APAC leadership reshuffle at Baker McKenzie

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Baker McKenzie Michael Wong Loo Shih Yann
Michael Wong (left) and Loo Shih Yann (right)

Baker McKenzie has placed two partners to new prime positions in its Asia-Pacific leadership. Michael Wong was appointed Asia-Pacific chair, in addition to his continuing role as global executive committee member, while Hong Kong partner Loo Shih Yann joined the committee for the first time.

Both partners serve as Asia-Pacific representatives on the executive committee – the firm’s most senior leadership team of eight – playing a role in developing and implementing global strategy, and managing the firm’s day-to-day business across 77 offices in 46 countries.

Wong’s appointment puts him in charge of setting regional strategy for 17 offices in the Asia-Pacific region. He previously served as head of the firm’s M&A, private equity and tax practices at its Taipei office. He succeeds Singapore-based Wong Ai Ai, who served on the global executive committee from 2016, and was Asia-Pacific chair from 2018.

Loo, meanwhile, has played a key role in implementing the firm’s China strategy, including the establishment of the Baker McKenzie FenXun (FTZ) joint operation office in 2015. He also served on the committee that oversees the firm’s offices in mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea and Vietnam.

“They are both outstanding lawyers and I am confident that, working closely with our other executive committee members, they will continue to drive our success and global strategy moving forward,” said Baker McKenzie’s global chair, Milton Cheng.