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Combining the knowledge of local laws and cultures with a global reach is just one of the ways Baker & McKenzie separates itself from other firms. Our genuinely global perspective allows us to operate without boundaries around the world, in every jurisdiction that is important to your business.

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Christopher Freeland
Christopher Freeland

+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 law and consulting firms. He has lived and worked in New York, Beijing, Melbourne and Sydney.

Chris initially practised as a lawyer with Freehills where he worked primarily in the area of corporate law. Following the completion of an MBA, Chris worked 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 was previously a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Gilbert + Tobin where he was involved in all aspects of the firm's leadership and management. He has also worked in Beijing as Senior Advisor to the leadership of King & Wood, one of the largest law firms in China.

Chris has been involved on a voluntary basis in a range of community organisations throughout his career. He is currently the Chairman of the Sydney Film Festival, one of the world's longest continuously running film festivals. Chris is also the Chair of the New South Wales Government's Arts and Cultural Policy Reference Group, which is overseeing the development of the Government's new 10-year vision for the arts and cultural sector.

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.

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))
Monash University (Bachelor of Economics)
University of Melbourne (Master of Business Administration) / Columbia University (Exchange)
Harvard University (Executive Education)
Baker & McKenzie, an Australian Partnership, is a member of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein.
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Every day our more than 4,000 lawyers, economists, tax advisors and other professionals share insights and best practices across borders and practices. We speak more than 75 languages and represent more than 55 nationalities, and the close relationships among our people fosters the trust needed to develop and deliver world-class solutions to multinational clients.

We share an uncompromising commitment to excellence, which explains why more of our lawyers are included as leading lawyers in the Chambers Global Guide to the World’s Best Lawyers than any other Global 20 law firm.

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Passionately global
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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We offer world-class career opportunities around the globe, while our entrepreneurial culture makes Baker & McKenzie a unique place to develop professionally.

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