At the conclusion of its Annual Partner meeting held in Hong Kong, leading global law firm Baker McKenzie has announced a number of changes to its leadership teams with immediate effect.
Erik Scheer and Jaime Trujillo have taken over the Chair role of the Firm's EMEA and Latin America regional councils replacing Gary Senior and Claudia Prado. Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort, previously Managing Partner of the Germany and Austria offices, has also joined the Firm's Executive Committee, and will take over from Claudia Prado as Chair of the Firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
The Firm also announced that London-based David Allen will be taking over from Michael Fieweger as Global Chair of the Firm's Private Equity Practice. Meanwhile, Mini vandePol at Baker McKenzie [in Hong Kong] is stepping down as Chair of Compliance & Investigations, with co-chairs Joanna Ludlam, based in London and William (Widge) Devaney in New York succeeding her.
Speaking after this announcement, Baker McKenzie's Global Chair Paul Rawlinson said,
I am delighted to welcome our new Executive Committee members, Regional Chairs and Practice Group leaders to their new positions.
"We have had plenty to be proud of this year - record client demand for our services, a great crop of new lateral hires, the launch of our market-leading innovation initiative, and our long-term strategic investments in New York, London and China paying off, so I look forward to seeing how our new leadership team will continue to drive our success.
"I would also like to sincerely thank Gary, Claudia, Michael and Mini for the exceptional leadership they showed in their respective regions and practice groups, supporting the needs of our people and our clients around the globe."