Starting Jan. 1, Eduardo Leite will transition into a new role at Baker & McKenzie as chair emeritus.
In this position, Leite will be based in New York and focus on building the firm in New York and Latin America, bringing on lateral hires and integrating recent hires.
Baker & McKenzie currently has 4,600 lawyers in 77 offices in 47 countries, the firm said.
The move will become official tomorrow at a firm partners meeting in Barcelona where Leite will hand over the reins to Rawlinson.
Leite said that he hopes to dial it back in 2017, but keep contributing to the business.
“I did talk with other chairs who have gone through this transition and I’ve spoken with friends who are consultants,” he said. “Many of them try to take life a little easier, travel less, take care of your health, but keep your mind alert because there is a lot you can contribute to the practice.”
As for down time, Leite said he wants to indulge in some pleasure reading and take dancing classes with his wife, from ballroom dancing to salsa.
“That’s one hobby,” he said. “It’s great for us as a couple.”
UPDATED: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the size of the firm.