Chris Freeland on a grey background

Christopher Freeland

Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Baker & McKenzie


Chris Freeland has recently taken on the role of Managing Director, Asia Pacific. For the past 7 years he was the National Managing Partner of the firm’s Australian offices. 

Chris has had many years' experience as a lawyer, strategy consultant and professional services manager in leading global and domestic law and consulting firms.  He has lived and worked in New York, Beijing, Melbourne and Sydney.

Chris was previously a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of law firm Gilbert + Tobin, Senior Adviser to the Leadership Team of the Chinese law firm King & Wood (now King & Wood Mallesons) and General Manager in Australia and New Zealand of global strategy consulting firm The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Prior to those roles, Chris was a strategy consultant with BCG (in the US and Australia) working on strategy projects for corporates in a range of industries. Chris commenced his career as a corporate lawyer for many years with Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills).

Chris is currently Chair of the Sydney Film Festival (one of the world's oldest continuously running film festivals) and Chair of the Government of New South Wales (the largest Australian State) Film and TV Advisory Committee and also a member of the Government’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee. He has previously been a Director of various not-for-profit organisations in the arts, social welfare and education sectors throughout his career.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • NSW Government's Film and Television Advisory Committee - Chair

  • Sydney Film Festival - Chair

  • CEO International Forum - Member