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Milton Cheng is the Global Chair of Baker McKenzie, and its first Asian Global Chair. Described as a 'listening leader' with a focus on pragmatism and inclusivity, Milton now leads one of the world's leading law firms overseeing its 13,000 people in nearly 50 jurisdictions.
Prior to his election as Global Chair, he was the Managing Partner of the Hong Kong office, in addition to being the Chief Executive overseeing Baker McKenzie's offices and businesses in Mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar.
During that time, Milton led the formation by Baker McKenzie of its Joint Operation in China with FenXun Partners, a first-of-its-kind collaboration model that has since been followed by other leading international law firms.
Milton has extensive experience in a wide range of REIT, M&A, corporate restructuring, advisory and corporate finance work, for clients which include listed REITs and property companies, real estate funds, financial institutions and multi-national corporations.
Under his leadership, Baker McKenzie's REIT practice has been at the forefront of ground-breaking REIT transactions in Asia. The Firm has become the trusted advisor to a number of leading Hong Kong-listed REITs including Link REIT, Champion REIT, Fortune REIT, Prosperity REIT, Yuexiu REIT, Regal REIT and Spring REIT.
Acknowledged as “The pioneer of Hong Kong REITs”, Milton has consistently been recognized as a leading lawyer in his field by Chambers Asia, The Asia Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR 1000.
His leadership has also been widely recognised by the legal industry, and he was named 'International Managing Partner of the Year' at The Asia Legal Awards in 2020. Milton was awarded 'Outstanding Overseas Executive of the Year' at the annual Singapore Business Awards in 2021 — the first leader of a law firm to receive the award.
Milton is a member of the Steering Committee of the Global AI Action Alliance, as well as representing the Firm on 'The Valuable 500' business to business disability initiative and on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Milton graduated from King’s College, London with an LL.B. (First Class Honours). He is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and in England and Wales.