Global law firm Baker & McKenzie has opened its newest office in Brisbane, Australia. The move reaffirms the firm’s commitment to serving its clients in key global jurisdictions, and responding to opportunities involving global investment.

Baker & McKenzie has appointed three highly regarded partners from other top-tier Australian law firms to lead its new Brisbane office - Philip Christensen, Jo Daniels and Darren Fooks. Each have extensive experience in the Brisbane market and are joined by a significant team of associates. They will work closely with the firm’s Sydney, Melbourne and international practices.

Darren Fooks, Jo Daniels, Philip Christensen and their teams will focus on a range of sectors including energy & resources, infrastructure, corporate/mergers & acquisitions, construction, agribusiness, property and government. Jo Daniels is also well known for her competition advice on mega mergers.

Baker & McKenzie’s Executive Committee chairman Eduardo Leite said: “I am delighted to announce the opening of our 76th office worldwide in Brisbane, Australia. There are significant opportunities for our Australian and international clients in resources, infrastructure development and agribusiness in Queensland. Like all of our offices, our new team in Brisbane will combine deep local insight with an instinctive global perspective.”

Baker & McKenzie’s Australia national managing partner Chris Freeland said the office opening was a natural move for the firm. “Our new Brisbane office is key to deepening our firm’s offering across a number of sectors in Australia and globally. Baker & McKenzie is in 12 of the 15 most resource-rich jurisdictions in the world. Few law firms can say that.

“We have built one of the strongest energy & resources teams in the country and our top-tier infrastructure and construction practices are outstanding. There is no better time than now for us to move into the Queensland market.”

Chris Freeland added: “Our lawyers will be supported by the strongest regional and global legal network - with the combined knowledge of more than 4000 lawyers in a further 75 offices and 47 countries across the globe. That is a unique advantage for our clients.”

Brisbane is Baker & McKenzie’s seventh office opening in three years, following the launch of its offices in Yangon, Seoul, Dubai, Lima, Casablanca and Johannesburg. www.bakermckenzie.com/australia

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