Baker McKenzie adds special counsel in Melbourne

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An experienced special counsel has joined Baker McKenzie in Melbourne.

Caroline Tait has commenced at the global giant’s capital markets and M&A teams, bringing with her extensive experience in both in-house and private practice.

She started her legal career and split time between legacy Mallesons Stephen Jaques’ Sydney and Melbourne offices, before moving to Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. She then worked at Weil, Gotshall & Manges, until she moved back to Australia to join JPMorgan & Chase as an executive director and assistant general counsel. At the financial giant, she was responsible for the company’s investment banking operations.

Tait then moved to independent practice in Melbourne, before becoming corporate counsel at multinational company Incitec Pivot.

“We’ve been busy across M&A and capital markets, and Caroline will bring an outstanding skill-set to assist our clients. In the past year, we’ve managed to convince a number of very talented lawyers to join us, increasing our ability to discharge high-end, cutting-edge transactions for our clients,” said Ben McLaughlin, Baker McKenzie's head of corporate in Australia.

The appointment follows senior hires including Lauren Magraith from JPMorgan; Antony Rumboll from UBS; Duncan McGrath, who headed the debt capital markets team at Gilbert + Tobin; and Paul Anderson from Shearman & Sterling.

Tait said that after building her expertise in in-house and private practice, she joined the firm because of the cross-border opportunities that come with its calibre of lawyers, clients, and geographic reach in both Australian and international markets.

Caroline Tait


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