Combining this year’s promotions and new lateral hires, the Firm added 95 partners

July 1, 2021 – Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie is pleased to announce that 67 of our colleagues have been promoted to partner with effect from today. Globally, across the Firm’s practice groups, M&A and Tax saw the largest intake of new partners, with Dispute Resolution also contributing significantly to the overall number.

During the 2021 Financial Year, Baker McKenzie also added 28 lateral partner hires, demonstrating the Firm’s continued commitment to investing in top talent across the globe. Combining this year’s promotions and new lateral talent, the Firm added 95 Partners to its ranks.

Milton Cheng, Global Chair of Baker McKenzie, said, “Congratulations to all of our new partners. I am very pleased to welcome 95 new partners, both home-grown and lateral. This impressive number is indicative of our strategy of nurturing the careers of our people and recruiting the best possible talent to join our Firm. It also reaffirms our core values: to be client-centric global citizens who make up a single high-performing team.”

In the Tokyo office, Masao Katsuyama (Corporate/M&A),Maki Kawamura (Real Estate), Michio Suzuki (Antitrust/Competition), and Ryosuke Tateishi (Dispute Resolution) have been promoted to partner, while Seiji Tomimoto (Corporate/M&A) and Hiroki Watanabe (Capital Markets)have been promoted to counsel as of today.

Co-Managing Partner Akifusa Takada commented,“We’re very pleased by the promotion to partner or counsel of six of our colleagues from a wide range of practice areas. We’re confident that their deep specialist expertise and extensive global experience will greatly help our clients make their mark in an increasingly challenging global market.”

Our new partners are:
Antitrust & Competition

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

Banking & Finance

Evangeline Wang (Taipei)
Gerry Wong (Hong Kong)++
Kenneth Chuah (Singapore)+
Delwar Hossain (Bahrain)
Priyanka Usmani (London)
Blaire Cahn (New York)*
Alfonso Martinez-Bejarano (Mexico City)*
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)+
George Marshall (London)
Cécile Baume (Sydney)
Jeremy Moore (Houston)

Dispute Resolution

Pumma Doungrutana (Bangkok)
Ryosuke Tateishi (Tokyo)
Ryan Grant (Sydney)
Amy Middlebrook (Sydney)
Judith Mulholland (London)
Santiago Maqueda (Buenos Aires)
Christina Doria (Toronto)*
L Andrew S. Riccio (New York)*
Fani Dingiswayo (Johannesburg)
Erik Forsin (Stockholm)
Simon Ntah (Geneva)
Marc Thorley (London)

Employment & Compensation

Bofu An (Beijing)***
Jon Tuck (London)
Felipe Graham (Buenos Aires) *
Clarissa Lehmen (Sao Paulo)**
Gabriel Ortiz-Aguilar (Mexico City)*
Kela Shang (Palo Alto)*
Krissy Katzenstein (New York)

International Commercial & Trade

Martin Altschwager (Frankfurt)
Olof Konig (Stockholm)
Jorge Ambriz-Cuevas (Juarez)*
Helena Engfeldt (San Francisco)*

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 (Sao Paulo)**
Stephen Reynolds (Chicago)

Mergers & Acquisitions

Masao Katsuyama (Tokyo)
Jeff Xu (Shanghai)***
Julia Braun (Munich)
Cristina Rios (Barcelona)
Ashlin Perumall (Johannesburg)
Robert Gray (London)
Michelle Carr (Chicago)*
Airi Hammalov (New York)*
Michelle Rae Heisner (New York)*
Piotr Korzynski (Chicago)*
Kathryn R. Strong (Chicago)*
Kay Moon (Singapore)+
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)+
Claire Dietz-Polte (Berlin)
Michal Piekarski (Warsaw)
Rocio Guadalupe Mendoza (Houston)*

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)*
Elizabeth Lieb (Palo Alto)*
Patrick Renckly (Houston)*
Kent P. Stackhouse (Washington)*
Stephanie Pantelidaki (London)
Florian Gimmler (Frankfurt)
Ethan Kroll (Los Angeles)
Steven Tseng (New York)

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*Effective January 1, 2021
**Trench Rossi Watanabe, a Brazilian law firm in cooperation agreement with Baker McKenzie
***Partner at FenXun Partners
+Associate Principal