Jurisdiction - Australia
Baker & McKenzie Partner Julie Hutton Appointed To The Australian Private Equity And Venture Capital Council.

3 February, 2015


Julie Hutton, Partner in Baker & McKenzie’s Private Equity group, has been appointed to the governing body of Australia’s peak private equity and venture capital industries organisation. 


Ms Hutton is the only lawyer to be appointed to the Australia Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL) Council for 2015, and the only female. As part of her duties, she will head up the Women in AVCAL (WAVCAL) working group.


Commenting on the appointment, Ms Hutton said: “My appointment to the Council and specifically WAVCAL is a clear indication that AVCAL and its members are serious about the need to encourage more women into the sector.


“Even today, women are under-represented in the private equity and venture capital industries, so, there is much work to be done to reverse this situation and to ensure the sector provides increasing career opportunities for women.


“Baker & McKenzie has been at the forefront of gender equality and equal opportunities for women in law and I intend taking those insights and that commitment to the AVCAL Council.”


The Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie, Chris Freeland said: “On behalf of all staff, I want to congratulate Julie on her selection to the Council.


“She will bring a wealth of experience to the position, given her extensive work in this important area.


“This appointment is a testament to the very real commitment by the Firm and its employees to an inclusive, balanced and flexible workplace.”


Mr Freeland said Baker & McKenzie had recently been recognised as one of only 76 organisations nationally to be named an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Federal Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).


He said the citation recognised organisations that have demonstrated an active commitment to gender equality in their workplace with a focus on removing the structural and cultural barriers that prevent the full participation of women at work.


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