Milton Cheng, the Baker McKenzie partner who made history last month when he became the law firm’s first-ever global chairman based in Asia, credits the 70-year-old firm for its willingness to break with convention and elect a law firm leader from Asia.

“It’s a big responsibility, but also a big tribute,” Cheng told in an interview at his office in Hong Kong. “It takes a progressive organization to recognize the growth and the growing importance of Asia to the point where they are prepared to have their global leader from the region.”

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