16 June 2017
Frankfurt
Reporter: Drew Nicol

Baker McKenzie welcomes Michael Huertas as counsel


Michael Huertas has joined Baker McKenzie's banking and finance practice as counsel.

Huertas will be based in Frankfurt and report to Manuel Lorenz and Sandra Wittinghofer.

He moves from Allen & Overy's financial services and structured finance practice, which he joined in 2013.

The banking and finance practice focuses on helping clients navigate and realise the opportunities in the EU regulatory and supervisory framework.

Huertas specifically advises on the eurozone's banking union, the European Central Bank's (ECB’s) monetary policy activity and the EU's capital markets union project. This includes the regulatory and supervisory work streams of the European supervisory authorities.

Huertas was seconded to the ECB from September 2014 to September 2015.

Martin Kaiser, partner and head of the Baker & McKenzie's banking and finance practice group in Frankfurt, said: "The reinforcement of our bank regulatory practice with the addition of Michael Huertas is an important step in Baker McKenzie's commitment to serving clients more efficiently on a broader basis in a fast-changing environment.”

“Given recent political developments in the EU and deeper integration of the eurozone, Michael's regulatory and supervisory law focus is a timely addition to the team and will assist clients with dedicated insight for those already engaging with the eurozone authorities or looking to relocate to the eurozone.”

Huertas added: "Baker McKenzie's dynamic plans coupled with an unrivalled global network and depth of presence in the eurozone provides an exciting environment and the right platform on which to better support banks and financial institutions, alternative investment funds, fintechs and non-financial corporates at this time of immense change in the EU-27.”

“I very much look forward to helping clients respond to these challenges and adding my part in further developing the banking and finance practice at Baker McKenzie.”

The appointment of Huertas in Frankfurt follows the recruitment of Filip Kurkowski, who joined Baker McKenzie as a partner in 2016. Kurkowski focuses on asset financing transactions and international property.

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