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Baker Botts Adds Four Corporate Partners in New York and Washington

NEW YORK, February 22, 2018 - Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced that four corporate partners, formerly of Vinson & Elkins, have joined the firm. Three of the lawyers will be based in the firm’s New York office and one in its Washington, D.C. location.

“These are exceptional lawyers, and their arrival bolsters our existing teams of New York and Washington based corporate lawyers in our private equity, capital markets and M&A practices,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

“This is the second major addition to our Corporate Group in the past year. Last year, we added nine new corporate partners. Over the last 12 months, we have added 20 new lateral partners to the firm. Our continued attraction of high quality partners with robust practices demonstrates the firm’s platform strength and strategic focus, together with our enduring commitment to deliver value-added services that regularly exceed client expectations,” added Mr. Baker.

“Our firm continues to focus on growing our Corporate Practice, and this group fits with our specific goal of increasing our scale in the New York, Bay Area and London markets. These are all outstanding lawyers whose practices fit with our existing industry and practice strengths,” said Mike Bengtson, Co-Chair of the firm’s Corporate Practice and a New York based partner.

Baker Botts’ Corporate Practice is recognized for its depth of experience, handling a full range of corporate, securities and financing matters, including mergers and acquisitions (M&A), capital markets, including master limited partnerships (MLPs), and private equity. The Corporate Group also has experience in specialized financings and complex business restructurings.

Mike Rosenwasser, New York

Mr. Rosenwasser is widely recognized as one of the innovators of master limited partnerships (MLPs) since their inception in the early 1980s and continues to be a leader in the MLP industry. He has developed an industry recognized expertise in corporate finance and M&A. Mr. Rosenwasser has counseled on over 100 M&A transactions and 200 public financings. He has specific experience in working on transactions with a high degree of tax structuring.

Michael Swidler, New York

Mr. Swidler’s practice focuses on corporate law, business and commercial law, capital markets, finance, M&A and private equity. He has extensive experience in advising master limited partnerships (MLPs) regarding public and private offerings of debt and equity, initial public offerings and M&A transactions.

Adorys Velazquez, New York

Ms. Velazquez works with clients in the securities, capital markets, and M&A arenas. She has worked with domestic and international companies in the international marine and energy offshore industries as well as leading international investment banks. Ms. Velazquez also represents publicly traded master limited partnerships (MLPs) in private and public equity and debt offerings. She also works with client’s partnership formations, general corporate matters and M&A.

Catherine Gallagher, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Gallagher’s practice focuses on representing underwriters and issuers in corporate securities transactions, including initial public offerings, private placements, Rule 144A, registered secondary equity and debt offerings and continuous equity programs. She also represents clients in M&A and general corporate matters. Ms. Gallagher has extensive experience with shipping companies, offshore drillers, master limited partnerships (MLPs) and real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Baker Botts is an international law firm whose lawyers practice throughout a network of offices around the globe. Based on our experience and knowledge of our clients' industries, we are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. Since 1840, we have provided creative and effective legal solutions for our clients while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. For more information, please visit

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