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Baker & McKenzie

Sydney

Baker & McKenzie - Chicago
  • Level 27, AMP Centre
  • 50 Bridge Street
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
  • Australia
  • NSW 2000
  • Chairman of the Executive Committee: Eduardo C Leite
  • Number of partners worldwide: 1,400
  • Number of lawyers worldwide: 4,000

Firm Overview: For more than 60 years, Baker & McKenzie has provided sophisticated advice and legal services to many of the world’s most dynamic and successful organisations. With more than 4,000 locally qualified, internationally experienced lawyers in 45 countries, the firm has the fluency to deliver a broad scope of quality legal services – consistently, with confidence and sensitivity for cultural, social and legal practice differences. Baker & McKenzie professionals share common values of integrity, personal responsibility and tenacity in an enthusiastic clientservice culture. The firm is still guided by the entrepreneurial spirit and demanding standards of its founders and works to forge close personal relationships among its professionals in order to foster the responsiveness and accountability clients rightfully expect. The firm has a diverse and welcoming culture. Its lawyers and other professionals are citizens of more than 60 countries and are admitted to practice in nearly 250 jurisdictions. They speak more than 75 languages, with English in common. They have offices in more than 72 locations worldwide, including in 26 of the world’s 30 largest economies. The firm’s advanced technology and management systems include a single, shared global technology platform for client intake, email and billing systems; global practice standards; a quality audit program; and a worldwide conflicts policy based on the standards of the American Bar Association.

Main Areas of Practice: 

Key Clients: Baker & McKenzie serves more than half of the world’s largest public companies as well as a broad spectrum of regional and local organisations. With its diverse capabilities and experience, the firm advises leading clients in most major industries, from aviation to water and wastewater. It has particular experience in clothing, household and consumer products; banking and financial services; chemicals and petrochemicals; construction; energy and utilities; entertainment and media; insurance; mining; oil and gas; pharmaceuticals and healthcare products; professional services; real estate; technology; telecommunications; tourism; and transport and infrastructure.

International Recognition: Baker & McKenzie is frequently acknowledged as a preeminent provider of legal services by leading publications, professional organisations and research institutions. In 2012, Baker & McKenzie was recognized as Firm of the Year in Europe and Southeast Asia by Chambers. The Acritas sharplegal® Global Elite Brand Index has named Baker & McKenzie the world’s no. 1 law firm brand for three consecutive years. The firm has been one of Corporate Board Member magazine’s Most Admired Law Firms since the survey began in 2001 and has been a member of BTI Consulting’s Client Service A-Team in four of the past five years. Baker & McKenzie also won the International Law Office’s International Client Choice Award in 2011, and has been cited as Asian Counsel’s Most Responsive International Firm of the Year for China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Thailand.

Social Commitment: Baker & McKenzie invests in communities where its people live and work, and is a pioneer in teaming with its clients on corporate social responsibility efforts worldwide. The firm leverages its global network and legal skills to work on complex, cross-border pro bono projects that meaningfully advance fundamental rights and opportunities for people in need throughout the world. As the first truly global law firm, Baker & McKenzie embraces diversity among its lawyers, staff and clients – and the resulting variety of backgrounds and perspectives that lead to practical solutions and innovation. And as a pioneer in climate change law, the firm’s respect for the environment extends to how it does business. Its commitment to sustainability is reflected in efforts to reduce its environmental footprint through initiatives like recycling, alternative energy use and carbon offsets.

Offices 

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Chicago:
300 East Randolph Street, IL 60601 Tel: +1 312 861 8800 Fax: +1 312 861 8823

ASIA PACIFIC
Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Melbourne, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei and Tokyo

EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
Abu Dhabi, Almaty, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bahrain, Baku, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Cairo, Casablanca, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Istanbul, Johannesburg, Kyiv, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris, Prague, Riyadh, Rome, St Petersburg, Stockholm, Vienna, Warsaw and Zurich NORTH & SOUTH AMERICA Bogota, Brasilia, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Chicago, Dallas, Guadalajara, Houston, Juarez, Lima, Mexico City, Miami, Monterrey, New York, Palo Alto, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, San Francisco, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Tijuana, Toronto, Valencia, and Washington, DC

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Banking & Finance
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Employment
  • Environment & Climate Change
  • Intellectual Property
  • IT/Communications
  • Energy, Mining & Infrastructure
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
  • Private Equity
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Tax
  • Trade & Commerce

Branches

Capital Markets - Australia

Craig Andrade's clients include JPMorgan Australia, which he lately advised in respect of its role as lead manager and underwriter of Astro Japan Property Group's AUD25.4 million institutional placement. He is "very well regarded in the market" for his "sound technical knowledge and very approachable and responsive manner."  

Andrew Reilly is admitted in California and the District of Columbia and has some two decades' experience of US securities and corporate law. His clients include both Australian and New Zealand companies and underwriters, one contented client noting: "You don't need to worry about time zone or communication problems, he is sensational."

Eric Boone is admitted in New York and has a focus on debt and equity securities and broader US corporate finance matters. "In our transaction, Eric impressed with his commercial pragmatism, drive to deliver results, and approachable and congenial attitude throughout the process and in negotiations with US lenders," report interviewees.

Corporate/M&A - Australia

Richard Lustig is praised for his commerciality, clients observing confidently that “Richard will get the deal done.” He is also reported to be a "go-to guy for raising funds; so clever and thorough.” He recently advised Elph during its acquisition of a 65% share in Engenco.

