Baker McKenzie

Corporate M&A (International & Cross-Border) Department

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What the team is known for Baker McKenzie offers one of the most expansive and established international footprints in the legal industry and its global reach is frequently referenced by multinational clients as one of its primary assets. The London office acts as an important hub of lawyers with international experience and expertise across multiple areas, offering a full-service scope. The firm enjoys an excellent reputation for its international and cross-border capabilities and is often praised for the smooth execution and collaboration clients experience across the firm's network.

The firm offers significant resources for M&A work in its London office and its internationally-active UK M&A team regularly advises on cross-border transactions for UK and foreign clients. The firm is uniquely positioned to cover clients’ needs across numerous key and emerging markets, offering end to end support in M&A transactions providing a full suite of services, including a specialist team for global corporate reorganisations and carve outs. The team is a top choice for clients whose mandates touch many jurisdictions and though predominantly operating in the mid-market, the London office also offers experience in high-end M&A. The firm regularly handles public deals and is also a strong choice for UK private equity firms investing in wide-reaching jurisdictions.

Strengths One client outlined the strength of the London team and its full-service support in a transaction involving more than 50 jurisdictions, commenting: "The UK team led the world-wide due diligence and contract negotiation. They have enough experience to support multinational currency treatment, tax implications and carve out influence of each countries which we heavily relied on." The client went on to say: "Baker McKenzie are very experienced and to the point in negotiating with other side."

Another interviewee noted the firm's emergence on significant cross-border M&A, and for picking up "strong, elite mandates," as well as "blue chip" work.

Notable practitioners

Mike Webster heads up the London corporate team. Jane Hobson and Helen Bradley lead the private and public M&A teams respectively, while David Allen, head of private equity and Kirsty Wilson, head of reorganisations are also key contacts.