With this week’s addition of veteran Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher dealmaker Lisa Fontenot and rising star Derek Liu from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Baker McKenzie’s California mergers and acquisitions practice is at “full strength.”

The firm signaled its ambitions to build out its transactional capabilities in Silicon Valley six months ago with the hire of Leif King, the former leader of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom’s Palo Alto corporate practice. The latest hires bring Baker McKenzie’s tally of M&A lawyers in Northern California to 23, a figure that King says compares favorably with any other firm’s practice in the region.

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