Fr, Feb 24 Competing in a Uncertain Global Economy • Baker & McKenzie Chairman

When: Fri, Feb 24th 2012 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: New World Saigon Hotel, Ho Chi Minh City

Event Background

The Chairman of the world’s most international law firm shares his unique perspectives on the important role of emerging markets in the current uncertain economic environment, and the special opportunities and challenges they present to multinational companies and their advisors.

When he was elected Chairman of Baker & McKenzie’s Executive Committee in June 2010, Mr. Leite said, “Change is transforming the business world and, with it, the legal profession. We will continue to lead and embrace that change, to ensure that we stay ahead of the curve in meeting our clients’ evolving needs. The fluent way in which we serve our clients is our greatest strength and will remain a critical success factor in the future, when global economies are increasingly interdependent.”

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12:00 pm Registration and Refreshments
12:30 pm Lunch is served
13:00 pm Introduction and Presentation, followed by Q&A
13:30 pm Event Ends


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About the Speaker

Eduardo Leite Baker & McKenzie Global ChairmanEduardo C. Leite
Chairman of the Executive Committee
Baker & McKenzie

Eduardo de Cerqueira Leite is Chairman of Baker & McKenzie’s Executive Committee. A partner since 1986 and an accomplished energy, infrastructure projects, and M&A lawyer, Mr. Leite served on Baker & McKenzie’s Executive Committee from 1999 to 2003, and he chaired the Firm’s Policy Committee in 2005.

Prior to being elected Chairman, Mr. Leite was the managing partner of the four offices in Brazil, a position he held for seven years. From 1999 to 2003, he was Chairman of the Latin American Regional Council. Currently, Mr. Leite is the executive vice president of the China-Brazil Business Council, a member of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation and member of the Grupo de Líderes Empresariais – LIDE.

Mr. Leite has spent several years working in Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago and Miami offices since joining the Firm in 1979. He has also led the Firm’s Global Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Industry Group.

Mr. Leite is married and the father of two daughters.

Practice Focus

Mr. Leite’s practice focuses on energy issues, mergers and acquisitions, power and renewables, as well as project finance. He has worked on almost all Brazilian privatizations either for the Brazilian government (BNDES) or for private investors. Mr. Leite led the team that successfully privatized Light Serviços de Eletricidade in Rio de Janeiro (representing AES and Reliant), had a role in the Petrobras Barracuda Caratinga Project and was lead counsel for many project finance deals in Brazil. Additionally, Mr. Leite led several major projects in connection with power plants, paper and pulp, as well as significant joint ventures, privatizations and merger in the energy sector. Some of his representative clients include: Petrobrás, AES, Reliant and Vale (formerly CVRD).

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About Baker & McKenzie

Founded in 1949, Baker & McKenzie advises many of the world’s most dynamic and successful business organizations through 67 offices in 39 countries. Baker & McKenzie is known for having a deep understanding of the language and culture of business, an uncompromising commitment to excellence, and world-class fluency in its client service.

The Executive Committee of Baker & McKenzie is the Firm’s primary management team, with responsibility for developing and implementing the Firm’s global business strategy, as well as managing the day-to-day business of the Firm. It consists of eight elected partners, including the Chairman.

Commenting on his new role, Mr. Leite said: “I’m honored and humbled to have been selected by my colleagues around the world to become the next Chairman of the Executive Committee of Baker & McKenzie. I am also fortunate to assume this new role when the Firm is financially strong and competitively well-positioned. Our unparalleled global platform of offices, practices and expertise makes us a natural match for the business and legal needs of companies in all sectors at a time when global economies are increasingly interdependent.”

Since adopting and implementing its current strategy in 2004, Baker & McKenzie:

• has increased its global fees by 72% to US$2.11 billion, regaining the top position for revenues in the American Lawyer 100;
• has dramatically improved its rankings across a range of global geographic markets, practices and industry areas (see At the Top) and in respected, client-based surveys from Corporate Board Member magazine, BTI Consulting and others;
• received recognition by global business as the strongest law firm brand in the world, according to the 2009 SharpLegal Brands study by Acritas;
• has gained recognition for its innovative talent management program (as described in Harvard Business School Case Studies, Baker & McKenzie (A & B) – A New Framework for Talent Management);
• and became the first law firm to receive the Foreign Policy Association’s prestigious Corporate Social Responsibility award for its CSR initiatives.