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Firm Profile

Baker McKenzie

Firm Profile


  • Profile
  • 300 East Randolph Street
  • Chicago
  • Illinois
  • USA
  • IL 60601

Firm profile submitted by Baker McKenzie

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 the instinctively global perspective and deep market knowledge and insights of more than 12,000 people in 77 offices worldwide, 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 client-service 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 70 countries and are admitted to practice in nearly 250 jurisdictions. They speak more than 80 languages, with English in common. They have offices in 77 locations worldwide, including in 37 of the world’s 50 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.

International Recognition: Baker McKenzie is frequently acknowledged as a preeminent provider of legal services by leading publications, professional organisations and research institutions. Chambers recognised Baker McKenzie in Latin America as Client Service Award in 2015 and Firm of the Year in 2014. The firm was awarded this distinction by Chambers in Europe and Southeast Asia in 2012. Baker McKenzie has been named the world’s No. 1 law firm brand for six consecutive years in Acritas Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, Asia Pacific No.1 Law Firm Brand in 2014 to 2015 in Acritas’ Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index, US Top 3 Law Firm Brand in Acritas’ US Law Firm Brand Index 2015 and listed by Acritas as the firm most used for high-value work in Africa in their 2014 Sharplegal Insight Guide. The firm was also awarded International Law Firm of the Year in the African Legal Awards 2015. Baker McKenzie has been one of the Corporate Board Member magazine’s Most Admired Law Firms since the survey began in 2001 and has been a member of the BTI Consulting’s Client Service A-Team in six of the past seven years. Baker McKenzie is one of only four firms to appear in the top ten on the Financial Times Most Innovative Law Firms rankings in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

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 vanguard 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.

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. 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.