Clifford Chance farewells partner

International law firm Clifford Chance has named Jim Baird as the new regional managing partner for Asia, following the departure of John East.

Jim Baird
John East

East, who was senior partner and regional managing partner, is returning to the UK after a three-and-a-half stint in Hong Kong to take up a senior position within Clifford Chance as chairman-elect of the partnership selection committee.

Baird was selected as the new regional managing partner following a partnership vote. He has been with the firm for 16 years and has managed Asian corporate practice since 1995.

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