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Christopher (Chris) Freeland
Christopher (Chris) Freeland
Baker & McKenzie

+ 61 2 8922 5468

Chris Freeland is National Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie's Australian offices and a member of its Asia Pacific Regional Council. Chris has had many years' experience as a lawyer, strategy consultant and professional services manager in leading global and domestic organisations. He has lived and worked in New York, Beijing, Melbourne and Sydney.

Practice Focus

As National Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie's Australian offices, Chris is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the Firm. Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie in August 2010, Chris was a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Gilbert + Tobin where he was involved in all aspects of the firm’s leadership and management, including working in Beijing during 2008 as Senior Advisor to Management of King & Wood.

Chris initially practised corporate law with Freehills and, following completion of an MBA, worked for many years as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Australia and the United States. He was later appointed the General Manager of BCG in Australia and New Zealand.

Chris has received numerous awards, including the Rupert Murdoch Fellowship from Melbourne University and was on the Dean’s Honours List at Columbia University in New York. He is also involved in a number of community organisations, including as Chairman of the Sydney Film Festival.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • NSW Government's Arts and Cultural Policy Reference Group - Chair
  • Sydney Film Festival - Chair
  • CEO International Forum - Member


New South Wales~Australia (2006)
Victoria~Australia (1991)
High Court of Australia~Australia (1991)


Monash University  (Bachelor of Laws Honours) (1990)
Columbia University  (Exchange)
Monash University  (Bachelor of Economics)
University of Melbourne  (M.B.A.)
Harvard University  (Executive Management Program)

Baker & McKenzie, an Australian Partnership, is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein.
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We are passionately global — it's in our DNA.

We started with a vision of going global and were in eight countries before our 10th anniversary. Today we have 77 offices in 47 countries -- including the emerging markets so important to the growth of your business.
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We service clients throughout the world and in some countries where we do not have offices, working with carefully selected local firms to leverage our global knowledge and capabilities.

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