Baker McKenzie appoints new managing partner in Australia, Anthony Foley (Sydney based) who will replace Chris Freeland on 1 April 2017. Chris will move to take up the position of Managing Director of the Firm for Asia Pacific.
Anthony will transition from his current role as practice head of the Firm's Technology, Communications & Commercial practice in AustraliaIn response to his appointment, Anthony remarked: "It is a great honour to lead the Australian offices of the premier global law firm. I have big shoes to fill and along with my fellow partners acknowledge the incredible legacy Chris has worked so tirelessly to achieve over the past 6 years."
Baker McKenzie's Australian Chairman, Chris Saxon in anouncing the news of a new national managing partner commented: "Anthony comes to the managing partner role with leadership experience, enormous passion for delivering the best client outcomes and a commitment to providing the best possible working environment for our people. He is without doubt the right person to take our firm forward. It also allows us to celebrate Chris Freeland's transition to a senior regional role, reflecting the firm's massive global footprint."
Anthony has served the firm and its clients for nearly 30 years and managed some of the firm's largest clients (Lion, Hewlett-Packard, Optus and Google) as a lead client relationship partner. His work has been consistently recognised in industry awards and directories.
When asked about his priorities coming into the role, Anthony said: "As the world’s leading global law firm, Baker McKenzie has an unparalleled record for introducing new ideas and global perspectives to the way in which law is practised in Australia. It has resulted in excellent service and outstanding value for our clients, and unrivalled opportunities for our people. In the role of Managing Partner, and with a focus on our clients and people, I will be aiming for us to help set the standard for legal services in Australia."
In his time as managing partner Chris Freeland has grown the ranks of the Australian firm, opened the Brisbane office, increased the firm's revenue and client base, overseen significant progress in regard to diversity and inclusion, both within the firm and in the legal industry more boadly and furthered the firm's commitment to both pro bono and corporate social responsibility activities.