Chair of the Executive Committee: Paul Rawlinson
North American Chief Executive: Colin H Murray
Toronto Office Managing Partner: Kevin Coon
Number of fee-earners worldwide: 7,000+
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
■ Instill confidence in its clients
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. 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.
Main Areas of Practice:
■ Antitrust & Competition
■ Banking & Finance
■ Capital Markets
■ Compliance & Investigations
■ Consumer Goods & Retail
■ Dispute Resolution
■ Employment & Compensation
■ Energy, Mining & Infrastructure
■ Environment & Climate Change
■ Financial Institutions
■ Hotels, Resorts & Tourism
■ Intellectual Property
■ International Commercial & Trade
■ Private Equity
■ Real Estate
■ Restructuring & Insolvency
■ Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Baker McKenzie serves more than half of the world’s largest public companies as well as a broad spectrum of regional and local organisations. 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.
The firm has been named the world’s number one law firm brand for eight consecutive years in Acritas Sharplegal Global Elite Brand Index, Asia Pacific number one law firm brand in Acritas’ Asia Pacific Law Firm Brand Index 2017, and is among the top ten law firm brands in the US and UK in Acritas Law Firm Brand Index 2016-17. Baker McKenzie is one of only a few firms in the world to be recognised in all of the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer Awards globally, ranking among the top 20 law firms in North America in 2016-17. Chambers recognised Baker McKenzie in Latin America as the winner of the 'Client Service Award' in 2015-2016 and 'Firm of the Year' in Europe in 2017. The firm was awarded 'Most Innovative International Firm' 2015-2018 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 ten years.
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. In Canada, Baker McKenzie has had a long pro bono commitment to You Can Play and promoting LGBTQ acceptance, Covenant House and youth homelessness, and an ongoing initiative around human trafficking and supporting victims in court. The firm is proud to have its efforts promoting gender equality recognised by the United Nations General Compact in Canada.