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Freshfields announces the election of its new senior leadership team

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP announces the election of Georgia Dawson as Senior Partner. Dawson, who currently serves as the firm's Asia managing partner and the leader of the Asia dispute resolution practice, will lead a new senior leadership team which will consist of Alan Mason, Rafique Bachour and Rick van Aerssen.

The team will take up its duties in January 2021, succeeding the current senior partner Edward Braham and managing partner Stephan Eilers.

Edward Braham commented: “We are very excited that the leadership of the firm will be taken forward in January by such a highly regarded, dynamic leadership team. Georgia, Alan, Rafique and Rick have outstanding credentials to lead the continued growth and development of the firm, and we look forward to working closely with them to implement a smooth transition over the coming months.”

Georgia Dawson commented: “I am honoured to have been elected by my fellow partners, alongside Alan, Rafique and Rick. With this team we have broad experience and a diversity of perspectives, and a shared purpose and vision for Freshfields. We intend to preserve the very best of our culture, market leading practices and standards of client service while leading the firm into the next chapter of its long history.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Edward and Stephan for their commitment to the firm over many years and particularly during their term of leadership. Their investment in strengthening and deepening our global platform has led to expansion into new markets such as Silicon Valley, creating an exciting foundation for future growth. I look forward to working closely with them to ensure a seamless transition at the end of the year."