Baker McKenzie Announces Asia Pacific Leadership Changes



Baker McKenzie has appointed Ai Ai Wong to the position of Asia Pacific Chair, which she will assume in addition to her continuing role as a member of the Firm's Global Executive Committee, while Michael Wong joins the Global Executive Committee for the first time. Ai Ai is a Principal at Singapore member firm Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow, and Michael is a Principal in the Firm's Taipei office. Baker McKenzie's Global Executive Committee is responsible for developing and implementing the Firm's global business strategy across 78 offices in 46 countries. As the world's most geographically diverse global law firm, this leadership team is comprised of eight senior partners, including two representatives each from Asia Pacific; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and North America; and one from Latin America. Ai Ai succeeds Gary Seib, whose term as the Asia Pacific Chair and Global Executive Committee member ended at the conclusion of the Firm's Annual Meeting in Washington DC last week. Mr. Seib served on the Executive Committee from 2014 to 2018 and as Asia Pacific Chair from 2016 to 2018. He will return to practice in the Firm's Hong Kong office. Commenting on her new role, Ai Ai said, "I am honored to serve as Baker McKenzie's next Asia Pacific Chair, and also to build upon the Firm's various successes achieved under Gary's leadership, including leveraging our strength as a transactional powerhouse in Asia Pacific. I also look forward to continuing to work with my esteemed colleagues on the Asia Pacific Regional Council, and with all of our partners and colleagues, to further cement Baker McKenzie's position as the premier global law firm in this region." For his part, Michael commented, "It is an honor to be elected to the Executive Committee, and I am thankful for the trust my fellow partners have placed in me. I look forward to working with Ai Ai and the senior leadership team to continue bringing service excellence to our clients and to further grow our Asia Pacific practice and industry strengths and capabilities." Jaime Trujillo, Baker McKenzie's acting Global Chair, added, "Ai Ai and Michael are exceptional lawyers at our Firm. I am confident that they will take our Firm to new heights in Asia Pacific. I would also like to thank Gary for his service and commitment to strengthening the Firm's market position throughout his term."

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