An experienced cross-border M&A lawyer, David will oversee Firm's largest office in North America, bringing focus on D&I, innovation

Baker McKenzie has appointed David Malliband as the Firm's Chicago Office Managing Partner, effective 1 July. An experienced cross-border M&A lawyer and a member of the Firm's North America Corporate & Securities practice, David succeeds Regine Corrado, who is retiring after nearly 30 years at Baker McKenzie.

Baker McKenzie's Chicago office has approximately 230 lawyers and is the Firm’s largest office in North America.

David, a native of Australia, most recently served as chair of the Firm's Corporate & Securities Practice Group in Chicago and has over 25 years of experience advising multinational corporations on cross-border transactions. Qualified in multiple jurisdictions, he previously practiced in Baker McKenzie's Sydney and London offices, and has closed transactions for companies around the world in a wide variety of industries.

"David is a proven leader at our Firm -- highly respected by both clients and colleagues for his superior analytical and transactional skills, and ability to build and empower his teams around the world. I've known David for many years and have long admired his dedication to his clients and ability to keep his dry sense of humor even in challenging circumstances," said Colin Murray, Baker McKenzie's North America Chief Executive Officer. "Chicago holds a special place in our Firm as the location of our founding office, and many of our key clients are based in the Midwest. I look forward to working with David as we continue to elevate our capabilities in Chicago and throughout North America. I offer him my sincere congratulations."

David has also been a key contributor to Baker McKenzie's innovation initiatives, including the development of a bespoke post-closing integration tool for M&A transactions. He will continue to serve as the North American representative to the Firm's Global Transaction Innovation Group.

"I am looking forward to serving my colleagues in the Chicago office as we continue to offer creative, business-focused solutions for our clients, who are facing increasingly complex global problems, whether as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, in stabilizing their international operations and positioning themselves for growth, or in simply looking beyond to successfully navigating a post-pandemic world," said David. "In addition, as Managing Partner, I will continue to prioritize our Firm's core values of inclusion and diversity, especially during this critical period as we confront and dismantle the continued, real presence of institutionalized racism in our communities."

An active member of the Chicago legal community, David is a member of the Executives' Club of Chicago and a former board member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. David received his Bachelor of Commerce degree and LL.B from the University of Queensland, Australia, and his LL.M. with honors from Northwestern University School of Law.

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