Baker McKenzie is delighted to announce the appointment of Eduardo Leite to a new role after he steps down as the current chair of the Firm at the end of this month after six years in the role.
Beginning January 1, 2017, Eduardo will be Baker McKenzie's Chairman Emeritus and Senior Partner and will focus on the Firm's priority of driving growth in New York and Latin America. He will be based in New York.
Eduardo will be supporting Baker McKenzie's strategy in North America in connection with Latin American business and growing our cross-border practices and client relationships with Latin American components. He will concentrate on developing strategies to enhance the firm's New York-based capabilities for clients doing business in Latin America, where Baker McKenzie is the dominant global law firm with 850 lawyers across 15 offices in seven countries.
"I am honored to take on this new role for Baker McKenzie," said Eduardo. "It's an exciting time for our firm, and as Chair I had the rare opportunity to hear from dozens of clients about where they need our firm to grow and expand. New York is a growth market for us and a priority for our clients as they expand their global operations. I'm looking forward to contributing to the success of the Firm and our clients in this new role."
In the last two years, Baker McKenzie has added 15 partners to its New York office in a range of practices with a strong emphasis on reinforcing the Firm's cross-border transactional practices.
During Eduardo's tenure as Chair, Baker McKenzie opened 11 new offices in eight countries, grew its revenues by 25% and profits by 16%, and increased its increased global headcount by 31%, including an industry-record 40% average annual female partner promotions. The Firm was recently confirmed as the leading global legal brand for the seventh year in a row extending its lead on its nearest competitor.
"Eduardo knows what our clients need, and he has been instrumental and personally involved in growing our firm for the last six years," said Baker McKenzie Chair-elect Paul Rawlinson. "I have no doubt Eduardo will help foster additional growth in New York, a priority market for our clients and our firm, as well as help develop connections for clients to Latin America."