Baker McKenzie announces global leadership additions

by Steve Randall02 Jul 2019

Baker McKenzie announces global leadership additions

There are some new managing partners and practice group leaders at Baker McKenzie from this week.

Following its announcement of 81 new partners last week, the global law firm has new additions for its leadership team across its regions.

Global Practice Group Chairs

Dispute Resolution : Claudia Benavides, Bogota

Tax : Antonio Russo, Amsterdam

Industry Leaders

Global Mining Leader: Antonio Ortuzar, Jr., Santiago (As part of the Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Group which is chaired globally by Jose Moran.)

Managing Partners

Bobby Albaral (Texas)

Maurice Bellan (Washington DC)

Scott Brandman (Miami and New York)

Hiroshi Kondo (Japan)

Andrew Martin (Singapore)

Javier Menor (Barcelona)

Milton Cheng and Steven Sieker (Hong Kong, Joint Managing Partners)

Stephanie Vaccari (Toronto) – from October 1, 2019

Mohamad Ghannam (Cairo)

Wen-Yen Kang (Taipei)

"I am delighted that we have appointed an experienced and inspiring group of new leaders in the Firm,” said Jaime Trujillo, the firm’s acting chair. “I am confident that they will continue to drive Baker McKenzie's ambitious growth aspirations."

Tech firm taps Allen & Overy for global legal AI practice

A long-term member of the Allen & Overy team has been hired by tech solutions firm iManage to drive relationships with its legal industry clients.

Stephanie Vaughan began her law career with A&O and was most recently part of the Market Innovations Group and Derivatives and Structured Finance Group.

She becomes global director for iManage RAVN to help customers understand and adopt artificial intelligence technology in a practical way and drive innovation.

Vaughan says its an exciting time to be joining the firm.

“Law firms recognize that technology isn’t the only element that is needed to nurture a culture of innovation,” she said. “Firms are taking a holistic view of innovation so that they can run their business with efficiency and to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to dealing with evolving challenges, including competition, recruitment, talent retention and more.”

Reed Smith makes senior hire from Simmons & Simmons in China

The former head of Simmons & Simmons in Beijing has joined Reed Smith as a partner in the Energy and Natural Resources industry group.

Eric Lin had been with his previous firm as a partner since 2011 and before that he was with Allen & Overy where he began his career in 2001.

Reed Smith’s multidisciplinary Energy and Natural Resources industry group comprises around 160 lawyers worldwide, combining regulatory, transactional, financial, environmental health and safety, projects and construction, and litigation disciplines.

The firm has five offices in Asia.