Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie is pleased to announce the election of 81 new partners globally including in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA). This latest investment in the Firm’s expertise grows the total number of partners worldwide to 1550. Over 400 of these are women – the most of any law firm.

This year women make up almost 40% of the newly promoted cohort of 81 partners; a market-leading number for any law firm. The promotions take effect from 1 July. In addition, 48 partners were promoted to Principal (Equity Partner).

In the MENA region, the Firm boasts of over 50 partners with the appointments of Banking & Finance partner Fatima Alhasan (Bahrain) and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) partners Hani Naja (United Arab Emirates) and Ghada El Ehwany (Egypt).

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Notes to editors

The newly elected partners in the MENA region are:

Bahrain

Fatima Alhasan is experienced in a broad range of conventional and Islamic banking and finance matters, with a focus on corporate finance, financial restructuring and project finance. Admitted in Bahrain in 2008, she has over 12 years’ experience in the Middle East, particularly in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Fatima also has experience in corporate matters including private equity, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and investment funds.

United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Hani Naja has been practicing since 2007 with a focus on M&A, reorganizations and post-acquisition integration as well as corporate structuring in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE and Qatar. He also advises on general commercial, corporate governance and compliance matters. Admitted in Lebanon, Hani has gained substantive experience in the technology, retail, defense and government sectors.

Egypt

Ghada El Ehwany has nearly 20 years’ experience in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, focusing on corporate and commercial transactions. She also advises on healthcare regulatory, structuring, insolvency, employment and compliance matters. Admitted in Egypt, Ghada is returning to Baker McKenzie’s Cairo office where she has previously worked for 14 years.

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Fatima Alhasan is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Banking & Finance Practice Group in Bahrain. She is experienced in a broad range of conventional and Islamic banking and finance matters, with a focus on corporate finance, financial restructuring and project finance. Fatima has over 12 years’ experience in the Middle East, particularly in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

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Hani Naja is a partner in the Corporate & Commercial practice of Baker McKenzie Habib Al Mulla. He has been practicing since 2007 with a focus on M&A, reorganizations and post-acquisition integration as well as corporate structuring in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE and Qatar. Hani also advises on general commercial, corporate governance and compliance matters, and has gained substantive experience in the technology, retail, defense and government sectors.

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Ghada El Ehwany is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Corporate Practice Group in Cairo. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, focusing on corporate and commercial transactions. Ghada also advises on healthcare regulatory, structuring, insolvency, employment and compliance matters.

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