Baker McKenzie EMEA chair Gary Senior is to stand down after the end of his three-year term, as part of a number of leadership changes announced by the firm.
Senior will be replaced on the firm’s executive committee by Amsterdam tax partner Erik Scheer, who will lead Bakers’ operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Bakers’ Latin America chair Claudia Prado is also standing down after a four-year term, making way for Colombia-based Jaime Trujillo. He is chair of the firm’s Latin America M&A group.Both Prado and Senior threw their hats into the ring for Bakers’ global chair elections last year, with London head Paul Rawlinson going on to win the contest.
Prado was the first woman to stand as global chair since Christine Lagarde, who was the firm’s first female chair from 1999 to 2004.
Senior became a partner in 1992 and was managing partner of the London office from 2003 until 2013, before taking on the EMEA chair role.
Alongside the EMEA and Latin America appointments, Bakers has appointed a series of new practice area heads.
London-based David Allen will be taking over from Michael Fieweger as chair of the firm’s private equity practice.
Meanwhile, Mini vandePol is stepping down as chair of compliance and investigations, with London-based Joanna Ludlam and William (Widge) Devaney in New York succeeding her.
Bakers last added new members to its executive committee in October 2016 when Gary Seib and Michael Wagner took over as chairs of the firm’s Asia Pacific and North American practices respectively.