Chambers names Baker & McKenzie European Law Firm of the Year 2012


Global, May 14, 2012 – Baker & McKenzie has won European Law Firm of the Year at the ChambersEurope Awards 2012.

Held at Amsterdam's Okura Hotel on 10 May, the European award recognizes Baker & McKenzie's market-leading strength and reach across the continent.

Koen Vanhaerents, member of the firm's Executive Committee and Chair of EMEA, said: "Europe remains a powerhouse of the global economy and we are pleased to see our regionally top-tier position recognized by this outstanding award. We thank the Chambers Europe research team for all their work, our clients for taking the time to talk to Chambers, and our 4,000 people across the region for all their hard work."

Beatriz Araujo, Partner and member of the firm's Executive Committee, added: "Baker & McKenzie is a client- driven firm and we recognize that Chambers' research is also client-led, which makes this award a particularly important landmark for us. We are delighted that clients recognize our continued focus on quality and service both locally in each of our jurisdictions and across the region as a whole."

Joanna Thomas, Editor of Chambers Europe, commented: "Many congratulations to Baker & McKenzie, which wins this award for the first time. We chose the firm for its extraordinary growth and development during challenging times, and for its pioneering spirit. The firm has consistently improved its European rankings and its investment in being a truly global player has paid off with clients."

Baker & McKenzie has 27 offices and approximately 4,000 lawyers and staff in Europe, accounting for in the region of 40% of the firm's annual global revenues. The firm's newest European offices are in Istanbul, where we opened in November 2011, and Luxembourg, which opened in October 2010.

The firm was also recently named South East Asia Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Asia-PacificAwards.

About Baker & McKenzie

Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie advises many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organizations through more than 3,800 locally qualified lawyers and over 5,800 professional staff in 70 offices in 42 countries. Baker & McKenzie is known for having a deep understanding of the language and culture of business, an uncompromising commitment to excellence, and world-class fluency in its client service. Baker & McKenzie’s global revenues for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2011 were USD 2.27 billion. Eduardo Leite is Chairman of the Firm’s Executive Committee.