Over 60 ascend to Baker McKenzie partnership

The new partners hail from the firm’s offices across the globe

Over 60 ascend to Baker McKenzie partnership

Over 60 lawyers have ascended to Baker McKenzie’s global partnership in its latest promotions round.

The new partners are based in the firm’s offices across Asia, Europe, the UK, US, the Middle East and South America.

“Our FY21 promotions have been carefully considered to ensure our clients receive the best possible service and that we continue to be a firm where we have deep technical expertise, unrivalled local knowledge, and of course an incredible global platform,” global chair Milton Cheng said.

The firm elevated lawyers in a variety of practice areas, but the M&A and tax teams benefited the most from the promotions round.

“We continue to build on key strengths in areas including M&A, PE and in other complex cross border transactions, tax disputes, multi-jurisdictional investigations and in the digital transformation space, where we have an industry leading offering that spans our full range of practices,” Cheng said.

The new partners are listed as follows:

Antitrust and competition

  • Michio Suzuki (Tokyo)
  • Anika Schuermann (Dusseldorf)
  • Paloma Martinez-Lage (Madrid)
  • Marcin Trepka (Warsaw)
  • Sibel Yilmaz (Brussels)

Banking and finance

  • Evangeline Wang (Taipei)
  • Gerry Wong (Hong Kong, partner-equivalent)
  • Kenneth Chuah (Singapore, associate principal)
  • Delwar Hossain (Bahrain)
  • Priyanka Usmani (London)
  • Blaire Cahn (New York, effective 1 January)
  • Alfonso Martinez-Bejarano (Mexico City, effective 1 January)
  • Paula De Biase (Madrid)
  • Moussa Louizi (Amsterdam)
  • Ye Cecilia Hong (New York)
  • Diego Sanchez-Villarreal (Mexico City)
  • Ben Wilkinson (London)

Capital markets

  • Xavier Amadei (Singapore, associate principal)
  • George Marshall (London)
  • Jeremy Moore (Houston)

Dispute resolution

  • Pumma Doungrutana (Bangkok)
  • Ryosuke Tateishi (Tokyo)
  • Judith Mulholland (London)
  • Santiago Maqueda (Buenos Aires)
  • Christina Doria (Toronto, effective 1 January)
  • L. Andrew S. Riccio (New York, effective 1 January)
  • Fani Dingiswayo (Johannesburg)
  • Erik Forsin (Stockholm)
  • Simon Ntah (Geneva)
  • Marc Thorley (London)

Employment and compensation

  • Bofu An (FenXun Partners, Beijing)
  • Jon Tuck (London)
  • Felipe Graham (Buenos Aires, effective 1 January)
  • Clarissa Lehmen (Trench Rossi Watanabe, Sao Paulo) TRW in strategic cooperation with Baker McKenzie
  • Gabriel Ortiz-Aguilar (Mexico City, effective 1 January)
  • Kela Shang (Palo Alto, effective 1 January)
  • Krissy Katzenstein (New York)

International commercial and trade

  • Martin Altschwager (Frankfurt)
  • Olof Konig (Stockholm)
  • Jorge Ambriz-Cuevas (Juarez, effective 1 January)
  • Helena Engfeldt (San Francisco, effective 1 January)

IP tech

  • Kritiyanee Buranatrevedhya (Bangkok)
  • Sean Shih (Taipei)
  • Monica Chao (Taipei)
  • Alexander Ritter (Munich)
  • Jason Raeburn (London)
  • Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy (London)
  • Vas Vedantam (Dallas)*
  • Paul Glass (London)
  • Flavia C. Amaral (Trench Rossi Watanabe, Sao Paulo) TRW in strategic cooperation with Baker McKenzie
  • Stephen Reynolds (Chicago)


  • Masao Katsuyama (Tokyo)
  • Jeff Xu (FenXun Partners, Shanghai)
  • Julia Braun (Munich)
  • Cristina Rios (Barcelona)
  • Ashlin Perumall (Johannesburg)
  • Robert Gray (London)
  • Michelle Carr (Chicago, effective 1 January)
  • Airi Hammalov (New York, effective 1 January)
  • Michelle Rae Heisner (New York, effective 1 January)
  • Piotr Korzynski (Chicago, effective 1 January)
  • Kathryn R. Strong (Chicago, effective 1 January)
  • Kay Moon (Singapore, associate principal)
  • Hani Nassef (Cairo)
  • Joachim Ponseck (Frankfurt)
  • Aarthi Belani (Palo Alto)

Private equity

  • John Gustafson (Stockholm)
  • Koen Bos (Amsterdam)
  • Nick Rainsford (London)


  • Albert Chung (Seoul)
  • Andrew Zaw (Singapore, associate principal)
  • Claire Dietz-Polte (Berlin)
  • Michal Piekarski (Warsaw)
  • Rocio Guadalupe Mendoza (Houston, effective 1 January)

Real estate

  • Maki Kawamura (Tokyo)
  • Ai Leen Tang (Kuala Lumpur)
  • Weronika Guerquin-Koryzma (Warsaw)
  • Charles Gschwind (Geneva)


  • Daru Hananto (Jakarta)
  • Mathieu Valeteau (Paris)
  • Oliver Pendred (London)
  • Benoit Granel (Paris)
  • Jacopo Crivellaro (Geneva)
  • Manuel Alonso (Madrid)
  • Niki Ford (New York, effective 1 January)
  • Elizabeth Lieb (Palo Alto, effective 1 January)
  • Patrick Renckly (Houston, effective 1 January)
  • Kent P. Stackhouse (Washington, effective 1 January)
  • Stephanie Pantelidaki (London)
  • Florian Gimmler (Frankfurt)
  • Ethan Kroll (Los Angeles)
  • Steven Tseng (New York)

Cheng said that the promotions round indicates the firm’s strategy of “nurturing the careers of our people and recruiting the best possible talent to join our firm.”

“It is also notable that our new partners come from offices right across the globe, underscoring our unwavering commitment to being a truly global firm in both our outlook and our presence,” he said.

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