The newly created role underpins the firm’s plan to grow the practice group
Baker McKenzie is showing that it’s serious about growing its corporate real estate practice and it has picked an Australian lawyer to head the group.
Eva Hucker, who is originally from Australia, has been promoted to director of the firm’s global corporate real estate practice, a role she assumes from her base in Hong Kong. The newly created role underpins the firm’s goal to grow and further strengthen the practice, Baker McKenzie said.
The practice has a strong focus on serving clients across the firm’s prioritised industries, which include the consumer goods and retail and technology, media, and telecommunications sectors.
“Rising cost pressure, growth of co-working spaces, new leasing standards and technology advancements are forcing many companies to re-evaluate their corporate real estate strategy and operations,” said Jose “Pepe” Larroque, global chair of the firm’s real estate practice. “Eva is an experienced international real estate lawyer whose strong industry knowledge can help our clients formulate a leasing strategy that aligns with their business objectives.”
Hucker has more than a decade of experience in advising multinational companies on the acquisition, sale, and leasing of commercial, retail, industrial and rural properties. She regularly assists clients in the negotiation of development, preservation and procurement documents, and advises on issues relating to asset management of commercial and retail property portfolios, Baker McKenzie said.
The seasoned lawyer’s clients include Fortune 500 companies in the technology and retail sectors, as well as institutional and private real estate investors and sovereign wealth funds.
Her practice covers the US and Asia-Pacific real estate industry. She spent six years in the Baker McKenzie’s Sydney office, two years in San Francisco, and four years in Hong Kong.
“Eva has a wealth of experience working with businesses in the technology sector,” said Rico Chan, who chairs the firm’s real estate practice in the Asia-Pacific region. “This appointment will enable us to better anticipate and respond to the needs of this segment of clientele, whilst fully leveraging the talent and market knowledge within our firm.”