FIRM SPOTLIGHT:
JULY EDITION

Baker McKenzie is a multinational law firm with 78 offices in 46 countries, with an office of approximately 150 in Melbourne. 

Key practice areas in the Melbourne office are:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Corporate (including Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets and Private Equity)
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Construction
  • Dispute Resolution, Litigation and Insolvency
  • Employment & Industrial Relations
  • Energy, Resources & Corporate
  • Environmental Markets
  • IP Tech

Leading Local and Global Clients

Baker McKenzie works on significant and high profile matters, both on a local and global scale. 

“We have the experience, knowledge and expertise, both at a local and global level, to meet complex demands from our clients.”

Recent notable matters Baker Mckenzie have worked on include:

  • Advising Japanese bank Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation
  • Acting for Afterpay Touch Group on its UK expansion
  • Acting on the AUD $500 million Macarthur Wind Farm refinancing

Born Global

“At Baker McKenzie, we are different in the way we think, work and behave. Like no other law firm, we were ‘born global’, so thinking and working globally is embedded in our culture.”

Baker McKenzie opened their first office in Chicago in 1949, followed by Caracas in 1955. They steadily expanded across the US, South America and Europe during the next 3 years. Baker McKenzie’s first Australian office opened in Sydney in 1964.

“In order to grow our Firm, we have followed clients into new markets, each time establishing offices driven by local lawyers and talent. Our growth has therefore been organic, but with a strong connection to our other offices. This has given us a strong, common culture that runs through our Firm and unique understanding of the global economy.”

    World Class Development

    Baker McKenzie’s global approach means its people receive world class training and development at every stage of their career. 

    “Our global development roadmap, the Development Framework, clearly explains what success looks like at each career stage at Baker McKenzie. It shapes the way we recruit, select, develop, manage and promote our lawyers. For you, it means always having a clear career roadmap, empowering you to plan and drive your development – formally and on the job – at every stage.“

    Baker McKenzie’s lawyers also enjoy global training opportunities to develop their skills and grow their networks. Lawyers have the opportunity to attend USA summer school courses and receive scholarships for full-time legal study overseas. 

    “In addition, the Firm offers opportunities for employees at varying stages of their career to work directly for clients or with our other offices in the Asia Pacific region and globally.”

    Friendly and Diverse Culture

    Baker McKenzie fosters a culture that is renowned by its clerks, graduates and lawyers. 

    “In Melbourne, the size of our office enables everyone to get to know each other – plus we have the benefit of a strong global connection to our other offices, offering something unique and special to our people.”

    “We also provide our people with a range of social and financial benefits (including complimentary travel insurance, massages, discounted movie tickets, study assistance, corporate discounts, etc.).” 

    Baker McKenzie also works to make its offices more diverse and inclusive. 

    “In June 2019, we announced new global aspirational targets set at 40:40:20 per cent gender diversity, to represent 40% women, 40% men and 20% flexible (women, men or non-binary persons). This target applies to Partners, senior business professionals, Firm committee leadership and candidate pools for recruitment.”

    Baker McKenzie’s dedication to inclusion has been recognised, being named Employer of Choice for Gender Equality, Workplace Gender Equality Agency – 2019, Stonewall’s Top Global Employers – 2019 and Best International Firm to Women in Business Law – June 2019.

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