James A. Baker, IV

Department Chair - Global Projects (Firmwide) Partner

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Jamie Baker is Chair of the firmwide Global Projects Department of Baker Botts, and serves on the firm’s executive committee. Additionally, Mr. Baker serves as the firm’s international partner, responsible for the development and coordination of the firm’s international practice through its various offices.

Mr. Baker’s practice concentrates on both domestic and international commercial and trade-related matters and transactions. His transactional practice relates principally to the energy and natural resources and telecommunications and technology sectors of the economy and involves contract negotiation and documentation of investment vehicles, business combinations, divestitures and operations and various forms of corporate and project finance.

Mr. Baker’s clients include both foreign and domestic publicly traded and closely held companies and venture and private equity investment funds and partnerships and he regularly advises clients in both inbound and outbound international investments.

Mr. Baker’s representations have included transactions in the Arabian peninsula and North Africa, Central and East Asia, Europe and Russia, many of which have involved negotiations between private concerns and government agencies or state enterprises.

In addition to his transactional portfolio, Mr. Baker maintains an active practice advising U.S. and non-U.S. clients with respect to their compliance obligations under U.S. trade and transactional regulations, including U.S. sanctions programs, Patriot Act compliance, export controls, the Exon-Florio amendments to the Defense Production Act and the associated CFIUS review process, anti-boycott compliance and other U.S. laws affecting foreign investment.

From 1982 to 1985, prior to joining Baker Botts, Mr. Baker served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Majority Leader. He is currently co-chairman of the U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce and he serves on the advisory board of Blackstreet Capital Management, a Washington-based investment firm. He also serves as a member of the advisory board of the Baker Institute at Rice University in Houston, as well as on the Board of Trustees of Rumsey Hall School in Washington Depot, Connecticut and on the Board of Directors of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a national conservation organization based in Washington, D.C.

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Publications, Speeches and Presentations

  • “The Middle East Power Sector: Poised for Growth,” Power Economics, January 2001 (R. Thomas Amis, co-author) 
  • “Oil and Gas Production Sharing Agreements,” Investment Guide to Azerbaijan, United States-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, 1998 (Natik Mamedov, co-author)

    Speeches and Presentations

  • “Tax Legislation: The More Things Change...” Houston Estate and Financial Forum, Houston, January 2003 
  • “The New Great Game: Political Risk Management in Central Asia,” Harvard Asia Business Conference, Cambridge, Massachusetts, February 1999