Steven Glanz is a senior M&A partner who previously worked in the firm's New York office. One client singled him out as a "highly qualified technical lawyer." He recently acted for US-based clothing retailer VF on its AUD556 acquisition bid for Billabong.

Benjamin McLaughlin focuses on public and private M&A and has acted extensively in both Australia and the US. He recently represented German chemical distributor Brenntag on its AUD100 million acquisition of the ISM/Salkat Group, which operates in the same sector in New Zealand and Australia.

Mathieu Hanaut handles commercial, resources and mining transactions in the Pacific Islands, particularly the francophone territories, from his base in Sydney. In addition, he is extensively experienced in the handling of transactions involving French companies investing in Australia.

Jeremy Thomas spent four years working in New Caledonia as a barrister and chief legal adviser to a major oil company. Now based in Sydney, he has maintained his focus on commercial, mining and resources transactions originating in the Pacific Islands.

Foreign Desks The firm's Pacific Islands desk focuses on M&A, joint ventures and general corporate work, particularly within the natural resources and energy sectors, and especially prominently in the French Pacific Territories. The team recently advised Holdingazcal SAS on its acquisition of Air Liquide in New Caledonia and French Polynesia. Mathieu Hanaut is the key contact.

Dispute Resolution - Australia

Alex Wolff handles a wide range of corporate and regulatory disputes, including contract, competition and insurance claims. He also has experience of international arbitration proceedings, and is praised by clients for his strategic advice and "proactive approach."

Energy & Natural Resources - Australia

Sydney-based Paul Curnow is the regional chair of the firm's renewables practice. Clients particularly value that "he knows the power sector very well, is good at transaction documents and always comes up with a quick response that provides useful information." Recently he advised Malakoff Corporation of Malaysia on the purchase of a 50% equity interest in the AUD1.2 billion Macarthur wind farm from Meridian Energy. He also acts as general counsel of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, an Australian government-owned investment body. 

Chris Saxon heads the firm's energy, resources and infrastructure practice in Australia and is well known for his handling of M&A matters in these sectors. Recently he led the team assisting the New South Wales Treasury with the high-profile sale of its electricity generation assets. Sources state: "He is good at providing clear and concise advice which takes our commercial drivers into consideration."

Martijn Wilder AM is a renowned expert in environmental and carbon trading law and has a special focus on renewables and clean energy projects in this practice area. He is currently on the board of Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Intellectual Property - Australia

Richard Gough impressed commentators with the "standard of his advice and his commercial awareness." He works on a wide range of matters including patent validity and brand enforcement and anti-counterfeiting. Recent work includes acting for global pump manufacturer Grundfos in a patent dispute with Davey Water Products over switching technology. 

Ross McLean has recently advised the Australia Food & Grocery Council on the formation of a code of conduct with the federal government, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and retailers, which aims to address IP issues relating to labelling and packaging. Commentators say that his "key strength is his ability to get the legal message across in a way that business people will understand."

Climate Change - Global-wide

What the team is known for Widely admired for its market-leading climate change group, with experts spanned across its unmatched global network of offices. Core strength in the USA, the UK, Australia and developing markets. Advises on all aspects of the carbon market, from carbon funds and contracts to joint implementation emission reduction projects. Also particularly adept in renewable and clean energy projects.

Work highlights Assisted CO2Group and CO2Australia with their various carbon and environmental investments including regulations relating to the development of carbon farming initiative projects, as well as negotiations of carbon off-take agreements.

Notable practitioners  

Sydney-based Martijn Wilder heads the firm's global environmental markets practice. He has established a tremendous reputation in the market, as a source enthused: "He is one of the best environmental lawyers in Australia. He not only provides advice about the law but has rare insight, for a lawyer, of the politics and legislative process."

Richard Saines leads the North America climate change and environmental markets group out of the Chicago office. He is regularly sought after for major carbon market transactions and is especially adept in forestry and terrestrial carbon.

In Sydney, Paul Curnow impresses clients with his extensive "international experience" and "ability to distil what can be quite complex legislation into simple key deliverables and requirements." His practice covers a broad range of climate change matters including multi-jurisdictional carbon transactions.

Graham Stuart "has market-leading expertise in emissions trading and joint implementation projects," according to sources. He is based in the London office, where he leads the environmental market group, and is also the European head of climate law and finance.  

General Business Law - Pacific Islands

This compact, dedicated team is based in Sydney but regularly calls on the additional support of lawyers based in the firm's Paris office. Its main expertise lies in M&A, joint ventures and general corporate work, with natural resources and energy being its key sectors. Highlights in the past year include acting for gas distributor Holdingazcal on its acquisition of Air Liquide's subsidiaries in New Caledonia and French Polynesia, the two territories which account for the majority of the team's work. Other highlights include advising the New Caledonian government on legislative developments relating to offshore oil and gas deposits. Practice head Mathieu Hanaut joined the firm in August 2012 from Jones Day. He has particular experience in relation to M&A transactions, not only in many of the Pacific islands, but also in Australia and francophone Africa. He is actively involved in all the group's major highlights. Senior associate Jeremy Thomas is another French-qualified lawyer with substantial experience in the Pacific Islands and Australia. He benefits from having spent four years in New Caledonia as a barrister and in-house counsel at an international mining company. He worked alongside Hanaut on all the team's major recent highlights.