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Dr. Matthias Scholz (59) has been confirmed as managing partner for Baker McKenzie Germany and Austria for an additional term effective as of 1 July, 2020. The managing partner is elected for a three year term at Baker McKenzie.

Matthias Scholz advises international companies across all industries on all questions of IT law and data protection. He has been a partner in the global law firm since 1997 and led the German/Austrian IT practice group for many years. Matthias also headed the European Information Technology & Communication prac-tice group for more than ten years.

"I am very honored by the trust that the partnership has placed in me by re-electing me," commented Dr. Matthias Scholz, Managing Partner of Baker McKenzie Germany and Austria. "Over the past three years, we have achieved a great deal in terms of implementing the firm's global strategy. We have further strength-ened the integration of our lawyers into the international network and can now manage regional and global teams from Germany and Austria even better. We also continued to push ahead with our innovative projects in the areas of digitization and legal tech as well as the expansion of our support centers. The firm is well positioned to react flexibly to the requirements of the market and our clients and to successfully overcome challenges such as the current Covid crisis".

Baker McKenzie continues to pursue a strategy of integration and innovation - worldwide and in Germany. The management team of Matthias Scholz includes Marco Eilers (CFO/Chief of Staff, Frankfurt).

In addition, the following German partners were appointed as new EMEA Practice Group Leaders:

- Mergers & Acquisitions: Christian Atzler
- Antitrust & Competition: Dr. Nicolas Kredel
- Banking & Finance: Dr. Oliver Socher
- Private Equity: Dr. Ingo Strauss
- Employment: Dr. Bernhard Trappehl

The Frankfurt Corporate Partner Dr. Nikolaus Reinhuber was also confirmed for another three years in his role as Global Chair of the Industrials, Manufacturing and Transportation industry group, which he has held since 2017.

The strong representation of German partners in the leadership of European and global practice and industry groups is a clear sign that Germany is an important future market for the firm.

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