Michael E. Santa Maria

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Michael Santa Maria is the Chair of Baker McKenzie’s North America International Commercial and Trade Practice. He has a broad-based corporate transactional practice with an emphasis in international cross-border transactions.

He routinely handles complex cross-border business transactions and corporate matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions, direct investment, joint ventures, and international franchise and distribution matters.

Michael is recognized in Chambers for his work in cross-border franchising, was listed for five consecutive years in the Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, and was recently named by Franchise Times as one of the top 101 franchise lawyers in the United States and Canada.

Before entering private practice, he was a registered financial advisor in the state of Texas, obtained an MBA and worked as a financial analyst in leveraged buyouts in the transportation industry.

Michael assists clients in realizing their international corporate development goals. He establishes international development strategies, assisting in structuring, negotiating and implementing all types of business matters across various industry lines.

His practice extends to (a) strategic cross-border matters (complex joint venture agreements, foreign direct investment, greenfield investments); (b) execution of clients’ ongoing cross-border business models (international licensing and franchising distribution, sales and related matters); and (c) specialty advisory matters related to clients’ cross-border strategy investments or ongoing cross-border business (compliance, intellectual property, labor and employment, tax and other matters). Michael has helped clients in a host of different types of industries and geographies.


  • Texas Tech University (J.D. magna cum laude) (1992)
  • Southern Methodist University (M.B.A.) (1988)
  • Southern Methodist University (B.B.A. Finance and Accounting) (1986)

Admissions : Texas~United States (1992)

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • International Franchise Association


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