Chris Freeland is the Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Baker McKenzie. Prior to taking on this role, Chris was for 7 years 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. In his current role, Chris works across Baker McKenzie's 17 offices in Asia Pacific.
Chris was previously a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of a leading Australian law firm, Senior Adviser to the Leadership Team of one of the largest Chinese law firms 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 an international law firm, assisting domestic and international clients.
Chris has been actively involved in the community sector, including as Chair of the Sydney Film Festival (one of the world's oldest continuously running film festivals), Chair of the Government of New South Wales (the largest Australian State) Film and TV Advisory Committee and Chair of the Government's Arts and Cultural Policy Reference Group. He has also been a Director of various other not-for-profit organisations in the arts, social welfare and education sectors throughout his career.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Barrister and Solicitor of High Court of Australia, Supreme Court of Victoria and Supreme Court of New South Wales
New South Wales Government's Film and Television Advisory Committee - Chair
New South Wales Government's Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee - Member