Baker McKenzie

International & Cross-Border Capabilities Department

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What the team is known for Baker McKenzie is globally recognised for its vast network of offices, and the firm has a well-established track record in Australia that stretches back decades. Clients frequently attest to the firm's international reach as a key factor in their decision to engage it, notably on matters with US or Asian aspects and for clients based in those regions.

The firm is particularly singled out for its experience advising on cross-border acquisitions for Australian and international clients and is also recommended for its ability to deliver on US-Australia capital markets mandates. It also draws praise from clients for its ability to co-ordinate cross-border financing advice between multiple offices in varied locations across the UK and Europe, Singapore and Australia.

Strengths One interviewee identifies four key reasons for engaging the firm on cross-border work: "Firstly, I have great confidence in the quality of the advice; secondly, the speed of responsiveness to queries; thirdly, the pragmatism demonstrated in the real world of business; and fourthly, the spread of local and international expertise in a wide variety of legal areas."

Others are quick to point to the firm's global spread of offices. One appreciates that Baker McKenzie "can do the US and Australia components of a deal," while another favours the firm for Asia-wide transactions because it is "able to manage in regions where there isn't strong infrastructure." A third interviewee similarly explains: "The cross-border capability is a big one for us, and I do like the cultural approach of Bakers."