Bakers, KWM SJB in management shakeups

Baker & McKenzie has re-elected Eduardo Leite as chairman this week, extending his four-year term to 2016. The announcement comes at the same time as Bakers’ global partners’ meeting, which will see over 800 partners gather in London to chew the fat and debate the future strategy of the world’s biggest law firm.

Leite’s re-appointment was part of a management shakeup at the firm, which also saw the elections of Bruce Hambrett, former London managing partner Gary Senior and Jim Holloway respectively as the new chairs of its Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and North America regions.

The revamped team faces a difficult challenge: to top Baker’s highest-ever revenue of $2.54bn for 2013/14.

Meanwhile over at King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin, another management shake-up has seen legacy SJ Berwin managing partner Rob Day step down to be replaced by newly-elected William Boss.

Boss will look after KWM SJB’s EMEA operations, and in the wake of a series of high-profile partner departures, arguably has a much more difficult task on his hands than Leite and his team at Bakers to keep his firm’s course steady.

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