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Northern Ireland talent keeps US law firm Baker & McKenzie in Belfast, Brexit won't have impact, says chairman Rawlinson

Published 28/11/2016

Recently opened City Quays 1 building is home to companies including international law firm Baker & McKenzie’s Northern Ireland base.
Recently opened City Quays 1 building is home to companies including international law firm Baker & McKenzie’s Northern Ireland base.

Chairman of US law firm Baker & McKenzie has said the talent in Northern Ireland is keeping it in Belfast and the UK's forthcoming departure from the EU will have no impact on its operations, the BBC reported.

The firm, which has offices around the world employs around 220 people in its global services centre in Belfast's City Quays.

Paul Rawlinson, who was recently appointed the company's first British chairman, said this year's referendum and US election results had thrown a curve ball at the company, but they were committed to Belfast and Northern Ireland.

He told Good Morning Ulster: "The talent is the key reason why we are here, both from the legal talent and from the universities."

He continued: "We have lived through the first wave. Obviously we have had the initial Brexit impact with the pound devaluation and so forth.

"But that has resulted in opportunities and investments.

"And of course the recent US election perhaps was a surprise we need to factor in.

"It is not impacting our decisions here in Northern Ireland or anywhere else."

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