Baker McKenzie

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Baker McKenzie

legal form Association under Swiss law
founding 1949
Seat Chicago
management Milton Cheng (Chairman)
Number of employees 13,400, including over 4,700 lawyers
sales $ 2.9 billion (2018)
Branch Legal advice

Baker McKenzie is an international law firm in the legal form of an association under Swiss law. She advises on all questions of commercial law and is one of the largest law firms in the world with more than 4,700 lawyers in 74 offices and worldwide sales of 2.9 billion US dollars.

Founded in Chicago in 1949 , Baker McKenzie has offices in Germany in Berlin , Düsseldorf , Frankfurt am Main and Munich with 200 lawyers and tax consultants. In Austria the law firm has a location in Vienna . In Switzerland, the law firm employs around 90 professionals in Geneva and Zurich .


Russell Baker
John McKenzie

Founding partner Russell Baker opened his first law firm, Baker & Simpson, in Chicago in 1925 . Baker was introduced to the Spanish language early on , so his law firm provided legal services to the growing Mexican-American community. In 1949, John McKenzie joined the company and took care of litigation, while Baker continued to expand international practice.

The firm later began advising companies on investments in Latin America and opened several offices in the region. In 1989, Baker McKenzie was one of the first law firms to open offices in the former Soviet Union after the fall of the Iron Curtain . In California , the firm merged with MacDonald, Halsted, and Laybourne and opened offices there too.

In 2001 the company employed 3,000 lawyers and exceeded the turnover threshold of $ 1 billion. At that time, the law firm was reorganized as an association under Swiss law. Several independent entities share branding policy, administrative functions and various operating costs, but at the same time have separate pots for income and partner compensation.

At the turn of the millennium, the appointment of Christine Lagarde , today's President of the European Central Bank (ECB) , as Managing Partner of the firm attracted a great deal of attention . In 2005 the firm got another growth spurt when many New York employees of the dissolving law firm Coudert Brothers joined it. Since 2009, Baker McKenzie has opened further offices - in addition to America, also in Europe and Asia. In December 2016, the "&" sign previously in the name was dropped as part of a brand rebranding.


Baker McKenzie has 74 offices in almost every region of the world.

Individual evidence

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  3. Lawyers Weekly
  4. ^ Pioneering a Global Vision: The Story of Baker & McKenzie, West Pub (1999), ISBN 978-0-15-900440-1
  5. Law firm records 2016/2017 - Juve Rechtsmarkt. Retrieved October 1, 2017 .
  6. People | Baker McKenzie. Retrieved November 3, 2019 .
  7. From small beginnings to global giant . In: Chambers Student Guide 2011 .: “In 1989 it became one of the first international law firms in Moscow. The Soviet government retained the firm to handle what was the largest privatization in the nation's history - Volga Automobile Associated Works. "
  8. Company history . In: Baker McKenzie . 2015. Archived from the original on June 15, 2014. Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Retrieved August 5, 2015. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  9. Chris Johnson: Association: The new structure for global firms . In: The American Lawyer , March 7, 2013. Retrieved August 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ Melody Petersen: Her Partners Can Call Her Ms. Chairman; Baker & McKenzie Takes Small Step for a Law Firm, Giant Leap for Womankind . In: The New York Times . October 9, 1999, ISSN  0362-4331 ( [accessed November 3, 2019]).
  11. ^ Baker & McKenzie drops the '&' in global brand overhaul . December 16, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  12. Baker McKenzie. Retrieved November 3, 2019 .
  13. Asia Pacific | Locations | Baker McKenzie. Retrieved November 3, 2019 .
  14. Europe, Middle East and Africa | Locations | Baker McKenzie. Retrieved November 3, 2019 .
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