See full list of partner promotions below. Names with an asterisk (*) became partners on 1 January 2016, while the rest come into effect on 1 July 2016.

Banking & Finance

Pierre Chiasson (Tokyo)

Tsutomu Kobayashi (Tokyo)

Chuong Nguyen (Melbourne)

Kathryn Johnstone (Chicago)*

Davinia Martens (Belgium)

Esther Chik (Kuala Lumpur)

Kirana Sastrawijaya (Jakarta)

Kim Hock Ang (Singapore)

Matthew Hopkinson (Yangon)

Mahardikha Sardjana (Jakarta)

Boonyaporn Donnapee (Bangkok)

Capital Markets

Wang Hang (Beijing)


Sophia Man (Hong Kong)

Dispute Resolution

Weiyi Tan (Singapore)

Elaine Yap (Kuala Lumpur)

Emran Arifin (Kuala Lumpur)

Soo Khim Keoy (Hong Kong)

Chien-hung Lai (Taipei)

Piyapong Panyachiva (Bangkok)

Magdalena Berg (Stockholm)

Kate Corby (London)

Widaad Ebrahim (Johannesburg)

Justin Marlles (Houston)*

Francesca Richmond (London)

Mohammad Al Shraideh (Dubai)

Itse Oosterhoff (Amsterdam)

Giuliana Schunck (Sao Paulo)**

Teresa Michaud (San Francisco)*

Tiago Zapater (Sao Paulo)**


Nicole Calabro (San Francisco)*

Emily Harbison (Houston)*

Benjamin Ho (San Francisco)*

Zheng Lu (Shanghai)

Julia Wilson (London)

Matias Herrero (Buenos Aires)**

Energy & Mining

Ina Maria Drago (Lima)


Toby Patten (Melbourne)

Intellectual Property

Ren Jun Lim (Singapore)

Minh Tri Quach (Hanoi)

Paolo Sbuttoni (Hong Kong)

Alvaro Gutierrez (Lima)

Mackenzie Martin (Dallas)*

Justin Welch (Dallas)*

International Commercial

Alison Stafford Powell (Palo Alto)*

Marcos Basso (Houston)*

Michael Egan (Washington, D.C.)*

IT & Communications

Magalie Dansac (Paris)

Mergers & Acquisitions

Manuel Meyer (Zurich)

Louis Liu (Taipei)

Noriko Sakamoto (Bangkok)

Grace Tso (Hong Kong)

Weronika Achramowicz (Warsaw)

David Monnier (Riyadh)

David Scott (London)

Mauricio Pacheco (Sao Paulo)**

Darcy Down (Chicago)*

Jeffrey Curtis (Houston)*

David Palumbo (Toronto)*

William Rose (Chicago)*

Andrew Warmus (Chicago)*

Luisa Fernandez-Guina (Manila)

Ross Taylor (Yangon)

Riza Buditomo (Jakarta)

Daniel Pardede (Jakarta)

Wei Kwang Woo (Kuala Lumpur)

Rick Troiano (Melbourne)

Real Estate

Alex Gong (Shanghai)

Dora Stilianos (Melbourne)


Mark Tu (Taipei)


Yvonne Beh (Kuala Lumpur)

Nopporn Charoenkitraj (Bangkok)

Mounia Benabdallah (Amsterdam)

Alistair Craig (London)

Reinaldo Ravelli (Sao Paulo)**

Gwen Hulsey (Houston)*

Paula Levy (Palo Alto)*

Colleen Romero (Chicago)*

Julia Skubis Weber (Chicago)*

Brian Arthur (New York)*

Kai Kramer (Houston)*

Michael Liu (Palo Alto)*

Stephen Long (Dallas)*

Daniel Stern (Washington, D.C.)*

Phillip Taylor (Washington, D.C.)*

Trade & Commerce

Tristan Grimmer (London)