Baker McKenzie's Australian offices have announced the appointment of new Chair, Bruce Hambrett along with one new management committee member, Andrew Salgo and the re-election of MC member, Astrid Raetze.
Bruce was a member of the Firm's Global Executive Committee for four years ending in October 2016, and Chair, Asia Pacific and Chair of the Firm's Professional Responsibility and Practice Committee in that period. He has now returned to full-time practice in Australia and takes up Chair of the Australian offices replacing Chris Saxon who is stepping down after more than 4 years in the role.
In response to his appointment, Bruce stated: "It is an honour to be chosen to serve as the Australian Chair of Baker McKenzie and I want to acknowledge the incredible legacy of my predecessor, Chris Saxon in taking the firm to new heights in his tenure.
Chris has been an outstanding Chair and the firm has achieved so much over the time in which he has served in the role so diligently.
Baker McKenzie's dispute resolution partner, Andrew Salgo is a new addition to the Australian MC. Andrew will continue to also chair the Firm's Risk & Quality Committee.
Finally, banking and finance partner, Astrid Raetze has been re-elected to her role on the MC while continuing on with her other leadership roles as Head of Australian Financial Services, Head of Global FinTech and Head of Global Derivatives.
Recently, the firm appointed a new managing partner in Australia, Anthony Foley (Sydney based) who replaces Chris Freeland. Chris moves to take up the position of Managing Director of the Firm for Asia Pacific.