Global law firm Baker & McKenzie announce the promotion of 85 lawyers to the partnership, taking the total headcount of partners to 1,580.
Of the new partners, 34 percent are women. Across practice groups, tax welcomed the largest group of promotions (14 new partners).
43 percent of the promotions are in Asia Pacific; 19 percent in Europe, Middle East and Africa and 30 percent in North America. Latin America, where the law firm operates in six countries plus a cooperation agreement with a law firm in Brazil, welcomed 12 new partners. There were no promotions in Madrid or Barcelona.
Sao Paulo, where Baker & McKenzie has a cooperation agreement with Trench, Rossi e Watanabe Advogados, is now home to four new partners: Giuliana Schunck, Tiago Zapater, Mauricio Pacheco and Reinaldo Ravelli.
In Mexico, the firm added one lateral hire, Lorenzo Ruiz de Velasco Beam, to the M&A team in the capital. There were four partner promotions in the country: Fernando Godard and Alejandro Martínez in Mexico City plus Jorge Salazar and Juan Carlos Padrón in Monterrey.
Ina Maria Drago and Alvaro Gutierrez in Lima and Matias Herrero in Buenos Aires round up the list of new promotions in Latin America.
Eduardo Leite, Chairman of Baker & McKenzie, said: “I am pleased to welcome all of our new partners from across the world. Our promotions demonstrate our broad diversity of talent across numerous countries and practice groups. I am particularly proud that we continue to promote a high number of women. Few professional services firms, especially one as large as ours, can say that they consistently promote a partner class of nearly half women as we have done again this year. However, although much has been done, we have more to do.”
During financial year 2016 Baker & McKenzie added a total of 150 new partners, combining promotions and lateral hires.