Baker McKenzie chair Paul Rawlinson is to take a step again from day-to-day administration of the agency “in response to medical points attributable to exhaustion”.
The agency introduced at present that govt member Jaime Trujillo will function the agency’s performing chair for the interim. Trujillo is Bakers’ present Latin American chair and is an M&A lawyer by background.
In a press release, a Bakers spokesperson stated Rawlinson could be stepping again from his obligations to give attention to a “private medical difficulty”.
It added: “Primarily based on the recommendation of his physician, in response to medical points attributable to exhaustion, Paul has determined to take a step again from agency management and consumer obligations to make his well being and restoration his fast precedence.”
“Everybody at Baker McKenzie sends greatest needs to Paul and his household for a fast and full restoration, and we look ahead to welcoming him again quickly. Out of respect for Paul and his household, we’re unable to supply any further particulars presently.”
2017/2018 marked Rawlinson’s second 12 months as world chairman, after he took over from Eduardo Leite following a partnership election in 2016.
Rawlinson is Bakers’ first UK-based world head, beating EMEA chair Gary Senior, Latin America chair Claudia Prado and former Paris managing accomplice Eric Lasry in a contested election for the position.
He joined Bakers in 1986 and was promoted to the partnership in 1996. He led the agency’s world mental property group between 2004 and 2010 earlier than changing into London managing accomplice. He additionally serves on the worldwide coverage committee.