Leading insolvency and restructuring group joins Baker & McKenzie Toronto



    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - Baker & McKenzie has expanded its insolvency and
restructuring practice with the addition of a three-partner team to its
Toronto office - Chris Besant, Frank Spizzirri and Lydia Salvi, previously
with Cassels, Brock & Blackwell.
    Chris is an internationally recognized insolvency and restructuring
lawyer, and will chair Baker & McKenzie's Canadian Financial Restructuring and
Recovery practice. Chris has significant experience advising clients from a
wide array of industries on all aspects of insolvency law, and is a regular
speaker and prolific writer in the field.
    Frank's practice involves all aspects of bankruptcy and insolvency work,
with a particular focus on litigation and adversarial proceedings. Lydia's
practice focuses on corporate restructurings, distressed merger and
acquisition transactions, and secured financings. Like Chris, Frank and Lydia
have a broad range of experience across many industries and have been involved
in many of Canada's largest insolvency matters.
    "We are excited to have Chris, Frank and Lydia join the Firm," said Peter
Engstrom, Baker & McKenzie's North American Managing Partner. "Adding lawyers
of this calibre will significantly strengthen the North American restructuring
and insolvency practice - a key area especially in the current global economic
climate."
    Added Jim Holloway, Managing Partner of the Firm's Toronto office, "The
attraction of this well-regarded team strengthens our existing capabilities in
this area and ensures that we are well-positioned to service our clients'
needs both here in Canada and in the increasingly important cross-border
market."

    
    About Baker & McKenzie
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    Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie provides sophisticated advice and legal
services to many of the world's most dynamic and successful organizations
through more than 3,900 locally qualified lawyers and 7,000 professional staff
in 69 offices and 39 countries. Baker & McKenzie is known for having a deep
understanding of the language and culture of business, an uncompromising
commitment to excellence, and world-class fluency in the way we think, work
and behave. Baker & McKenzie's global revenues for the fiscal year ended June
30, 2008, were US $2.19 billion. John Conroy is Chairman of the Firm's
Executive Committee. (www.bakernet.com)

    Baker & McKenzie LLP is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a
Swiss Verein with member law firms around the world. In accordance with the
common terminology used in professional service organizations, reference to a
"partner" means a person who is a partner, or equivalent, in such a law firm.
Similarly, reference to an "office" means any office of any such law firm.





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