Three Australians make partner in Baker McKenzie’s major partnership promotions round

The firm promoted a total of 84 partners across its international offices

Three Australians make partner in Baker McKenzie’s major partnership promotions round

Three lawyers in Australia have made partner in Baker McKenzie’s major partnership promotions round, which saw a total of 84 making partner across several practice groups in the firm’s international offices.

Lawyers from the firm’s APAC offices comprised 23% of the promotions.

Aylin Cunsolo from the Melbourne office and Eric Thianpiriya from the Sydney office are both part of the firm’s projects group, while Ian Innes of the Brisbane office is part of the dispute resolution group.

Cunsolo’s practice focuses on the acquisition, divestment, development and ongoing operation of significant businesses and projects in the energy and resources sectors. She advises on contractual arrangements and structures, procurement of goods and services, M&A, and compliance with applicable laws.

Thianpiriya has been a part of Baker McKenzie since 2014. He has expertise in public and private M&A, particularly major infrastructure and government sale processes. He has acted for both local and international investment funds, and has handled matters involving IPOs and secondary offerings.

Innes is an expert in insolvency, litigation and dispute resolution. He has handled contentious and non-contentious insolvency matters, such as complex administrations and receiverships. He has acted for both public and private sector clients in various industries, both locally and overseas.

Baker McKenzie global chair Milton Cheng applauded the new appointments.

“Welcoming 152 new partners, both home-grown and lateral, over the last 12 months is a clear sign of the importance we place in the long-term growth strategy of the firm,” he said.

The other lawyers who have become partners in the firm’s global offices are as follows:

Antitrust and competition

  • Paul Johnson, Belgium
  • Teisha Johnson, Washington (effective 1 January)

Banking and finance

  • Duan Cui, Beijing
  • Grace Fung, Hong Kong
  • Masabumi Tamagawa, Tokyo
  • Eunice Tan, Singapore
  • Luka Lightfoot, London

Capital markets

  • David Lin, Taipei

Dispute resolution

  • Henry Chen, Shanghai
  • Eddie Chuah, Kuala Lumpur
  • Wasin Leotwalaipong, Bangkok
  • Takeshi Yoshida, Tokyo
  • Ali Selim Demirel, Istanbul
  • Henry Garfield, London
  • Yindi Gesinde, London
  • Gaetano Iorio Fiorelli, Milan
  • Pavel Novikov, Moscow
  • Alfonso Curiel-Valtierra, Mexico City (effective 1 January)
  • Meghan Hausler, Dallas (effective 1 January)
  • Nicholas Kennedy, Dallas (effective 1 January)
  • Geoff Martin, Washington (effective 1 January)
  • Kyle Olson, Chicago (effective 1 January)

Employment and compensation

  • Matthias Koehler, Berlin
  • Joanna Matthews-Taylor, Dubai
  • Antonio Vicoli, Milan
  • Sofia Chesnokova, San Francisco (effective 1 January)
  • Liliana Hernandez-Salgado, Mexico City (effective 1 January)
  • Billie Wenter, San Francisco (effective 1 January)

International commercial and trade

  • Junko Suetomi, Tokyo
  • Ben Smith, London
  • Christina Conlin, Chicago (effective 1 January)
  • Yana Ermak, Toronto (effective 1 January)
  • Alexandre Lamy, Washington (effective 1 January)

IP tech

  • Siranya Rhuvattana, Bangkok
  • Yosuke Takenaka, Tokyo
  • Carlos Davila-Peniche, Mexico City (effective 1 January)
  • Dyan House, Dallas (effective 1 January)
  • Marina Hurtado-Cruz, Mexico City (effective 1 January)
  • Harry Valetk, New York (effective 1 January)
  • Joshua Wolkoff, New York (effective 1 January)


  • Amnart Pitakgorn, Bangkok
  • Panyavith Preechabhan, Bangkok
  • Alexander Blaeser, Zurich
  • Juanjo Corral, Madrid
  • Thomas Edwards, London
  • Luis Fuster, Madrid
  • Gillis Kempe, Amsterdam
  • Saveria Laforce, Paris
  • Helene Parent, Paris
  • Bruno Dreifus, São Paulo (as part of Brazilian firm Trench Rossi Watanabe)
  • Daniel De Deo, Washington (effective 1 January)
  • Nathaniel Douglas, Washington (effective 1 January)
  • Nicole Sudhindra, Houston (effective 1 January)


  • Giovani Tomasoni, São Paulo (as part of Trench Rossi Watanabe)
  • Stanislav Sirot, Chicago (effective 1 January)

Real estate

  • Stefanie Price, London
  • Niklas Wielandt, Frankfurt am Main
  • Anastasia Herasimovich, Chicago (effective 1 January)


  • Peggy Chiu, Taipei
  • Shih Hui Lee, Singapore
  • Natalie Dunne, London
  • Barbara Faini, Milan
  • Jana Fischer, Frankfurt
  • Matthew Legg, London
  • Hub Stolker, Amsterdam
  • Harald van Dobbenburgh, Amsterdam
  • Gregory Walsh, Zurich
  • Juliana Lemos, São Paulo (as part of Trench Rossi Watanabe)
  • Luciana Nobrega, São Paulo (as part of Trench Rossi Watanabe)
  • Stephanie Dewey, Toronto (effective 1 January)
  • Hector Diaz Santana Iturrios, Monterrey (effective 1 January)
  • Katie Fung, Chicago (effective 1 January)
  • Samuel Grilli, Chicago (effective 1 January)
  • Matthew Jenner, Chicago (effective 1 January)
  • Diana Juarez-Martinez, Mexico City (effective 1 January)
  • Peter Matejcak, Chicago (effective 1 January)
  • Michael Melrose, Miami (effective 1 January)
  • Alexandra Minkovich, Washington (effective 1 January)
  • Mireille Oldak, Washington (effective 1 January)
  • Vivek Patel, Washington (effective 1 January)
  • Joy Allison Williamson, Dallas (effective 1 January)


Aylin Cunsolo

Eric Thianpiriya

Ian Innes

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