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Freshfields appoints Chris Smith as Chief Information Officer

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (‘Freshfields’) today announces the appointment of Chris Smith as Chief Information Officer.

Based in New York, Chris will lead the firm’s Information Technology division globally, responsible for ensuring the firm continues to deliver on its clear strategy for technology and innovation. He was previously Chief Data Officer at Freshfields.

Chris has worked in legal technology for over 20 years in various technology, innovation and knowledge management roles. Prior to the legal sector he worked for more than a decade as a technology entrepreneur, working with telecom, banking and brokerage clients.

Freshfields Managing Partner Alan Mason said: “Technology, digital and data are critical components in our global strategy and over the past few years we have achieved a great deal through a focus on the digital transformation of our business. As we pivot to a post-digital transformation phase, Chris will play an integral role in ensuring the firm continues to deliver cutting-edge technology that supports the provision of exceptional client service.”

Chris Smith commented: “Freshfields is a front-runner in leveraging information technology to serve the needs of its clients and people. I look forward to leading this world-class team of professionals and working with global leadership to continue delivering outstanding results in the most efficient way possible.”