Houston-based Baker Botts is opening an office in Rio de Janeiro. The 725-lawyer firm has not yet issued a formal announcement, but Mike Cinelli, the associate director of public relations, confirms the move in an email. “Yes, we have plans to open a Rio office. Nothing official, yet, still working on it. Not much we can say at the moment,” Cinelli writes.
He says that, so far, two lawyers from the firm’s London office are scheduled to go to Rio: John White, a partner, and Hannah Longley, a senior associate, who will become a partner Jan. 1, 2013. White will be the partner-in-charge of the new Rio office, Cinelli says.
On the firm’s website, White lists as a client Petrobras, the Brazilian-based oil company. Once the Rio office opens, the firm will have 15 offices worldwide, including in Austin and Dallas.
-- Miriam Rozen
Editor's note: This blog has been corrected to reflect White's status with the Rio office.