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Global law firm Baker & McKenzie announced that following a vote of its partnership, Paul Rawlinson has been elected as the next chairman of the firm.

Paul is an intellectual property lawyer and a relationship partner for a number of the firm’s significant global clients. He has been the firm’s Managing Partner in London since 2013 and joined Baker & McKenzie in 1986, making partner in 1996. Rawlinson currently serves on the firm’s Policy Committee and also led their Global Intellectual Property practice group from 2004 to 2010. He will be the first British chairman of the firm.

Paul Rawlinson, chairman-elect of Baker & McKenzie said, “I am delighted and humbled by the trust my fellow partners have placed in me. I look forward to building on the great work of Eduardo and his predecessors to continue to reinforce Baker & McKenzie’s position as the premier global law firm.”
Paul will take up the position on October 23 at the end of the firm’s annual meeting in Barcelona, succeeding Eduardo Leite, who has been Chairman of Baker & McKenzie since 2010. Until his successor is announced in September, Paul will remain the Managing Partner in London.

Eduardo Leite, current chairman of Baker & McKenzie noted, “We had a group of outstanding candidates for our next chairman and the partners had an exceptionally difficult decision to make. In choosing Paul we have someone who can take this great firm to the next level. I offer him my sincerest congratulations.”

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