Baker McKenzie Elects New Global Executive Committee Members

Baker McKenzie Elects New Global Executive Committee Members

Partner Peerapan Tungsuwan will be the first Thai female partner to join the Executive Committee.

Baker McKenzie announced on 23 September that it has elected two new members to its Global Executive Committee.

Peerapan Tungsuwan, Corporate / M&A Partner and Head of the Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Group in Bangkok, joins the Executive Committee and the Asia Pacific Regional Council, while San Francisco-based Joyce Smith, International Commercial Partner and Chair of the California International Commercial Group, joins the Executive Committee and the North America Regional Council. 

Peerapan Tungsuwan will be the first Thai female partner to join the Executive Committee. 

Commenting on Peerapan's appointment, Thinawat Bukhamana, managing partner of the Bangkok office, said: "I would like to congratulate Peerapan on her new appointment. It is incredibly gratifying to see one of our leading partners from this office join the global leadership team. Peerapan's appointment is further evidence of Baker McKenzie's steadfast commitment to recognising high performers, bringing in talent from around the globe and supporting women, and I hope her appointment will inspire more of our local lawyers to excel in their practice and advance to international leadership roles." 

Commenting on her new role, Peerapan said: "I am very excited to take on this new role. I look forward to working closely with other members of the Executive Committee under the leadership of our Global Chair Milton Cheng to build on the Firm's strengths and to further strengthen our capabilities in important areas of growth for the Firm. I look forward to putting into good use the experience accumulated over the past 35 years of servicing clients with industry-focused approach and of developing new practices that reflect our ability to always stay ahead of the curve. 

Peerapan and Joyce will assume their roles in October at Baker McKenzie's Annual Meeting, and will replace Michael Wong and Michael Santa Maria, who will both be concluding their four-year Executive Committee terms.

Meanwhile, Esteban Raventos, a Tax partner based in Barcelona, has had his term as a member of the Executive Committee extended by one year.

Commenting on the new appointments, Milton Cheng, Global Chair, Baker McKenzie, said:

"Our new Executive Committee members bring with them a wealth of experience and deep expertise in our core areas of focus, namely Healthcare and Technology. Joyce and Peerapan are highly respected as experts in their industries with a host of professional honours to their names. We are all very much looking forward to working with them, as their perspectives and insights will be incredibly valuable in implementing the actions we've prioritised in our strategy as a Firm."

"I'd like to take the opportunity to thank Michael Wong and Michael Santa Maria on behalf of the entire Firm for their leadership over the past four years; a period that has seen much uncertainty, challenge and change. Their collaboration and teamwork has been unwavering."   

Baker McKenzie's Global Executive Committee includes partner representatives covering all regions, with responsibility for developing and implementing global strategy and managing the Firm's day-to-day business across all of the Firm's offices worldwide.

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