5 July 2007 – LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – International law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has made two new appointments in its financial institutions group in London recently, promoting Jonathan Baird to the partnership and Mac Mackenzie to Counsel.
Commenting on the appointments, Will Lawes, co-head of the firm’s global financial institutions group said: ‘Jonathan and Mac are extremely well regarded practitioners and we are delighted to have them as part of our team. We have a reputation as one of the leading financial institutions groups among the international firms, which is thoroughly justified given the high quality of our people and the service they provide to clients. In their new roles Jonathan and Mac will continue to develop this reputation.’
Jonathan first joined Freshfields in December 1994, a year after qualifying. In July 1999 he moved to Altheimer & Gray’s Chicago office and became a partner in 2001. While in the United States, Jonathan was admitted to the New York and Illinois bars. He returned to Freshfields in December 2003. He specialises in the formation and marketing of investment funds and has developed a leading reputation in the London market for IPOs of listed funds. He is also experienced in the securities law and regulatory concerns for non-US investment funds planning to access US capital. Jonathan has been closely involved in monitoring and analysing the UK Listing Authority’s revisions to the London listing regime applicable to investment companies.
Mac joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as a trainee in 1996 and qualified into the firm’s financial services practice in 1998. He is based in the London office and advises a wide range of financial institutions, including investment banks and asset managers, on a broad range of regulatory issues. Mac has spent time on secondment at two investment banking clients and at the Bank of England. He regularly presents at financial services client seminars.