Baker & McKenzie Scoops Up Two Practice Heads from Magic Circle Law Firms in Hong Kong
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Summary: Baker & McKenzie adds two leading attorneys as partners to its Hong Kong office, reaffirming its focus on the China market. One was the head of Antitrust & Competition of Clifford Chance in the region and the other was the head of Employment & Incentives Practice of Linklaters in Asia.

International law firm Baker & McKenzie announced today that it has added two leading attorneys as partners in its Hong Kong office.
Stephen Crosswell who was a partner at Clifford Chance is known as one of the region’s top competition lawyers. Crosswell was the head of Antitrust & Competition Practice of Clifford Chance in Hong Kong.


Rowan McKenzie, who joined Baker & McKenzie as partner, is known as one of the best employment lawyers in the region and was a partner at Linklaters. He was the head of the Employment and Incentives practice of Linklaters in Asia.

The move hugely strengthens Baker & McKenzies market positioning in the region and affirms the priority focus the law firm continues to give to the legal industry in China.

Stephen Crosswell is an experienced antitrust lawyer, focusing on transactional and advisory competition law issues for a variety of local and international corporate clients. He has been involved in a number of high-profile cases with a particular emphasis on telecommunications and media, energy (oil and gas, electricity), infrastructure, property and retail sectors.

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Samantha Mobley, head of Baker & McKenzie’s Global Antitrust & Competition group, which comprises over 300 lawyers across 53 offices in 44 countries, added: “We are seeing huge demand for deep antitrust expertise in Hong Kong and China from the firm’s multinational clients and so the addition of an antitrust partner of Stephen’s calibre is an extremely welcome development.”

Rowan McKenzie is an experienced and senior employment attorney, focusing on advisory and transactional employment law issues for a variety of local and international corporate clients. He has extensive knowhow in coordinating regional employment law advice across all major Asia Pacific jurisdictions and has handled numerous complex employment matters for large local conglomerates, major investment banks, insurance companies, hedge funds, private equity firms and brokerages.


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