Chair of the Executive Committee: Paul Rawlinson
Number of partners worldwide: 1,600
Number of fee-earners worldwide: 6000+
Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy. The firm solves complex legal problems across borders and practice areas. Its unique culture, developed over 60 years, inspires its people to:
- Understand local markets and customs
- Navigate multiple jurisdictions
- Work together as trusted colleagues and friends
- Instill confidence in its clients
There is no doubt these are unsettling times for business. It is a time of relentless volatility and ambiguity: with the complexities of globalization, economic and political uncertainty, disruptive new business models, cyber insecurity and multiplying layers of regulation. The firm's clients want a new breed of lawyers who can look a decade or more ahead to help them navigate a constantly changing and challenging world. As well as technical legal skills this also requires a deep understanding of the industry and business of each client. And it means having lawyers who can anticipate what is coming next from a regulatory or industry perspective and are comfortable with business level discussions. Baker McKenzie more than meets these challenges. Its people 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. The firm speaks more than 80 languages, with English in common. It has offices in 77 locations worldwide, including in 34 of the world's 40 largest economies.
INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION: The firm has been named the world's No. 1 law firm brand for eight consecutive years in Acritas Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, Asia Pacific No. 1 law firm brand from 2014 to 2015 in Acritas' Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index, and is among the Top 10 law firm brands in the US and UK in Acritas Law Firm Brand Index 2016. Baker McKenzie is one of only a few firms in the world to be recognized in all of the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards globally, ranking among the top 20 law firms in North America in 2016. Chambers recognized Baker McKenzie in Latin America as Client Service Award Winner in 2015-2016 and Firm of the Year in Europe in 2017. The firm was awarded Most Innovative International Firm 2015-2017 and Best International Firm for Pro Bono Work 2016 in Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards. Baker McKenzie has been one of Corporate Board Member magazine's Most Admired Law Firms since the survey began in 2001 and has been ranked among the top 30 law firms in BTI Consulting's Client Service A-Team for the last 10 years.
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.
CLIENTS: Baker McKenzie serves more than half of the world's largest public companies as well as a broad spectrum of regional and local organizations. With its diverse capabilities and experience, the firm advises leading clients in most major industries. The firm has particular experience in banking and financial services; chemicals and petrochemicals; construction; consumer products; 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.
Tax Practice Group
Governments around the world are implementing policies that demand greater financial transparency and seek higher tax revenues from corporate taxpayers. Navigating the evolving global tax environment requires experience, bench strength and a deep understanding of the practical impact on multinational companies and investors.
As trusted tax counsel to leading multinational companies for more than five decades, our Global Tax Practice is one of the most highly regarded tax groups in the world. Ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global for our work in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, clients and industry peers recognize the high quality of the tax advice we provide in transactions worldwide, as well as in global tax policy, transfer pricing, indirect taxes, dispute resolution and wealth management matters.
Unlike accounting firms, our tax litigators can represent clients in all phases of tax disputes and have successfully defended clients in some of the largest tax disputes on record. With 950 tax practitioners – lawyers, economists and advisers – in more than 40 countries, we collaborate across borders and specialties to stay abreast of changing tax laws, practices and dispute resolution techniques around the world. Our unsurpassed global coverage enables us to help clients design, implement and defend tax strategies for their international operations and transactions everywhere they operate.
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