Candidates for Baker & McKenzie global chair emerge

April 14, 2016 A race for the new global chair for Baker & McKenzie is heating up. Four candidates have emerged as contenders for the position.

The candidates will see to succeed current global chair Eduardo Leite. He began serving as global chair in 2010 and was given a two-year extension in 2014 without facing any opposition internally. Leite will be stepping down from the role this year.

The candidates to succeed him are London managing partner Paul Rawlinson, EMEA chair Gary Senior, Latin America chair Claudia Prado and former Paris managing partner Eric Lasry. The candidate who ends up being elected is expected to step down from their current position in order to take up the new role.

In addition to being managing partner in London, Rawlinson, an IP partner, was formerly chair of the global IP practice group. Senior sits on the firm’s global executive committee. He has been a partner since 1992 and also served for 10 years London managing partner from 2003 until 2013.

Prado sits on the firm’s global executive committee, is chair of the firm’s financial as well as diversity and inclusion committees and is regional chair of the Latin America regional council. She will be the first woman to stand for election since Christine Lagarde, who was the firm’s first female chair from 1999 to 2004. Lagarde is currently managing director of the International Monetary Fund. Lasry previously ran against Leite for the role in 2010. He was also a member of the firm’s executive committee and chairman of the European Regional Council.

The firm expects to announce the successor before October.

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