Global behemoth picks new Australia chair

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Baker McKenzie has appointed Bruce Hambrett as its new chair in Australia, succeeding Chris Saxon, who is stepping down after more than four years in the role.

The global firm also announced a new Australian management committee member, Andrew Salgo, and the re-election of committee member Astrid Raetze.

Hambrett, who has now returned to full-time practice in Australia, comes to the chairmanship role after being a member of the firm's global executive committee for four years until October 2016. During that period, he was also the firm’s professional responsibility and practice committee overall chair and Asia Pacific chair.

Salgo, a dispute resolution partner, will continue to chair the firm's risk and quality committee in addition to his new Australian management committee role.

Raetze, a banking and finance partner, was re-elected to her role on the Australian management committee. She will continue with her other leadership roles as head of Australian financial services, head of global FinTech, and head of global derivatives.

Baker McKenzie recently appointed Sydney-based Anthony Foley as its new managing partner in Australia, replacing Chris Freeland. Freeland was promoted to managing director for Asia Pacific.

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