San Francisco/Palo Alto, CA, January 12, 2006 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Baker & McKenzie LLP announced today the election of three new partners, bringing the total number of partners in the San Francisco/Palo Alto office to 41. The new partners are:
Diana Hickey – Tax
Jennifer Kirk – Global Equity Services
Margreet Nijhof – Tax
Peter J. Engstrom, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie’s San Francisco/Palo Alto office, commented: “Diana, Jennifer and Margreet are extremely talented attorneys, whose specialty expertise is highly valued by our global clients. Their continuing success is a testament to their hard work and commitment to clients. It gives me great pleasure to see their excellence recognized.”
Diana Hickey specializes in corporate international tax planning. Hickey advises U.S. and foreign multinationals in connection with international tax planning, taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, and tax-effective financing strategies. She represents clients in a wide variety of industries including software, semiconductor, e-commerce, biotechnology, manufacturing, and retail. Hickey received her LL.M. in Taxation with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center in 2000 and her J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1997. She received her B.A. from Columbia University in 1993.
Jennifer Kirk’s practice emphasizes international stock plans and employee benefits, including executive compensation for multinational corporations. She regularly counsels clients on the U.S. securities and tax issues related to equity plans and advises multinational corporations with respect to the international implementation of their equity compensation programs. Kirk also advises companies on the impact of corporate acquisitions, spin-offs and restructurings on their equity compensation programs. Kirk received her J.D. in 1997 from the University of California at Los Angeles. She received her B.A. from Cornell University in 1993.
Margreet Nijhof focuses on domestic and international tax planning with an emphasis on corporate reorganizations and restructurings as well as transfer pricing. Nijhof represents multinational corporations in all facets of tax law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, global tax minimization planning and transfer pricing. She works with a wide variety of industries, including established and emeremerging hi-tech companies, and “traditional” retail and manufacturing companies. Nijhof received her J.D. from the University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1997. She received her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the University of California at Berkeley in 1993.