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Baker McKenzie announces global revenues of $2.9 billion

Baker McKenzie has announced revenues for the fiscal year ended 30 June 2020 (FY20) of $2.9 billion. In terms of constant currency revenues were up 1.2% compared to the previous year. In US dollar terms, the Firm’s reporting currency, this translates into a flat year (FY19 $2.92 billion), after the effect of adverse currency movements during the year.

All of our regions recorded growth in constant currency terms – Asia Pacific up 1%, EMEA higher by 2%, Latin America rose 2% and North America increased 1%. In US dollar terms, three out of our four regions – Asia-Pacific, EMEA and North America – each experienced slight growth. Latin America revenues, however, fell by 12% in U.S. dollar terms, highlighting the weakness of currencies in that region during FY20. The first quarter of FY21 has continued that growth with revenues and profitability up in all four of our regions.

Our PPP for FY20 is down 12% year-on-year as compared with FY19, reflecting the significant investments we made in new technology, infrastructure and laterals and other talent, as well as the negative impact of FX. Over the last decade the Firm has grown by 37% in terms of revenue and 31% in terms of PPP.

We saw revenue growth in our two largest markets – the United States and the UK. Some of our markets that saw high single-digit or double-digit growth include: Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Luxembourg, Hungary, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Morocco.

Milton Cheng, Global Chair, Baker McKenzie says, “I am proud of how our Firm has stepped up this past year to record a reasonable set of results, given the economic and logistical headwinds we have faced since January and the softening of demand we saw in the final quarter of FY20. It is a strong demonstration of our collective resilience.

“We continue to look to the future. Despite the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and the decline in economic activity in many parts of the world, Baker McKenzie is heading into FY21 with confidence, bolstered by our client base, resilient team, and exciting investments in the future of our industry and communities. The Firm has appointed new leaders, including our first Chief Sustainability Officer, as well as announcing our innovation arm Reinvent.

“A record number of lateral hires these past 12 months combined with our continued commitment to developing home- grown talent, as well as our significant investments in technology and our new services centres ensure that we are well prepared for a new set of challenges over the next decade.

“We have also learnt how to collaborate, work and socialise together in new and innovative ways that bring out the very best of Baker McKenzie. We transitioned smoothly to working remotely, with nearly all of the teams in our offices across the world working from home for significant periods of time over the past months.”

Clifford Chance advises KKR on €1.5 billion bolt-on acquisition

Telxius has agreed to acquire, from Telefonica’s subsidiary in Germany (O2 Deutschland), circa 10,100 mobile sites in Germany for €1.5 billion. The deal also includes a built-to-suit undertaking by means of which Telxius will build 2,400 new sites in Germany in the next four years so that O2 Deutschland can rapidly scale its tower footprint to meet existing obligations with the German government.

The €1.5 billion consideration will be mainly funded by a capital increase of Telxius to be subscribed by its existing shareholders. In 2017, KKR acquired a 40% stake in Telxius, Telefónica’s global telecommunications infrastructure company. The Spanish telecom giant retains an indirect controlling stake in Telxius, through a partnership with Pontegadea (Amancio Ortega’s investment platform).

The Clifford Chance multijurisdictional team advising KKR was led from Madrid and Frankfurt by Corporate partners Javier Amantegui, Frederik Mühl and Samir Azzouzi and senior associate Jorge Martín Sainz, and included advising on: (i) Spanish law matters by Daniel García and Laura Geli, from Corporate; Rodrigo Uría and Juan Puras, from Finance; and Jaime Almenar and Octavio Canseco, from Regulatory; (ii) German law matters by Gerd Hegele, from Corporate; Dennis Blechinger and Amrei Fuder, from Real Estate; and Dimitri Slobodenjuk, from Regulatory; and (iii) Luxembourg law matters by Christian Kremer, Mélissa Kdyem and Nina Aymé, from Corporate; and Marc Mehlen, Veronika Kaszas and Tjasa Perger, from Finance.

Hogan Lovells advises Timberland Investment Resources Europe

Hogan Lovells has assisted Timberland Investment Resources Europe (TIR) in setting up its second investment vehicle in Luxembourg.

The firm helped TIR, one of the few private investment management firms that offers investment solutions in the forestry sector, to set up a Reserved Alternative Investment Fund (RAIF). The Hogan Lovells team advised on the initial structuring of the fund, including tax, through to the first closing of the fund, which occurred in January 2020 for circa EUR 75 million. The current target is to double this amount by the end of the year.

This fund is one of a few on both sides of the Atlantic investing in timberland and forestry assets.

This work shows the client’s continuous trust in Hogan Lovells. The firm previously advised TIR on the launch of their first Luxembourg fund (TIR Europe Forestry Fund) in 2016.

The Hogan Lovells Luxembourg team was led by Pierre Reuter (partner) and included Simon Recher (associate), Mathilde Soetens (trainee), with support from the London team led by Erik Jamieson (partner) and Ollie Phillips (associate). On the tax side, the team included Gérard Neiens (partner), Jean-Philippe Monmousseau (counsel), Pierre-Luc Wolff (senior associate), and Grâce Mfuakiadi (associate).