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Baker & McKenzie partner Fred Burke was last week presented an award by the Ministry of Justice in Vietnam for “Many Active Contributions to International Cooperation in the Field of Law”.

The award was the first of its kind presented to foreign lawyers in Vietnam, and Fred was one of 4 international lawyers to receive this prestigious recognition. Speaking on the win, Fred said, “it is a great honour to have been acknowledged by the Government of Vietnam in this way. In the past decade that we’ve been working here, we’ve seen tremendous changes and the future promises even greater progress. All of us at Baker & McKenzie remain committed to the economic and social development of the country and in particular the legal profession.”

Fred, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City offices has been resident in Vietnam since 1993. The first American student to study at the University of Ho Chi Minh City since 1975, he speaks Vietnamese and holds the positions of Co-Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Vietnam Business Forum, Secretary of the American Chamber of Commerce and Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Business Association of Vietnam.

The award comes just weeks after Global Counsel 3000 named Baker & McKenzie as the overall highest ranked law firm in Vietnam. The Vietnam offices were named as “leading” or “highly recommended” in all six categories the directory assessed this year, with higher rankings than any of the 26 other firms who made the list.

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