Client focus is the key as Bakers' new chief aims to compete with the City elite

"Before the recession, we were ranked among the City mid-tier; now, we are generally in the top 10 international firms in London. I'd like to see us referred to in the same breath as the magic circle by the end of the three years..."

London managing partner Paul Rawlinson tells Alex Newman about his three-year plan to match magic circle

They may share a surname – and perhaps a certain chiselled likeness – but the London managing partners of Baker & McKenzie and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer are very different beasts: one is a technical IP lawyer, while the other is an M&A junkie. 

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