Baker & McKenzie has rolled out a series of promotions in some of its regional offices, announcing seven new members to the partnership as of July 1. The majority of the new partners will be based in Hong Kong, while the firm's offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh City will each have one new partner reporting for duty.

In Hong Kong, new partner Dorothea Koo will continue to focus on mergers and acquisitions. Her practice also includes corporate finance transactions, involving both public and private companies, in addition to regulatory advice. Koo is admitted as a solicitor in Hong and England and Wales.

Rising the ranks in the same office is Jacqueline Shek, who focuses her practice on corporate tax planning, tax controversy and litigation. Her experience also includes Hong Kong stamp duty planning and private wealth/trust planning and she has qualifications as a chartered accountant of Australia. Shek is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and in New South Wales, Australia.

Also in Baker & McKenzieÆs Hong Kong offices, Allen Shyu has been elected to the partnership. His practice focuses on U.S. and international securities offerings and he is admitted as an attorney at law in the US of Illinois and Indiana and as a foreign registered lawyer in Hong Kong.

The fourth new partner in Hong Kong, Tracy Wut, focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions and corporate and commercial matters relating to investment in China. She is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and England and Wales.

In the firmÆs Beijing offices, Simone Yew will arrive at the partnership and continue to direct her efforts on mergers and acquisitions, major projects, IT and telecommunications-related investments and other foreign direct investment projects in China. She is admitted in California, England & Wales and Singapore and is a registered foreign lawyer in the PRC.

Further south in Shanghai new partner Howard WuÆs practice focuses on foreign direct investment and mergers and acquisitions in China, in particular on information technology and large-scale infrastructure projects. He is admitted as an attorney at law in California and is a foreign registered lawyer in China.

Outside of Greater China, Manh Hung Tran has been elevated to the partnership in Vietnam. With a focus on intellectual property, technology licensing and investment issues in this country, he becomes the first Vietnamese national partner in Baker & McKenzieÆs Vietnam offices. He is based in Ho Chi Minh City.