Baker McKenzie’s former global chair Paul Rawlinson died April 12, several months after taking a temporary leave of absence due to exhaustion.

“For all of us Paul was a visionary, a true leader and a good friend. He will be greatly missed,” said a statement posted on the firm’s website confirming Rawlinson’s passing.

A firm spokesperson said the statement is all the firm will be sharing on Rawlinson’s death at this time.

Bogota, Colombia-based partner Jaime Trujillo Caicedo was appointed acting global chair of the firm in Rawlinson’s absence and will continue in this role while the firm identifies a new global chair. He is a member of Baker McKenzie’s global executive committee, and is chair of its financial committee .

London-based Rawlinson was an intellectual property lawyer and led the firm’s global IP practice from 2004 to 2010. He counted Cisco, L’Oréal, British American Tobacco, and Eli Lilly among his clients. He was appointed global chair in 2016.

At the time of his leave announcement in October, the firm didn’t have an estimated date for Rawlinson’s return.

“There are likely to be many factors that have contributed to his exhaustion, but we have to respect his privacy,” a spokesperson said at the time.

Chicago-based Baker McKenzie has more than 6,000 attorneys in almost 80 offices around the world.

- With assistance from Sam Skolnik