Chicago, September 29, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Baker …

Chicago, September 29, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Baker & McKenzie has received the International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award for Brazil, China and Italy—the first and only firm to win the inaugural award for multiple jurisdictions. The ILO Client Choice Awards recognize law firms from around the world that provide excellent client care and quality of service.

Baker & McKenzie lawyers were praised for their “high standard of legal advice”, “high enthusiasm”, “customized service, outstanding results”, and “real understanding of the business”. Borys Dackiw, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Prague office, accepted the award on behalf of the Firm at an awards ceremony held yesterday at the Corinthia Towers Hotel (Prague, Czech Republic).

“I would like to thank ILO and personally congratulate our China and Italy offices as well as our associate firm in Brazil on this impressive, first ever award achievement,” said John Conroy, Chairman of Baker & McKenzie’s Executive Committee. “We are truly honored to be recognized by our clients for excellence in client care and quality, two standards that we believe define a premier global law firm. These awards acknowledge our consistent delivery of exceptional legal services in jurisdictions worldwide.”

Trench, Rossi e Watanabe, Advogados, associated with Baker & McKenzie in Brazil include more than 130 lawyers in Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo; Baker & McKenzie’s China offices include more than 200 lawyers in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai; and its Italy offices include more than 100 lawyers in Bologna, Milan and Rome.

The 2005 ILO Client Choice Awards were determined by ILO’s survey of senior corporate counsels from 34 jurisdictions worldwide on their views on their principal legal advisers. Firms were assessed on the quality of legal advice; value for money; commercial awareness; effective communication; billing transparency; tailored fee structures; depth of team; response time; sharing of expertise; and use of technology.

ILO, established in 1998, is one of the leading legal update services for major companies worldwide. With over 23,000 subscribers, it is a key portal through which law firms can communicate with clients.

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