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Partner in Charge: Michael Arruda
Managing Partner: John W Martin
Number of partners worldwide: 280
Number of other lawyers worldwide: 725
Asia Pacific Offices: Beijing, Hong Kong
International Offices: Dubai, UAE; Brussels, Belgium; Moscow, Russia; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; London, United Kingdom; and Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Washington, DC, USA.

Firm Overview:
Baker Botts is a leading international law firm recognised for its service to clients across three key business sectors — energy, technology and life sciences — and throughout 14 offices located in the US, Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Asia. Dating back to 1840, Baker Botts lawyers and staff have worked on complex legal issues, including energy projects, intellectual property arguments, litigation, corporate transactions, environmental compliance challenges and tax disputes. As one of the largest law firms in the United States, the firm has worked on behalf of clients in more than 182 countries, and the firm conducts operations on a basis that is global in scope and influence.

Main Areas of Practice:

Baker Botts has built a strong and diverse practice that delivers sophisticated and time sensitive expertise on resource intensive transactions involving China. Since the 1980s China lawyers have advised on many of the PRC’s most complex transactions, including investments, acquisitions and structured financing in the energy, technology, infrastructure, banking and financial services industries. Based in China’s capital, Baker Botts maintains close relationships with major PRC government authorities, ministries and departments at both the national and regional level providing clients with the most up-to-date and authoritative advice.

Hong Kong:
Baker Botts has represented clients involved in major energy projects in Asia over the course of three decades. Hong Kong was the firm’s first office in Asia, and it serves as a regional hub, supporting the firm’s work throughout the region. Asian markets have undergone a significant change in the past decade, particularly the energy markets. The region’s rapid economic development has brought about a tremendous rise in the demand for energy, with China now the world’s second largest energy consumer. In addition to the firm’s emphasis on the energy industry, the Hong Kong office also provides corporate and private equity clients with crossborder mergers and acquisitions capabilities throughout Asia, with an emphasis on China.

International Work:

Middle East:
The team in the Middle East represent clients in multiple and diverse industry segments, including energy and natural resources, finance, technology and telecommunications, defence and national security, construction and engineering, real estate, manufacturing and healthcare. Baker Botts’ broad base of experience includes transactional work, project development and finance and international arbitration and dispute resolution. The firm has offices in Dubai and Riyadh and a long history of advising clients in the region. The Riyadh office operates in association with the law office of Mohanned bin Saud Al-Rasheed.

The Brussels office focuses on EU and international competition, trade matters and litigation before the EU Courts. Each of the partners in the office has more than two decades of experience in these areas having been involved in cuttingedge, high stakes cases. The firm’s Brussels lawyers are a multi-lingual team of counselors qualified in a number of EU jurisdictions with experience in handling matters at a national level before the authorities and courts in the UK, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Ireland and Greece.

The London office has one of the largest dedicated oil and gas and energy practices in the UK. It plays a pivotal role in the firm’s international activity; serving clients in the UK, continental Europe and beyond and has advised on matters in over 120 countries worldwide. In addition to the energy sector, Baker Botts is deeply entrenched in transactional work in all its forms, from M&A, to joint ventures, to advice on capital markets, as well as having a thriving disputes practice encompassing litigation, international arbitration and mediation. The firm represents clients in industries including technology, media, telecoms, petrochemicals, life sciences and financial services.

Baker Botts has been advising companies doing business in Russia & CIS since the mid-1970s. The firm opened its Moscow office in 1993 to meet growing client demands for legal services in the region. Baker Botts advises both local and international clients in Russia and the CIS. In Moscow, Baker Botts has established a leading reputation for the quality of work in high-end, complex crossborder transactions, particularly in M&A. The firm represents major market players in sectors including energy and natural resources, finance and banking, chemicals, media, mining, aviation, consumer products and food and beverages.

Baker Botts is legal and business counsel to many of the world’s leading companies, with a particular focus on energy, technology and life sciences. The firm’s clients include private and public companies, banks, insurance companies, investment banking and venture capital firms, non-profit organisations, individuals, estates, partnerships and government agencies. Its lawyers work with clients in almost every area of the law, including international and domestic corporate and financial matters, corporate governance, international arbitration, antitrust, technology, intellectual property, business litigation, appellate matters, white-collar criminal defence, government contracts, federal and state legislative matters, energy and oil and gas matters, real estate, administrative and regulatory matters involving energy, environmental and international trade.